Today (MONDAY) Mars zaps the North Node with a friendly trine, giving us an energizing, motivating nudge toward manifesting our creative potential. From there on in, the major aspects of the week bring us buckets of Piscean vibes.
Pisces Season has arrived, as of yesterday when the Sun made the shift from Aquarius into the zodiac’s expansive ocean of being.
Pisces is on the cusp of my 8th House, containing my Sun, Mercury and Jupiter. As a result, I tend to be more aware of Pisces’ shadow side – both in myself and in others.
While this post may have a more melancholic theme than other rose-coloured Piscean interpretations, I will say upfront that Pisces plays just as integral a role in our cosmic DNA as each of the other 11 zodiac signs.
I promise you Pisces folks, that I will get to the good stuff! You will just have to follow me through the darkness to get there : )
Pisces is boundless infinity. Pisces is the pulse of divinity within us, our eternal soul, our connection to the collective unconscious, our umbilical cord to god/dess, our gnawing hunger and yearning for something more, our desire to dissolve into union with the whole of existence.
Sometimes, I wonder, on a global scale, symbolically speaking, whether Pisces is to blame for humanity’s constant struggle with internal feelings of brokenness, imperfection, inadequacy, disappointment, and disillusionment?
Of course there are a million contributing factors (relational, social, systemic, economic, political, cultural, etc.) that intensify and exacerbate this common human experience.
And yet, if we did not deeply know perfection in our souls, if we did not have access to a sense, a taste, an idea, of potential infinite bliss, if we did not remember what it was like to be one with divine presence… perhaps we would not have anything to which we could compare the frustrations and tedium of earthly existence. We would not be cursed with idealism.
And in that case, conversely, perhaps ignorance would be bliss? Perhaps it would be easier to be content with the mundane ebbs and flows of human life? Perhaps suffering would not be felt so excruciatingly?
For some Pisces-types, ignorance does appear to be bliss. However, since it is near impossible for Pisceans to drown out the mystical vibrations that sing to their souls and the numinous awe that worships in their inner temple, they may instead choose to drown out human reality – through a variety of ways.
Addiction, of course, is a stereotyped weakness of Pisces, but any form of escapism or denial will work as long as though it mutes life’s hard edges which threaten to pop the holy bubble of transcendence.
These images from @textsfromyourexistentialist perfectly depict the Pisces (and 12th House) frustration with being trapped and imprisoned in a “self”, in an “ego”, in a human body – when Pisces is longing for freedom, for boundless nirvana, for paradise, for perfect contentment and peace.
I have always found there to be something tragic about the Pisces archetype, and perhaps, Pisces types would tend to agree. When they are disenchanted with this world, they can have a tendency to position themselves as victims of life.
How does one live in the midst of this often dreary human world while innately knowing that something so much more perfect, beautiful and profound exists… somewhere, somehow?
Have you read the childhood story Bridge to Terabithia or watched the film?
That is an example of the Piscean tragedy. Two 12-year-olds escape the difficulties in their lives by creating a magical fantasy world on the other side of a river… “just close your eyes and keep your mind wide open,“ Leslie tells Jesse. And then an awful accident involving the river, interrupts the connection to this beautiful escape with the harsh worldly reminder of mortality.
Soulmates and twin flames?
If you hold to these concepts, they were birthed and are sustained from the Pisces/Neptune component of your cosmic DNA : )
Pisces is widely known as the “hopeless romantic”. It seeks the divine in another human being and the perfect, idealized union its soul knows is possible.
Which is wonderful… as long as though you guard against infatuated blind projections and creating dangerous imaginary fantasies of love where none exists.
On WEDNESDAY, when Venus conjoins with Neptune in Pisces… love energy abounds and our relationships, our money, our art, and our pleasure, are perceived through the eyes of the soul seeking blissful completion. #yesfilter
Thankfully on WEDNESDAY Mercury’s sextile to Saturn keeps us moderately tethered to reality in the form of practical conversations or rational planning, hopefully steering us clear of delusional fantasies.
I feel like I’m pulling a bit of a “Pisces Pity Party” here.
Two years ago I was reflecting on how I often try to suffocate and control the Piscean part of myself (a somewhat common occurrence with signs on the 8th House cusp). Since I have a Pisces Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter (with strong aspects from Neptune in my chart), by denying my inner Pisces, I was also denying my true authentic essence.
When I had the space and time to do so, I took a few weeks of my life and decided to surrender.
I put aside to-do lists, practical responsibilities and the accompanying guilt… and went Pisces, 100%. I forgot to eat. I accidentally went to sleep with candles still lit. I neglected to lock my front door or turn off the stove.
And yet, it worked. I was able to reacquaint myself with the magic of Pisces. My life world was re-enchanted. High on my imagination alone, I wandered about the house lost in other realms. I could lie on the couch and stare at the ceiling for hours, daydreaming of other mystical realities. I experienced timeless flow states. Everything I perceived in my external world was imbued with shimmering mystery.
Those close to me, who observed this surrender, said that they had never seen me so happy. I was near giddy with overflowing love for this exquisitely captivating existence.
It didn’t last, of course. And how could it? As an embodied soul within a human form, living 100% Pisces is not very functional (or safe!).
But thankfully, no one is 100% Pisces. We are a multitude of different parts – which equates as signs and planets in astro language. The other signs of the zodiac support us with manifesting the magic of Pisces in our day-to-day lives. My challenge is to work with the all-or-nothing tendencies of the 8th House, by bringing Pisces into a healthy, balanced expression.
The earth signs, in particular, stabilize the watery forces within our chart.
Virgo, Pisces’ opposite sign, channels the divine magic and mysticism of Pisces into our daily responsibilities, routines, and rituals; merging the mundane with the sacred through the continuous practice of alchemy.
Although Pisces may sometimes feel crushed by the harshness of life on this planet, Taurus reminds Pisces of the delights within the tangible earthly realm that are available to us through the physical human senses. According to Taurus, “inhabiting a body” (a frequent Pisces complaint), is marvelous! The taste of ice cream, the sensation of a hot shower, the majestic view of the rocky mountains – these too, are holy magic.
Capricorn, the sea goat who shares a fishy tail with Pisces, stands at the intersection between spirit and matter (between Pisces and Taurus, one might say). Capricorn provides a foundation and structure to our soul’s purpose as it builds a life project worthy of its divine nature.
Scorpio, as the middle child of the water sign family, between Cancer and Pisces, helps us to practice dying (over and over again) as we learn to let go of control and surrender the separate self and ego, with all its armory and battery of defenses. This is often a rather terrifying life-long process that involves facing all our deepest fears of loss (which are ultimately some variation of the fear of death).
And yet just at those moments when we let go and despairingly fall toward raw and naked vulnerability… we realize that Pisces is there to catch us – and to liberate us. Pisces, an expansive sea that connects you with the infinite, interconnected entirety of life… and life beyond life.
We are so much greater, so much larger, than the small everyday self we identify with.
However, unless we choose to spend our lives meditating alone in a monastery or something similar, it isn’t easy to maintain and sustain access to our infinite Pisces selves while still functioning in this earthly realm.
And yet, it is possible.
In fact, I believe it is essential.
Brene Brown offers a wonderful, accessible definition of spirituality:
“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.” (~Brene Brown)
Pisces supports our capacity for spiritual practice and our capacity for empathy and compassion.
I’ve been currently reading and listening to a lot of Tara Brach; a psychologist, meditation teacher, and practicing Buddhist.
I’ve also been trying to work through overwhelming, copious amounts of fear.
In her book, “Radical Acceptance“, Tara suggests that “in facing intense fear, we need to be reminded that we are part of something greater than our frightened self.”
While it is true that mass fear and this drive to be “part of something greater that will protect us” can create the conditions for cults, toxic nationalism, and us vs. them struggles… there is another way to soften our fear into a larger presence.
We can find refuge in something transcendent when Scorpionic fears of uncertainty, chaos, vulnerability, and loss, seem to loom larger and larger.
We need, as Tara puts it, something that is “big enough to hold our fear.”
I wanted to share this section from Tara’s book, “True Refuge”, because it is so obviously fitting for Pisces season:
Fear can bring out the worst in us. Fear constricts. Fear wraps us in chains, making us feel smaller and smaller as the world appears to close in around us.
We may be able to interrupt this process if we can find our way to something more spacious, more expansive, where we – and our fear – can find a more effective way to relate to each other without the claustrophobic and isolating pressure that this world’s chaos applies to our psyches.
This is most definitely easier said than done!
Many religions and spiritual practices provide tools for alleviating our anxieties and daily concerns through accessing a transcendent presence. Prayer is one such tool, dance may be another.
On SUNDAY, Mercury (symbolizing perception, thoughts and communication) will conjoin Neptune in Pisces, while the Sun, in Pisces, sextiles Saturn, thereby grounding our purpose on this earth while our mind yearns for otherworldly interaction. Simultaneously, Venus, in Pisces, will square Mars conjunct Vesta in Sagittarius, challenging us to take action toward the good life we seek in a way that enacts our commitment to our highest values.
If you don’t know where to start and fears are clinging like leeches to your rib cage, find an area in nature (or in your city) that is expansive. The ocean of course, is an obvious Piscean option, but a starry night sky or a beautiful panoramic view on a hill, could also work.
Allow yourself to connect with that immense spaciousness, which is only a fraction of infinity. Surely this space is large enough to hold you and your fears and concerns?
Hold your hands out in front of you and imagine you are cupping your fears. In front of you, above you, and behind you, is your environment encompassing you with its vast expansiveness. Whenever you feel a limit, or sense resistance pressing in against you, push back with an exhale of your breath… until boundaries of perception dissolve, allowing you to extend your awareness and sense of presence to even greater heights, lengths, and depths.
If it resonates, imagine this vastness as love; pure unconditional universal love – a container big enough and strong enough to hold all the many parts of your being.
Remember, you are not your fear. You are not even your multitude of identities, stories, beliefs, and desires.
You are limitless.
You are free.
You are “made of ocean”, as Tara writes, connected to the very fabric of existence.
“The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.” (~Tara Brach)
May we experience a profound visceral sense of safety and refuge, even as we face the dangers and uncertainties of the world.
May we carry the awareness of our freedom and interconnectedness with us, always – even as we navigate the bounded, seemingly limiting corridors of life.
May our spirituality and idealism propel us forward as compassionate change makers; trusting that “another world is not only possible, she is on her way” (Arundhati Roy).
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