“Water, water everywhere” could well be the sub-title of this piece and of this time, particularly for those of us who live in Sydney and/or along the eastern seaboard! And the waters; physical, emotional and spiritual, are flowing.....as we’ll see…..
[Because of commitments on other fronts, including gearing up to present the workshop 2012 – Mayans, Mayhem & Maya (an overview of which I’ll post soon), there was no “what’s happening …… month of Aquarius”. So with apologies to all things Aquarian this blog is a double catch up on the current planetary pattern…… and a little of what’s up ahead.]
Pisces we know is a water sign. Some would say the most watery of the water signs! And quite intriguingly the preceding sign, Aquarius, has as its symbol the Water Bearer. There is thus something unique and mystical in the relationship between these two, a symbolic affinity that no other pair of signs demonstrates quite so clearly. Notwithstanding it is a good reminder that the relation between all adjoining signs, and the effect of planets transiting signs, is much more about a transition in energetic states than the crossing of hard boundaries.
So the transit of Neptune, the God of the Waters, from Aquarius into Pisces during early February, not only reinforced, symbolised and actualised these transitional themes, but marked a powerful, once in a 160 year cyclic shift. During April and August 2011 Neptune tipped into Pisces and then moved back into Aquarius, as part of its retrograde motion. But it was its transit on 4 February 2012 which marked the end of its 13+ year period in Aquarius and initiated the beginning of a new cycle, starting with Pisces. The last time Neptune initiated a cycle through Pisces was in 1848.The significance of course is that Neptune is the ruler of Pisces and as such has returned home.
To arrive home Neptune passes through Aquarius, the sign of the Water Bearer. If the transition from sign to sign is a subtle one then the shift from age to age (a 2,100 year cycle) is so much more so, and there is much to ponder on the significance of the ruler of the Piscean Age passing through the sign of the New Age, to begin a new cycle; and of the symbolic significance of the watery connection between the two?
By its shift into Pisces Neptune aligned more closely with Chiron, the Wounded Healer. The event was in turn amplified on 22 Feb by the New Moon. We thus had Sun, Moon, Neptune and Chiron in a fourfold conjunction in the very early degrees of Pisces. The aura of beginnings represented by the New Moon made more immediate the generational beginning initiated by Neptune, a linking of macro and micro cycles precipitating (excuse the pun) and exacerbating the “flow” of Piscean energy.
In time I feel we will see this as a significant period. And to employ another pun, we may view it as a watershed in regards global consciousness and the appearance (though more felt than seen to begin with) of an emerging receptivity, particularly by those with a growing spiritual perspective and sensibility. The Neptune/Piscean energy speaks to us of emotion, empathy, creativity, sacrifice, higher inspiration and psychic possibilities on the one hand, and all manner of naivety, deceptiveness and dreaminess on the other.
Indeed dreams are a unique part of Neptune’s realm. Maya in Hindu can refer to both illusion and reality; the power to create illusion but also the power to make our dreams a reality. Neptune thus seeks to dissolve barriers. In conjunction with Chiron it ‘offers’ a softer, finer and more transcendent contrast/complement to the revolutionary, intense and more yang energies of Uranus and Pluto, which are so potent at present.
Tonight we have the Full Moon in Virgo (opposite the Pisces Sun). This is a culmination of the cycle begun with the Pisces New Moon. In Atlantean myth this lunar period was considered the most sacred time of year - Virgo then being known as the Fish Goddess. In later Christian mysticism this revealed as the relation between Mary (meaning of the sea) and her son, the Fisher of men and the initiator of the Piscean Age.
Right now we are entering a new era of water.
In the next post I will look to outline Neptune in Pisces in its historical context, which may help us to have a sense of the qualities that might unfold in the coming years.