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By Eric Francis
Neptune entered Pisces today. This is the first time Neptune has entered Pisces since 1847, that is, long before the Civil War. So this is news. Neptune, discovered in 1846, is considered to be one of the modern ruling planets of Pisces (the traditional ruling planet is Jupiter). So for our time, this is significant. No living person has been through this transit. We are actually the first to experience something.
And what would that something be? Well, we need to pay attention — though we do know a little about both Pisces and Neptune: these are influences that affect the imagination. For example, they are associated with imagery, cinema, dreams and ‘mystical’ states of mind. They’re also associated with mind-altering substances such as drugs and alcohol, and on a really bad day with delusions that can lead one down the dark road of psychosis. So with strong Pisces influence, which we now have stronger than any prior time in our lives, we need to keep things real, and know what aspect of the mind is talking. We need to see through the haze — and there are a lot of fog machines turned up to full tilt at this particular point in history.
When planets transition from one sign to another (in this case from Aquarius to Pisces) that is usually something that works out over a year, due to the retrograde effect. The planet goes back and forth over that imaginary line, till it settles into the new sign. So we are now in this transition phase. Neptune will station retrograde in the first week of June and return to Aquarius in the first week of August. In February 2012, what was once and is once again defined as the outermost major planet in our solar system will return to Pisces for the long run of about 14 years.
By Len Wallick
Give me a kiss to build a dream on.” – as performed by Louis Armstrong; by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II
Neptune enters Pisces in direct motion today. It will station retrograde in the first week of June and return to Aquarius in the first week of August. In the first week of February 2012, what was once and is once again defined as the outermost major planet in our solar system will return to Pisces for the long run of about 14 years.
We have seen this pattern before: A toe in the water followed by a short withdrawal and, finally, the long term plunge into a new sign. It has been previously repeated by Pluto (2008), Saturn (2009-2010), Uranus, Chiron and Jupiter (2010-2011). Neptune is the last of the outer planets to follow suit for the time being. Therefore, today marks both the beginning and the end of a cycle of patterns. The idea of patterns and cycles repeating between a beginning and an end is very much like the structure of music.
In the case of Neptune on its first day in Pisces, this song of cycles begins with the Moon. The melody will be patterns we have seen before. Going up a third to harmonize there will the opening and closing of cycles. Steadily working below them both is a fiery counterpoint holding a tension and a smoldering rhythm periodically releasing it. The whole thing starts with the Moon forming the first aspect to Neptune in Pisces in over a century and a half. Later this evening (overnight for many of you), Luna enters Taurus forming an earth-sign-to-water-sign sextile. In astrology, this sort of angular relationship nourishes like the rain nourishes the soil. It also encourages further achievement or development as a scholarship would do. It is a fortunate way to open the first cycle and first pattern of the new tune.
Today’s Oracle takes us to the Cancer weekly of Oct. 29, 2004
I trust that the recent eclipse of the Moon has left you with deeper insight as to your true role in the world, and the extent to which people depend on your benevolence and resources. In a society where most of the population is interested in little other than feathering their own nest, being a public trustee is something that calls for a high degree of shrewdness. And people who tend to help others must consistently look after their own interests. Usually this requires a learning process, beginning with the lesson, “Take care of yourself so you can take care of everyone else.”
(The Daily Oracle is a random selection from one of 10,000 Eric Francis horoscopes. New horoscopes by Eric are published weekly plus twice a month in Planet Waves Astrology News and Planet Waves Light. The Oracle itself is a divination tool available to subscribers to either of these services.)
Sarah Taylor’s weekend tarot reading is updated below this article!
This is an article on the Aries Moon from Planet Waves Weekly a few years ago — today, the Aries New Moon (which was not canceled). Here is how the article looked in its original Web 1.0 form, in case you’re an Internet historian.
When I sat down to research the Aries Moon it seemed strange that initially, I couldn’t think of anyone born with this placement. I then searched my charts database and had a rather surprising experience as I scanned a long list of pioneers, innovators and highly original entertainers — people who you might expect, having such a fiery Moon in the first sign of the zodiac, to be authentic pioneers in their fields. They include Marlon Brando, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Garcia, Anne Rice, Steve Jobs and (skipping back a few hundred years) Galileo. Among “the famous,” these are some of my favorite people i the world.
Galileo was the first person who saw the individual stars of the Milky Way, the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus. DeGeneres was the first lesbian TV actor to come out of the closet, and she’s done quite well for herself. Rosie O’Donnell predicted her career would flop as a result; it didn’t. Every industry has its Jackie Robinson (he had an Aquarius Moon, another famous for its inventors, innovators and highly successful freakos). We get a lot of those Jackies with the Aries Moon.
As villains born with this placement, we have Joseph Stalin, Jim Jones and Jeff Dahmer, all brilliant innovators of darkness and bad vibes for their times.
Let’s consider what astrological theory tells us about the Moon in this sign. The Moon is by nature watery, cool and receptive. Its natural sign is Cancer, which is about nourishment. Aries is by nature hot, fiery and assertive. It’s natural planet is Mars, which is about desire, sexuality, anger and war. Looked at this way, the Aries Moon is a contradiction. The Moon helps us interrelate with physical reality; in it, we find experiences of being in our body, of relating to our needs, and of communicating to the world through the filter of a personality. Aries Moon people adapt to this contradiction by attempting to shape the world their way. It is not easy, but they do it. Really, they have no choice. What the Moon and Aries have in common is cardinality. Both involve cardinal signs, the ones that initiate the seasons, and initiate in general.
Editor’s Note: If you want to experiment with tarot cards and don’t have any, we provide a free tarot spread generator using the Celtic Wings spread, which is based on the traditional Celtic Cross spread. This article tells you how to use the spread. You can visit Sarah’s website here. –efc
By Sarah Taylor
You have hit a period of boredom or disillusionment. You are invited to pick yourself up, embody a sense of discipline, and assume the mantle of responsibility.
The three cards this week seem to me to be calling for a change, a shift in attitude and/or action. In the first card, the Four of Cups, a man sits under a tree, his body language closed, his face sombre … this in spite of the fact that he is well-dressed; the sky is uninterrupted blue; the world around him is thriving, leafy; he is supported and sheltered by a tree that seems to look at him with one eye, its branches dropping towards him. Three cups sit in the foreground, a distance from his crossed feet. A fourth cup is presented to him by a hand emanating from a cloud — but he is having none of it.
Every aspect of each illustration by Rider-Waite Smith artist Pamela Colman Smith is deliberate. The fact that there is no apparent (i.e. visual) reason for the man’s obvious disillusionment to me indicates that the cause lies within. In other words, it is in his mind.
Not even the presence of the divine — the hand and cloud — is enough to immediately rouse him from his ennui. This is a moment of boredom, suspended in time. The hand doesn’t seem forceful, however: to me, it is not the kind of hand that is going to put the cup down and shake him to his senses. Rather, it embodies a gentle, but persistent, patience: I feel like it will hover there, waiting, until the man is otherwise prompted, or prompts himself, to look up and see it. And once he does, the potential is there for all change, heralded by The Hierophant.
The Hierophant can sometimes be a bit of an archetypal stick-in-the-mud, standing for formal doctrine as he does, even dogma. The flip-side to this, though, is the sense of discipline that he asks of us — the dedication to a path, and the commitment to oneself in the pursuit of a discipline.