First a shout-out to my Pisces cousins. We are in a positively tremendous moment, with numerous traditional planets and a good few recent discoveries in our sign.
Pisces tends to be the thing that the world wants the most but does the least to encourage. Everyone loves music; most people discourage their children from being musicians. Everyone loves art. Same deal with that. The trillions of dollars that go into bombs and aircraft carriers — heck, the $1.8 million that pays for one missile — could pay for a lot of art, music, theater, sound, color and meditation.
Yes it’s true that the people who want the very most badly to establish themselves in these fields almost always go through tribulation and uncertainty to get there, and it’s a weeding out process. Yet it also blocks many who deserve attention, and hardens the hearts of many whom we say we respect for their sensitivity.
People with strong Pisces in their charts know the world needs to be softer, more embracing of vulnerability, and needs to take better care of kids and critters. There is a natural empathy and populism to this sign that we need to encourage and which we also need to remember is easy to corrupt.
For those with strong Pisces charts, the world feels like a safer, friendlier place when planets concentrate in the water signs and especially in Pisces, and that’s what’s happening now.
When the Sun enters Pisces Monday, it joins four planets that are already there — Neptune, Chiron, Mars and Mercury. That’s a lot of Pisces — more than we’ve ever had in recent years. There is a special message in this ingress because the Sun changes signs in a conjunction with the asteroid Eros, which is about matters of the heart — both emotional and biological.
Pisces is the sign of the imagination, of creativity and of a deep kind of faith that’s not available through religion, a book or a workshop. Pisces is the faith that you’re born with, and as such, it can represent the crisis of faith, of finding your passion and of making contact with your creativity.
Eros in an exact conjunction with the Sun as its Pisces journey begins is saying that creative power comes from the heart, which may be close to what people think of when they say ‘soul’ — another Pisces element.
Neptune is right there, which is accentuating the same story. The difference between these two planets [Neptune and Chiron, the slow movers in the equation] is that Neptune can act invisibly, in the background, until something brings its influence into focus. Neptune, like Pisces, is easily corrupted. Rather than being expressed, it’s far more often suppressed (by drugs, drink, denial, deception and delusion). Those suppressing elements can be so deeply intractable that it can seem impossible to get to the soulful level of creativity beneath them.
But at the moment, Pisces has a lot of help. Chiron’s longterm presence in Pisces is accentuating the quest for your true passion, your deepest creativity and your faith both in yourself and something larger than yourself. Chiron is always looking for that connection point between micro and macro, between the element and the whole system; Chiron is always reading for the holistic level of existence.
Over the next few weeks or so, the Sun will make many aspects — conjunctions to Neptune and Chiron, as well as aspects to Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. This will provide a concentrated sequence of opportunities — actual opportunities, though you will need to tune into that Pisces level of awareness: noticing inspiration, feeling your creative impulse, opening your inner eyes and seeing your vision.
One interesting element of the ingress chart is that Venus, one of the co-rulers of Pisces, is in Aquarius. It is also square the lunar modes. This is a reminder not to become emotionally overwhelmed by the powerful watery presence of all these planets. Venus in Aquarius, square the nodes, is hinting that a lot hinges on being able to have some mental detachment; the ability to think as well as to feel (and remember, being overwhelmed by one’s emotions is not exactly feeling).
The Moon is also conjunct Jupiter in Gemini; both the Moon and Jupiter have connections to Pisces. This is another reminder to keep your clarity, to use your mind, and to seek for your answers within rather than searching in the ‘outer’ world. This is not merely a spiritual concept — in truth the answers are to be found within, which you could say is a keynote of Pisces in its true essence.
Creativity comes from within; as does love; as does erotic pleasure; as does inspiration; and it’s also where we find this thing we call God. Not out there. Not in someone else. Not in that book…inside you.