Just a few days after the Sun’s conjunction to Nessus today, it will be leaving Aquarius for Pisces on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:01 am EST. When the Sun arrives in a new sign, it can kind of feel like a shift in the wind’s direction, or like changing the station on your inner radio: there’s still music, but in a different style. In this case, we’ll be shifting from all the recent inner-shadow focus toward a more external creative focus.
One of the hallmarks of Pisces is a very rich, fertile inner life. But that also translates into expression in the wider world. This year, the Sun will be getting an unusual amount of help in translating the intuitive, passionate, visionary energy of Pisces in concrete, tangible ways. There are several planets in Pisces right now: Neptune, Chiron, Mars and Mercury (plus several minor planets and asteroids). All of these planets are working to express Pisces themes through the respective facets of our lives that they represent.
Between all those planets in Pisces, plus the several aspects the Sun will be making to planets in other signs as it travels through, there is a clear message: put your energy where your mouth is. Or more simply: take action. Taking action, however, requires a certain amount of faith in yourself.
Not only does Pisces represent creativity and passion, but it also represents faith. We’re not talking about religion per se, but rather an innate faith — the kind our souls carry as we incarnate on Earth. That is, the kind that can get warped, squashed, masked over or forgotten about as kids, before we even have a chance to realize it’s there in the first place.
Because of this, activity in Pisces can also call our attention to a crisis of faith — in particular, the struggle to identify our passions, or to identify with our innate creativity as being a legitimate, worthwhile, active part of ourselves.
This means that taking creative action can feel nearly impossible if you feel blocked in knowing what you’re truly passionate about (this happens to many people), or you’re out of practice with your art. Inertia is powerful, and you can either hope for something external to push you in the direction you want to go, or you can start finding small ways to experiment and take simple steps.
The external push can be effective, but it also tends to be disruptive, scary and something too many people end up reacting against instead of acting with.
If you really don’t know where to start, try making the commitment to work through a book like The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s a way to begin recognizing and addressing whatever resistance stands between you and your innate creative spark. Best of all, it includes lots of ways to “play” and experiment in tangible ways out in the world. The Artist’s Way is not simply a thought exercise, though writing down thoughts is part of it. The point is to stop reading about doing, or wondering what you want to do, and actually start doing.
If you’ve been totally engrossed in all the Nessus-themed shadow excavation and soul inquiry these last couple weeks, have you thought about translating it into some kind of art? Can you start a photo project documenting your secrets and fears and baggage? If you’ve been painting out your demons, is it time to show them in a coffee shop or gallery? Can you dare yourself to show up at the local open mic and read that poem or sing that song you’ve been writing?