Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
– Jerry Rafferty and Joe Egan
As tropical astrology’s year enters its last days before renewing with the solar ingress to Aries (the Vernal Equinox) on March 20, the Pisces Sun and Venus will collaborate on a mutable composition. The Sun’s role is always to set the tone, defining the days at hand. This year, Venus is following in close Pisces harmony, a few days behind the Sun, repeating every solar aspect as if to refrain a celestial song about all you are in the middle of, and all in the midst of you.
The Sun’s part to play in aspect brings the light as well as the date. Your optimum conscious experience of that part would be of a succession of energies playing a discernible tune over the next week or so.
Venus corresponds more with how you will feel the music of the spheres. That is especially true as feelings contribute to evaluation, priorities and decision-making.
Of all the aspects voiced first through the Sun, and then by Venus over the week to come, none will be felt more acutely than squares.
Square aspects are how signs of like quality (cardinal, fixed or mutable) harmonize with each other, if you could call it that. At 90 degrees of separation on the zodiac circle, the symbolically implied harmony of a square does not correspond to soothing mellow arrangements. Rather, to get your attention and prompt you to action, the celestial song of a square is discordant.
Human nature being what it is, discord is usually ascribed to others when, in fact, it often originates within. That’s a clue to your own harmony with what could be a rousing finish to solar Pisces. Look to the instrument within, and take a musician’s responsibility to resolve whatever chords are struck. That could be challenging when you consider what mutable fields the Sun and Venus will be moving through the middle of.
Off to one side, wearing the fiery raiment, is Sagittarius. What Seattle was to the music called grunge, Sagittarius is to centaur objects. Of the 16 objects so named, six are long term residents of mutable fire in Sagittarius. Between today and the Aries Equinox, the Sun, Venus, or both will square five of them. That’s at least one every day, a potentially cathartic continuum with a paradoxically promising upside.
That’s because centaur objects represent what some call shadow material. It’s the fruit of pain that you often feel discouraged either to accept or describe. One of the reasons grunge music exploded in popularity during the late 20th Century is because it did give voice to the intensity of shadows that millions felt unable to express for themselves.
Standing among thousands of people passionately singing “Lithium” with Kurt Cobain was a cathartic experience of the best kind. Isolation and shame were cleansed in the light of fellowship and washed away in a feeling of validation. That sort of light will be emblematic of the Sun in the days to come. That sort of feeling is what Venus will characterize over the next week. Mainly because of Gemini and its mutable, yet fresh, air squaring Pisces from the other side.
If Gemini is about anything, it’s sharing through expression. It’s about clearing the air and making room for a new emotional season. So happens the realm of mutable air hosts some shadowy archetypes of its own — centaur object Thereus, dwarf planet Ceres, distant Chaos, and a point worth making called Black Moon Lilith.
Thereus reflects the shadow material in Sagittarius. Ceres integrates what cannot be changed so life can continue. Chaos puts a name to the unnameable, so it can be known without being alone, and Black Moon Lilith (a calculated degree, representing the most distant point of the Moon’s orbit) invokes, in the words of lunar goddess Genevieve Hathaway, “the crisis of being real.” The aggregate, in successive squares from the Pisces Sun and Venus, has the potential to be either a crisis or a real triumph of the spirit, depending on whether you can find it in yourself to sing along.
Taken unawares, or irresponsibly, the gauntlet of mutable squares that the Pisces Sun and Venus are about to play through could easily fall on deaf ears and leave you stuck in the middle long after the sky has started another set. It does not have to be that way. You could be like the Sun and shine with a shameless song, illuminating your darkest places, at least once a day until equinox. If you found a way to do that, you would no longer be alone in the crowd, but in tune with many voices.
If you could also find it in yourself, during this next week, to be like Venus and be receptive to the other voices, just as you would have your own be received, as the expression of all that you are, the middle would no longer be where you are stuck. It would be a whole new beginning, and not just for you — just in time to be in rhythm with the Cosmos itself.
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