The Sun is now in the last degrees of Pisces. These are visionary degrees of the zodiac, coming at the end of the long cycle of the year; these days have the quality of transparency. You might say that these are easy days to make peace with ‘what is so’ and then to use that strength to create a new vision. Part of how astrologers can see this is that we’re at the disseminating phase of a cycle — the old astrological year (which goes from equinox to equinox) ‘goes to seed’ in Pisces. One of the places we can learn about that is from the Sabian Symbols, created in the early 20th century and revised in the 1960s by Dane Rudhyar.
We’ve been getting quite a tour of our internal ‘what is so’ in our inner worlds while Mars has been retrograde, and we’re continually confronted by external versions of ‘what is so’. What is the key to using that understanding as a source of strength for creating a new vision, rather than a limitation? In part, it comes down to imagination, integration, compassion for ourselves – and a willingness to surf the waves of opportunity and look where we want to be. The last seven Sabian Symbols, through which the Sun moves at the rate of one per day, give an illustration of how we can flow through the end of Pisces with our hands on the rudder, yet still be open and flexible and connected.
Pisces 24: On a small island surrounded by the vast expanse of the sea, people are seen living in close interaction.
You are where you are – plain and simple. And yet we are all in this together. You don’t have that other person’s talents, advantages, shortcomings, history – you have your own. But you also have allies, networks of colleagues, connections to others that go beyond what the rational mind can categorize. As you give and receive from others, the effects ripple out exponentially, and affect you in ways you do not realize. Invite intimacy in the midst of this vastness we inhabit.
Pisces 25: A religious organization succeeds in overcoming the corrupting influence of perverted practices and materialized ideals.
It’s tempting to apply this one to current events, and it would be nice if it applied literally to the conservative, religious insanity that has taken over modern politics – and western culture in general. Considering that these last few degrees of Pisces lead us to the Aries Point, this might be a good time to open up as wide as possible to this soul influence coming up from within and express it with confidence and love so that all may hear. Yet on a more personal, internal level, what call have you been hearing and ignoring? Has it come in the form of crisis to get your attention? How much reorganizing of your mindset do you need to allow in order to get back on track?
Pisces 26: Watching the very thin Moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.
Do you feel like you’ve been waiting for everyone’s permission/better idea/agreement/other shoe to drop in order to live your life? What if none of those things ever come? Do you want to transition from this lifetime knowing you’ll get a gold star for being so good at waiting? Part of our problem is waiting for other people, rather than starting what we want to start independently of others. With apologies to Dr. Seuss: It’s time to be you / It’s time to be great / No one does it the same / If you start, you’re not late!
Pisces 27: The harvest Moon illumines a clear autumnal sky.
You’ve been working hard this year: striving to be mindful and aware; nourishing your dreams and finding compassion for your shadows; facing your fears and speaking your truths; acting on your values, and valuing the light in others. Take a moment to see all you’ve accomplished. Sure there is much still to be done, and nobody’s perfect. But there is a bright inner light shining, and it’s showing you, with much clarity, the results of your growing; even a long growing season concludes with a harvest.
Pisces 28: A fertile garden under the Full Moon reveals a variety of full-grown vegetables.
The Moon makes a third appearance in these last seven, randomly channeled symbols, giving the end of Pisces a distinctly lunar feeling — that being the reminder that a cycle is at play. The universe really is set up for all these different beings populating the Earth to grow and thrive in ways that may seem unusual in comparison to each other, but which all still come from the same place. Are you growing into a full you? If you’re not sure, is it because you’re looking around at everyone else instead of looking within to fulfill your needs?
Pisces 29: Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.
An image of moonlight dissolves into the image of spectral light. We know, intellectually, that we are ‘all one’, that we’re all just extensions of the same source energy, and that we incarnate in our little individual shells so we can make our ways through this world with some sense of boundaries. But can you actually feel how all of your colors make up light? Do you feel like you’re part of a continuum? Can you appreciate yellow when you’re feeling blue?
Pisces 30: A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it.
This is it – the last degree of Pisces before we land on the Aries Point, in public, with our personal ideals to guide us. Are you visualizing them as clearly as you can? In surfing, they say “look where you want to be.” When driving, you tend to steer where you’re looking. In pro sports, the night before the big game you imagine in the most vivid detail possible how to make your moves successfully. How concretely can you see who you’d like to be in this world, the impact you’d like to make with this life? Because what you focus on, you will become.
From here, the next stop is the vernal equinox and then the Aries New Moon — one of the astrological year’s power points, accented by a New Moon conjunct Uranus. That’s a moment of re-commencing, and we’ll have more to say about that tonight.