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.
We have seen this pattern before, since we’ve recently been through the transitions of Uranus into Aries and Chiron into Pisces. Speaking of — this fills in some of the story of how much has changed involving Pisces the past year. Uranus, which was there since 2003, has recently left; Chiron, which was in Aquarius for five years, has recently arrived. In a society dominated by advertising, imagery, drama, romance and deception, the influence of Pisces is extremely strong on any day — and now we’ve experienced changes involving three outer planets. Pisces is, in a sense, a whole new sign now that Uranus has left and Chiron and Neptune have arrived. Navigating this is going to take some discernment.
We live in a world where deception is commonplace. For example, watch any TV commercial and listen to what your fellow human beings are saying. Is any of it true? Does that guy use that deodorant? We take for granted that this kind of lying is normal, but it’s not. Then the “news” comes on and, thanks to your conditioning, a politician can say anything he or she wants, and most people will take it on board without the least discernment or even a moment of thought.
While we’re busy doing that, the many forms of creative experience that we were told are useless (as kids) are some of the best that Pisces has to offer. By that I mean everything but social studies and accounting: the stuff you do with your imagination and your hands. Your talents and your desire to express your imagination may be coming under focus now. That would include music (to create the stuff, or at lest to experience some in person), as well as your poetic senses. And what about those paints in your closet? what about the art supply store down the street? You DO have time to experiment and play, and now the astrology is floating you like the tide rising beneath a boat.
Pisces is also the sign most associated with clairvoyance (Scorpio would be a close second, and these are two signs that usually get along nicely). Just wondering — have you been experiencing any enhanced non-physical communication? Any premonitions that have come through, or out-of-body communication? Have these events involved fantasy, imagination or creativity? I’m suggesting here that there may be a connection between what we think of as out-of-body communication and many of the other ideas that Pisces or Neptune represents.
Then there is water, the actual stuff that comes out of the shower nozzle. The same stuff we expect to just be there. We see a lot of water when we fly across the ocean — but that is not the kind of water we need for our individual bodies to survive. Less than 1% of the earth’s water is drinkable fresh water and that is going away fast. It’s also becoming one of the biggest businesses around; the World Bank and many other institutions have been muscling in on this for decades. So Neptune in Pisces is likely to call even more attention to this issue than we’ve been seeing in recent years, here as a nuclear complex in Japan is dumping tons of radioactive water into the ocean and groundwater.
We got our first really big lesson about this last year when — as Chiron entered Pisces, on that very day — the BP oil spill happened. When Uranus left Pisces two weeks ago, the earthquake happened in Japan. So Pisces seems to be sensitive to global changes involving water. Now, we need to get there. Astrology is suggesting that now it’s our turn.