Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Moon in Pisces Conjunct Neptune, Pallas Athene, and Chiron: Carving Out Pisces for the Aquarian Era

February 19 - Sun enters Pisces at 12:18 a.m. Central
February 21 - New Moon at 2 degrees Pisces at 4:35 p.m. conjunct Neptune, Pallas Athene, and Chiron

This is the first Pisces New Moon of the Neptune in Pisces transit, and it falls smack dab between Neptune at zero Pisces and Pallas Athene and Chiron at 3 and 4 degrees Pisces, forming a tight stellium.

Our luminaries the Sun and Moon come together in New Moon conjunction, burning away some of the confusion, listlessness, and pain related to what's come before, dropping it like a cloak before drawing aside a new curtain and illuminating a new Pisces entrance way.

At the points where the burden of awareness has been too great, where we could not take another step under its paralyzing weight, we're released.

But we have to want it, and we have to be willing to go for it.

To survive emotionally and psychically now, knowing all we know, feeling all we feel, seeing all we see, we have to get out from under the most suffocating weight of it. The outpouring flow of the compassionate heart must be gently stemmed, moving into a place where to love and feel does not mean the sacrifice of personal health and safety.

Here, we step into a smart, new expression of Pisces, fully aware of the context of the times and of our context within them.

New Moons bring an opening into a new expression of the sign in which they fall. In the case of this New Moon at 2 degrees Pisces conjunct Neptune, which is just settling back in to the sign of the fishes, the opening is more vast than we can immediately comprehend. We're opening here into a new expression of Pisces for the astrological Aquarian era, closing the door, gently or with a slam and a deadbolt, on many prior expressions, many prior patterns, many prior karmic loops**.

The transit and retrograde of Mars through Virgo, moving to a mid-April opposition to this New Moon point and Neptune in Pisces, assist us in the process. We're picking through, analyzing, removing from the expression of the sign anything redundant, bloated, draining, past its prime. We apply the stinging Virgoan antiseptic, starting to create function in the sign of Pisces in areas where there has for too long been only dysfunction. We also apply the healing Piscean understanding of the way it all works together, of the ways it's shared, bringing new life to areas that have remained sorely isolated, neglected, outside the fold.

Wounded healer Chiron is here, and so is pain. A more in-depth treatment of this placement can be found here: Chiron, May We Pass? from February 18, 2011.

The intense levels of psychic pain held at this point in human history, collectively left denied and unvoiced, truly have the potential to do us in. The psychic backwash drops over us in waves, often without warning, threatening to drag us under. The homeless, the alcoholics, the addicts, the mentally ill, the depressed, the prostituted, the murdered, the missing are symbols of this unaddressed psychic pain and the resulting dysfunction, symptomatic of deeper roots. They've done all they can, said all they can, and still most don't see the connections.

It seeps into suburbia, into condo buildings, into schools and offices, and still people won't put their fingers on it.

Chiron transits Pisces until 2019. The first half of the Neptune transit through Pisces is coloured strongly by this body out in front in the sign.

"There is no easy answer, just as there was no easy answer for Chiron's wound. No magic pill makes it all better. We're past the point where concessions and tokenism soothe in any form. We don't want to be thrown another bone.

Until the underlying wounding dynamics are truly addressed, rectified, discontinued, no long-term healing is possible. We're just treating symptoms.

And the army of people bleating about victim consciousness and creating your own reality works very effectively, moving us further from the depth of understanding of power dynamics and structures on this planet that would get us to the true healing points. Every flippant use of those concepts is another pound of pressure pinning Sedna down, suffering in betrayal on the ocean floor."

Before forgiveness, we need to understand the underlying dynamics, give them name, give them voice, change them, ensure they don't continue.

Before healing, we need to get to the roots, working for complete systemic change rather than just anesthetizing, masking symptoms and calling it healing.

Before the victimization cycles can end, we need to understand why these damaging cycles have been held in place for so long and why they continue to be reinforced. Who benefits from them and who would prefer things go on just as they have? We don't get rid of "victims" until we alter the systems and dynamics that benefit from victimization, and that requires a shift from blaming people for their circumstances to a focus and analysis of the power dynamics on a socio-political level.

With Pallas Athene so prominent at this Pisces New Moon, there is a battle going on for our psychic space. A ferocious reclamation is necessary here, as we battle to remove the ropey, sinewy arms that invade and drain, diverting the power of the feminine psychic force with idiocy about appearance and weight and celebrities and money and status symbols and manufactured music and sports and how to find a mate in five easy steps.

The women of the world, in particular, have to call a spade a spade now, refusing to play the same, old, look-the-other-way games.

With this New Moon, we open into a new Piscean infusion. We come back to Pisces in certain ways, letting it seep again into our pores, letting it lift our eyes again to the glorious wonder of it all after a stretch of years (during the Uranus in Pisces - Neptune in Aquarius mutual reception) when the focus has been strongly on Aquarius and the shift to astrological Aquarian era.

For the past eight years, the focus has been intensely on the transition. What to leave behind with a soft, sweet kiss, what to battle our way out of tooth and nail, and what to carry ahead with us.

What do we carry forward, and what do we leave behind: this has been a difficult consideration. But Neptune has now slid beyond the last impressions of the mutual reception, entering new territory in Pisces by the end of this month, and we've made our choices. It has become clear - or clearer. We've moved through the grief, the confusion, the catatonia, and we're coming out the other side - because we have to. We're needed. We go on from here.

Neptune is in its own sign now, having left Aquarius February 3, and we open into this clear conduit for Piscean understanding, for the permeation of the wondrous spirit of it all, for the experience of the puzzle piece connections that show us how it fits together.

With this New Moon, we get our new Piscean sea legs. Pisces for the Aquarian era.

We don't forget. We don't deny. We don't sever from us all that has come before and all that is happening now. This would only increase the psychic struggle. We take the wonder and the pain and the difficulty and the beauty with us. But we don't carry it anymore as a hopeless burden, as endless, roiling suffering.

What has gone on, what has been done, is known. We know and feel what humanity, what all living things on this planet, have suffered, have endured. We know what we suffer and endure now. We move forward with it shared among us, no one isolated in its pain and difficulty. It's part of us.

But again now, we move this story forward.

** A karmic loop is a scenario that plays out in a person's life over and over again with only slightly different circumstances, spitting the person out repeatedly in close to the same spot with close to the same results. It's generally something that plays on weak spots or patterns, and after a loop has been spotted, work can be done to change behaviour/patterns/decisions in order to come up with a different outcome and hopefully break the cycle.

Karmic loops can be related to any astrological body or point, but at the end of the astrological Piscean era, there are many Piscean/Neptunian karmic loops to be broken, in particular. One thing that makes these loops tricky is that they often involve collective dynamics and patterns and their results. It's not strictly personal issues we're working through, and the collective issues are very, very potent and confounding at times since we can't root them solely back to ourselves.


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Anonymous said...

Hi Willow,
if I understand correctly, you're disputing LOA or think it's somehow the wrong direction to take. Can you elaborate on that? Or please point me to something you've written in the past that describes your position in more detail.


Willow said...

Sure, you can find background under the labels "the secret" or "deconstructing the new age meme complex" at the bottom of the right hand column. Or just search the site for the terms.

Joie de Vivre said...

Willow, for quite a while now institutionalized repression has been on the forefront of people's minds; there was the shock wave of Wikileaks followed by the organizing of Anonymous across the globe. Change is no longer jingling in my pocket, it lives and breathes within me!

This all sounds promising. Except when surveyed about 3 years ago, 68% of the people questioned believed that they, as individuals were interesting enough to have a film made about their lives. 68%...68% of the time I don't even like myself, let alone deserve a film chronicling my life. Maybe I'm just not young enough.

Instead of preening for camera phones and sexting...then cursing the images projected world-wide...noses nestled in electronice devices marketed and sold to them by dickhead Plutonians, perhaps more righteous people should eschew consumerism(providing the mansions, drugs and prostitutes to those leaches who know these people's desires better than they do themselves...the evildoers plant the seed on "hipness", for God's sake)and vote, run for office in grammar schools, high schools and colleges.

Drop the techno and tech know. The buck stops with them when the buck stops being spent. (Of course the Plutonians will continue to suppress and repress in other means such as taxation, class wars, women losing control of their bodies but hurt these assholes where it hurts the most; the bottom line.)

In a nutshell(from a nut typing) it appears that we'll be waiting a while longer for them to drop the self-exploration via other livng beings reinforcing their trumped up opinions and all of them rally to "love to change the world".

There is an incredible book by Tony Judt, a Sociologist and the title is "Reppraisals: Reflections on The Forgotten 20th Century".
It returns to pre-WWI(what's that? "The War To End All Wars")and explores the seeds of Nazism and brave and brilliant people who survived the horrors and how it changed everything about them.For most of us, the end of facism was the fall of the Berlin Wall..the image of David FUCKING Hasselhof swinging a sledge hammer.(Keep in mind that he has acclaim and millions of dollars being a nothing more than living ooze that some people tune in to drooling and seething until his next "moment" of abject human failure. Ratings, ratings! Tweets, Texts, Sound-barfing bytes!)

Change? Can't wait to be in a crowd after you hitch hiked, slept in the cold, pan handled(save the plastic for Sushi), avoided violence; and were a part of the
Process and...Tweet!...YOU are making HISTORY...right fuckin' now, check it ooooooout, duuuude...Chalk one us for ME, man! I was on video!

WTF, anyway, I'm did it for the lulz!

(Sponsored by M(usic)TV and A Society Bought and Paid for by Plutonian America)

Brenda Johnson said...

You are Dynamite - loaded, potent, brave and explosive - Hah! What a powerhouse the way you use your imagination, expression, brilliant and loving self - in all your writing. Thanks. And off i go to the radio show. We are talking about the "dark side of relationships" today - with Trevor, the intuitive tarot reader.

Anonymous said...

"To survive emotionally and psychically now, knowing all we know, feeling all we feel, seeing all we see, we have to get out from under the most suffocating weight of it. The outpouring flow of the compassionate heart must be gently stemmed, moving into a place where to love and feel does not mean the sacrifice of personal health and safety." thank you for validating/clarifying and showing a way out of a struggle I have been in for the past 2 days. More veils clouding my awareness have recently been ripped asunder, and i have felt the suffocating weight of it - so much so that i have had to step aside from the external world and re-establish boundaries. i wrote in my journal about the compassionate witness, and your part about not having to sacrifice our own health and safety fits right in. love the deconstruction of the new age meme as well. a beautiful piece very aptly describing the energies i am feeling so strongly.

Willow said...

Thanks, Brenda...sounds like a great show!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Joie de Vivre...hit em where it hurts. Don't buy their new tecno toys, don't eat their fast food, don't buy their crappy magazines and especially don't pay to watch their Tell-A-Vision cause whose vision is it anyway? Certainly not yours or mine!! Thanks to the Lords of Karma for people like Willow who do represent what we truly feel. But knowing isn't enough you have to act on it and NOW IS THE TIME PEOPLE.

freeforall said...

Hi Willow,

Awesome article! With a natal Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune conjunction in water sign Scorpio- this energy is feeling awfully familiar, LOL! Great for the creative space.

Sophia Wilson said...

HI Willow
I am truly inspired. During my cleaning meditation at home today I too was musing on the ideas you share. Placing myself at the centre of it all and deciding that it is with love that I let go and move forward. I shall keep this post and refer to it during the next year as a valued source of self transformation.


Lea said...

Thank you, Willow. This article is brilliantly written and tremendously pertinent to my present and past situations. The institutionalized collective burdens we all carry as well as our own personalized area of needs for Chironic healing have been exhausting to the point of collapse for me and your description of how that has felt was concise and full of empathy. Your view of the move of Neptune into Pisces is giving me hope that clarity by us all and new strength from a fresh source as well will be able to be tapped. Again, deep thanks.

Anonymous said...

i like ur stuff willow wish you could give me an indepth reading
i have alot going on with god
dec 18 1974 born seoul south korea

Debs said...

"The women of the world, in particular, have to call a spade a spade now, refusing to play the same, old look-the-other-way games."

Yeah. Yeah, especially because I'm tired of shit from men in my 'hood. Enough is enough. I let someone have it today.

Anything about all this Pisces being annoying as all hell for those of us who don't consume opiates? Grrr, so annoyed...

Brilliant work as always though, Willow.

Willow said...

"Anything about all this Pisces being annoying as all hell for those of us who don't consume opiates?"

Definitely. And Piscean opiates of many varieties!

LG said...

Thank you, dear Willow, for this absolutely stunning piece!Do you know Carolyn Myss? She comes down heavily on all that new age crap - explaining why it doesn't work. Good for you for speaking out so clearly.

Willow said...

Another slimy guru goes down:

Courtesy of Matt Savinar.

clinkjet said...

Thank you for the link to your April 21, 2009 entry (Saturn in Virgo Calls Bullshit on The Secret/Law of Attraction Phenomenon). Totally fucking brilliant. I dig all of your articles, but the April 21st one really made me want to dance. (Date corrected here).

Willow said...

Thank-you, I'm partial to that one myself.