Pisces Season. Sleepy. Shh.
We are now moving into a 29-degree Aquarius New Moon on February 18 (5:47 p.m. CST) - the bookend New Moon to the zero-degree Aquarius New Moon we experienced January 20.
New Moons indicate new cycles opening and something fresh about to unfold, especially related to emotions and emotional patterns. With bookend New Moons in Aquarius, we are developing and securing an emotional anchor that will carry us through the turbulence and into the new astrological era.
Now, according to my data, this February 18 New Moon occurs on the very last breath of Aquarius, at the very last possible moment of the sign. Other people are calling this a zero-degree Pisces New Moon.
To me, it doesn't really matter all that much. We are in a major "change of eras" transition and a major clearing of the emotional slate as we move through the first months of 2015. It's a little messy, a little confusing, but a lot exhilarating. And it likely isn't necessary to quibble over the details.
What we can be sure of is that this New Moon keeps those "change of era" themes rolling.
From now through the 29-degree Aquarius New Moon, both relationship-related planets, Venus and Mars, are traveling through oh-so-karmic late Pisces. It requires nothing less than Uranian dynamite charges to break up and change the dynamics and patterns held here. Lucky for us, Uranus is in very strong and influential position at the moment. You can read more about the effects of the strong Uranus energy during the first months of 2015 in this post: "Powerfully-Positioned Uranus in Aries Leads the Charge Through Aquarius Season."
As we move into Pisces season 2015 (February 18 - March 20), we're making the final transition into a new expression for the sign of Pisces - Pisces for the astrological Aquarian era. This is true for all 12 of the zodiac signs. The way we express them in the new era is different, and we are tasked with experimenting and figuring out what will be successful in every passing moment. Challenging!
But Pisces may just be the trickiest sign to transition, caught as it is so often in the attachment to old-era love ideals, dreams, and illusions. The cycles of bliss then torment, hope then despair. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat.
The 29-degree New Moon in Aquarius propels us into a highly-potent Pisces season. But it is a Pisces season coloured by necessary change from start to finish. We are tasked with transitioning the expression of the sign of Pisces over the next lunar month (and beyond), and this particularly involves hopes, dreams, relationships, and ideals of love.
During the astrological Piscean era, we learned such nuggets of wisdom as: Love hurts. Love scars. Love wounds. You have to suffer for love. The more you suffer, the deeper your love. If it doesn't torment and mistreat you, it isn't real love.
Well, sorry, Roy Orbison, but your beautiful song has now passed into the classics, a song for an old era. (I'm sure you would be glad to hear that, anyway.)
Pisces is known for the heroic lengths it will go to in order to long and pine and sigh and hurt and torture itself over ideas and ideals of love and over the projected object of its affection.
Old school Pisces wants complete immersion in love and in a loved one. Always. And forever. It wants to be wrapped up in a cocoon of unending love, adoration, and support from the universe and from other people. It wants to do a continual backstroke in the auric field of the one it desires. Blissful communion and spiritual ecstasy with nothing reality-based that might burst its bubble.
But we're moving on from that as the dominant ideal for love. Those things exist in love, certainly, but they are no longer the singular ideal for which we are holding out.
That old school love ideal ain't coming back (thank goodness), and those who are wasting time waiting on it will be moved into the new era via Uranian shocks to the system, like it or not.
There is no time, no energy, no inclination left to torture ourselves over anyone else or over any outdated ideals for love.
If you haven't noticed by now, it isn't actually about that individual. It's about figuring out the energy and the dynamics that are stirred by that individual, outsmarting them, and then moving through them until you're free.
Under the astrological Aquarian era, Pisces loves freely, just as it always did. But Pisces must also ensure that loving someone does not drag it into the same old traps. The pure and open-hearted love given so generously by Pisces must be applied a little more intelligently, with a little more discernment, with a bit higher standards.
Pisces loves as openly and fully and divinely as it ever did under the astrological Aquarian era, but it does so without preconceived expectations about what that will mean or what that will bring in return.
The intent behind the love has to be cleared.
We do not love to obligate others to us. We do not love only so that we can receive love in return. We do not love only to help or heal or prop others up. We do not love because we feel guilty or beholden or sorry for someone. We do not love simply so that we don't have to move forward.
Under the current scene, if it hurts, it isn't love. If it hurts, it's an old Neptunian trick you have to figure out, an old Piscean-era construct, a mirage you need to move through.
Or on the other hand, if it hurts, it may be a point of too-extreme detachment, too much cold Aquarius, too hard an angle. Going too far into the Aquarian extreme can be just as painful, requiring the correct application of Piscean love to bridge the gap. Pisces is the sign of union, remember, the last sign of the zodiac, the sign that brings it all together.
So on the Piscean end of things, if it hurts, you need to let it go. You need to detach from it. You need to re-formulate, distract yourself, propel yourself beyond it.
But on the Aquarian end of things, if it hurts, you need to make the loving connection, build the bridge, bring it back to love, bring it back to union and communion. You need to hold space for the love that fills the cracks and makes us whole again.
With the transiting North Node of the Moon in Libra into November 2015, maintaining the right Aquarius-Pisces balance, particularly in relationships, is key.
We have one last week with Venus and Mars in Pisces stirring the old-era dynamics, and then something shifts.
Mars enters Aries February 19, and Venus enters Aries February 20. They form a conjunction at 1-degree Aries on February 21 (11:13 p.m.) that kicks off a fresh new direction in relationships, love, sex, values, money matters, and personal goals. This is a "first day of spring" vibe coming into our interpersonal relations, a major propulsion into new territory. Ride the wave. Fight for it, even.
From their conjunction February 21, Venus and Mars will continue through Aries and trigger the Uranus-Pluto square. Venus forms a conjunction to Uranus in Aries and a square to Pluto in Capricorn March 4. Mars follows suit March 11.
Honestly, anything could happen this March with the final Uranus-Pluto square at 15 Aries/Capricorn on March 16 and a New Moon total solar eclipse on 29 degrees Pisces, the last degree of the zodiac, on March 20. There is a definite shake-up and re-positioning in relationships and money matters this March, and it is all-encompassing. Our personal directions and goals could change - and then change again - on a dime. We're moving through very unstable and changeable energy this March. Don't fight it. Just go with it as cheerfully as possible.
If anything descends on your heart like a wet paper bag this Pisces season, fight your way out of it. It's just a wet paper bag. It's easy to break free from - as long as you're willing to try.
Don't roll over and play dead. Don't weep about the hopelessness of the situation. At least, don't indulge in those things for long.
Strong-arm that motherfucker. Show this dead-end Pisces energy you mean business. Grab it by the short and curlies, show it who's boss, and then show it the door. This will be easier once Venus and Mars form their conjunction at 1 degree Aries on February 21.
The Piscean era is over - if we make it so.
So let's make it so.
Laugh at the silly little Neptune tricks. Don't allow them to take you down. Don't allow them to erode your self-confidence or sense of well-being.
Communication planet Mercury is now direct (as of February 11) in early Aquarius. As I wrote about previously, there are some cautions related to this extended Mercurial stay in Aquarius, especially with the potency of dispositor Uranus in Aries right now:
"[Mercury in Aquarius] will bring us information, insight, and perspective about the way forward from here. We will be wrapping our minds around the changes we have been through, the changes we are experiencing now, and the changes that are yet to come. We are being informed of the new blueprints - and of last-minute changes to those new blueprints. It is a challenge to stay up-to-date with everything that is unfolding...
The perspective and new ideas we come to through this Mercury retrograde are quite vast and long-reaching. We may be able to see years, decades, or even centuries down the road. Mercury will transit Aquarius until March 11, so we have an extended period of time to mentally integrate the continually-unfolding scenarios.
But Mercury in Aquarius disposited by Uranus in Aries in its current position indicates a definite possibility of mental circuitry overload, and this possibility is also extended into early March. There is some mental burnout possible...
Shut off the damn cell phones! Shut off the computer for a while. Stay off social media for a couple days - or more.
Limiting technology time is one way to protect our tired synapses, especially in the days surrounding the Mercury stations.
We have to apply our own versions of "surge protectors" to our brains and nervous systems over the next three months in order to counteract the intense Uranian charge. We can only stay wired for so long until it starts to have adverse effects.
Uranus is conjunct the South Node in Aries, which means we have to balance that erratic and at times overwhelming charge via the Libra North Node. Keeping our balance while maintaining a sense of peace amidst any turmoil and upheaval is our soul-level challenge now. This is our path to success."
Happy Pisces Season, all!