Pisces the Fish

We now have reached the end of our astrological journey as the Sun moves into Pisces on February 18th. By now the days are already starting to get longer and as the temperature starts to rise, so does hope and optimism. Underground, the frozen earth begins to thaw and the dormant planet life begins to stir. As a mutable sign, it’s a time of change and of the changes of season, this is the one that is most pronounced. Pisces ends one cycle and brings us to the brink of a new one that starts again in Aries. In order to embrace something new, we must empty ourselves of all that forms a barrier between us and that “something new.” This means letting go of the old way of doing and perceiving things. It means sacrificing our security and attachment to what has become familiar and comfortable, so that we may prepare the way for new growth. And we must surrender to this process or risk carrying over attachments from the old cycle that will contaminate the new one. If we resist the closure process of Pisces, we may not retain the rewards we have harvested.

To venture into the Piscean realm is to abandon our cherished root assumptions and shatter the fragile power of reality. Its ruler, Neptune bids us surrender our entire grounding and sense of what is real. One has no control over the Neptune experience because there is nothing to control. However, the Neptune experience is a chance to go back to our spiritual source. It is a time to reorient our alignment with the Universe, to stretch beyond our physical existence and embrace our meta-physical nature. Pisces is significant, because it brings us to the wellspring of our being. It brings us back to the source; to the root of all that we are and all that we can be. Pisces renders us empty that we may be galvanized once more by the thrust of Life.

Some famous Pisceans: George Washington, Rihanna, Albert Einstein, Tammy Duckworth, Fred Rogers, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Chelsea Clinton, Nicolaus Copernicus, Wyatt Earp, George Harrison Not just the Sun transits into Pisces, so do the other planets. Planets in Pisces can take on a more emotional quality.

The Moon in Pisces: Pisces Moon people are constantly picking up the on the feelings of others, along with the mood of the atmosphere around them. Pisces Moon people have an innate ability that allows them to read a crowd, easily sensing its emotional highs and lows. If your moon is ruled by Neptune, choose your company with extreme care.

Mercury in Pisces: People with this one can remember in detail anything they have imagined.  If something makes an emotional impression on them, the memory can seem photographic.

Venus in Pisces: is "exalted" which means Venus works well in this sign. This placement not only increases the artistic ability, it also enlarges sensitivity. People with Venus in Pisces have difficulty even understanding cruelty.

Mars in Pisces: Mars is the planet of action and assertion, and Pisces is a passive sign that rarely asserts itself in a direct fashion. So the placement of Mars in Pisces is an unusual combination. This is certainly not a very active position for Mars, and natives will often let life “happen” instead of trying to control their life direction. This is a charming position, as individuals with Mars in Pisces don’t appear like they are capable of harming a fly. However, those that don’t find creative expression for this energy can stir up a storm through indirect aggression.

Jupiter in Pisces: Jupiter is our ability to get the "big picture", and in Pisces, this can be really big. The imagination tends to be enlarged with this one.

Saturn in Pisces: can’t feel safe and secure unless the imagination and intuitive abilities are working. This placement can increase the chance of trouble with the feet, particularly when it comes to finding comfortable shoes.

Uranus in Pisces: The planet of genius in the sign of imagination. The last time Uranus was here was during the "Roaring Twenties" when everyone was busy rebelling (Uranus) against prohibition (Pisces rules alcohol). By itself, this placement doesn’t do much. It takes other factors in the horoscope to bring the effects of the imagination into reality.

Neptune in Pisces: increases the imagination, but the effect of Neptune here is so subtle that it seldom affects day-to-day behavior other than a tendency towards idealism that may never be realized. We are experiencing this placement now and it should be interesting to see what comes of it all.

Pluto in Pisces: This happened the last time during the first two decades of the 1800’s. People born with this placement will tend to fantasize to obsession. This will not occur again until 2043. If you are still alive then, look for a rise in drug addiction to plague society.