“Empty your mind be formless shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
Although the year of the Black Water Dragon, last year we also had a lot of “air” to contend with, reviewing the mental and communication based aspects of our relationships signaled by Neptune’s exit from Aquarius, Venus’s extra long transit through Gemini, Jupiter through Gemini, and Saturn’s passage through Libra. Talking, planning, arguing, and second guessing were all amplified, and in a positive light, we may have also been graced with brilliant ideas and new friends. The abundance of new options made available to us could have been either expansive in happy, liberating ways or downright stressful!
We have many potent astrological configurations within the water element this year, including the year of the Water Snake, Saturn’s transit through Scorpio, Jupiter entering Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Chiron’s continued passage through Pisces. Mid-July will be especially potent for Cancerians (those with the Sun, Moon, or Rising sign in Cancer) when the Sun and Mercury make their way through this sign, Mars joins Jupiter in Cancer, forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces, and to Saturn in Scorpio, as well as interacting with Saturn’s mutual reception with Pluto in Cancer’s opposite sign Capricorn. Mercury and Saturn will both be coming out of Retrograde that month, which will create a heightening effect in the realm of emotions.
It may be that Neptune’s very long transit through Pisces will be a central theme this year, along with the aspects it makes. This is not surprising since we are lately being challenged to figure out who we are and how we fit into both our mundane relationships and the vast scheme of things. What do we reach for when we’re at the edges of the thresholds of either agony or ecstasy, or when we’ve hit rock bottom? If available, many would reach for a sedating or numbing pill or drink. Neptune is both the seducer and the dissolver of our illusions, delusions, and fantasies. A great movie that recently came out that illustrates the energy of Neptune very well was the Life of Pi. Is the tiger (or fear) that threatens to eat us actually our best friend, as we navigate the stormy seas of adversity in our life? We may need to become both flexible and alert – like water, in order to realize the potential gifts we are being given this year and for the duration of Neptune’s transit through Pisces. Some other highlights are less intense and will be more pleasurable, such as artistic expansion, elevation, new forms of photography, music, and dance.
While 2013 may be another twisty, windy, roller coaster of a year emotionally for many, it will be progressive, rewarding, and hopefully hydrating in many ways. Therapies relating to the water element may be especially helpful, such as sauna/sweat lodge, flower & vibrational essences, watsu massage, and other aquatic activities. In Chinese medicine water is seen as passive, relating to Kidneys – the warehouse of our vital energy and all yin qualities.
Pure drinking water has become a precious commodity in our overpopulated world, so finding and acquiring access to this may become important this year as well. There is a book well worth the read called “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water – You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! Don’t treat thirst with medications!” by F. Batmanghelidj.
Even Bruce Lee acknowledged water as the most powerful of the elements, which can destroy through hurricanes, tsunamis and floods. On this planet we as well as plants and other animals also need water in order to survive, and to purify. Much has come to pass for many us in these past couple of years, so let tears flow if they must, and find ways to release pent up emotions so that they don’t become stuck and toxic on cellular levels. Remember the discoveries in Dr. Masaro Emoto’s water molecule experiments, revealing that our words, thoughts, and emotions do indeed effect the energy and structure of not only the water we drink but the water that comprises up to 70% of our human bodies, and the water that makes up 75% of the surface of the Earth. If our words, thoughts, and emotions affect water, then it would make sense to assume that they affect just about everything else that surrounds us!