This March much our awareness is brought to all that remains in the recesses of the most injured parts of our hearts, minds and our karmic dustpans, as well the question as to whether we are ready to release the past.
With Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, there has been much emotional turbulence of the strange and sudden kind. Rivers of tears pouring from out of seeming nowhere, old painful memories resurfacing despite past attempts to release them, and ego blows that have stopped many of us dead in our tracks – perhaps to remind us to reconnect with our True selves.
The rune that presented itself for this month is Kano…
Kano functions as an opening – a gateway to other realms and states of consciousness. It also takes the meaning of Torch, Beacon, and Light, and heralds a time of vision, revelation, creative inspiration, vitality and the fires of transformation. Kano is said to leave nothing in dark corners, bringing illumination wherever it is needed most. It indicates the kindling and rekindling of passions both spiritual and sexual. Kano represents the light that helps us read or drive at night, the fire that helps us cook our food, keep ourselves warm. We are warned of the fire’s power to consume and burn us if we are reckless with this element and with our passions. We will be given the fuel to move forward, and success in projects and endeavors will show up later this month when Mercury goes Direct. Although some say that Kano corresponds with the sign of Aries which will also come into play later this month, there is also a feminine and watery nature to Kano, such as that of Pisces that encourages us to be open to exploration, new opportunities and limitless possibilities within both the physical and spiritual realms. We’re been nudged to take a look at the things, activities, and people that stir our interest, passion, and creativity and to enjoy the sacred dance of our interconnectedness with them. The healing properties of Kano include the ability to burn or cut away at blockages, or conversely to cool inflamed conditions. May Kano serve to remind us not to hide our light under a bushel, but shine brightly, and be who we are meant to be!
3/11/13 New Moon in Pisces
With seven major heavenly bodies all clustered together in Pisces, including Neptune as the ruling planet of Pisces, the sense of the ocean’s vastness and all that the ocean represents is up strong…emotions, desires, fear of the unknown, confusion, the subconscious, the Void. The New Moon brushes just slightly past Venus, which adds to the dreamy romantic quality of the sign, and Mars now sandwiched between Neptune and Chiron powers up the combination with fiery enthusiasm that may be dampened slightly by Retrograde Mercury in Pisces. There is strong desire…for something, someone, specific changes or manifestations, which must be tempered by the right outlook and willingness to wait for the appropriate timing in which to act. Uranus doesn’t make any hard aspects right now but its energy is sort of sitting there a bit after the New Moon like an unassuming volcano about to erupt when or where we least expect it. Waiting for the party to start with chips on the table might be a waste of precious time, because suddenly, something else will appear…an ambulance, a police car, a unicorn, or perhaps a UFO. Whatever it is, it will probably be the last thing we ever anticipated.
At the same time we are practicing our patience and laying low, we must be careful not to “drag our feet” in areas that need tending. There is not a great deal of physical vitality in general from which to draw upon now, so choosing wisely what to engage in, and how much energy to exert will be key factors in both how we are able to function and how things function for us in the coming weeks. It is a time to prioritize – to take care of all those niggling problems that won’t fit under the rug anymore without tripping us.
The asteroid Nephele, named after a cloud nymph is in conjunction with this New Moon at 21 degress of Pisces. There may be tests of integrity and loyalty to ourselves and each other, similar to the one in the Greek myth that arise with this Moon. It will be most important to discern what our own true values are verses what we’ve been force-fed and pressured into believing and experiencing. If the feeling is one of being all dressed up and no place to go, it is probably for the reason that being still is the best place to be at this time.
Sabian symbol for the Pisces New Moon 21-22 degrees:
“A Prophet Carrying Tablets Of The New Law Is Walking Down The Slopes Of Mount Sinai”
This Sabian symbol makes a biblical reference to Moses, after having received the 10 Commandments from God, designed for the followers of a new religious structure in devotion to God. We don’t have to be religious to notice the effects of this Full Moon’s expression. The keynote to this symbolic reference shows us the need to find or create practical outlets for the clarity that is gained during moments of profound realization. Many of us reading this may have had glimmering moments of enlightenment, but few of us can sustain the enlightened state for long periods of time in everyday circumstances.
Pisces as the final sign of the zodiac has the strongest desire to be “in the world but not of it”, and paradoxically must often find a balance midway between total immersion into the senses and the tendency to escapism from anything mundane.
- Bringing spiritual concepts and energy into physical manifestation
- Integrating powerful peak spiritual experiences with daily life – the sort of daily life and structure that correlates with Virgo as Pisces’ polar opposite sign.
- The ability to implement and make practice use of spiritual ideas and concepts. Nice theories won’t crack it – the question is do they work when the going gets tough? Fancy ceremonies are fine if they address a real need and will function to serve that in some way.
- Becoming aware of and acting upon the Inner Mandate for right conduct in any given situation.
- Overcoming the strong desire to rebel against authority or whatever mandate is for our own good. This goes beyond morals and is more about overcoming a propensity toward self-sabotage, angry rebellion and anarchy.
March 11th is a Queen of Diamonds day so service to others is highlighted by this as well as by the plethora of Pisces energy. People may be feeling extra sensitive so be aware of words and actions toward others.
3/20/13 Spring Equinox
The Sun’s passage into Aries marks the Spring Vernal Equinox in the Northern hemisphere. This is one of Nature’s own holidays, when she celebrates fertility, creativity, sexuality, vitality, and all the color and life blooming around and within her. From a human perspective this time offers us the opportunity to balance our life in some way, renewing our relationships to both others and ourselves. Savor the last couple of days of the softness, subtlety and gentleness of Venus in Pisces, for she will tumble and roll her way into Aries the evening of the 21st, and begin asserting and helping herself to whatever she fancies in the weeks to come!
3/27/13 Full Moon in Libra
This Full Moon is at 6 degrees of Libra, in an exact opposition with Venus, and very close opposition with Uranus, and then Mars. Equality and fairness in relationships is the underlining theme in Libra, and there will be many opportunities to set the records straight in our dealings with others a week leading up to and after this Full Moon. Libra also corresponds to the quality of listening in general, as well as acting in a fair manner for those involved. The challenge is not to lose oneself in this process. Aggression may have to be curbed while both the clarity and diplomacy in delivery will be more important than whatever methods of communication are being used. Yeah yeah…all of this is easier said than done when we’re in the heat of the moment! Most likely though, resolutions to some long-standing relationship problems and misunderstandings can be healed if we are open now. These relationships could be to spouses, friends, business partners, relatives, and even those we have considered to be our enemies.
Since the major asteroid Juno – named after the goddess Juno and wife of Jupiter, entered Aquarius early this month where it will be for the rest of this year, we will see what appears to be a growing trend of open relationships, alternative marriages, and role reversals as people try to sort out their various imbalances in these ways. The Full Moon in Libra forms a trine to Juno, which trines also to Jupiter in Gemini – brining together a Grand Trine… which is a complete recipe for what I’d like to call Relationship Independence. At least it’s not ambivalence. It’s the latest thing, and who knows it might even become more popular than codependence. What this means is that people will take back their autonomy, and personal license to live as they choose rather than limiting themselves to just pleasing their partner. The trine between the Moon and Juno will help to ensure that this is done in kind and loving ways instead of mean and selfish. Clear communication, attentive listening, and compassion helps create win-win situations. Those who are Aquarius, or have Aquarius Moon or Rising have already likely been feeling a build-up of this energy during the year 2012 as Neptune left their sign and now they are totally breaking loose from the chains they have felt constricted by. In general if people feel stifled, possessed or unfulfilled in their relationships the urge to break vows will be strong now. This will be a going more in the months ahead, and we will also probably see a lot of gay and bisexual people come “out of the closet” so to speak, bringing them much relief at a time when it is becoming more acceptable in our society.
The Sabian symbol for Sun at 6-7 degrees of Aries, directly opposite of the Moon:
“A Man Succeeds In Expressing Himself Simultaneously In Two Realms”
This symbol highlights the dualistic nature of the human being, with all of the possibilities that this humanness implies. It may also bear relevance to the shaman’s ability to hold space with a “foot in both worlds” communicating with both the living and the dead, moving energy in the spirit realm that creates an impact of healing in the physical world. There has been a theme all month of grounding spiritual energies and ideas into physical manifestation, and this Full Moon helps tie the energy together, offering us a vantage point of cohesiveness regarding our multidimensional selves and abilities.
The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon at 6-7 deg Libra:
“A Woman Feeding Chickens And Protecting Them From The Hawks”
What is being expressed through this Full Moon symbol is the need to become consciously aware of and face the antagonism both outside and within ourselves, as we seek to enlighten ourselves and grow spiritually. There are many pitfalls, temptations, and obstacles that we each face in our evolutionary journeys. There are times when our minds and emotions are made fragile by circumstances beyond our control and we must surrender to the guidance of some higher, wiser part of ourselves who knows the way and will steer us clear of danger. Our mind is like the wandering helpless chickens (especially when we run around like chickens with their heads cut off!), the hawks our prey – the powerful influences both within and without us, and the woman feeding and protecting the chickens is a reflection our intelligent and loving Higher Self.
March 27th is a 9 of Clubs day, so we each have the opportunity to shift our narrow focus from our own personal concerns and disappointments to the larger scheme of things, and our interconnectedness in that. Negative thought forms are showing up in order to be released. If things don’t seem fair, stand up and make some necessary changes that most likely begin with the self.
Wishing all a joyful and abundant Spring season!