Pisces Full Moon and Eclipse: Riptide

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I have some pet hates when it comes to words. Words like journey and resonate make me cringe. Sometimes they even give me a little mouth vomit (and yes, before you write to me, I’m sure that there are words that I use that make you cringe too). Every so often, though, something comes into my inbox or blog feed that resonates with me so much that the only word I can use to describe how closely it resonated with me is resonates.

This morning it was April Elliott Kent’s Pisces Full Moon essay. The title resonated with me: How to Survive Quicksand. The reference to quicksand; the idea that it’s not the quicksand that will necessarily suck you down, but the panic; and that the best way to survive it is to gently reposition and float to the top. Yep, you guessed it- it all resonated with me. So much so that I kicked out my original idea for this Full Moon post in order to tell you why.

Because it was the exact word that I used yesterday when talking to my friend about the change that we’re planning. It’s a huge change and I’m a little scared to talk too much about it until I’ve got everything straight in my head, but yesterday I told him that I’d been feeling this year as though I was getting sucked down into quicksand, that the ground beneath my feet was shifting and moving rather than stabilising, and that I was scared I was going under. He told me that maybe I needed to reposition things and try and float a bit. See why April’s post resonated?

I guess it’s sort of like when you get caught in a rip (I think they call it a riptide in the US) in the ocean- as the current is pulling you further and further away from the shore, your instinct is to swim as hard as you can back to safety. The thing is, the ocean is stronger than you are and all you do is exhaust yourself and get nowhere.

To save from drowning in a rip they tell you to swim with it but parallel to the shore- the theory being that currents tend to be relatively narrow and you should pop out of it (fingers crossed). Alternatively float or tread water to save energy. Again, it’s the panic that takes you down.

This change I’m planning, will be, I’m sure, the best thing for us. Everywhere we go, everyone we talk to has yet another sign pointing in that direction. It will be hard- change at this level always is- but in the long run it feels right and it feels like a culmination. Yet, at the same time, I’m second guessing, worrying over details, trying to make it all as perfect and stress-free as it can be- even though I know that this is an impossible ask. Change is, by definition, chaos, and controllable only to a degree. The future, the outcome? I have no control over that, but it hasn’t stopped me asking the what if questions…or casting more than a few horary charts.

I told my friend that if so much hadn’t already happened this year I’d be able to think more clearly about this decision. He said that if the things that had happened this year hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t even be having the conversation. I suspect he’s right- but don’t tell him I said so.

The point is, this is a very Pisces Full Moon realisation- the struggle between panicking at the chaos and finding a point to float through is real indeed. Sure, there are times when you need to force and fight your way through- swim against the current. There are also times when it’s best to flip onto your back and look at the pretty shapes the clouds are making- metaphorically speaking, of course.

This Full Moon is also an eclipse and it’s at about this time that people start to worry about impending doom and gloom and how the rains of hell will start to fall on them and their chart- if, indeed, there is rain in hell. Eclipses can absolutely bring change, but it doesn’t follow that the change will be sudden, or bad or difficult, or any of those other words. It could be subtle- so subtle that you don’t notice that it even happened for months…or years. It can be any of these things and none of them- that’s the thing about eclipses. If you want to know more about them, check out this post. If you want to know more about how they might personally impact you and your chart, you can purchase one of Big Sky Astrology’s Moonshadow report. The links on the sidebar on the website.

As for the usual Full Moon DIY thing?

I’ll pop that up tomorrow…

Oh, before I go, you’ll be wanting the technical stuff? The Full Moon is at 24 Pisces 20′. It’s Friday (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and Saturday if you’re here in Oz.

La Vie en Rose… Venus in Pisces

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I love this song. It’s the melody, the lyrics, Piaf’s smoky voice… It’s perfect for Venus in Pisces. Another great song choice would be the one by Savage Garden:

I knew I loved you before I met you…I think I dreamed you into life…

Anyways, regardless of song choice, Venus is now in Pisces, a sign she exults in being.

If you want to know more about it, check out something I prepared (much) earlier…you’ll find it here.

If you’re a Pisces woman (or love one), have Venus in Pisces, or Venus in close aspect to Neptune (especially by conjunction or trine) you’ll want to read this.

Pisces New Moon: I have a dream…

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So anyways, I have this issue with boundaries. I find it difficult to operate within them, so I seek to escape their confinement- yet without them I’m pure chaos.

My friend Clementine Atkins described it well in a post a couple of years ago:

Within its boundless state we have chaos, panic, fear.  Nothing is clear or precise – all is just a merging of images, dreams, ideals, memories, experiences, yearnings.  It is from this swirling mass that Pisces needs to find meaning, definition and direction.  It was also from a swirling mass of everything and nothing that the big bang was meant to have happened and we had the beginning of a new universe.

It’s from chaos that dreams are able to form.

The thing about dreams is they either stay in your head or come out of the bucket and onto the table. The other thing about dreams is that once they are on the table, they are no longer dreams, but goals. And once a dream becomes a goal, there is no going back. Another thing about dreams? Sometimes you just have to trust that they can come true.

While a dream is still just a dream, it can be an escape, a sanctuary…especially if, like me, you have Pisces on the Ascendant or the Sun or Moon in Pisces. When a dream is still a dream, it is the fantasy that keeps it alive, the possibility that one day you might attain your desire.

As soon as it becomes a goal, all of that becomes way too real.

Sometimes Pisces and her dreams can seem as transient as a drop of dew on the petal of a rose. The mistake people make when they think of Pisces is to assume that we are weak, spineless. But move that dew-drop and what happens? That drop has its own skin and simply changes its form.

Pisces has a habit of making her dreams come true- in ways that may not seem obvious to other signs. How? Often simply by refusing to look at the possible negatives, and keeping your focus on possibility.

It’s how Pisces can make it happen- because it may not have occurred to them that it can’t…or because they have grown up sufficiently to allow reality to get in the way of a good dream.

The danger, of course, is in using the fantasy as an escape. Another is in trying to control the fear, as opposed to acknowledging it and letting it go.

Now is the time to clear out all of that, all of doubt, all of that fear. In this last day before the New Moon, let it go- all of it- and take sanctuary in whatever it is that Pisces represents for you.

This New Moon is spiritual, creative and immensely emotive. Intensified by the energy of the eclipse, this New Moon really is the point where the other world meets the real world- where that which is hidden becomes exposed.

It’s that point where boundaries are beautifully blurred between what you know and what you know.

If you have a creative project you have been delaying on, or making excuses for, now is the time to listen to what you know in your heart, what you know intuitively. Leave the head stuff for later- much later.

With this much energy, there is no ignoring the fact that one part of your life requires a dream, is asking for inspiration, needs to, well, trust.

Wherever Pisces is in your chart is where this blurring will be in your life. Escape from your everyday into it, take sanctuary in it, go with it. Let your imagination roam free. Float into the beyond. Follow your dream- even if it means coming face to face with your biggest fears in the process.

Doing it for yourself…

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

The position you’re looking for is 18 Pisces 56’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

Make like Pisces and surrender to the dream- even if it does seem impossible. What can you do over the next 28 days to change this situation? Are there any quick wins to be had? Pay extra attention to your nightly dreams, and if you need to, find some quiet space to meditate.

For me?

This New Moon and eclipse falls conjunct my 1st house Sun, and opposite my 7th house Pluto.

There’s plenty happening in the background that’s far from great at the moment, but I’m looking to make some big changes. I wrote about it yesterday over at and anyways.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, This New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, This New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, This New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, This New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, This New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, This New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Virgo, This New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, This New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, This New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, This New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, This New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, This New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

Remember…

Often times absolutely nothing will happen…or seem to happen…even if you are receiving a direct contact. When it comes to the moon, the effects are usually quite subtle.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Mercury in Pisces: This is how it feels…

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As you’d know by now- mainly because I’ve been faffing on about it- I have lots on at the moment…only some of which I can tell you about. The rest is another story for a very long time down the track.

Anyways, usually I can juggle it. Somehow my brain can segue relatively easily from work issues into blogging or astro writing and then into the world of my characters. I think it helps that I’m usually in the car for over an hour in the afternoons, so can switch modes by listening to something completely different on a podcast.

Indeed, in the office, my brain will juggle multiple completely unrelated problems simultaneously- that’s the nature of the operation I manage.

This hasn’t been the case in February. While I’ve been able to keep my work brain switched on, I’ve struggled with the rest. I’ve especially struggled to get into the heads of my characters. Rationality has taken over- I suspect that’s been the Aquarian influence- and my normal escape routes have been closed.

It’s why things have been quiet here- the tasks I have fixed deadlines on and therefore, eventual income attached to them, have priority over the blogging. That’s as it should be.

When I was first learning astrology, I was told- by someone who should know better- that because my Mercury was so “bad” (yes, the word was used) that I would have had trouble learning as a child, and functioning at any level of seniority in the work place as an adult.

I had no difficulties at school. I graduated high school with a very respectable ATAR that got me entry into a top Aussie Uni to study Economics and Political Science. I graduated from there with respectable marks. At the time I was managing multiple changes, and complex IT and relocation projects.

There’s no denying that my Mercury is, according to the texts, in a pretty crappy state:

  • It’s in Pisces- a sign where it is in both its’ fall and its’ detriment ie is absoflippinglutely not comfortable.
  • It’s in the 12th house- so almost like being in Pisces twice over- hidden away, living in its’ own head.
  • It’s retrograde- so almost like being in Pisces three times over.

According to traditional astrology, my crappy Mercury couldn’t get any crappier. Unless, perhaps if it was in Pisces in the 12th, and also conjunct Saturn. My BMF- who runs an international multi-faceted operation- has that placement and, like me, manages to cope just fine.

What  told me, is a commonly held belief relating to Mercury in Pisces. It’s a belief that many Pisceans will point at and laugh and say stuff like:

‘Oh, ooops, there were consequences to that?’

‘Oh, ooops, I can’t help it, I have Pisces in Mercury. I can’t be expected to think.’ Cue cute giggle.

Yes, I’ve heard both- and more.

The thing is, I’ve somehow learnt to adapt well to my Mercury- and I’m not alone. Consider all the other successful Pisceans who have done the same.

Since meeting that astrologer, who should have known better and will remain forever nameless, I’ve grown to love my Mercury. In fact, with what I do, Mercury is in the best possible placement that it could be. If I was to invent a Mercury placement for a romantic fiction writer, I couldn’t have planned it better.

I learn best in isolation, I learn best through absorption, I learn best when I allow myself to feel my way and trust my intuition.

I work best when I have a number of things on the go. My brain doesn’t like to be contained- it needs to wander into possibility and fantasy. It closes down when there’s no escape route in sight.

I process best when I have a safe place to express emotionally, and the space to do so.

It’s one of the reasons that I have to schedule time to be away from everyone for short periods of time- Pisces can seriously be that porous that it’s too easy to absorb the mood of others. The boundaries where you end and I start can be so thin as to be almost invisible. This is why, from time to time, I’ll disappear from Facebook. I absolutely have to.

When on conference, I try and choose accommodation away from the group and have me time before and after sessions. It’s the only way that I can make sense of what I’ve learnt.

I know my brain, and its’ weaknesses. I know that left to my own devices I’ll drift from project to project. It’s why I work best to deadline. Even though I self-publish my fiction, I pre-set delivery deadlines with my editor- and make sure that I stick to them.

There is no doubt that Mercury in Pisces works differently to Mercury in other signs. But that’s what it is- different…not better and absolutely not worse.

There’s a lot about us that frustrates those with Mercury in more classic Mercury signs.

  • There’s the way we flit from subject to subject and somehow end up where we were in the first place.
  • There’s the way we can have conversations with other water Mercuries where very little is said, but much is understood.
  • There’s the way we disappear into our own head to the extent that we can play out an entire situation and believe that’s the way that it is.
  • There’s the way that we don’t necessarily want to talk about those feelings that are most important to us, because it’s inconceivable to us that you really don’t know how we’re feeling- after all, we probably know how you’re feeling…it’s already become part of us.
  • There’s the way that you can hurt us with your “honest” feedback- you may have already forgotten, but it’s now part of us- we can’t separate from the words.
  • There’s the way we vacillate or delay when making personal decisions- not because we can’t, but we’re fighting with what our head says and our heart feels…and we could also be trying to separate what we want from what we’ve absorbed from you.

Other water Mercuries “get” this. Air Mercuries, in particular, struggle with the idea of it…or should that read the no idea of it?

As Mercury moves into Pisces tonight, we’ll all have to deal with a little of this. My best advice? Don’t fight it, go with the flow. Allow your thoughts to drift in whichever direction they choose- even if right now none of it seems rational. For now it’s about imagination and possibility. Wherever Pisces is in your chart is where you need to look reality in the eye and then deny its existence.

If you want to know more about Mercury in Pisces, check out this post.

Doing it for yourself…

If you have your chart already, look for the symbol for Mercury

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And the symbol for Pisces.

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If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

 

Pisces: This is what dreams are made of…

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Ruler: Jupiter (traditional), Neptune (modern)

Exalted: Venus

Detriment: Mercury

Fall: Mercury

Polarity: Feminine/ Negative

Modality: Mutable

Element: Water

Body Parts: immune system, lymphatic system, feet, invaders such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungus, movement across the cells

Nature: moist, cold, passive, receptive, psychic, adjusting, attuning

Pisces represents diffusion..

This post was first published last year…it’s been slightly updated…

The Sun is now in Pisces. This means that it’s birthday season for this little fishie- and buy, do I have a lot of Pisces in my chart!

So, who better, I say, to say it as it is than a Piscean….

Pisces has a reputation of being dependent, addictive, escapist, indecisive, drifting, lazy, depressive, blame shifting, manipulative and fickle.

We are also told that we tend to have a victim mentality, are confused, delusional, overly sympathetic and self-destructive. We have no boundaries, no structure and can be self-indulgent. We’re too forgiving and let the same people kick us again and again. We trust too easily, we believe too easily, we’re easily led…usually astray.

Yep, we are all those things, but we are also a little bit of every other sign in the zodiac.

At our best we can be mystical, visionary, intuitive, healing, and irresistible…but at our worst, we are definitely all of the above.

Usually, however, we are somewhere in the middle and can exist with reasonable success in society. Some of us even manage to hold down responsible jobs that require us to consider details, consequences and make decisions- often on the fly and under considerable pressure.

In very many situations, many of us still feel a lot like a fish out of water.

I know both sides of the fish very well. At different times and for different reasons I have done bad fish. But what the world sees as the Pisces shadow I don’t always necessarily agree with.

They tell us that we’re too imaginative, too sympathetic, too dreamy, too emotional, too fantasy driven, too believing, too trusting, too naïve. They say it like it’s a bad thing.

I don’t think the emotionalism is a weakness, I don’t think dreaming is a bad thing. I don’t see that there’s anything wrong with trusting people and seeing the best in them. It means we care deeply and intensely, we have visions of things as they can be… and we truly believe that there are no limits to what is possible.

If we can imagine it, we can dream it into life….our imagination is limited only by our boundaries…and they are tenuous indeed.

Pisces is arguably the most vulnerable of all signs. Whilst all three water signs are motivated solely by their emotions, both Cancer and Scorpio have a hard outer shell that shields their emotions from the world. Both will question before trusting, and analyse the data before exposing themselves. Pisces doesn’t tend to do this.

Our protection- if, indeed, it is protection- is the mask we wear. We have an innate ability to be whoever we need to be, to appear to be part of whatever reality we need to be in- while we live in our own version of it.

This makes a strange sort of sense. We can’t afford to let the world see who we really are or what we are feeling. Others can say things that hurt us deeply, but we can laugh it off… on the outside.

Pisces is not as interested in worldly matters and material success as the real world dictates that we should be. Other signs have difficulty understanding this.

We are influenced by both the expansionary positivism of our traditional ruler, Jupiter and the illusive glamour of Neptune.

Whilst Pisces has a definite tendency to pessimism and lethargy this is reflective of the relative strength of Jupiter in the chart. A prominent Jupiter will provide optimism and faith… but also a tendency to self-indulgence.

Neptune gives us an amazing imagination and intuition and ability to care for others at the expense of ourselves…but also a tendency to self-sacrifice. Neptune dissolves boundaries, and the ego. If boundaries don’t exist, how can there be consequences? Imagine there’s no country…

This is the world of the fish- two extremes: reality/illusion, empathy/ self sacrifice, waves of success/ dark depths of despair.

Pisces needs to belong to someone. Love, romance, affection, sex- it is all one and the same to us. We don’t do black and white, we need colour, we need to be shown that we are loved, and in response we will love you like you have never been loved before.

Unfortunately, this often means that we don’t notice (at first) when you treat us badly or ignore us or exploit us. This is largely because of those non-existent boundaries- sometimes we really truly don’t know where you end and we begin. As such, we assume that you feel about us the way we do about you. Why wouldn’t you?

Pisces is loyal and devoted, but can drift into an alternative relationship if she feels that her needs are not being met. This is often not a deliberate decision, but rather something that just happens- and usually without any awareness of the consequences.

In fact, Pisces is able to be in love with more than one person at one time- without knowing why, but loving both deeply and completely for different reasons. This isn’t to say that Pisces is fickle or unfaithful- it isn’t that simple, or that complex.

Pisces can also stay in a relationship that is rapidly decaying simply because she feels sorry (in some way) for her partner. A tendency to co-dependency is another Neptunian trait.

The ideal partner for Pisces will allow us to dream, allow us to feel, give us the level of security we need to feel good about ourselves, yet provide us with enough support to engage with the real world.

The cruelest thing anyone can do to Pisces is to take away her dreams and tell her that she can’t feel.

In the right environment, Pisces can work miracles. Without boundaries, the sky really is the limit. If Pisces can learn to trust herself, value herself and listen to her intuition, dreams really can come true.

Like it or not, part of your chart will also be Pisces territory- it’s this part of life that the Sun will be shining on for you this month. 

 

Sun, Dirt, Water- Pisces Full Moon

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So anyways, this morning hubby and I were in Bunnings. For non-Aussies, Bunnings is a huge hardware chain. It’s one of those stores that men disappear into. It’s like a giant man cave. My husband, who is not at all the DIY type, loves it. That’s the thing about Bunnings- it makes you feel as though somehow you could be DIY inclined.

This morning as we were walking the aisles trying to decide between the battery operated hedge trimmer or the petrol version as his surprise Father’s Day present, when we heard another couple squabbling over the same kit.

He said, ‘I really want a hedge trimmer, Darl.’

She said, ‘we don’t have a hedge to trim.’

He said, ‘it’s not about having a hedge.’

Naturally, I tweeted the conversation, but as I was typing the words it occurred to me- that man’s wife had totally missed the point. Bunnings isn’t about practicalities. Sure, it’s full of building, gardening and DIY needs, but more than that, it’s about possibilities.

Then it occurred to me that this is exactly what the Full Moon in Pisces (in the early hours of Sunday morning here in Aus, sometime during Saturday for those of you in the Northern hemisphere) is about- that balance between possibility and practicality…dreams and reality…

When the Moon is in Pisces, for a few days we’re in a world where everything is one and anything is possible. It’s a couple of days where imagination and illusion are heightened. Throw a Full Moon into the picture and it’s all magnified.

The Pisces Full Moon casts the spotlight firmly on the differences between fantasy and reality, escapism and routine, empathy and practicality, chaos and organization, flying by the seat of your pants and following process, breezy disregard for detail and attention to fine details. Wherever this falls in your chart is the area of life that is being exposed to these contrasts.

The Pisces Moon looks to escape into the dream world of the imagination. Virgo Sun looks to reality and practicalities and efficiency. Virgo Sun reminds us that there is a huge list of everyday things that have to be done…but under the Pisces Full Moon we ask whether it needs to be done now, or whether it can wait.

At last years Pisces Full Moon I wrote about how I’d made the decision to self-publish my novel, Baby, It’s You. The Full Moon was conjunct (and I mean conjunct) my Ascendant- the Full Moon was at 16 Pisces 19’ and my Ascendant is 16 Pisces 29’. Reading that post this afternoon, I was amazed at how it had all panned out over the last 12 months.

This years Pisces Full Moon is conjunct (and I mean conjunct) my Mercury. The Full Moon is at 6 Pisces 06’ and my Mercury is 6 Pisces 18’. Yesterday I had an editorial meeting to talk about the structural work required on my 2nd novel. Yes, my editor is has a strong Virgo signature. She takes my ideas and helps give them substance and form. It’s a perfect partnership.

Next months Solar Eclipse falls exactly opposite my Sun…and I mean to the degree exactly. There’s a story here.

If you’ve been keeping your own lunar journals, check out what was going on for you at last years Full Moon.

What about at this years Pisces New Moon? The intentions that you made then are at a point where they can be seen most clearly. Perhaps they need tweaking, perhaps something is culminating for you, perhaps opposing forces (perceived or real) are putting roadblocks in your way. Perhaps you’re ready to give up. Only you can answer these questions.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill. If not, check out this post and refer back to Tuesday Toolbox lesson 1 and 1.1 if you need help drafting or reading your chart.

You’re looking for 6 Pisces 6′- so also take an orb of 2 degrees (or so) before and after that. The symbol for Pisces is below…

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In my case, the lessons of this Full Moon will begin in the 1st and the 12th houses- where the Moon and Mercury reside natally in my chart.

Most of the action is taking place in the 12th. This is where I escape to, or into. It’s where my imagination is, where my stories hide, where I come undone, and where I sabotage the efforts I’ve made in the 6th.

The outcomes? As always, with Cancer on the cusp of my 5th house, Full Moons impact this area of life. Mercury rules my 4th and 7th houses, so it’s also about home, roots, family and relationship.

Aside from what else is going on at the moment, this has a literal translation for my current book as it’s these themes that Big Girls Don’t Cry explores.

Try it for yourself…

The title comes from a song by Aussie band, The Waifs.

New Moon in Pisces: I Have a Dream…

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So anyways, I have this issue with boundaries. I find it difficult to operate within them, so I seek to escape their confinement- yet without them I’m pure chaos.

My friend Clementine Atkins describe it well in a post a couple of years ago:
Within its boundless state we have chaos, panic, fear.  Nothing is clear or precise – all is just a merging of images, dreams, ideals, memories, experiences, yearnings.  It is from this swirling mass that Pisces needs to find meaning, definition and direction.  It was also from a swirling mass of everything and nothing that the big bang was meant to have happened and we had the beginning of a new universe.

It’s from chaos that dreams are able to form.

The thing about dreams is they either stay in your head or come out of the bucket and onto the table. The other thing about dreams is that once they are on the table, they are no longer dreams, but goals. And once a dream becomes a goal, there is no going back. Another thing about dreams? Sometimes you just have to trust that they can come true.
While a dream is still just a dream, it can be an escape, a sanctuary…especially if, like me, you have Pisces on the Ascendant or the Sun or Moon in Pisces. When a dream is still a dream, it is the fantasy that keeps it alive, the possibility that one day you might attain your desire.

As soon as it becomes a goal, all of that becomes way too real.

Sometimes Pisces and her dreams can seem as transient as a drop of dew on the petal of a rose. The mistake people make when they think of Pisces is to assume that we are weak, spineless. But move that dew-drop and what happens? That drop has its own skin and simply changes its form.

Pisces has a habit of making her dreams come true- in ways that may not seem obvious to other signs. How? Often simply by refusing to look at the possible negatives, and keeping your focus on possibility.

It’s how Pisces can make it happen- because it may not have occurred to them that it can’t…or because they have grown up sufficiently to allow reality to get in the way of a good dream.

The danger, of course, is in using the fantasy as an escape. Another is in trying to control the fear, as opposed to acknowledging it and letting it go.

Now is the time to clear out all of that, all of doubt, all of that fear. In this last day before the New Moon, let it go- all of it- and take sanctuary in whatever it is that Pisces represents for you.

This New Moon is spiritual, creative and immensely emotive. With this much energy, there is no ignoring the fact that one part of your life requires a dream, is asking for inspiration, needs to, well, trust.

Falling in the very last degree of Pisces, and intensified by an eclipse, this New Moon really is the point where the other world meets the real world- where that which is hidden becomes exposed.

It’s that point where boundaries are beautifully blurred between what you know and what you know. If you have a creative project you have been delaying on, or making excuses for, now is the time to listen to what you know in your heart, what you know intuitively. Leave the head stuff for later- much later.

Wherever Pisces is in your chart is where this blurring will be in your life. Escape from your everyday into it, take sanctuary in it, go with it. Let your imagination roam free. Float into the beyond. Follow your dream- even if it means coming face to face with your biggest fears in the process.

Ok, DIY time.

1. Look for Pisces in your chart. The symbol is below- it’s back to back C’s with a line joining them together.

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2. Now look for 29 Pisces. What house does it fall in?

  • Have you got any planets or chart points between, say 26 Pisces and the very end of Pisces? It’s an eclipse, so let’s go a little wider- even out as far as 4 degrees. Obviously though, the closer the orb, the greater the influence.
    These planets will be conjunct the New Moon.
  • What about in the last 4 degrees of Virgo? These will be in opposition to the New Moon.
  • What about the last 4 degrees of Gemini or Sagittarius? These will be square to the New Moon.
  • Any planet in the last 4 degrees of Cancer or Scorpio will be trine the New Moon.
  • Any planet in the last 4 degrees of Taurus or Capricorn will be sextile the New Moon.

Now, check out the aspects and follow the DIY guide I posted yesterday.

As for intentions?

This month the New Moon falls in my first house, conjunct my Moon, so my goals are focused around me- and my image…who knows, I could decide to wear lippie and a face more often…or not.

Try it for yourself…

Mercury in Pisces- When You Say Nothing At All

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This post was originally published a couple of years ago…

One of my closest friends has his Mercury in Pisces- just like me. Like me, his Mercury is more Piscean than the usual Pisces Mercury because it’s in the 12th house. His Mercury is better than mine because it’s direct (mine is retrograde), but also worse than mine because it’s conjunct Saturn, so I guess we are pretty well even.

The point is, we talk about stuff without talking about it- if you know what I mean. We can talk around it, or refer to it or come into it backwards, but at the end of the day we both have a pretty good idea about what’s been said- largely from what hasn’t been said. This is especially the case when we’re talking about something that neither of us really wants to talk about- it gets said without being said. We’ve had some pretty important conversations over the years using this method.

Mercury hates being in Pisces. A lot. And it really isn’t that difficult to see why. In the signs that Mercury rules- Virgo and Gemini- he has things to do, information to gather, details to take care of and lots to say. As Mercury is about how we think and communicate and learn, such occupation keeps him happy. In Pisces he has a different role entirely, and it’s not one he’s comfortable with.

Pisces has big dreams and a limitless future. Pisces feels her way through and doesn’t do data or details- that isn’t to say that she can’t, just that after analysing it she will still listen to her intuition… and often be right. Pisces is what the traditional astrologers call a mute sign- she doesn’t say much- but she communicates on so many more levels than verbal.

This isn’t to say that the communication is ineffective, but it is different- and for that reason, often misunderstood. Mercury in Pisces behaves very much like Mercury retrograde behaves. Pisces lives in an “other” world, almost a parallel world- a world of fantasy and daydreams and where bad stuff doesn’t happen to good people and dreams can come true.

In order to perpetuate that illusion, Mercury in Pisces will evade, divert, manipulate and spin. Not usually for any malicious reason, but just to keep everyone happy and the romance alive. Where this fails, she will pop her head nicely into the sand and pretend that the bad stuff doesn’t happen…much like I declare that Saturn doesn’t exist and I really can drop this 20kgs in 2 weeks.

The biggest challenge that Mercury in Pisces has, is the ability to verbalise feelings and needs. Her message is very often elusive and illusive- disguised in something else. This frustrates other signs incredibly. Mercury in Pisces has no problems passing on messages as long as it doesn’t involve her own deepest emotions- these get stuck in her throat somewhere between head and heart and are generally communicated in other ways- through actions, songs, writing. Pisces is indeed mute, but rationalises that “if they really knew me/ loved me/ cared about me they would know how I felt.” Whatever spin is put on it, the root cause is fear of exposure and fear of rejection.

What Mercury in Pisces does say is said with imagination, perception, and sympathy. It also isn’t to say that Mercury in Pisces doesn’t retain information- we do, but in a different way. I have often said that I have the worst Mercury in history, yet from somewhere in the deepest part of my brain an amazing amount of seemingly useless trivia resides, just waiting to be brought out. The information may be disorganised and filed differently to that of people with stronger Mercury placements, but I can always find it when I need to… the connections are made by a recall of emotion. It’s why, very often, my favourite photos are not technically the best ones that I take, but rather are the ones where I capture how the image makes me feel what I felt when I looked through that lens.

This also means that Mercury in Pisces makes her choices based on emotions too, and often without an awareness of the potential consequences attached to those choices. It’s a boundary thing. It’s one of the reasons why Pisces can very often be seen as being selfish- often it’s because the outcomes have simply not occurred to her.

Mercury, like Venus, rarely strays far from the Sun, so Mercury in Pisces is only found in people who have the Sun in Aquarius, Pisces or Aries. In Aquarius, Mercury in Pisces adds imagination and creativity to invention, in Aries, Mercury in Pisces adds empathy and intuition, softening the Warrior somewhat.

A random tweet I read this morning said this nicely: “Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.” This is very much Mercury in Pisces. While it means that we have the ability to follow our intuition and reach for the sky, in taking this attitude we also quite successfully delude ourselves- especially in regards to my ability to lose 20kgs in 2 weeks… Whats that? You mean the results they have on Biggest Loser aren’t realistic? Who would have thought?

This sound like you? If you have Neptune in close aspect to Mercury (especially by conjunction, square, or opposition) or Mercury in the 12th house it may behave very like Mercury in Pisces.