Happy Birthday Pisces

I came across this beautiful poem the other day. It was in an episode of Lewis – an English crime series that I’m doing some serious binging on at the moment when I should be writing – procrastiwatching, I call it.

The line ‘And the moonbeams kiss the sea’ was what got me. Just how beautiful is that? So I googled it and found the whole thing: Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

As I read the lines, it all blurred into one thought: Pisces. It read like it would if Pisces was a poem.

Of course, if you read it from another perspective you’d also get Shelley’s Leo dramatic romanticism, but that’s another story.

The fountains mingle with the river

And the rivers with the ocean,

The winds of heaven mix for ever

With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single;

All things by a law divine

In one spirit meet and mingle.

Why not I with thine?—

 See the mountains kiss high heaven

And the waves clasp one another;

No sister-flower would be forgiven

If it disdained its brother;

And the Sunlight clasps the earth

And the moonbeams kiss the sea:

What is all this sweet work worth

If thou kiss not me?

 Just how beautiful is that?

Today the Sun moves into Pisces. That means that this little fishie has a birthday coming up. Don’t worry about wishing me happy returns just yet – it’s not for another few weeks. If you’d like to know more about Pisces – both the sun and the shadow – check out this post. After all, who better to tell you about Pisces than a Piscean?

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Pisces somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that the Sun will be warming and energising. It’s this part of life that you’ll find your imagination and spirituality stimulated. This month, it’s not so much about what’s practical as what’s possible. The beyondness (and yes, as far as I’m concerned, that’s a word) of Pisces has little time for ‘should’.

Pisces is first house for me, so I have a few weeks of recharging myself ahead. I have a busy couple of months deadline wise – and corporate job-wise – ahead, so need that shot of sunlight.

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. Naturally, if you do know where Pisces falls in your chart, you won’t need this guide.

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

Mercury in Pisces


I rarely go to the movies. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, just that I have limited downtime and it isn’t a priority. The other night though, my daughter and I saw The Greatest Showman. Oh, the spectacle! We both loved it.

On the way home, as we were talking and replaying the music, my daughter said ‘I nearly laughed at the words in that Million Dreams song, Mum. That’s so you – it’s why you can’t sleep. You have all those ideas and things running through your head.’

It’s so true. If you’ve seen the movie, have another listen, if you haven’t, google it on youtube. The song is pure Mercury in Pisces:

They can say, they can say I’ve lost my mind
I don’t care, I don’t care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design

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 workplace as an adult.

The truth is very different. 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 told all of this, I was managing multiple changes, and complex IT and relocation projects. Rather than being unable to deal with responsibility, the way my brain is wired allows me to juggle multiple completely unrelated problems simultaneously.

So was that astrologer wrong? Not necessarily. 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. The mode of operation in Pisces is at odds with the way that Mercury prefers to operate.
  • It’s in the 12th house – 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 that astrologer told me all those years ago, is a commonly held belief relating to Mercury in Pisces. We have our head in the clouds, we live in a fantasy world, the reality of pretty much anything is beyond us.that’s true. It’s also something that many Pisceans will point at and laugh and use as an excuse:

‘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. Sadly it’s these people and the shadow “woe is me” side to Pisces that many people think of when they think of Mercury in Pisces. They overlook the beyondness and the possibility of Pisces. The power of dreams that become real.

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. People like Alan Rickman (Sun Pisces), Elton John (Sun Aries), Robbie Williams (Sun Aquarius), Tony Robbins (Sun Pisces). And that’s just for starters. people who have dared to dream – and turned that dream into reality and an inspiration for others.

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. My brain operates fluidly – there are no boundaries between reality and fantasy, logic and creativity. I can segue relatively seamlessly from the heads of my made-up characters to the reality of the office. My characters, once created, take on their own life and are real to me. That’s how my Mercury operates.

Over the years I’ve worked out what suits me and how I need to protect myself and my thoughts from overwhelm:

  • 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.
  • I schedule time to be away from everyone for short periods of time – it’s too easy for me 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.
  • 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 because we’re fighting with what our head says and our heart feels. We could also be struggling 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 today, we’ll all have to deal with a little of this. My best advice? Don’t fight it, go with the flow. 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 Pisces – that will tell you what part of life you need to 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.

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. Of course, if you know where Pisces is in your chart, you won’t need this 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.

Astroweather: February 17, 2018

Mars square Neptune

Ok, let’s get some things straight with this. Firstly, your energy levels could be lower than usual this morning. Don’t fight that, but instead work with it. Secondly, you’ll probably feel more doubt and inadequacy that you usually do. It’s your call whether you listen to that and the nay-sayers around you or whether you decide that you’ll feel differently tomorrow. Thirdly, accept the consequences of your actions and avoid the temptation to blame others for the decisions that led to those actions. Fourthly, the influence doesn’t last that long, leaving you to get on with the business of the day. Next?

Sun conjunct Mercury

What else? The Sun and Mercury meet up today in a conjunction that is more than your average planetary joining together. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will know that this is known as cazimi.

But for everyone else, what does it mean? What is cazimi? While it sounds as though it’s something that Harry Potter would say as he waved his wand about a bit, it’s that point when the Sun and Mercury are as close together as they can be.

When Mercury is within, say, 8° of the Sun, it’s said to be combust – and combust is not a great place to be. It’s about being so blinded by the light that you can’t see straight or think straight. If you have Mercury within 8° of the Sun natally, you might be the one who says you’re often overlooked – or not listened to – as though your opinions can’t be seen beyond the light of the Sun. Right?

Up to 17° is referred to as being under the sunbeams – but I digress.

The thing is, there’s no need to feel alone in this – given that Mercury is never more than around 28° from the Sun, the chances are relatively high that your Mercury could be less than 8° from your sun.

Cazimi, on the other hand – that point where Mercury and the Sun join in a golden glow of uber understanding and concentration – is a very, very good place for Mercury to be…however briefly. It can bring with it a blinding flash of seriously, just how smart am I?

The aspect is exact at 11.45pm or thereabouts (Sydney time), and about 12:45 pm GMT, but Mercury is said to be cazimi within around 17’ of arc. No, I’m not going to do the calculation for that, and I can see your eyes beginning to glaze over. The one thing I want you to take away from this is that in that golden period, Mercury is elevated to the pure Mercury-ness of it – yep, even when Mercury is retrograde.

Astroweather: February 16, 2018

Today’s big news item is, of course, the New Moon/Solar Eclipse. I wrote about that the other day.

The other star aspect of the day is Venus sextile Saturn. Because it’s falling so close to the new Moon, it’s very much tied in with that.

We have this image of Saturn as being a bad guy – okay, maybe that’s just me – but there’s so much about Saturn that can be used for good. Actually, it isn’t just me – traditionally Saturn is a malefic planet and Venus is a benefic planet. As we all know too much of what we love isn’t a great thing, and when Venus bestows her warmth on Saturn what we end up with is… moderation of sorts.

With Venus sextile Saturn today, there are opportunities for sensible and realistic change – especially in relation to your, well, relationships.

When it comes to Saturn things often as bad as you think they are, and with Venus in Pisces, things often aren’t as good in reality as they are in your fantasies. What you have – and what you need to look for – is that place in the middle.

So yes, if you’re feeling lonely or detached or any of those other Saturn type words, don’t just dwell on what you’re not getting out of your relationships, think also about what you’re not putting into it.

Likewise, the fantasy element. Real life relationships have flaws, just as people have flaws and may not deserve the infallible pedestal status that you’ve elevated them to. This doesn’t mean that the relationship is doomed – even if that is what Saturn is whispering in your ear. It means that you’re both humans and, therefore, fallible.

When the Sun is in Aquarius, individuation is where the ego is at. The thing is, you don’t have to disrupt your relationships, pick a fight or run for the hills – if you take a step back, there may be a way to find your freedom within your existing structures…Sure you might have to tweak a little here, compromise a little there, and get real about what it is that you’re really feeling restless for.

Think about this and build it into your intentions this New Moon.

Astroweather: February 15, 2018


Mercury sextile Uranus

There’s a new Moon and solar eclipse early tomorrow (East Coast Australia) or later tonight (Northern hemisphere) – I told you about that the other day. That means we’re currently in the balsamic or dark phase of the Moon. As an aside, if you want to know more about eclipses, check out this link.

It’s that couple of days every month where finishing energy abounds, where it’s not a great idea to start anything new just yet but to physically or metaphorically close off the last cycle.

Today’s aspect is about capturing those ideas that stimulate your curiosity, there’s no need to act on them just yet though. Write them down, follow them if you will, perhaps even use the inspiration for your New Moon intention setting.  If they get away from you, that’s okay too.


Astroweather: February 14, 2018

Okay, okay, I know that it’s Valentine’s Day, but as this goes to press I’ll be away from home and interstate on a work trip and not feeling the Valentine thing…not that we ever actually “do” Valentine’s Day, but you get the idea.

First up, it’s Mercury square Jupiter.

We’re constantly told to live in the moment. If, like me, you’re active on Instagram – as an aside, it is seriously my favourite social media app of all…just saying…hashtag – you’ll be bombarded with clever memes about focusing on now, or today, or whatever.

I get that. If I’m being honest, I’d admit to wishing that I “got” it more. The thing is, there are times where we need to think about the future, plan for the future, have an idea of how you want the future to look. Otherwise, how do you know where you’re headed? And yes, I’m aware that the proponents of now-ism would say it doesn’t matter, you don’t need to know. Well, you know what? I’m ok for my plans to change along the path as life in all of its multi-textured splendour gets in the way of every well-laid plan, but I like for there to be something there to deviate from in the first place. Know what I mean?

It’s like leaving it until the last minute to realise you’ve outgrown your house and you have no financial plans in place to rectify it. It’s like when town planners release heaps of new lots of land or houses without considering the infrastructure required to deal with all the extra cars, or schools or shops. Oh right, that’s probably not a great example…but you get the idea.

Even if it’s just a bucket list or a dream destinations list – although these are probably more fitting to Pisces or Neptune contacts – this transit is a great one for long-range forecasting or modelling. Think bigger, wider, broader, but take care to remain flexible in your approach and your ideas. What else? Avoid being preachy and refusing to consider the viewpoints of others, don’t forget to stop and consider the finer details, and finally, stay optimistic, but not recklessly so. I’m sure you know what I mean about that.

Sun sextile Uranus

The whole of Aquarius season is about, at its core, individuation. I hate that word – much like I hate the word journey – but the message is appropriate. Wherever Aquarius is in your chart is the house that Uranus rules in your chart, and is where the outcomes of all Uranus transits are felt.

Sure, this probably means nothing if you’re not receiving any Uranus transits at the moment, but your Aquarius house is integral to your core or self-truth.

Today’s aspect – Sun sextile Uranus – is an opportunity for you to act a little more freely, make things a little more interesting, mix routine up a little more.

It’s not a day for making wholesale changes, or grand rebellious gestures, or even achieving breakthroughs. What it is, is an opportunity for you to follow your interest, your curiosity and just see where it takes you. Tweak a few things here and there, perhaps. It’s these small opportunities that, when taken, help further down the track when Uranus really is getting serious about prodding you to be who you really are.

Aquarius New Moon and Solar Eclipse

New Moon 27 Aquarius 08′ Solar Eclipse

8.06am 16 February, 2018 (Sydney AEDT), 9.06pm 15 February 2018 (GMT)

There are a few aspects to talk about in the days leading up to this New Moon, so I’m scheduling this post a few days earlier than I normally would. When you set your intentions though, take those aspects – the ones I’ll be telling you about in the next couple of days – into consideration.

Given that it’s the 2nd New Moon after the solstice, the Aquarius New Moon also coincides with Chinese New year.

I don’t know a lot about Chinese astrology, but I do know that this is the year of the Dog. I just googled my Sheep/Goat horoscope to see what the Year of the Dog had in store for me (don’t ask me for the site, I seriously was just googling around) and apparently I need to be wary of accidents when scuba diving and mountain climbing. Seriously though, it seems there are some surprises and successes, and I need to make health my top priority and watch also for shoulder injuries (just when I’m getting back into swimming).

Anyways, I’ll clean the house this afternoon and wash my hair – part of the whole new year thing is to go into the new year with a clean slate and clean hair. Washing your hair in the first couple of days of the new year can apparently wash your prosperity away. I’ll also roll oranges…or is it mandarins?…over my threshold…just to be sure.

A new Chinese lunar year means a new moon for us all – and that new moon is in Aquarius…so what perfect time to think about your connections.

We’ve been here on the Sunshine Coast for almost a year now and I can say that the only thing I miss about my life in Sydney is friends and family. Working from home I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to meet new people – not yet. I may never have met some of the people I actively “talk” to every day on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (mostly Instagram – I’m rarely to be found on Facebook these days), but there are a number of people in social media and the blogging community who are part of my sprawling connection network. They’re in my life in some way for some reason. We’ve all connected for a reason.

Everyone that we connect with teaches us something about ourselves, and – good or bad – is there any better gift? Perhaps the greatest challenge we have is to grow into our own skin…to become who we need to be…who we are meant to be.

Sure we have issues with fear, and desire, and hunger and power, but at the end of the day, the only person whose opinion of us really matters to us is our own.

Most of the time we don’t think too much about this. Why would we? Every so often though, something rings our bell. An issue with authority, someone threatening our independence, someone forcing us into the category they believe we should be in, a cause we passionately want to band together with others to pursue.

Yes, what I’m talking about here is the Uranian story. It tends to come up each time transiting Uranus triggers something in your chart, or each time Uranus itself is triggered.

To an extent, it’s also being triggered now – at the Aquarius New Moon.

Wherever 27 Aquarius 08’ (or thereabouts) is in your chart is where issues of independence, individuality, attitude to authority, conformity and connectivity are being raised. It’s also where you now have an opportunity to set intentions to tweak these issues.

The thing about New Moons is that it’s dark – you don’t know what’s around the corner. You have to take the first steps into the dark without knowing what’s around the corner.

The other thing about New Moons is, very often nothing happens to you, it happens within you. You’re the one who needs to set the intention and see what happens.

This New Moon happens to also be a solar eclipse – reinforcing the Uranian themes of this New Moon. (If you want to know more about eclipses, I posted something a few weeks ago.)

To be really technical, this one is from the same series of eclipses (Saros Series 1 South) that last came around in January and February 2000, and before that in January 1982.

To quote from Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark:

‘This family of eclipses is concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you will be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of haste, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.

Doing it for yourself…

As you probably know by now, this site isn’t about telling you what will happen, but rather giving you the tools to attempt to identify the themes for yourself. That’s the DIY part of the tagline. 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 27 Aquarius 08, or thereabouts. This is the area of life that you’re being asked to look at your connections, your individuality, your future.

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!!!!!!!!!!******

This is the 12th house for me, so I’m focusing on how I relax, unwind – and the fact that I rarely do either – and those habits that continually bring me undone. The 12th is a house whether things tend to be done subconsciously and, as Aquarius is a fixed sign, the habits are, shall we say, well ingrained.

Make like Aquarius and think future, think authentic and think outside the box. What can you do over the next 28 days to change this situation? Are there any quick wins to be had? Be a little progressive and left-field when you’re setting intentions.

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 Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces this New Moon falls in your12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer this New Moon falls in your8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo this New Moon falls in your7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your2nd house.

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.

Gong xi fa cai- happiness and prosperity…



Astroweather: 10 February 2018

Sun square Jupiter

This is one of those aspects where even if you feel as though you’ve bitten off more than you can chew – and, let’s face it, you probably have – the potential is there for you achieve stuff that you mightn’t have thought possible.

Given that both the Sun and Jupiter are currently in fixed signs (Aquarius and Scorpio respectively) even if you have taken on more than you would normally be able to handle, you’re probably unlikely to admit that to anyone.

The fine print? If you do meet with opposition or obstruction do try and see their point of view as well – both the Sun and Jupiter are generous by nature and a little of that goes a long way.