Pisces New Moon Mandala
March 8, 2016
With this new moon we close another annual cycle. I have coined this past year as the year of “enough is enough” or to put it another way, “It’s now or never” or “If not now, when?” Change was needed. Changes were made. I have watched marriages dissolve… others seem to be reconciling their differences. Other people are instituting healthcare and self-care measures in deeper and more meaningful ways and are coming to a greater sense of self and of balance. Others still are making plans to completely change their lives for the better. For some this means a physical move.
In Pisces, the cycle of deep, deep water and vivid dreams, we come face-to-face with and contemplate our desires, dreams and beliefs. And what we believe, whether we realize it or not, impacts how we behave, our habits, our relationships – truly, every aspect of life is impacted by what we consciously (and unconsciously) believe.
There are really only 2 simple shapes in this mandala that create what you see: several ovals of varying sizes and 4 squares.
There are two sets of 7 ovals or “eggs.“ Ovals often remind me of eggs. Like seeds they represent potential…dreams…possibilities. Eggs also represent hope and the incubation of new life.
Fourteen ovals (7 +7) create the white flower at the center, the magenta “grouping” – looks to me to be like cell division in early pregnancy – and then the seven multi-colored eggs represent for me dreams yet to be revealed/manifested. Every possibility – the full spectrum – is represented.
Two additional, larger eggs/ovals create a cross and extend to the outside circle. I used the color “eggshell” for these. They could represent the death of our big dreams – Perhaps God has something better in mind? or they could represent the challenges that will be presented in the process of hatching those earlier mentioned “dream eggs.” In any event to me they represent challenge.
In total, 16 ovals, 7+7+2.
In addition to the ovals are four squares fanned out. These, too, have 16 points or sides depending on how you want to count them. (4×4 =16) Avia at What’s Your Sign writes:
“Squares are symbolic cues for me, and they speak to me about hearths, homes, matter and materialistic concepts.” She continues,
“The four sides of the square symbolize:
- The four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west).
- The four major seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn).
- The four cosmic elements (suns, moons, planets, stars).
- The four common phases of human life (birth, child, adult, death).
- The four prime elements (fire, earth, air, water).”
Squares are solid, fixed, immutable, stable. With the multiplication of the square and in conjunction with the number 16 it feels most like a collection of something, stages, or the passing of time… most like the phases of human life.
So what is this “16” all about? In my research of the number 16 and my experience of the cycle, and truly the culmination of the year behind us with all it’s upheaval and tremendous change, the definition of 16 that most resonates with me comes from the Tarot in The Tower card. I love Tarot images because they are so archetypal. This beauty from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and her Shadowscape Taro Tower artwork:
Shadowscape Tarot, Tower by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Upheaval and sudden change, crisis,
releasing all emotion,
suffering a blow to the ego,
revelation and seeing through illusions.
And from mysticalnumbers.com
[The Tower] symbolizes great changes, moving on to something or someplace completely new.
It could, for example, be a change of faith, moving to a completely new location or another big change in life.
Reversed it indicates being stuck or being reluctant to make a change.
This mandala represents the tremendous spiritual and material change being called forth to unveil the light/love/purity hidden within.
1. accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.
I continue to feel the presence of something greater than myself conspiring for my greater good.
This cycle I delved further into Fat Myth that I had started last cycle and took the 21 Day Eat Fat Get Thin Challenge. I will tell you, I have never felt more supported in any endeavor by people I do not know. Participants were offered the EFGT (Eat Fat Get Thin) Plan. Several group calls were held – some just to answer questions (Q&A) and other calls with professionals in the fields of nutrition, body and food psychology and of course Dr. Hyman, the creator of the program. We had access to support through email and a private EFGT FB group and were offered an option of a special cocktail of supplements to support the transition to greater health. I can say with all certainty that I feel better, I have no pain anywhere in my body for the first time in years, my mind is more clear. I have more energy and I’m losing weight.
My favorite group call was with life coach Anita Avalos. What an inspiring call that was! Anita introduced several key concepts that have greatly changed how I think about my body and how I care for her. Yes her. I have always thought of the body as a vehicle of the spirit – which is a very impersonal way of thinking about “body.” Through Anita’s call I was introduced to key concepts that have greatly influenced and changed what I believe when it comes to food and the care of my body, my most intimate companion. I was very fortunate to be gifted with a personal phone conversation with Anita as well. The guiding hand I wrote about above: The group call was on Wednesday night, the night before Triduum, the three Holy Days in the Catholic faith. I take Triduum very seriously and fully celebrate every aspect of this most sacred time. During Anita’s group call she announced that she was offering some one on one time and that information would be available in the call notes the next morning – Holy Thursday. Well, a week went by and I was reminded of her kind offer. Thinking that all the spots had most assuredly been filled, I decided to look into it anyway. Lo and behold, there was an opening the next Monday. Not believing my “luck” I snatched it up. During the call with Anita, again filled with many gems – such a fruitful conversation – she shared that the spot I had signed up for had been filled and then cancelled. As God would have it, a space was made available for me. Truly blessed!
In addition I am pleased to continue to participate in the 21 day Meditation with Depak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey entitled Shedding Weight, Mind Body and Spirit. This is my first experience with a mantra-style of meditation and I have picked up additional key concepts that are changing what I believe about my body and her needs.
Dreams played a key role in changing beliefs as well. I woke up from a dream one morning very upset and feeling badly about how I had handled a situation earlier in my life. I decided to sit down and write a letter describing the situation from my perspective. I had no intention to send the letter as I really didn’t want this person back in my life, but as I wrote I began to see that I was right to have left the relationship. As I applied pen and thought to paper, I strengthened my position. Through this process I felt healed of the situation and was able to let it go.
Robins are special to me. For most, robins are a sign of spring and their presence is not unusual for this time of year. While out on a walk one morning, several single robins were catching my eye… just sitting there, waiting for me to see them – making sure I saw them was more like it. For me, Robin is a symbol of the new life that continues after death. A flock of robins, too many to count, often makes its presence known when someone I love has passed from this life to the next. Transition is certainly in the air.
Many things are pointing to a challenging year, however: snow on the first full day of spring; cold snaps after the trees and shrubs have flowered (both rare for our area.) These cold snaps are killing the buds and jeopardizing the spring berries and summer fruit crops – so perhaps this year will not be as sweet? Even the concept of a challenge word in addition to a guiding word was new to me this year (but is quite on target.) In addition, I have lost my voice twice already this year at key times. Still processing what that is all about.
As this cycle came to a close, two tom turkeys were found one morning on my patio. Turkeys are often a symbol of abundance. Interesting that there were two…both male – one puffed up…the other more subdued. One yang, the other yin. I think of the duality of the human experience…one yang (the spirit) the other yin (the body) and the balance needed between the two to be healthy.
I thought this, too, was poignant – from Avia at What’s Your Sign. More on Turkey:
“When the turkey visits us it is a sign that we must be mindful of the blessings bestowed upon us each day. Further, it is a message to express our strength and brilliance – it’s time to show our own plumage and reveal [our] true selves.”
With the work of enough is enough behind us and the life-changing changes that have taken place, we look to the new year and with heightened expectancy await the many ways we will reveal our strength, our brilliance – our true selves.
Love, Hugs and Blessings,
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