New Moon in Pisces
March 8, 2016
Pisces is associated with compassion, imagination, mysticism, spirituality and unconditional love. The house holding Pisces in the natal chart shows an area of life where one might be easily deceived, prone to escapism or self-sacrificing, where one would show artistry and imagination, or be especially sensitive to the moods of others. Pisces, ruled by the planets Jupiter and Neptune, is an emotional sign with an emphasis on intuitive thought and idealism. Issues involving the seas, chemicals, charities, institutions of confinement, plots, and secrets become emphasized during Pisces.
Sabian Symbol for 19º Pisces:
“A Master Instructing His Disciple.” This degree symbolizes the importance of the transfer of knowledge from person to person necessary to continue the cycle of the original inspiration.
Highlights of the New Moon – Solar Eclipse at 18º Pisces 56″:
A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon with tremendous impact. The Sun that gives us life and lights our path is joined briefly with the dark and mysterious qualities of the Moon. The Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine anew, beginning another cycle in the spiral of our personal development.
This is a south nodal eclipse, suggesting that we are being called to use previously learned skills and talents in new ways and that the opportunities to do so will come through others.
If your birthday falls around Jan 9 or 24, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 8 or 23, May 8 or 23, June 24, July 25, Aug 10 or 25, Sep 25, Oct 26, Nov 10 or 24, Dec 24, your experiences now will have impact lasting three years. Expect to see current themes begin to develop ambitiously on their own in December 2016. A full understanding of the significance of this period will take until September 2017 to unfold.
The last time there was a solar eclipse at this degree was in 1997. Think back to the personal themes in your life during the spring of 1997 and review the progress of your personal growth over the last 19 years.
Four planets plus Chiron and the South Node in Pisces in a loose T-square aspect pattern with Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius and Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo spotlights the importance of being flexible, adaptive, and cooperative.
The entry of the Sun into Aries on March 19/20 marks the equinox and the turning of the seasons, which, along with the Lunar Eclipse on March 23, adds to the emotional tension of this cycle.
Sun and Moon opposite Jupiter and semi-sextile Uranus:
The challenge is to find balance between extremes during times of instability. Generosity vs extravagance, sacrifice vs self-indulgence, fiction vs fact, belief vs knowledge.
Venus septile Uranus, tri-septile the North Node and Uranus tri-septile the North Node:
A sudden awakening of a non-rational appreciation of values, love, and/or beauty. Robert Wilkinson calls the septile series “forks in the road of destiny,” where we must choose which way we will define our personality and therefore our future.
Mars semi-square Pluto:
The desire to take control and complete activities is thwarted by indecision over whether to work for a compromise or issue an ultimatum.
The key phrase for Pisces is “I Believe”.
Pisces symbol: two fish swimming in opposite directions.
Pisces correlates to Purity, the final step on the Northern pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The cleansing and renewal processes of the Capricorn and Aquarius cycles leads to wholeness (free from impurities) and the ability to rest and dream in a state of Oneness with All That Is.
Our advice for this cycle:
Be aware of overly optimistic goals and deceitful tactics. Be discerning about how you invest your time. Look within for underlying motives that allow you to neglect practicalities. Put your energy into gathering information to better understand your own attitude, areas of passion and deeper motivations.
Abstain from both negativity and over-optimism. The more connected you are to your center, the easier it will be to adapt to new information. The simple rituals of daily life provide the grounding necessary for balance. Good health, altruistic service, and productive employment support success. Pay attention to signals from your body that it needs care. If you find yourself physically fatigued, emotionally overwrought, or mentally tense, take a few minutes to sit still, breathe, and center. Focus on your heartbeat.
This is an excellent cycle to examine your belief system, your spiritual practices, how you deal with anxiety and uncertainty, and your escape mechanisms and tendencies.
Appreciate the mystery of each moment. Give yourself as much alone time as possible and listen to the voice within. Play soothing music. Put your mind at rest and listen to the way your body responds. Magic happens in such moments.
Questions you might explore for personal insight include:
- What inspires you?
- How do you access the sacred space within?
- Do you listen to your intuition?
- When do you feel most at peace?
- What triggers your doubts and feeds your anxieties?
- Where do you look for healing?
- When do you feel most protective of your privacy and why?
- What is your dearest illusion?
- How can you express your unique gifts in a way that serves the whole or holy?
Affirm: I Surrender to Love.
Attune to the qualities of Pisces with 3-minute tarot meditation on The Moon.
Carol Bridges calls the 18th tarot card the “Infinity Within”. The Moon card correlates to the sign of Pisces and teaches us to use the power of imagination. Through Piscean energy we learn to visualize spiritual ideals in order to project them into physical form.
Confer with The Moon to develop your creative imagination or to enhance your intuitive abilities.
Quote for this cycle:
“After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.”
~ Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) Anglican author on mysticism
A Mandala is a powerful meditation device for creating sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print the 2016 Pisces New Moon Mandala to Color.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. Click on the link above to see her latest New Moon Mandala and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has an excellent article titled Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse: More Love.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms. Her post on the New Moon in Pisces, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Eclipse?, is highly recommended.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions in her post on the Pisces Solar Eclipse. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An astrologicl apporach to health and wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Always on the lookout for fresh astrological talent, we’ve recently discovered two more talented writers and encourage you to explore their work.
Canadian astrologer Nadia Gilchrist at Ruby Slippers Astrology.
She has posts with this week’s horoscopes and a detailed look at the eclipse. She says, “Pisces reminds us that every ending segues into a beginning.” and then asks, “What are you releasing, and what are you embracing?”
Australian astrologer Jodie Lewin at Braveheart Astrology.
Her blog post on the Pisces New Moon eclipse, Into The Unknown, shines a light on all the aspects of this eclipse. Her post on the Virgo Pisces Nodal Axis is also an informative piece.
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