So now it is Pisces time, Water time, with the Sun plus Mercury plus Venus plus Neptune in Pisces! Pisces connects us to another world, the unseen world, On an earth level it's the water of the unconscious, an emotional desire for merging with an other, a deep desire for escape or for boundless love. And on a spirit level Pisces is about connecting to the other through a vast ocean of feeling. The Earth plane often feels too concrete and crude for Pisces. But this fluidity is also what Pisces can offer - an intuitive understanding and expression of our interconnectivity.
Neptune, the planet that rules Pisces, is now square Mars, the planet of direct action and will. A potential cultural confusion around what to do. This confusion can be hard for doers, and the USA is a country of doers! Neptune asks us to be present with our divine discontent by foregrounding it, so that we don't run from it. When it's square Mars this question of the relationship of our deepest spiritual longings and how we enact them comes forward.
Water's influence offers us a chance to feel a break from gravity, a chance to float. It also offers us storms, massive waves that pummel, temperature changes. It's just so powerful, and yet paradoxically doesn't even have its own shape! It requires a container, but if it doesn't have one, it will make one, slowly, over thousands of years, carving away a river bed, for example.
When we let water into our lives, and don't 'tax our lives with forethought of grief,' but just let ourselves feel what we need to feel, then water doesn't get stopped up or stagnant in our bodies! We let it flow. Emotions work like this. Spiritual longing works like this. Our job is to let it run through us, to treat it as sacred information! To let it do its powerful transformative work, even when it feels a bit unnatural or awkward.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Question - When do you let water in?
Meditation - water behind you, buoying you.
Assignment - Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac, right behind you, Aries, the first sign in the zodiac. Connect with endings this week as Pisces moves into the forefront. What do endings mean in your life? When do you pay attention to them, when do you ignore them? Write about your relationship with endings, take note of the ways you might not want to focus on them, ask about what endings can teach you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Question - How often do you initiate?
Meditation - Initiation as power.
Assignment - Earth signs like you are good at working consistently over time, but when do you begin things? What does beginning feel like? Contemplate the beginningness of every moment, and how being the initiator of beginnings can infuse your process with another kind of energy. Begin!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Question - Where does faith arise for you?
Meditation - Faith as subterranean.
Assignment - Gemini likes to be on the surface, in highly aerated space. Gemini is all about mental movement. So the assignment this week is to ask yourself about where your faith resides. In many ways faith happens in the spaces of ourselves that are not mental, pre-mental, or lower in the body. Where does faith live in your body? When do you feel disconnected from faith? When do you feel faith present? Write about this. Notice faith.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Question - Where and how do you connect to air?
Meditation - Air it out.
Assignment - There's a big emphasis on Water in the stars right now, and you're a Water sign too. I encourage a noticing of air this week, which sees things through the medium of ideas, which are lighter than emotions. Let all the emotions be there, but notice where ideas live and how they arise, practice existing with them. What would it feel like to exist more in idea land? Breathe the air and feel the breath as connection to air. Just a light intention is all. Infuse some of the water with some clouds and wind.
LEO (July 23-August 22)
Question - When do you give yourself permission to be noticed?
Meditation - Being seen as vital.
Assignment - Leo is known for liking attention, but the assignment this week is actually giving yourself permission to be noticed, and not shying away from this. Thinking of the signs as access points to divine needs, and a need of Leo is being noticed. This can be viewed as the mirroring reciprocity of relationship, not as self-indulgent. When a need is neglected, it distorts into something large and scary. Attending to our needs is a divine act, one of the things we came to earth to do!
VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
Question - When was the last time you laughed?
Meditation - Humor as divine.
Assignment - Virgo can be so funny! That quick wit of the most mental of Earth signs. Remember to use humor this week. Make it your assignment to laugh. Return to this daily. Laughing laughing laughing. Make it your job in a good free light way. Humor loves you, it wants you to say yes to it.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
Question - How is the music you are listening to affecting you?
Meditation - Music as news.
Assignment - What music do you listen to? What does it do to your body? If you already listen to music, pay attention to what it does for you. If you don't, try listening to some, and take note of your body when you do. How can music soothe, how does it connect you to your own knowing, when does it disconnect you? Let yourself listen to what feels good. Often struggle is overrated.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)
Question - How much are you storing outdated information in your body?
Meditation - Attending to storage
Assignment - Give some attention to what you are storing and where this week. By storage I mean information, stories of the past, fears of the future, other people's thoughts of you, other people's emotional weights. I also mean physical storage, because the physical corresponds with some aspect of spirit. So look into storage internally and externally. Storage can be helpful - to save things we will need for later - but so often it just ends up being a pile of things we don't need that we're unnecessarily holding onto. Damn it feels good to give ourselves some levity, to give things back to the earth.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
Question - What do you think a tree's relationship to adventure is?
Meditation - Deepening a sense of adventure.
Assignment - I am staying with this adventure idea from last week because I think it's worth going deeper on for Sagittarius. What trees do you see regularly? How often do you notice them? Ask them questions about what adventure looks like. What if you were rooted like a tree? What would adventure look like? Perhaps visitors would take on a new significance, like for instance the visitor of sadness, the visitor of joy, the visitor of restlessness, all the visitors. Look for adventure in the things you perceive as limitations of your life. You're good at this.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
Question - When do you listen to water?
Meditation - The sound of water.
Assignment - Listen to the sounds of water this week. If you live by any water, go to it. Breathe next to it. Fortify this celestial Water influence as the gift that it is with some physical water, let water permeate your experience. Observe it moving, in your sink. carrying soil, lapping the sand. Ask it how it knows how to move so freely, how it knows how to shape shift. Learn from this.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)
Question - What needs to be in place for you to make needed changes?
Meditation - The beginning of your year.
Assignment - The Sun moves from your Aquarius to Pisces today. The beginning of your year just happened with your birthday. Aquarius can be slow to change, even with its paradoxical quickness. So how can you gently nurture change by putting things in place for the beginning of this new lap around the sun? What simple gestures and rituals can you offer to the Multiverse to let it know you are ready for nature to make the changes needed, while remembering that you don't actually orchestrate the changes, you just make intentions toward them?
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
Question - When do you let yourself fully embrace love?
Meditation - Self as Love.
Assignment - This is your time! Pisces has such an intuitive sense of interconnectivity, which shows up in your rooting for the underdog, always, for connecting deeply to who and what suffers. This love is inherent, it wants to fill you all the time. Let's be conscious of the stories we inherit from childhood about how that love needs to be kept at bay, or we need to harden in some way. You can actually give yourself permission to be as loving as you want. You don't have to hide from this or pretend it's another way, in fact it's actually where your power will come from, does come from.