The new solar-seasonal cycle begins this year on March 20th, 2012. Whether you are above the equator or below it, the sign Aries heralds this annual changing of the guards. For a brief moment in time we experience the night and day as equal. Yes, pause and contemplate that. Equality. Where in your life are you attempting to gain that quality of life? Is it in your personal relationship with a lover, partner, or spouse? Or is it in the arena of work and career where you seek greater balance of power? Or is it in the broader social issues of which you are a part? Do you have economic equality? Political equality?
Aries signifies the individual, not the collective. Aries must push forward with a great and mighty force to overcome the previous end-of cycle Piscean pull of not just the collective, but the veritable collective unconscious with all of its residues of unfinished business. So at this time of year we all need to look at 0 degrees of Aries in our own charts to see where that pivotal point of individualism needs to be emphasized. If it’s in your 1st house of selfhood, and self discovery you truly are at a new beginning in self-determination to BE. If it falls in your 7th house it truly is about finding some kind of balance with others where both of you acknowledges the other’s right TO BE. Wherever it is, take note and BE TRUE TO YOURSELF right there. Own your right to be here now, alive, hopefully free, and independently individualized. That’s Aries theme and message.
Looking at this Vernal Equinox chart and contrasting it with last year’s is both fun and intriguing. Each of these charts sets the tone for the next year. In the chart for 2011 we had Sun exactly conjoining Uranus at 0 degrees of Aries. The revolutionary spirit of awakening, upheaval, rebellion, and change was catalyzed strongly. The Cardinal Square with Pluto in Capricorn was the key aspect which also heralded the mighty shifts we either experienced or witnessed on the global scene with the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings on to the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movements. Last year’s chart had strong oppositions between a Saturn/Moon in Libra conjunction opposed to a Jupiter/Mercury conjunction in Aires. We can equate this with the haves and the have nots, or the right and the left, or whatever polarity you wish to explore. Saturn opposite Jupiter polarized the world and Moon opposite Mercury kept the masses involved and buzzing about it all. The only earth element in this chart was Pluto in Capricorn, which further exacerbated the haves with the have nots.
This year’s chart, however, has shifted the emphasis strongly to a lot of Earth. Take a look at that Grand Trine in Earth signs involving now Jupiter/Venus in Taurus and Mars in Virgo both flowing with Pluto in Capricorn. That’s one mighty ‘trineful’ of potential abundance, coupled with tremendous power. This configuration allows the invisible realm of Pluto to blend and harmonize with the archetypes of the warrior, the high priest, and the love goddess. It brings success and enterprise down to earth in manifest forms. The real issue, then, is how can YOU tap into that powerful equation of energies that may boost you in an Earth-solid way? Again, you will need to see where those energies are in your own chart. This is actually the fun and mysterious part of astrology; to learn to work with the celestial energies. So it doesn’t really matter who you are or where you are in terms of life’s circumstances. Once you realize that celestial currents are for everyone, you can tap in to their field of energies and use them for yourself as well. This is the field theory at work. Get it? So let’s not focus right now on all the ills of the world and the collective dilemmas. Let’s just focus on YOU. You are an individual who can connect with cosmic energies if you want to. You can bring your consciousness into focus and work with this ever-changing field of energy that both surrounds you and flows through you.
In your own chart look at where you have planets in Earth and planets in Water. These energies primarily gain from this configuration. Earth types may gain in substantial ways that prove financially beneficial and improve all issues of substance and worth. People with a lot of Taurus energy are especially blessed this season to be enhanced with grace and abundance. Water signs may benefit from opportunities to gain greater security or safety, as Earth creates a container for their emotional lives. Pisces, of course, must deal with the Mars in Virgo opposition which engages them in relationships that are either forcing issues of victimization into awareness or deepening their sense of compassion and understanding towards uplifting relationships for both sides. If the former is the theme then true boundaries are an issue, as well as shame and guilt. These Piscean themes are getting played out to the hilt right now in collective wars, violence, and dark sado-masochistic sexual themes. When people with major Pisces energy own their power to understand and have true compassion rather than maudlin sentimentality, which continues to cord them unconsciously in unhealthy co-dependency, then they become strong in their capacity to channel healing energies towards those who suffer from guilt and shame, and both are elevated through the higher octaves of love. Certainly this Pisces/Virgo dynamic is either exacerbated into further deepening wounds, or heightened through transcendental awareness by Neptune and Chiron moving through Pisces.
Mars still retrograde in Virgo until April 14th, and then continuing on through the sign until July 3rd gives everyone an opportunity to focus on projects and get things done. Mutable types, especially, can benefit from this kick in the pants to finish loose ends and complete things. Mutables are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Coming back to the Sun entering Aries, conjoining Mercury retrograde in Aries, with Uranus at 4+ degrees of Aries, we have a configuration that speaks of high, inventive, creative sparks for both discovery and potential insight (with the Retrograde Mercury) that must push us forward into a future yet unknown, but hopefully beyond the inequality that now plagues the planetary scene, so long as the energy is used to inspire rather than further isolate.
The repeating theme of Pluto versus Uranus is here, once again. Uranus must propel us forward into new realms beyond the control of Pluto; a mighty endeavor now given the fact that Pluto seems to have all the cards with its alliance with Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. For each of us, then, it means using Pluto in its more positive aspects to transform old structures that are no longer valid or beneficial. Capricorn means traditions. Some traditions are time-honored and worthy of keeping. Each of us must decide which ones protect and respect the rights of what Uranus in Aires represents; the individual.
Finally, we must not neglect the note of Saturn in Libra, no longer in opposition to Jupiter but completing its journey through the sign of equality and balance. Saturn sits retrograde, as well, in this chart, and necessitates some reflection around the laws that govern us as well as the rules we choose to live by. With Saturn now in an out-of-sign trine with Neptune and the Moon in Pisces it looks like feminine issues are favored. Again, where can compassion and an open heart guide the structures of relationship? Where does that open you in your life to more healing, equal relationships (Saturn in Libra)? Neptune/Moon/Chiron in Pisces is so very different from Sun/Mercury/Uranus in Aires, but both configurations can change and transform us into more caring, loving, vibrant, and fully awake human beings. So be it!
Genevieve A. Vierling C.A.P.
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How will we discern the difference between the realm of true enchantment, the kind of magical experience that uplifts and inspires the soul, and the realm of sorcery, which can equally enchant us through the dark arts of seductive glamour and beguiling deception?
Neptune is entering its own sign, Pisces, on February 3rd, 2012, and we have until January 26, 2026 to navigate our way through these waters that are vast, deep, and mysterious. We also have the potential of being swept away into realms beyond anything we can imagine or understand. It will take some earthy strength to keep our bearings and stay strong within our own solid convictions. We’ll need both Virgo discrimination and Capricorn determination to stay balanced and focused in the years ahead for Neptune will now be in its own domain. The power of the oceanic is a force to be reckoned with as we have already witnessed via tidal waves, tsunamis, and raging storms of hurricane proportion, some of which aroused us as Chiron also entered Pisces last year when Japan was hurled into cataclysms almost beyond belief.
Each planet is said to have ‘rulership’ over many particulars. A good way to understand this is simply to realize that astrology is a symbolic language, and each planet can represent numerous themes. Let’s look at a few of the arenas that Neptune in Pisces symbolizes to give you a sense of what will become major areas of concern over the next 14 years and beyond, because once a planet leaves a sign these arenas continue to be forever changed:
OIL AND ALL PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
THE ART WORLD INCLUDING FILMMAKING
DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE DISEASES
THE ASTRAL REALM
EXPANSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
You begin to see the possibilities here. There will be plenty of endless areas to explore and learn about.
Let’s just start with one topic: Water
This is a watery planet we all live on. Water will become a major theme in the years ahead; clean, pure water. Who will get this water? Who won’t? There are 7 billion people now on this planet along with all the flora and fauna that need water as well. How many will have enough? How many will be deluged? It’s doubtful that we’re going to get much of a balance any time soon because we are already too far out of balance. The question then becomes an issue of water rights. Who will own the water rights; the public or the private sector? Grave issues to be sure.
California is one of those states of the Union formed in 1850 when last Neptune was in Pisces. Remember the Gold Rush and the Neptunian fantasies that were unleashed during that time? How many got swept away by that ‘Rush’? Just like a drug, huh? In fact, most of the major cities in California were incorporated with Neptune in Pisces. I look forward to writing more about those phenomena in future articles.
Already, there is a power grab to privatize public water in this State. In the July 26th, 2011 issue of The New York Times an article entitled ‘Storing Water for a Dry Day Leads to Suits’.
Just one example of these water oligarchs is an exceedingly wealthy couple, the Stewart Resnicks, of Figi Water and other so-called health products under an umbrella Corporation, Roll International, that also produces pesticides. Through some skillful political negotiations they now own majority stock in what they named the Kern County Water Bank, an under-ground storage facility originally set up and paid for by California tax payers to the tune of nearly a hundred million dollars, and larger than 1 million acre-feet, the size of the state of Rhode Island. The Resnicks may, in time, sell these water reserves to the highest bidder in the ‘free market’.
There’s more on these subjects in California. Much, much more. What about your State? Will your public interests and rights to clean, pure water be safe? What about you folk in other nations? Have you looked into the water situation where you live? Will your children and their children have enough safe, clean water? Now is the time to become proactive and work hard. My neighbor and friend, Steve Baker, is doing just that. He’s in India right now working with a coalition of people to study water and how to preserve, sustain, and keep it healthy for all.
The health of our oceans will undoubtedly become both a topic of concern and a quandary to solve. Pollution is upon us all with no end in sight. Toxicity of all sorts and kinds drains into our oceans every single day. Who really cares enough to do major problem solving? This will require massive cooperation amongst all the major developed countries to solve, and soon. I’d start researching what’s going on in the ocean nearest you. How safe and clean is the water there? Who is doing anything about it?
Pisces understands grief. How many of you with Sun, Moon, Ascendant, 12th house planets know what I’m talking about? It is the last sign in the zodiac and bears within it much sorrow for all the woes that have accumulated prior to reaching this ‘end of the line place’. Of course we want this world to be a blissful place. We want to only experience ecstasy and nirvana as we universalize back into oneness. Usually, however, we experience something less complete. We experience what is left undone, unfinished, not completely perfected. Pisces must bear much. It’s no accident that this sign along with the 12th house rules hospitals and prisons in addition to ashrams and monasteries. Hospitals take us to where there is trauma and disease, where individuals can no longer help themselves to heal; prisons do so for different reasons, in a different manner. Both are end of the line places often. Healing and rehabilitation doesn’t come easily in either place, though we hear reports of miraculous recovery in both. Ashrams and monasteries are traditionally places of retreat and withdrawal from the world. How many of the 7 billion now populating the planet can actually go to one of these places? How many want to? How many genuinely seek the life of a renunciate? The deeply spiritual life demands releasing worldly desires usually. It’s not an easy path for most. Pisces and Neptune are the least materialistic of all the planets and signs, period.
End of the line will be a theme for awhile. Neptune rules dissolution. It is the great solvent of life, reducing to nothing that which once was strong and seemingly long-lasting. The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incan Empires were decimated in the 1530s by the invading Spaniards as Neptune was ending its journey through Pisces. During that same time period Henry the VIII broke from the stronghold of the Catholic Church in England and established his own Church of England. He also destroyed the positive Guilds which had supported right livelihood in the common people’s lives. Things irrevocably do change!
When Neptune last journeyed through Pisces from 1847 to 1863 much of a way of life on the North American continent was also dissolved as the Civil War commenced and began to end Plantation life in the South, but also the Gold Rush began to further erode the natural world of the American Indian with a mad new white man’s dream. In some strange sense it was the beginning of the long struggle for African-American freedoms, but simultaneously the demise of the way of life of freedom for the original peoples of a vast, untamed continent.
Change. Do things get better, or do they get worse? It all depends on whose point of view is being expressed. The planets don’t really seem to determine that, do they? They rotate around the Sun, just like we on Earth do. Change is inevitable and new dreams arise out of old fading ones.
The realm of the supernatural is Neptune’s realm, but doubly so when coupled with Pluto. For a few more years ahead these two will link incredibly well together. Pluto has a deep affinity for power, while Neptune loves a good dream, a wonderful vision. Arm in arm they will dance together either towards greater empowerment for all sentient beings, great and small, or towards a power gained over the masses through modern-day methods of sorcery. Casting spells through mind control, sensory control, emotional control; these methods have been wielded for centuries and are now both science and art when used by those who share not a vision of oneness or wholeness.
So let’s go back to our original theme here: enchantment or sorcery? What magical new dream would you like to experience in your lifetime? What vision do you have of your own future? Neptune in Pisces will certainly encourage you to dream and envision something enchanting and wonderful. If the old dissolves away, what may yet emerge? We each will have an opportunity to ponder and act on these themes in the many years ahead.
For all of us as a collective, Neptune in Pisces will create shifts in several important areas:
The environment and our physical health: The issue of water, its purity and distribution certainly will be pertinent. Water ways and water rights will all be changing as further global warming melts the ice caps and creates new vast territories open for exploitation. The issue of our immunity as a species will also be a major theme as the potential spread of viral diseases increases as well as potential discoveries and cures hopefully. Pisces rules the immune system and our planet’s immune system, the ozone layer, is of grave concern. Neptune rules all fossil fuels and their misuse as well as their depletion will be topics of concern.
Socio-political fields will be changing and the ever present danger is a one world government which dominates the masses rather than embracing the uniqueness of all within the whole. Past Neptune in Pisces conquests included Spain’s domination of Central and South America and its subsequent genocides and Inquisitions, the flight of thousands to East Coast colonies to escape persecutions in Europe and England during the 1690s, and of course the movements already mentioned during the 1850s into early 1860s.
Spiritual-Religious movements are quite marked during Neptune’s passage through Pisces. Martin Luther’s Reformation during the 1530s forever changed the domination of the Catholic Church up to that point in time. Further back in the 1190s were the Knights Templar and their Crusades into the Holy Land, and even further back than that was the Roman Empires adoption of Christianity in the 370s. The last time we had Neptune in Pisces there was a flourishing of small religious sects, some of which have grown to have broad influence in today’s world such as the Mormon Church movement out of which we now have a presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
We can learn much from studying past cycles with Neptune in Pisces, but remember that each cycle is unique in that other planets were in different signs and combinations with the Neptune factor. Also, we much take into consideration evolution. These cycles don’t simply repeat themselves endlessly. They seem to spiral as they revolve. Do they also spiral back down? Possibly. We know that in this vast universe stars explode and implode. Black holes exist. Anti-matter exists. Dark matter exits. These are all part of the great mysteries we can barely fathom in their implications.
Still, my personal dream is for a world where everyone can flourish, including all the creatures of the air, water, and land, and the natural habitats that they are a part of. My dream is to live in a clean and healthy environment with others who respect their sense of place and all who live there with them. My dream is to have heaven on earth; not to be rescued nor to escape, but rather to leave this place better than when I entered it. My dream is to have a good and peaceful world for my grandchildren, and their children to live in. My dream is for the freedom to worship as one so desires without imposing those beliefs on others. My dream is for freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully without fear of persecution. I have other dreams too, but that’s a start.
WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS???? With Neptune in Pisces make sure you don’t neglect those true enchanting dreams! Why? Well, we know if we don’t dream during the night, while asleep, we may go crazy. Dreaming awake may just keep us sane! Genevieve A. Vierling C.A.P.Astrologerwww.bluelightlady.com(530) 272-5778