Archive for February, 2010

The Dos and Don’ts when multiple planets are in Pisces

February 22, 2010

Don’t be a victim.
Do forgive.
Don’t overeat, over-drink, overdose.
Do sublimate.
Don’t space out.
Do meditate.
Don’t start new projects.
Do tie up loose ends.
Don’t watch too much television.
Do use your imagination.
Don’t worry.
Do visualize.
Don’t wallow.
Do catch up with old friends.
Don’t escape from reality.
Do immerse yourself in the desired reality.
Don’t give up.
Do hope for better.

We have an overdose of Pisces energy right now with four planets transiting Pisces. At such times we must also be careful not to overdose in our own ways. Pisces tends to bring out our personal addictions, so pay attention right now and see what it is you might be addicted to. Then work at creating a healthy balance.

Pisces is a mutable water sign. It is associated with a connection to something outside oneself which is greater than oneself. At the best this can be a spiritual connection to the divine, at the worst it can be an addiction to drugs, television, overeating, alcohol, etc. Pisces is associated with creative imagination and in linked to films and movies, photography, as well as music. It is where we immerse ourselves and lose our sense of personal identity. We begin to understand that we are all connected and we are all one, really. Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac and where we synthesize all of our experiences through the other signs. There is a mystical and magical quality about Pisces which can be incredibly seductive yet also can seem incredibly naive and unrealistic. I once heard Michael Lutin say that although Pisces has a reputation for being the victim and letting other people take advantage of them the truth is that nobody ever takes advantage of Pisces. Pisces submits and gives of itself willingly, and is more aware of the motivations of other people than those other people might think. And Pisces is willing to forgive, perhaps more so than any other sign. Pisces is a sign of letting go.

Currently we have the sun, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus all in Pisces. Mercury and the moon to join the crowd in Pisces, too! Here are the dates (UT):

Sun in Pisces through March 20, 2010
Venus in Pisces through March 8, 2010
Jupiter in Pisces through June 7, 2010 (he will return later this year, too)
Uranus in Pisces through May 28, 2010 (he will return, too)
Mercury in Pisces March 1 – 17, 2010
Moon in Pisces March 14 – 16, 2010

We will have up to 5 heavenly bodies in Pisces at a time this March, this is half of the ten planets! And the rest of the time we will have 4 planets in Pisces. This began on February 14 when the moon transited Pisces for a few days prior to the sun’s entry on February 19. This energy will linger until around St. Patrick’s Day when things will start getting much more active as the group of planets moves into Aries.

I am going to have to take my own advice on this one. My solar return has 4 planets in Pisces and I’ve been feeling it strongly. The desire to check out, to escape, to sink into oblivion is so strong right now. But don’t give up. Pisces also contains a seed of hope, and with Jupiter also in his home sign of Pisces that seed will grow faster than you ever expected.


The 11th house moon and transit Mars

February 19, 2010

I’ve been thinking about the 11th house after reading Donna Cunningham’s wonderful article about her own 11th house stellium The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates. Since I don’t have a stellium (I feel left out) and since I have been having some 11th house issues lately I thought I’d take a look to see what’s going on.

My moon is at 9 Leo 17 and is also accidentally dignified by house as I have Cancer on my 11th house cusp. The first thing that jumps out here is Mars retrograde over my moon and through my 11th house. Can Mars be the source of all my 11th house problems?

Mars entered Leo 10/16/09 – around this time I began a class at a local Unity church I had been attending for about a year and a half. I am not a Christian but I enjoy the feeling of spiritual community and had taken other classes there and often attended group meditation (moon trine Neptune). Right from the start the class really bothered me, I didn’t feel like it suited me, but I stuck with it, thinking perhaps my resistance was something I needed to work through.

1st pass – Mars conjunct moon 11/6/09 – I remember I called in sick to work this day and stayed home and cooked all day, I do love cooking! I didn’t even realize Mars was conjunct my moon but when I looked at the transits later I had to laugh at how it manifested. I was still taking the class at church and it was still really bothering me, but I was determined to finish it. And when I say “really bothering me” it was actually making me angry, and so I was feeling very un-spiritual about it all.

Mars station Retrograde 12/20/09 – The class at church had finished the week before and I was feeling very unhappy about the church and the class. It was a prosperity class and I felt like we spent so much time focusing on what was wrong with us and what terrible people we were that there was no work done on enhancing our prosperity thinking. As someone who has done a lot of self-work over the year (in the past I have been something of a self-help junkie) I felt like I had examined-to-death these things already and I did not feel like the bad person the class was determined to unearth. I felt like this class caused a schism between myself and the church. I think I have only been to one service since that class ended. I felt like I had lost my spiritual community and no longer fit in there.

More on the Mars station – Over the previous year I had developed a wonderful friendship with a woman from Japan. We had met at a Reiki workshop and our shared interests in everything from readings to A Course in Miracles to Reiki helped cement our friendship. We were seeing each other several times a month and I really enjoyed having a woman friend that I could see regularly and relate to spiritually. At the end of 2009 she returned to Japan and so my regular get-togethers with my friend ended and I have not yet found a replacement for them. I do really miss her.

2nd pass – Mars Rx opposite Sun/Full Moon in Leo 1/29-1/30/10 – A powerful full moon with Moon conjunct Mars and Sun conjunct Venus. Gary P. Caton has discussed this as an integration of the feminine and the masculine parts of ourselves in a sacred marriage in his excellent podcasts recently. You can listen to them here. I have noticed the need to integrate myself more fully, and I have also noticed this within the context of male-female relations. In terms of friendships and my 11th house I did not notice much occurring at this time although I did attend a fundraiser event called Vodka Vodka benefiting an organization called Forgotten Harvest. It was a fun event.

There are some more transits coming up involving Mars:

Mars direct 3/10/10
3rd pass to my moon 4/22/10
Mars exits the shadow 5/17/10
Mars leaves Leo and enters Virgo 6/7/10

I can correlate the frustration with my church (groups and organizations) and the loss of my friend (friendships) to this transit of Mars through my 11th house and to the ruler of the 11th. But the reason I am writing this is because I am having some other problems with my girlfriends, too, and that seems very 11th house moon to me. But I don’t see the correlation here and so there must be something else going on.

It’s so easy to find, it jumps right out at me: my progressed moon in opposing natal Saturn within minutes. I feel left out in the cold. Abandoned. Alternate that with angry and frustrated. Mars and Saturn, both touching my moon in different ways. They actually aspect in the natal chart, too. I have moon sextile Saturn and moon biquintile Mars.

When people look at my chart they often say something like: “You must have a lot of warm and wonderful friends!” I have been blessed with some wonderful friendships but I do not have tons of friends and the friends I do have tend to wax and wane. That is one thing that should never be overlooked about the moon placement in a chart: it shows where the energy waxes and wanes. There are times when that area is full and bright. There are also times when that area is dark and cold.

When I got involved in astrology and realized how neglected my poor moon was I began working to cultivate the things that would please an 11th house Leo moon. I sought out a spiritual community. I got involved in a local astrology group. I started attending astrology conferences. I cultivated friendships with women. These activities certainly help to feed an 11th house moon yet still, for all my astrological practice (I mean that as practical application of astrology) still my 11th house waxes and wanes.

I look forward to seeing how the rest of this Mars transit plays out in my chart. Will I return to church or find a new friend to see regularly? Will I find a new spiritual community? There is also an element of hopes and dreams and wishes, and long term goals and plans that has certainly been active in my life during this phase. Maybe I’ll write another blog entry about that another day.

A final note about whole sign houses: using whole sign houses my moon falls in the 12th but is still the ruler of my 11th and so this is all still valid. I have felt drawn to more time alone but it’s the middle of winter here in Michigan, too. Since my moon is in strong aspect to Neptune, modern ruler of the 12th, I feel like they are already tied strongly together, my moon and my 12th house. My 12th house is ruled by my Aquarius sun which is opposite my moon by sign if not by orb. Perhaps I should add another date to watch out for: June 2, 2010 – transit Mars opposite natal sun. I like to use whole sign houses in tandem with other house systems, at least when looking at my own chart.

Sun in Pisces

February 18, 2010

Things that remind me of the sun in Pisces

That soft, easy-going flow.

Ambient lighting.

Impressionist art.
Claude Monet - Sunrise

Hope that winter will end some day, even if that’s not today.

Days getting longer, I can see the sun both before and after work for the first time since last fall.

George Harrison, my favorite Beatle.
George Harrison

Spiritual journeys.

The inner search for God.

Jesus, who helped usher in the age of Pisces.
See the photo of George Harrison who looks a bit like what some people think Jesus looks like


Non-violent resistance.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Long ambling walks with no particular destination.
Path through the forest

Floating in the water.

Then again, the modern ruler of Pisces is Neptune, god of the seas, ruler of earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. We all know from recent times just how devastating those natural disasters can be. Pisces has depth and capacity for tumultuous action that is often hidden under a calm and placid surface, but never forget that Pisces is capable of incredible power, despite that quiet demeanor.

Pisces is my favorite rising sign and so I’m a bit biased. But it’s only natural, as Pisces falls on my 7th house.

Enjoy the sun’s transit of Pisces! With Jupiter and Venus currently swimming in the Pisces pool there should be quiet blessings all around, if only we take time to notice.

My first entry: Chiron

February 17, 2010

New Moon Conjunct Chiron: Feeling Self-Conscious

A pimple. Such a small thing. I usually do not let such a small thing bother me. But the last new moon in Aquarius was conjunct Chiron and Neptune and lucky me, it fell conjunct my 6th house sun. Suddenly I’m feeling self-conscious all over again.

A day or two after the new moon I noticed a pimple. I could feel it. Small, hard, angry and a little painful. On the cusp of my upper lip, right in the middle. I pulled a tiny little mirror out of my purse and examined it to see how it looked and it was so tiny it was barely visible. Yet it felt like a gigantic disfigurement on my face and just about took over my consciousness for two whole days.

I have natal Chiron in Aries and Aries rules the head and face so I begin to make the connection to the new moon conjunct Chiron on my sun. I have also heard that such blemishes are related to Venus-Pluto and the day this pimple formed was the day of the transiting Venus-Pluto square, both in aspect to my natal first house Pluto which has had Saturn sitting on it for quite some time now. Can I really relate all of these transits to one pimple? It fits, and that’s without even mentioning Jupiter and Mars flirting at or near the same degree at Saturn, Pluto, Venus.

But this is about Chiron, and about how when Chiron is active in a chart a person can really feel self-conscious and wounded. I got to thinking about this because I felt like my reaction to this tiny pimple that other people could probably not even notice was quite over the top. And I was reminded of something that happened to me a long, long time ago. Another small thing, yet apparently also a wound still in need of healing. One that also involved my Aries Chiron.

When I was a young girl I was involved in judo. I remember once, near the end of my involvement with that martial art, a small exchange, yet it has stuck with me all these years. I was at a tournament with my sensei and the other students from my dojo. I had just been beaten badly. My face was red and swollen, damaged either by the mat or by my opponent. I approached my sensei in shame for having lost. I was stuck at my belt level and needed so many tournament wins to advance but there was only one other woman in my bracket and she beat me every time, being twice my age and likely also twice my weight. I was discouraged and smarting from the loss. My sensei looked at me and said:

“Does your face hurt?”
I nodded yes, it did hurt. I would have bruises from the fight.
“It hurts me, too!” My sensei burst out laughing as did several other people nearby.

I do not know how many kids have been victims of that poor joke but it really hurt my feelings that day. I was probably 11 at the time, maybe 10, maybe 12. Chiron is the mentor, the teacher, the guide. Yet he is capable of inflicting deep wounds. My also judo sensei wounded me in other ways I will not go into here, but they also fit the Aries-Chiron archetype. My martial arts instructor: Chiron in Aries.

A deep memory sparked from a pimple. New moon conjunct Chiron. A time to pray for healing of old wounds, but first you must remember them.