The year is 2012. The month is February. The Sun is in the sign of Pisces. So are the Moon, Mercury, Neptune and Chiron. I’m setting down these facts because the energy of Pisces is foggy and ethereal. Things like facts, borders, boundaries, and structure tend to drift away. Case in point: I meant to write this post on Tuesday, when the New Moon was sitting almost exactly between Chiron and Neptune. But somehow the week floated past me, and the Moon has moved on a few degrees past that exact placement.
We all know that 2012 is a big year. You may already have felt the pace of life picking up, the intensity spiraling upwards. This time of Pisces in 2012 is full of rare and important astrological events. First, Chiron is in Pisces. He’s been there a full year now. Chiron represents energy of compassion and healing, of becoming aware of and understanding psychological wounds, and having the ability to forgive and move on. Chiron was in Pisces during the 1960s, and I believe it was that healing energy that saved the world from falling into complete rebellious anarchy. The flower children hippies who wanted to stop war and start rebuilding society were channeling that healing energy. (See articles by Eric Francis for an in-depth look at Chiron in the sixties.) Now Chiron is back in Pisces, and we need his energy there just as much as we did four decades ago. There are still wars to stop and societies to rebuild.
Neptune has recently joined Chiron in Pisces. Neptune is the planet of inspiration and connection to the Heavens, of altered states and spiritual striving. He can also represent loss and grieving, deception (the lying to oneself or saying what others want to hear type of deception), and dysfunction. Pisces is Neptune’s sign. It’s a collective sign, where the illusion of separateness is dispersed, and where we get the awareness that we are all one, all fingers on the hand of the Creator. It’s a watery sign, with the double fishes showing the polarity that emotions and spirit can manifest. When Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is home for 14 years, we get the strongest Pisces energy. Since it takes Neptune 164 years to circle through the Zodiac, these years of his dwelling at home are rare and important.
Today, the Sun is sitting right between Chiron and Neptune, close enough to be considered in conjunction with them both. That means that the Sun is lighting up their energies, further brightening the sparkling Piscean mist.
Mercury, too, is zipping through Pisces, so it’s a perfect time to communicate about Pisces energy (Mercury is the god of communication). So now that I’ve told you the facts of the planetary placements, what is it that I want to communicate about Pisces? It’s hard to get a grip on concepts or put into words what Pisces energy is about. Even with this extra special year of Pisces, the poetry begins to appear and then fades back into the fog.
I guess I can start with the fact that many astrologers are wary of Neptune in Pisces. Last year, when Neptune was readying to step briefly into Pisces, the huge tsunami hit Japan. Some astrologers worry that the fogginess of Pisces and the deception of Neptune can combine to create populations who are like sheep being led to the slaughter, believing in fantasies our leaders put out, not able or willing to question and rebel. I, personally, think that the Uranus squares to Pluto we’ll be experiencing this year will counterbalance that energy.
I’ve heard from many people who’ve lost loved ones and feel disoriented, unable to define themselves without their usual markers. Many people seem to be experiencing the familiar structures of their lives dissolving. Even within larger entities like governments and corporations, reorganizations and mergers are changing the rules by which we used to work.
With Pluto in Capricorn already crumbling many large institutions, and our trust in things like banks and world markets severely damaged (when was the last time you heard the phrase “You can take that to the bank” as a metaphor for solidity?), having a good idea of the structure of the future would be comforting. But with all this Piscean energy, we don’t have a clear path. We have misty, foggy, cloudiness, with nobody really knowing what comes next or what direction to turn.
But there’s another side to Pisces. As with every planet and sign, there is an entire spectrum of energies. My favorite part of this mystical, spiritual sign is the dissolution of identities. In the ocean of Pisces, we are not white people and black people, or Jews and Christians, or Americans and Europeans, or even men and women. We are people. Like Sting said in his song, If The Russians Love Their Children, Too, “…we share the same biology, regardless of ideology…” And we share biology, not only with humans, but with every living thing on the Earth. When we exhale, we give a gift of carbon dioxide to the trees and plants. When they exhale, they provide us with the oxygen we need to survive. Our world is an intricate web of symbiosis, so vast and mostly unseen, that we tend to forget its nature. The energy of Pisces, especially with Neptune in Pisces, can bring us back to the feeling, the knowing, that we are all connected.
It’s this deep, internal wisdom that Neptune in Pisces can bring us. With Chiron also in Pisces, I believe we can come to a place where we feel ourselves part of the larger whole, and overcome our superficial differences. We need to do this, to save our beautiful planet, and the other beings that make up our ecosystem. This is an enchanted time, when the collective identity can help us evolve to a higher level. May the mists of Pisces dissolve our separateness, and bring us the common goal of saving and evolving life on Earth.