PISCES NEW MOON - 20 February 2023
Exact at 7.05am UK time (GMT)
This New Moon is occurring in the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces, a dreamy, sensitive, compassionate sign that encapsulates all the other signs of the zodiac. Pisces invites us to surrender, to let go, to move beyond our limiting, fearful egos and allow ourselves to be guided by the invisible force that connects us all. Pisces is the part of us that can use our imagination to dream things into being, and so this New Moon invites us to turn inward and contemplate what we truly wish for ourselves and the world. What the mind can conceive the body can achieve! It is a good time to pay attention to our dreams, as they could be more vivid than usual and may hold important information for our waking life. This is a good time to be aware of any subtle signs, messages or omens that could help us to find our way.
Pisces is the part of us that has the capacity to tune into how other people are feeling. People with a lot of Pisces energy in their chart tend to be quite thin-skinned, sensitive, compassionate, intuitive and empathetic. Pisces invites us to spend time in quiet contemplation, to meditate, to rest, to spend time in nature, to have a bath, to swim in a serene lake, to listen to the sound of wind and the birds, to watch the leaves rustling on the trees, a river rushing by, the ebb and flow of the tides. Similarly, time spent alone enables us to re-centre, to come back to ourselves, to cleanse our energetic system and to be able to listen to the whispers of our soul. This is a good time to slow down and focus on what truly holds meaning in our lives and what brings the greatest sense of fulfilment on a spiritual level.
A few days before the New Moon, on the 16th February, the Sun passes by Saturn in Aquarius before moving into Pisces late on 18 Feb. This could make things feel a bit heavy and “real”, although this will probably have abated by the New Moon itself. Saturn is at the very end of Aquarius now, getting ready to move into Pisces on 7 March. As it moves towards the end, we may feel the energy of Saturn in Aquarius more acutely. Saturn went into Aquarius in March 2020, just as the lockdowns started. Saturn is the planet of authority, control, suppression, boundaries, accountability, responsibility, hard work and limitations. Aquarius represents the group, friendships, community, technology and the capacity to rebel or protest. In the past couple of years we have certainly seen Saturnian control, limitation and curtailing in all of these areas of Aquarius. One of the most noticeable has been the increased use of technology as a form of authoritarian control, as well as the fear of what that might mean for the future.
It will be interesting to see what will happen as Saturn travels through Pisces, the sign of faith, compassion, flow, and devotion. It certainly does bring the potential for some kind of authoritarian control in the area of faith and religion. Saturn is a completely different energy to Pisces, as it contretises, blocks, limits, controls and makes things real and solid, while Pisces is fluid by nature and hard to pin down. It is interesting to contemplate. How does one make the flowing Pisces energy solid?
On the one hand Saturn could provide a solid container for our faith and connection to the divine, making it feel more real and defined somehow. We may find ourselves more disciplined when it comes to our spiritual path. On the other hand, we could experience our hope, faith and trust being squashed or suppressed, or we could feel overwhelmed by fear, as our imaginations run wild in all sorts of dark directions. Pisces likes to escape reality and enjoy a bit of fantasy, while Saturn forces us to see things as they really are. Saturn could make us question what is real and what is illusion, smoke screens or propaganda. Saturn can also help us to turn our Piscean dreams and fantasies into something real and concrete, giving them form and helping to make the impossible possible. It can also help us to take responsibility for our lives instead of dwelling in victimhood and imagining that we are at the mercy of forces bigger than us.
At the same time, Pluto is also about to leave Capricorn on 23 March, where it has been since 2008. Again, the energy could feel stronger as Pluto moves towards the end of Capricorn. Pluto is the planet of power, soul growth and transformation, the planet that takes us on a trip into the underworld and forces us to confront the shadows within ourselves and the world, and by doing this we can come back with some hidden treasure. Capricorn is the sign of the patriarchy, government, authority, societal structures, and career.
Since 2008, Pluto has been exposing and detoxing the flaws and decaying structures in the patriarchal system that we are living in, making us all too aware of the corruption, the darkness, the imbalance and abuse of power within the systems that govern us. At this point it is impossible to avoid seeing it. As we move towards 23 March, when Pluto moves into humanitarian, revolutionary, visionary Aquarius, we could find that the energy of Pluto in Capricorn increases and more shadows come out into the light to be detoxified. It is the final purge of the Capricorn power structures, enabling us to see the cracks more clearly, whether we like it or not. It will be interesting to see what happens as Saturn moves from Aquarius into Pisces and then Pluto moves from Capricorn into Aquarius, as we could experience some kind of energetic shift.
During this Moon, Mercury is quite prevalent, with Uranus forming a dynamic, challenging square to the planet of mind and communication, and Chiron and Mars forming helpful, supportive aspects. Uranus could mean that we receive a message that shocks us, or some information that forces us to see things from a different perspective. Uranus can bring realisations and insights that jolt us into higher awareness. Chiron could bring honest, open, healing conversations and, together with Mars, the ability to bring thorny issues out into the open. Mars helps us to have the courage to speak our minds in a candid and direct manner and to make strong decisions. Mercury is currently in Aquarius, helping us to think outside of the box and gain fresh perspective on old problems. Aquarius is a progressive, visionary sign that can help us to come up with some interesting solutions and see things differently.
Neptune, the ruler of this Pisces Moon, has been sitting right next to Venus in Pisces for the past few days and the energy peaked on 15 February. It is still in effect during his Moon, although not as strong. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, bringing the potential for unconditional love and true connection within our relationships that helps us to take our guards down. Pluto is also forming a supportive sextile to Venus that is exact on the day of the New Moon, helping us to be emotionally honest and deepen our relationships, possibly by owning our shadows and showing one another those parts of ourselves that we might usually hide. Venus is in the very last degree of the zodiac during this Moon, which is a special place indeed. The day after she will move from sensitive, compassionate Pisces into independent, forthright Aries, shifting the energy considerably!
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 2° Pisces, is an interesting one: “A squirrel, hiding from hunters”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The individual’s need both to ensure his future subsistence and to protect himself from aggressive social elements. The squirrel not only has to hide and store food for the winter, but to be on the lookout for the dangers involved in gathering this food supply. Social processes always cast strong shadows. The individual is never certain of being safe among his fellowmen, once the process of individualisation – with its negative aspects, competition, social aggressivity and greed – forces the breakdown of the organic tribal state of mankind during the archaic ages. This symbol warns of the dangers of life in society during an era of exacerbated individualism, when violence is a possibility never to be dismissed. The need for SELF-PROTECTION and caution is ever present”.
Well, this symbol seems very relevant considering all that is happening in the world right now! It would be so easy to fall into fear and to feel as if there is something out to get us, whether that is real or not. And that is the thing about Pisces, sometimes we can imagine things that aren’t real. We can also feel like a leaf being blown around in the wind, at the mercy of forces that we have no control of. However, Pisces calls for us to keep the faith and trust that we are somehow being guided in the right direction and that ultimately the light always prevails over the darkness. This Moon seems to be asking us to turn inwards and to conserve our energy, making sure we get enough rest and to pay attention to our dreams. Pisces season is sleepy time, a time for rest and daydreaming and seeing where our imagination takes us. Pisces reminds us that we have the capacity to co-create our own reality, so what can we dream up for ourselves and the planet?
Picture: Dreamworlds by Susan Seddon Boulet
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