By Barry Kerr
The sun moves into Pisces on February 19.
Pisces is ruled by planet Neptune. Pisces is the “end” of the zodiac progression of signs, and marks the culmination of the involvement of human awareness back to spiritual wholeness. Neptune is that part in each of us that is able to experience our oneness with all that is. When we are able to feel connection and compassion for others, for humanity as a whole, even for other species, and for ourselves, we draw from our “spiritual heart” which Neptune represents. The energy of Pisces entices us to live from that greater heart as a way of life.
This hasn’t been easy for humans to do. In the illusion of separateness that this physical world presents to our limited five senses, we have tended to live in fear of others, afraid that death is the end of all we hold dear. Religions have given us hope for more and at times have been instrumental in “awakening” some individuals to actually experience more. However, in the end, religion can only be a set of beliefs and practices that at best point the way (more of a Sagittarius/Jupiter affect) and at worst, detract from and block the way.
Though unseen by humans until modern times, Neptune has always been at play in our inner worlds. For lack of experience in how to activate our inner Neptune in a healthy way, we humans have made distorted attempts. Drugs, alcohol, cults, martyrdom, mental illnesses and other means have been used for ages to imitate the expanded heart feelings we have when in our genuine mystical connection to others. On the other hand, substance-abuse and other means of escapism have been used to shut down the pain we have felt when our greater hearts have actually begun to connect compassionately to the collective pain body of humanity while still unable to develop and sustain the vital force of light and love available to us through true alignment with our soul. It’s the artists and mystics of the world who have historically found higher ground in this journey.
It was when the planet Neptune was first discovered by scientists in 1849 that humans first began in large numbers to claim freedom from religious authority and declare the rights of individuals to discover their own path toward “God”, toward spiritual enlightenment. What were before only secrets and occult schools of mystical wisdom, now became popular movements in our societies, allowing thousands, for the first time in history to be able to say, “I am spiritual, but not religious”, without being killed or banished by society.
Now, in current times, there is a mass spiritual awakening across the globe as humankind confronts the crises of collective survival that naturally evolved from living in the illusion of separateness. It is Pisces the calls to our inner Neptunes to feel past the fears, remember we are all eternal love spirit, and live our lives with bold and loving affirmation for creating the beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
The new moon on March 8 brings together five heavenly bodies in Pisces, including Neptune itself, mercury ( mind ), and Chiron ( healing ). This is an auspicious time for you and humanity to take a bold leap of faith by committing to infuse spiritual awareness and fearless compassion into grounded plans for the future. This is in large part due to Saturns (pragmatic realism) square with Neptune for the course of this year. Don’t let others dissuade you from using your intuition, imagination and dreams as guides to your truth about what is possible. Uranus (intuition) continues to trine with Saturn. You are in good company and you are needed. Just watch that you are not looking for escape or fantasy.
Look on your own birth chart into which house this new moon falls. This, along with any natal planets and aspects there, will give you clues as to which part of your life you are most able to make a solid contribution by expressing your heart with more spiritual awareness.
On March 23, just after the spring equinox, the full moon will have the Sun in Aries, along with Mercury. That will be the time to turn your commitment into clearheaded actions. Mars (personal power) is approaching Saturn, boosting the energy of pragmatic actions. When Mars goes retrograde in April and May, there will be pause for recalibrating actions, before Mars hits Saturn exact in August.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison Wisconsin. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.