The New Moon in Pisces on March 6 commences a new lunar cycle with the theme of transition and renewal. The last sign of the zodiac represents the last stage of individual development where we reach a stage of completion. Strengthening this theme, Mercury is also in the sign of endings and in the finishing phase of its cycle having turned retrograde on March 5. This indicates we will be focused this month on a particular cycle in our life that must be concluded so that a new one may begin. Depending on how well we handle transition, the call to change may feel extreme. We may need to let something within or in our external life figuratively die, rather than keep it on artificial life support.
These moments of truth at the threshold of endings and beginnings can be overwhelming. Yet the essential task of shaking off the inertia of outmoded ways of being so that something else can be born is how we grow. It takes compassion and courage to face a death of any kind and this is the Pisces challenge. Even as we look forward to what the future will bring, we must remain present to the full intensity of each moment as it is happening in order to successfully close a cycle. It requires acceptance of even the most difficult situations in our life as something we simply need to deal with in order to evolve. Each challenge we overcome is another test, another cycle that has come and gone. From this perspective, death and rebirth take on new meaning as part of an eternal process. In allowing the everyday little “deaths” of myriad cycles, we train ourselves to live in a state of constant renewal.
The New Moon forms an imaginative, intuitive triple conjunction with Pisces’ ruler Neptune, the force of cosmic consciousness that leads us to experiences of connectedness. Neptune in Pisces is the symbol of Unity that teaches us the true nature of who we are, which is love. The Sun, Moon and Neptune merging in Pisces amplify the mystical quality of the lunar cycle and likely will coincide with enhanced imagination or vivid dreams. If we take time to notice we can discover symbolic meaning in little things. Under these conditions we may even experience heightened states of non-ordinary reality, which could be unsettling. The New Moon conjunct Neptune along with Mercury retrograde all in Pisces also adds a sense of confusion and uncertainty.
Also, this very Neptunian period can cause us to feel a bit lost, even confused as there is a sense that things are vague or unformed. Our best strategy is to not push or try to force anything. That’s what can lead to mistakes or unintended consequences. Try to go with the flow and wait until things become more clear. On March 14th, when the Sun conjuncts retrograde Mercury more information may be revealed that will allow us to make decisions if circumstances require it.
Other aspects to the powerful triad in Pisces, however, can help ground us in ordinary reality when necessary and remind us we are operating through a physical body: a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn coaxes us to fulfill our responsibilities; a sextile to Mars in Taurus offers the energy and determination to bring our cycles to a close. Furthermore, the New Moon chart pattern is a bowl with Jupiter in its home sign of Sagittarius as the leading planet. This suggests there will be opportunities to take advantage of that will expand our life in some new way.
A major astral event occurring only hours before the New Moon is the return of Uranus to Taurus. The Uranus archetype seeks self-awareness and being one’s own authority. It asks us to be the open-minded skeptic questioning what we believe so we can be clear on a soul level whether or not it is aligned with our philosophy and life direction. Uranus teaches us to be open to new ways of thinking that can lead to living more authentically. Taurus represents the second stage of development of the individual where we begin to develop a sense of self-worth through an attunement with the natural world. During this process we learn to value ourselves, our work and talents, without becoming attached to the material fruits of our labor. The planet of “Who am I?” in the sign of “What do I value?” for the next seven years may unfold in a series of wake-up calls that force us to radically re-evaluate our own true worth and what is most important to us.
On the world stage, Uranus in the sign of the Environmentalist is already correlating to increased alarms about climate change with young people leading the charge (Uranus was first in Taurus May 15 to November 6, 2018). Taurus also rules money and how material worth is valued. Uranus here could bring a revolution in our thinking about how we exploit our natural resources to finance our global systems for living. The last time Uranus was in Taurus 1934 to 1942, groundbreaking changes to our economic systems lifted the world out of the Great Depression. With our global enterprises currently being decried for accelerating the destruction of earth’s ecosystems, new thought leaders are proposing sweeping changes in commercial economic practices as part of the solution. Their research shows that inventing new ways to do business in order to save the planet will be more profitable in the long run. Uranus aligns with the New Moon in a dynamic semi square indicating there are roadblocks to overcome to change hearts and minds. Taurus is also known for its stubbornness to give up well-established practices. Hopefully Uranus here will shake us out of our collective fixed mindsets so we can open to innovative, life-changing models for thriving on earth. We owe it to ourselves to ride Uranus’ paradigm shift train no matter what route it takes.