March 13, 2021 – New Moon in Pisces

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The last new moon of the astrological year offers a moment of reflection. The Pisces New Moon encourages us to sleep and dream big dreams – and when we wake up, it will be spring. But first, we need to explore the profound (and often unfathomable) Piscean nature: its ruling planets, its strengths and challenges, and the weight of the water it swims in.

Jupiter and Neptune, Rulers of Pisces

To understand the nature of Pisces, it’s helpful to take a look at the sign’s planetary rulers, the myths connected to their namesake gods, and the resulting qualities that astrology associates with those planets. Pisces’s traditional ruling planet is Jupiter and its modern ruling planet is Neptune.

Jupiter, known as Zeus in Greek mythology, ruled the skies and was considered the leader of the gods. He was intelligent, conniving, gregarious and seductive. He could be vengeful but he could also be very sentimental, showing deep concern and affection for the multitudes of offspring he sired as well as their mothers, whether mortal, goddess or otherwise.

Neptune, known as Poseidon in Greek mythology, was the brother of Zeus. He was given rulership over the sea and all within it. Poseidon also ruled earthquakes and horses (the Romans didn’t carry over these rulerships to Neptune).

Astrologers associate Jupiter with qualities of

    • Expansion
    • Luck
    • Optimism
    • Higher education
    • Leisure
    • Morality
    • Philosophic reasoning
    • Wealth & prosperity

Neptune is associated with qualities of

    • Dreams
    • Spirituality
    • Illusion and delusion
    • Mystery
    • Psychic phenomena, intuition and extrasensory perception
    • Addictive behavior
    • Ideals

When you look at these two lists, it may have you wondering how Jupiter makes for a good ruler of Pisces. Take a look at that first word for Jupiter: expansion. When we expand our thinking, we open up to possibility and wonder. We give our dreams a place to grow and transform. Pursuing philosophical thoughts and allowing them to expand our experience impacts our relationship to our inner self and the world around us. Neptune embodies what is possible when that expansion is allowed to take place – and as we know, that can lead to destructive or dangerous behavior.

In the 20 years I’ve studied astrology, I have read natal charts for quite a few Pisces folks. One of the first things I tell them is the biggest lesson they have to learn in this lifetime is whether to be a surfer or a sponge.

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A sponge soaks up water – and the more water it holds, the heavier it becomes. It wears out over time holding excess amounts of water.

A surfer rides the waves: they get wet, they fall in the ocean, they get back on the board. Their goal is to harness the power of the water to keep them upright. They respect the water’s power and work with it.

Water represents emotion and feelings. A highly intuitive, psychic sign, Pisces can easily get overwhelmed if it chooses to be a sponge over and over again, channeling that Jupiterian quality of expansion in order to hold onto the Neptunian dreams and mysteries. As a surfer, Pisces gets to be in the water, but not always of the water. The weight is lessened because Pisces has set the boundaries for engagement.

New Moon in Pisces

With a New Moon in Pisces, we are all invited to make a fresh start with our own emotional processing. We get a chance to assess whether we are a sponge or a surfer, and where we need to set boundaries in our emotional experience so that we don’t drown. Your dreams over the last 24-48 hours may be showing you where that work needs to be done.

This New Moon is also a great time to set intentions and goals for the coming months. If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of where the New Moon in Pisces can help you focus your attention:

Aries Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts

Taurus Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals

Gemini Rising – career, fame, reputation

Cancer Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education

Leo Rising – regeneration, transformation, death

Virgo Rising – relationships and partnerships

Libra Rising – work and work environment, service, health

Scorpio Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure

Sagittarius Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors

Capricorn Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips

Aquarius Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem

Pisces Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which will also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)

I hope this Pisces New Moon finds you dreaming big dreams – and then using those dreams to set intentions towards living your best life.

Try my New Moon Tarot Spread here.

February 27, 2021 – Full Moon in Virgo

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Exact in the wee hours of Saturday morning, today’s Full Moon in Virgo asks us to find emotional release in service. One of the best ways we can serve ourselves is through examining rituals & routines we began last year, and determine what cycles are ready to close out – and what cycles need more time and attention.

There are currently four planets in mutable signs:

      • Sun, Venus and Neptune in Pisces
      • Moon in Virgo

(We could also count the North Node in Gemini, but we’ll keep it to actual planets for now.)

In astrology, mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – mark the change in seasons; it’s a transitional period in which temperatures and weather may vary by the hour or day. As I type this, we started the morning where I live in Baltimore with grey skies and rain, and now the sun is shining through the haze.

These four signs share characteristics of flexibility and adaptability. They are much more willing to go with the flow than fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius) or cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Mutable signs are shapeshifters of the zodiac, and they are ruled by planets known for duality, expansiveness and transformative abilities: Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, while Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces. (Note: Pisces’s modern astrological ruler is Neptune. While many astrologers prefer to use traditional planetary rulerships for the signs, and not include Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, I like working with both traditional and modern rulers, as I think it helps in understanding how the signs, planets and houses work in tropical geocentric astrology.)

When the Sun is in Pisces, everything may feel much more nebulous. It’s a dreamy time where we fantasize about the coming spring/fall (depending on whether we’re in the northern or southern hemisphere). We may cast our experiences of the world in a soft blue light or suspend them in deep oceanic waters, because what is reality, anyway?

Fortunately for those of us who can get easily caught in the Piscean riptide, Pisces’s opposing sign, Virgo, which is a mutable earth sign, shows up in the form of the full moon and asks us to get a teensy bit more grounded in reality – and we can do that through looking at our habits, rituals and routines.

Moon in Virgo

As I wrote back in September, the Moon in Virgo is about finding emotional satisfaction in ritual and purpose-driven behavior.

This placement feels emotionally met when it is focused on usefulness. It may not always seem particularly touchy-feely, but its goal is finding bliss in practical pursuits. The Virgo Moon is the mom who says, “If you make your bed in the morning, it will feel so much more comfy and inviting when you’re ready to go to sleep.” And once you take her advice, you discover she was right.

Flashback to September 2020

Take your mind back to September 17, 2020, during the Virgo New Moon. Now that the Moon is Full in Virgo, it’s a good time to review what you began during that Virgo New Moon and see what has sprouted from those seeds you planted.

      • What did you call forth at that time?
      • What new routines, rituals or habits did you start?
      • Are the results of those new routines, rituals or habits quantifiable through any charts, calendars, before/after photos, journal entries, or other tracking?

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If those intentions have borne fruit, then it’s time to say thanks to the universe for what you were able to achieve. Something still in progress? Use this Full Moon to work on manifesting movement toward those goals.

Practical Ways to Honor the Full Moon

      • Clean up! Vacuum, sweep, dust, mop, scrub…you know what to do.
      • Organize your closet, desk, kitchen, whatever most needs some order & structure.

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      • Make a task list for March
      • Write down what you want to manifest this spring

Crystals for the Virgo Full Moon

You can place these crystals on your altar, if you have one, or in a prominent place in your home today and Sunday, February 28.

      • Rhodonite
      • Watermelon tourmaline
      • Sugilite
      • Malachite

May you have bursts of productivity and insights in equal measure during this Virgo Full Moon! I’m off to clean my kitchen and bathroom, then reward myself with a nap.

Want to try out my Full Moon Tarot Spread? Check it out here.