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Pisces New Moon, March 7, 2008

Pisces is an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration. But Piscean winds of destiny may impel [people] of vision and courage to discover many a “new world,” as much as they destroy or suffocate the many who stubbornly resist change. Pisces is an era of often sharp and violent repolarization. It is an era of purgation and cleansing. Tradition has made of the month proceeding the vernal equinox a period of fasting and repentance. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, the devotee of the New Life must learn to identify...willingly with the death of all established structures...must be willing to face the chrysalis state for the sake of the butterfly-to-be. Pisces is the mythical Deluge and the age of universal dissolution....[Humanity] must cling to no stability or no past greatness. “No-security” is...the only possible security.”

                                                     Dane Rudhyar, “The Pulse of Life”

     “No security is the only possible security.” (Perhaps we need to share this insight with George Bush & Co.!) We need to understand this lesson of the sign of Pisces if we want to survive the coming years of change and transformation. With this New Moon in Pisces, we find ourselves at the end of a cycle – both a yearly cycle and coming soon, a larger cycle - the end of the Piscean Age. The Mayan Calendar is only one of many indications that our way of life is about to change. And so we all must wake up to the new life that is coming to meet us.

    But first we have to acknowledge that we are in the Death aspect of the cycle of Life. And unfortunately, most people don't want to hear that. Fear is the Guardian of the Threshold, the monster that guards the gate of Death. But what Pisces tells us is that once we let go of our security and of our fears, and let God/dess, once we die to the little self, there is Rebirth and Renewal through the larger SELF. After Winter comes Spring. Just ask Mother Earth!

    When the time comes to face Death, we discover something: that's when we feel most alive! That's when we find this impossible sense of security in “no-security”! So let's try to understand what Pisces has to teach us.

    And so we come to Pisces: finality yet expectancy; gentleness with a touch of mystery; transitions hidden in every corner of your being; issues too great and lofty to involve your little self; an eternal unrest which reflects on the 'unreality' of life.

    Since Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, it is the sign that expresses what we've been and done throughout the rest of the Cycle. In Aries, we begin with the importance of having our own sense of identity. In Taurus, we learn about what we value so we can build something lasting. In Gemini, we learn to think for ourselves and communicate with others. In Cancer, we learn about our emotional needs – what nourishes us and grounds us. In Leo, we learn to play and create and express ourselves. In Virgo, we learn to shape ourselves into a whole being. In Libra, we learn to relate to others. In Scorpio, we learn to share ourselves with others. In Sagittarius, we discover our beliefs about Life and Spirit. In Capricorn, we grow up and contribute to our world. In Aquarius, we become part of the larger group. And we end up with Pisces, where we return to our source with the story of what we've discovered about Life.

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    In Pisces, we learn to let our small ego dissolve into the Divine source of Life and discover new worlds beyond what our senses and consensus 'reality' knows. Creativity and Imagination are the keys to understanding Pisces. Carl Jung's theory of the Collective Unconscious fits Pisces' profile. We return to the Source for renewal.

“Transcendence, overcoming, piercing through illusions and false security, severance of social ties, embarking for the great adventure with utter faith and in denuded simplicity of being: all these things are to be learned from Pisces. Man is here face to face with himself, and with that Greater Self which he names: God...Man sheds here his social vestures and stands bare before God within – that is, before the Christos, the burden of his future Destiny.”    Rudhyar

    This is the task that has faced Western Civilization for the last 2000 years during the Age of Pisces – and we'd better be ready to finally learn the lesson as we approach its End. Our lives and our world depend on it! And many of us are doing it, aren't we? The energy of Pisces now calls to anyone who has learned some of its lessons to turn back and help those of our brothers and sisters who don't know how to wake up to this great Truth. We are the ones who must put aside temper, anger, rage, selfishness and shine our light so others can see what a Human Being can BE. The world needs shining examples of the Human Spirit.

    One of Pisces great lessons is that we cannot abandon those who are not yet 'awake' because the deepest lesson of Pisces is that we are all One, that 'reality' is one organic whole. Pisces highest expression is compassion. Pisces insists that our spiritual awareness is what calls us to help change ourselves and then the world and our culture. It is only through Pisces Inspiration (to breathe in Spirit) that we'll be able to transform our society into 'the Republic of Heaven' - as The Golden Compass's author Philip Pullman names it. No longer a Kingdom – or an Empire – but a true Republic of Spirit.

    The Sabian Symbol for 18 Pisces is: In a gigantic tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance. ...the time has come for the individual to dare to present himself and his works to his community for applause, or for the purpose of attracting a following.

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    If you have any planets in mutable or fixed signs at 18 degrees, this New Moon will affect your life. Step out onto the stage in the tent and go for it! If you don't know exactly what you want to do, spend time with nature, create some art, listen to music and dance, allow yourself to just BE and surrender to Great Spirit.

    This New Moon in Pisces conjoins the planet Uranus – the energy of Awakening, Revolution and sudden changes. (And interestingly, it is opposite the position of the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto that energized the 60s.) A new moon is a seed time, a time of breakthrough and birth. With Uranus energizing it, we can break through the boundaries that bind us to our linear 'reality' and see beyond our problems – which are legion – to their resolutions. Use your imagination to find your Soul's answer to your life. Instead of trying to discover the secret of abundance, perhaps we all need to discover what our Spirit came to this beautiful planet to discover and create.

[A quick aside: As many of you know, I do have a problem with this idea of constantly invoking abundance, which usually means more money or 'things' that we desire. It smacks of Capitalistic Spirituality to me. Abundance of Spirit is the real goal of life. So watch this very sweetly done video called, The Story of STUFF, about how we've been programed to consume – and start concentrating on accumulating riches in your inner world.]

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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