Hello, this is your Captain Speaking. Please take a look, if you like, at the view screens at the top of your cabin. We’re about to play The Pisces Gallery 2016, a parade of images that tell us how each period in our history looks at the Fishes, and all the zodiac signs, in a way that reflects its rules, and beliefs, its core values and its view of human beings and our planet, and our possibilities.
The show could not begin at a better time: on March 15, the Ides of March in the ancient Roman calendar and the moment when the Sun is in the later degrees of Pisces, about to move into Aries at the Equinox on March 19 west of the Atlantic, March 20 in Eurasia and Africa.
This is one of the crunch and crisis points of what has been so far, and will continue to be, a very Piscean year in every sense. A year when those of us who live in wisdom and love see how beautifully our most spiritual, empathetic and compassionate acts of courage and joy can merge in the all-embracing ocean of the universal heart.
It all shows in this magnificent chart, cast for 9:00 pm on March 15 in Chicago, Illinois because this is the key city in one of the main battleground states in the most important American presidential election cycle in decades. The superb cluster of planets in Pisces, in the 5th house of children, creativity, love affairs, is the same as what we saw at the Black Moon on March 8 – 9, except that the Moon has moved ahead into Cancer in the 9th house, and Venus has entered Pisces. The key feature of these charts for the entire month is the powerful, potentially cleansing combination of the Sun and Chiron (resembling the letter K) in harmonious and nourishing angle to the Midheaven point at the top center of the chart, representing our truest and most authentic values and goals, our shared desire for home, for family ties — and not just with blood family — and for the giving and receiving of nourishment, safety and protection. It’s all here, within our reach, if we will only see it and share it.
It’s a year also when those who live in ignorance and fear will fool themselves, and be drugged and vaccinated, enraptured and enraged by those who play to the shallow end of the gallery, where people demand change in everything but themselves. It is all in play now at the climactic moment, when the Sun conjoins Chiron the Healer in Pisces, and both oppose Jupiter in Virgo. That’s why our people are divided between those who see the most optimistic possibilities of union and change, those who boil with hate and blame toward everything they see as different from themselves, and the skeptics who want to sit at the Virgo pole, eager to talk but cool to act, and too busy doubting anything can ever be better to use the opportunity when it’s served on a glistening silver Moon plate.
That’s why the image of Pisces we see just above, with the two Fishes curved in opposite directions around a central point.
It all comes to a pitch and swirl of passion and confusion now, at the Ides of March. Everybody knows March 15 has a fearsome image because it’s the day when Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC when he ignored a soothsayer’s warning to Beware the Ides of March. And because the Romans, being Romans, saw March as we see it here: the fighting month of Aries rather than the accepting month of Pisces. But March 15 itself was traditionally anything but dire. In the primordial lunar calendar that preceded the solar calendar introduced by Caesar himself, the Kalends of each month started a new cycle with the first thin crescent of a New Moon, while the Ides meant completion at the Full Moon. So the Ides meant celebrating fruition — and in Pisces, celebrating it in music and dance — as we sing down the Moon, and ground our greatest intentions and dreams into realization.
How have astronomers since ancient times always seen the two Fishes? As we see them here in a sky map from the 16th century, showing the actual shape of the constellation, with two fish linked by a cord. Nothing is stated or implied here about “meaning,” just two fish in the same sector of the sky.
But in the mythic terms of what the fish and their alignment signify, rather than only their position in the sky, the two fish have been aligned in many different ways over the millennia since the zodiac was imagined by Babylonians and Egyptians, then refined by Greeks who gave the zodiac signs and planets the names of their Olympian deities and other mythic figures. At the height of the Middle Ages in the middle of the Age of Pisces (144 BC – 2016), the two fish are shown like this by Christian and Muslim cultures that were implacably at war with one another, and within themselves. They’re linked by a cord, all right, but they swim away from each other in a way that shows Piscean duality in its extreme of opposition that implies the negation of the other and of one’s own mirror image and shadow.
The more typical and aesthetically pleasing way to show the two fish is in what we see here, by Virgo Magic, in recent art that affirms unity in duality by having the fish swim around a central point, so that their bodies even echo the central yin-yang design of the sacred chao, the forces of light and dark, life and death, growth and decay, endlessly moving with and against each other — and doing so joyously, in a way that conveys anything but the sadness that is so often linked with the heavier end of the Pisces emotional spectrum.
The ancient Khemitians (aka “Egyptians”) typically saw Pisces as the fish appear here in the famous New Kingdom zodiac in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. While this image is very late in the dynastic history of the Nile, in the 3rd century BC, when Khemt was Macedonian but not yet Roman, earlier images from the Old and Middle Kingdoms show essentially the same idea: the fish are swimming in parallel, in the same direction, doing what fish do naturally when they’re free, whether they’re a few in a river or an immense school in an ocean, all turning in the same direction at the same time, connected by some shared intuitive impulse that needs no definition, debate or decision (all of which imply separation), but enables each one to align from moment to moment with the instinct and intention of all.
We see all of these images of Pisces in play now, as human beings caress and careen, beckon and fight, accept and strike, see themselves in every other life or see themselves as different from, and against, anyone they don’t already think they know. As of this writing, Hungary is how in a state of emergency as borders slam shut all over Europe, and America displays the most ineffably beautiful, and agonizingly ugly, sides of our possibilities. The time of testing and decision is here for us all, and we can only hope that we can see ourselves in this painting from We Go Astrology. The two fish swim toward each other, the lower one exposing its belly in complete trust and surrender.
Possible in the human world? Yes, more than we can see at the moment, until we understand that it is normal and natural for us to move toward and away from one another, going free and apart and then back to union. But it is unnatural for us to be against, and impossible to sustain for long.
Peace, Keep Holding That Frequency.
Captain Aquarius, dba Dan Furst