New Moon @ 23 Pisces 04
March 13, 2021 @ 5:21am EST, 2:21am PST, 10:21am GMT, 9:21pm AEST
“An intense copper calm like a universal yellow lotus
was more and more unfolding
its noiseless measureless leaves upon the sea.”
-from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
This New Moon in Pisces is awash in love, compassion, dreams, visions and a mystical attunement to the Universal Sea of Life. Neptune and Venus blend into the New Moon uplifting our spirits in extraordinary divine wavelengths, helping assuage the angst and despair that can affect us in this time of questioning, of destruction and renewal. This is a turning point month in our collective destiny.
This Venusian-Neptunian New Moon is another extraordinary lunation of 2021, a year filled with many such lunations. We are immersed us in the watery realm of romance, imagination, flow, dreams and soul memories, as well as compassion and awareness of the Oneness of life, but also the undercurrents can pull us into dangerous waters.
We are in a special time now with outer planet Neptune, God of the Sea, in Pisces, sign of the Cosmic Ocean. Naturally, archetypally, Neptune is ‘at home’ here. This current phase, 2012-2025, was last experienced in 1847-1862. That was before Neptune was discovered in 1865. Are we more conscious of Neptune now that we see it in the sky?
We can look back at events that time to get more clues about Neptunian potentials of this time. The Civil War in U.S. eventually influenced abolition of slavery around the world. Do we have any echo in this time? Spiritual/religious movements, such as Bahai and the Mormon Church, were established at that time. Any echoes in this realm? Reflecting a different aspect of Neptune, big business began to build around oil, gas, opium and modern medicine. Is anything changing here? And for an example of synchronistic, symbolic whimsy, in 1853 the London Zoo opened its ‘Fish House’, the first public aquarium in the world. P.T. Barnum soon followed in 1856 with the first American aquarium in his American Museum on Broadway, NYC.
Like fish in the water, we are not yet fully conscious of the fluid fields that are unfolding and flowering in these times. It is inherent in our experience in the present Now that we embody. We come into our feelings, our intuitions, dreams, inspirations and aspirations. The unprecedented photonic waves of light waterfalling through our solar system are an astrophysics phenomenon of our time reflect, in part, this Neptunian passage— noiselessly rippling through the subtle fields of our planet, our bodies and our spirits.
During that transit of the 19th century, Herman Melville published his oceanic classic, Moby Dick(1851). The above passage from that book evokes Neptune’s essence. Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman were also writing, sharing with Melville a special appreciation of Nature that touches on the divine.
Walt Whitman’s famous Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855, featured a section called ‘Sea-Drift’, a series of poems evoking deep emotions of love and yearning and sorrow and something eternal— all so very Neptunian. Here is a starry excerpt from “On a Beach at Night”:
“The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,
They shall not long possess the sky,
they devour the stars only in apparition,
Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another night,
the Pleiades shall emerge,
They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden
shall shine out again,
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again,
The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive moons
shall again shine.”
In the last stanza he reminds us,
“Something there is more immortal even than the stars…”
For Whitman, the sea is a female presence, as we hear in this encore poem, “On a Beach at Night Alone,” singing tones of the Eternal and Ineffable Oneness of Life:
“On the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef
of the universes and of the future.
A vast similitude interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets,
All distances of place however wide,
All distances of time, all inanimate forms,
All souls, all living bodies though they be ever so different,
or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes, the fishes, the brutes,
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages,
All identities that have existed or may exist on this globe,
or any globe,
All lives and deaths, all of the past, present, future,
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann’d,
And shall forever span them and compactly hold and enclose them.”
That 14-year span of Neptune in Pisces was in a different era. No living individual is alive from that time (although you may be aware of having past lives or ancestral influences from that time!). Yet the poets and artists of that time leave us with archetypal echoes that follow through from their time to ours. Beyond mundane signs of the times, they remind us of something eternal in us, that Neptune reflects.
“I rise into a diviner atmosphere,
in which simply to exist and breathe is a triumph,
and my thoughts inevitably tend toward the grand and infinite,
as aeronauts report that there is ever an upper current hereabouts which sets
toward the ocean.
If they rise high enough they go out to sea,
and behold the vessels seemingly in mid-air like themselves.
It is as if I were serenaded,
and the highest and truest compliments were paid me.
The universe gives me three cheers.”
—from Thoreau’s Journal, 13 July 1857
Venus in the Pisces Pool
It’s one thing to rise into the exalted realms of Neptune, another to be pulled into its undertow. Unseen ocean currents- such as riptides- can pull us into danger, as swimmers and surfers well know. The god Neptune does sometimes use his trident to whip the seas to storms, laughing wildly in the winds, in a thunderous mood. Neptune is not all “sugar and spice and everything nice,” idealistic and uplifting. We need to beware its illusions, confusions, and delusions that pull us into addictive habits and crazy-think, ungrounded fantasy and even madness. Neptune can pull us out of our own shape, fill our minds with nightmares that take us on an unbridled gallop through dark fields of psychic, astral fog.
Venus comes to our aid, with her kindness, sweet joy, and emotional finesse. Venus is said to be ‘exalted’ in Pisces, tapping into a higher aspect of love. As I wrote in the February 27 newsletter,
“Venus is at her best in Pisces, offering compassion and sweetness with the balm of her glory. Let’s bathe in that; we may need, yet
again, to wash away some stress as our collective and personal destinies turn an inevitable and timely corner.”
Venus is closely squaring the Nodes of the Moon, the collective Line of Destiny. We have a choice to entertain options, to see the many facets of life, the many stories that are being told. What rings true to you? And how can you re-imagine the story of your life as you move forward? This will impact the Bigger Dream we are all part of.
With what is stirring in the collective sea of consciousness during this Piscean Moon cycle, our heart strings are likely to be deeply plucked, evoking compassion and, perhaps, sorrow and yearning for the contradictions and sufferings we all experience through life in this dense, often dark, realm. Even as the light frequency is increasing in this flood of cosmic photon waves, it exposes some darker undercurrents that are being washed away. Be gentle with yourself and others as we share these intense times. We mourn the suffering, sorrows and passings, even as we celebrate the magic, dream the Big Dream, and feel our hearts beat with the joy of life on Earth. May our hearts join in this Grand and Glorious Vision in these times of Awakening.
Poetry, art, music, Venus rules the arts, which can uplift us in this time. Indulge in art that brings a smile. Invite the best into your life, turn off and wash away down-trending input, and keep faith with yourself. Many say we are living in times of prophecy; this is a month to witness such.
Movie suggestion: Whale Rider
Pluto in Capricorn is very supportive to this New Moon
The earth planets are most helpful to give form and guide the water to useful places— like gardens, water storage areas, and dry lakes— providing strong riverbanks to channel all this water. If structures are not well designed or engineered, they may not hold, like weak dams that burst under strong waters. We may see something literal to demonstrate that. On a personal level, we need to stand strong, hold our ground, stand strong and take responsibility for all that we can manage. We can allow feelings to flow through and let go of what is not ours, what is not useful, what brings us down.
This New Moon brings us through the March 19 Equinox portal,
a key seasonal shift, possibly quite dramatic,
and onto the Full Moon on March 28, another extraordinary lunation. Venus is along for that ride in the chariot of the Sun—
and so are we!