The New Moon this month occurs on Wednesday, February 18th, at 3:47 pm (PST) on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces (at 29°Aquarius 59.9' to be exact!) I talked about Aquarius in my last month’s New Moon post, so this month, although technically the New Moon is in the last gasps of Aquarius, I want to focus on Pisces. This is also my last in a year long series of New Moon blog posts which started with Aries, and naturally, should conclude with the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, bringing us full circle.
Pisces is a Mutable Water sign, meaning that it is a threshold sign that bridges one season into the next – in this case winter giving way to spring in the Northern hemisphere. It also resonates with the emotional and subjective element of Water. Pisces is the Shapeshifter, the compassionate one, and sometimes, the escape artist. It is a sign that is tuned in to the intuitive realm, and often has psychic flashes and uncanny ways of knowing. As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces often has a sense of somehow having been down that road before. Pisces' compassion comes from knowing what it's like to walk in someone elses shoes. Neptune rules this Water sign, and resonates with themes of the Rescuer/Victim archetype. Neptune symbolizes our urge to merge, and sometimes those with Pisces strong in their chart have difficulty with boundaries. Pisces must learn the art of not giving away the Self, at expense of the Other. Under the guise of being altruistic, giving, and endlessly in service, there is a darker current that can run through the shadow of this sign, and sometimes there are threads of the martyr sewn into Pisces' apparent selflessness. Some individuals with this sign or Neptune aspecting a personal planet or angle, identify with the archetype of the Saviour to the point where it is unhealthy, and they are in fact, giving for the glory of being the Redeemer. This is a tricky one, and is often unconscious, and can show up as co dependence to the outside observer. Pisces' task is to not become too identified with either the Redeemer or Victim end of the spectrum, and instead find a mindful balance of compassion for others and self care.