Pisces ~Letting Go and Finding Flow

In-Depth Hoop Retreat Sunrise Meditation by Cadencia Photography

In-Depth Hoop Retreat Sunrise Meditation by Cadencia Photography

The Sun entered Pisces a few days ago. The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. This is the sign of the ocean, high creativity, imagination, spirituality and dreams. Things are morphy in the territory Pisces oversees. This is the last sign of the astrological year and the final month of winter, when old forms are ‘laid to rest’ so something new can be born with the spring. As we open our hearts and let go of what has been, our bodies recycle the rich, ripe compost of past experiences and transform our lives.

This picture was taken by Cadence of Cadencia Photography on the final morning of the hoop dance retreat I attended in Hawaii, in January. Twenty-seven women had just spent a week hooping, doing yoga, sharing meals, most of us sleeping under the same roof, and finally, doing a guided sunrise meditation on the last morning. We had shared so much it was hard to imagine this life-changing retreat ending. I watched the sun come into view, then closed my eyes and took a deep breath of ocean-fueled air. As I let it out salty tears began to flow. Waves of gratitude, joy, love and great sadness that it was over rose and fell. I looked around to see that I was not the only one.

And then I heard the voice in my head answering my unspoken protest. “Only through letting go can you know what this time was really about and reap the bounty of benefits it has seeded in your experience. To hold on is to lose all of that.” This retreat felt magical because the people, activities and elements came together and interacted in a dynamic dance. Everyone has had those times of heightened energy and joyful interaction that inevitably come to an end. If we can shift gears, afterward and allow ourselves a period of rest and recovery the process of integration will take place.

In this past month since the retreat ended I craved sleep, spent time in quiet contemplation and shied away from too much activity that would take me out of myself. During this time, I recovered precious pieces of myself that I had long ago abandoned. The retreat sparked an unexpected awakening and re-membering of my life.

Tomorrow is the Pisces New Moon. Time for fresh starts and new creative projects. Just don’t be surprised if things change as you go along. Pisces is all about dancing with the Divine and going with the flow. Where it will take you, nobody knows. As the old song says, ‘The best things happen when you’re dancing…’ Enjoy!

With an ocean of Love,
Jodi


Sun in Aries ~Vernal Equinox 2009

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Spring has arrived, at long last. Winter is behind us and Growing Season 2009 has begun.

The Sun has now joined the still retrograde Venus in Aries, so though there is still a lot of energy in Pisces and Aquarius, you may be feeling a bit more enthusiasm for life. The fog will clear even more as Mercury enters Aries on March 25th.

Aries is about shifting gears, starting over, getting going on something brand new. The Aries New Moon is on March 26th and is said to be the best day of the year for setting intentions for that which you would like to create in the weeks and months to come.

For many years, I held Treasure Mapping workshops on the day of the Aries New Moon. I encourage getting a few friends together for an afternoon of Treasure Mapping on March 26. All you will need are poster boards, scissors, a selection of magazines and some glue sticks. We always did a short meditation and visualization before beginning, to set the energy and really get into the creative space that guides one to produce a truly inspiring Treasure Map for the year.

This year, especially, with the North Node, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune still in Aquarius, it is very helpful to pay attention to the inspired visions that feel intriguing. There is a wide-open realm of possibility and potential available to be tapped that simply was not there before. Dreams, visions and inspiration are the vehicles through which we move beyond the old ways and into the new. The world is ready for the inventors, those who are willing to ditch the old boxes and step into the fresh, clean unknown and create from there. How does the picture change when you color outside the lines? This Aries energy is inviting you to try it and see. Experiment. Aries asks us to entertain the possibilities, “What if we did this, instead?” Let your imagination run wild.

If you could birth something truly extraordinary in your life, what would it be? There may never be a better time for boldness. The world is looking for a better way to do so many things right now. What unique gifts do you bring to the party that might create a positive change? We are each born with at least a few extraordinary abilities or Sacred Gifts that benefit the world. There has never been a better time than now to start using them.

My friend, Monique MacDonald, teaches a course on Sacred Gifts. You can learn much more on her website Discover Your Sacred Gifts.

I wish you all a most delightful growing season. May the seeds you are planting today expand your life in a multitude of beautiful ways.


Drifting Through Pisces ~Dancing With Life

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If you don’t know quite what to do with yourself at the moment, relax. Honestly. Things will become clear in time. The most effective approach one can take now is to dance with what life brings your way and see what it has to offer.

Mars is back in Pisces for the first time in about two years. Mars in Pisces is fueled by inspiration and imagination. This means that for the time being we are all experiencing our energy levels ebb and flow. Allowing works much better than insisting. And patience is definitely a virtue, at the moment. Mars, The Warrior, ruler of instinctive, direct, ‘take no prisoners’, Aries, is most out of its element in Pisces. Mars doesn’t know how to act in this foreign terrain that dowses his fire. He can feel like he is all washed up. His fighting spirit is lost in the vast nebulous pacifism of this oceanic territory.

My favorite guy has his natal Mars in Pisces. He has taught me most of what I know about the fine art of allowing, of letting things be, of accepting what is and moving on to the next thing that comes along. He rarely gets stuck resisting something he does not like. He is the master of waiting to see what will happen before making a move. Does he miss out on things by doing this? Maybe. On the other hand, by the time he is ready to take action on something, the energy is all lined up for him–he calls this looking for the opportunity to present itself. He has a real gift of vision and can see how the pieces could come together for an optimal result. In being able to bide his time until it makes sense to him to act, he has enjoyed a great deal of success.

With Mercury, Uranus and the Sun still in Pisces, too, the heavens are awash with watery (emotionally sensitive) energy. Imagination, illusion, inspiration and dreams rule the day. Go with the flow, have faith and remember, it is always a good idea to breathe it out and let it go, whatever it is. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, cauldron of glamor, illusion, trends, the arts, death, completion, releasing, relinquishing. Spiritual sign of the dreamer, the artist, the poet, the dancer…. open, receptive, flowing, encourages drifting along to see where life takes you, answers come in dreams and visions.

My first astrology teacher, Georgia Stathis, born with her Sun in Pisces, had this to say on the subject: “Pisces is the sign of two fish swimming in opposite directions. It may appear to you that you can see exactly where they are, but if you stick your hand in the water they are never where you thought they were. The water creates an illusion that makes it impossible to know exactly where those fish are. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, God of the Sea. If you are in the ocean and can relax, it will support you and carry you along. If you fight it, you will surely drown.”

I saw Rev. Michael Beckwith, recently, on Oprah. He said that true spirituality is never about gaining anything, it always about letting go of something. As we release more of who we are not we become a clearer expression of who we really are.

This is not the time to fight. This is the time to wait… and see. Or go to the beach and let yourself be… Or walk by the water and set yourself free… Or take a long nap and let yourself dream… Bask in the artwork of nature and breathe.


Virgo Full Moon of the Goddess ~March 10, 2009

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Full moons are the time of the flowering of the seeds that have been planted so we can see their fruits in vibrant color. Virgo is the practical, grounded sign of the Goddess, the earth’s bounty, integration, tending to things–including the body–and simplicity.

The Virgo Full Moon Moon joins Saturn opposite the Sun and Uranus, the Awakener, in Pisces.Virgo’s ruler, Mercury has just entered Pisces, too, so intuition is more reliable than facts and figures, at the moment. How does it feel to you? What do you sense about what you are looking at? Does this direction feel more inviting than that one? Trust your gut and go with the flow.

With the bulk of the planets in the air and water signs of Aquarius and Pisces, respectively, this grounded Virgo energy offers substance to the mix that can help make our dreams and visions a reality. Virgo’s symbol is the Virgin–in essence, the Divine Feminine principle of creation, appreciation and love.

Virgo is the sign of integration, of sorting through the bits and pieces of our lives and releasing those that don’t fit, don’t work or no longer serve any useful purpose. Saturn in Virgo has been beating the drum of the necessity of letting go of that which is not right for us. As we let go we bring our lives current, into the present, where we can be effective in our actions and interactions, once again. Too much stuff, too many possibilities, too many responsibilities that we can’t possibly fulfill, attempting to go in too many directions at the same time all drain our precious natural resources of time and energy and the attention that gives our life direction.

The Full Moon joining Saturn in Virgo prompts us to get grounded in our own lives. In any moment we can choose to turn off the fear-mongering news, step away from watching the erratic stock market for a while and realize that we didn’t get where we are, overnight and it is going to take time before we see the effects of what is happening now. In the mean time, this is a wonderful opportunity to come back into your own center. Focus on the things you can do something about: tend to your body, organize and fabulize your home–even little improvements make a big difference, clear the clutter from your messy office, plant flowers or buy a colorful plant for your home.

What have you neglected that you know makes you feel better? What is one practical thing can you do right now that will change things for the better? Who or what have you taken for granted that will benefit from your thoughtful consideration and appreciation? Focusing on and tending to the things we love and appreciate creates an energetic expansion that bears fruit in a multitude of wonderful ways.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  ~Rumi


Pisces New Moon~March 7, 2008

Pisces is the mutable water (emotional/feeling/sensitive) sign and the last sign of the zodiac and the natural year–the last month of winter. Pisces is in charge of imagination, compassion, spirituality, belief, the ocean, the unconscious, the collective, creativity, dreams, sleep, intuition, music, acting, theater, dance, the feet and shoes… Though why the feet are included is still beyond me when the symbol for Pisces is two fishes (neither of which have feet or shoes) swimming in opposite directions.

As the Sun and Moon come together at this new moon Uranus,The Awakener, and ruler of the sign of Aquarius, is right there with them, coloring the energy of the birthing of this new cycle. Don’t be surprised if things change course and unpredictability becomes the norm for a while. We could also find our access to our intuition is more available and bolts from the blue dawn on us with great flashes of insight into things we’ve not previously been able to get a hold of.

Aquarius is still full of planets as it has been since the first of the year. Chiron, The Wounded Healer; Mercury, The Winged Messenger; Neptune, The Great Dissolver: Venus, The Goddess of love and money, beauty and relationships, values and self esteem; and the North Node–Dharma or Destiny point are all continuing their dance sparking new awarenesses, clearing away old concepts and beliefs, and awakening us all to what is possible when considered through the lens and on the ground of Aquarius, sign of humanity, revolution, invention, technology, evolution and genius.

These are unprecedented times. All kinds of new potentials are being birthed in these first three months of 2008 as the majority of the energy in the zodiac is gathered together in these two Universal Signs and the planets passing through them connect to communicate and begin a whole new cycle of the co-creation of their joined energies.

Today as the Moon (the unconscious, feeling level of our being) meets the Sun (consciousness) in the sign of Spirituality, the ethereal, wild imagination and sheer limitlessness, there is an opening for each of us to tap this energy and dream, drum or dance something spectacular into being. Pisces knows no bounds and Aquarius is the visionary rule-breaker who never met a box that could contain its high vibin’ energy.

The energetic frequency continues to be high, wild and free. Entertain your most inviting imaginings, sparkle ’em up and unleash them to find their perfect form.

I’d love to hear how you are experiencing these aqua-violet energetic waves and what you are creating in this juicy new energy.

Love and oceanic bliss to you all,
Jodi