New Moon in Pisces — March 11, 2013, 19:51 UT

The water sign Pisces is crowded with planets. In addition to the Sun and the Moon, there are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Chiron and Neptune. Venus is in conjunction with the New Moon. Neptune is the ruler of the sign. Venus is exalted in Pisces, which means that we can expect it to express its energies most purely now. Also the trans-Neptunian minor planet Salacia, named after Neptune’s wife, is in Pisces. Water is the symbol for emotions. Love, romance and compassion may be strongly present in your life.

There is another side in Pisces, the tendency for escapism and delusion. Borasisi, a trans-Neptunian minor planet, is also in Pisces, which emphasizes the theme. The name Borasisi comes from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle, meaning the Sun in a fictional cosmogony of Bokononism. In the novel, the fictional religion of Bokononism is based on harmless untruths. One who believes those lies will have peace of mind and a happy life.

The sign of Sagittarius is square to Pisces. Sagittarius is packed with Centaur planets, and there are a couple of trans-Neptunians, too. These minor planets represent the shadow, something which we may fear, but which we have to deal with somehow, in order to get the healing process to start. Of these minor planets, Pholus is forming the tightest square to the New Moon. In mythology Centaur Pholus was the guardian of a jar of wine, which was communal property of the Centaurs. The jar was not supposed to be opened for four generations, but Pholus opened the jar for Heracles. Other Centaurs became intoxicated with the smell of wine, and a huge riot broke out. There is an ancestral theme related to Pholus.

Pisces represents the collective unconscious. You may find it difficult to recognize the boundaries between yourself and the rest of the world. Discerning the truth from lies, or knowing what belongs to you and what belongs to the others, may not be simple.

In Gemini, exactly opposite Pholus and square to the New Moon is Thereus, a Centaur planet, which offers help in the current confusion. Thereus is named after a fearless Centaur, who used to capture bears and carry them home, alive and struggling. I think Thereus is asking us to pause, to take a look inside ourselves, and not to be afraid of the dark stuff which we may encounter. The healing can begin after acknowledging the shadow.

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