Has anyone else been feeling particularly raw lately? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like my emotions and my *issues* are more front and center than they’ve been in awhile. It’s probably a good thing, because that’s the way it works, right? There’s times where we’re emotionally raw, there’s times where cutting intellect rules all and there’s times where creative energy flows more steadily than anything else. But this is one of those raw times.
It is Pisces season, after all. Right now, the sun, Venus and Neptune are all hanging around in this fishy water sign. I saw something on Instagram earlier this week that said something like “sun conjunct Neptune – death to ego.” I can’t remember who posted it, but I thought, “yeah, that sounds about right.”
Neptune is dreamy. It’s unrealistic. It’s even a little delusional. But above all else it is deep, pure emotion and pure sensitivity. And when the sun shines on top of it, those parts of ourselves are revealed. The sun is our ego, but when it interacts in Neptune in this way, we can’t hide our emotions or who we truly are at our sensitive, mushy core. And it just so happens that that particular conjunction is happening in the wistful, otherworldly and WISE sign of Pisces, which shares a lot of themes with Neptune.
I did a reading a few weeks ago for my friend who is a Pisces sun. Here’s the thing about Pisces, and I mean this in the best possible way. They live on a different planet than we do. What I mean is, sometimes the rest of us mortals might see a Pisces person and not understand why they’re acting a certain way, how they can be so free, or silly, or not care about rules that the rest of us see actually exist so clearly.
Here’s an example from pop culture. Clare Crawley of the “Bachelor” franchise is a Pisces. Last year, Clare was named as the 16th Bachelorette. Once her season – which had been delayed because of COVID – actually began, it took Clare about four episodes to realize that Dale Moss, a former NFL player from New York City by way of South Dakota, was the one for her. She went all in on Dale.
She said she knew, because of her age (39 at the time) and because of her relative life experience, that he was the one she had always been looking for. This news sent Bachelor Nation into an uproar. The public thought she was completely delusional – I mean, really, who gets engaged to a guy they’ve hung out with four times after months of stalking them on Instagram, and also totally upends a national television show to do it? But Clare would not hear it. She was so sure he was the one for her that she couldn’t even see the other guys on her season. Her and Dale got engaged, and the producers of the Bachelor then had to bring in Tayshia Adams to complete the season in the Bachelorette role.
Things with Clare and Dale are currently iffy. It was said earlier this year that they had broken up, but it seems they have now gotten back together. Who knows. The point is, Clare has this Disney princess-like view of the world, and no matter how many heartbreaks or personal tragedies she endures, that worldview never gets altered. To me, it’s very Piscean.
So that’s what we deal with when a lot of planets are in Pisces – dreaminess, emotional rawness and somehow a crazy amount of positivity and hope that only comes from being the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac – a view that comes, I think, from having seen it all before.
Another Piscean trait that I’ve taken to heart recently came up in my final Foundations of Astrology class. We were discussing my best friend and roommate’s birth chart, and she has her south node in Pisces in the second house of money and finances. That tells me that she can be a bit disorganized when it comes to that stuff, and naturally sort of try to avoid it and move on quickly when things get unpleasant in that department. That’s true, but my classmate pointed out that a south node in Pisces points to a fountain of wisdom that the person just comes into this world bearing.
“She might say things that surprise you sometimes. Like it’s chalk full of wisdom and you have to do a double take and be like, ‘what did you just say?'” my classmate told me (roughly). And she’s absolutely right. Pisces IS wise. It knows things the rest of us do not. And because of that, it’s able to act freely in a way that some of the rest of us who haven’t been there couldn’t possibly understand.
On Saturday, we have a new moon in Pisces. It’s exact at 5:22 a.m. EST, and the sun and moon will meet at 23 degrees. With this, we are being asked to let our emotions, feelings, and – because Neptune is there – true self minus the ego flow freely. We are being asked to be open and true to our hearts above all else. And we’re also being asked to dream, to dare to fantasize about the things we don’t let ourselves see 99% of the time.
That can be a bit daunting, I know. Our ego causes us to fear letting go, and society at large reinforces that. But when Neptune is here there is no room for ego and only room for dreams and self-nurturing.
Cry if you have to. Take a look at that inner child – which is inside each and every one of us – and honor whatever it is he or she wants to do. But above all, dream! What are your wildest dreams, your deepest fears, your most out there creative aspirations? Pisces does not hear “no” the way the rest of us do. Now is the time to dare to dream, and to put all of it out into the universe, whatever that means for you.