❝And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.❞
——Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The cosmos is asking very big things of you this year, and you’re likely in a place where you can genuinely feel yourself growing stronger, moving forward, and accomplishing more… still, it is at this point in your journey forward you must begin to let go of the past, whatever that may mean to you.
For some of you, the past represents pain or shame or guilt or self-loathing and for others it may mean loneliness, lack of fulfillment, needing to be in control, or self-righteousness. Either way, these feelings— these feelings so strongly associated to actual memories— will have no room in your venture as they simply weigh too much to try to accommodate.
The soul remembers what it needs to, as the soul has endured so much in many lifetimes; the memories attached to feelings were processed, hopefully, and quickly allowed to fade, with only the lesson, through what we call instinct, to remain.
The new moon at 26°53′ Pisces occurred earlier at 6:11am PDT* and was conjunct Chiron by two degrees at 28° Pisces, inspiring both heavy memories of the past and all past pains to be let go in order to begin the healing process. This is no small feat, and obviously today is only the beginning of so many daily feats into the future, this karmic unloading is not simple, clean, or easy… but this is why you need to do it.
Allow me to paraphrase from “The Planets Within”† by author Thomas Moore, allowing a backdrop of sorts to prepare for my main point “the narrow role of ego is further strengthened by personal history…”I” includes all accomplishments and failures of the past. We see in the history of the ego causes of present problems, and we are concerned about the future development of this ego. Indeed, there seems to be something essentially conservative about ego as we know it. It is fairly easy to imagine that habits and manners of an early period remain the same in the ego’s old age. In a sense, ego seems to age much faster than the physical body, so that a ten-year-old may sound like an old man. Identifying with personal experience of the past, an individual really freezes his possibilities, limits his potentiality to what is “tried and true.” Rather than multiply the directions for personal biography, frequently ego, narcissistic and defended, maintains a straight and narrow path. It is no wonder that ego and soul are to be at odds.”
My main point, as Moore validates, is that ego issues and soul matters are best described as the opposite of easy, clean, or simple, but rather, as complicated, messy, and complex… “ego does not help much in this matter, since it prefers neatness. To ego cleanliness is next to godliness. Ego spends a good deal of its time and energy trying to make life neat and cleaning up the mess we inevitably get ourselves into. But alchemy†*, a thoroughly non-ego work, suggests that the way to soul is through the mess, not around it or in spite of it. And, according to many alchemists, if you don’t have a mess to begin with, you had better work hard to get one.”
He furthers this point in stating that many counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists alike are “beginning to see that people who really need therapy are not those whose life is a mess but those who have been avoiding and covering up the mess.”
Italian scholar and astrological psychologist, if there were such a term back then, states “no wonder that unearthing the psyche is like undertaking a fullscale drainage operation… thus our psychology, the acquaintance with our own souls, begins in every respect from the most repulsive end, that is to say, with all those things which we do not wish to see.”
The ego can’t help itself but need more and more validation, and if that means pestering the soul… the soul will oblige.
Jung deepened these theories in his time, suggesting “we also strike out in anger against the collective shadow we refuse to claim as part of our human inheritance… that we try to unite with our alienated souls by marrying alluring likenesses and projections[;] all our actions, in fact, involve us in deep mysterious themes and plots[;] the alchemical process of drawing soul out of matter aims at showing us the fantasies that are congealed in our actions and in our thoughts. Dissolved, they rise to the surface, to the screen on which we behold our dreams and reveries, and there we can see the characters and motifs which animate— ensoul— our lives.”
It gets a bit deep from here, as it would, these matters may never become fully resolved in a lifetime, and, one could argue, why should they? After all, it’s the ego who creates these in a likeness of dramatic issue in the first place.
On a brighter and lighter note…
Raven Kaldera‡ calls this moon the Dreamer’s Moon, inspired very strongly by Neptune’s fancies, and he recommends on this moon, that “this is not a moon for concrete planning… on the Dreamer’s Moon, we dream. It’s a good time for reading… spend[ing] all the time you can afford daydreaming… write down what you wish was in the world without regard to pessimism or practicality. Picture the outcome in your head and meditate on it. Then wish hard, or clap your hands, or click your heels together three times, or whatever comes to mind. Don’t let the rational side of your mind get in the way. Whatever you do, have faith; the Pisces strength is believing.”
Dreaming, of course, can become a coping mechanism for processing, or the avoidance thereof, pain and discomfort, however, in whatever small way you begin your journey of letting go and forgiving, I think it’s the beginning that matters more than the coping, as long as you’re not furthering your pain or harmful to yourself in the process.
The way I understand it, is the soul is a very delicate thing, yet, stronger than any element we have discovered and claimed to understand. We create our ego realities to protect our soul, yet we inevitably make a much larger mess of this, to the point of our ego badgering the ego itself, almost to a point where the soul— is it even still involved? I’m not sure it’s the soul that needs protecting, but the ego, which is only an idea, really, not our reality, however much we’d prefer to insist that it is. Remember, Pisces, like Neptune, reigns a boundarilessness that our human mind cannot fully understand, much less attempt to navigate… the ego doesn’t stand a chance. But the soul… the soul needs no guidance, the soul knows exactly where it needs to be and appears to be in no particular rush, as entire lifetimes upon lifetimes are spanned and endured and survived.
When one stops listening to the soul, the ego grows in power. This is why we live in a culture that celebrates impatience, and all the deadly sins, instant gratifications and self-indulgence to a disgusting, out of control degree— our ego’s are calling all the shots! Individuality, truly, is one thing, something to be celebrated and guided by of course, but only when one’s truth is being heard and respected, and mindfully followed.
The untamed ego, which is rarely blamed, is the real reason for pain, suffering, and inevitable disappointment.
The Piscean boundarilessness also umbrellas the idea of interconnectedness, which would regard our souls, too, not unlike the root systems of aspens, as each individual soul, though highly separate with separate journeys to venture and tasks to accomplish and lessons to learn, is also interconnected to every soul for shared nurturance— through love— a love for ourselves, both achievements and mistakes, both ego and soul, and an unbounded love for one another.
*7:11am MDT; 8:11am CDT; 9:11am EDT
†Moore, Thomas “The Planets Within” Lindisfarne Press; ©1982, 1989, 1990.
†*Alchemical practices hinge much on elemental characteristics, such as water, fire, air, and earth, and it is no wonder that dissolution directly involves water, watery atmospheres which are home to Pisces, Neptune, and the moon alike.
‡Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology: The Lunar Key to Your Destiny.” Destiny Books; ©2011.
*5:51pm MST; 6:51pm CST; 7:51pm EST
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Your celestial cheerleader, JJ XO
Jamie James —Astrological Guidance for DMAstro