by Leo Knighton Tallarico
Next week I will vacationing out of the country and into the Caribbean islands for some needed R&R. The next Perspectives from the Sky will be posted Saturday March 2.
These next two weeks are not good for any ambitious endeavors or grand scale projects or powerful new beginnings. Spring 2013 will be intense and powerful, and in fact by mid to late March the table will already be set up with much activity and fiery energies.
But for now, and for next few weeks, it is best to go with the flow, go into your inner world and feelings, and prepare for a most powerful Spring Eclipse Season.
In fact this coming Monday February 18 the Sun moves into deep, flowing oceanic Pisces. Pisces time of year is a time to let go of outer direction and instead spend internal time, time to reflect and surrender one’s need to push forward or get a lot done.
Pisces is the “Kingdom Within”, the nebulous, imaginative domain of spiritual insight and Universal flow. Pisces dreams of a better, more gentle and caring world, and often feels like a fish out of water in the harder, colder world of conventional reality.
Pisces seeks to escape worldly pressures and stress, and does so through music, drugs or alcohol, daydreaming, imagination, water sports, poetry, fantasy, romanticizing, disassociation, or deep meditation.
Pisces can be very giving, even sacrificial, but needs to protect itself against identifying with being a victim. It is a most sensitive sign, and can pick up the “tone” or essence of a person or situation. It can also feel the emotions of other people, and some Pisces can also be hurt very easily.
Pisces can become very devoted to whomever they love, caring deeply for them. They have a bit of each of the signs inside them, which makes for being good actors. As such they are very empathetic and compassionate, but can lose their identity because of this ability to put themselves in the shoes of others.
So at this Pisces time of year, you can see how the energies will generally be more gentle and flowing, and less attracted to stressful life. So let go and surrender your ambitious agendas for awhile.
Also on Monday the 18th, Saturn changes directions from Direct to Retrograde. So Saturn’s serious and taskmaster energy will be “in the air” also. That means that even though we are switching to “go with the flow” Pisces on Monday, we also may feel for a couple days like we should be doing something or getting something accomplished.
Saturn with Sun in Pisces brings a rather “down” or yin feeling to things. For some that combination may feel depressing, for others it will feel grounded and calm.
The Sun conjuncts god of the Sea Neptune on Wednesday/Thursday February 20/21. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces, and will go well with the Sun in Pisces those days. So allow your self to let go and surrender to your inner world, or you may be brought there anyway. Spend time meditating or swimming or listening to music or watching movies, or reading or in spiritual practice or in contemplation as much as possible for the next several days.
And this movement to inner reflection will get even stronger as Mercury goes Retrograde again on Saturday February 23 at 4:41 AM EST. Mercury will remain in Retrograde until March 17.
So during that time of Mercury Retrograde, your mind will be shifting its perceptual focus, slowly but surely thinking and communicating in different ways. Combined with Sun in Pisces you may be drawn to old days, thoughts of the past. People from your past may come back into your life or at least back into your memories.
For some this may feel like visiting one’s “ghosts and issues from the past”. This is happening so they can move into a new chapter of their lives this spring and summer, with less emotional baggage from the past.
Let your self feel the sadness or grief that may come over the next few weeks, as you release and cleanse your soul of the old chapter of your life.
Remember that there will be renewal and new beginnings this spring and summer, and your life will experience more activity then and perhaps big changes too. This last month of winter, with Mercury Retrograde also, will help you to prepare your consciousness and life for the upcoming awakenings.
On February 25, with Mercury recently having gone Retrograde, there will be a Full Moon in Pisces/Virgo at 3:26 PM EST. This is usually a very gentle Full Moon. It will have a bit more energy to it this year, as Jupiter in Gemini will be in close aspect to this Full Moon. Information and communication issues may be bringing either more excitement or more anxiety, depending on the person and situation.
Virgo is perfectionistic and focused on putting things in order, analyzing or fixing. Pisces trusts more the natural flow and tends to be calm and accepting, or even passive at times.
They both tend toward service or sacrifice, and want to help. So this Full Moon is a good time to let go of your ego or selfish desires, and instead to let something than self lead your way.
To add to this theme, Venus enters Pisces on the Full Moon day and joins Neptune in Pisces on Thursday February 25. Venus, Goddess of Love, is ready to surrender more to love now, and to make others more important than itself. Just be careful not to be too sacrificial or martyred.
Out in the greater world over the next couple of weeks, watch for the economy and stock market to run into some trouble, and for issues that bring up sadness and loss to get more plentiful.
Use this time in your personal life to go deeper in your feelings and spirituality, to cleanse and heal your body and soul, to reconnect with your inner values, to make your life more sacred and connected to the Universe. This will give you a good foundation for the Spring Eclipse Season 2013, coming soon.
See you again on March 2 for the next Perspectives from the Sky,
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Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years