Moonletter March 2019

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on March 6th 2019 with the new moon in Pisces and spanning the full moon in Libra on March 21st 2019.

New Moon in Pisces – 6 March

Nothing to see here. Move along now, move along. There’s no eclipse, no blood red super moon. Nothing that will sell newspapers or bring in the crowds.

That’s Pisces for you. A flash of light reflecting on the river of time. You thought it was a fish, something you could catch, maybe something you could take home and cook. But it’s just another new moon. Sun conjunct moon, sun behind the moon, illuminating the side of the moon where the Chinese landed, the side that cannot be seen from earth.

Nothing to see here. Not even the light of the planet Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, conjunct the sun and moon. Neptune, lord of the cosmic ocean, the astrological ruler of dreams, the imagination, of photography, cinema, aesthetics (and anaesthetics), of music and mystical experience. And at the same time the planet of delusion, addiction. Neptune, a distant gas giant, invisible to the naked eye.

New moon in Pisces, sun conjunct moon conjunct Neptune. And if that were all, it would soon pass like a vague presentiment, a fleeting mood. But there is more. This new moon focuses the energy of two hard-hitting planets – Mars in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn, falling as it does at their exact midpoint: Mars, the planet of action, Saturn the planet of limitation, of tough reality.

In traditional astrology this midpoint represents a place where energy (Mars) is blocked (Saturn). Where the determination of Mars meets the indefatigable resistance of Saturn and neither side will back down and neither side can win. Neptune conjunct the sun and moon dissolves this blockage, allowing the tide to turn.

Full Moon in Libra – 21 March

Then it’s the equinox – the point in the year when day and night are of equal length. Astrologically it’s when the sun moves into the sign of Aries. And this time it’s immediately hit by a full moon, right across the equinoctial axis, the axis of balance. Or rather should I say the axis of imbalance as the sun is conjunct the centaur Chiron opposing the moon in Libra.

Just a bit of background on Chiron. As a member of the solar system, it was discovered in November 1977, the first of the so-called centaurs, whose orbits not only weave in and out of the orbits of the major planets, but which also lie at an angle to the plane of the ecliptic. From an astrological point of view, they bring in a new dimension of understanding.

In mythology Chiron was a centaur and a great teacher, mentor and healer. He was wounded by one of Hercules’ poisoned arrows but because he was immortal, he couldn’t die. Finally, he did a swap with Prometheus and was able to end his life of pain. In modern astrology, Chiron is termed ‘the wounded healer’. Where we are wounded is where we can heal others.

Chiron has an orbital period of 51 years which means that it still hasn’t made a complete orbit of the sun since it was discovered. In fact, it has just moved into Aries for the first time since then. Aries is about personal identity and here Chiron is like a sergeant in the army, breaking down the identity of the raw recruits to build a team that fights together, that supports each other, and covers each others’ backs. Chiron wounds in order to heal and a wound to the individual identity means finding a new identity in order to overcome challenges.

By the way, Chiron won’t complete its orbit and return to the position when it was discovered till 2027-2028. More on this in a few years’ time maybe. But meanwhile we have Chiron’s journey through the sign of Aries.

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces 5th to 28th March

Mercury in Pisces is subtle enough but when it’s retrograde in this sign, communication becomes even more nuanced. It’s a good time for listening, for become aware of the emotions and assumptions that underly and can impede clear communication. Just be grateful you’re not involved in critical political negotiations during this period. If you are, best delay things for a while.

Go well

Ben

Key Dates this month:

05-MarMercury turns retrograde in Pisces till 28 March
Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Pancake Day
06-MarNew Moon in Pisces16:04
Ash Wednesday – Lent begins for Christians
Uranus enters Taurus
10-MarDaylight savings begins in Canada and USA – clocks ahead 1 hour
17-MarIrish celebrate St Patrick’s Day
20-MarSun enters Aries – Spring Equinox in N. Hemisphere22:00
21-MarFull Moon in Libra01:43
Nowruz – New Year for Iranians, Zoroastrians, Kurds and Baha’is
Jews celebrate Purim
28-MarMercury turns direct
31-MarDaylight savings begins in UK and Europe – clocks ahead 1 hour
05-AprNew Moon in Aries08:52

All Key Date times are GMT

How to look after your Piscean

Pisces has a tough time with the physical, so-called ‘real’ world. It’s not easy being on land when your spirit is adapted to the flow of water. This means that Pisceans, more than any other sign, need time alone to refresh. But please don’t judge them as selfish or antisocial. Pisceans consciously or unconsciously pick up on atmospheres, unexpressed emotions and all sorts of other ‘stuff’ that’s floating around and they need solitude to make sense of things and to come back to themselves.

They also need plenty of space. You may get the impression that they are wandering through life without any aim. But that’s how they find their way. Tolkien’s quote “Not all those who wander are lost,” could have been written for a Pisces. As could these lines from the poem by Antonio Machado:

“Wanderer, there is no path,
the path is made by walking.”

Do not try to analyse your Pisces. It’s like trying to explain a poem or a dream. If you try to reduce them to ‘they’re like that because…’ they will withdraw, and you will have lost them. You thought you’d caught your fish, but you have been left with a reflection on the surface which bears no relation to who they really are.

In the middle of all this, Pisceans know what they’re doing and your attempts to understand won’t help matters. They live in a world of synchronicity where there is no such thing as coincidence, and everything, even the smallest thing has meaning, maybe multiple meanings and happens for a reason.

Value and appreciate Pisces’ sensitivity. It doesn’t mean they’re snowflakes, melting at the first challenge. Piscean compassion is informed by a courage that accepts solitude, and ultimately is at peace with death.

Again, allow them their solitude. Be open to what they bring back when they return. Listen to their dreams, their poetry, their music, their imaginings. They have so much to share.

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