New Moon in Pisces – 23 February
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is still headline news for astrologers as its effects will resonate throughout the rest of the year. We expected that this conjunction would be a major challenge to the world’s financial system but we did not think that it would take the form of the coronavirus which is already impacting life and business in East Asia and potentially around the world.
But let’s start by looking at the influence of this conjunction on everyday life. For us ordinary mortals, at least those of us who are not captains of industry, not members of the royal family, nor involved in government in any way, the main impact is going to be on our dealings with bureaucracy – the large organisations that seem to run our lives – from government departments, to local authorities, to the online retail companies that operate as virtual monopolies and collect data on us. This is the Kafkaesque reality we have created for ourselves.
Astrologically these issues come under the auspices of Capricorn. And with Saturn in its own sign, it would be foolish to ignore these matters and hope they go away. And with Pluto – the power broker – having just connected with Saturn it’s very important not to fall into victim mode when dealing with these organisations. Don’t let them bully you. Be aware of your power in whatever situation you’re involved in and let whatever challenges arise be opportunities for empowerment.
At the same time, the influence of the new moon on 23rd February is quite subtle. It’s in Pisces backed up by Neptune and retrograde Mercury. Neptune has the reputation for being dreamy and insubstantial. But don’t be fooled, it’s still a powerful operator. To get an idea of what is going on, I checked out the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new moon which reads: “Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seaside resorts”.
The Sabian Symbols were created in 1925 by clairvoyant, Elsie Wheeler who channelled an image for each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac.
The image is a busy one. There’s a lot of back and forth happening. Things are intense and we don’t always know what’s going on. To deal with this intensity means not only to concentrate on what we’re doing but also to be very aware of the other cars on the road (to continue the image). What are the other drivers up to? Why aren’t they signalling? Why are they switching lane without warning? Mercury is retrograde in Pisces so it’s easy to misread others’ intentions.
How to handle these ‘driving conditions’? What can help is that good old hippy adage, ‘to go with the flow’. The flow in the image is the flow of traffic, but you can also understand it in the Taoist sense of flow which requires great sensitivity to the moment, and awareness of all the factors that go to make up the moment. What is needed here is mindfulness: the relaxed concentration that brings in both central and peripheral vision. And trust.