Feeling a need to transcend the everyday realities? Overdue for a physical, emotional or spiritual tune-up? The Sun is now in PISCES, illuminating the need for retreat, introspection & healing. Take some time out from your daily routine, turn your attention inward and listen closely to the wisdom of your inner mystic — meditate, contemplate and allow your imagination to soar to new heights. Lift your vibration to a higher level!
Visit the ocean, go whale watching or take a spa day and treat yourself to an herbal wrap, steam, sauna, massage or foot reflexology treatment. Sing, dance, paint, draw, write poetry or play your instrument. Allow your Dionysian side to come out of hiding — let music or exotic substances transport you to ecstatic states. Surrender to your higher self and elevate your mood and your spirits!
Following an edgy month (AQUARIUS) filled with upsets, divisiveness and disturbances in the energy field, this current month will provide an opportunity to go into your cave and heal any emotional or physical wounds. Be forgiving and compassionate with yourself and others. Pour yourself into your work, and look for ways to be of service to those who are less fortunate than yourself.
Pay close attention to your dreams, as they may be particularly revealing this month. Tune in to your fantasies and visualize your life just the way you want it to be. Consult your favorite oracles for insights and guidance: pull out your Tarot deck, animal cards, the Runes or your pendulum — or visit an astrologer, psychic or intuitive counselor.
Since the sign PISCES is associated with empathy, charity, devotion & sacrifice, the light will shine this month on minorities, immigrants, refugees, victims of abuse, lost souls and helpless creatures. Contribute whatever you can to improving the lives of those who are suffering, but avoid taking on their pain in the process. As Joseph Campbell says, “We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”
Since Neptune—ruling planet of PISCES—is currently in PISCES, this astrological month could be an especially spacey one. Do everything you can to channel this energy in a healthy, life-affirming way — keep your grip on reality, practice mindfulness and take the high road! The escape urge—the dark side of the PISCES nature—will be much stronger than usual. It can take on many forms, such as wallowing in alcohol, drugs, food, illness, overwork, self-pity, submersion into others’ problems, or being glued to the TV. Chaos, confusion, self-deception, masochism, paranoia or delusions can run rampant unless held in check.
How wonderful is it that this PISCES solar month begins amidst the 3-day Presidents’ Day holiday? Enjoy some rest, relaxation and recreation this weekend, and allow the playful Venus-Pluto sextile to get you up & out on Sunday morning, February 19. With Venus in the last degree of PISCES, you may be inspired to take a cruise, visit the hot springs, get a massage or search out some spiritual enrichment.
The New Moon in PISCES takes it to another level on the evening of February 19 (at 11:06 pm PST). We’re off to a a great start — let the healing begin! Along with your spiritual, mental & emotional health, your physical health is of primary importance this month. PISCES (a mutable water sign) is associated with the feet, the pineal gland and the lymphatic system, making this month an ideal time for a detox, cleanse or fast.
Boost your immune system with vitamins, supplements, minerals, aromatherapy oils, homeopathics & flower essences; exercise, do yoga stretches, catch up on your sleep and drink lots of water. It might be a good time to see your doctor, clear up any health issues, do some volunteer work or just have a good cry. Hugging a pet could also be very helpful!
Venus leaves dreamy PISCES and moves on to action-oriented ARIES later on the 19th. Open your heart to new people and social situations, and enjoy some fun & games! You could begin to get excited about initiating new projects, creative efforts and playful activities. A feeling of renewal and rejuvenation is in the air—it may seem as though spring has arrived a little early! Some serious spring-cleaning could soon get underway. . .
Life could be quite unpredictable or disruptive on February 21, as Mercury—still in AQUARIUS—squares Uranus in TAURUS. Just stay spontaneous and expect the unexpected! Surprises, interruptions, changes of plans, unusual encounters, power outages, computer mishaps or breakdowns could disrupt your everyday schedule (or in home, family & property matters). As a result, you may find yourself heading in an exciting new direction as the energetic Mercury-Mars trine pushes you along on February 22. Stimulating ideas and activities will arise, so think out of the box and do things differently!
March starts off on a positive note with the expansive Venus-Jupiter conjunction (in ARIES) on the 1st. An enthusiastic spirit, along with a feeling of generosity & well-being, will infuse the energy field. Make it a point to connect with your favorite people and celebrate life! This will mitigate the heaviness of the Mercury-Saturn conjunction (in the final degree of the sign AQUARIUS), which peaks the next morning. You are being challenged to let go of your limitations and set yourself free!
On the afternoon of March 2, Mercury moves on to join both the Sun and Neptune in PISCES. With these 3 planets in water signs, deep feelings are likely to well up, and you may feel highly sensitive, delicate and psychic. Music could be especially soothing now, providing an uplifting energy and transporting you to higher levels of awareness. Take in a concert, pick up an instrument or tune in to your favorite station. The enlightening Sun-Uranus sextile electrifies the energy field on March 6, opening you up to magic & miracles.
A clear light will be shed on whatever needs to be healed, fixed or resolved as the Full Moon in PISCES & VIRGO comes to a head on March 7 at 4:40 am PST. Tie up some loose ends, put your life in order and focus on your feelings. Health or work challenges could interfere with your plans, so just roll with the punches and go with the flow.
This Full Moon will also reveal a potent planetary shift as Saturn completes its 3-year cycle in edgy AQUARIUS (coinciding with the worldwide pandemic) and moves on to mystical PISCES on March 7. We are truly in need of a healing as this freedom-restricting cycle comes to an end! Saturn‘s presence in PISCES — the sign associated with work & employment, mental & physical health, exercise, spiritual development, fantasies, pets and service to others — will require all of us to take these matters more seriously.
With patience, discipline & conscientious effort, a healthier lifestyle can take shape as this cycle unfolds. A responsible, committed approach can override any feelings of insecurity, distrust or paranoia that may arise — and can transmute fear-based emotions into purposeful action. Use your imagination in positive, not negative, ways. You now have the opportunity to turn your dreams into realities, so set your plans in motion to manifest your vision during this upcoming 3-year Saturn transit!
The vibrant Venus-Mars sextile on Saturday, March 11 will add a sexy sizzle to your weekend activities (especially since the Moon will also be in SCORPIO!). Also on the 11th, the electrical Mercury-Uranus sextile could inspire some interesting conversations and stimulating ideas. And don’t forgot to turn your clock forward an hour before you go to bed, as Daylight Savings Time officially starts back up on the 12th at 2 am. Yay —lighter evenings ahead!
You’ll want to put your feet on the ground and stay as conscious as possible as three very spacey Neptune aspects come to a head between March 14—16. A tragedy in the world could seriously pull on your heartstrings, or you may find it difficult to stay focused and get much accomplished. Escapism, emotionalism & chaos could be running full steam ahead with the evasive Mars-Neptune square on the 14th, followed by the unconscious Sun-Neptune conjunction (15th) and the absent-minded Mercury-Neptune conjunction (16th).
Also on March 16, there could be lots of testy cross-currents as both the Sun and Mercury make harsh squares to combative Mars. And then there’s the star-crossed Venus-Pluto square on the same day. Avoid toxic, angry, pushy or demanding individuals and don’t try to make things happen. Back off and take it easy!! Your pets may require more care & attention than usual (and could calm you down at the same time).
On the afternoon of March 16, Venus leaves turbulent ARIES and settles down into steadfast TAURUS. Socializing will center around the home & family for the next few weeks, particularly with the loving Venus-Saturn sextile on the 17th and the harmonious Venus-North Node conjunction on the 20th. It’s a good time to create more beauty, harmony & comfort on the domestic scene — you may want to redecorate, landscape, put in a garden or add houseplants. It could be very useful to make lists of things that need to be done with the orderly Sun-Mercury conjunction on March 17.
Personal projects, hobbies or business ventures could hit the drawing board with the Mercury-Pluto sextile on Saturday, March 18, especially since Mercury leaves dreamy PISCES and enters action-oriented ARIES later that evening. You’ll start feeling fired up and ready to explore exciting creative endeavors! The invigorating Sun-Pluto sextile closes out this solar month on March 20 while opening new doors at the same time. Take some risks and have fun!!
Utilize this month to rinse off the residues of Winter and prepare yourself for the vibrant new energy that’s ready to Spring forth. With Pluto in its last degree of CAPRICORN this month (before taking its first steps into AQUARIUS on March 23), you’ll want to resolve old business and karmic issues so that you can move forward with enthusiasm, purpose and a clear conscience. A new season of revitalization and rebirth awaits you just around the corner!
PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY & SOLAR RETURN to my sensitive, compassionate PISCES friends!
©2023 Diane Elizabeth Clarke