The circle--a timeless image used in Tibetan mandalas, Native Americanmedicine wheels, and astrology--conveys the ever-turning wheel of life.
And indeed, the Pisces New Moon occurs just one week before the Springequinox. On March 20th, the Sun will slip out of Pisces and into 0 degreesAries, signalling the start of a new astrological cycle. This New Moonin watery Pisces, the last sign of the Zodiac, is an appropriate time toclose out the old year with reflection and meditation. "Life is livedforward, but understood backwards," wrote the philosopher Kierkegaard, a fitting phrasefor this month's Piscean lunar ritual.
As the mystic artist of the Zodiac, Pisces weaves a meaningful narrativeout of life's seemingly random events. Peering through the moon's eye,we draw on Pisces' visionary capacity to help us make sense of thejumble of circumstances that have transpired over the last twelve months.
Where were you in your life, for instance, a year ago? What was thecondition of your intimate relationships? At what stage were your creativeprojects? What were your hopes and ideals? How have you stayed the same,and where have you changed course? The world has altered dramatically inthe past year, and so, in large and small ways, have all our lives.
After you have looked back over the journey you have undertaken the pastyear, spend some time in meditative reflection. Emptying your mind ofeveryday distractions, contemplate whether a pattern of some kind emergesout of the cascading chaos of recollected images and events.
In surveying all that has happened through the visionary eye of the Pisces Moon, adesign may become apparent: the myth of your life may come shining through.Perhaps the saga you have been living is that of the hero, overcominggreat obstacles and slaying the dragons of doubt. Or, maybe you have beenliving the epic myth of love, deepening your heart's knowledge of the humancondition. It is possible that your life quest this past year has been oneof service, artistic endeavor, or of learning the ways of magic.
Whatever myth has been revealed, now is the time to turn the page on a newchapter in the unfolding story of your life. Because astrology reflectsthe temporal, and not the eternal, dimension of life, it offers a beautifulstructure to help us transition gracefully through the endings andbeginnings of our cyclical lives.
So this Pisces New Moon, take whatever wisdom you have learned this past year, and consecrate it to the next passage in your mythic journey. Looking back one last time, take all the sorrows and losses, the mistakes and confusion, the gains and successes, and thank them for the knowledge with which they have blessed you. Then, drawing down courage from the Moon, look forward into the future for the next stage of your adventure!
Look for the Libra Full Moon March 28!