Feb. 26, 2002 – "It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the brain becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns." –Sir Charles Sherrington
The Full Moon of February 27 highlights the opposing signs of Pisces and Virgo. In honor of these two signs, I offer equal parts myth and mystery for Pisces along with practical scientific information Virgo finds useful.
Pisces is a water sign of feeling, fantasy, music and dreams. Pisces is a particularly sensitive sign, like a tuning fork vibrating to its surroundings. Pisceans often need extra time to withdraw, to sleep and dream, to commune with their inner source, and sort through all the impressions of the day.
Virgo is a pragmatic, earthy sign, attuned to the rhythms, cycles and textures of nature. Sensual, health-conscious Virgo is most in tune with the body as one's earthly vehicle. Analytical and experimental, Virgo is interested in the details of life and how they work.
When in synch, these two signs complement each other: Virgo finds practical means to bring the dreams of Pisces into being. Most people born in the 1960's have a strong interplay of these two signs in their charts. They are being challenged by current planetary patterns to rearrange their lives to a danceable rhythm. This Full Moon highlights this necessity.
We are in the last lap of the Age of Pisces, the sign of the Fish. The two fish swim through the night sky along two sides of the Great Square of Pegasus, the Flying Horse, sending us on winged flights of imagination. The two fish are connected by a long, knotted cord. One story tells of Venus, the goddess of love, and her son, Cupid, being chased by the monster Typhon. Mother and son dove into the sea and shape-shifted into fish, tied together with a cord, the bond of love, so they would not lose each other. This story is especially appropriate as Venus is now conjunct the Sun in Pisces. Venus is said to be exalted in Pisces, infusing personal love with universal compassion.
Older images of Pisces suggest a single fish, perhaps even a mermaid, representing a Syrian goddess. One of the fish of Pisces is very near the midsection of the constellation Andromeda, the Chained Princess. In this day and age, it is time to free the Lady. She is, after all, giving birth to a galaxy. The Andromeda galaxy is our closest sister galaxy, amazingly visible even with the naked eye at 2.7 million light-years away. A light-year is how far light travels in a year; at 186,000 miles per second, that is far. It boggles the mind. It wasn't until the 1920's that astronomers recognized it as a galaxy. There is some new Einsteinian consideration of light traveling at different speeds, related to our conception of space and time – which can vary. Have you noticed the changing passage of time recently?
During this Full Moon, Venus is conjunct Black Moon Lilith. This esoteric point marks the second focal center of the Moon's elliptical orbit around Earth, representing deep, mysterious and compelling urges that strip away normal conceptions. One of the most ancient of goddesses, Lilith pushes us off the cliff into unknown territory. Implacable, this goddess looks you in the eye that perceives
"with an objectivity like that of nature itself and our dreams, boring into the soul to find the naked truth, to see reality beneath all its myriad forms and the illusions and defenses it displays." –Sylvia Pereira,
"Descent to the Goddess"
Black Moon/Venus dives into the sea, an ancient mermaid goddess staring at us through our deepest dreams of love. This is not the Little Mermaid Disney movie. This image includes the dark penetrating eyes of Muslim women peering from behind their burkas. How free are they in Andromeda's sky?
The Disney movie did touch the lives of many young mermaids. A news report some years ago on CNN, documented the story of a little girl named Desiree, whose father had died suddenly the previous year. He always used to read her the tale of "The Little Mermaid," so on his birthday, she sent him a note tied to a Little Mermaid balloon to carry it up to heaven. The balloon sailed from Live Oak, California, across the entire United States and landed on Prince Edward Island, Canada in a community named Mermaid, where it was found by a hunter. He and his family responded to little girl's note with a letter and a storybook of the Hans Christian Andersen version "The Little Sea-Maid." The little girl had never read this version, in which the little seamaid dies and flies up to heaven with her sister angels into the light, and it helped her greatly to accept her father's death, knowing that the little mermaid was up there in heaven with him.
In such a universal sign as Pisces, soul-seeking is not just a personal matter. Anima Mundi, the World Soul, is present in our daily experience, calling us into a deeper participation with life force, as witnessed in the above true story. For a fruitful conclusion to the Age of Pisces, we need to fully incorporate the essence of Virgo, the World Angel, who lives through All Our Relations, as the Native Americans say.
"Through understanding this world more deeply, we have the experience of being in contact with that source of it all in the sense that it tells us something about itself; it tells us something about ourselves."
— Brother David Steindl-Rast, in dialogue with physicist Fritjof Capra (see
"Belonging to the Universe")
The new disciplines of ecology and living systems are on the leading edge of today's science as much as astrophysics and brain research, all contributing to the new emerging paradigm of consciousness. Chilean neuroscientist Humberto Muturana, a pioneer in systems theory, concludes that "living as a process is a process of cognition." Cognition and perception – how we think defines our reality, as Saturn in Gemini continues to remind us. This light of Sun and Full Moon spotlight Saturn, caught between them. We have an opportunity to integrate more fully into our daily living the inspiration of love and compassion – or become more cemented in our fears. Keep your ear to the ground. Earth speaks more truly than TV news.
M. Kelley Hunter, Astro-consultant and mythologist
PO Box 37, St. John, USVI 00831

Editor's note: Internationally-known astrologer Kelley Hunter is a resident of St. John, US Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights. For an astrology consultation or stargazing schedule, call her at 693-5849 or e-mail Kelley Hunter. Check out her new website:www.heliastar.com


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