piscesSaturday’s New Moon in Pisces (12:00 am Pacific) is punctuated by a pile-up of planetary events, a major shifting of energies. Four planets (appear to) change directions within a week, and the rare abundance of stationary – apparently motionless – planets recommends rest, reflection and retreat.

Mercury was the first planet to make the switch, from Retrograde (backwards) to Direct (forward) early this morning. Since February 6, Mercury Retro invited you to rethink your future vision, re-inspire your imagination and reconnect with your intuition. Perceptions and ideas that were submerged beyond the reach of your conscious mind now erupt into awareness – instant intuitive downloads, changes in perspective, and new possibilities for moving forward.

The Pisces New Moon is a time to re-source yourself in the deepest truth of who you are – infinite, eternal, divine. Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, where everything dissolves back into the great, mysterious ocean of consciousness. The Pisces season washes clean the astrological year that’s coming to a close, a time for healing, regeneration and spiritual replenishment in preparation for the Spring Equinox rebirth, March 20. The spring season is when the uber-intense astrology of 2014 kicks into high gear, so take advantage of this Piscean pause point to remember and reconnect with your source, your true self.

neptuneThe New Moon (at 10 degrees Pisces) closely conjoins both Neptune (5 Pisces), god/goddess of the ocean and the modern ruler of Pisces, and Chiron (13 Pisces), the Wounded Healer who guides us through our deepest pain to access our greatest gifts. Neptune’s participation in the New Moon amplifies Piscean energies – sensitivity, compassion, intuition, imagination and access to the Dreamtime. Also readily accessible are the more shadowy Piscean potentials – addiction, escapism, overwhelm and denial.

How we navigate intense feelings, especially grief, often determines where we land in the spectrum of possible Piscean expression. If we can open enough to feel all the way through the grief and suffering, we access the place where we are all one. If we shut down around the pain and try to numb it with our favorite addiction, we reinforce the illusion of separation and feel all alone. (Pisces astrologer and flower essence practitioner Jen Gouvea suggests essences to support you through this New Moon, see Flowers for the New Moon.)

Chiron in Pisces brings into focus the places where we still feel separate from Source, and calls for practices and techniques to reconnect body and spirit, visible and invisible, temporal and eternal. Dreams, music, art, poetry, dance and prayer are especially potent avenues for healing right now.

mars retrograde

from Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Each New Moon signals a new beginning, but just hours after this New Moon, Mars – planet of action, passion, desire and vitality – turns Retrograde. Mars Retrograde, until May 20, slows momentum and asks you to reconsider where you’re headed and how to get there. Mars in Venus-ruled Libra highlights relationships of all kinds, and ultimately your relationship with yourself, the inner marriage. On Sunday, Saturn will also turn Retrograde, until July 20, a period for deep internal restructuring, and reclaiming power from where you surrendered your emotional authority.

Since the action right now is very much on the inner, this New Moon is best used for shoring up inner resources and connecting with your dreams and higher vision rather than launching a bold new initiative. To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 10 degrees Pisces. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: restore your faith and reconnect with your true self; lean into the big picture and higher vision; use your imagination and fantasize about your ideal outcomes; dissolve the past and surrender to the mysterious flow of life.

– Emily Trinkaus