The New Moon in Pisces occurs at 15:31 (UT) on February 23, 2020 at 04°Pi28′.
The Moon and Sun are in the quietest part of the chart, the global 12th house is a place of silence, dreams, the unconscious. This is a holy place where we find our connection to deity, spirit, the cosmos. It houses monasteries and nunneries, forest clearings guarded by majestic trees, the shoreline beside the endless song of the sea. The 12th house is also where we find seclusion – whether chosen or enforced. It’s hospitals and prisons, the place of the lost and forgotten, churches, charities and organisations that help those who cannot help themselves.
Pisces is the last of the zodiac signs, so we are coming to the end of a year long journey. Soon it will be the beginning of the new astrological year when the Sun moves into Aries next month. But for now, it’s time to rest, take time out, relax and reflect on all that has occurred over the past 12 months. As we sink into the depths of Pisces waters, we are in what feels like a time of no time. This liminal place is betwixt and between. Here we float on the edge of dreams, aware of subtle energies, magical beings, ghosts of the past and future. Our imagination is stirred as images and archetypal beings rise up from the collective unconscious. It can be disorientating, beautiful, poignant and our hearts are stirred in a way that is hard to describe in words.
But perhaps we can find words in poetry or lyrics, expression through music or art. Pisces speaks of those things that transcend difference and unites us all. With the New Moon conjoined with retrograde Mercury, we’re asked to listen to the subtext. Silence speaks louder than words. We need to listen to our soul’s voice so that we can prepare for the new year ahead. What emerges now is tender new growth, the germ of an idea born from dreams and wishes that we tried to push far away into our unconscious minds. As the New Moon is conjunct retrograde Mercury, it may take some extra time for new beginnings to manifest, so we need to go with the flow, trust, surrender to the Gods.
The New Moon sits close to the midpoint of the recent Mars-Uranus trine, creating a helpful sextile to each. So, there is a zing of excitement rippling through this lunation. Dare to dream, have the courage to do something different! We’re motivated to explore alternative avenues to follow our passions. Overall, the chart contains strong water and strong earth as we still have a powerful presence of bodies in Capricorn. Putting these elements together creates clay, something which we can shape and mould. This is about manifesting our vision, creating something from nothing, making real what is in our imagination. This is the beginning of building a new dream. With the New Moon also trine to the North Node, we can trust that what unfolds now is for our soul’s evolution. The challenge is that there is little air in the chart so it may be difficult to rationalise or make sense of what we feel right now. But sometimes we just need to feel the feelings, roll with the tide and suspend judgement. Let your intuition guide you through the mists of the unknown.
The New Moon is on the Sabian symbol ‘A Church Bazaar’ so life could feel like a mish-mash of unconnected events. And yet, there is an overall meaning, a bigger picture, order behind chaos. This symbol favours supporting charities or causes close to your heart, finding beauty in broken or old things, the warmth of community. We are stronger together than we are apart. Group efforts now can work miracles. In the background, the traditional and modern rulers of Pisces (Jupiter and Neptune) are sextile one another, as aspect which will repeat twice more this year. Great compassion, developing what is meaningful, an opportunity to raise collective consciousness, protecting nature, believing in one another. We have a chance to work together to create Heaven on Earth and this is the beginning.
Painting – Andante (Sonata of the Sea) by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis
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