“The Art of Dreaming begins with taking a personal inventory; registering the forces within – some of which need to be wrestled with, others loyally trusted. But eventually the dreamer must assume the reins, moving from receiving the dreams she is given, to becoming responsible for her waking life. Wielding the tools she has been awarded in the underworld, she walks the reality she chooses not only for herself, but for its benefits to her earthly community.” –
-Dreamwork with Toko-pa
The Sun will be in the mystical waters of Pisces from February 19 to March 20th. Reality takes on a different meaning here and our attention turns towards altruistic and compassionate ideals. There can be an increased sensitivity to the suffering of the less fortunate. This time period before spring, marks the shedding of the less desirable qualities like selfishness in favour of empathy and devotion.
Here we meet the dreamers, the poets, the mystics and the seekers of truth who trade the burdens of reality for a seed of eternal wisdom.
Like the waves of the ocean, our moods are susceptible to the changing of tides. The social medias are becoming a sort of collective brain we tap into, to get the general ”socio-cultural weather”. This of course, is a very subjective experience depending on what type of news you read.
The friends you associate with on facebook, twitter, instagram and the pages you follow will generally dictate your news feed. Our experience of social media is curated to our own like and dislike.
We can apply the same ideas, to our perception of reality. To a certain extent, we can only know what we know and experience life through the lens of our own standpoint. We live in a metaphorical ”fish bowl” believing it is the sea. We might intuit that there is more than meets the eye, but we can never be certain.
What keeps us believing that there is more? What do we tap into when we connect to our higher ideals of compassion and trust? What is this all-encompassing feeling of faith?Where does our spiritual awareness comes from and how can it be such a strong guiding light while being so elusive? To know or understand something because of what you feel or sense rather than because of evidence.
The instability of the world tends to bring us back to faith very quickly. Shifting our perception from outer to inner, connecting to this mysterious and ever flowing river. We often do this through prayers and meditation but it can also be done very easily through music, art, poetry our whichever feeds your soul. We are all made of the same stuff but we vibrate to different tunes.
The Moon will be in Pisces for the next 2 days. Tonight, she will square Saturn and meet Neptune, triggering the upcoming square. In astrology, the all-encompassing feeling of faith and the elusive but healing spiritual waters are the domain of Neptune. Neptune sometimes gets a bad rap since the planet is also connected with escapism, delusions and fantasy. It can go both ways. In fact it can go in all the ways you can and cannot imagine.
How to It is best to surrender to the Moon in Pisces, knowing that the overwhelming rainbows of feelings are only passing sensations/images. Use this window as an exercise in surrendering. Feed your soul the proper food. Music, poetry, dance, prayer, love, magic or whatever floats your boat. Know that the impressions you are getting at the moment might not be totally aligned with reality. This can be a creative aspect as long as you are aware that you might not be seeing the whole picture. There could be a big piece of the puzzle missing.
The upcoming Saturn/Neptune square cautions us against the total denial of reality. You will need to throw your anchor down somewhere. The urge to escape, love everyone, sacrifice yourself for peace, become an enlightened creature and heal the world, must be tempered with a good dose of pragmatism. Watch the sensations that arises in the next few days while the Moon is in Pisces, take notes.
Those emotions/sensations/intuitions/illuminations/denials, will most likely need calibration against the hard concrete walls of Saturn soon enough.
We are heading towards a Saturn/Neptune square that will first be exact in December. We can think of Saturn as the cold hard reality and limitations of the physical world and Neptune as the all-encompassing, boundary dissolving spiritual agent.
This is an opportunity to ground our visions, taking realistic and practical steps towards birthing a dream.
This is a big theme for the rest of the year and for most of 2016. Our fantasies need to be framed into a realistic context to be possible. Delusions, escapist tendencies and addictions to people or substance are NOT the way to build a solid foundation.
Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself if there might be any self-defeating behaviors that keep you from being where you want to be. Do not fool yourself down the slippery road with rose-coloured glasses. Use this time to be serious about your calling. Align yourself with what needs to be done.
This is a time where your ideals are being tested against the limitations of reality.
Get inspired, tap into your dreams and have a serious plan in place to create tangible results.
Dream and get to work.
Something totally new is emerging from the depth of your being. You can perceive the first rays of a new awareness but you can’t put a name on it yet. It’s too early to see the shapes that are lurking just beneath the surface. Let it be that way for now. You can’t force the flower to grow. Soon enough, the dreams will become matter and the fantasies that fuel your soul will become another cornerstone laid in the foundation of your existence.
With Mercury in Pisces at the moment, some of the answers you are looking for might come to you in dreams.
Pay special attention to the symbols dancing around behind the curtains at night. Missing puzzle pieces or burried images resurfacing to help you conclude old stories are best understood intuitively. Don’t bother passing it through the mechanical wheels of the left brain. Just feel the images pass through you, like you would with music.