I just spent some time by the sea. Large bodies of water are known to soothe the soul, if songs and poems are to be trusted.
But what I wonder is whether it’s the soul that’s being soothed or simply our feet?
Toes in the sand
For many of us, our feet and toes spend their lives in cramped shoes. If at the office all of your colleagues were to take their shoes off at once, the staff would recoil in smell and the view of sweaty, ugly, wrinkled and abused feet.
At the beach, our toes and feet are free! They are soothed in sand and cleansed in water. Going barefoot on the beach is like going naked – a sensuous and divine pleasure.
As I crossed a Florida street barefoot, the inner demon of my childhood nurse neighbor rang in my inner ear – there are so many germs on the ground!
I don’t care, my feet said, we want freedom! We never want to wear shoes again!
At the beach, everyone’s feet are beautiful. The repulsion feet can cause in daily life is eradicated at the beach.
Pisces rules the feet
It’s interesting that Pisces rules the feet. Pisces is a water sign that wants to merge with all-that-is, or anyone who happens to be in the room.
If Pisces wants to merge with all-that-is, why does it rule the feet which ground and support us?
The feet take much abuse, as does Pisces. The feet sacrifice comfort for fashion (as does Pisces). The feet become smelly and dirty through the day’s work and then become a zone of avoidance.
Pisces, like the feet, gets dirty easily from the world. That’s why Pisces must spend time alone, or by the sea, to cleanse the energies that come with worldly contact.
Imagination is one way for Pisces to cleanse. Imagination is dipping into the “dark sea of awareness” (Carlos Castaneda term).
Today it is common for women to have pedicures. When did pedicures become so common? I recall the day when only a few had manicures, let alone pedicures.
Possibly the Uranus in Pisces transit (2003-2011) said, “Wake up, your feet need attention.”
With Neptune now transiting Pisces, I’m guessing pedicures will soon be covered in health care.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, god of the sea
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the god of the sea. Water is a non-countable noun. We don’t say three or four waters because no piece of water is individual.
Pisces, like a drop of water, merges into the ocean. You can’t pin down a drop of water, and neither a Pisces.
Some people fear water. There are others who fear heights (air). Fire is scary, too. But does anyone fear dirt (earth)?
Water, while essential for life, can drown you if there is too much. So can your watery friends (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces).
Water carved the Grand Canyon so don’t underestimate the power of your water signs friends, who seem so meek at times (Cancer and Pisces anyway). Drop by drop they are carving away at you.
Chicken Soup for the feet?
I wonder if some of the lure of beach life comes from the fairies in our feet. The feet are far from our ears so maybe we don’t hear their cry, “Pay attention to me!”
Maybe it’s the massaging of the feet that relaxes us at the beach and the sound of waves breaking on the shore and the sun shining on our lotioned limbs are just added benefits.
Another added benefit of beach vacationing are the ubiquitous adult beverages. Fermented beverages are also in the realm of Pisces.