Looking out the window, my cat asked me if the light she saw in the distance was the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.”
“What tunnel are you in?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “What’s a tunnel? You keep saying there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
This is the problem with cats – literal mindedness. I had to explain how the tunnel was metaphorical and and represented our earth’s long journey through fear and that light represented awareness, yada yada yada. And, I went on, it’s fascinating how Pluto the destroyer and transformer transiting authoritarian Capricorn has levelled both physical and social structures. Capricorn wants nothing if not social order which creates great struggle between governments and masses of people. Oh, I added, and then Uranus moved into Taurus which is also earth like Capricorn and rules the physical world including the body and objects and has now made us aware of where all that stuff on the shelves comes from. And then there’s an illness – I never saw that coming – but affects the body and now we are all asked to inject a new technology into our bodies.
“It’s truly fascinating,” I said as I broke from my train of thought and saw the cat yawning.
I wasn’t offended. In 1986 I did the same and looked up from a 2 am plate of biscuits and gravy to see a friend giving me a hardy stare which said, “Shut up, you’re boring me.”
I learned way long ago that too much astrology is bad for relationships. But, as with most astrologers, I had to finish my thoughts.
“So,” I finished, “Jupiter is going to move back into sensitive, loving water-sign Pisces in a few days. So it’s water at the end of the tunnel, not light.”
Clear Water has no Fish
The water at the end of the tunnel is Jupiter the planet of expansion in Pisces, a loving, sensitive sign which is so sensitive to life on earth that it sometimes hides in one of three places: 1) under the bedsheets; 2) in fantasy provided either by mind or media; or 3) drugs, preferably of the watery kind (alcohol).
While looking for a Chinese idiom to reflect the constant changes of our times, I found a more appropriate, Jupiter-in-Pisces idiom:
Clear water has no fish
If the water were clear, we could spear our fish easily. So the “muddied waters” as we say in English is a way of both protecting and deceiving. We’ve lots of muddied waters these days.
Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in different directions – past and future. Pisces in the past has to be careful not to be stuck in the traumas from childhood or hide under the couch because of a bad breakup. Pisces in the future has to learn when and how to tell a good friend that they’ve had a dream where they’ve been in a car accident.
Clear Pisces looks like this:
- Spiritual connectedness
- Trust with self and others
Muddied Pisces looks like this:
- Sacrifice/savior complex
Neptune rules Pisces and has been transiting its own sign since 2011. We’ve seen lots of the muddied Pisces during this time with increased use of legal and illegal drugs as well as excessive media and deliberate disinformation. The proverbial “hall of mirrors” might be called “hall of Pisces.”
What’s more difficult to see and quantify is the individual experience of connectedness. The popularity of Mr. Rogers – sun/moon Pisces – during this time reflects some of our inner workings and the need for a male hero with gentle and loving qualities. Troubled times challenge us and we often learn what we truly value.
A year before the pandemic a colleague mentioned to me one of his favorite childhood books which I then read – Lois Lowry’s The Giver. That novel comes to mind often now as we try to create a more controlled society of digital-but-separate to keep us from illness today but from what tomorrow?
In The Giver, one boy is assigned his role in life (as all children are in this dystopian society) but one that’s very special and unique – he must carry the memories of society. The memories he carries are of emotion and uncontrolled life and experiences. That’s a lot for one person – and here is the Pisces sacrifice.
Pisces and its water-sign brethren of Cancer and Scorpio are our emotional antennas. As a person with a lot of water, I’ve always been confused (and sometimes amused) by those who believe everything others say. I’ve never understood it. The emotional undercurrent is the true energy and words may or may not reflect that. And we know that words can’t capture the essence of our most profound experiences.
“You had to be there,” is what we say. In other words, you had to experience it.
In spring of 2022 as Jupiter transits the final degrees of Pisces, it will conjoin Neptune for a brief time. Expect rain. Expect mud. Expect a Mardi Gras or carnival like you’ve never experienced.
As a spiritual teacher I have often says, act like a fish deep in water and avoid the turbulence of above.