Flowing with the Currents and Lighting the Fire

By Amanda Painter

With the Sun now in Pisces as of this past weekend, winter starts to loosen its grip and we begin the approach to spring (even if the weather doesn’t play along consistently). Right now we have a concentration of planets in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac; yet it won’t be long before the sky’s emphasis begins shifting again, from deep water to the fire of Aries.

Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr / CC 2.0.

Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr / CC 2.0.

You can think of the general feel of this month in terms of the Pisces symbol itself: those two fish, bound together yet heading in opposite directions.

If one fish is the ‘hang out and float’ fish, the other seems to be quickening its pace forward; one fish is taking a deep, introspective dive, while the other swims across the world’s oceans. Yet both fish bring what they discover to Aries: the sign of “I am.”

There’s a curious process of integration and a renewal of the cycle this time of year, every year. It’s not exactly a circle (though that’s how we chart the zodiac, in two dimensions) but rather a spiral through several dimensions at once: in other words, growth.

This year, this integration and renewal gets a special boost: in April, Chiron begins the process of leaving Pisces (where it’s been for roughly seven years) and entering Aries. It’s a significant shift; which means you can think of every other planet moving from Pisces to Aries in the coming weeks as foreshadowing or warming up the territory for Chiron’s move.

Among the March events presaging Chiron’s initial move from Pisces into Aries are Mercury and Venus ingressing Aries on March 6; the Sun’s conjunction to Chiron in Pisces on March 18; the Sun’s entrance into Aries on March 20 (the equinox); and Mercury stationing retrograde in Aries on March 23.

Many other aspects will fill out the month. Yet, the central events appear to be the Aries equinox (when day and night are of equal length for everyone on the planet; after which days in the Northern Hemisphere grow longer than the nights), and Mercury’s station retrograde three days later.

Having Mercury’s retrograde take place entirely in Aries could well be a rather lively affair. Mercury in Aries tends to signal impetuous, ego-driven thought and communication — which means it’ll likely take very conscious efforts at grounding yourself, slowing things down and thinking beyond your own immediate needs and desires, to be able to roll with Mercury’s tricks more easily.

Having a Mercury retrograde in Aries begin shortly after the Sun arrives there for the equinox provides some emphasis. It also may set up an intriguing stage of intellectual review just before Chiron arrives to take the self-awareness game to a whole new level.

That’s some of what you may want to look ahead to, but we’re not there yet. For now, as mentioned, the Piscean sea is teeming with life: the Sun, Mercury, centaur planet Nessus, Venus, Neptune and Chiron, with the asteroid Juno joining them tomorrow (Friday). There’s a wealth of sensitive, creative, soulful energy you can tap into currently.

Speaking in the short term, one of this weekend’s standout aspects indicates a need to navigate between highly directed passion and gentler emotions (Venus in Pisces square Mars and Vesta in Sagittarius). This could emerge as unexpressed sexual energy or relationship tension.

If you’re feeling any sense of self-sacrifice (such as between ‘work’ and ‘creativity’, or ‘beliefs’ and ’emotions’/’erotic energy’) you might want to take another look at that. What do you need to change? Is it a shift in perception or an adjustment in activity?

Meanwhile, the Pisces Sun in a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn offers some traction for getting things done. It offers both the creative vision and the structure or container necessary to make some real progress. Nessus, which is in a conjunction with the Sun, suggests that part of this process — should you actively engage in it — involves the awareness needed to stop some kind of detrimental pattern, probably related to how you see yourself or how you present yourself to the world.

Like all of astrology, it’s just one more possible step out of many around the spiral path — one more way to move from where you are now to who you may be in a month or two, or a year or two, or a decade or two. With a snapshot of the short term and glance at what March has in store, you may be better able to flow with the currents of Pisces and then light up with the fire of Aries.

For the curious, here’s a short list of some of March’s more notable aspects and events; there are many other interesting aspects between now and the end of March:

March 1-2 — Virgo Full Moon

March 4 — Sun conjunct Neptune

March 6 — Mercury and Venus enter Aries

March 9 — Mercury enters shadow phase; Jupiter stations retrograde in Scorpio

March 17 — Pisces New Moon, and Mars enters Capricorn

March 18 — Sun conjunct Chiron

March 20 — Sun enters Aries (equinox)

March 23 — Mercury stations retrograde in Aries

March 31 — Venus enters Taurus, and the Libra Full Moon


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4 thoughts on “Flowing with the Currents and Lighting the Fire

  1. Bette

    Very helpful, Amanda, thank-you. With my Pisces MH/10th being quite busy these days, I am looking forward to getting out more after many weeks of a cold winter (and much healing work) – as I noted earlier today in a half-made poem, “sap begins to rise in old trees, and blood moves in old veins.” We hope for a kind, early spring.

  2. Sue Edwards

    Thank you Amanda for sharing a lot of food for thought. A particular phrase inspired me to write.

    “the Pisces symbol itself: those two fish, bound together yet heading in opposite directions.” You then went on to describe a spiral.

    If the fish are seen as swimming in a circle, then one is following the other, going round and round in a circle. Not opposite but flowing. Maybe as one fish leading the other in growth and evolution – a spiral, leading to greater heights and awareness?

    1. Amanda Painter Post author

      Very possibly, Sue! Rather like how the two sides of a DNA spiral can seem to be rotating in opposite directions depending on your perspective when looking at them — when really both sides of the spiral are moving in the same rotational direction and yet also moving further along the chain at the same time… Growth and evolution, indeed!

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