Hexagram 64 – Not Yet Crossing, Before Completion, Fire over Water
Make an offering and you will succeed.
The Small Fox on the muddy bank.
If she soaks her tail, There is no advantageous direction.
For the next few weeks, Uranus and Jupiter will move through the last degrees of Pisces before hitting 0° Aries on May 28 and June 7, respectively. Dancing first to the beat of a slow dirge, after June 7, the music becomes way more exuberant. Will it be an avant garde modern dance? An acrobatic Brazilian capoiera? A sexy samba?. It’s hard to predict exactly what. Just know that the music will have an intense beat and the dance will be hot, fast, crazy, and ultimately liberating. This crossing into Aries will catapult us into a new reality. But we’re not there yet.
Uranus has been hanging out in Pisces for the past 7 years, it’s usual time in any sign. It’s a planet of dynamic change, liberation, brilliance, the avant garde, and the flash of lightning that changes consciousness and everything else in one fateful moment. As a mountain man in Virginia once told me as he was discussing a favorite pig he had raised, “Lightning struck him. Never did do right after that”.
An unpredictable and exciting planet, it’s all about doing your thing and having the experience of being accepted for your unique individuality. The downside is that it can also be incredibly exhausting. When we’re under the influence of Uranus, we’re plugged into a wall socket with the voltage meter at the highest setting. Sleep is difficult and we’re edgy as we attempt to channel so much electrical energy without blowing out our fuses. The kind of excitement is sort of fun, but it’s not really comfortable. Aquarians are familiar with this as are others who have Uranus prominent.
Pisces is THE END, the 12th sign. Old souls, Pisces types have been around the block (or galaxy as it were). Most of the “normal” things that excite other people don’t do a thing for these folks. For those born in the sign of Pisces and those who have planets prominent in the sign , the material world is nothing by “maya” – illusion in the biggest sense. This is not the way most of us look at reality. Ruled by Neptune, Pisces is all about dissolution and transcendence, the feeling of being part of the ocean — not just one particular wave but the feeling of the whole shebang. Not just the Pacific or the Atlantic, but all the water on the planet. Not just this planet but all the planets, and on out into the universe. They’re process-oriented. Interested in riding the wave, flowing or drifting down the river, sailing on the sea. They’re always looking for that indescribable, ineffable, transient something, something like……They can’t tell you exactly what.
On the best days, these yearnings are most easily satisfied by artistic, healing, and spiritual experiences. But if those aren’t available or possible, a stiff drink, a mind-dulling video game, some bad TV, or any other drug of choice will do. Anything to leave this mundane world behind and get a glimpse of a rosier, more beautiful universe. Escapism, denial, blind belief, addiction. They’re all part of the trip. As are fear and worry. The other side of the coin is faith and the courage to act on one’s spiritual understanding.
So right now, there’s a meeting going on. A negotiation of sorts. Uranus in Pisces at the end of “The End”, lobbying for liberation; Saturn, the Building Inspector, in Virgo trying to bring some discipline and a work ethic into what appears to be a complete disintegration into chaos; and then there’s our friend, Jupiter, the Great Benefic. Whatever the big planet touches, expands. It’s easy to find yourself alternating between work and escape. Discipline and disorganization. Trying to live a healthy lifestyle and being pulled into your bad habits. Trying to get control of a million small details and throwing up your hands to surrender to whatever power is orchestrating your life’s journey.
So, what is the bigger meaning here?
In the past 5 months, these aspects have coincided with 3 earthquakes, the biggest oil spill in history, a volcanic eruption that disrupted travel and commerce all over the planet, tornadoes, and floods among other events of the natural world that have brought our attention to the obvious conclusion — we are all floating together on our precious blue planet in the ocean of space. All passengers on the same bus.
If you were born on the last day of the mutable signs or the beginning of the cardinals (March 20 – 25, June 20-25, September 20-25, December 20-25) or have a late mutable degrees or early cardinal degrees rising or planets in those degrees, take a look.
Or take a look anyway….