Not Yet Crossing – Uranus & Jupiter at the end of Pisces

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….




green-fireworks1In the Taoist philosophy of 5 phases of transformation, the Wood energy corresponds to spring — upward moving chi, impetus, development, the force of growth that has its own agenda. Integrating this understanding of  the natural state of things during this season with the particulars of western astrological “weather” can be enlightening.  This week (April 15th to be exact), Mars conjuncts Uranus in Pisces after having  opposed Saturn on the day that Pluto went retrograde in Capricorn.

In plain English,  the action principle is teaming up with the principle of radical unexpected change after a period of frustration. It’s clear that there’s alot of frustration and potential for explosive anger in the world at the moment and the energetic environment seems more palpably charged than usual.  As much as you need relaxation and escape from the tension of just being alive right now, stay away  from drugs, alcohol, and depressing media stories.  Meditate, swim if you can, practice Qigong, Tai Chi, or yoga.   If you know the 6 Healing Sounds, they can be your best friend during this time.

Mars needs alot of activity and when he’s been stymied and suddenly becomes free,  energy can start busting out all over the place.  When Mars hooks up with Uranus in Pisces, it’s easy to become hyperactive, tense, and high strung as you surf the Neptunian waters of your unconscious.  Erratic behavior and bizarre or quirky reactions can can make you think that  you’ve suddenly lost it (whatever “it” is).  If it’s possible, bring some awareness to whatever you’ve been suppressing so that you can avoid an explosion.  For some of us,  this  is easy.  For others, we don’t even know why we’ve been acting strangely and may need the “shock treatment” that this aspect brings in order to make necessary changes.

Stay grounded by slowing down, eating well, and exercising in moderation and with care. Be careful with sharp objects (knives, needles, etc.), fire, and electricity. If you’re not using your Mars energy well, it could be using you.  “Mars Attacks” can manifest as accidents while moving, car crashes, inflammation, fever, palpitations, or weird undiagnosable infections.

Anyone born from the 12th to the 17th of March, June, September, or December or who has planets or angles from 22-26 degrees in mutable signs will be most affected.

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