Happy Spring!

The first day of Spring arrives on Saturday, and just in the nick of time. After the hard and harsh winter we have all had, we can use some warm and fresh energy. Spring occurs when the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Aries, in this case on Saturday March 20th. Aries signifies new beginnings and the power to push new growth from a cold ground.

I think this image represents the energy of Spring. We all know spring is a time for love, so visibly seen in the mating and nesting of the birds and the reproduction of bunnies. The man and woman mating in this image not only symbolize that very physical reality, but also the conjunction of male and female is a very old and powerful alchemical symbol that represents the blending of the masculine and feminine energies within. This leads to a new birth in each individual. The new birth of spring, either spiritual or physical, is represented by the egg, the container of all things new. We bring in the rebirth of Christ with an egg hunt. The date of Easter changes every year with the date of the Spring Equinox. Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox, this year on April 24th.

To Do: Take some time on the first day of Spring to think about your intention for the new birth you want in your life. What is it that you want to bring into manifestation? What does your egg contain? What will it take for you to build the nest that will support its growth? And what will it look like once your intention hatches into a new and fledgling life?

Full Moon/SuperMoon

Saturday, March 19th at 2:10 pm

Be sure to watch this Full Moon rise tonight, since it will be spectacular! This month the Moon is orbiting at its closest point to the earth in nearly 20 years. Called a Supermoon, this closeness will increase the gravitational pull between the Earth and Moon, making the connection between them even stronger. It will mean, among other things, a spectacular Full Moon. It will be 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal Full Moon. There is debate whether the greater gravitational pull of a Supermoon is linked to an increase of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. You can check out the time of the Moon rise in your area by going to the great Farmer’s Almanac website.

To read more about this Full Moon, go to my monthly Moon Letter. In it I discuss the relationship of this Full Moon to the goddess of compassion, Kuan Yin, and the crisis in Japan.

New Moon in Pisces

Pisces by Eric Williams

March 4th 2011 begins the warm-up to a wonderfully, long and luxurious soak in the ocean of love that is Pisces. A New Moon occurs monthly when the Sun and Moon are in the same zodiac sign, doubling up the energy of that sign, in this case, Pisces. It is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. This New Moon is an opportunity to direct your attention to Piscean energies and set your intentions to increase the energies of Pisces in your life. This would be an increase in love, compassion, oneness, mysticism, spirituality, service, prayer,  meditation, unity, and the connection to the essence of all beings. Now, in case you didn’t notice, that’s a pretty hefty list, and a bit out of the reach of most of us mere mortals. Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune, which as you remember from your mythology, is the God of the Oceans. So when you think of Pisces, you tend to think of Neptune at the same time. Soft, dreamy, yummy, going with the flow, sensitivity, the birthplace and inter connection of all beings. Ooops. there we go again, off into the special fantasy land reserved for Pisces and Neptune. Where all things are as they “should” be, and anything that doesn’t measure up seems somehow harsh and crass. That is why the dark side of Pisces is escapism and fantasy. Anything that will soften the harsh glow of reality. That would include an all time favorite strategy of denial, followed by alcohol, drugs, and video games.

Now I speak from experience here, since I am a Pisces. And my experience as a Pisces is getting ready to go on steroids! This is because Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, goes into Pisces in a month, on April 4th, and will stay there until 2025! That’s another 14 years. So all of us, Pisces or not, will have the opportunity to experience Pisces energy at its highest and best manifestation. Or, we will move into Neptune’s dark side, go into denial, put our head in the sand, put on the video game, pour the drinks, and wait it out.

In some ways, our response to Neptune, in other words, our response to our spiritual longings, compassion, and sense of the unity of all beings, is what 2012 is all about. Will be go into our highest nature, or will be be tempted by the dark side?

This New Moon is just the beginning, the first dive into the water. And just to be sure that we get a sense of what is to come, we also currently have Chiron, Mars, Mercury, and Uranus joining the Sun and Moon in Pisces. Actually, there is a bit of the dark side coming out in me as I secretly anticipate the foggy minds that will likely accompany this shift. People will no doubt complain of lack of memory, forgetfulness, and finding it hard to tell reality from fantasy. Ha! Welcome to my life! So, Pisces and Neptunians unite! Our time has finally come! Let’s just remember to show up.