The Sun in Pisces is at the midpoint of a Neptune/Chiron conjunction, powerfully connecting both the planet of mysticism and the Wounded Healer. Both Neptune and Chiron specialise in psychic, healing and spiritual openings in the sign most available to this dimension of life.
On the surface this sounds great, but their ways of operating aren't always pleasant. Neptune can make us oversensitive emotionally and psychically vulnerable while it flushes out absorbed psychic-emotional material from our pasts, particularly old fears, anxiety and toxic material that can make us feel, temporarily, like crap. And yet it is one of the best energies for diving deeper within and opening up our chakras through meditation and other spiritual practices.
Chiron, as master healer, teacher and inner guru, does similar work, especially in Pisces, but with a harder, sharper focus on what is unhealed in us. At times, he will come through with obviously benevolent healing grace; at others, he will create experiences that replicate much earlier wounding ones, cracking our defences and our anaesthetisations so we can get to the core of the patterning. What we do know for sure is that there is great healing power available when he is around and any healing practice we participate in will bear great fruit.
This core potential at the root of this month's chart is very close - but not exactly - to being the foundation of an exceptional Grand Sextile, involving the Sun and its fellow travellers sextiling Pluto in Capricorn and a Medusa/Hygeia conjunction in Taurus; trining Jupiter in Cancer and Hekate in Scorpio, and opposing Pallas Athena in Virgo. This is essentially a grand trine in water, moving surges of emotional and psychic energy, supported by great connections with the grounding, sensual and physical energies of earth. It supports being able to make changes in our physical worlds and in our bodies that are more in sync with our deepest emotional needs and with the ongoing demands, within and without, for real transformation and dynamic change.
Note that the other two great healers, Hygeia and Hekate, are in this mix, adding more of the serpentine power of the sacred feminine to the healing work of the masculine Chiron and to the structure-dissolving efforts of Neptune. Medusa moving closer to Hygeia as the month progresses is particularly good news for the purification of the deep wounded feminine, for healing distortions of the dark goddesses and reclaiming the immense Shakti of the essentially loving Medusa, herself a medicine woman and powerful sorceress.
Jupiter does a "stand and deliver" act this month by going stationary at 10 degrees of Cancer, holding his protective stance in the face of the Pluto/Uranus square, something he's been doing since New Year. He is one of the reasons why many of my clients are feeling exceptionally positive about this year, even though things remain very strong and challenging on many fronts.
In opposing Pluto, he takes some of the edges off the great transformer, while supporting his actions with more fluidity and by shifting blockages more quickly. This month, Jupiter squares Uranus exactly, the two of them having much more confluence as lovers of freedom and sharing the mobilisation of old restrictions and negative conditioning. Combined, they are particularly dynamic and quite zingy in their actions, creating a lot of positive voltage around the place.
Against the positivity of Jupiter is a tough square from Mercury in Aquarius to Saturn in Scorpio. This can paradoxically drag the mind into excessive pessimism and has a reputation for creating frustrating obstacles to our conscious goals. As a process though, Saturn acts to show us those places within that we've been ignoring, denying or have simply been unconscious of and that need attention before positive action is fully possible. In Scorpio, he's like a bull terrier going after game in the more shadowy areas of the unconscious, territory that Mercury in the upper chakra realms of Aquarius would prefer to avoid.
As for the lovely Venus, she continues to be locked into big underworld processes travelling with the ongoing Persephone/Psyche conjunction, a kind of pain and ecstasy combination that has the twin demands of letting go of the past and of opening the heart to more exalted experiences of love. Last month, the three were conjunct Pluto; now they are opposite the Black Moon at the end of Cancer, which is a bit like been passed between Shiva and Kali who take turns to fry your attachments and crack your defences to let in more love!
It's not without good support though, as Venus and friends are at the base of a Kite configuration that includes sextiles to Saturn in a supporting role and to Juno, the goddess of marriage at the end of Pisces. In established relationships, this can be a game changer that deepens and strengthen the bond; if one is alone, it is good preparation for better quality connecting in the future.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 33rd year of private practice.www.sacredlawfirm.com.au
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.