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A New Moon in Pisces, the Alder Moon-by Sarah Fuhro
A New Moon in Pisces, March 1, 2014
Saturday morning at 3:00 am, we will have the birth of a new Moon cycle. Pisces Sun and Moon snuggle between Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Pisces. The potential for the dream, the vision, the healing power of meditation are all present, so is confusion, illusion, and mystification. Pisces is the realm where the spiritual is as tangible as the material, but for those of us locked into a material viewpoint, it can be a place of foggy confusion.
To put this all into words from the wordless ocean of Pisces, Mercury stands by in Aquarius. He has only recently turned direct, and so has visited these watery shores, and will revisit them as he goes forward through Pisces. Here he is looking over his shoulder to recall his journey in reverse from Pisces into Aquarius.
We need his Aquarian mental clarity to translate the poetry of this particular Moon event. Neptune is a ruler of Pisces and so deepens the message of Sun and Moon adrift in a sea of oneness. The healing nature of this sign is compassion, an opportunity to feel our deep connection with all. Vulnerability becomes a means to deepen our understanding; Pisces is the ‘give away’ sign before the noisy entrance of the Sun into Aries and the Spring Equinox.
The Pluto/Jupiter opposition is in this mix as well. Pluto in Capricorn with his powerful work of breaking down the old structures of government and business is in a sextile with the Piscean players. His contact is most exact with Chiron, the healer. Perhaps we will begin to envision a new and more compassionate form of healing. As we remember that our bodies are the healers, we can trust the process of recovery, rather than see it as a battle to be won or lost. Chiron, the great healer of the ancient world was a centaur, part man, part horse, and his connection to body recalls this animal part of our self, who knows what it needs to be healthy.
This is the Moon of Fearn, the Alder, a water loving tree, just as Pisces is a water loving sign!
Alder trunks are the pilings under the older sections of Venice and many medieval cathedrals. The tree is linked to Bran the Blessed, who used his body as a bridge for his followers to cross the river Linon to safety. He is a bridge between the worlds, and, after his death, his tribesman carried his head for seven years while he sang and prophesied. The head of Bran was then buried under the White Tower of London and is guarded by ravens, his special bird. The Alder can be used as a blood purifier and lymph cleanser. It can guard the body as Bran guarded his people.
Jupiter in Cancer makes an exact trine with Sun and Moon as well as spilling over onto Neptune and Chiron, while standing in opposition to Pluto. Uranus makes a square to both Pluto and Jupiter, creating a triangle with revolutionary potential. During this ongoing square between Pluto and Uranus we have seen a number of revolutions seem to crumble into chaos, rather than open to possibility. Is there another way to create change?
The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon is seems to refer to this quandary: Men traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination. The capacity inherent in every individual to seek, at whatever cost, an entrance to a transcendent realm of reality. Walk ON!