March 21, 2023
On March 21, we have a new Moon in Pisces conjunct the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune. This is ALOT of energy in one sign! Neptune will be in the nakshatra of PurvaBhadrapada, the Moon, Sun and Mercury will be in UttaraBhadrapada, and Jupiter will be transiting through Revati. The new Moon is symbolic of new beginnings and with FIVE planets transiting through the last three nakshatras in Pisces (also the last sign of the zodiac), creates an incredibly strong movement to close one door and open a new one. Let’s do a deep dive into what this means, as the waters are seriously churning!
Pisces is the natural twelfth house of the zodiac, representing sleep, dreams, ashrams, foreign lands, expenses, secret enemies, and bed pleasures. It is also what’s called a moksha house, which represents final liberation of the soul to attain enlightenment. It is a mutable, water sign, heavily impacted by emotions, moods, and intuition. Pisces is symbolized by a pair of fish swimming in two different directions; one way is to the material realm and the other is to the spiritual realm, indicating struggles with boundaries between these two planes. The twelfth house is also a house of loss and at the highest level is the loss of ego to the divine and a higher power.
The three nakshatras prominent in their transit through Pisces are Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati. Purva Bhadrapada and Uttara Bhadrapada are two halves that make a whole. The former is symbolized by the front of the funeral cot, which represents the beginning of the spiritual pursuit, while the latter is depicted by the back of the funeral cot, suggesting an exit from this world to the next. Both nakshatras have the derivative “pada” which means feet and can represent travel in its most literal sense as well as the journey from one world to the next. Purva Bhadrapada is ruled by Jupiter, which is transiting in Pisces (in Revati) and Uttara Bhadrapada is ruled by Saturn, which is moving through Aquarius. Jupiter provides the inner teacher to get us started on the spiritual path, while Saturn provides the discipline and perseverance to move through the struggles leading to liberation and enlightenment.
Purva Bhadrapada is symbolized by a man with two faces. At the surface, this represents duality and even someone who is two faced. At a higher level, this indicates someone who can see past the material world into the spiritual realm, and has the ability to see different viewpoints. It also indicates someone who is deeply private, protecting his public persona. Uttara Bhadrapada is represented by a serpent in the ocean, dwelling under the earth and waiting to rise when awakened. A serpent illustrates a deep transformation and even more so since it is in the water beneath terrain.
Neptune along with Jupiter, co-rules Pisces. Neptune rules over illusions, deception, psychic abilities, intuition, magic, trances, dreams, inspiration and spirituality. It is considered to be the higher octane of Venus, raising love and beauty to a metaphysical level. It rules the oceans and all bodies of water, as well as liquids, alcohol and drugs. It is called the Great Dissolver and is constantly changing forms, so it is not destroyed but mutates, which is why Neptune represents fantasies. Neptune in PurvaBhadrapada can represent someone who is duplicitous and shady, as Neptune himself reflects deceit. At a higher level, it can be the driving force to rise above delusions to transition from this world and escape to the next.
The new Moon will be with the Sun and Mercury transiting through the nakshatra of UttaraBhadrapada ruled by Saturn. The Moon and Sun will struggle through this star, as Saturn is inimical to both these planets, so there will be challenges and persistence to get to the other side. The new Moon is also called a dark Moon, meaning there is the ability to see in the dark using intuition. The Sun represents our soul and sense of purpose. Mercury in Pisces is in its sign of debilitation, as this analytical planet does not fare well in the free floating, nebulous sign of Pisces in which boundaries are neither reinforced or structured. In addition, Jupiter rules Pisces and is an enemy to Mercury, so Mercury’s agenda is through intuition versus inquiry. With such mixed energies, there can be a feeling of “frenemies” through this nakshatra. The new Moon, Sun and Mercury can represent career and communications getting influenced or disrupted by a desire for something greater and a true pursuit of dharma. These areas will feel challenged as breakthroughs are made, creating a time to meditate and turn within ourselves.
Lastly, Jupiter is transiting in its own sign Pisces in the very final nakshatra of Revati ruled by Mercury. Jupiter is about expansion, growth, opportunities, spirituality, teachers, and philosophy. Revati can lead to isolation and detachment and represents final liberation after the journey through Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada. One can have a natural inclination and almost morbid curiosity of life after death. Revati is a very sensitive nakshatra, marking the end and the completion of a phase in our life. Jupiter here gives us the inner strength to drive through endings to come out on the other side. It will pass through the gadanta point between Pisces and Aries starting April 17 until April April 22, when it moves into Aries.
In summary, this is a very potent new Moon being in the last sign of Pisces and transitioning through the final three nakshatras. There is a strong tendency to wrap up loose ends before refocusing your energy forward. Recognize the past but don’t dwell in your regrets. Live for today and plan for tomorrow. The past has no power over the present unless you give it energy, so make new memories, reframe your thoughts and get out of your comfort zone for a new you and a new tomorrow!
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