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The Magick of Pisces

February 18 – March 20

 

 

I have a great many interests and astrology is one of the top runners on my list. I thought it would be fun to explore a little bit about the little section of the Zodiac that carries the energy of a vision of humanity’s highest self (Aquarius) through the transition of Pisces gifts that flow into the boundless energy of a new turn of the Astrological Wheel (Aries). The star of this triune powerhouse is Pisces!

To begin, let’s look at the timing of this post, February 1st. We are mid-point in the solar station of Aquarius and the energy is primed and ready for reaching out and seeking those individuals and situations that are inspired and inspiring. We have come from the blessing of burgeoning light called forth at Yule and as the light increases, so too, we are increasing in our strength and inner light that will provide fertile ground for planting what will blossom in the months ahead.

Astrological Aquarius is the formation of mental pursuits in their most abstract and open-ended form. All potential and abilities to express that potential are fueled by Aquarian energy. As that energy flows into Pisces, it churns the waters of heart as mind lights the way and envisions how to best serve others.

Astrological Pisces marks the final sign of the Zodiacal Wheel and heralds the culmination of a journey round the wheel that draws to itself maturity, compassion and wisdom. This solar month of Pisces offers the space of weaving a magick that is humane in every sense of the word and able to fully comprehend and act upon the concepts of unity and collaboration.

The art of selflessness is a pre-requisite for balanced evolution as Pisces relinquishes its space of Elder and crosses the veils of death and rebirth to become the enthusiastic child of Aries, the first astrological energy of the Wheel. Now the lesson becomes one of how to awaken to the gifts of this trinity of vision (Aquarius), heart (Pisces) and action (Aries)….

 

The Magick of Pisces

(excerpted from: The Temple of the Sun-An Astrological Solar Year. R. Fennelly 2020)

The Magick of Pisces is gentle in its approach and filled with opportunity for self-love and expression of a higher nature. Whatever we apply Piscean energy towards will have the benefit of emotional reserves that are deep and filled with the stories of every experience; ready and waiting to be played out again. This is the heart that accepts unconditionally and loves fully.

Pisces’ strength lay in its ability to empathize and then take that intuitively received information and transform it into action that soothes and heals and strives for harmony. Pisces as the last of the Zodiacal signs has gathered to itself all of the varied modes of expression of heart, will, mind and body and with the wisdom of the Sage/Crone knows where forgiveness is needed and where love will change the course of another’s path of self-destruction.

The caution here is one of losing oneself in the magick of all loving compassion and drowning in the undertow of illusory goodness where there is a more prevalent state of manipulation.  Pisces gives freely, but often forgets that others wish to feel the exaltation of being able to return that gift. Falsely based humility can easily become passive aggressive manipulation that is so subtle in its effect that even the perpetrator does not realize what is happening. Additionally, the path of service can easily be that of the martyr who enables rather than uplifts and quickly runs out of adequate resources for self-renewal.

Pisces is the third and final sign of the last cycle of quadrant of Elements in progression around the zodiacal wheel. This is the third and last of the astrological signs of Water and in the order of progression, Pisces waters run deep into the subconscious, overflowing and spilling out for all to benefit from.

This is the progression from the first expressions of heart found in Cancer; where we found the reflection of what was considered family, home and the measure of love and support that was given there.  This space of comfort and most importantly trust was required if there was to be productive use of the next water sign found in Scorpio’s dark waters. The gift here was the choice of remaining hidden in the occult realms of obsessive behavior; or to rise up into the sun carried on the winds of informed heart; gaining the acumen of insight to choose the details of your emotional expression and ultimately rise from what was discovered burning as the Phoenix, glorious and self aware in a heart that was opened.

Arriving now at the space of Pisces, opening the heart wider and allowing the vulnerability of understanding and compassion to flow through all workings is the directive of productive Piscean energy. This is the confidante and healer that with love may guide or turn away the hand that seeks forgiveness. This is the emotional reserve that recognizes intuitively the need for love and the need for withholding emotional attachment so that the receiver may learn to grow in their own love.  This is the beauty of one who has experienced pain, loss, joy and success and still remains strong in their faith in humanity.

 

The Path of Sacrifice

Pisces is Mutable Water. These are the waters that are flexible in their movement and easily shift course in expansive and contractive pulse as needed. The Mutable energy is one of endings and beginnings. Endings of what is the last reserves which acts as space of emptiness to be filled and become the catalyst for the ebullient outpouring of a new stream. Pisces expresses this ability in its gift of being both the destroyer of unproductive shields that keep the wearer detached from their heart and the inspiration that shows that it is “okay” to be soft in your approach and open with your heart. Pisces will willingly sacrifice its own needs for the betterment of another’s.

 

Pisces Solar Month Magick….

Enhances heart-centered action and intuitive opening:

Pisces is the twelfth sign of the Zodiac. The energy of Pisces is that of the emotions. This is the space of feeling so deeply that the self is put aside so that the other may shine. It is a sign of yearning for harmony, peace and love and will do everything in its power to avoid conflict.

Pisces is the place of idealism and the perception that everyone is love and deserving of being second (third and fourth chances). The past and the emotions that were crafted from sentimentality and romanticizing even the worst case scenario are the motivations that propel Pisces towards its goals; ever striving for the functional family that will replace the dysfunctional reality. Being of the quality of heart endeavors of a healing and providing a support-system based on unconditional love are the natural gifts of this sign.

The Solar Month of Pisces is an excellent time to begin the work of forgiveness and self-healing. Pisces is water through and through that relies on the experiences and energies of all of the signs preceding it to make informed decision about how and what form that Love may take.  Think on the image of the twin fish as the symbol of Pisces. The creatures move through waters that are murky and the images perceived are distorted in clarity. There is a great reliance on trusting the direction taken and relying on the collective consciousness of its species to provide the blueprint for life in a fluid environment. This is the core of Piscean strength; the ability to intuit through the cloudiness, and with sensitivity and instinct navigate realms that most would find unbearable.

The energy of this Solar month of Pisces is the finality of the Solar Year and signals the ending of one form of that wheel’s energy as it prepares to fluidly move into the dynamics of a newly birth Solar Year. Water gives way to Fires that spark with potential and the promise of a reformed iteration of a continuous cycle.  Aries will have mighty big shoes to fill, having emerged from the astrological sign of sacrifice and the unquestionable understanding of the inter-connectedness of all life that has arrived at this conclusion from the Mind that knows the negative product of neglecting the humanness in humanity.

The Piscean approach can be used for short-term projects, but is most effective for long-term workings. A goal, such as consciously calling into being your compassionate and understanding self would benefit from Pisces’ energy. Take some time to spend with yourself and simply allow the feelings to emerge as they will. Allow yourself the space of vulnerability and the gift of tapping into some deep waters that may have been left untouched for a while.

Similar to the New, Full and Waning cycles of the Lunar Month, beginning the working in the Solar Month of Pisces would be the first phase of making choice about how you wish to express yourself more fully as an emotional being. Let this aspect rise to the surface and don’t allow yourself to fall into doubt or second-guessing. Just allow it to flow.

Using the cycle of Water and those astrological signs of that element the next point of bolstering the energy would be during the Solar Month of Cancer. The Solar Month of Cancer provides the setting for where you may safely express this new you. Cancerian energy is that of family (not limited to biological) and home; where you find your supports and those who love you unconditionally. This is the model of what you wish to model for yourself.

Having finally arrived in the energy of the Solar month of Scorpio, the choice now offered is one of rising to the occasion or retreating in fear. Scorpio’s dynamic is do or die and in that realm of possibility is the gift of hiding those best aspects of your emotional self from the light or rising in all your glory; vulnerable and strong, weak and magnetic- all being of value and all claimed in your emotional power.

 

Some Additional Astrological properties of Pisces

Keywords: Intuition, Understanding, Healing

 

The Archetype:

The Healer is the archetype associated with Pisces. This is the healing of mind, body and will and soul as the waters of emotional flow carry and support the process of integration. This is the healer that excises what restricts and opens the floodgates within the individual to self-love and therefore prepares the way for collective love.

Pisces thrives on being of service and its methodology is one that requires vulnerability and trust. This space of trust is one that is the natural state for the Piscean energy, and its greatest success is derived from opening that level of trust in another.

Healing presents itself in many forms and those called healers are as diverse as those forms. The spirit of Pisces embraces all of these forms and when none are suitable for what is hoped to be accomplished, the healer and the healing will take on another, more effective form moving as easily from one to the other as the waters of the oceans that flow into inlet and channel.

 

Pisces is the Twelfth sign of the Zodiac:

Seasonally, Pisces stands as the herald to the Spring (Northern) and Autumn (Southern) Equinoxes. Each is a space of endings just before the state of balance that next flows into a charged dynamic.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring promises the return of warmth, outdoors activities, the blossoming of flowers and the beginnings of planting the seeds for harvesting at the next half of the wheel. Winter’s hold is loosening and all that we gathered to ourselves in those long dark months now awaits rejuvenation.

The Southern Hemisphere celebrates the Autumnal Equinox, the pause of balance just before the harvest, stocking pantries for winter’s cold and diminished light and the return to warmth that is the hearth of family, friends and reconnecting at a more intimate level. We stand at a point of choice about how we will acclimate to these futures and what plans we will make to align with these changes.

For More Information or To Order:

Temple of the Sun: An Astrological Solar Year

 

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About the author:

Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.  

Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice.  A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.

Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following a practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.


As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.

Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally.  She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented.  She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.

Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings.  She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.

Robin’s Websitewww.robinfennelly.com

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASWwww.covenofthemysticpath.org

Her books can be found on Amazon or purchased directly through her website:

For more infohttp://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah

The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe

Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord

The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF

Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year

The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

The Temple of the Sun: An Astrological Solar Year

Writings in the Shadow: An Exploration of the Shadow Nature