We are in a rare moment of a sky that is almost all Pisces. As I've said a few times, there's been nothing like this since the 1960s, the last time Chiron was in Pisces. If you were born in the '60s this may be a very exciting, original, energetic and creative time for you.
Chiron is joined by retrograde Mercury, which due to the retrograde is spending more than two months in Pisces (February 5 through April 13). Venus just jumped into the pond, and is conjunct Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces. Then we have Mars, and the Sun—plus a new, small (and very Piscean) object called Borasisi—that's the one about how belief interacts with our perception of reality.
That's the nature of Pisces: what is real and what is not, and how do we know? To an artist, filmmaker or musician, what they are creating is what is real. Then anyone who relates to it will experience it as being real, with the power to affect and even change them.
To someone else, imagery, cinema or music may be seen as a diversion or illusion. Borrowing a bit from Dickens, fact or fancy? Well, retrograde Mercury in Pisces sure is blurring the line.
In the midst of all this Pisces, there are two aspects that stand out this week. One is the Sun aligning with Chiron. This is a question more than a statement. It's asking: what is your relationship to your expressive (solar) nature? Our culture inflicts plenty of injury on the solar nature, including the admonition, "ego is bad."
Sun conjunct Chiron asks the question, what is a healthy ego?
The second standout aspect is Venus conjunct Neptune. This one is interesting for many reasons, first among them is that the solid, tangible nature of Venus is meeting the ineffable nature of Neptune. There might be something really sweet in the air; there may be an aura of deception or illusion around something that seems important.
Rather than questioning your feelings, I suggest you be with them for a while and see what you discover; notice what comes to you through the subtle realms, and through your senses.
This aspect shows up in the chart for the sequestration drama, which supposedly starts tonight. Congressmen with a straight face are preparing to slash approximately $88 billion out of federal programs, which could cut about 750,000 jobs out of the economy in effort to save one percent of federal spending.
I'll be looking more closely at this in Friday's member edition of Planet Waves. I've also covered it for everyone in this week's edition of Planet Waves FM.