Pisces Season: Watchful Eye On A Sea of Dreams

Welcoming Pisces SeasonPisces season 2013 begins Monday morning, February 18, as the Sun joins Neptune, Chiron, Mars and Mercury all in the sign of Pisces. Later that evening, Saturn turns retrograde at 11° Scorpio. When so many planets are in this soft and surrendering sign, a sense of compassion expands and casts a poetic and dreamy aura connecting us all. 

With Saturn stationing retrograde, time may seem to be standing still and any structures in place may bend or list like the look and the feel of slow motion under water photography suspended. Moon is waxing, and will be full at 7° Virgo on the afternoon of Monday, February 25, bringing a release in emotion, a sense of completion from late last summer’s tasks, ultimately leading us to our time and place to serve. We may be overly focussed on details, so the advice is to remember the forest, the ocean and the biggest pictures. Later on February 25, Venus enters Pisces, becoming the sixth planet in that sign. As Venus is exhalted in Pisces, poetry, wistfulness and dreaminess is at our grasp like a long, long, group hug which turns into a water color painting hung in a movie about artists, dancers and love.

On Sunday March 10, Moon enters Pisces, becoming the seventh heavenly body in Pisces. Whether a house of worship, a concert, being at the beach or in nature, if ever there were a day to dream, pray or compose all for the highest good, this would be the day. 

When many planets gather in a sign, the qualities of that sign tend to make history. The last time Neptune was in Pisces, patents were validated for the first eggbeaters and whisks, mainstay utensils all over our Earth. An egg is symbolic of a new beginning, and as Neptune was in Pisces, the state of the art was to mix egg yellow and egg white seamlessly.

Pisces is also the changing weeks before late March when winter turns to spring. Something happens in the Northern hemisphere with the angle of the sun so that by the end of March, the crocus has broken through the crust of the Earth. This shows how Pisces works, behind the scenes or behind a veil doing some sort of alchemy. Pisces can also be symbolized by pregnancy where the fetus is protected in the otherworld of the mother’s womb.

The last time Neptune was in Pisces was from 1847 – 1862. At that time Stephen Foster, an American composer of parlor and minstrels songs became known as the “Father of American Music” for writing “Oh! Susanna”, (which became an anthem of the California Gold Rush) “Camptown Races”, “Way Down Upon The Swannee River” and  “Jeanie With The light Brown Hair”.

From Wikipedia, “Foster tried to make a living as a professional songwriter and may be considered innovative, since music writing, as a professional field, did not yet exist in the modern sense at that time. Due in part to the limited scope of music copyright and composer royalties at the time, Foster realized very little of the profits his works generated for sheet music printers. Multiple publishers often printed their own competing editions of Foster’s tunes, paying Foster nothing. He received $100 for “Oh, Susanna”.

This shows the challenging aspect of Pisces, of how difficult it can be to hold water in our hands. Now the music industry is at another crossroads, sorting out the business of music again. This happened once before in 1941, when the ASCAP, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was boycotted by radio broadcasters because ASCAP had increased royalty rates charged to broadcasters by approximately 448% during the depression. During the boycott, most modern music could not be played by the major radio broadcasters due to a dispute over licensing fees.

Ironically, what slipped between the cracks, was Stephen Foster’s  “Jeanie With The light Brown Hair”, because due to music law during his lifetime, his song was public domain. That year Time Magazine wrote  “So often had Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair been played that she was widely reported to have turned grey.”

"Sea of Dreams" by Mark Shasha www.markshasha.com  prints available here.

“Sea of Dreams” by Mark Shasha www.markshasha.com prints available here.

In terms of American history, more important than egg beaters and even more important than music law, the last time when Neptune was in Pisces, the American South was vigorously opposing anti-slavery. Slavery did not end until Neptune went into Aries. Learning from the past, if anything is important, it is Human rights for all people on our Earth. Neptune in Pisces reminds us we are all connected by the one ocean we get. We may be treating our ocean today similarly to the way we treated slaves in the South then. Until Pisces leaves Neptune in 2025, the vulnerable will continue to be exposed. We can be more advanced than our “forefathers” by taking giant steps now to protect our ocean. We can also ask ourselves, What else is going on in the world? While we are investing our time and energy in the equivalent of egg beaters are there slaves somewhere being abused? As technology has advanced enabling us to take a picture with our phone and upload the image to the web, we no longer need to stay in our small world of the eggbeater patent while somewhere, perhaps not far away at all, someones’s human rights may be treated more than unjustly.

While a record number of planets are in Pisces, the sign of magic and dreams, this is the energy that supports prayers and designs that protect our highest good which is easy enough as we settle into ourselves and bring our awareness and our focus to the light.

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