Calling all sirens and mermaids! The February 26, 2017 new moon (solar) eclipse in enchanting Pisces—the watery sign of the Fish—opens the floodgates of healing and compassion, while also exposing us to what's been hidden in the depths.
Eclipses sweep in to bring sudden changes and reinventions, so welcome the new (and the unexpected). Talk about a cosmically charged day! The Pisces solar (new moon) eclipse brings a wave of healing, arriving alongside communication planet Mercury in ethereal Pisces. This is the final eclipse in a series that began March 20, 2015, and we could finally get clarity to some foggy situations that have left us befuddled for the past two years.
Ruled by spiritual Neptune, Pisces governs the seas—and this eclipse may reveal what's been hidden deep in the fathoms below. Avoid denial (a Piscean pitfall) at all costs. The only way to really heal is to actually deal, painful as that may be for some. Eclipses can bring shake-ups and wakeup calls, and this one might alert us to people who are hurting in our midst. Don't underestimate the power of a small, loving gesture to change another person's life!
Having healthy boundaries is equally important, too. Giving is not a true act of generosity if we exhaust ourselves in the process. Snip those toxic ties—and quickly—because getting burned a second time is just not worth the anguish.
The Pisces new moon solar eclipse also marks the beginning of a poetic, romantic and divinely inspired cycle that culminates with the full moon on September 6, 2017. Plunge into your passions! This is a stellar time to start a meditation practice, journal or free-write, learn an instrument or dive into the arts—particularly music and dance, which fall under Pisces’ jurisdiction. But don't be discouraged if you don't nail it on the first go. Practice makes perfect!
Since Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of the subconscious and illusions, life is but a dream under this mystical spell. But hey, it can be fun when things go differently than planned—once we stop fighting against the current. The Pisces new moon eclipse presents the perfect opportunity to question, well, just about every assumption we’ve ever made.
Magic is possible at this potent eclipse, so here are a few ways you can shift some molecules in the universe by tapping into the power of the Pisces new moon:
1. Suspend all disbelief.
We’ve heard enlightened people (and wannabe enlightened folks, like us) suggest that “reality” is a made-up concept, subject to interpretation. But you know, there might just be something to that. Albert Einstein, whose theory of relativity turned our concept of reality on its head, was a Pisces. This new moon encourages us to question linear concepts like distance and time. Ever notice that when you’re bored, an hour feels like a lifetime—but when you’re “in the zone,” it flies by way too quickly?
Or, as we’ve heard people say, Beyonce has the same 24 hours in her day as you do. The Pisces new moon prompts us to shift into quantum thinking, where time is more elastic than fixed—and can be bent at our will. One of our favorite (and most digestible) books on the quantum realm is Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind and Create a New One. The Pisces new moon prods us to consider that maybe—just maybe—what we THINK we know isn’t the only possibility.
2. Expect the unexpected...and embrace it.
To be human is to be a control freak, for the most part. Pisces is the star sign of surrender and release. Under the spell of this intuitive sign, we’d all do well to hand the metaphorical reigns to the universe—which perhaps has a better plan than the one our mortal minds can concoct. When things take a U-turn or veer off onto an unchartered path, try not to freak out. Instead, say, “Hmmm…I wonder what I’m supposed to learn from THIS change of events?” Let your curiosity lead, rather than your anxiety. Stop, tune in, and plug into the flow. You’re being guided, so listen carefully.
3. Acknowledge the afterlife.
Pisces is the zodiac’s twelfth and final sign, which is why so many people born under this sign are “old souls” with a strong connection to the other side. Pisces is also associated with reincarnation and the afterlife. Another book that’s made a huge impact on us is Anita Moorjani’s Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. When Ophi lost a friend due to tragic circumstances, we were so grateful to have found this woman’s autobiography.
Moorjani’s entire body was overtaken by cancer, and she battled the disease for four years. On her supposed deathbed, she realized her value as a human being, and that old, unconscious fear was at the root of her cancer. During this experience, she experienced pure oneness and love, being in multiple locations at once, and a state of freedom that she describes in poetic detail. After regaining consciousness, Moorjani’s health made a miraculous turnaround and she was released from the hospital weeks later without a single trace of cancer in her body.
Moorjani is a Pisces (she states her birthday in the book—and hey, our inquiring minds had to know!), interestingly enough. Her story is medically documented. It’s an incredible book that can make you rethink what you know about illness, healing, life and death. If you're dealing with the passing of a loved one, the website ModernLoss.com also offers a broad swath of people's experiences dealing with grief, death and dying in today's world. At the Pisces new moon, a fresh perspective on all of these matters can really go far.
4. Let your life become a work of art.
What if you regarded everything you do—from brushing your hair to writing an email—as a work of art? Imagine what kind of honor, dignity and divinity you could bring to every waking moment. You would exist in a true state of grace. So here’s a Pisces new moon idea: try this as an experiment for two weeks and see how your experience of life begins to shift.
Need a nudge? Get inspired by artist extraordinaire Michaelangelo—a Pisces born March 6, 1475. He spent four years painting the awe-inspiring ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. During his lifetime, Michaelangelo was known as Il Divino (“the divine one”). How very Piscean, since the veil between the earthly and the divine is thinned by Pisces’ heavenly influence. What spirit or force drove him to such excellence? Pick up your own version of the metaphorical paintbrush and find out.
5. Don't medicate, meditate.
Pisces rules the subconscious, and more and more, brain scientists are finding shocking health benefits of tending to yours through meditation. While the idea can seem intimidating (is someone else's "om" more high-vibe than yours?) or irritating (you want me to sit still for how long?), you don't have to run off to a ten-day silent retreat to achieve the stunning benefits. Far from it. Meditation simply requires you to sit still and be aware of your breath, even for a couple of short minutes (this great guide to meditation for non-meditators explains it well).
Personally, we like using guided meditations, like this meditation for Pisces season from our friend Terri Cole. The health benefits of meditating are pretty astounding, too. From lowering your blood pressure to increasing your empathy to reducing belly fat, wellness advocates everywhere are rallying us to "meditate, not medicate." So why not start, or re-start, this life affirming habit today? With holistic Pisces in the lunar house, it all begins with one deep and mindful breath.
6. Treat yourself to an imagination vacation.
When was the last time you lost track of a few hours and just let yourself follow your whims? Daydreamer Pisces encourages you to ride a divinely-inspired wave. Whether that means tinkering with a musical instrument or watercolors, having an impromptu dance party for one, or wandering through boutiques checking out scents, bespoke bags and lust-worthy shoes (glamorous Pisces rules the feet, after all), the Pisces new moon encourages you to follow the muse and see where it takes you.
7. Tap into clean water.
Pisces rules the oceans and seas, and this eclipse could spotlight the need to protect and share our planet's water. We are still in a state of disbelief that the residents of Flint, Michigan continue to be subjected to contaminated and poisoned water, after the Trump administration quietly closed the investigation. Or the people of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who were forced to evacuate earlier this week, thanks to the same administrations prompt reinstatement of the Dakota Access Pipeline which put their clean drinking water in jeopardy.
Beyond this, millions of children around the world have little to no access to safe, clean drinking water. There’s a good chance that many of us at home use more water than we need to, so be extra diligent about not running the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth and reusing water in the kitchen whenever possible. Since our oceans are more polluted than ever, cutting back on household trash can help, too. At this Pisces new moon, take action to change that, whether you get involved with the #Justice4Flint cause post-rally or start your own CharityWater campaign.
You can even get involved with local or regional efforts to conserve water and protect our planet's endangered supply. Here are over 100 ways to do that. For an eye-opening glimpse of the battle for water (and the effect of corporate greed), check out the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars.