by Robert Wilkinson
March features the water sign Pisces, where we take a look back and harvest the fruits of our past year’s labor. We can feel a deeper, vaster view of a greater good for all and more ideal ways to live, individually and collectively.
Pisces symbolizes the sector of our reality where we experience the light and power of a broader, more impersonal motive and a deeper compassion for our common humanity. In the Northern Hemisphere it’s the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring, which kicks off at the Vernal Equinox on March 19, 2012, at 10:15 pm PDT (March 20 CDT and points east).
In the Southern Hemisphere, March begins the entry into Autumn. So both Equinoctal points, when the initiating signs of Aries and Libra begin, mark the time of a shift of seasons. Both are initiating signs, and so "down under" they're preparing for a harvest after the fertile time of their Summer.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the light force will grow and the days will get longer for the next 3 months. This reverses in the Southern Hemisphere. In the North, during March many old forms die while new ones come forth as the inner planets move into Aries. In the South, during March many old forms fulfill themselves while showing the entry into the harvest time. So regardless of which hemisphere you're in, take one last look back even as you enter another reality.
As Aries represents initiative and renewal, like all Cardinal signs, both hemispheres can expect new vision, new truths, new adventures, and new horizons already beckoning. So we all should get ready to cut loose and enjoy the ride!
This month will feel like we’ve shifted into Aries early, since Mercury entered Aries on March 2. Then it’ll feel like Pisces won’t let go, given Mercury’s retrograde back into Pisces on March 23. So March’s Sun in Pisces shows Mercury in Aries, and just after the Sun enters Aries Mercury will be back in Pisces. Given that Mercury in Aries and Mars in Virgo are in mutual reception, these energies will dominate the field this month. (Remember Mars rules Aries and Scorpio, so its energy affects any planet in those signs.)
Pisces is the conscience of humanity. Mythologically, this sign of the Fishes is the Priest or Priestess, the Healer-Shaman as they serve the deeper needs of humanity. Pisces witnesses, feels deeply, and provides various types of closure rituals in order to move self and others out of old ways of life through uncertain times to eventually emerge into the light of a new day and a new way of living. It is a water sign, so represents deep feelings, the experience of the vastness of space and time as all things and forms are dissolved into a greater perspective.
Pisces are the universal feelings that all beings will experience throughout all time, which is why it seems so weird. How can you capture the ocean in a glass? How can you define all-space in terms of finite views and boundaries? It is where our individual experience can be seen as part of a greater evolutionary life we ALL go through, regardless of distinctions.
Pisces, when freed of the traps of procrastination, ambivalence, self-pity, and justifying questionable behavior or dualistic thinking, show their world a more universal and forgiving view, weaving people together to perpetuate a larger ideal, whether obvious or subtle. When their great vision and compassion are focused with humor and integrity by their Higher Self, larger tides of change move forward offering all a new life and a sense of relief from old conditions. The light of Pisces helps us to achieve closure rituals at the right time, releasing much while inviting a new way to come forth to fill the void left when the old is done.
Think George Washington, the key player in the American Revolution that ended an old global power structure for all time. Along with his presiding over the beginning of the end of the British Empire, through his personal example he created a model of national leadership exemplifying peaceful regime change that ended the assumption that leaders of countries should be kings who serve until they die. Then there's the remarkable Albert Einstein, the postal clerk turned physicist who gave the world the Theories of Relativity, ending the Newtonian-Cartesian era of physics while setting the foundation for the Quantum world.
Two other immortal Pisceans who made their mark on our world for all time were Nicholas Copernicus, the Polish astronomer who demonstrated that the Sun and not the Earth is the center of the solar system, (thus ending the Vatican’s authority on the matter for all time) and Alexander Graham Bell, the creator of the telephone and AT&T.
Presidential Pisceans include Presidents James Madison (the co-creator of the Bill of Rights), Andrew Jackson (the first president not from one of the original colonies), and Grover Cleveland, the only president ever elected twice, but not in succession. Other Pisces who made their political mark on our world are Barbara Jordan, "the voice of God" who helped remove Richard Nixon from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors," Senator Edward Kennedy, John Connally, Horace W. Busby, Earl Warren, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, F.W. de Klerk, Ariel Sharon, Kim Campbell, Prince Edward of England, and on a more infamous note, Osama bin Laden, Robert Mugabe, James Earl Ray, and William Casey.
Pisces really shines with phenomenal musicians, including legends George Harrison the Beatle, Johnny Cash, Chopin, Ravel, Handel, Vivaldi, Caruso, Fats Domino, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Marian Anderson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Andres Segovia, Kurt Weill, Bix Beiderbecke, Doc Watson, Nina Simone, Neil Sedaka, Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, Charlie Pride, Les Brown, Harry James, Ozzie Nelson, Michel Legrand, Sammy Kaye, Tom Scholz, Wilson Pickett, Karen Carpenter, Andy Gibb, and Mama Africa, Ms. Miriam Makeba.
Modern stellar talents feature Liza Minnelli, Johnny Winter, Roger Daltrey, Josh Groban, Lou Reed, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, Phil Lesh, Paul Kantner, Jon Bon Jovi, David Gilmour, Matthew Fisher and Robin Trower of Procol Harem, Seal, John Halsey, Chris Martin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willis Alan Ramsey, Adam Clayton, Frank Catalano, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Chris Squire, John Sebastian, Sly Stone, Jon Fishman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kevin Connolly, Billy Corgan, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Brian Littrell, Justin Jeffre, Charlotte Church, triplets Bob, Clint, and Dave Moffatt, Luke Pritchard, Jen Frost, Nik Kershaw, Kiri Te Kanawa, Caroline Corr, Howard Jones, Jason Curtis Newsted, Queen Latifah, Benji and Joel Madden, Mark Hoppus, LaToya Luckett, Taylor Hanson, Carrie Underwood, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha Sebert, Michael Bolton, and my old friend from Austin, the remarkable Bobby Bridger, "Shakespeare of the American West." Here we give a nod to producers Timbaland and Rick Rubin.
Timeless artists in other mediums include the legendary poet Ovid, Michaelangelo, Renoir, Piet Mondriaan, Hank Ketcham, and the photographic genius Ansel Adams.
In the metaphysical world we have quite a few extraordinary spiritual luminaries, including Manly P. Hall, Rudolph Steiner, Edgar Cayce, and Meher Baba. Each of these spirits gave their world a revolutionary view of things, and their influence endures to this day.
Other notable authors of history include Dr. Seuss, Victor Hugo, Anais Nin, Henry W. Longfellow, John Steinbeck, John Updike, William Shirer, Jack Kerouac, Tom Wolfe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mircea Eliade, W.E.B. Dubois, Maxim Gorki, Adelle Davis, Mickey Spillane, Larry Gelbart, Ralph Ellison, George Plimpton, Warren Skaaren, Dan Millman, Anthony Burgess, Douglas Adams, Donna J. Stone, and Sir Richard Burton.
The world of movies offers us major legends talents Jean Harlow, Jerry Lewis, Joanne Woodward, Godfrey Cambridge, David Niven, Sidney Poitier, Zero Mostel, Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Edward Everett Horton, John Mills, Cyd Charisse, Jennifer Jones, Claire Trevor, Irene Papas, Madeleine Carroll, Mercedes McCambridge, Michael Caine, Raul Julia, Samantha Eggar, Frank Overton, Zeppo Marx, Rex Harrison, Tom Courtenay, Paula Prentiss, Dean Stockwell, Charles Durning, and Elizabeth Taylor.More recent stars feature Billy Crystal, Glenn Close, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Bruce Willis, Peter Fonda, William H. Macy, Gary Sinise, Alan Rickman, Daniel Craig, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Juliette Binoche, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Fanning, Aidan Quinn, Emile Hirsch, Edward James Olmos, Billy Zane, Javier Bardem, Sharon Stone, Thora Birch, Jennifer O'Neill, Irene Cara, Rachel Weisz, Brad Dourif, Ellen Page, Emile Hirsch, Jake Lloyd, Patsy Kensit, Jeri Ryan, Rachael Bella, David Thewlis, Lea Salonga, Sean Biggerstaff, Sean Astin, Miko Hughes, Eva Mendes, Caitlin Wachs, Madeline Carroll, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rob Lowe.
Outstanding producers and directors feature William Wellman, Sheldon Leonard, Sam Peckinpah, Robert Altman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Victor Fleming, Spike Lee, David Geffen, Roberto Gomez Bolanos, Charles W. Swan, Luis Bunuel, and Ron Howard.
In television we have some of the most famous stars in history, featuring Carl Reiner and his son Rob Reiner, Robert Young, Jim Backus, Jackie Gleason, William Frawley, Tony Randall, Dinah Shore, Desi Arnaz, Fred "Mr." Rogers, Patrick McGoohan, Barbara Feldon, Rue McClanahan, James Doohan, Peter Graves, Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Kurt Russell, Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Mickey Dolenz, Howard Hesseman, Gavin McLeod, Patrick Duffy, Dirk Benedict, Robert Conrad, Judd Hirsch, Laraine Newman, Sandy Duncan, Chuck Norris, and Ed McMahon. A special nod goes to David Sarnoff, one of the true pioneers of the medium.
More contemporary talents include Dana Delany, Kelsey Grammer, Tyne Daly, Alan Thicke, Mary Frann, Tom Arnold, Eva Longoria, James Noble, Patricia Richardson, James Van Der Beek, D.L. Hughley, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Davis, Jennifer Love Hewitt, French Stewart, Rik Mayall, Jon Hamm, Jeri Ryan, Cindy Crawford, Jessica Biel, Jensen Ackles, Andrew Shue, Jenna Fisher, Robert Sean Leonard, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Emily Osment, Clinton Kelly, Russell Wong, Niecy Nash, Emmanuel Lewis, and newsmen Sam Donaldson and Bob Schieffer.
Other stellar Pisceans who rose to fame were double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, Luther Burbank, Amerigo Vespucci, B.F. Skinner, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Yuri Gagarin, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, Levi Strauss, Herman Hollerith, Ralph Nader, Knute Rockne, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Shaquille O'Neal, Ivan Lendl, Julius Erving, Willie Stargell, Mario Andretti, Bobby Fisher, Earl Scheib, Tommy Tune, Dr. Sidney Holt (co-founder of Greenpeace), Percival Lowell, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Dell, and Steve Jobs.
Finally, a happy birthday to Portugal, Samoa, Galicia, Normandy, Nubia, and the states of Florida, Maine, Nebraska, Ohio, and Vermont. Also a happy happy to the international cities of Alexandria (Egypt), Bournemouth, Cowes, Grimsby, Preston, Lancaster (England), Seville, Regensburg and Worms (Germany).
US cities with a Pisces birthday include Phoenix, Yuma, Sacramento, Saint Petersburg, Lake Charles, Schreveport, Augusta (Maine), New Bedford, Battle Creek, Minneapolis, Springfield, Helena, Billings, Butte, Missoula, Lincoln, Reno, Atlantic City, Hempstead, Yonkers, Akron, Klamath Falls, Medford, Allentown, Pawtucket, Sioux Falls, Amarillo, San Antonio, Portsmouth, Huntington, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Laramie.
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson