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 20, 2017, at 3:29 am PDT, 6:29 am EDT, and 10:29 am GMT.
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. If you’re wondering how I reconcile the seemingly opposing energies between the hemispheres, when you’re done here please revisit yesterday's article, The Mirroring of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Year Cycles in Astrology. It may help readers “down under” see how the important points of seasonal change, though opposite in physical manifestation, actually have similar challenges at each point of shift.
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!
How Strong Is Pisces in March 2017?
At this time in history, the generic atmosphere, the collective consciousness that Neptune symbolizes, is very Piscean in general. With the added presence of Chiron in Pisces for many years to come, we are all learning to navigate the fogs and mists of these two outer planets representing important Spiritual influences.
This year’s Pisces energies were jumpstarted by Mars’ entry into Pisces on December 19, where it was joined by Venus on January 3. Both of those planets stayed in Pisces until late January and early February. We then renewed our Pisces experience when the Sun entered Pisces at its usual time, followed shortly by Mercury at the end of February. So we had 2 planets in Pisces in January and 2 in the first half of March, with others ducking in and out of that sign between late December and late April.
Ordinarily our yearly Pisces experience would be done at the Equinox, but this year Venus retrogrades back into Pisces in early April, and stays in that sign through the end of April. That makes for about 100 days of Pisces energy in a 4 month period!
The Mystery and Mythology of Pisces
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. This is the sign of the Dream Weaver, the one who walks between worlds.
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.
Major Pisces Through the Ages
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 universally loathed by the First Peoples), 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, a woman with "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! Platinum members include Chopin, Ravel, Handel, Vivaldi, Caruso, Quincy Jones, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry Belafonte, Marian Anderson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Doc Watson, Andres Segovia, Kurt Weill, Bix Beiderbecke, Nina Simone, Les Brown, Harry James, Ozzie Nelson, Keely Smith, Sammy Kaye, and Mama Africa, Ms. Miriam Makeba.
Golden Age Pisces musicians include legends George Harrison the Beatle and Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, and proto-rock and roll Brill Building songwriters Mike Stoller and Neil Sedaka. This group also features Arthur Lee, Liza Minnelli, Roger Daltrey, Johnny Winter, Nicky Hopkins, Paul Kantner, Charlie Pride, James Taylor, Wilson Pickett, Lou Reed, Michel Legrand, Ry Cooder, Phil Lesh, Sly Stone, Mark Stein, Chris White, Matthew Fisher and Robin Trower of Procol Harem, John Sebastian, Mickey Dolenz, Mark Lindsay, Sun Rockabilly pioneer Hayden Thompson, 4 Top Lawrence Payton, Mike Pender, Willie Chambers, songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell, and David Gilmour.
Silver Age talents include Nancy Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Scholz, Karen Carpenter, Andy Gibb, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willis Alan Ramsey, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and my old friend from Austin, the remarkable Bobby Bridger, "Shakespeare of the American West."
Modern stellar talents feature Adam Levine, Josh Groban, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Seal, John Halsey, Chris Martin, Adam Clayton, Frank Catalano, Chris Squire, Jon Fishman, 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, and Michael Bolton. Here we give a nod to producers Timbaland and Rick Rubin. (As always, I’ll be replacing any busted links inside the birthday tributes as they come up this year, and will replace the leftover 2016 links with 2017 links.)
Pisceans in Movies and Television
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.
Piscean Artists, Authors, and Others Who Rose to the Top of their Field
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.
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.
Other stellar Pisceans who rose to fame were double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, Luther Burbank, Amerigo Vespucci, futurist and social engineer Jacque Fresco, 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. Here I'll send up a special happy to the man who was said to be the Guru of 10,000 of the greatest comedians of last quarter of the 20th century, the very funny Del Close. An astrological nod goes out to my esteemed colleague Michelle Young, author and presiding Regina at KISS. You can find her website at the bottom left side of this front page. And with respectus maximus, we give a big shout out to International Women’s Day.
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, Shreveport, 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 2017 Robert Wilkinson