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Ahhh!…welcome Pisces..

As I woke on Sunday morning — halfway in a dream — my first thought was: What if I lost everything?

I had been researching the (always) fascinating astrology of someone in the news for this blog, but the mood of the early morning stayed with me and I decided to investigate that question from in-between sleep and awake. (1)

It seemed like it might be timely as well — today’s Full Moon is at 3°33′ Virgo; the Sun is with Neptune at 9° Pisces.

Full Moon

The Sun is moving towards Neptune; they meet precisely on February 28 and the Moon will perfect her opposition to Neptune tonight. Neptune’s sphere, presence, essence will color the days this week.

We are also approaching the total solar eclipse on March 8 (PST) at 18°55′ Pisces. The South Node and Chiron are also in Pisces, heightening our experiences of disappearance and loss, or susceptibility to non-ordinary states.

The Sun was in Pisces when I was born; as an astrologer, I have always been able to put a positive spin on Neptune, but I am not naïve about its troublesome side. Sometimes Neptune really does correspond with situations or life events that are difficult to bear. Some events in one’s life really do not work out too well.

What if I lost everything? This rather searing question is acute and personal for me: my natal Sun is at 8° Pisces; transiting Neptune has barely gotten past the Sun (which is pronounced, therefore, in this year’s solar return).

I have had some difficult life events recently, so pondering loss was not completely out of context. I first swept through the current situations in my life — challenging events, no doubt, like everyone else, but the depth of that question still haunted me: What if I lost everything?

I rather carefully walked through a familiar web of emotions (those places wherein it’s easy to get distracted or numb or indulgent — all manner of strategies to avoid just feeling) and did begin to remember the quiet and powerful waves of trust — I think it may be called faith too — that life is, indeed, holding us all in a most mysterious way. Loss is an inevitable part of life.

I also remembered the beauty of the early morning sky; for these past few months, I have stepped out my front door to see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and sometimes the Moon. Mercury has been there too, but I don’t have a view low enough in the east to see him. That ability, to see the dark sky in its magnificence, uplifts my spirit enormously. (I love the day sky too; we have had gorgeous clouds in Oregon this winter.)

We know there are countless ways to invite a positive experience of Neptune rather than (only) being lost in life’s sorrow.

We have access to intoxicants of all kinds; mind-altering substances and plants (alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, psilocybin, cannabis, etc.) are part of our culture and accompany many into the interior life. These fall under the dominion of Neptune in his Dionysian garb.

We have a natural inner pharmacopoeia that can be cultivated directly through any of thousands of meditation and yoga or breathing techniques taught through the ages. We can also easily be enveloped with music, or surrounded by dance, from every possible genre or historical period, with merely a click.

[In a shout out to Moon in Virgo: let’s not forget the research that connects serotonin and other hormones that regulate emotions and mood to the digestive track — 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced and stored in the gut.] (2)

I have another method in mind too: Next year, as the Sun in Pisces conjoins Neptune in the sky, I will try to end up on a warm beach as some wise travelers are showing the rest of us on our iPhones. (Hello to Kate Plumb at a yoga retreat in Tulum.)

Luck, grace, or support may all be part of our inevitable meeting with this natural state of vulnerability. Dropping through the doorways of loss and disappearance and feeling one’s way onward can bring glimpses from the lands known to the mystics — moments of bliss or surrender — and a renewed appreciation for the delicate ever-present beauty of life.

There have been many eloquent writers on the subject of vulnerability recently. (3) Although it is a long period of time (2011- 2025) with many complexities and variables, astrologers recognize that Neptune in Pisces may describe a time wherein experiences of openness, inseparability, impermanence, and transcendence become very ordinary after all.


(1) Studying the language of the stars — from many frames of reference — is one of the greatest gifts in my life (i.e., at the moment, I’m trying to learn Zodiacal Releasing from spirit and fortune, thanks to Chris Brennan and my sister, Kate), but, for now, I’m putting aside my intellectual and analytic habit to stay with this feeling of being exposed.

(2) New York Times

(3) Vulnerability by David Whyte

Brené Brown The Power of Vulnerability


  1. thanks for posting and being open – Pisces here too 64 on 23rd – lost dad 2011 and hubby 2014 – traveling thru this whole thing with all I have inside – blessed be

    • Happy Birthday Lillith..

      I hope you have a full and blessed year..

  2. Lovely blog Mary. You expressed your vulnerability so beautifully. And gave reason for faith in the unfolding process. For another Neptune experience you might try a hammock. Love you from the Yucatan.

    • This feels very close to my hearts and I got chills reading your article. I am also wondering if sister Kate I with the Anazing Yoga group that I studied with last year in Costa Rica.

    • yes, I see a hammock in the Yucatan in my future..xxo

  3. I understand a little of what you have written, having Neptune in Scorpio in my 1st house and Chiron in Pisces opposite Pluto in Virgo 4th/10th axis, with Pisces/Scorpio Parents being of Cancer Sun and Moon in the 12th house, well, it has been learn to swim and clean up that disgustingly infected emotional pool or remain forever a victim of its purgatory even hopeful I am indeed,surfacing now 🙂

    • Dear Deblil,

      What an evocative describe your experience very’s to your successful and happy surfacing..

      Thank you for your openness..

  4. Thanks for your Piscean insight for this full moon time. What if I lost everything is a question we should all ponder, especially under Pisces-
    BTW Happy Birthday and may it be filled with all things you love.

  5. Thanks for this poetic evocation of Neptune’s paradoxes, Mary. This sentence in particular holds strong resonance for me as I look back on my 2001-8 Neptunian descent and return:

    “…Luck, grace, or support may all be part of our inevitable meeting with this natural state of vulnerability. Dropping through the doorways of loss and disappearance and feeling one’s way onward can bring glimpses from the lands known to the mystics — moments of bliss or surrender — and a renewed appreciation for the delicate ever-present beauty of life…” Beautifully, and accurately, described…

    And – how I envy your being able to step out of your front door and see all those planets!

    • Dear Anne,
      Thank you…are skies too often cloudy where you are?
      Or, maybe view of the sky limited by trees, houses?

  6. Mary, my Pisces Moon thanks you for sharing your dream and your insights.

    • Hi Jude,

      Thanks for reading and appreciating..

      I hope you have good dreams..

  7. Mary, thank you for sharing this deeply personal story. With Moon at 9 degrees Pisces, I definitely know vulnerability, and with both Sun and Moon in the third house, I have firsthand experience with analyzing my way out of it. 🙂 The David Whyte passage is marvelous, so thanks for that, too.

    Happy Solar Return, in advance. Whatever your Sun-Neptune year brings, may it come with boundless creativity.

    • Hi Pat,

      we’ll have to stay in touch as I’m a tiny bit ahead of you in the Neptune/luminary excursion!


  8. Thank you for the beautiful post,that glows with words and images that articulate something more mysterious than language. Jessica M.

    • Dear Jessica,

      Thank you for commenting..I was so terribly raw when writing this…it was a strange struggle to find the words, so I am happily surprised that something seems to have come through from the “mystery beyond language”..Love to you..enjoy the tea party


  9. This was a very beautifully written article – thank you for sharing your thoughts, I enjoyed the read.


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