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The sun has just entered Pisces for a month. I am working on clearing my desk and finishing my tax preparation, which always happens this time of year. I am particularly interested in clearing my space as well as my body and mind of the past this month. Cleaning up and getting rid of useless garbage always brings me great joy and a feeling of moving forward with everything. This year I am giving the Pisces month full attention because I see a metaphor for better health through karmic cleansing of beliefs. In my own natal chart I have three planets in Pisces, most significantly my north node is the twelfth house. I am a relative amateur in astrology but am learning more as I investigate and read. I follow a few good astrologers all the time. One of my favorites is Dr. Loretta Stanley who also created my most recent chart. She has urged karmic cleansing of the past during the Pisces month in preparation for a new life this spring. Physical and mental as well as belief cleaning is what she recommends during this time. Sounds reasonable to me. I am sure I hold at least a few beliefs that no longer serve my best interests.
My own needs coincide with karmic cleansing and attention to the mystical, magical powers of Pisces for several reasons. Pisces rules the feet, and I am slowly recovering from a nagging chronic foot pain that has plagued me now for a couple of years. It is definitely on the mend, but still causes a bit of pain. I have acupuncture once a week which is very effective in reducing the swelling and discomfort. I am back on the walking path and functioning well, but I have a feeling the injury/chronic issue has an emotional component. Everything always does. There is a powerful metaphor about stepping forward without pain that I believe is soon to be opening a happy new pathway in my life.
Pisces rules the 12th house of karma or self-undoing. It is a very emotional, mystical, spiritual and intuitive sign. The 12th house is the end of the line for astrology, the last house. It represents the unconscious, and therefore transformation. Our unconscious minds are powerful guides that process the unknown and unseen parts of our lives. The symbolism of the 12th house is the deep understanding, both spiritual and physical, that will decide how we move forward. I have applied many remedies and treatments to my foot disorder to find a cure. It makes sense to take this month to take a deeper look at what my gait is trying to say to me. The little limp on the left represents a deeper issue, I think. I plan to use this month to meditate, clear, clean, and simplify my spiritual practices. I believe (the motto of Pisces) the answer will be found deep in my subconscious.
Authority issues plague many of us. I am highly suspicious of all authority. There are a few instances that make the exception to the rule, but generally I think that power is a reason to investigate the motives of someone. My own upbringing has a lot to do with the issues I have today, since I grew up with quite a bit of sexism and some rigid nonsensical rules. There was violent insistence on the rules and on the concept that we were a happy family. I don’t think my parents were very happy, and I know I wasn’t pleased with my living conditions during childhood. This social mask imposed to hide the true situation included a strong dress code and many other elements designed to display perfection. I always felt repressed and restrained in various ways. When I was out of my parents’ world I never sought out any status symbols or social signs of belonging. I preferred to be a pleasure-seeking liberated person without the need for social approval. I respected no authority figures of any kind. As I look at it today I see an extreme reaction to rules and regulations, as well as to many institutions.
Trauma lives on in the feelings, thoughts, senses, and memories of everyone. It would be impossible to go through life without any shocking disruptive events. The way we process them depends on our circumstances at the time. If trauma is induced by parent or someone we must depend on for survival we may disassociate from reality in order to survive. Later the trauma continues in the body and the emotions if the appropriate anger is not found and processed for the serious betrayals of the past. Forgiveness is a part of the healing process, but it is not healthy to forgive without recognizing the wrongs and the disrespect we endured in childhood and early adulthood. Our personalities are mostly formed by the time we are 30, although we can have transformative events after that time also. If you draw a timeline of your life and include all the major emotional and physical traumas you have experienced you notice how your current reactive self was formed. We continue to react to the unresolved past, often by rebelling. To heal the trauma and stop the need to react we need to return to the times of greatest stress and damage, acknowledge the ways we were hurt, and come to the rescue of the helpless victim in the story, ourselves. Notice this situation may have been reconstructed a hundred different ways in life. To clean the slate and transform that trauma into understanding we need to look at the truth and take it into our consciousness. To stop repeating patterns that we continue out of reaction to the past we must examine the source and resolve to treat ourselves with confidence and love. We must rebel against unfair and unjust treatment both now and in the past in order to free ourselves from the damage it does.