Harmonization / Integration / Devotion / Spirituality / Witnessing / Awareness
I am when I am not
Pisces is subtle, sensitive, and caring, showing humility, empathy, faith, kindness, refinement, and personal sacrifice in favour of communal needs. Easily swayed, it lacks structure, self-control and compliance, and is very unsettled and erratic, having a go with the flow attitude. Its inspiring ideas and original thoughts arise from a mystical spirituality – and its array of sentiments and psychic notions come from innate awareness of emotional and spiritual energies which lie beneath physical existence, where all is interconnected, and there is boundless soulful creativity and the elemental life force from which everything emerges and finally returns.
So obvious to this watery sign is that, once ego is released, we see that our sense of self-importance is what veils us from truth and joy. When we let go of the need to be special, we can flow with the greater cosmic mystery, the true and beautiful resonance of absolute goodness, the music of the spheres, the ocean of God. If we have sufficient compassion to share our awareness of reality with others, then we are careful to do so without imposition. We follow the final realization of Buddha – which is Assumption. Our life must be the path to complete self-realization through absorption into Oneness, which we live out behaving as though we are enlightened – we are clear and helpful, kind and honest, and we practise sacredness, forgiveness and trust. There is no difference between the path to Goodness, and the path of goodness – how could there be?
The fish intuitively realizes that we simply cannot study freedom and power simultaneously; nor concentrate on both understanding and experience. Freedom to experience life as it actually is depends entirely upon willingness to forego understanding and the power it brings. Any attempt to explain the inexplicable leads to dogma. Instead of Christ, we get Christianity – because Christ cannot be contained in words. We must trust that immediate sensory experiences are God-given and apt, without the need to explain or defend.
The ancient glyph shows in fact two fishes, one rising, and one descending. Swimming around the cosmic ocean, we sometimes go right down into the darkness of our unconscious fears and deadly habits, and then we rise to leap above the limits of our normal lives – to know briefly of the heavens. The key to stability and joy during this eternal process, is to become entirely indifferent, even completely unaware, of whether we are a symbol of light in the darkness or a symbol of darkness in the light – or even simply imagined and imaginary, and beyond any sensible definitions that attempt to discuss Unity by dissecting its parts into this and that.
Life is not more than our choice of what we decide is real, thrown out upon the field of sensation, and received back as reality. Its authenticity is perfect – we get back exactly what we give out, yet its validity is personal – no-one else shares own our unique version of reality. To the lover, life is lovely; to the miser, it is miserable. It could not be simpler. Knowing this, we can investigate any attitude to find out about ourselves. Pisces has discovered that we can live in a world of dreams or rise to the top of our field – it’s all just a personal process of projection and reflection. The mystery of life is not beyond explanation or rationale, although the final mystery is of course beyond words. The Absolute is transcendental by nature, beyond all form and sensation. Yet it can be approached by prayer and meditation, and hinted at very convincingly, such that we are drawn to sink into it. By the masterful handling of phenomenal life, we reach a point of departure – at which point, with a leap of faith and total acceptance of self-death, we may be vouchsafed a glimpse of all-that-is: life itself.
The Expressions of Pisces
Pisces 1 – 5
Life is all about dynamism and balance – because movement requires the wave form of coming and going; vibration is exactly this. Philanthropy and selfishness, spiritual and physical, divergence and convergence – we give these things separate names as though they were separate things. But they are not; they are polarised aspects of the same thing, and harmonising with events and surroundings depends upon understanding the need to equalize these opposites in a natural, flowing way.
To find out how to bring harmony to any potentially conflicted situation, we need to tune in to both sides without preference or judgement. We all have plenty of opportunities to practise this – in the market place and at home, with large groups and in family units. It takes a certain ability to hold emotional tension – where two sides are vying for empathy – without needing to become resolute either way. Sometimes two sharp attitudes can only be brought to softness by a third agency, and then all three positions are improved.
Pisces 6 – 10
It is necessary for us to take bite-sized morsels of reality – day by day, person by person, thought after thought, because normally we can only grasp the nature of things in small pieces. So we carve up our experiences into scenarios and chapters as though they stand alone – and yet from the higher perspective, all is one. In order to integrate the component parts into a composite whole, we have to relax the grasp of the mind and allow it to expand towards its integration within cosmic consciousness.
Pisces 11 – 15
A balance is to be found between the gentle, careful exposition of beauty and grace – and passionate, adventurous trust in our ups and downs of feelings. It is aesthetically pleasing and intuitively right that what works well in the long-term is both functional and tasteful. The goal is arrived at when there is no difference between self and God, when passion and consciousness are ever-present, and when all questions immediately dissolve into answers.
When we find alignment between our sense of self, and our sense of universality, then we have access to knowledge, and inevitably become an example that inspires others to follow or emulate us. Here, it is useful to convey the subtle point that the only thing of consequence is the aligning, which requires devotion to life, a constancy of approach towards the goal, with a high expectancy of reaching it. Students and associates will mistakenly believe that they need to follow the teacher, adopt the teachings and blindly accept that version of Ultimate Truth. This expression of devotion is false and leads the student down a cul de sac.
Pisces 16 – 20
We are all summoned to the house of God, and encouraged to practise the means by which to respond to the call. So many paths have been walked on this journey, which are all both different and the same. This is because individuality is given to create its unique way, and yet surrendered when the universal pattern is finally revealed. There are particular processes to learn, yet we are free to interpret and express these according to our own evolutionary path. In the end, all our differences are allowed to dissolve – and knowing this is the final mystery. Ultimate knowledge – whether viewed as the Self, examining God, or God examining Self – is neither a gift nor a reward – paradoxically neither yet both. Whatever path we walk, it is the path to God; revelation requires a path – but any will do. Our encounters are either tests of ingenuity or celebrations of position, according to our station and approach, since whether we find our circumstances difficult or joyful is a matter of mind, not phenomena. As we evolve our ability to manage our affairs – however vast and complex – we somehow learn that we can never manage them as well as they can manage themselves.
Pisces 21 – 25
All the beauty, the love and the magnificence that we witness is ours; it is legitimate, and well-deserved self-love propelled into the world and mirrored back. From this we understand that it is actually strategic to give away, because that sets up an inevitable cosmic responsibility to give back – the Cosmos itself owes a debt. Whatever we release is invested for us in Eternity as fidelity bonds.
So it is good to deal fully and finally with all matters arising. Whatever imperfections of life are thrown up, we need to deal with them to the point of our full satisfaction. It is much better to respond with love and understanding whenever we are abused – not disdainfully to excuse the culpable, but to atone for our own imperfections, which are now haunting us. We must assume that we deserve all that we get – so any difficulties that come to us are now seen as opportunities to recover previous lost ground. It is not even helpful to try to understand the whys and the wherefores – it’s our fault and our reward, unconditionally. How we see it all is simply how we see it all – reward or penalty. Just by noticing what occurs, we grow in wisdom.
Pisces 26 – 30
At a certain level of spiritual awareness, we see unambiguously that the non-material aspect to reality is clearly a reflection of the material; those who doubt it are simply given to doubt. That which transcends is not ‘subject to’. When we are attached to the world of phenomena, we are subject to pulling and pushing – but it is our choice, because, with spiritual awareness, we are free to escape into the transcendental. It is not something airy-fairy and unattainable; it is the stuff between things, sometimes called Ether. We cannot live there, or even think there – but we can briefly sojourn there.
When we do, something profound and worthwhile occurs that has impact upon material reality when we re-engage with our situations. We find ourselves better able to finesse obstacles, to lighten burdens, to know something of the relationship between cause and effect and make a greater indentation upon the hard facts of the matter at hand. It is true that we are in the world, and therefore significantly constrained, but it is by our own choice, and we can strongly influence the extent to which we are subject to causes. We may be in the world, but quintessentially, we are not actually of the world.