by Brandon Alter:
If it seems as if you haven’t heard from me in a while, you’re right. I’ve had to redirect my energies this past month to tend to my dog, Noche. On January 20th, the day of the eclipse, my husband and I were informed Noche had a cancerous sarcoma. What followed in the next few weeks took us both through a deeply tender and challenging journey. Now that Noche is recovered and the crisis quelled, I can begin to sift through the gifts and teachings of this experience and share them with you. And I am not surprised to discover that what I consider the most profound of these teachings resonates strongly with the essence of this New Moon in Pisces.
Allow me to explain. That first week after diagnosis I was a mess. And so I took a series of journeys* to try to understand the deeper invitation around Noche’s disease. I wanted to know what this experience was trying to teach me. I was in desperate need of perspective. I won’t belabor you with everything I learned (and am still learning). But suffice to say a lot of the lessons were around gratitude, appreciation, presence, and faith. However, the biggest lesson was shocking in its directness, and I wanted to speak to it here. The most important thing I journeyed on was to know what I could do for Noche, as the being who was actually going through all of this. What could I do to help him? And the answer I got was shocking. It was this: if you can hold the vision, you can change the outcome.
* When I say "journeys" I’m speaking about Shamanic Journeying, an ancient divination and healing form I practice and teach. Read what I have to say about it HERE.
The hardest part about holding a vision is selecting the vision to hold. That’s where the New Moon in Pisces comes in, to hold our hand, to help us call in the vision and clarify the vision. And we have time. This New Moon is happening in concert with many other planets—Mercury and Neptune to name a few—which means we will be feeling the reverberations of this New Moon for a while. So you don’t need the vision tomorrow, but you will need it by April. Which means you have the next month or so to decide where your life is heading. The portal is open, but only you can determine where it will take you.
Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac. It is the sign of the dreamer. And this is the season to design your next dream. Never forget that you are co-creating your life with the divine. If you can pick a vision and stick with a vision, you truly can change your life.
What stands between you and your next big dream is your willingness to believe it. Holding a vision means we are relentless in our belief. We stand firmly rooted in the fact that the dream isn’t coming true, it already is true. In every moment, it bubbles up to the surface, slowly weaving itself into existence. And in every moment you have to choose to stick with it, to not let doubt diminish the vision, or fear override it. Can you believe in yourself enough to bring your vision forward, for all of us? That’s where this Pisces energy wants to take us.
I can’t give you your dream. No one can—not even the wisest sage or the angels themselves. Only your heart can deliver the right dream for you. It would be wise to spend some time today or tomorrow in the waters of your heart and observe what dreams swim up to the surface. You have to get quiet, remain still, don’t startle them. It’s almost like fishing. You have to patient. And then keep coming back. Every day, for the next few weeks, swim in your heart. Even if it’s only three minutes a day. Give the vision a chance to find you. The more time you spend in your heart, the more assured you can be you won’t miss it.
The exciting and aggravating thing with Astrology is that there’s always something happening. But I can’t get into all that here because there just isn’t space or time. So my husband and I encourage you to please tune into The Spiritual Gayz, our twice-monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the wide reaches of spirituality without pretending that it all makes sense. Our aim is to make all this esoteric wisdom as accessible as a Real Housewives reunion because these ancient practices are our birthright, and we’ve been disconnected from them for too long! So catch up and catch on to the hidden messages of the cosmos with us. Tune in, subscribe, follow us on Instagram and please rate us 5 stars! How do you find it? Easy! CLICK HERE!
You'll find your mini-Tarotscopes below. Consider the message a gentle push in the right direction for the next moonth. As always, I am here to help you on your journey towards wholeness. Perhaps this is the perfect time to get a Tarot Reading or a Healing Session. Don't hesitate to reach out. It's precisely when we feel most overwhelmed that we need to reach out for help. And I would be honored to be that help. Also, consider giving a reading or a healing as a gift! I happily offer personalized gift certificates. Until next time, hold that vision!
FOR THE NEW MOON IN PISCES + MERCURY RETROGRADE
In the interest of Mercury Retrograde, your Tarotscopes are more direct and concise.
Read for your Sun Sign. And if you know your Rising Sign, you can read that as well.
Collective Card. The Devil.
This card is reminding us to return to ourselves. Pisces season can unmoor even the sturdiest Earth sign. Get back into your body, every day. This is how you can keep yourself clear as we move into deeper and murkier waters. Don’t neglect your body for your spirit. There’s much clarity to be found in the simple presence of physical form.
The Devil also speaks to our addictions. And it's no secret that Pisces Season can bring out the addict in all of us. The more you can stay in tune with your body, the more resolve you'll have to treat yourself well as opposed to numbing your pain. Remember, we have to feel to heal.
Pisces: Five of Wands
Time to shake shit up, sis. Five of wands is all about breaking up old energy patterns. Get out of your comfort zone and surprise the hell out of yourself. There’s a whole new you wanting to come through, make the space for her.
Aries: Two of Cups
I want you to pretend you’re meeting yourself for the first time, as you are, right now. Can you fall in love with yourself all over again? This moonth is your chance to become your most passionate lover. Turn yourself on. Make love to yourself. You are the greatest love of your life.
Taurus: Ace of Wands
Strong psychic downloads are coming in for you. Write down each and every one these brilliant flashes of inspiration or you will lose them. The big ideas that seem to appear out of nowhere are actually major gifts from the stars JUST FOR YOU. Make sure to say thank you.
Gemini: Ten of Pentacles
Look around at your beautiful life. Have you noticed yet that you are living in true abundance? Wake up to the richness of your relationships, your work, and your heart. The more you can exist in a state of pure gratitude, the more you will find to be grateful for.
Cancer: King of Pentacles
It’s not that you’re supposed to be a huge control freak this moonth, it’s just that it’s up to you to make it nice. This is your invitation into calling the shots and setting boundaries. Don’t negotiate your standards. People will respect you more for holding a high bar even if they grumble over the hard work required.
Leo: Eight of Swords
There is only one prison, and it is your mind. Figure out where you’re trapping yourself in thinking small. And then weed those thoughts out permanently. This is ultimately a moonth of expansion, once can you see how you’ve been keeping yourself behind bars. Remember, the only limits are the ones you agree to.
Virgo: Seven of Wands
If you want it, Virgo, you have to get after it. Nobody is going to pave you a golden road towards your dreams. You have to build that road, day after day, obstacle after obstacle. But this is what you came here to do, so never mind the eye rolls and the naysayers. This moonth requires your steely determination and a full steam ahead approach.
Libra: Six of Cups
This portal we call March is calling in your ghosts. Not that you have to sit down and drink tea with all of them, or even any of them. But your past is being presented to you so that you can continue to heal it. Notice where you are still tender around certain histories and double down your tending to those wounds.
Scorpio: Eight of Cups
It’s walking away time. This is a really powerful opportunity for you to recommit to yourself. You do this by severing ties with anything and anyone that isn’t nourishing to you. Don’t make excuses for others. Don’t pretend things will get better. Say thank you and good bye.
Sagittarius: Page of Cups
Just because you’re a social butterfly doesn’t mean you're always bringing your vulnerability to the party. This moonth wants you to work at opening your heart to your social circle, not just your hips. There’s a time for the dance floor and then there’s a time for long, quiet talks and deep, soulful conversations. This moonth is the latter.
Capricorn: Nine of Swords
Once we can see the mind for the nightmare machine that it is, we can more easily gain objectivity over it. You don’t have to believe everything that you think. This moonth is trying to teach you that. Your mind is a powerful tool, but it isn’t the only game in town. More heart, less head this moonth, wise Capricorn.
Aquarius: Four of Cups
It’s time for a reset, Aquarius. It’s easy to get lost in the psychic soup or the drama of your story. But the truth is, everything is just fine. You need to get out of town, or at least out of your own way. Find some stillness and some sobriety. Your spirit is starving for it.