Happy Birthdays, Pisceans!
Ron Collins at sunrise Thursday in Tampa Bay at North Shore Park after his morning swim at North Shore Pool in St. Petersburg. Wonderful image by photojournalist Dirk Shadd! See http://dirkshadd.com/portraits/athletes-everyday-heroes/
Can you believe a Taurus man, May 4, 1962, is an ocean swimmer hero?! Ron Collins has Neptune, God of the Sea, opposite his Sun and has an amazing relationship with the sea! Jupiter and Chiron are in Pisces, trining (blessing) that Neptune, sextiling his Sun! Ron says, “Next to my family, I love swimming more than anything else in the whole world.”
Ron was named a US Masters Long Distance All-American in the 30-34 age group in 1994, and has won Florida open-water events in Jacksonville, Key West, Melbourne, Lake Wales, Lake Weir, as well as a national championship event in Charlottesville, Va.
He was elected Sanctions Chair for the Florida LMSC in 1996. In 1997, he helped organize the first Tampa Bay Open Water Challenge, a 3.5 mile swim across the bay to help raise money for the environmental group BayWatch whose purpose is to protect and preserve the Tampa Bay estuary.
Ron is the first man to swim the 24-mile length of Tampa Bay, two and a half miles longer than the English Channel! Today that race, directed by Ron, is one of the world’s longest marathon swims, and is held annually in April, in celebration of Earth Day! After the Tampa swim, Ron wanted to complete the third leg of ocean swimming’s Triple Crown! That third leg is the 20-mile crossing from Catalina Island to the California coast. At that time, only 40 had ever swum the English Channel, Manhattan Island and Catalina.
He had completed longer swims — 28 miles around Manhattan — and more famous swims — the English Channel. But this would be the most dangerous. His planned route would put him right in the path of migrating great white sharks. At night. When it’s hard for the sharks to distinguish a seal from a swimmer. The water was a cool 59 and 61 degrees.
Well, he didn’t get eaten but he didn’t make it either. 2 Miles from shore the paramedic called it. He didn’t remember being hauled out of the cold water with hypothermia. But, of course he aimed to try again in warmer water conditions! Taureans don’t give up!
Sep 10, 2013, at age 51, he did it! Ron Collins became the 78th person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming! Fellow swimmer Randy Nutt says, “Some people are dreamers [Pisces], others are doers. Ron Collins is both.”
Keep swimming, Ron!
PISCES 2017 Celestial Highlights!
The purple marker is the point of greatest duration at Carbondale Il, Giant City State Park, 2 minutes, 40.2 seconds! Just a few miles south, holds the distinction of crossing the 2024 eclipse path, making it a unique location for being able to perform observations of both eclipses from the same location! The green marker is the point of the greatest eclipse, in western Kentucky, not far from Hopkinsville. Some of you haven’t heard of this yet, others are all over it, have had your reservations for years in advance!!! Make your viewing plans and reservations ASAP!
Get eclipse glasses! Have a party!
First total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years Aug 21!
The moon completely blocks the Sun, revealing the Sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the United States; people will be coming from all over the world! The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979, 26 years ago, and the next one will not take place until 2024. The path of totality will begin in the Pacific Ocean and travel through the center of the United States. The total eclipse will be visible in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina before ending in the Atlantic Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible in most of North America and parts of northern South America.
Do see Eclipse 2017 for excellent tips and a terrific narrative that captures the excitement of eclipse watchers! Click on the states to get a complete list of towns and cities that are in total eclipse!
A rocky beach spot just north of Newport OR, that sticks its nose out into the Pacific, is where the shadow first touches land at about 10:15 in the morning! Map
NASA Eclipse Map, notice the NASA cluster near Nashville where the eclipse will be of the longest duration! See this page for location specific maps – just click on the area you want to see in more detail! Check out weather; make contingency travel plans in case of last-minute clouds. See how to photograph the eclipse!
Numerous eclipse observing events, eclipse parties, challenges, contests, community activities, and citizen science programs will be held throughout the country both before and during the eclipse. Some of these will be featured on the NASA Eclipse 2017 website and/or on our Eclipse Megacast! Find out where these events are being held in your area and how to participate. Or, you can start your own event using this How To Guides for holding an eclipse party.
Don’t miss out on the fun! Find out where events are, make your reservations NOW!
See YOU… in the Shadow!
Pisces 2017 TimeLine!
October 23 2016 started a whole new round of SIX aspects through Dec 31 that are the primary aspects of 2017! We have had Jupiter inconjunct Neptune, Jupiter square Pluto ThanksGiving Day, Nov 24! The ‘Holiday Four, plus the very close Jupiter sextile Saturn, happened the last 8 days of 2016.
The first outer planets aspect of 2017, the Valentine’s Day Jupiter inconjunct Chiron, started the 2017 retrograde set of the SIX aspects in reverse order through May 18. The wildest of the set, next, is the March 2 Jupiter opposite Uranus!
We are in countdown days! Many of us have followed the many years long Uranus square Pluto. At times we have been hysterical, held in suspense with bated breath, sometimes enduring, sometimes kicking the traces of old inbred power and mores. Cultural, racial, sexual, gender, economic, environmental and climate change. Primal matters have been on the line, some to the degree of extinction, to changes of necessity for survival. The long time Uranus square Pluto is finally finishing what it started in 2010, its first of seven exact aspects! It is in the final 5 degree close range 11.29.16 to 4.13.17 and doesn’t go back! It won’t be the click of a switch and it’s over. Such long term major matters permeate deeply throughout our layers, to reach subconscious levels of our lives. It leaves us years of work to integrate, to reach a sustainable ability to reiterate our new thinking that gradually has become part us us in a new working order. We simply aren’t the same people we were 7 years ago. The internet and social media have moved things along even faster than in times before.
Jupiter will be in Libra until Oct 10, 2017. It is now opposition Uranus, changes, rebellion! We are making adjustments, rebalancing with our new President. It will be a challenging time for many of us through Nov 2, 2017. Choose your battles, stay long term intentional, stay focused and don’t forget who you are.
Feb 22 T Square! Moon Pluto square Mars/Uranus, they opposite Jupiter should be spectacular to say the least! Caution, insurances up to date, get the warranty! Opens gateways to the Feb 26th Eclipse!
xxx26/27 Five planets in Pisces
xxxxx26 Solar Eclipse New Moon 6:58 A Pacific, Mars conjunct Uranus xxxxxxxx 4:17 P Pacific
xxxxx27 Mars opposite Jupiter 6:24 A Pacific
Mar 1 Double Stellium: Four in Pisces, 4 in Aries
xxxxx 2 Jupiter Rx opposite Uranus
xx xxx4 Venus Retrograde 1:08 A Pacific
xxxxx 12 Full Worm Moon 7:54 A Pacific
xxxxx 20 Happy Spring Equinox!
xx 25-27 Stelliums! Four Planets in Aries, 28/29 Five in Aries, 30/31 Four xxxxxxxxin Aries
xxxxx 30 Jupiter square Pluto
Aug 21 Total Solar Eclipse in the US!
Continuing abiding Aspects
- The long time Uranus square Pluto is finally finishing! It started its first of seven exact aspects in 2010! It is in the final 5 degree close range 11.29.16 to 4.13.17 and doesn’t go back! See more.
- Chiron & Uranus continue in their many years long journey closely together in the background…. More
Outer Planet Transit Aspects with Pisces 2017-March 2018 !
Dolphins surfing off the coast of South Africa by Dolphin lover photographer Greg Huglin!
Get up, get out, frolic, exult in your habitat, joyously leap into your new year!
Pluto is just past mid Capricorn through Jan 2018. Pluto is Scorpio’s planet and in Capricorn is in a harmonious sextile sign, an earth and water mix. A darn good business person estimating time and money to the inch! Pisces, the last sign, is not so concerned with concrete and finances, but is entirely interested in how they are used! A hospital, temple, theatre, an art school, are places where we all are healed. Nonprofits are funded and sustained. Change fear and greed to safety and the joy of abundance to give. Be visionary with your conversions from old stunted places to the dreams of a better world.
Neptune is in its own sign, at the first third of Pisces. It is a water Planet in the last water sign seeking a deeper side of life. Neptune is oceanic – is still like glass becalmed, has forever tidal cycles, titanic storms, tsunamis! 2017 to March 2018, those of you with chart factors between 11 and 14 degrees will be activated with this pure energy. If your factors are in Pisces, it will be potent through and through! For some there will be supreme denial, for others it will be the profound experience of a lifetime. Neptune takes 168 years to do the entire circuit sign by sign. So this is it! Let your feelers tingle, your Spirit soar and be still to the point of invisibility. Feel the tides of life, sometimes cruel, sometime ecstatic with love beyond mortal words or understanding. Feel beauty shimmer through you, a rainbow of fusion.
Uranus covers 21 to 28 Aries through March 2018. Uranus is the planet of Aquarius, so unique that utter freedom is a automatic. In Aries, the First of everything, it is kin to Aquarius the Awakener! Aquarius is way ahead of its time; Aries takes action! Pisces flows, where Uranus in Aries is ziggy and darts! Pisces can make a space for this whirlwind, embraces the magic of the mix! Art is tweaked, computer conspired! Old acceptance, compliance, is not encompassing enough. Visions, rather than asleep in dreams, have become the action of leaders and champions! What was once strange is now a new standard. Astonishing new friends carry you along with them!
Chiron, like Neptune is also in Pisces, and like Uranus, also covers 21 to 28 degrees. Chiron will conjunct any factors you have in those degrees in Pisces. If it be you have Chiron in those Pisces degrees, you will be having your Chiron Return! Wounds and vulnerabilities will be assessed. Updated healing systems will be applied with unbelievable results! Medical teaching will be inspiring, especially about the feet. The Magi Society thinks Chiron is the #1 marriage factor and good in business. Pisceans will likely think they do deserve more and wonderful, and they with their intuition make superlative life and business partners!
Saturn builds from 21 Sagittarius to 8 Capricorn now through March 2018.
In Sagittarius Saturn may find his travel budget lacking for the time being, or may find perfect low budget opportunities! Education may need to wait, but is still a good investment as soon as possible. Saturn challenges Pisces to pick a purpose and stick to it. Sag travels point to point, but Pisces intuitively wanders. Saturn has his hands full because Sagittarius gets distracted and abandons the local project for something more worthy and far sighted. Pisces, all water, flows where there is the greatest need. Sag can lead and teach, Pisces quietly encourages and inspires from behind the scenes or on stage with the sounds of the angels of heaven! Saturn may have to adjust the rules to fit the time, place and situation. Together they may get it done, or the locals may take it up and finish it themselves. Teaching is the core. Pisces can put it on film. The legacy is bestowed.
29 year Saturn Returns can make you bring yourself up to your full height, proud of your achievements! If you are on your first Return, you may be having substantial career success, marry, have your first child, buy a home! If you are on your second Return, you may be thinking of retirement plans, be called to take care of aging parents. Sometimes Saturn brings losses, sadness, delays. Advice from experienced experts may be just what you need.
21 to 29 degree Sagittarians will be having their Sagittarian Saturn Returns. Sagittarians are seers, looking across the mountains, over the rainbow, to the arrow’s point far, far away. Saturn knows that is doable, one step, one board, a brick at a time, the framework will go up. Sagittarius will have their learning place, teaching hope itself. They are optimistic and faithful to the cause. When that one is built or fait accompli, on to the next!
When Saturn goes into his own sign Capricorn Dec 19, 2017, Saturn might have more work than anybody should, or they are let go. In the long term that may be a blessing when they get replacement work that suits them better or they start their own business! Pisces can be very helpful, sensing the way, recognizing the thresholds. There will be preservation, building for long term results. Pisces understands fate, dharma – the work of the Soul. Archaeological antiquities call our Soul to remember who we were and the great efforts made to celebrate and commemorate accomplishments that stood the test of time. We are reminded to carry on that beauty, be immortal. Though Pisces is total osmosis, it can also long for a magical water bowl to live in, to define it, to be able to look up at the stars on a clear dark night.
Those of you with Saturn 0 to 8 Capricorn will be having your Capricorn Saturn Returns! There will be more traditional endeavors. Take good care of yourself, keep your networks alive. Housing, parenting may be challenged. Age may become a factor. Give yourself credit for what you have done, the talents you have! Rules, responsibility, respect for elders is called for. It’s a time to honor.
Jupiter is now in Libra. Oct 10 it travels into Scorpio, goes up to 23 degrees March 2018.
Jupiter in Libra is a volatile Fire and Air combination, loves to carry on getting to know you. Pisces observes, often wanting a quieter venue, wanders out into the garden to sit by the pond. A misty day suits them. They can dream and let thoughts coalesce, rise to consciousness. Libra draws them out of themselves and Jupiter, if clever, introduces them to the gift of other Souls that lead what Pisces believes in. The musician, artist, seagoer, temple sitter, water athlete. Jupiter assures them both that through some of these connections we can change the world. Libra keeps it from getting too boisterous and protects Pisces from being overwhelmed. Pisces reaches back, so gently you have to watch for it, to thank, and let Jupiter know their response may be gentle, but very caring and it means a lot to them. Jupiter in Libra doesn’t need to work so hard to make an impression…
Jupiter in Scorpio is easier for Pisces, they are both water signs. They could collude or they could collaborate! Scorp likes its secrets and confidentialities; Pisces just likes quiet at times. But Jupiter likes abundance and Scorpio is the corporate ticket! He sees that Pisces could use a little more money and Jupiter wants education, so funds the amazing Pisces dream. Just like that, they are in business, much to Pisces’ surprise! What?! Aw, heck, and it’s fun! It was getting a little boring anyway. So they travel a bit, get ideas, talk with the accountant. Jupiter in Scorpio can manage things adroitly, isn’t afraid, and is tireless. What a lucky adventure! Another plus is Pisces may be healed of things only a blunt Jupiter could tell them about, and Scorpio is no stranger to cleaning up messes, LOL!
Happy Birthdays, Pisceans! Keep the Lights ON!
Any of these outer planet factors may be activating other factors in your chart as well as your Sun. They may be difficult, may be rosy, maybe both! Check with your favorite astrologers for the whole picture! May it go well with you….
See the entire Pisces 2017 Newsletter!
See the 2017 Special Edition Newsletter for upcoming Planetary Patterns! Make your changes count.
Make your changes count.
Pisces Dreams, Visions, Miracles!
An average Pisces day…. Geometry of the Soul by Graphic Designer Andrew Ostrovsky
Immortal unity. Life after life the Soul coalesces our experiences, continues its expression and searches the far reaches of all Being. Fusion incarnate. Micro to magnificent. All and nothing at all. Primordial, aboriginal. Destiny beyond mere belief. Conception far beyond intelligence.
Pisces belongs to all and belongs to none. They may wander off to be where they are needed. They may need quiet, a free zone to contemplate, recenter at a new level. They belong to all because they feel every nuance, how we are all connected, or not. They are chameleons and shapeshifters, trying on many forms. Those sad eyes they sometimes have are the expression of their deep seated compassion. They see.
As children they need safe space. Good or bad, they take it in, become it. Give them light, clean beauty, gentle music, a kind environment that encourages their extra perceptions. Later that ability will be their creative gifts – the film, surreal designs, a symphony of sounds, the merging of a magical range of talents.
8-5 is not their schedule. Their capacity is greater than being a bird in a cage, a jewel cut and put in a setting. Their ocean of Spirit flows with the tides, sun swept or with the Moon and stars! There are times to rest and float anywhere to nowhere, or take off when the surf’s up!
Health can be fragile, or strong like the mystical whales! It can be leaping like a dolphin, or dreaming in hospital, tended by other Pisceans who understand your reason for being there. Might have been them. Dancers take special care of their feet. The right shoes are important! Piscean health is as much physical as in their minds and spirit. Fear, boredom, continual verbal abuse, gloomy surroundings wear them down. Escaping can take many forms, but it too is dispiriting. Right work is life saving. It must be work that means something, saves the world and helps each other.
Love scintillates like a sparking sea in a light breeze! It is as live as it can be imagined. It can be so real, intricate, so finely fitted you become One with the other. It can cross the aeons, lifetime after lifetime. Across continents each knows what the other is doing! We can love because we care for all Beings. Love can be pure Grace.
Miracles for a Pisces are more a verb than a noun. They are like breathing, innate. They are something you do and happens all around you naturally. You are often in the right place at the right time to meet someone special. Spontaneous healing is expected. Knowing who’s calling, you open the door to find them poised to ring the doorbell. You wonder how someone is you haven’t seen in a long time and they cross your path that day or quite soon. You could write those off to coincidence, but then there are the things that happen that the best authorities claim can’t be done, yet they happen to you more than odds against chance. You could say it is just telepathy, but then that’s not supposed to happen either, but it does.
Many a young Piscean gets talked out of these experiences, they are explained into oblivion by less endowed people, people who love them. But down the road of their life, they get stronger in their own Being. It takes time, but they learn to trust their precious impressions. At first it is fleeting, but over time, it’s more than a glimpse, they get it! Those impressions save them time, they know the truth, can be immediately helpful at crucial times. It makes all the difference in the world. They don’t always know where they are going, but they know they need to get there! The ultimate trust.
You are in good company as a Pisces. The magician Albert Einstein, the mad and alluring Elizabeth Taylor, versatile Glenn Close, innumerable excellent actors and actresses, wild Sir Elton John, consummate artist Michelangelo, psychic Edgar Cayce, iconoclast Jack Kerouac, modern man Steve Jobs. Classic Pisces quotes:
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
— Albert Einstein
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”
— Edgar Cayce (four planets in Pisces – Sun, Venus, Saturn, Mercury!)
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