Gateway Goddess: Pisces New Moon and the Ocean Contained

There are five planets in Pisces right now.  And my thoughts are as much of shorelines and containers as they are of the limitless deep this sign symbolizes.

Monday, March 11 marks the Pisces New Moon. Then, there will be six: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus. Neptune, Mars. That’s a lot of deep ocean, dreamtime energy.

Sandy shore and rocky cliffs contain the restless waters of Monterey Bay.

I was born under the sign of the shore-dwelling Crab. Even those crabs that live in the ocean scuttle along the sea floor. We don’t swim. We need something to stand on, even if there are tons of saltwater above us. We need a container.

As a Midwesterner, I’m more familiar with ponds, lakes and rivers—things I can see the other side of. I grew up playing in the creeks that flowed through my grandparents’ land. I liked to imagine the little streams flowing into the nearby Kaskaskia River, which joins the Mississippi, and through it, the Gulf of Mexico and the oceans beyond. I loved feeling connected to something so big through a stream so safely small.

I now see all water as part of our great Ocean Mother. The water in our cells, the blood that flows in our veins, the amniotic fluid we swim in before birth, all has the same salinity as the oceans. We carry the memory of it in our souls just as we carry the imprint of it in our bodies. We appear separate,  yet are joined to our Mother in every cell.

As it does every month, the New Moon carries the seeds of beginnings. And yet, as the last sign of the Zodiac, Pisces has the energy of the infinite and the great dissolve. One fish swims away from the Divine Source, another swims back towards it.

Pisces for me is also about flow. If a cup doesn’t empty, it cannot be filled. If we think always of scarcity and limits, we cut ourselves off from the universal flow of abundance.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the biggest container holds 1.2 million gallons of seawater behind plexiglass 13 inches thick. Another holds a forest of giant kelp 28 feet high. The kelp and sea creatures in those tanks thrive because a system of pipes pump in the bay’s waters at a rate of 2,000 gallons per minute. The tank, in fact, the whole aquarium, is filled with the deeply loving energy of our ocean mother. I think the free flow of the water, the constant renewal, allows this energy to manifest. When I visited, I was moved almost to tears by the force of it.

I’ll be meditating these next few days about the tension between flow and containment. And about those things which enrich my life by flowing in, mingling with my energy, and then flowing out, carrying a part of myself with them. About the experience of standing on the shore, diving into the waves, and swimming safely home.

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About Kathy Kassab

Kathy Kassab is freelance writer and suburban housewitch who lives near Missouri's Gatway City. She has a B.S. with majors in mass communications, sociology and English. She has worked as a newspaper education reporter, feature writer and editor. Her freelance work has been published in general circulation and specialty publications in the U.S. and Great Britain. Before coming to Patheos she was a featured writer for Civil Religion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch interfaith blog. She has organized both large and small public Pagan celebrations bringing together groups from a variety of traditions in the St. Louis area. She leaves offerings to the Fey and to her ancestors, as well as a multi-ethnic family of Gods and Goddesses who so far are content to share altar space. She can be found expressing opinions on a daily basis on Facebook and Google+, or @GatewayGoddess on Twitter.