Here we explore why Pisces is also the sign of self-sacrifice, and what this really means in terms of our spiritual journey. As the last of the 12 Zodiac signs, and 12 developmental stages in human consciousness, Pisces is the most mysterious of all, and the most difficult for us to comprehend from our current state of consciousness.
With our minds as 'fogged' as they are by ignorance, delusion and illusion, it is little wonder that our current idea of self-sacrifice is itself a misconception. Self-sacrifice does not mean we are either a 'victim' or 'martyr' who has to continually neglect our own needs to defer to the whims of others. This is a false understanding so typical of this Piscean Age.
To deepen our understanding we need to use the discernment of Pisces' opposite sign Virgo * to bring order to the confusion and chaos of Pisces. Virgo discernment would have us analyze: what is Self-sacrifice? Is our understanding correct?
If we look deeply in analysis we discover that the word sacrifice comes from 'sacrify' – to make sacred. What does it mean to make something sacred? It means to spiritualise something: bring Spirit, Divinity, or God into it. To allow that which is holy (or whole) to prevail. The true path of self-sacrifice, which is the higher vibration of Pisces, means recognition of our sacred self: our 'Higher Self' or Soul. To really come to know this truth for ourselves, we need to analyze the nature of our self: by going deeply into our inner journey, until we recognize our own soul.
When we let go of the false self that we project from ego-personality, we realize the true path of Pisces: oneness with 'all that is'. This is a process of recognizing that which already is: when we let go of fantasy, on all levels, we begin to see the underlying reality. The truth is that we are already sacred, and it is our own mental 'fantasies', our strong attachment to mental concepts, which keep us from recognizing that fact. Our strong attachment to our ego-identity (who we think we are) blinds us to the reality of who we really are. The difference is one of believing in something we have never experienced, versus really knowing the truth for ourselves.
"Belief is always shaky, afraid, because deep down you are aware that you don't know: it may be right, it may not be." – OSHO
The role Virgo plays in this process is vital, because the higher Virgo vibration, infuses physical matter with Divine Love. Think of the Virgo herbalist who pours loving energy into her herb garden. Eileen Caddy, co-founder of the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Scotland (and a Virgo Soul) would often speak of flowing 'love radiances' into her work and garden. For a Virgo Soul, Love is not an abstract mental concept but a very real physical energy that is to be poured into the physical realm to promote healing.
Knowing how to flow our energy in beneficial ways is a skill that comes with deep awareness of our underlying true nature as Divine energy Beings. This knowing comes from lifetimes of Spiritual practice, leading to grounded, practical, spiritual experience, and not from the imagination. Virgo invites us into deeper, practical, spiritual practices such as Yoga, to deepen our inner knowing.
Discernment allows us to tell the difference between belief based on fantasy, or an idea we have heard about, and spiritual truth based on our own experience. There is a difference between imagining we are flowing love (Pisces), and really flowing it (Virgo)! The personality-centered romantic love of the Piscean Age is really about being 'in love with an idea of love'. It is a fantasy that is far removed from the reality of Love. It is necessary that this brings dis-illusionment otherwise we would never be motivated to seek and find higher Love.
The path of Virgo brings necessary dis-illusionment as it dissolves lower Piscean illusion through deeper analysis. This releases the grip of fantasy, and allows higher Piscean connection to very real, Divine, energy. The highest spiritual message of Virgo teaches us that when we bring our awareness to something, we access the highest Divine qualities of Pisces. This allows us to bring a real loving energy to whatever we place our attention on which, in turn, brings healing:
"When we honor the body with our attention, we begin to reclaim our feelings, our instincts, our life … opening the heart begins by opening to a lifetime's accumulation of unacknowledged sorrow …" – Jack Kornfield
All are paths leading us within, to discover Divine Union and oneness, through experiencing our personal healing journey. Thereby discovering our inner Self: which is connected, 'holy' (whole) and not separate from Divinity. As Aries begins the outward journey as 'a point of light in the mind of God' **, the journey of Pisces ultimately represents our returning. Our spiritual homecoming. This is the true path of Pisces-Virgo-Pisces.
Sin and Redemption
Spiritual leaders of the Piscean Age have been emphatic that we understand the concepts of sin and redemption, but why? Why are they particularly Piscean themes? The English word Sin was translated from the original Greek word Harmartia which literally means 'missing the mark'. The more we try to live up to a man-made idea of who we should be (trapped in a glamor-fantasy) the more we miss the point of who we really are underneath. The word redemption means 're-claiming'. In theological terms, 'redemption' is a metaphor for what is achieved through 'atonement' or 'at-one-ment'. It simply means re-claiming who we really are.
In other words when we let go of the struggle and pretense of trying to be what we're not (the 'sin' or mistaken illusory self), we can get down to the very real business of being who we are (redemption).
Pisces and The Mystery of The Sacred Heart
Through the path of Virgo, we will discover the highest truth of Pisces: the mystery of the Sacred Heart. Once we have discovered, through our own experience, the truth of ourselves as living Souls, we begin to flow our energy differently into the world. Through conscious connection with our 'Sacred Self' we activate the Sacred Heart energy. In Esoteric Astrology ** Pisces is known as the sign of the 'World Savior'. The deepest mystery of all, is how this comes about. The world is 'saved' once our collective Sacred Heart is activated, and the whole of humanity's hearts beat together as 'one heart.'
As this Piscean Age comes to completion, we can at one and the same time see the both the results of our missing the point (in terms of increased suffering) and the simultaneous awakening of a collective heart-centered humanity. Author Gregg Braden *** has written much about the potential of the human heart to influence the magnetic field of our planet, and affect our climate. He is a great advocate of the Global Coherence Initiative whose aim is to "unite people in heart-focused care and intention" ( http://www.glcoherence.org/)
We are living the cusp: as the seeds of the new age are being planted, we also are experiencing the fruits of the closing age. It is a time of overlap: yes we're planting seeds for the Aquarian age and we are also reaping the 'good' with the 'bad' of what we sowed in the Piscean Age. The choice is ours. Our future depends on our ability to choose where we place our attention, and that requires the discernment and concentration, of Virgo.
We have an amazing opportunity, and given that we still have another 150 years or so, there is still time. We need not 'miss the mark'. All is not lost. Setting all our mistakes and misconceptions aside, we can still reap a beautiful harvest from this Piscean Age, if we utilize the practical energy and discernment of Virgo to look deeply within and recognize the truth of our own Being.
We still have an opportunity to experience the reality of Divine Union. If this is to come to fruition, we need to get real: use discernment and choose wisely to focus our energy on our inner experience, our heart-centeredness and our Soul awakening.
* The opposite sign is Nature's medicine that stops us polarizing to the egoic extreme of any sign. It is also a spiritual gateway that opens us up to the higher spiritual potential of our own sign. By embracing the energy and character of the opposite sign we energetically create an evolutionary loop (like the 'figure of eight' infinity symbol) that enables a quantum leap to a higher Soul vibration. I will explain this process more in a future Blog, and what it means for our individual spiritual path. Here we are not speaking about individuals with these qualities, or signs, but our collective spiritual evolution. It is our global society that has been lulled into a Piscean-like trance with the 'cultural traditions' of each country forming part of it's own 'glamor', as it contributes to our collective illusion of separation. Neither does it mean that all Virgo individuals are enlightened: there is a distinction between the Soul-vibration of a sign, and it's personality expression.
** "Esoteric Astrology" (1951) by Alice Bailey. Lucis Press, London. The work of The Tibetan (Master DK) as chanted through Alice Bailey.
*** "Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age" (2009) Gregg Braden. Hay House, Carlsbad.