Mnemosyne and Pisces Season.
Updated: Feb 28, 2022
The glyphs that symbolize zodiac signs help us tune into their nature. Of all the water signs, Pisces is the only one that has no protective mechanism. Cancer the crab has claws. Scorpio the scorpion has its stinging tale. Pisces, symbolized by two fishes, is completely defenseless. Do not make the mistake of assuming this weakens our watery fish friend, for in Pisces’ vulnerability it finds its greatest strengths: openness, unity, connection.
Pisces is perhaps best known for its empathic nature and spiritual interests. However, this sensitive sign is not one to be trifled with! After all, its traditional planetary is Jupiter, the king of the gods. When Pisces sets its mind to it, it is a way-shower of how to overcome obstacles, forge connection, and transcend imposed limitations. The trick is getting Pisces to set its mind to it…
A mutable sign, Pisces is gifted with the ability to be flexible and change course when necessary. The downside is that it can be difficult for Pisces to commit to anything. Pisces embodies Jupiter’s wise leadership through faith, fortitude, and its loving, harmonious vision.
Pisces’ modern ruler is Neptune. Neptune takes Pisces spiritual inclination to a whole new level! This is not always a good thing, as more than any other sign Pisces tends towards escapism, numbing-out, and even addiction. Pisces is like a sponge in that it will soak up whatever surrounds it. It is critical for Pisces to maintain a spiritual practice that nurtures its healing, intuitive nature and encourages it to dive deep into the depths of its soul to cultivate personal growth and transcendence.
Goddess Guidance: Mnemosyne.
Mnemosyne was a Titan goddess and a daughter of Gaia and Uranus, the Earth and the Cosmos. Like Pisces and its modern planetary ruler Neptune, Mnemosyne is associated with memory. However, the remembering the goddess is concerned with is not what is on our grocery list or our best friend’s birthday. Instead, Mnemosyne challenges us to face our memories and discern what to do with them.
One story told by the ancient Greeks says that when we die, we have the opportunity to drink from one of two rivers. The first is the River Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. If we drink from the first river, we forget all of the pain and heartache of our previous life, but in doing so we also forget the lessons we learned. Thus, we will be reborn into human incarnation. If we choose to drink from Mnemosyne’s river, we remember our pain but our soul will journey on to dwell peacefully in the Elysian Fields.
Mnemosyne encourages us to release the tendency to numb our pain. Instead, she asks that we embrace it, and in doing so, the entirety of our human experience. It is our work to bring light to the darkness. When we turn towards suffering, ours and that of others, rather than deny it, we are able to tap into Pisces great gift of transcendence.
Pisces Season Questions for Reflection….
Imagine you are standing at the rivers of Lethe and Mnemosyne. Without judgement, consider…
Would you choose to drink of the waters of forgetfulness or memory? Why?
How do you numb pain? Does this work for you right now? Would you like to try something different? If so, what might that be?
How do you face pain, yours and others? What helps you bear it?
Do you regularly spend time engaging in ways that help you face and feel pain? Some examples I've found helpful include therapy, journaling, a daily spiritual practice, and getting involved in hopeful solutions to the world's troubles. If you don't have a way to cope with pain, would you like to try one? If so, what might that be? When will you start? Pisces teaches us the importance of making the commitment, taking a deep breath, and diving in!