• Inez Singletary

I Rise


Maya Angelou, author, poet and civil rights activist.

Full Moon | March 18, 2022 | 27 Virgo 40’


You are not a victim. Victims don’t heal. Pisces might signify the victim—the vulnerable person trampled by the perpetrator. And while that might have been your perception when trespassed upon, remaining a victim is disempowering. A wound does not heal if it is touted as a badge of honor and exploited for attention and recognition.


Ah. here walks the person whose wounds are the reason they are powerless (immobilized, helpless, weak, and not strong). You must treat them with special dispensation. You must give them a pass. Do for them the thing they cannot do. Compensate for their misfortune. Excuse them from responsibility.


In its dignity, Pisces is a symbol of emotional resilience. Pisces turns you from victim to victor. “Just like suns and like moons, with the certainty of tides, just like hopes spring high, still I’ll rise.” —Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”


When wounded, ancient wisdom counsels us to say “I will look upon every circumstance in my life as the direct dealing of God with my soul.” This does not permit feeling sorry for yourself or “why me.” Why me? For the good of my soul and that which is good for my soul is good also for the souls of others, directly or indirectly. Neptune, the ruler of Pisces along with Jupiter, represents the soul—the invisible intangible something that is nowhere and everywhere. The Sun and Neptune and Jupiter are all conjunct in Pisces. We can shed light on the soul under this configuration.


Life has a spiritual or immaterial part which is said to be immortal. When one views life as a matter of soul and not “person,” it helps one to not take things personally. One of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is, “Do not take anything personally.” In a New Earth, Eckhart Tolle says, “Ego takes everything personally. Emotion arises, defensiveness, perhaps even aggression. Are you defending the truth? No, the truth, in any case, needs no defense . . . You are defending yourself, or rather the illusion of yourself. . .”


The problem with ego is that ego is separate and can wage war to protect or advance the separate self.


The Sun with Neptune can be said to represent the whole. Life is for the good of the whole, not the furtherance of the self. The self may be furthered, but only as it serves the whole.


Your immortal self cannot ultimately be defeated, so why live as if you are beaten? Why live as if you were abandoned by Spirit? Jupiter in Pisces could ask, why live as if you have no promise, no covenant, no guidance, or overarching presence? Why live as someone who is afflicted or overlooked? Why live to lose even what you have?


Practicum


Promise yourself to be brave, faithful, and true.


Promise Yourself: To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you. —"Promise Yourself," Christian Larsen



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