In this article from the LCM Archive, Soul Astrologer Ruth Hadikin explores the personality and Soul rulers of Pisces
Pisces Season is upon us once again bringing with it an opportunity to check in where we are up to on the vast continuum of human experience ranging from glamour, illusion and delusion, right up to enlightenment and Universal Love! Pisces brings us full circle. Not only with the completion of one Zodiac year, but in this current series of exploring the personality and soul rulers of each sign.
Throughout the past year we have followed the Soul’s journey through the twelve signs of the Zodiac where the soul began as ‘a point of light in the mind of God’ in Aries, right through to the flowering of human consciousness in Aquarius and finally arriving here at the sign of the World Savior in Pisces.
The ‘World Savior’ referred to here is the recognition of humanity’s true role in respect to our Mother Earth, when we have fully blossomed as a species and all our hearts beat as one, as the ‘sacred heart’ of humanity in Pisces.
“In essence the World Savior is the incarnation of Love within each one of us.”
- Alan Oken
We have discussed how the planetary ‘rulers’ are space holders or custodians maintaining the necessary conditions for specific stages of development in the evolution of human consciousness, and three planets are important when we look to the human experience in Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune are custodians at personality level while Pluto is the custodian at both soul and hierarchical level. This speaks to the transformative potential inherent in Pisces.
Last month we saw how Jupiter’s role is one of expansion, fusion and synthesis and since there is a degree of overlap between stages (and therefore signs) this process continues as the soul enters Pisces. Hence Pisces has two custodians at personality level. The expansive conditions of Jupiter create a greater capacity in us to perceive and respond to the subtler energies of Neptune. Neptune’s influence on human development began in Cancer at Soul and Hierarchical level, and by the time the Soul has reached this stage of development in Pisces the individual is now sensitive enough to receive Neptune’s energy at personality level.
“You are not a drop in the ocean; You are the ocean in a drop”
For most people who are still on the mutable cross (see the Capricorn article in this series for a summary of consciousness described in terms of the three crosses), the experience with Neptune in Pisces can be one of being ‘swept away’ by the ocean, ‘going with the flow’ and ‘falling’ deeper into glamour, illusion and escapism. This is because they have not yet completed the individuation process, which begins in Leo and completes in Capricorn. The whole story of the incarnation process, in astrological terms from Aries up to this present point in Pisces, has been one of personal experience through individuation. Individuation is a vital stage in the evolution of consciousness, for without it, we cannot return to the ocean intact with the remembrance of our experience as a drop.
“The purpose for involution is to allow Spirit to penetrate deeper into matter so that eventually all things of matter realize their spiritual Essence.”
– Alan Oken
Neptune’s job at personality level is to dissolve limiting physical and mental conditions that would impede the influx of spirit in physical matter in the form of Universal Love, so that we may once again remember the oceanic nature of our consciousness, the Divine Love within and experience this within the context of our individual physical incarnation. If the effects of Neptune are felt before we have successfully completed our individuation process, then we can experience problems with addictive and co-dependent behaviors as we will be challenged to set appropriate personal boundaries in our individual sphere of influence. Hence some of the pitfalls for Pisces at personality level.
“The Fishes in Pisces are bound together, as we have seen, and this is symbolic of the captivity of the soul in form, prior to the experience upon the Fixed Cross.”
– The Tibetan Master DK, Esoteric Astrology.
How we experience and respond to Neptune’s universal influence depends upon the degree of our own individual consciousness. If we are on the mutable cross where we are still personality identified, we will experience Neptune’s energy as illusion and delusion, where we can become lost in the thick fog of mass consciousness. If we are on the fixed cross we are beginning to awaken spiritually and we will experience Neptune as a planet of Universal Love. He shows us that our true nature is one of oceanic consciousness, that we are an aspect of Divine Love and that all separation is illusory, so we may begin to appreciate our underlying spiritual reality.
It might be helpful at this point to make a clear distinction between individuation and separation. Individuation and separation are not the same thing. The fingers on your hand are individual: they have the capacity to move independently of one another, and have individual experience. You may hurt one finger for example while the others remain unharmed. They are not ever, at any point, separated from your hand. If they become separated, they die. Likewise, while it is vital and necessary for the evolution of human consciousness that we each have the capacity to move independently from one another and have our own individual experience we are never, at any time, separated from the whole body of humanity. At the level of consciousness, we are connected and we experience one another’s pain.
“This is the inner mathematics, that the part of the whole is not smaller than the whole. That will be difficult to understand. The part of the whole is equal to the whole, because the whole cannot be divided into parts. Division is not possible. That's why we call the real authentic being in you `individual'. Individual means indivisible — that which cannot be divided.”
When personality and soul fusion is complete, we are aware of ourselves as an individual and the ocean at one and the same time. It is then that Pluto, the great revealer, can step in at soul level bringing the conditions for the final transformation at soul level in Pisces. Esoterically it is said that the “final death” happens in Pisces. What could this mean, the final death? Possibly the end of Samsara. Samsara is the cycle of death and rebirth and many spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, teach that it is possible to become enlightened and finally be free of this cycle of continuous death and rebirth.
“Here, at the final stage, Pisces stands for the death of the personality and the release of the soul from captivity and its return into the task of the world Savior. The great achievement is finished and the final death is undergone.”
- The Tibetan Master DK, Esoteric Astrology.
We first experience Pluto’s influence in Scorpio at personality level. Pluto is a deep and mysterious planet, which was only discovered on February 18th 1930 and incorporated into astrology after that date. In Esoteric Astrology the Tibetan Master explains that until mankind has the consciousness to respond to the subtle influences of planets, they remain undiscovered and such was the case with Pluto. Pluto was discovered, and is now included in modern astrology, precisely because humanity now has the consciousness to perceive and respond appropriately to his subtle spiritual influence.
“Towards the end of the evolutionary process the disciple begins to respond consciously to the fourth indirect influence –that of Pluto, producing the death of the hindering factors and of all that prevents synthesis.”
– The Tibetan Master DK, Esoteric Astrology.
Mythologically, Pluto is interesting. His journey begins in duality in Greek mythology as both Hades “Lord of the Underworld” and Plouton the “giver of wealth” before myth finally unites him as Pluto. He is said to hold custodianship over all that lies beneath the surface of the Earth, which includes graves and all of the Earth’s riches: the fertility of the soil and the wealth of her gems. The story of Pluto hints that there is something at our core, a jewel, an inner light that is carried over beyond death. In Esoteric Astrology the Tibetan Master states that “Pluto or death never destroys the consciousness aspect”.
While Neptune sensitizes us to receive ever increasing vibrations of spirit in physical form, Pluto reduces our attachment to physical form and brings us to the light. In this way we begin to more closely identify with our inner light, or soul: that which continues beyond death. While Pluto brings the cycle of life to an end, Neptune ensures we carry with us as much illumination (light) as possible, and Pluto ensures we remain aware of our light beyond the cycle of life.
The concept of returning to the light as an individual, ‘enlightened’ being, seems fundamental to the whole purpose of physical incarnation. Buddhist scripture speaks of attaining the rainbow body or ‘body of light’, wherein we return to the ocean of consciousness from whence we came, but with our individuality intact. We return to the light, yet are not lost in that light.
“I leave the Father’s home and turning back, I save”
- The Tibetan Master DK, Esoteric Astrology.
The combined effects of Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto in Pisces support us in ‘embodying’ and identifying with the Divine Light at the core of our being. As a result of our adventure into physical incarnation which began in Aries, we return to “the Father’s house” fully laden with the riches of experience, within an individual soul.
If you have Sun, Moon and especially Rising Sign in Pisces, you are here to walk your individual path while holding the awareness that, at one and the same time, you are the ocean. This awareness will strengthen the power of your heart and allow the World Savior (the essence of Universal Love) to flow freely into the world through you. LCM
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