Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, playwright and bon vivant, was sentenced to two years’ hard labor in 1895 – for the crime of being homosexual. During the time he was incarcerated, Wilde became determined to turn his suffering into a spiritual journey. He documented his ordeal and rebirth in a 50,000-word letter to his long-time lover Sir Alfred Douglas. It was published in 1905 as De Profundis, five years after Wilde’s untimely death from cerebral meningitis – which was most likely triggered by an old prison injury.

The letter reads, in part, “There is not a single degradation of the body which I must not try and make into a spiritualizing of the soul. The thing that I have to do, if the brief remainder of my days is not to be maimed, marred and incomplete, is to absorb into my nature all that has been done to me, to make it part of me, to accept it without complaint, fear or reluctance.”

This may seem like self-abnegation, but it was in fact a surrender to something greater. Wilde had learned to trust the Invisible. This was something his angular Neptune demanded of him (Oct. 16, 1854, 3 am, Dublin Ireland).  As he explained in his letter, “Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole.”

The March 17 Pisces New Moon (6:12 am PST) opens up this cleansing process, as it conjuncts tender Chiron and trines beneficent Jupiter in water signs. Because it falls just before the March 20 Spring Equinox, when the Sun charges into fiery Aries, this Neptune-ruled New Moon offers a unique opportunity to slow down, tune in and release old wounds, whether recent or ancient. Chiron has been swimming thru the sign of the Fishes since 2010-11, and will complete its ocean voyage on April 17, when it, too, enters Aries. So this will be the final Pisces New Moon with Chiron in Pisces. Over the last 7-8 years, the Wounded Healer has been triggering our deepest pain to help us heal it. Our collective Pisces wound relates to feeling separate from each other, disconnected from the Invisible and overwhelmed by suffering. Whether it’s shooting rampages, the desecration of our oceans or the rise in homelessness, our world has presented us with untold opportunities for despair – but also to prevail.

How can we best harness the otherworldly magic of this New Moon to wash ourselves clean and get into the flow of life prior to the Equinox rebirth? First of all, take the pressure off yourself. Stop trying to get it all done. Relax, and attend to whatever hurts. Feel your feelings. Be compassionate with yourself and others. Mercury is slowing down, preparing to turn retrograde in Aries on March 22. So even though the astrological new year is about to begin, there is also a call to go backward – to reclaim what worked in the past, to search your psyche for wisdom and to reconnect with Source. Mars enters hard-driving Capricorn mid-March, to join Saturn at month’s end. You may feel pressured to finish things, and encounter obstacles in the process. This low-key Pisces New Moon could be the calm before the storm. Just don’t drink too much at St. Patrick’s Day festivities! And if shame or sorrow should rear its head, follow Oscar Wilde’s advice and let Nature cleanse you and make you whole again.

12 thoughts on “Pisces New Moon: The Wounds that Bind

  • March 14, 2018 at 1:02 am
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    Beautifully written blog post and what a wonderful quote from Oscar Wilde to share with us readers! Thank you!

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    • March 14, 2018 at 2:31 am
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      You’re so welcome!

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  • March 14, 2018 at 1:42 am
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    One of the most lovely things I’ve read from you! (OK, with a little help from Wilde.)

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    • March 14, 2018 at 2:31 am
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      Thanks so much!

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  • March 14, 2018 at 3:04 am
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    Beautiful indeed lovely Simone. Thank you for sharing and for reminding us. So much Love.

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    • March 14, 2018 at 4:32 am
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      Love to you too, dear!

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  • March 14, 2018 at 5:44 am
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    I love your blogs but am very touched by the depth and beauty of this blog in particular.
    Chiron is probably working his way through me as you and Oscar strike a tender chord within. Thank you and bless you Simone!

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    • March 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm
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      I guess the subject matter inspired me, Lorraine! So glad you resonated. I’ve always loved Oscar Wilde yet had no idea he’d suffered so in prison, and written about it. Patti Smith recently recorded herself reading De Profundis, which is how I discovered it.

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  • March 14, 2018 at 7:00 am
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    What does cleansing look like, and how do I know when I have achieved this?

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    • March 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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      I think it’s a process. We’re probably never thoroughly cleansed. I often feel cleansed when I’ve had a good cry. You can take a ritual bath or shower, imagining that you’re being cleansed. Or go sit by a river or ocean and breathe deeply. Water sources of all kinds are appropriate now, as they correspond to feelings. More than anything, let your feelings flow…

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  • March 15, 2018 at 3:12 pm
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    Resonates so deeply and clearly…..WOW, we are coming to the close of an intense time with Chiron in Pisces. I much value and appreciate your work. Thank YOU! May the Chiron into Aries shift helps us bring the wisdom from old wounds to a renewed energy of Serving, Acting, and Transforming into our higher selves and more fully connected and compassionate communities; family, friends, neighbors, fellow citizens, and citizens of the world.

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    • March 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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      Beautifully put, Liz! I’m going to have to give more thought to what Chiron’s entrance into Aries may mean…it will be interesting to watch as things unfold, for sure! So glad the essay resonated with you. Many blessings…

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