This week’s question comes from Stephanie in Minneapolis:
I have Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Pisces, with the rest of the planets in Capricorn and Taurus. Is there anything interesting off the bat about this combination and could the three planets in Pisces be why I feel so awkward and out of place most of the time?
Stephanie, there is nothing unusual about having three planets in Pisces, especially not when those three include the Sun and Mercury, which often are in the same sign. The Sun and Moon in the same sign indicates that you were born near a New Moon, which also is not uncommon.
However, you do have a very unusual chart, and it is easy to see why you feel “different” and out of place.
First of all, you were born during an exceptional period in 1988 and 1989, when Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were conjunct in Capricorn. Events happened in these years that literally were earth-shaking. So you are part of a generation born into rapid change. Young people your age are starting to come into their own now, and I’m seeing an increasing interest in astrology as you seek to understand your special place and the gifts you bring to the world. In some regard, you are all “different.”
Still, that doesn’t account for your specific feelings, which I would attribute to two things in your chart. First, you have Uranus near your Ascendant. Uranus is the “oddball” of our solar system, and those with strong Uranus in their charts tend not to fit into anyone’s mold. This is also true of Aquarius, the sign ruled by Uranus in modern astrology.
Second, your Ascendant is at 27 degrees Sagittarius, which is the Galactic Core, the center of our galaxy. I’ve written quite a bit on my blog, The Pisces Chronicles, about Pluto’s recent conjunction with the GC, which will provide you with some information about the signficance of this point in space. People with Sun, Ascendant, or other key planets on the GC often have uncommon psychic abilities. These can take many forms, and they can make you feel apart from others who don’t have these capabilities.
We don’t have the space in this forum to go into any depth. I strongly suggest that you get a complete reading with an astrologer you feel comfortable with, as astrology is one of the best tools there is to get to know yourself.
Thanks for writing, and many blessings to you.
Steph, what struck me when I looked at your chart was while all your planets are in either earth or water signs, your Ascendant and Midheaven are in fire and air, respectively. What this can mean is the way others see you in the world has little in common with your private persona and may contribute to your sense of feeling awkward.
Any person with a preponderance of earth and water will be at home with their feminine side and will need to consciously learn to cultivate “masculine” qualities such as being assertive and direct. For you, learning more about your Sagittarius Rising and how this forthright fire sign operates will help you. I realize Pluto in Sagittarius transiting your Ascendant in 2006 and 2007 may have been a crash course, but sometimes Pluto transits are so overwhelming that it takes time to process them.
When Pluto entered Capricorn in January of this year, it conjoined your natal Uranus in Capricorn in your first house. This transit repeats at the end of November. This is an excellent transit to claim your unique appearance and manner and tell the rest of the world to go hang! Pluto transits to the first house teach us lessons in becoming aware of our personal power and of our authentic selves.
Good luck and always keep in mind the power of earth and water . . . think volcanoes and tidal waves!
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Stephanie, the answer that Pat gave you is correct. The planets you mention are personal planets and are clues to finding and effectively activating personal power; in other words, they are how you express your identity, your emotional self, and how you communicate. Learning how these planets are expressed through the message of Pisces is one way to find answers about your chart.
Your particular ascendant is special, as you might have picked up from Pat’s link, but the ascendant is an angle, not a planet. It indicates your orientation to the universe at large and imparts its wisdom when you are least aware, so I suspect you will ponder its significance for the rest of your life. Neith gives you some clues by examining the elemental differences between your planets and angles, and mentioning Pluto’s powerful effect in your chart; but in fact, you know more about how these energies are expressed in your life than any astrologer can explain.
Still, working closely with an astrologer can help you examine and reveal the unconscious patterns of your chart. In my opinion, your awkwardness can be explained two-fold: one being the clearing effect of Pluto in your life currently that Neith touched on and the other being the bowl-like arrangement of planets around your time of birth. I don’t have your natal information, so I’m looking at this very generally.
This “bowl” arrangement can lead to an unconscious life experience of feast or famine. For very short periods of your life you may find you have bursts of energy where you accomplish a lot and experience a high level of satisfaction, followed by longer periods of challenge and oppositional situations with only minimal forward movement. All the same, there is great potential in your chart to overcome the negative effect this “awkwardness” creates.
As Pat and Neith both point out, your ascendant does suggest a solution to this awkwardness, and by striking outward in an effectively “Sagittarian” way you can meet society on your own terms rather than retreating inward and suffering through the lean times. This is a subconscious focus and direction of your life which may not gel with your conscious self. Turning outward may not feel like an easy way to proceed in your life at this time, and indeed this solution requires some experience, confidence and mastery to express.
You can activate the personal power you’ve learned in just the past year by working with a knowledgeable astrologer. An astrologer can help you determine the best times to act and the best times to sit back and reap the benefits. Any investment you make in yourself now will play out as beneficial for years to come.