A palpable shift will be felt this week as we end the season of Pisces, which had us all swimming in an emotional abyss, and enter the season of Aries.
“The mountain veiled in the mist is not a hill; an oak tree in the rain is not a weeping willow.” ~Khalil Gibran
Life is not always as it seems; this has been a recurring reminder for me over the past few weeks. With the Sun, and a stellium of planets transiting the elusive sign of Pisces (Mercury, Venus, Neptune, Chiron), it has been difficult – more challenging – to stay grounded in what is. A fog surrounds me. I wade through it sensing what is in front of me, that which I cannot see or touch. For the most part, I still have my bearings. But it only takes a feeling, an emotion, or an intuitive sentiment to throw me off. This, my friend, is Pisces season.
Compassion does not equate to giving someone a pass.
Many religious texts and spiritual philosophies teach the importance of turning the other cheek. Christians believe that we should forgive others for their wrongdoing. Buddhists teach non-attachment. Toltec wisdom tells us not to take things personally. These insights are simple truths that lead to inner peace, and at the core of such wisdom is the lesson of compassion; compassion toward ourselves, and compassion toward each other.