Monday, March 5, 2012

Neptune in Pisces: Sharing Our Visions for Astrology

© 2012 by Joyce Mason
All Rights Reserved

Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.

~The Night Before Christmas

In the classic poem and children’s story, The Night Before Christmas, excited little ones anticipate Santa’s morning arrival and dream of sweet things that dance in their heads as they sleep. What a Neptune in Pisces, kids in the candy store vision!

Neptune re-entered Pisces, after a retrograde dip back into Aquarius, on February 3, 2012. Neptune will remain “in its own sign” until January 2026. It’s the perfect time to let sweet things dance in our heads, whether our dreams are the sleeping or waking variety.

This post is for the purpose of sharing my visions about astrology—and asking you to share yours. How would astrology look in the best possible world?

Neptune in Pisces is a time when visions, too, are in their own sign, when what we see is what we get. If we work that idea to its highest potential, we can visualize and create positive changes in the best possible way. If our manifestations are truly an outcropping of the seed thoughts we plant, this is the time to think big, beautiful things—things that join us and nurture our functioning as the whole organism of humanity.

Imagination is a beautiful thing. When imaginations are joined for good, anything is possible. Please jump into the Comments and respond to my visions and share yours!

Precise Birth Times

In my dream world, nations pass laws that require accurate recording of birth times. This precise record keeping is done out of respect for the beliefs and spiritual perspectives of families and covers the infant, too, in case he or she comes to hold a belief in astrology in the future. (Birth is a one-shot deal in any life time. You’ve got to plan ahead to anticipate needs.) Birth times are recorded by a standard, agreed-upon protocol about what constitutes the first moment of life. Birth times are part of the public record, easily accessible according to the same rules of release for any vital statistical document.

Overcoming the Astrological Language Barrier

Astrologers are taught early in their studies to speak about astrology with non-astrologers in a way that allows people new to the subject to understand them, even if they have never taken a single astrology class. With this language bridge, more people will walk across it to see what astrology is all about. Simple language would go hand-in-hand with teaching astrology with crystal clarity. In my world, initial studies would be so basic yet colorfully presented, any child could grasp them with ease. Astrology teachers would add to those building blocks, bit by bit, toward helping their students understand more complex concepts. To achieve this, teachers could look to models of children’s books and exhibitions on science and other complex topics, to see how it’s already done. The model of building on simplicity toward understanding increasingly complex ideas is necessary in any multifaceted topic, especially one that has a language all its own.

The engine of this effort to mainstream astrology is the idea that astrology is only as helpful as it is accessible. I see a new era of demystifying the science and art of the stars. The best teachers—and there are many of them!—know how to build on simple principles, so that by the time a student is intermediate in his or her studies, concepts previously thought to be complicated nearly grasp themselves.

Astrology Starts in Middle or High School

In my Neptune in Pisces vision, astrology is taught in tandem with astronomy. Students can take one, both, or an integrated track. When I was in college—and this could certainly apply to middle or high school—there was an option called Combined Studies. CS offered broad areas of study, rather than limited subjects. Looking back, the brainiest students seemed to go for it. That should have told me something! With the option of making astrology a part of other educational tracks, rather than teaching it only as a stand-alone, more access and subject integration would result.

Students who don’t hold astrological beliefs are exempt from astrology classes; however, Astrology 101 and Astronomy 101 would be recommended together as a first course in star studies, especially since astrology preceded astronomy and is important from a historical perspective in the development of astronomy. Once exposed to it, some “pure scientists” might be surprised at what they discover about astrology’s potentials and astrology students would be grounded in the science portion of the art/science of astrology.

Higher Education

In my new astro-world, there are many astrological colleges and certification programs available and accessible worldwide, along with government-approved programs for easy financing via scholarships and student loans. Astrology is treated just like any other subject in this regard. As with my suggestion for middle and high school above, courses would be offered in tandem with astronomy, social studies, history and any other curricula that place astrology in the context of the areas it affects—all of life.

ZNN: Zodiac Nonstop Network

This is my “coop de hoop,” as my ex-husband used to say. I think that was his pidgin play on coup de grace, a French way of saying the finishing blow or touch—or an idea that knocks me out, in this case. I have had conversations on Facebook in astrology groups about it, and I think its time has come—far fetched as it may sound at first.

My concept of ZNN is a cable network with 24/7 programming from an astrological perspective. Newscasters would tell the news with current transits in mind, and the day’s planetary positions and movements would run on a ticker like the stock market fluctuations on the bottom of the screen. News magazine features would include a look at the chart of major characters in the headlines, and these “specials” would heat up during significant events, such as elections, to speculate on the leadership style of the nominees and their chances of winning.

Sitcoms and dramas would have characters that play on their astrological make-up. Classic shows could be rerun as astrological cinema lessons. Example of TV Guide type blurb using I Love Lucy:  Pisces musician Ricky Ricardo loses his cool and beat when his spotlight-loving Leo wife causes chaos, posing as a dancer in his show.

Travel features could include the astrological charts of countries and what each nation's horoscope suggests about individual compatibility for tourists. The ZNN travel team would have an Astro*Carto*Graphy expert on staff who gives shows, periodically, that are a live reading, demonstrating how this tool can be used to plan travel and major geographical moves.

Gemini: Yakity Yak
My favorite aspect of this astro-cable TV network would be its educational potentials. While the parallel of this part of the programming is obvious with PBS, the American Public Broadcasting System, I see ZNN as being even broader, yet starting with teaching astrology to young children.

Similar to the Muppets, I have an idea for 12 puppets called the Zodi-Yaks. Yaks are furry, horned bovine critters that would make adorable archetypes for the 12 signs. Technically, yak refers to the male. The female being called a dri or nak. In English, and in most other languages, "yak" is commonly used for both sexes. So, the horns can be removed for the girl yaks. [1]

I’m already naming them, but this is still in pencil:

Meet the Zodi-Yaks

Aries – Flash
Taurus – Luxury (Luxy for short)
Gemini – Yakity
(I know Yakity Yak is redundant, but what else?)
Cancer – Moody
Leo – Starr
Virgo – Picky
Libra -  Lovey
Scorpio – Vavavoom (Vava for short)
Sag – Blurt
Capricorn – Briefcase
Aquarius -  Rarie
Pisces – Dreamy

How Do We Make This Dream Come True?

We keep talking about it, build on it, and count on the astrological grapevine and six degrees of separation to bring us the resources to turn these concepts into reality. Someone knows somebody who’s in television, education or a cousin twice removed of the late, great Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets—or Jeff Dunham’s dummy  maker. Maybe we even form a committee.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

We might have to start with a track of programming on an existing network before creating one dedicated exclusively to astrology. I could see the Zodi-Yaks on public TV and an astro news segment on any major news network, except for perhaps the most ultra conservative.

Miti Manifesto. Miti (Mee Tee) is a nickname my birth mom had for me, short for my original name, Maria Teresa. When we were reunited after 38 years of separation, Helen and I discovered we were both very metaphysical. She felt I was an amazing manifester. (The story of how I found her is so synchronistic, you’d think I made it up.) Thus, she rechristened me Miti Manifesto. Another one of my friends says I have “magic dust.”

It’s true; I do know something about the law of attraction, but it’s universal law combined with a small group of committed citizens that changes the world. Those world-changing groups and committees often start with just one person. Here comes an example.

Call Me Lazarus.  One of my favorite manifestation stories, besides finding my assorted lost loves, was raising our local astrology group from the dead. I’m a Virgo; so, naturally, I don’t mean for this to be a brag. It’s evidence of how one committed person with a strong Mars can decide to do something and, through the law of attraction, magnetize those other committed citizens to make it so.

I made it so in less than a month. I’m sure I’ve mentioned parts of this story before, so mea redundo, if it’s a repeat for you. It’s such a classic example, it’s worth retelling to those who have heard it before and worth introducing to those who haven’t.

In 2010, I went to two Rick Tarnas events at NCGR-San Francisco on September 15 and 18. San Francisco is 125 miles one-way from where I live in the suburbs of Sacramento. The first event was a Wednesday night lecture; the other a Saturday workshop. By the second event, as much as I love Rick’s presentations, I started adding up the fees, food, tolls, and parking charges. I said to myself, “This is ridiculous. There have to be enough people to resurrect the old astrology group in Sacramento. I’m not doing this anymore—or at least not often.” The Sacramento chapter of NCGR had been “dead” for nearly a decade.

By October 17, I had managed to “herd cats,” as many people joke about how hard it is to get astrologers on the same page or in the same room. Thirty people met at a local metaphysical store, our first “resurrection” meeting. I contacted dozens of people, activated the grapevine, and the game was afoot. From the beginning, all I did was plug into the longing for astrological community that already existed. It existed acutely because people had been starved for it for nearly a decade. From there, it took off like wildfire. After a few organizational get-togethers, we started planning speakers and had a full program for 2011 in no time flat. At Spring Equinox, March 21, 2011, we recharted with NCGR and the Sacramento Area Chapter was reborn. What a Plutonian story!

I managed to attract the best leadership team in the galaxy, and while they give me more credit than I probably deserve for my organizational and professional skills, it just took one person—me—to get it going. Sure, I’m astro qualified for the job. The strong Mars and being a Triple Earth help a lot. (Several of the team members thought about it for years, but say they don’t have enough Earth and couldn’t get from idea to action.) But I’m not the only person on the planet with skills and astro-compatibility for organizing big projects.

How about you? I’m not sure I’ve got enough juice and magic dust left in my wand to pull an astro-TV network out of a hat, but if I could attract the right committed team …

… like a lot of people of a certain age, I’ve learned by experience never to say never.

If you’ve read the original article on which this blog is based, The Radical Virgo, you’ll note it contains a call to action. Could these dreams—and yours—possibly be one of the reasons we’ve been meeting like this on The Radical Virgo blog?

Dying to hear your Comments!



[1] For more on yaks:

Photo Credits:  Dreamer - © Patrizia Tilly -; Felt Yak Illustration- © texxi -

Congratulations to Mads Elung-Jensen of Berlin, Germany, winner of the Valentine’s month Comment Contest on The Radical Virgo. Mads is a regular reader and frequent commenter. Even though the actual drawing is done by my husband Tim, who isn’t into astrology and knows none of the people on those slips of paper, I’m sure the fact that Mads commented in a limerick somehow made his name magnetize to Tim’s fingertips. Mads won a free mini-reading with me by email. Thanks to all who participated! ~ Joyce


Cameron said...

Thanks for this very informative post, Joyce!

My partner James & I live on 38 acres of beautiful riverfront property in The Woods above Nevada City, which was left to us by a dear friend, who passed away in late 2009.

Laura always expressed the desire to SHARE this land with others who would enjoy it as much as we have.

So my dream is to fix up the river cabin and our charming Airstream travel trailer for paying guests. James is a fantastic cook (vegan) and can serve meals as an option.

We will be getting this enterprise up-and-running in the next few months.

I am very glad to hear that Neptune in Pisces is a favorable time to make dreams come true. Thank you again for this post!

Joyce Mason said...

Cameron, great to hear from you again! Yours is a wonderful dream, based on the Neptunian value of sharing. Since I'm within an easy drive of your retreat, I'll look forward to hearing when it's up and running.

I'm glad you were encouraged by the post. One of my emails today contained this quote, perfect for Neptune in Pisces, from one of the brainiest men ever to walk the planet:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein

Imagine that! :)