A New Moon in Pisces is in store for us this Saturday. New Moons “hide” from us, thus they hold a signature of privacy. With the archetype of Pisces, the most inward of all signs, the privacy dimension gains more depth. Throw in the fact that harmonizing Venus and mystery-of-mysteries Neptune are right there too, and we have, what seems like, a romantic quest. To the inner-most bounds! A loving quest for the universe within!
Psychologist, Abraham Maslow saw this quest to be paramount to discovering a person’s “isness”. This “isness” is very important, because in knowing this, one can find their “oughtness”. Maslow saw this as a crucial fusing of fact and value, is and ought.
In a storybook, this “is” would be the landscape, conditions, and basic reality of the hero. The “ought” would be the hero’s desires and visions. The ultimate question, or quest of the story would be: can the facts of reality merge with the value of the vision?
Maslow applies this dynamic recipe for good ficiton straight to our own sense of well-being. Of the person willing to look inward to his “isness” he says,
“The more he knows about his own nature, his deep wishes, his temperament, his constitution, what he seeks and yearns for and what really satisfies him, the more effortless, automatic, and epiphenomenal becomes his value choices… Discovering one’s own nature is simultaneously an ought quest and is quest.
This is celestial music straight from the effortless graces of Pisces and Venus. A song that is no song at all, like John Cage’s 4:33.
Notice that when he talks about discovering one’s inner nature he focuses on “deep wishes” as well as “temperament” and “constitution”. It’s a balanced inventory- a real assessment, but an assessment of a hero/ heroinne, and all that he/she seeks and yearns for.
Don’t even think about taking the romance out of your “isness”! And at the same time, two feet on the ground please.
Will you indulge in the Fishes inner plunge tonight and alchemize some facts and values?
Happy Astro Pondering!
Astro Art by Johnnie Day Durand.