Beyond the Senses
Enchantment is in the air, or is it entrancement? A delusion could deepen its hold on your psyche or you could experience a bewildering disillusionment....before feeling freed from fear. And the title for this post describes the wide range of the Jupiter Pisces experience, which is in play to May 10th (and from the end of October to December 20th).
Very special art work or music can take us to those heights where we might say it's sublime - we are elevated by encountering it. For me, Mozart's Requiem has always taken me there, Tchaikovsky's Hymn of the Cherubim is another.
On the other hand, we can feel we are merely treading water in an ocean of mixed feelings and triggers, even when we are aware of the subliminal messaging hitting us from all sides. A subliminal campaign is meant to influence you beyond sensations or your awareness making it a sneak attack. Often it's very emotional, pulling on your natural empathy.
Jupiter in Pisces is an optimal time to tune into subtle energies, as well as becoming aware of these sometimes subtle shapers of your consciousness. I see this as a great time for things like tuning into nature spirits and looking to nature for allies.
In JRR Tolkien's The Two Towers, there's a point where after the battle of Helm's Deep, King Theoden is mystified when he realizes the Ents, the tree shepherds of the forest, have come to his aid. Gandalf tells him, "You are not without allies, even if you know them not."
I have been exploring this, actually doing some tree hugging and meditation with the tree on the first page of this site. I've been observing trees, seeing how they make choices sometimes based on their ability to reach the sun - or just their unique choices. I've been talking with this one tree as an experiment. Interestingly, I found some edible jelly-like mushrooms on a branch after a storm that when I looked them up are called Tree Ear. I wonder if it's a message that the tree is listening.
Another way to make the most of Jupiter in Pisces is to go big in your dream life. In The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates, the sorcerer Wulf tells the visiting monk that anyone who dreams is participating in the magic. And that some of what we consider advanced in waking life such as leaving your body to visit others, happens in the dreamtime.
Are there ways we can become more lucid with dreaming? Here's a discussion on lucid dreaming with Emma Farrell, a plant whisperer and healer in the UK. I heard a recent interview she did on the current attack on humanity and she mentions lucid dreaming there also.
The Way of Wyrd is one I'll be reading again as the description of life force, the soul, and the spirit skin resounded with me as true. The sorcerer Wulf teaches his student to move along unseen fibers that take him to the spirit world. It's one of those classic books that illustrates the mystery in story, the best kind of spiritual novel that can have a subtly illuminating effect. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is also in that category, filled with trees that talk and like in our world today, encounters with both the lowest vibe characters and the highest vibe, almost ethereal, with the Elves.
This stretch of time with Jupiter in Pisces can be one where a real life encounter with the mystery happens. And we can have that encounter paradoxically in the dreamtime or other altered states though carrying with them a sense of being 'real' that brings that can fill us with awe.
Finally, Jupiter in Pisces can draw you toward the subjective and cloistered, where you have the protected space to dream and find meaning in the synchronicity of your life. It can be a time for re-sensitization and drawing firm boundaries with the kinds of media that scrambles your energy.
I know in my life, it's been an achievement to go beyond self-medicating to active creating, and that's been possible when I've beaten back the cultural demons that vie for my attention and give absolutely nothing in return. I hope you find your own oases in the current hysterical times, because there's a chance for accelerated growth if you look to the particulars - from the visible to the non visible - that make up both your waking and dream life.