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Apothecary Suggestions for the Pisces New Moon
February 21, 2012 (exact at 2:35 pm PST)

by Stephanie Gailing, MS, CN



The Pisces New Moon inspires us to connect in with the well of compassion that resides within each of us. As we dive into our empathetic hearts, it’s important to remember that giving of ourselves doesn’t need to equal giving away of ourselves. It’s one thing to hold space for another and desire to foster their enhanced joy, and another to let go of our needs and sacrifice ourselves in that pursuit.

Not only may our nighttime dreams be more vivid but so may our daydreams. If we find ourselves wandering in our minds, it would be of benefit to not discount the ideas, thoughts, and images that come through to us. During this Pisces New Moon the veil to our subconscious may be thinner and therefore we may be able to better access its jewels of wisdom.

Both the Sun and Moon conjoin with Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces. Therefore, we may feel even more unbounded and sensitive. There’s a greater potential to pick up on the feelings and thoughts of others. It’s a wonderful day for inspiration. Music may touch you deeper, a piece of art may strike a more resonant chord in your soul.

With strong Pisces and Neptune coloring the day, there's the potential for feeling unmoored and a bit spacey. It’s important to try to stay grounded, especially when driving or doing other activities where you don’t want an absentminded mishap to occur.

This month’s New Moon falls at 3 degrees of Pisces (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Pisces or the other mutable signs—Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius—it may impact you more intensely.

Pisces New Moon Apothecary Suggestions

Pisces is associated with the feet, pineal gland, and the immune/lymphatic systems. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body and areas of health around the time of this New Moon.

Dream journal: During the week of the New Moon, if you don’t already do so, keep a notebook by your bed. When you wake up, jot down any threads of your dream that you remember. Don’t worry if you can’t remember the whole “story line” as even capturing select images, people, or scenes may provide great fodder for learning, wisdom, and healing. If it feels right, bring the journal with you during your waking hours to write down any inspiring daydreams that you may have.

Holy basil: Also known as tulsi, holy basil makes a delicious non-caffeinated “tea” that provides a meditative sense of centering while at the same time boosting the immune system and helping the body guard against stress. Holy basil is delicious hot or prepared as iced tea. Holy basil is also available as an essential oil to be used in aromatherapeutic applications.




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About the Author

Combining her background in astrology, nutrition, and natural health education, Stephanie Gailing, MS, CN, provides clients with individualized astrological wellness consulting. Stephanie is the author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness and writes the blog, Planetary Apothecary, which offers daily astrological insights and articles that inspire well-being. In addition to the herbal astrology series she crafted for StarIQ, she has written on nutrition, dietary supplements, yoga, and other wellness topics for various publications and is an ongoing consultant to the World’s Healthiest Foods website. 

Stephanie is actively involved in her professional communities. She is currently serving her second term as President of the Washington State Astrological Association and is on the Editorial Board of the Astrology News Service. She is also a founding member of Canning Across America.

Stephanie holds a bachelors degree in Hotel/Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and masters degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University.




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