Action of non-action, also known as “Don’t just do something, sit there”
This is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my long journey as a seeker. I learned this from my t’ai chi teacher, and the concept is a lifesaver. I have written about the many lessons stillness and patience give you before, here and more recently here.
Picture yourself being in the stream grounded and ease, moving a bit without being overwhelmed and knocked over. Neither are you being rigid, trying to change the stream’s flow (we all know how effective that is!).
You know what I mean? I bet you do.
How is this a lifesaver, exactly?
Water yields, it goes over, around and through things. Yet, although water is soft and weak, it has the capacity to erode solid stone and move mountains.
It is said that this teaching — the action of non-action — came from Lao Tzu. In t’ai chi I was taught this as the central idea in effortless combat. There’s never a reason to go looking for a fight. Never. Let go of every piece of that ego that seeks to punish, or even to win. When someone comes at you with weight, or anger, each response of yours, each and every move, can come from you effortlessly, without conscious planning. This allows you to react and respond to everything that comes your way easily, expending just the right amount of effort, and without any harmful results (to yourself or anyone else!).
Like playing with clouds, yo.
This Pisces New Moon contains within it an action of non-action moment
New Moon in Pisces
11:59 pm Pacific
2:29 am Eastern on 3/1
This pause you are invited to breathe into comes because four planets are at a virtual standstill, moving in or out of retrograde during the New Moon window
- Mercury (thoughts and communication) in Aquarius stations direct (goodbye Mercury retrograde!)
- Mars (will, determination and forward motion) in Libra stations retrograde
- Saturn (responsibility, structure and planning) in Scorpio will station retrograde
- Jupiter (belief and opportunity) in Cancer is slowing to station direct on March 6
Feeling like you need to act right now? Stop before you do. Take a breath. Take two. Don’t just do something, beloved, sit there.
The Pisces Moon
We are coming to the end of the astrological year and the beginning of a new one when the Sun enters Aries on 3/20 (the Equinox). Pisces — the sign of mutable Water — is about flow, and about completion. As you look at the invitation to a moment of stillness, ask yourself what you are ready to complete? Spend some time in this stillness, acknowledge what you’ve accomplished, what’s done, and what can be released. This will allow you to flow into the new energy that’s coming our way when the Sun moves into Aries in three weeks, and the astrological year begins again.
Another note about all these retrogrades
What a retrograde season! Venus went retrograde at Winter Solstice, and brought us the opportunity to integrate our personal agenda and how we love with the energies of change. Mercury turned retrograde shortly after Venus turned direct again at the end of January affecting (for good or not-so-good) how we think and communicate. Now our desire, our will — Mars — has to turn inward and reevaluate what in fact is worth desiring and pursuing. A powerful ramp-up to the Equinox!
My blessing and suggestion for your Pisces New Moon working
Take some time, as close to the actual New Moon as you can to do this work (best done between Friday and Monday). Spend some time in solitude by the water’s edge; bring a pen and your journal. Watch the water move, notice its gentle motions and its strength and power. After a few moments of following your breath in sacred silence, record in your journal what’s complete, what’s done, and what you can release. Feel blessed, know you are blessed.
I’d love to know how this New Moon resonates for you. What is your takeaway? Please talk to me in the comments.