By Stephanie Gailing, MS
Astrologer & Wellness Alchemist
Ready to revitalize? We’re excited to bring you our monthly “healthstrology” column that focuses on feeling your best during every solar cycle. We’ve tapped our friend Stephanie Gailing, MS—an astrologer and wellness alchemist—to share her wisdom as a guest contributor. With the Sun swimming into Pisces from February 18 to March 20, here are some stellar suggestions for wellness. Enjoy and salud! —T&O
This year, the Sun floats through Pisces from February 18-March 19, allowing us to tap into the compassionate, artistic, and emotional qualities that this star sign represents. And while this may help us to infuse our lives with more spirituality, romanticism and poetry, this time—like all others—may also offer us certain challenges.
Turning to wellness astrology and keeping in mind the unique strengths and vulnerabilities associated with Pisces, we can find stellar ways to foster vitality, reduce stress and fine-tune our well-being.
Here are your wellness tips to feel your best during Pisces season.
Pisces Wellness Mantras:
- Go with the flow
- My body, mind, and spirit are connected
- Love is all you need
Pisces Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Ability to see beauty
- Getting lost in the arts
In wellness astrology, aspects of our anatomy and physiology accord with the twelve zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Pisces include the feet, immune and lymphatic systems, and the pineal gland which synthesizes melatonin and, in some spiritual traditions, is associated with psychic abilities.
Put Your Best Feet Forward
During this dreamy time of the year, we may find our heads in the clouds rather than feet firmly planted on the ground. And with our less-than-attentive navigating, we could wind up with our fair share of stubbed toes and foot bruises—especially if we’re daydreaming instead of paying attention to our environment. Our gentle soles need extra care this season, so try to sacrifice fashion for comfort when you can. Stilettos may look stylish…but if your feet are aching, you’re not going to have fun at that fête regardless of how great you may look. Essential oils can help repair your soles: Check out myrrh for cracked heels, tea tree for athlete’s foot, and peppermint for tired tootsies.
Not getting enough adequate sleep not only leaves us tired, crabby and less productive, but it can also have long-term health consequences such as the development of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. So taking sleep seriously is good medicine for overall well-being, and since ethereal Neptune—Pisces’ modern-day planetary ruler—governs sleep, it seems smart to hone in on our ZZZs during this time. Avoid tablets, computers, phones and other blue-light emitting devices right before bedtime, as they can mess with the production of melatonin and our sleep cycles. Unwind in a bath filled with relaxing essential oils such as lavender and chamomile. And if different worries are keeping you awake, flower essences such as White Chestnut, Mimulus, Vervain and others may help your sleep to blossom.
Pisces season is often a time of tuning out, as we daydream through many of life’s activities, including eating. Watch the proclivity to quickly down meals without even tasting or remembering what you consumed. Focus on meal mindfulness: savor your food, chewing well, paying attention to tastes, textures and aromas. Eating consciously will help you not only feel more satiated, but your digestion will improve, too. Also, consider blessing your food: meditate on it for a moment, expressing gratitude for all those who played a role in bringing it from the farm to your table, leaving you feeling more peaceful, connected and nourished.
We may feel more apt to swim in a sea of sensitivity during Pisces season, falling back on old habits or vices. For some this can be overwhelming, triggering an inclination for escapism, even using substances like alcohol to cope. Yet as we all know, drinking only offers a temporary (at best) reprieve for emotional woes, not an everlasting cure. Plus, drowning your melancholy in a multitude of martinis compromises the liver, leading to reduced energy and immunity as well as disrupted sleep. If delicious teas or refreshing sparkling water won’t do as a substitute, try crafting some fun mocktails instead!
Foods To Consider
With the Fish totem as the Pisces symbol, turn to the ocean’s bounty for nourishment. Seafood and shellfish are protein-rich foods, many being rich sources of immune enhancing selenium and zinc. If you’re wanting to weave more anti-inflammatory omega-3s into your diet, check out sardines; these small fish are not only concentrated in this nutrient, but since they are smaller than salmon, they may contain less contaminants (plus they are less expensive). Yet, when thinking of jewels from the sea, don’t forget about sea vegetables. Loaded with minerals—including hard to find iodine—nori, dulse and kombu make a nutrient-rich addition to soups, salads and of course, sushi.
If you’re going to add salt to your meals, consider using sea salt. Derived from evaporated seawater instead of land-based halite deposits, sea salt is thought to be more mineral rich. Plus, unlike many table salts, most sea salt is made without the use of anti-caking and other chemical additives. While you can readily get sea salt at your local market, specialty stores also offer an array of unique options from around the world: French fleur-de-sel, pink Hawaiian, and pyramid-shaped Balinese are just a few examples. The crystals of sea salt are also uniquely beautiful, with the different varieties featuring distinct colors, textures and taste—connect you to the sea at its source.
If you find yourself identifying with the suffering of others—not able to easily draw a line between your feelings and theirs, Pink Yarrow works wonders. It helps to fortify fluid personal boundaries, so that you can gain objectivity while still maintaining a wealth of empathy. And with that, you can stand in your heart, experiencing the loving awareness of another, while also honoring your separateness, curbing a tendency for unproductive merging.
At times when we feel like we’re drowning in the emotion-ocean, we may have the tendency to turn to substances (like tobacco and alcohol) or tuning-out activities (think Netflix binging) to try to blunt our sensitive hearts and temporarily flee harsher realities. Nicotiana flower essence is a wonderful elixir for helping to curb our escapist tendencies; it fortifies the heart so that we are able to feel subtle connections and emotions without having them take us out to the proverbial sea. It’s one of the premiere natural remedies for healing addition to tobacco.
During this season where we’re putting our soles first, treat yourself to a reflexology, a form of bodywork that centers on the feet. The feet are thought to be a mirror of the whole body and different parts of the foot accord with distinct organs. When a reflexology practitioner wants to bring healing to your digestive organs, for example, they will work on the arch of your foot. The treatment opens up energy channels in the feet, sparking a greater sense of vitality in the whole body. Want to try a DIY treatment? Natural health stores sell pocket-sized reflexology maps, or you can easily find resources like this on the Internet.
It seems like we have greater access to our subconscious during Pisces season. Hypnotherapy, which facilitates access to this part of our mind, may be an especially effective modality to investigate. It’s particularly good for dealing with insomnia, counteracting anxiety, reducing chronic pain, and alleviating stress-related illnesses. And if you’re looking for additional support for working through an addictive behavior—whether it be overeating, smoking, gambling, or something else—hypnotherapy may be a great adjunctive treatment. To learn more and find certified practitioners, visit this website or this one.
Meditation brings forth serenity, engendering a sense of mindfulness that can orient us in a clearer direction. Not only can it be calming and help us feel soulfully connected, but the practice of meditation has been found to have well-documented health benefits, for example: reducing stress-related illnesses, combating insomnia, and improving heart health. Feel that you don’t have the time to meditate? Just take five – spending five minutes each day focusing on your breath can be helpful. Not sure how to start? Check out these short guided meditations or this Pisces season meditation by Astrostyle’s resident guru, Terri Cole.
Move Through Water
With Pisces being the ruler of the seas, this is an ideal time to get in the water. Swimming is a great form of exercise, a low-impact way to strengthen muscles, tone the heart and enhance mobility of the joints. Plus, being surrounded by the water is incredibly relaxing. If you don’t have access to a pool or other body of water, check out any local water spas you may have in your area. Or, take more baths: soaking in a tub can do wonders to release tension on a physical or emotional level. Light some candles, play your favorite music, sprinkle in some aromatherapy bath salts, and get whisked away to a state of buoyant joy.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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About Stephanie Gailing
As an astrologer and wellness consultant, Stephanie Gailing weaves together stellar insights, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary, Stephanie counsels clients, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed flower essence elixirs. Based in Seattle, she frequently travels to New York City, and works with clients all over the world.
In addition to her Stellar Guidance one-on-one sessions, Stephanie also offers personalized Stellar Access recordings, mini readings focused on themes such as the Saturn Return, the opportunities that Jupiter in Libra will offer you, understanding yourself better through exploring your astrological Moon, and more.
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