Due to a Disney-fied blizzard (The Weather Channel decided to name the storm “Nemo,” setting the internet ablaze with clever clownfish memes), our Friday night teacher training session had to be rescheduled. So, after nearly three weeks of non-stop action, we received an unexpected, but much needed, respite from the Tuniverse. On one hand, it has been nice to have a night to relax; but, on the other hand, slowing down can sometimes be more challenging than keeping going.
In Disney Pixar’s award-winning animated feature, Finding Nemo, the title character is a kindergarten-age clownfish with a faulty flipper (shark attack) who gets separated from his widowed father, Marlin, and ends up on an oceanic adventure. Marlin, emotionally scarred by the loss of Nemo’s mom and brothers and sisters (same shark attack), begins a desperate search to find his only surviving son.
Along the journey, Marlin meets a zany, forgetful fish named Dory (memorably voiced by Ellen Degeneres), who becomes his companion for the search. When Marlin begins to lose hope of ever finding his beloved Nemo, Dory playfully chimes:
“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? …[singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.”
As of February 26th, Sun, Neptune, Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Chiron will all be in Pisces (read: lots and lots of Pisces energy). Pisces, the twelfth and final sign in the zodiac (how fitting, since this is the twelfth post on our blog), is a feminine water sign associated with the depths of the ocean and symbolized by (you guessed it!) a fish. Water energy, in it’s simplest interpretation, represents emotion. So, as we approach the end of February, we may find ourselves feeling submerged.
For those of you watery types (shout out to my Cancer, Scorps and Pisces peeps), you may already be accustomed to surveying the ocean floor for clues, and feel comfortable letting the currents carry you along to your next destination. For those of us who find the watery depths a bit unnerving, remember: just as Marlin and Nemo keep hope alive and (spoiler alert!) are eventually reunited, redemption is often right around the next coral reef (or nor’easter).
Until then, my friends…