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February 20 Through March 21

The ruler of Pisces is Neptune. Its symbol represents a pair of sea horses or sea lions yoked together. They dwell in the innermost regions of the sea, which is symbolic of life after death or regeneration. The image also represents a duality, the struggle of the spiritual soul within the physical body. In Pisces, these two natures are joined, yet very much separate. This conflict is sometimes an inhibition to natural expression.

Pisces are . . . is a difficult sentence to finish. There are so many kinds of Pisces. Strange statement? Yes, because Pisceans are the most malleable of the twelve signs. They possess a gentle, patient nature, but one that is in want of molding. They can be impressed by and completely absorbed into their environment. They are in need of a container which will shape them, guide them. Without this guiding form, this rudder, they tend to drift.

The image of a great fish in the night's constellations
has been perceived for thousands of years,
by cultures throughout the world.

Pisces adapts to their surroundings, good or bad. They are generous, friendly, good natured people with a true sense of kindness and compassion. They are sensitive to everything around them including the feelings of others. They are popular folk because of their easygoing and likable manner, which tends to mirror people they are with. They have an uncanny sense of perceiving what a person is in need of, and delivering it. They are not initiators, but rather allow circumstances and events to motivate them, and then they respond. In this aspect, they tend to focus on other peoples problems rather than their own.

Pisces zodiac symbol in stained glass,
Chartres cathedral of France

When, however, they do find the right container, they are capable of some incredible deeds. They will become completely absorbed in a chosen path, to the exclusion of everything else. The 'absent minded professor' is a classic Pisces character, such as Albert Einstein. They don't fare well in a controlled or fixed environment and generally rebel against convention. But, unlike the Aquarian, who will fight the establishment, Pisces wages only a personal battle.

Pisceans do best in an environment where they can exercise their imaginations and intuitive nature. They are gifted artistically. They are versatile and tend to understand things by absorption rather than logic. They are receptive to new ideas and circumstances. They possess wonderful creativity which is demonstrated in music, literature, drama and art.

Allegorical representation of Jupiter in Pisces,
seventeenth century European manuscript.

Pisceans rarely have an ego problem, and in their personal relationships and friendships tend to be very giving. In matters of the heart, they seek a soul mate rather than a bed mate. That is not to say they will not hop from bed to bed in search of this soul mate. Pisces is a spirit on a quest for Utopia, and Utopia does not exist on this earth. Pisces is easily misled because they want to believe. No matter how often they are led astray by vacant promises, they keep the faith and go on looking for their personal ideal. They are loyal, home-loving, kind and generous, but their dreamy and impractical natures are a source of distress to those close to them.

Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces within Gothic sculpture.
Amiens cathedral, France, thirteenth century.

Pisces sense of others, is an ability that makes them effective in civil service and the legal arena. Many in law enforcement and the judicial system are Pisceans. Their intuitive and spiritual qualities can lead them into careers in religion or to service as mediums and mystics. Still others are creative cooks and chefs. Because of their versatility and plasticity, they often follow several vocations during their lifetime.

Pisces faults are generally those of omission, rather than commission. They can be so subtle, sensitive and emotional that they end up being a real drain on ones resources. In business they can be unreliable, idle, careless, impractical and ineffective. The negative side of Pisces is often fickle, a gossip, indiscreet, and gullible. Whether actually sick, or suffering from hypochondria, they are so demanding that they can wear out a saint's patience. When they feel rejected or lonely they may turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort.

(February 19 Through March 21)
Pisces Associations

Ruling Planet
SymbolTwo Fish
ColorsSea Green
FlowersWater Lily
Fish, Water Dwellers
CountriesPortugal, Scandinavia
Seville, Jerusalem, Warsaw
HerbsChicory, Lime
Body AreaFeet
KeywordsNebulous, Impressionable
Notable Aquarius
Elizabeth Taylor American Film Legend

Rui Ribeiro Couto (March 12, 1898) Brazilian Poet, Author John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902) American Novelist: Of Mice and Men Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1903) American Scientist, Inventor of the Telephone Wystan Hugh 'W.H.' Auden (February 21, 1907) English-American Poet: New Year Letter Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916) American Comedian, Actor Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919) American Singer, Songwriter Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1921) American Author: Big Sur Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1924) American Actor Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926) American Comedian, Charity Director Harry Belafonte (March 1, 1927) American Singer, Actor Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 6, 1928) ColombianNobel Novelist