The Fishes

Pisces Image

February 19 - March 20

The twelfth sign of the zodiac is concerned with:
* compassion, sympathy, love, altruism
* dreams, the psychic, clairvoyance, sixth sense
* illusions, magic, film, fantasy, make-believe
* art, drama, music, poetry, prose, dance
* unusual talent, memory, wisdom, versatility
* sensitivity, intuition, humor, satire
* secrets, fulfillment of life, eternity

Elemental Quality

Pisces is the mutable water sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to a warm, turquoise lagoon, twinkling in the sunshine, or to a strong ocean current rising from the depths to break over a rocky shore, smoothing the pebbles for all time.

Mutable means changeable, and water can change its form in many ways: rain, hail, snow, mist, frost, clouds, rainbows, warm pools, and puddles; thus, Piscean feelings can change a dozen times a day.

Spiritual Goal

To learn the meaning of peace through service to others.

The Piscean Personality

These are the general personality traits found in people who are typical of Pisces. An unhappy or frustrated Pisces may display some of the not-so-attractive traits.

* Loving and caring* Self-pitying
* Trusting, hospitable, and will help all in distress* Gullible and will give all in a lost cause
* Shy* Temperamental
* Helpful* Dependent
* Romantic* Escapist
* Creative* Sensationalist
* Mystical* Depressive
* Gentle and kind* Can lose touch with reality
* Compassionate* Too emotionally involved with the problems of others
* Understanding of others* Tends to blame self for everything

Secret Pisces

Anyone who has strong Piscean influences is a person who has perhaps the most extreme choices of any zodiac sign. Pisces can accept the challenges of life and rise to the top, or can give in to the easy way of oblivion and sink to the bottom. This choice is symbolized by the two fishes.

To help him or her swim to the top, the Pisces must find peace through beauty, music, and harmony.

The Pisces needs work which will enable him or her to achieve this. More than any other sign, Pisces has many talents which may be used to develop their character. Many work hard to improve the lot of humanity. Others bring their talents to film and entertainment, enlivening the lives of thousands.

Pisces needs to turn his/her private, mystical dream world of love and compassion into a reality. The only other option for a Pisces is a life of illusion and, ultimately, a sense of failure.

Ruling Planet and Its Effect

Jupiter and Neptune rule the zodiac sign of Pisces, so anyone whose birthchart has a strong Piscean influence will tend to bring benefit to others through their sensitivity.

In astrology, Jupiter is the planet of expansion, optimism, and generosity. Neptune is the planet of dreams, sensitivity, the unconscious, and the world of unreality.

Piscean Lucky Connections
Colors: violet, light green, blue
Plants: opium poppy, lotus, water plants
Perfume: ambergris
Gemstones: pearl, amethyst, beryl, aquamarine
Metal: tin
Tarot Card: the Moon
Animals: fish, dolphin

The Piscean Look

People who exhibit the physical characteristics of Pisces look more clumsy than they actually are.

They give off a feeling of otherworldliness, and usually have very sensitive, caring eyes. They may have a trusting, eager look or a quality of empathy and nonjudgement exclusive to those who truly understand human sorrows and failings.

Physical Appearance

* Body: usually short and thinkset

* Back: may stoop as the person walks

* Eyes: a sleepy appearance with large eyebrows

* Head: oddly shaped

* Limbs: generally short

The Pisces Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Pisces sun sign.

The typical Pisces man:
* may be tall but is not physically distinctive
* has a somewhat clumsy appearance
* has rather heavy jowls
* has broad or thick shoulders
Behavior and Personality Traits
* has few prejudices
* is not ambitious for status, fame, or fortune, although he can make good use of opportunities if they come his way
* is very romantic
* cannot easily be fooled
* has few material needs, but needs his dreams
* talks slowly and is knowledgeable on many subjects
* is rarely jealous, but gets hurt all the same
* is emotionally involved in whatever he does, although he may never show it

The Pisces Female

If a woman behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces, she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, providing there are no influences in her personal birthchart that are stronger than that of her Pisces sun sign.

The typical Pisces woman:
* is normally slim, but tends to put on weight in later years
* has large eyes and an oval face
* has clear, soft skin, whatever her color
* has an air of feminine mystery
* has a very warm, charming smile
Behavior and Personality Traits
* does not try to dominate her partner in any way
* often appears vague and dreamy
* is subtle and, while appearing to be helpless or incapable, gets things organized and manages the finances extremely well
* protects her emotional vulnerability with humor or a sophisticated exterior
* needs to belong to someone
* has a warm, sympathetic heart

Young Pisces

If a child behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with Pisces, he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Behavior and Personality Traits
The typical Pisces child:
* has the sweetest, dimpled smiles and the most winning ways of all babies
* lives in a world of make-believe
* dislikes orderliness and routines
* has an amazing imagination
* holds secret conversations with invisible (and sometimes long dead) people
* has a very active sixth sense
* believes in magick, fairies, and Santa Claus, and may reinvent myths
* enjoys the company of adults more than that of other children
* rarely loses his or her temper, and instead just happily goes his or her own way

Bringing Up Young Pisces

At school, young Pisces avoids the limelight and does not take leadership positions, so her or she should never be pushed to take such roles. However, Piscean children are the source of wonderful ideas for play and adventure in which Pisces will be very happy to let other children take the lead.

Parents would be wise to gently help young Pisces to distinguish between fantasy and reality, without destroying his or her rich imagination. Because of their passive, nonaggressive natures, Piscean children may sometimes be the victims of bullies, so it would be useful to teach them strategies for dealing with such situations.

Young Pisces' Needs

Young Pisces needs to feel he or she belongs to someone or several someones. Emotional connections with people are absolutely essential to Piscean happiness. He or she is less concerned with places or things, although attachments to animals are often sought as well.

Consequently, a Pisces child should be helped to believe in himself or herself and prevented from becoming too clinging. Parents who cling to their Pisces child are doing him or her no good at all.

What To Teach Young Pisces

Piscean children absorb information and ideas like a sponge and transform everything into magic. They should be taught to sort their ideas and to distinguish between what is practical and what is not.

Young Pisceans tend to be vulnerable to those who would deceive them. An understanding of human nature and some simple, clear rules will help young Pisces to avoid the dangers -- while still developing their precious skills of compassion.

Some simple routines should be taught, otherwise Pisces may become spoiled and will dominate the home with his or her changing desires.

Pisces At Home

For a typical Piscean, home is a place where he or she will need to feel loved. Home can be a palace or a hovel, but it must contain people toward whom he or she is drawn emotionally and who love him or her.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
When at home, a Pisces man or woman:
* will often enter a fantasy world
* will feel safe to explore his or her imagination
* will probably have no fixed routine
* is likely to be untidy, although he or she may have a sudden urge to tidy everything to avoid confusion: this can happen at any time
* should keep a large, clear clock
* will need a space for personal privacy
* will make the home itself into a wonderful world of art, music, design, and good food and wine
Pisces as a Parent
* can happily accommodate all the fantasies of childhood
* will allow a child plenty of imaginative freedom
* may lack discipline
* listens with understanding
* encourages personal development
* may have to teach the children punctuality
* is warm and loving and rarely uses harsh words
* may tend to spoil the children
* will probably have a very personal and unusual set of rules to which the children must adhere

Two Pisces in the Same Family

Pisces is the same family should get on very well, providing they have an outlet for their vivid, unworldly imaginations. For example, Piscean siblings may build an imaginative world together; or a Piscean parent who makes fictional films will find inspiration in the ideas of his or her offspring.

Pisces At Work

At work, the person who has a typical Pisces personality will exhibit the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
A typical Pisces at work:
* is rarely in an executive position, nor does he or she enjoy being tied to working in a team that has a strict routine
* enjoys work that offers freedom of expression, which usually means working alone or in a self-directed position
* if working in a team, Pisces prefers an occupation that allows for frequent changes and adaptations
Pisces as Employer
A typical Pisces boss (male or female):
* is more likely to be found in organizations as a director rather than as the boss
* will serve people rather than accumulate power
* uses his or her gifts to make the correct move
* is a shrewd judge of character
* is unconventional and creative
* values those who are conventional and well organized, because they are needed to back up his or her ideas
* will never rufuse help to someone in need
* may act tough to hide a deep belief in the mystical
Pisces as Employee
A typical Pisces employee (male or female):
* needs work where there is plenty of outlet for either human understanding or creative imagination
* will be depressed, lazy, and useless if neither of these needs are satisfied
* will be very affected by surroundings
* when happy is a loyal worker
* will get the job done, although nobody seems to understand how he or she operates
Working Environment
The workplace of a typical Pisces man or woman:
* must feel comfortable
* will have a pleasent atmosphere
* should be a large and flexible space
* may be brightly colored

Typical Occupations

All kinds of jobs in film, theater, TV, radio, ballet, music, and art will attract Pisces, who is often a good actor. A job that allows travel will be attractive. Advertising, public relations, and any job that is part of the service industry. Helping people to solve their problems and charitable and church work will also be very attractive to Pisces.

Pisces and Love

To Pisces, there is no difference between love, affection, and romance. A Pisces needs all three. A Pisces who feels unloved is an unhappy person to whom life seems very gray. Love revitalizes Pisces.

Behavior When In Love
The typical Pisces:
* is romantic
* eager to please
* adapts to the demands of the relationship
* appears to be helpless, delicate, and vulnerable, but being loved enables Pisces to cope very well with a range of difficulties, problems, and tragedies
* is emotionally involved, to the point of not recognizing when he or she is being deceived or treated badly
The typical Pisces expects:
* to have his or her dreams valued and to be protected from harsh criticism
* to be cared for romantically
* to have children (Pisces love children)
* to be frequently reassured that they are loved
* all birthdays and anniversaries to be remembered

The End of An Affair

Some Pisces tend to drift into another relationship almost without noticing, yet are surprised when they are accused of unfaithfulness. The self-doubt which haunts many Pisces can only be dispelled by repeated reassurance that they are lovable.

Consequently, Pisces may sometimes just leave a relationship for no clear reason and with no regrets. It is not that the Pisces does not love the abandoned partner anymore. On the contrary, Pisces will often show much sympathetic understanding and will try to retain a friendly relationship with the one he or she has left.

The worst possible event for a Pisces is to be rejected by the one who loved them. A partner who wants to end a relationship with a typical Pisces will find this a very difficult thing to do. Pisces will cling, convinced that if they reform in some way, everything will be all right again. The ex-partner of a Pisces may have to go to extremes to extricate himself or herself from the emotional mess that a hurt Pisces can produce.

Pisces and Sex

When a typical Pisces makes love it is an act of romance rather than of carnal pleasure. Typical Pisces is less interested in sexual activity than in the expressions of love that come before and afterward.

Piscean energy is more often used up in the emotional experiences of love than in the sexual act. This does not mean that Pisces in not interested, indeed he or she may seek several partners, but this is for reassurance rather than personal pleasure.

Pisces can be the least prejudiced and most compassionate of all the zodiac signs. Pisces will show a deep and real love for a partner who has problems or physical abnormalities, or has to face a tragedy or business disaster. Sex will be one of the expressions of love given by a caring and devoted Piscean spouse.

Pisces and Partner

The person who contemplates becoming the marriage or business partner of a typical Pisces must realize that Pisces will expect to be supported -- emotionally or financially. Given this, the person who partners Pisces can expect loyalty and sensitive understanding.

Pisces Man As A Partner

He will want a partner who will work for him: someone to run the household efficiently and who will entertain his friends and business colleagues.

In return, the married Pisces will bring great joy to the household with his wonderful imagination. Marriage gives male Pisces more self-assurance, so he will become more decisive.

Potential business partners should be prepared to undertake the practical, administrative side of the business, leaving the Piscean partner free to exercise their creativity and understanding.

Pisces Woman As A Partner

She will want a marriage partner who will support her in every respect. To many men, Pisces is the perfectly feminine woman. She may appear to be a helpless, fluffy person but, once married, she will feel secure, and her reserve of talents and abilities will pour out in every direction.

In business, a Pisces woman will be best in creative positions and in public relations, but should not be expected to do the routine office jobs.

Opposite Sign

Virgo is the complementary opposite sign to Pisces. While Pisces adapts himself or herself to the emotional needs of others, Virgo works hard to serve others by responding to the needs of the moment with practical solutions. From Virgo, Pisces can learn how to translate Piscean sensitivity and understanding into practical action -- thus dispelling self-doubt and building confidence in his or her Piscean abilities.

Pisces and Friends

In general, Pisces likes a friend who is useful and reassuring. In return, they will give unprejudiced understanding and loyalty to their friends.

Positive Factors

Pisces are emotionally attached to their friends and will rarely take notice if the friend is taking advantage of this involvement.

Pisces are friendly, humorous, and caring friends, even if there are long periods of time between meetings.

Pisces will always think up something interesting to do and will enjoy any kind of artistic ventures.

Negative Factors

Pisces can be a confusing person, so arrangements may be difficult to make.

Pisces can sometimes seem to be cool and offhand. This is usually temporary and due to a moment of insecurity.

Pisces needs a hero or heroine to identify with. If a friend happens to be the chosen one, this can be pleasant enough but may become a nuisance when Pisces gives the friend talents he or she hasn't got and expects them to be demonstrated!

Pisces does not find it easy to conform; friends with conservative attitudes may find this a difficulty.

A compatibility chart, below, lists those with whom Pisces is likely to have the most satisfactory relationships.


In general, if people are typical of their zodiac sign, relationships between Pisces and other signs (including the complementary opposite sign, Virgo) are as shown below.

Pisces with Pisces: Harmonious
Pisces with Aries: Harmonious
Pisces with Taurus: Harmonious
Pisces with Gemini: Difficult
Pisces with Cancer: Harmonious
Pisces with Leo: Turbulent
Pisces with Virgo: Difficult
Pisces with Libra: Turbulent
Pisces with Scorpio: Harmonious
Pisces with Sagittarius: Difficult
Pisces with Capricorn: Harmonious
Pisces with Aquarius: Harmonious

Piscean Leisure Interests

Most typical Pisces love artistic pursuits and anything that has an element of mystery, fantasy, and imagination.

Pisceans love films, theater, traveling entertainers, pantomimes, witches, gypsies, elves, monsters, and mythical creatures.

Team sport is not a natural Piscean activity, but Pisceans often love gentle watersports, noncompetitive skiing, and skydiving.

Dangerous sports, such as racing cars, can also appeal to the Pisces because they have an unerring instinct in such situations.

Piscean Likes and Dislikes

* seafood, champagne, and organic foods
* romantic places, sunsets over the sea, mountain vistas, waterfalls, ponds and waterlilies
* background music, poetry
* people who need their understanding
* mystical settings, candles, incense
* being loved
* freedom to drift along from time to time
* privacy
* colorful food
* personalized gifts
* presents wrapped in magical paper
* new books
* diamonds
* bright, noisy, crowded places
* dirty, ugly objects
* being told to get a grip on things
* stiff clothing
* authorities
* people knowing too much about him or her

Piscean Health

Typical Pisces are healthy people so long as they feel loved and have an outlet for their dreams. Unhappy Pisces are vulnerable to problems arising from turning to drink, drugs, or other ways of getting relief from what may seem unbearable emotional insecurities.

Pisces often has to work hard to swim against the current that would pull him or her under. The constant effort of avoiding being sucked into oblivion is the cause of much distress to many Pisces, who, consequently, may suffer depression and other emotional problems.

Types of Sickness

Troubles with the feet and toes are coomon among Pisces: bunions, corns, ingrown toenails, boils and foot deformities may occur.

Pisces may become forgetful when illness is about to strike. They may also suffer from the effects of too much wine or too many drugs. The sensitive Piscean psyche suffers greatly in times of stress and has little to draw on by way of personal resources.

Pisces at Rest

A relaxed Pisces is the happiest person on earth. A chance to lie back, sip wine, listen to music and let the imagination wander is perfect bliss to Pisces.

Famous Pisceans

Sidney Poitier (Actor), Frederic Chopin (Composer), Meher Baba (Mystic), Joanne Woodward (Actress), Elizabeth Taylor (Actress), Liza Minelli (Actress, Singer and Dancer), Albert Einstein (Physicist and Mathematician), Rudolph Nureyev (Ballet Dancer)

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