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The Enigma of Pisces

Pisces, by artist B.A.Vierling

Stop a moment and think about the Pisces people that you know. How would you describe them in three to five words? Can you do it? I would love to see your lists!

Pisces is not an easy sign to describe instantaneously. It’s a bit of an enigma quite frankly. Why is that? I’m going to do my best to try and explain. For starters the time of the year that we say is under the influence of Pisces falls generally between February 21st and March 20th. Here in the Northern Latitudes we are experiencing the shift from winter to spring with some days becoming mild and almost balmy, while other days are wild, stormy, and freezing. Such extremes can be unsettling. Dane Rudhyar says in his book The Pulse of Life, “Pisces is an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration.” This apt description implies the dilemma of the soul incarnated into this sign. The journey of the Piscean’s life must often be one of moving through periods when everything seems to be falling apart and nothing yet has come together into a new form. The future may beckon, but the past is still unraveling.

pisces glyphThe glyph often used for Pisces is the two fish tied together but swimming in opposite directions. Here is the symbol of involution and evolution. Does the Pisces soul descend into flesh or ascend into spirit? Perhaps the Christian ethos of ‘being in the world, but not of the world’ attempts to integrate this paradox. It certainly can be both a struggle and a quest for one actually living out this dualistic path.

So think, again, about those Pisces people in your life. Aha! They’re not quite so dreamy, mild, and wishy-washy as one would stereotype them to be. Pisces is a Water Sign, and the kind of water most associated with this sign is the Ocean. Start describing the ocean and you’re getting closer to describing Pisces. Words like vast, deep, powerful, ever-changing come to mind perhaps.

Where does the cliche of Pisces being wimps come from? The elusive quality of this Mutable Sign, Pisces can certainly give that impression when issues of confrontation are at hand. Many Pisces would prefer to evade head-on collisions and leave the head butting for their Aries kinfolk. They, also, often prefer to be in the background rather than center-stage like more fiery types. But never underestimate the power of a Pisces, for like the element of Water, Pisces can gather a formidable force of watery emotional strength, when necessary, and move through, over, or under any obstacle.

I remember well an early boyfriend who certainly reflected some of the dreamier qualities of Pisces. He loved to dance in candlelight trailing long chiffon scarves after him like Nijinsky in Afternoon of the Faun. One time, however, I got a glimpse of that deeper power and strength. My roommate’s boyfriend had been drinking and was getting abusive and violent with her. Mr. Pisces calmly and quietly walked over and pinned the man’s arms behind his back and started twisting. Without fanfare he told him to leave if he knew what was good for him. End of story.

The key here is how the Pisces individual harnesses the great collective force they are born with which can, at times, overwhelm them like a tidal wave and make them feel lost and afraid. Developing their opposite polarity, Virgo, through some specific skill or technique will help to stabilize and focus their emotional body into a form that can be used in service to others. It is then that they can truly shine and feel good about themselves.

Elizabeth TaylorI think of a famous Pisces type, Elizabeth Taylor. She was hot stuff when I was young and considered one of the most beautiful actresses to light up the silver screen. She certainly did characterize the oceanic in all the variety of roles she played as an actress, the endless personal dramas she got swept away with, and the countless times she struggled with her own tidal forces of loss, suffering, and amazing rebounds. However, it was when she fully harnessed her vast emotional body into the Virgoan task of championing AIDS that she gained the balance and sense of humanitarian service that she is now acknowledged for. Good for her. She did it.

Pisces are the great chameleons of the Zodiac. They often survive through the art of camouflage. Well, doesn’t Water do that? Bodies of water take on the qualities and characteristics of their surroundings, the climate zone, etc. A fjord in Norway is one kind of water. A blue lagoon in the South Pacific is another. Both are water, but what a difference in kind and quality.

The great mythological stories, which have evolved since ancient Babylonian times, have many versions of the myth of Aphrodite and her little boy, Eros, acting out the art of evasion and shape-shifting that Pisces is known for. One version of the story tells of a ghoulish monster, Typhon, who is destroying eveything in sight. Aphrodite, in her love for her child, binds him to her with a cord and then magically turns them into fishes so that they can escape below the surface of the water to elude this demonic force wrecking havoc amongst the gods on the surface of the earth. Of course, Zeus, one of the ancient rulers of Pisces, ends up both rescuing them from their watery deep darkness, and rewarding them, which is what he loves doing best, by sweeping them up into the starry sky as the constellation of Pisces.

Initially every young Pisces learns to survive by blending and adapting to their surroundings and circumstances. As they age, however, this can become a problem for they don’t really know who they are. A number of years ago Patty Hearst, the heiress, was captured by the SLA and later emerged in a photograph while robbing a bank. She’s the perfect example of how Pisces survive as chameleons. First she’s this pampered girl from the newspaper dynasty family, next she’s playing Bonnie and Clyde in full regalia with her abductors, and finally—yep—she marries her bodyguard and settles into yet another role.

Remember, Pisces is the very last sign and thus all of the other signs are contained within it. No wonder it gets confusing being a Pisces! So how does a Pisces ever figure out who they really are? I always encourage my Pisces clients to spend time either alone or out in nature. Either way they will gradually separate out subject from object and gain a deeper sense of themselves in the process. The practices of contemplation can help Pisces: stilling the mind, being quiet, listening to the small inner voice. These are ways to come to know themselves better. Once they connect with their core, they can then turn outwards again and help a lot of people.

Serve or suffer is yet another famous cliche for Pisces. I remember a dear happy Leo woman saying once, “Oh you Pisces just lo-o-ove to suffer!” Certainly there was a ring of truth to what she said. Yet suffering is common to us all. It seems to be part of life here on planet Earth. What Pisces do best is to address that suffering and serve those who do. I know so many Pisces involved in the Healing Arts. One woman is a fine Acupuncturist with the most up-lifting sunny attitude. She has a lot of Aries fire in her nature to bring inspiration and spunk to her bedside manner. I know another Pisces who is a Homeopath. He has the patience and technical knowledge to listen quietly and assess accurately the right remedy from the thousands possible. He has more Aquarian planets to meld with his Pisces Sun. I know another amazing healer who works with sound. Her business card says “a harmonic approach to well-being”, Acutonics’ Sound Therapy.

Nirvana NevermindA lot of Pisces are drawn to music and the performing arts. Here all the Dionysian qualities can often be expressed where mystical ecstasy and madness can be unleashed through sound, lights, and multi-media effects. Jon Bon Jovi and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (what a Piscean name!) come to mind in the music world. In the world of dance both Nijinsky and Rudolph Nureyev expressed the fluidity and power of this sign. There are so many very fine actors and actresses who are Pisces: Glen Close, Holly Hunter, Bruce Willis, Billy Crystal, Glenda Jackson, Joanne Woodward, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Binoche, Queen Latifah, etc.

Michelangelo was a Pisces, but if you want to see a wonderful contemporary artist who totally conveys the nature of mysticism through his magical works, visit the site of Ernest Caballero. Ernest is a Pisces through and through. He epitomizes the Pisces who has found a Virgoan container, his sculptures, for his visionary connection with the unseen realms.

Cinderella, by artist Warwick GobleThere are many myths and stories connected with this sign, but I have especially always liked the fairytale Cinderella. It’s such a classic Piscean tale. The humble Cinderella serving day and night the harsh and greedy stepmother and her daughters. The enchanted visitation by her fairy godmother from the astral realm. The handsome, utterly romantic Prince of her dreams. The dancing until the stroke of midnight when the enchantment ends. The dropped glass slipper. The search for the right and true foot.

Shoes, feet, slippers are all under Pisces’ ruler ship. Last, but not least, the feet. They support the rest of us. They are under us. Pisces must learn to Understand. And, of course, this fairy tale ends with the happy ever after redemption theme that is such a part of the mythos of Pisces. Take a look at Ernest Caballero’s Risen Christ. There is the perfect image of Ascension and Redemption that Pisces yearns for even as the inevitable descent is taking place. There is a longing for absolute oneness and bliss in this enigmatic of all signs, Pisces.

I would like to close by bringing your attention to possibly the highest aspiration of Pisces, Kuan Yin. She is the female Goddess of Compassion known far and wide in the East as “The One Who Hears the Cries of the World.” The Lotus Sutra translated by Kumarajiva, possibly a Pakistani prisoner sold into slavery in China, somewhere between A.D. 397 and 415 introduced her and from there she evolved into the accepted role of the divine feminine by the 9th Century AD.

Kuan Yin epitomizes the qualities of Pisces, a Yin sign, as its best. Her compassion knows no boundaries and extends universal love to all, including animals and plants. Her appeal is that she extends her compassion and love to ordinary people. There are so many myths and stories abounding that tell of her great deeds of grace, but none are more fitting to our theme than her connection with the sea.

Tales are often told of her ability to calm the turbulence of typhoons as she descends from the heavens in her flowing white robes. Here is a quote described in one such tale from a beautifully written book about her, Kuan Yin, Myths and Prophiscies of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion by Martin Palmer and Jay Ramsay with Man-Ho Kwok, “… Closing her eyes, she raised her hands before the raging waters, which immediately ceased their turbulence. Turning to face the winds, she opened her eyes and the winds died down and the storm clouds dispersed” Then she disappeared.

Kuan YinPeace, Love, and Compassion: these are the highest qualities that Pisces aspires towards. To get to such a lofty goal they must often wallow through a lot of mud and storms along the way. That is why Kuan Yin is often depicted standing upon a full blown lotus flower. Perhaps there are really no words now to further attempt to define what can only be contemplated. I leave you, dear readers, with that beautiful image. Who or what is Pisces must perhaps ever remain a mystery, an enigma.

February 28, 2008  218 Comments
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218 comments

1 Alay { 05.05.14 at 9:37 pm }

Hey Genevieve this and All you guys who wrote and are pisces really helped me understand myself at 23 years of age.So first and for most as a respectable fish to my my sis’s and bro’s pisces I want to say thank you. This basically describes us in every aspect spiritual, mental, emotional, and physically. Often as a pisces I am mishnderstood in my family, friendships, and relationships, etc. Throughout my entire life actually and honestly I enjoy being misunderstood because no one could ever define my piscean ways and especially the elusiveness we empower deep within our hearts and souls But at times” many times” I was a your artucle said Genevieve in a way overwhelmed by the power as a pisces I know I encounter and therefore it made me fearful. But i was never really Afraid to be to strong in my heart and my mind just slight taken that its that powerful. I really discivered the gift at an early age just now learning how to apply it, and yes another thing Artistic you say? That is A aspect as well to me a new found obe we portray as pisces. We just opt for a deeper level of understanding its crazy lol.. I know I do and I know that an artist I could be if I wanted to and By reading you Gene and all you bothers it has youched me and futhermore influenced me to be even better. I mean at one point I discovered our loving magnetic nature amongst a group of people and my was I overwhelmed with the feedback and as pisces you we ask ourselves”me Omg , they really like?”All the time:). Changing the subject though, realistically what most or all the other signs dont know about us pisceans is that we are very strong in each I aspect. In a way from my observence the other signs can be weak in 2 key areas that our society is confused and brainwashed of withholding and those two are spiritual and mental aspects. I just hinestly feel as a pisces we just honor and respect our feelings so much that the other sugns dont they camoflauge in their physical strengths and worldly aspirations instead if the true depths or within the soul. Once they understand that our world can be a much better place. Heck I wish my Cancer Ex boyfriend understood that other side of my fish instead of the side that is like the shark demanding respect and out for any orey to pounve on if tampered with. .But as a pisces we have to right? ..now that i have recently discovered it with in the last few years and unleashed it. It wasn’t pretty though people were offeneded and so was he, the Cancer Guy. Why when our strengths shine bright like a beautiful waterfall and are displayed to others they become sort of like jealous or inferior in a way I do not clearly understand? Can someone answer that for me? But Genevieve I have a specific question I have to ask of you ehst is about us that truly offends our other water signs and as a female. Pisces whose heart has been broken by the cancer I thought I was compatible with and the Scorpio who trys to egostically play gsmrs and use their playful Mystery thinking they can confuse me the most mydtiwur sign of them all…sorry I am rambling but help me figure out why the cancer broke my heart and why the cancer snd scorpio act ad if they dislike towards pisces I truly thought we were compatible im confused because I actually want my cancer guy bsck I misd him truly need major advice!!!But love you my pisces muahhh goodnight. .

2 Alay { 05.05.14 at 9:40 pm }

Please excuse my errors sometimes these phones do what they want

3 Genevieve { 05.09.14 at 2:25 pm }

Dear Alay,
Thanks for sharing so much. The paradoxes of Pisces are often difficult to fully fathom all right. There is so much power in the depths of Pisces that when unleashed it can shock others. As to others being jealous or inferior, I suspect there are other aspects in your make-up playing into this. Just comparing sun signs isn’t always enough to understand conflicts. You and your Cancer man may have Moons that don’t quite jive, or other planets that interact in conflicting ways. The one thing I can say, is that water signs do energize each other. Whether that energy is harmonious or challenging depends on many other factors between the two individuals. Your entire birth map would need to be studied as it relates to his to fully see the big picture.

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5 aish { 06.07.14 at 1:44 pm }

Its deep the way u have describedthis sign..opening every facet layer by layer just lyk a pisces… The multilayere mystic sign being unleashed in d same way…loved d article… N agree with it..
However,virgos r tend to be too practical n organised n as much i have known abit selfish.. We pisces hv this quality of gvng best of ourselves to others and unknwingly adapt their characterstics…
I didnt really got the virgo thing u said… Was not able to pin down the exact meaning..cn u please elaborate over it..?

6 Genevieve Vierling { 06.13.14 at 11:26 am }

Aish—-I’m not sure whether you’re referring to my actual Virgo article or Virgo discussed within the article on Pisces. Virgo is opposite Pisces in the Zodiac and therefore complementary to it. Pisces must learn from Virgo to be more discriminating and Virgo learns from Pisces to be more compassionate. I know this is simplifying the theme, but it’s a lot of work for Pisces to simply say ‘No’ when they’ve had enough. Virgo sets very defined boundaries, whereas Pisces moves beyond all boundaries. Being a Pisces in a body can be difficult, to say the least!

7 aish { 06.07.14 at 2:08 pm }

I find myself as an odd dichotomy of rmotional amd practical and take decisions after wavering all pros and cons..i try tp balace both..sometimes its difficult but i ultimately succeed.. I think i have this power of playing with people minds and incept a thought or idea in their mind as if it was theirs… Though i dont do that often n when do then gr a good and genuine purpose.. Moverly emotional and understanding and nice soft towards peoplei love but ther see thos as my weakness and consider this as a way of hurting kwng theu arr fotgiven. It feels sad how people could tle advntage instead of cherishing the best of you.. Well but no one can change me.. I learn and become more strong on my values everytym someone hurts but after a long shadowy night… afterall whay’s lyf without diffrnt xperiences… Tjanks fr lovly article again..

8 aish { 06.17.14 at 1:39 pm }

Okk…thanks for clearing my doubts…
Well..i guess i hv learned it…though m lyk off from virgos nw..bt d irony is it was d virgo who forced n made me to learn it…
Thanxx..

9 Genevieve Vierling { 06.17.14 at 1:52 pm }

Aish—
Yes, we often learn from those who are the most difficult to be with or to take!

10 Arkyl { 06.20.14 at 6:52 pm }

I am feeling big right now… When that happens, i visit a place inhabited by giants like you my brothers and sisters! We are indeed giants…

Love, Peace, Unity and Universal consiousness.

11 Genevieve Vierling { 06.21.14 at 9:28 am }

Beautiful Arkyl! I’m happy to hear it and I’m sure others who visit this blog/Pisces theme will as well. May you always be held by grace!

12 Michael { 07.01.14 at 5:02 am }

love
disobedient
forgiveness

\from a Scorpio in love with Pisces

13 Ella { 09.23.14 at 7:11 am }

Hi!
I’m another pisces, and i just want to ask, is there any other stories or theories about Pisces, i’m reading up on this sign but also tiger from Chinese astrology because, tada, i’m both so yeah just curious, But i quite enjoyed the article and would love to read more πŸ™‚

14 Genevieve Vierling { 09.24.14 at 1:18 pm }

Dear Ella,

There are plenty of stories and myths about Pisces. Here are just a few: “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen; Dolphin stories such as the Greek version of Telemachus being rescued from drowning by a dolphin; Dionysius, the shape-shifter deity, and the cult which arose around him; Cassandra, the prophetess who was cursed by Apollo so no one paid any attention to her; even Christ and his crucifixion is a Piscean story through and through. After all, this story initiated the ‘Piscean Age’ of which we are now in the midst of ending. There is the myth of Odysseus who eventually becomes lost in uncharted seas incurring the wrath of Poseidon (another Pisces archetype). Then there is Noah’s Ark, a story of an epic flood and possible salvation for new life. These stories go on and on because Pisces is the most Universal of all the signs and holds them all in essence within it’s strange and unfathomable nature. So enjoy your journey of inquiry!

15 Silent Psycho { 11.22.14 at 6:09 am }

Beautiful article, thanks for that.

16 Crystal { 12.28.14 at 2:43 pm }

I must say thank you. This is refreshing! Not for the purpose to make others understand, but to actually calm what they say. At times its hard to explain to someone that doesn’t want to understand. I can say I have lived a couple of the Pisces based stories you have listed. This was a great read keep on writing.

17 Ella { 12.31.14 at 6:35 am }

Amazing, simply amazing. You have written quite well, what I know about Pisces, being one myself, is that it simply isn’t as happy-go-lucky as everyone thinks, unfortunetly. When I ask, or research, what people think of Pisces I see and hear a lot of stereotypical answers, quite often I research about our inner rages and anger bursts. Actually it’s quite hilarious how people say Pisces children or pisceans in general are extremely shy, it’s stupid in my opinion, because me, being in my teenager years now, but when I was a few years younger, had been told multiple times, to seek anger managment. So, put simply all pisceans aren’t the same, And I absolutely LOVE how you’ve pointed that out, and shown that we aren’t as much of a push-over as the rest of the world seems to think. Although, amoung my friends, yes, I am the one being quite and offering to get things for someone, i’ve had one explosive encounter with an acquaintance, and I, well, yelled in his face that he shouldn’t be so argumentive when i’m simply trying to tell him some fun-facts, to which he simply shut his mouth, looked at me like i’m crazy and walked away as fast as socially possible. I’ve also been told by a few of my best friends, one being a lovely, loud-mouthed cancer, and the other a smart-assed Sagittarius, that when I keep to myself or when I don’t pay them any attention they feel awkward around me and feel i’m extermely mad at them. Am I the only one who, which i’m sure i’m not, has this affect on their friends? But anyway, i’m actually curious about your thoughts on an Earth-Tiger Piscean, I just happen to be one and am curious about anyones thought on the matter.

Have a lovely day/night/evening/morning everybody!!
πŸ™‚

18 Genevieve Vierling { 12.31.14 at 4:33 pm }

Dear Ella, What a wonderful sharing! Thank you so much. You are quite savvy for one so young, but I’m not surprised at this. Being a Pisces/Tiger you must have the ferocity of a feline cat with the tenderness of a Pisces all in one. Good for you for owning your anger side! Anger is a motivating force and can be directed into strong activism out in the world. Two great male dancers were born Pisces/Tigers: Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev. Check them out. You almost need professional outlets for your dramatic side where you are able to express the range and depth of your emotional body. Writing is also good for you because you express your feelings so vividly. And don’t allow anyone to de-claw you!!!

19 Adrian Anderson { 01.05.15 at 10:50 am }

Pakistani prisoner? Do you even know when Pakistan was formed? Over fifteen hundred years after the writing of the Lotus Sutra. 😐

20 Genevieve Vierling { 01.05.15 at 8:24 pm }

Thank you Adrian for bringing this important detail to my attention. The source I used states Kumarajiva was a prisoner sold into slavery and that he originally came either from Taxila, in what is now northern Pakistan, or from Kharashar in Turkestan. I’ll make this distinction in the article itself.

21 Will G { 01.15.15 at 6:11 am }

Hi Genevieve,

I just had to leave a comment on here, (even thought I’m at work at my desk and should be busy!) I know my sign quite well and really glad i stumbled upon this article, I can honestly say I have never seen anything so beautifully written describing the sign of Pisces.

Essentially my situation at the moment is one of a “comeback” if you will. Like a lot of Pisces, I have used the escape of drugs (weed mostly) to cure my troubles and forget about them. This has been going on for nearly 2 years, I have cut myself of from my friends but even more my family which makes me feel so so guilty!

The reason? Rejection. Rejection from women, never getting the situation/relationship I wanted and it has driven me so inward at the start of January i could not stand being on my own constantly reliving past memories and failures.

The funny thing is in my memory I remember who i was before the drugs, I remember how good i can come across, how confident i used to be, how things used to click and like you mentioned in this post I had an inner strength that sometimes even shocked me.

Well Genevieve you’ve just helped one piscean on his way to re-gaining that strength that I know exists within me. I’m 24 next month, never had a relationship but I’m not going to give up or stop until I win and achieve the ultimate goal of happiness that I know awaits me!

I wish you peace and love and when my finances turn around I will definetly buy a reading from you!

Thank you

Will

22 Genevieve Vierling { 01.15.15 at 4:50 pm }

I appreciate deeply your thoughts and sharing. I, too, have been there with the fuzzy land of weed. I’ll never forget how I stopped. A man who was totally into symbolism and the I Ching came over to our home and noticed some of the plants I was growing in our window. I showed him the red spider mites covering one of the plants. He immediately said to me, “Don’t you know what they are trying to tell you? RED SPIDER—–you’re not supposed to smoke that sh…t/stuff.” And I stopped that very day and have never had the desire ever again. That was many, many moons ago and my own psychic eye would never have opened the way it has had I continued on that path.

So good for you! Recognition is the most important element in making the important changes necessary to finding true fulfillment. I wish you much love and happiness Will!

23 jackie { 05.16.15 at 10:49 am }

Hey Genevieve,
I read your article and some of the comments.
I am a sixteen year old Pisces girl and I’m sure that being sixteen year old AND a Pisces in the year of the rabbit enhance my sensitivity. On top of me having changed the country I live in which put me in a stage of depression.
I just wonder if happiness is possible for people like us? How do we control our overwhelming emotions? Because it’s very painful, on a daily basis for me to deal with the changes I have to face in this Move. Did quitting marijuana help you? I smoke everyday. I feel like I find myself expecting other things and other people To make me happy cause I dont know how to deal with myself. I need a helping hand to guide me on the right path and nobody seems to know how

24 Genevieve Vierling { 05.16.15 at 3:42 pm }

Dear Jackie, My heart goes out to you! It’s not easy being sixteen and you have the compounded issues of a move far from what you are familiar with. But—yes—Pisces can be happy. Remember, Pisces is like the ocean which is wide and DEEP. Way down there it’s peaceful and still. So Pisces people have to go deeply within and find a spiritual path that ultimately takes them to that deep and calm place. Then happiness is more assured because you’re not looking for it to come outside of yourself.

Yes, I quit all outside escape substances like marijuana long, long ago. They clouded me too much and fogged up my mind. I like things to be crystal clear even if painful. I can deal with them better that way. I do hope you can find someone you can talk with. You can always e-mail me privately c/o this site. Just go to the ‘contact’ sidebar if you like. I also recommend finding someone you can reach out to help. Even if it’s an animal. Your sensitivity is needed in this rather crass world! Don’t give in nor give up. There is always some magic for Pisces.

25 Luke Gallant { 05.19.15 at 12:00 am }

I just wanna add my two cents and thank every pisces, particularly Genevieve for this wonderful and informative article. At times I’ve hated myself for being so ‘weak’ and considerate of others at the expense of my own truth and self-worth. This article has once again brought my perceptions into alignment and reminded me that ‘Im not alone!!!’. I wish all pisces out there strength, perseverence and love as we live out our duties in bringing light to a world that’s still very much in the dark!!!

26 Genevieve Vierling { 05.19.15 at 2:50 pm }

Thank you so much for sharing Luke! May your light shine brightly in this world.

27 Paul { 05.29.15 at 11:51 pm }

I think of the song “Spirits in the Material World” by The Police and I automatically think: Pisces…

28 Genevieve Vierling { 06.02.15 at 2:01 pm }

Thanks Paul for the song illustration. I’m going to go to YouTube and listen in.

29 Piscess { 06.22.15 at 10:55 pm }

Yeahh its soo true. i really liked this article.. Often im just lost in my own world or in my head trying to figure out something and i just sometimes came up with some interesting facts and when i tell my friends about it who are not pisces they would be just amazed by that then i would be sitting there like a boss haha i knoww but its really weird for me when i think too much about people, world, animals, or other things, it kinda stresses me out feeling like im some crazy person

30 Sunny Kang { 07.06.15 at 11:40 pm }

True

31 Paul { 07.16.15 at 9:48 pm }

Learning Astrology has given me terms, vocabulary, and concepts that describes the metaphysical and perceptions I experienced as a youth and could not, for the life of me, put into descriptions… and it’s probably the only known discipline which could achieve that.

-Pisces Sun/Merc Pisces/Aqua Moon

32 Genevieve Vierling { 07.17.15 at 9:29 am }

I wholeheartedly agree Paul—Astrology is a true cosmology that explains what often feels mysterious and unfathomable. It’s as old as any discipline we have developed on this planet for sure.

33 Ashwariya Ravika Ram { 01.01.16 at 10:23 pm }

Please tell me when will I find my soul mate and where is that guy from. Will I be able to succeed in my career. Please tell me in detail what are the things are going to happen this year.

34 Genevieve Vierling { 01.06.16 at 5:36 pm }

Ashwariya, I answered the first part of your question with your later. As far as career is concerned, in general Pisces is such a universal sign that almost any path Pisces chooses can be the right one as long as they are focused enough to develop it and willing enough to let their own ego go. Serving a higher calling is always a good place to begin.

35 Ashwariya Ravika Ram { 01.01.16 at 10:26 pm }

When will I find my soul mate. Will I be able to succeed in life. Please tell me in detail when will I b able to meet my soul mate and will he be a gud person for me.

36 Genevieve Vierling { 01.06.16 at 5:33 pm }

Dear Ashwariya, Your query cannot be answered specifically since you leave no birth data at all. I am assuming you are a Pisces, but there are millions of Pisces with all sorts of different destinies. I suggest that you go to a professional astrologer for help in finding these answers, and even then the ‘when’ is not always so easily seen as it does have a lot to do with you and your own readiness and willingness to connect. Soulmates often have even difficult paths together due to whatever they are attempting to learn from each other I might add; so be careful what you wish for! I would encourage you to ask how you can be the best possible mate for another so that you will find and attract the joy and happiness that you are seeking. πŸ™‚

37 Mindful Mermaid { 02.06.16 at 1:50 pm }

Elemental of Water is instinct.
She is feeling. She is shapeless, fluid and malleable. She can be solid, liquid or gaseous. She is inconstant, always in flow. She is continually adapting to her surroundings. She nourishes and activates life. She is energy in motion – emotion. Her energy is extremely changeable and chameleon-like, and is able to take on many disguises. She can intuit the invisible, understand the unfathomable and empathize with all experiences.
Whilst thought, or Elemental Air, may influence energy to some extent, emotions more frequently underline our actions. Her emotions are her inner guidance and by being continually aware of her emotions she can steer her life in more conscious direction instead of being swept along a current of external thoughts and β€œsituations”, under the influence or even direct control of others.
Mutable Water Mutable Water, Pisces, simply refers to the fluid exchange of emotionally charged light and sound between all living and non-living things.
Pisces – fluid, constantly changing, constantly seeking to connect, permeating every nook and cranny in consciousness, reflecting, imagining and sustaining life – is the quintessential water element. It may sound somewhat like a dictionary definition of empathy.
The symbol of two fish, attached yet swimming in opposite directions, being an empath is a two way emotional energy exchange between her and the world around her. Perhaps it is the human level of experience of life, that we often think and feel that we have no impact on the world around us. We tend to believe the impact on our lives is from the world and the people in it. But impact we do have.
We have the opportunity to dive deeply within, to experience the emotions that are driving our lives – fear or love. To find the way, close your eyes, listen closely, and attend with your heart.

FOR I AM PISCES

38 Genevieve Vierling { 02.08.16 at 12:20 pm }

So beautifully stated!! Thank you. This is worth printing out and saving as a reminder of what Pisces truly can be and is.

39 claire-Polina { 02.29.16 at 1:23 pm }

Wow , now that is what I call true surprise , you have understood pisces as no one has ever explain before . Thank you , from a Pisces / Libra . Love from France . xxx

40 joke { 03.13.16 at 12:38 pm }

Am 18,dis year, i av always wat to know about my self, i think a lot, in a short foam, i dnt av any think, bt even spiritual power, i jst want to know wat i like any dis like, am born in march 4th 1998, pls can you tell me more about my signs

41 Genevieve Vierling { 03.16.16 at 2:21 pm }

I can’t really tell you what you like and dislike. That is up to you to tell me!!! Your March 4th, 1998 birth data tells me that you have a lot of planets in Pisces all right. That may be your dilemma in trying to figure out what you believe in, what you think about, what you value. Your Venus is conjoining Neptune adding to your challenge to sort out your values for yourself. Give yourself time and patience! With Moon probably in Taurus, you first of all need security, solidity, enough of your basic needs met. You say you are now 18 years old. Good! It’s time to develop your talents and gifts which are many. Education looks to be very important in your Solar Chart. Try to get the best training you can afford! Spend time in nature. Learn some form of meditation. These will help you to determine your path. With Jupiter close to your Sun you have a good chance of finding guidance and becoming a true spiritual leader yourself some day! Never give up.

42 P { 03.17.16 at 10:46 pm }

I have three planets in this sign: Venus, Mercury, and the Sun; they are all conjunct. Would this count as a stellium?

43 Genevieve Vierling { 03.18.16 at 8:21 pm }

Ususally 4 or more planets conjoining each other are considered a stellium. I’d say yours is more like a triple conjunction. Thanks for asking!

44 Curious Pisces { 03.31.16 at 7:05 am }

Hey, so i’ve read this article many times and it still hits the spot everytime, but i’m curious on your thoughts on a pisces born on the 9th of march 1998. Although i already know my planertary signs as well as rising/asendent which is Cancer as i was born at 4:48 pm, i’m still curious on your perspective of my placments.

Thank you!

45 Genevieve Vierling { 07.08.16 at 7:30 pm }

Dear Shio, So sorry for the very long delay!! I don’t always have time to detailed analysis this way, but I did run your chart not knowing WHERE you were born however. You have a ‘Kite Configuration’ in your chart with the Moon in Leo at the tail and Neptune, Venus, and Uranus opposite at the head of the kite. The other two points which form a Grand Trine to your Moon are Mercury/Mars in Aries, and Pluto in Sagittarius. You are highly gifted with great spirit and creativity which you need partnership with to really fly high. The right partner is critical and it needs to be someone who doesn’t mind your strength and ability to really shine. Your Sun in Pisces then must take the high road with this amazing ability and stay humble and willing to serve for the greatest good of all so that you can be a bridge and healer in whatever you put your energies into. I’ll probably e-mail you privately so you’ll read this! πŸ™‚

46 Dan { 04.06.16 at 7:28 pm }

Something’s fishy about this site. But yeah I’m a Pisces too. I’m nuts just like all of you;)

47 zain { 04.12.16 at 11:39 pm }

Hey, beautiful piece of writing. So depthfull. I stumbled upon this in search of answers. Im a virgo male in love with a pisces lady who in turn loves a pisces men, but he come in and out of her life, hurting her emotionally. After he came back again, i had a serious fight with her. We tried to workout our friendship but we kept on hurting each other. I finally took my leave when she said she need me but not my love. She just cant let me go but i cant stay seeing het humiliating herself. Now im super confused.

48 Genevieve Vierling { 04.16.16 at 2:18 pm }

Zain, I may have responded to another with a similar dilemma as yours, or is this you again?? Pisces can become attached to suffering or what is called ‘the doormat syndrome’. If she can’t get clear, you need to, and move on to someone who truly honors and LOVES your Virgo sensibility!

49 jojowa { 05.18.16 at 10:38 am }

Dear Genevieve,
I am very pleased and thankful of this article you wrote about this
sign of pisces,for i am now accepting my true sign,definitely a piscean.
I was confused before because my mother kept telling me that i was born
on nov 10 and was late registered on march 10 1977.so thats a lot of mess
on my personal documents.aside from that i kept reading my scorpio
since i was younger and a lot of it doesnt describe me well as i was wondering to myself,im way sensitive and can blend with other signs/people and can listen to others with lots of understanding and forgiving and kindness that a scorpio is lack of some of it and may be turbulent and assertive which is not my nature the way im feeling it.I’m not saying that i hate scorpio ,i actually admire their strong personality and determination and mysteriousness as pisces are but in a different level.
This article helped me a lot to know more of myself of why i suffered ,
struggled and yet survived it all and im positively thinking that there’s
a higher calling for all these experiences of mine.and im so glad that
im not alone in this quest…i didn’t just read the article but
through all the comments and realized i was spending almost 7hrs before
i get to the bottom of this and leave a comment and perhaps a story already
hahaha…im just overwhelmed here with happiness please forgive me my
sisters and brothers here…love ,peace and harmony for all of us pisceans
sincerely admiring the gentleness of our sign.the best!!.

50 Genevieve Vierling { 05.20.16 at 9:46 pm }

Thank you for sharing Jojowa, You are in good company as you can see from all the comments!

51 Gina G { 06.06.16 at 4:25 pm }

As a Pisces, this is the best description I have come across…this is me to a “T”. Praises to the writer of this article…I know I am not the only one like this THANK YOU!

52 Genevieve Vierling { 06.14.16 at 4:07 pm }

I appreciate your kudos dear Gina!

53 lisa { 06.14.16 at 4:15 pm }

I was born on Feb 20th, I am a Pisces for sure. My family never really excepted me and when anything strange happened They blamed me. I am called a dreamer, not in a good way: also lazy and someone who love misery. my family consist of a mother Aries two sisters Leo and Cancer, none who gets me so with out knowing and sometime knowingly will punish me or set me up to be punished by people who don’t know me: to hurt me. I’m fifty five yrs old and just come to realize I will never fit or be liked in my family for being so different. my children now are acting out the same behavior as my siblings and mother and was witness to so much of what I was taking through. My children are Leo twins and a Sagittarius. I gave all these people my heart and soul , as the universe gave me; and they have spit in my face. I now must learn how to go the rest of my life journey with out them, I still love them all and that wont ever change, but I hope I can meet some wonderful people up ahead on my road like the people here and the Writer who put this Beautiful message out for people like me I will paste this up for all to see on my wall. Thank You! Genevieve Vierling

54 Genevieve Vierling { 06.16.16 at 10:17 am }

Dear Lisa, Perhaps you’ll get a Gold Star for enduring and gaining understanding in this life. We never know completely why we go through so much suffering. I do hope some ultimate learning curve moves our collective beyond this need to have life after life of suffering. We used to talk about this when I was studying astrology many moons ago. Why the suffering to learn? I’m glad you have found this community to enjoy now. We embrace you and salute you! One other thing; it seems you’ve been drawn to Fire signs and people in this life. Perhaps study your chart to understand that more fully. Fire has a more difficult time being empathetic as a general rule. Of course I’ve known Fire sign people with big, and generous hearts! But Pisces can get lost around Fire signs. I’m sure you understand what I’m writing about!

55 Mb { 06.27.16 at 6:38 am }

This is the best ever description of a Pisces… Best Ever.
Am march 3

56 Genevieve Vierling { 06.27.16 at 3:47 pm }

Why thank you MB!!

57 Mb { 06.27.16 at 6:54 am }

You deserve an award for this…

58 Shathawy { 07.11.16 at 8:56 am }

This is the best article about pisces I’ve ever read in quite a long time!!thank you so much Genevieve!!.Ive noticed some comments about being pisces dragon or something like that and I guess it has to do with the Chinese zodiac so i googled mine “i was born in 28th of February 1994” and it turned out I’m pisces wood dog. I have this love interest who is also a pisces water rooster “born in 17th of march 1993”. I had this time where i felt the connection was magical and now after like 3 years in this relationship i just feel like im his rebound girl, like everything we had was because he just came out from a very bad breakup. Ive talked to him about being “careless” and not giving much attention to the relationship but he keeps denying and insists that “he loves me and that I only feel this way because we are in a long distance relationship”. This confusion leaves me totally drained and sad. I’m known for being an efficient person in work and someone with a cheerful personality but now i truly feel like i dont want to do anything and i give up on things easily. It’s like my soul has aged and I’m just waiting for death πŸ™ . I can’t believe that my emotions ruled my entire life and now I have no idea what to do. I became a person with a very bad temper and I rarely meet new people or go out. sometimes it feels like I’m sad and gloomy because I’m a pisces and everything is so magnified in my mind that it started crippling me from living my life normally like everyone else. reading bad news or hearing death news -about people i didn’t know personally or barely knew-drains me completely and i enter a realm of sadness and start feeling cynical about life. I know this is not a therapy session :’D but I hope someone would help me get out from this endless cycle. Thanks again for this amazing article.

59 Genevieve Vierling { 07.12.16 at 8:48 pm }

I’m so glad my article has touched you Shathawy. Remember the analogy that water signs, especially Pisces, can be like the ocean; the outer winds, storms of life, and upper currents can keep the emotional life like a churning, stormy sea, but deep, down there is calm. That’s probably why Pisces needs some type of spiritual practice to connect with inner peacefulness. I did take a look at your Solar Chart and see that Neptune has gone over your Saturn/Sun, probably when the relationship was more magical. Now transit Saturn has been challenging your Sun and thus more sadness and gloom possibly. Soon Saturn will move on and I hope the Sun ‘shines again’ in your life. You have Moon in Libra I see, so you do need harmony and a feeling of give and take in relationship. You also have Mercury/Mars right together in Aquarius, so clear communication is a must. You have a great chart, actually, for becoming a counselor in your own right. Water/Air is the best combination for working with people and providing empathy with objectivity. May rainbows and prisms of light dance in your life again soon!

60 Paul { 07.23.16 at 5:50 pm }

Ma’am- You’ve got so many accolades for this essay that I think we fish need a ‘PT II’ πŸ˜‰
And yes, I like to read your sign write-ups in the beginning, or right at the end of its sun-transit…

61 Genevieve Vierling { 07.26.16 at 4:34 pm }

Thank you Paul! I really should write a Part II; agreed. I will put this in my ‘hopper’; perhaps once Pisces rolls around again in a few months.

62 Annabel { 07.30.16 at 4:48 am }

Hi Genevieve,
This article is truly inspiring, thank you for posting it! As a budding Astrologer and fellow Pisces, it’s great to find material that aptly encompasses some of the qualities and experiences Pisces can go through. I particularly liked how you described some of the more stormy/tumultuous energies, I think a lot of people tend to think that Pisces is a mild sign, when in fact we can experience just as much – if not a great deal more – energy as the rest of the signs. From reading some other Pisces stories on this page here, its interesting to see that I’m not the only one who has had to really control the energies inside, particularly anger. Born 28 Feb 1995 in the afternoon, I have a Mars in Leo, exactly 0 degrees, in retrograde at the time and in opposition to my Mercury in Aquarius, which are the aspects I tend to attribute as a reason for why I sometimes have an explosive temper and sharp tongue…!!
My only query, which I would like some advice on if possible please, is how would you best advise a Pisces to deal with a Moon in Aquarius in a square aspect to a Pluto in Sagittarius, at least on a general basis? I’ve read that this aspect makes expressing emotions/feelings/thoughts quite difficult, especially with close loved ones and I do identify with this greatly, but its not very clear to me why this occurs or what I should do combat it. I have a boyfriend (we’ve been together over a year) and I know at points we both find it tough to talk to each other because expressing my inner self is difficult and I shut myself off when I feel its getting difficult, if you see what I mean?
I often do spend a lot of time alone and enjoying natural surroundings when I can and as you’ve advised in the article, but given my active Mars in Leo, I feel like I need to do something to improve my relationships with my loved ones. Not to say that aren’t good at the moment, they are for the most part really good! But I just have a feeling that later on when its time to really settle down and address more of the things that I want from life, that I will run into trouble expressing that and in the right way.
Otherwise, thank you again for such an insightful view of Pisces. I’m also glad you used Elizabeth Taylor as an example, she’s one of my role models and she was such an incredible lady. Her life is a fascinating one and as you described in the article, its no wonder she had so many journeys and adventures in her time to go through. What a Pisces she was! If there is a Part II to come, I look forward to reading it πŸ™‚

63 Genevieve Vierling { 08.02.16 at 10:20 am }

Dear Annabel, Thank you for your appreciation and your comments. In addressing that Moon square Pluto, I tried to do an approximate calculation of your chart based on your birth date. Not knowing the time or place of your birth I’ve tried to get that correct placement. Also, I’m wondering how your chart was calculated to get a Moon in Aquarius? I keep getting 0 + Pisces! So it looks like you are Lunar ruled making that Moon very, very important in the 8th. With the square to Pluto you have a double Scorpio meaning. Trust would be a major issue. You need to feel safe enough to open up. Was that feeling of safety ever violated when young? That’s something to explore. I actually have three children with Pluto/Moon aspects and I tried my best to be an exemplary mother, but certain episodes in my children’s early life could not be prevented. This aspect adds great depth to your emotional body, making it even more difficult to express fully the profundity of your feelings or even the extremes. Feeling extreme emotions is also part of your emotional body; I would say expressing yourself through something creative with Pluto in your 5th. That could be writing, music, fine arts, acting…. Pluto always adds an obsessive note to whatever it touches, so pay attention to that element as well. I have a son who is a very fine artist. Many of his illustrations appear on this blog, but he is basically a painter. This aspect lends itself well to his going back in time and re-surfacing 15th century artistic styles for example. Pluto helps you to bring back up from the depths of the past something and regenerate it. One of my daughters with the same aspect as you, but in different signs, is a Tango Dancer, for example. That is a very old and classic form of dance. One of the groups she is in is called ‘Tango Con Fusion’ (Google it!) and thus a new element is added to the old forms. I think you get the drift. Rather than fearing or seeing this aspect as a problem, begin to see it as a strength. Emotional depth and strength. It may take time for you to find the right outlets for expression. Hope this helps. You are a strong and powerful young soul with a lot to offer!

64 Annabel { 07.30.16 at 4:52 am }

Oh and my Moon is in the 8th house, Pluto is in the 5th house – sorry, forgot to include that in my previous entry! Thanks πŸ™‚

65 Annabel { 08.03.16 at 4:49 pm }

Thank you, Genevieve, that explains quite a few things for me and gives me some clarity!
Sorry for not offering my exact place/time of birth, that probably would’ve been more helpful! I was born in the UK around 13:50 and when looking at my chart, I do have quite a few planets that are placed very close to the transition between signs, if that explains my Moon in Aquarius and others across my chart? I know Pluto is also a 0 degree into Sagittarius, looking at it just now
Anyhow, I’m also glad to know that I’m not the only one in this case for having a Moon/Pluto square and that your children as per example have found good outlets for that energy, so I shall be sure to try and focus on some of my own hobbies. The obsessive, or at times really quite possessive, Pluto energy, noted also – I’ve found that in recent years this has been cropping up, so always a good reminder not to get too immersed to the point of no return.
As for the feeling of safety and most certainly, in short, I am the once bitten, twice shy person for definite. All past history and I have tried as much as I can to move on from them. But your words here have helped me change my view and I do see now how my Moon and Pluto can be used as strengths. Your points have reminded me of some things in my life that I have forgotten to use to help myself and I am very grateful, thank you again. This has also been helpful in my journey to better understanding Astrology.
All the best to you and your children as well in their successes. πŸ™‚

66 Genevieve Vierling { 08.05.16 at 9:54 am }

Dear Annabel,
So now I’ve corrected your chart with place and time. Yes, your Moon is in late Aquarius adding to the complexity since Pluto is in early Sagittarius. This means that the square is perhaps more easily handled since both planets are in yang signs as well. Though I see that your Moon is also in-conjunct Chiron which adds another note of both complexity and challenge for you to ‘come out of your cave’ and do the healing work you came here to do. Your Chiron works beautifully with your Neptune,Venus,Uranus all in the 6th. You have a lot to offer others that is most special and loving!! I wish you bright blessings on your path!

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