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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  438 Comments
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1 Jon { 09.12.18 at 9:14 am }

Hi Genevieve

I need your guidance! I think im a weak Person! When i read about Sun in Pisces i hate myself! Please help me

03.03.1987 / 3 pm / Düsseldorf,Germany

2 Genevieve Vierling { 10.14.18 at 4:18 pm }

Dear Jon, You actually have an enormous amount of gifts to contribute and your focus needs to be on the people you are connected with. Self-loathing can come at various times in our lives when we feel hopeless or can’t see our purpose clearly. You have to confront these dark corners of your psyche but certainly have the ability to rise like the phoenix out of the ashes of your implosions and move on. I suspect it is your Mars opposite Pluto in Scorpio that exacerbates this desire to ‘sting yourself’ rather than drive your energies outwards towards that which you desire to champion or fight for. You have a deep and penetrating mind which can focus on solutions if you apply yourself. You are anything but weak!!

3 Jon { 09.12.18 at 9:19 am }

Hi Genevieve

I need your guidance! I think im a weak Person! When i read about Sun in Pisces i hate myself! Please help me

03.03.1987 / 3 pm / Düsseldorf,Germany

4 Genevieve Vierling { 10.14.18 at 4:19 pm }

I believe I just answered you, Jon. For some reason your request has come up twice.

5 BiBi { 09.16.18 at 1:49 pm }

Hey beautiful 👋🏻 I’m 26th November 1990 . birth time unknown .I’m a doctor now
What you think about relationships for me

6 Genevieve Vierling { 10.14.18 at 4:22 pm }

Dear Bibi, I see your Moon is in Pisces while your Sun is in Sagittarius. You have a LOT of Capricorn energies—-good for you becoming a Dr. already. Relationships are a challenge because you have different sides to your nature that require different types of people. Your Moon in Pisces can get confused I’m sure because your value system is fiery and highly yang, as is your Mars in Gemini energy. The right relationship for you perhaps requires a more fixed type who can ground and settle you while you do your multi-faceted dance. Capricorn is another good energy for you, by the way.

7 Will { 09.26.18 at 4:12 am }

10/03/1991 UK time of birth 8:00pm – please can you tell me about my birth hart Genevieve i would be very interested in your thoughts

thank you

8 Genevieve Vierling { 10.14.18 at 4:27 pm }

Dear Will, Your Pisces Sun and Mercury both sit in the arena of service to others and your Capricorn Moon sits with Uranus/Neptune in the arena of communication, learning, and net-working. You need a strong base/family support system so that you can excel out in the world and reach a larger audience. You need action however; not just sitting around talking. Solving problems, getting the jobs done, and inspiring people are some of your fortes. You are also a transformer of sorts and can make a lot of $ at whatever you really get seriously involved with. Good fortune smile on you!

9 Tasha cheek { 09.28.18 at 2:23 am }

Good morning Genevieve,
My birthday is February 25,1987 birth place is Harris Texas and was put up for adoption. I was adopted after 23 days old by my biological mothers sister. So with already being a Pisces and naturally feeling lost I always had a problem of not feeling like I belonged. I always had a feeling of being lost and needing to find out who I really am. I’m not sure if I developed this feeling afterwards finding out the story behind me being adopted; finding out who my biological mother was which was my aunt and my cousins that really are my brothers & sisters. To me just seems like I’m always search from answers but never getting any results. My career in life is a caregiver which I enjoy doing and have a passion for but there is still some kind of feeling inside of me that is not very pleasant of her life. Do you have any insight to possibly help steer me in the right direction.

10 Genevieve Vierling { 10.14.18 at 4:33 pm }

Dear Tasha, Your sunrise chart shows the ‘wound’ of identity and family support with strong abandonment issues underlying your psyche. Those first 23 days created a strong terror/distrust that can be healed through hypnosis probably. It has to be something non-verbal. Your Aunt has given you the support, thank goodness, but there is a deep wound to your core that needs healing, and you heal others because of that. You are a very compassionate soul and also UNSINKABLE. Tis true: Moon sextile Jupiter. So I would suggest getting some type of regression work, soul retrieval work, or hypnosis from a skilled practitioner to address that core infant wound. A lot of therapists have just such wounds, by the way. Hugs to you!!

11 Kgaogelo { 10.06.18 at 3:53 am }

Helo. I am Kgaogelo and a pisces, i relate in a lot of things mentioned above but sometimes i feel lost and feel like nobody understands me and sometimes i myself feel as if i don’t know myself. Please help !

12 Genevieve Vierling { 10.14.18 at 4:42 pm }

Dear Kgaogelo, Yes, we can all get lost at times. When you feel totally troubled, go out into the dark and look up at the night sky. The awesomeness of seeing a universe of stars—-trillions of them—-may help you to get your bearings. When you are out there ask for your Higher Self to connect with you and give you clues as to your purpose in this life. It may calm you to do so. Trust what you gain within yourself when you can truly listen in silence. Pisces can get very lost and confused if they don’t STOP and STILL themselves out in nature. Pisces is a part of the Universal and must truly FEEL THAT!!!

13 mary nahi { 10.16.18 at 12:23 am }

hi. i am a pisces dragon.i was born on a friday mourning at 5:15am what does the future hold.thank you so much.p.s i dont have a wesite.blesdingz all

14 Genevieve Vierling { 10.16.18 at 11:31 am }

Dear Mary, I can’t run your chart without a DATE and PLACE. So sorry! A Pisces Dragon could be 30 possibilities times how ever many Dragon years have been in the last 24 or so. I hope you understand. Also, I am not a ‘crystal ball’ fortune teller. You need a different type of person for that. I look at cycles and possibilities as a rule working with my clients to help them make the most of whatever the energies are that they are under or will be under. We each determine BY CHOICE much of our destinies.

15 Mohini { 11.09.18 at 9:10 am }

Hello Genevieve, thank you so much for writing about Pisces. I love how you encompass Love, Peace and Compassion as main attributes of most pisces. I’m born on the 23rd of February at 11.40 am and I am a teacher,i totally agree with this as I feel it from my deepest core. However, I feel I would never want to marry and share that gift with someone. I am afraid of committing. Do you think you can help me out with an advice? Or is it from inherent from my birth hart. Thank you so much. XXX

16 Genevieve Vierling { 11.13.18 at 4:53 pm }

Dear Mohini, I would love to take a look at your chart, but you don’t give me the YEAR you were born! Please do so, and I’ll try my best to answer your question.

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