The Pisces glyph of two fishes swimming away from each other shows just how difficult it can be to pick a Pisces. First they look like this, and then they look like that!
As the last sign of the zodiac and the house into which the whole of the waters of the zodiac pour, Pisceans can seem like chameleons, shifting faces and attitudes to fit into whatever circumstance or situation they find themselves in.
This is the sign that glorifies humankind’s need to reconnect to the Source, to All-That-Is, to the greater consciousness, to God, whatever you wish to call it. It is through this sign that the whole gamut of human experience filters, in astrological terms.
To understand Pisces, one must try to get an understanding of the need to make this connection and get to the underlying reasons why Pisces can seem so changeable and why they often can feel so very different and removed from other people. In very simplistic terms one fish swims in the outer world and one swims in the inner world, Pisces need to balance the two and learn that they must coexist rather than vacillate between one and the other.
Pisces is a mutable water sign. This means they are highly susceptible to external influences, and will tend to flow with whatever is going on rather than thinking things through and then making conscious choices. Water take many forms, lakes, rain, snow, sleet, mist, warm lagoons, tropical rainstorms, tsunami, clouds and many more; all of which, like Pisces can change at a moments’ notice!
Pisceans usually seem otherworldly in the way they look; they can have a dreamy kind of vague look around them. They can have sleepy looking eyes, but these are usually full of compassion, empathy and care.
But there is so much more beneath the surface of a Pisces, just like the deepest oceans. Pisces live in a world they construct in their mind more often than not. But very few are invited into the Piscean inner sanctum. Usually the only glimpse others get is when the volatility of emotions erupts out of nowhere and the warm lagoon becomes a raging torrent!
Pisces is, like Gemini and Sagittarius, a dual sign. They can be multi-dimensional, not only in character but also multiskilled. They can be marvellous actors because Pisces can be whatever character is required. They have them all within just waiting in line to come out!
All kinds of jobs that relate to film, theatre, radio, ballet, music or art will probably attract Pisces. They usually like to travel, so public relations positions or positions where they are in the service industry often appeal. Many Pisceans will even make it an obsession to travel to spiritual places in the world – to find themselves! They seem to enjoy being counsellors too, as they can use their intuitive resources as they choose!
Pisces are usually good judges of character, but can often be swayed by other people’s opinions unless they tune into their own intuition. They can be highly unconventional and like to be in a position that offers them freedom of expression, changing challenges and space to be creative. If these needs are left unsatisfied they can become lazy and inert, perhaps even depressed. A happy, brightly coloured place of work seems to be a must for most Pisces.
But home is where Pisces will no doubt draw the emotional support needed. It is where they feel safest and where they are able to withdraw into their own world, breaking away from routine, sometimes even personal rituals get pushed to one side also. Even though they may even have a tendency to be somewhat untidy, their home is usually a highly personal space; so they tend to make it work for them. Many Pisces work creatively at home, ceramics, painting, music and yes – even indulging in make-believe. This retreat from the external world is pivotal for a Piscean as it is a time for them to emotional cleanse their souls and recharge their spiritual batteries, so to speak, once more, in order to go back into the outside world. This is an important aspect that all Pisceans should attend to regularly. Solitude and rest are important for their souls!
They are pretty good as parents too for they can accommodate fantasy so well, sometimes it’s hard to see where the child ends and the parent begins! Though they can lack discipline and are inclined to spoil their kids. Nevertheless, a Piscean home is usually one that is warm, loving and safe for the children. Piscean homes can sometimes be very unusual too, for an unusual home helps them spin the web of fantasy and connects Pisces to the creative side of their nature.
Love makes Pisces come alive. There is no clear delineation between love, romance or affection with Pisces. It’s a kind of all or nothing scenario for them. This can cause many to become disillusioned with relationships; even casual acquaintances or friendships are often left behind when others do not appear to live up to the view of how the friendship or relationship should run. They can and very often do wear rose-tinted glasses in this area of their lives. Pisceans have a tendency to see relationships through their own mindset and often get their hopes and fantasies torn apart when the reality does not live up to what they believe is real. Pisceans very often trip and fall from one relationship to the next, only to have their hearts broken when the reality does not measure up to their fantasy!
They expect their own expectations to be lived up to, to have the partner value the same ideas and dreams, to be cared for and for their partner to remember birthdays, anniversaries. They have a tall order that isn’t always fulfilled and this may be devastating for a gentle type of Pisces. It brings up the self-doubt and stirs up those oceans of unrealised fears and weaknesses that lie within. Being rejected is the worst possible scenario a Pisces can have; those in relationship with a Pisces can probably see how they cling to their dream or fantasy even in the throes of the death of a relationship. They have a hard time coming to terms with the reality!
Sex isn’t usually an act of sex – it is usually an act of romance, an expression of the deep love they feel. This is not to say they are not interested, it is just that for the most part, the expression, emotion and love are what underscore a relationship not the act itself. A Piscean love runs very deep and this in turn can often make them co-dependent or incredibly dependent on others to support and look after them. But as a Piscean ages, this need lessens as the lessons of life unfold the deeper levels of the Piscean make up.
As a Pisces goes through their lives from one progression to the next their inner strengths are revealed and often this makes them realise that they need to focus more on themselves. They have had the marriage, the career, the children and they are empty nesting (so to speak) and it is time to do whatever it is that brings them great joy on a personal level. Of course there may be one or two Pisceans who this does not resonate with, but there probably won’t be many!
Pisces needs to find ways to turn their mystical dreams and fantasies into reality in some way, or they can live a life full of illusion and disappointments and ultimately will feel like failures. Even when in reality they are not.
They need and want so much to find the one person who will complete them that they often devote their lives to this and forget that they have ordinary lives to lead. This is one part of their soul journey. They must work on creating faith in themselves, their abilities and believing that the future is full of promise and opportunities.
By allowing themselves to be flexible with their attitudes, allowing the mutable side of their natural intuition and understanding come to the fore they can progress through their lives more easily and with less failures and disappointments. They need to learn how to transmute their own sensitivity and intuition and understanding and put it into practical action.