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Pisces the Fish
February 20th to March 20th
Pisces is a mutable-water sign. Mutable signs have a longing for movement and extremely restless. Pisces is the most watery sign. It is constantly trying to adapt itself to its ever-changing feelings and to the moods and whims of others.
How to recognize Pisces
Very few of these people can stand being confined for long in one place. You’ll have better luck if you wander into a spiritual séance, visit an art gallery, walk through a convent or a monastery, attend a concert or catch a floor show in a nightclub. You might check at Authors League meeting, drop backstage after a play or try some sunbathing on a yacht.
The chances are you’ll come up with a pretty good catch in any of those streams of life. The more creative and artistic, the more leisurely and esoteric the surroundings, the more fish you’ll find.
Most of them wouldn’t give a minnow for rank, power of leadership, and wealth holds little attraction. Few Pisces people accumulate money by the bushel, unless they marry it or inherit it.
The typical Neptune heart is free of greed. There’s a lack of intensity, almost a carelessness about tomorrow. There’s also an intuitive knowledge of yesterday and a gentle tolerance of today. It’s more common, and it takes less effort, to go with the current wherever it takes them. But to swim upstream is the challenge of Pisces – and the only way she ever finds true peace and happiness. Taking the easy way is a trap for those born under this Sun sign, a glittering bait that entices them, while it hides the dangerous hook and wasted life.
He’s indifferent to most limiting restrictions, if they don’t rob him of his freedom to dream and feel his way through life. Very little will excite him to violent action or reaction. The typical Pisces will normally take the path of least resistance, and the cool waters of Neptune continually wash away his anger. To arouse the fish to a display of temper is rather like tossing a pebble into a clear, mirror-smooth lake. You’ll create some ripples, but the surface wil soon be calm again.
The fish was born with the desire to see the world through rose-colored spectacles. He knows well enough about the seamy side of humanity, but he prefers to live in his own watery, gentle world, where everyone is beautiful and all actions are lovely. The rejected Pisces is to inclined to face the ugliness of failure by deepening his false hopes, when a determined switch of course or some new, forceful action might shower him with real, instead of imaginary, success.
You may have read that the Pisces symbol of two fish, swimming in opposite directions, indicates that the Neptunian is torn by dual desires. It’s not so. The two fish s reversed directions symbolize the choice given Pisces; to swim to the top – or to swim to the bottom and never quite reach his goals. Pisces must learn that he is to serve mankind in some way, and eschew worldly possessions. Piscean Einstein, who swam upstream, formulated a whole new world of relative time. Pisceans who swim downstream serve by washing dishes or shoveling snow.
In spite of their natural timidity, they often become some of the finest performers in the theater. But, only if they fight their distaste for the hard work of grueling rehearsals, and the dullness of the dreary, but necessary years of experience. Memorization is never a problem. The Pisces memory is legendary. Neptunians accept most storms with tranquil equilibrium. When Pisces has a feeling something will happen, it usually does.
Astrologers who speak of an old soul refer to a soul which has gone through many lives, retaining the wisdom of each. Often, they refer to Pisces, because a life as the fish is either the most difficult obligations a soul can choose – or a choice to reach perfect fulfillment.
The Piscean love of music and art, and her highly develop senses and versatility she owes to other signs, but her deep wisdom and compassion belong only to her, culled from the combined knowledge of every human experience.
The fish typically doesn’t take very good care of herself. Chances are she spends most of her excess energy (and she doesn’t have too much to spare) helping relatives in trouble or taking on the burdens of friends. Their trouble can be emotional or financial, but either can be a serious drain on Piscean health, which is rarely robust to begin with.
Humor is one of their secret weapons. Pisceans grin to cover unshed tears. They’re masters of satire and you may cringe from a bright remark thrown at you so casually that you’re unable to pin down the exact meaning or the intent. Sometimes the fun is warm and harmless, sometimes it’s cold and merciless, but it’s always a cover for another emotion the fish wants to hide, seldom spontaneous of itself. Pisces wears his laughs as a mask, and they disguise her well.
To help is her first instinct. The impositions of those who would trample him force the fish to hide his true spirit. Since the depth of Neptune’s waters causes him to absorb every pain and joy as if they were his own, it’s little wonder many Piscean pretend disinterests in hearing sad stories. But, remember that they are pretending. If you’ve been rebuffed once, try twice, and the real fish will surface.
The glorious Piscean imagination, their marvelous elfin humor and the Neptunian sense of beauty can create the most delicate, yet eternally lasting prose and poetry. Indeed, the world couldn’t do without their artistic efforts and their great compassion for a moment.
She hates to answer with a yes or a no. it’s always maybe. Their internal nature is as unfathomable as Neptune’s great oceans. The altruistic fish is filled with an inexhaustible, tender love for every living creature which is truly saint-like, when it’s not turned inward, in self-pity and self-love. Typically Piscean are the gregarious housewives with hearts big enough for the troubles of all the neighbors, and the patient bartenders who listen sympathetically to hundreds of tales of woe each week.
He is stronger than he thinks and wiser than she knows, but Neptune guards this secret until she discovers it for himself.
The Pisces Man
To anyone considering becoming involved with a Pisces man. Here is a message from Shakespeare:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
If you’re about to fall over the dam for a Neptunian, you should paste those lines on your compact mirror where you can see them every time you powder your nose.
A Pisces man can be everything you want him to be – or everything you don’t want him to be. A tide in his affairs is synonymous with opportunity. It requires a firm decision, determined action, and the ability to drown old, soggy dreams that prevent success. The trouble is that some Pisces men never recognize that tide at its flood, even when it sloshes over their feet.
The Pisces man isn’t weak. It’s just that he may linger too long on a fading, silver star, and miss the bright sunlight of success.
There’s the other kind of Pisces, the one who grabbed the tide at its flood. He’s a real catch for any girl. There’s always the chance he could turn out to be an Einstein or a George Washington, which would be simply wonderful. Pisces who fights his way upstream will have plenty of chance to lay the twin gifts of fame and fortune at your feet.
A Pisces man has no prejudices. He’s very short on cold accusations and very long on warm tolerance. The Neptune male possesses a rare sympathy of spirit. The very fact that he’s sensitive means that he vividly feels the emotions of those who seek his ear and get his heart. Pisces people often have to rest for long periods. The Neptune soul must be alone at times so fresh breezes can blow through to heal the wounds of all those vicarious troubles and bring back calm, undefiled individuality.
Remember that the fish is sensitive and can be easily hurt. His shyness is due to a painful consciousness of his own limitations, whaever they may be, and he feels them keenly. He needs to know that his virtues are counted by someone he admires, You. Never hold back encouragement from him.
He may try Yoga and Zen, or experiment with occult beliefs, and he’ll probably be interested in astrology and numerology, even reincarnation. Like the Scorpio, he was born with an understanding of esoteric principles. And these things are usually good for him. They help keep his emotions stable, and they provide an anchor for his vivid imagination. Pisces men get upset now and then, but their anger is seldom violent or long lasting.
Although he’s difficult to fathom himself, Pisces has no problem in seeing all the subtleties of others clearly. It’s difficult to fool him; he’ll look right through to the other side.
There won’t be many tremendous surges of jealousy. Or if there are, he’s such an excellent natural actor, that he’ll probably pretend them away.
It’s his nature to be gregarious. He can’t help it. He does admire beauty, and he may stare at pretty legs from time to time. But you can keep that in bounds and innocent with a little extra effort and your reward will be a gentle husband who’s both a romantic lover and a companion who can talk about everything under the sun.
Pisces are particularly vulnerable to suggestion. Never tread on this man’s dream – he won’t forgive that, or forget it. Give him a chance to turn them into realities by helping him find a good, firm star to hitch his wagon to one that will sparkle instead of flexing out in an eclipse of common sense.
In love, Pisces is a leaner emotionally, which means he needs boundless reassurance and faith, but it also means you mustn’t lean on him with imaginary complaints.
The Pisces Woman
Even without astrology, rumors have spread about the charms of a Pisces female. She has her negative points, to be sure, but at first glance she’s every man’s grade school valentine, with maybe just a touch of a Playboy bunny to add some pepper.
The Neptune female seldom tries to overshadow her man, married or single. All she wants is that he should protect her and care for her. She’s happily content to lean on his big broad shoulder and let him know, with wide-eyed wonder, how strong he is, and how much she needs him in this scary world.
A Pisces woman thinks her male, lover, boy friend, brother, father – in fact, any man – can lick the whole world with one hand tied behind his back, and it takes a surprisingly small amount of her touching faith to convince them of the same thing, men being the way they are.
She is eternally feminine in all seasons. At the risk of making an understatement, men are drawn to her like bumblebees to a honey pot.
A short conversation with her, and a man instantly relaxes. She makes it clear that she’ll never blame him for any problems in his career or any accidental mistakes. After marriage she may nudge a little. To be truthful, she may nudge a lot. Lots of times she’ll even be bitterly sarcastic, but every woman has to have some flaws.
Since the fish swims in both directions at once, she adapts beautifully and quietly to conflicting situations that would turn other women into nervous breakdown
She is not only subtle; she’s sometimes a bit deceptive when she practices the art of wrapping you around her emerald earrings.
She’s delightfully vague and dreamy. Like the March winds, your Pisces girl will have many a mood. She’s terribly sentimental, and when her feelings are wounded she can cry buckets. Pisces female sometimes get the idea they’re hopelessly unequipped for the fierce battles and driving ambition required to survive. At these times you’ll have to tell her she’s admired for her deep mysterious wisdom and her blessed understanding by every single human she has ever graced with her friendship. It’s usually the gospel truth.
The hardest lesson she has to learn is to overcome her timidity and her doubts. If the fears go deep, she’ll shut herself off from others then wonder why she’s lonely.
Now and then a Pisces girl will cover her shyness and vulnerability with wisecracks, a sophisticated veneer and a frigid independent personality, but it’s merely a cloak of protection, worn to hide her uncertainty from the prying eyes of rough people who would bruise her gentle heart if she exposed it.
There are some things one just doesn’t do, as far as Neptune women are concerned, not acting like a lady in public is one of them.
A Pisces girl will give all of her heart to her children. Female fish are the greatest women in the world for understanding the shyness of small boys and the growing pains of awkward adolescent girls. She’ll sacrifice anything so her children can have what she was denied as a child. She may be too permissive. Administering discipline is difficult for her, and she must realize that a lack of firmness is often as bad as sever neglect.
Don’t forget her birthday or your anniversary or the day you proposed. She won’t. That’s the subtle secret of the Pisces woman. Whether she follows Neptune’s call as a dedicated nun in a convent or as a sultry songstress in a noisy nightclub – she’s a girl. All girl. One hundred percent.