Fish appear to be individuals, but have you ever seen a school of them swimming together? They act as one. Each is part of a greater whole. And Pisces Fish are more aware of their interdependency than any other sign. It’s as if Pisces live in an ocean and the spirit that flows through them is like the one ocean that flows through all fishes. The symbol of the Fish is also the symbol of Christianity, the predominant religion during the past two thousand years — also known to astrologers as the “Age of Pisces.”
Pisceans are spiritual in nature and emotional in expression. Pisceans intuition and imagination are at once their strengths and weaknesses. Pisceans are attracted to the mystical side of things, and herein lies potential danger, for when pulled beneath the currents of everyday life, the realms of imagination and the subconscious offer little structure. Without the foundation of reality, it becomes easy to flounder and to lose direction. Pisceans own salvation, however, can come from helping others less fortunate that themselves, especially those who have fallen into the misty realms of drugs, alcohol or spiritual confusion.
The Pisces motto should be, “Reality is just a shared illusion,” and, in a higher sense this may be true. Nevertheless, they still need to survive in this “shared illusion” of reality, and sometimes this becomes a struggle for those compassionate Fish, who can feel the pain of the world as if it were their own. There’s no easy escape for them. Their best path is to follow a creative or spiritual pursuit while doing their work in the real world.
Astrologically, the water element symbolizes emotion. Water runs deep; it seeks its own level and will flow until it has found it. The cycle of water is endless with the snows falling in the mountains and melting. The mountain streams join to make the great rivers that run to the sea. The tides and currents churn the oceans. Similarly, our feelings are flowing as they connect the present with past experiences. Sometimes the waters are so deep that we cannot put words to our feelings.
The waters of Pisces are about the waters of consciousness itself. We live in a sea of thoughts and feelings and beliefs. These waters connect each of us to one another in ways that go beyond our rational understanding of life.
TWELFTH HOUSE: ENDINGS
The Twelfth House is like the astrological refuse collector. It’s not about endings in the traditional sense; it’s more about recycling. Here is where we brush up against our own limitations and see how they undo what we’ve done. Here is where it all dissolves into the boundless cosmos, only to be transformed and to start anew, back in the First House, all over again.
RULING PLANET: NEPTUNE
Neptune was the God (or Goddess) of the Seas. She symbolizes the dissolution of reality, for all Earth arises from the ocean and eventually to it returns. Neptune is represented by the mists, which prevent us from seeing what’s really “out there.” Instead, we must rely on our own imagination to guide us through the hidden realms. As the ruling planet for Pisces, Neptune is about the spiritual and the mystical. It’s about what we cannot see with our five senses.
Biggest Strength: your compassion for those in need
Potential Weakness: confusion can put you at a disadvantage