♓ PISCES ∼ ARIES ♈
Pisces is the 12th and final sign of the zodiac; Aries is the first. Pisces/Aries are spiritual, often strongly intuitive, and they are receptive to the collective unconscious. They like to get things started and tend to display strong leadership. Their dedicated and assertive nature lets them eagerly lead the new cycle. Pisces is the sign of dreams and secrets, and it represents much that is hidden, both strengths and enemies. Aries is the sign of new beginnings.
The astrological symbol of Pisces is the Pair of Fish. They reflect the dual nature of life; each Fish swims in different directions, representing reality and non-reality, consciousness and the unconscious. The astrological symbol of Aries is the Ram. Like the popular conception of the Ram, Aries are able to accomplish a lot by sheer energy and force of will, ‘ramming’ their way to their goals. In this way, Aries exemplifies the cardinal quality assigned to it. Pisces, on the other hand, can be indirect and unfocused. Pisceans don’t have a strong agenda; they tend to go with the flow and move where life takes them. In this way, Pisces exemplifies the mutable quality assigned to it. Pisces/Aries are unique in the sense that they are the chameleons of the zodiac, receptive to the needs of others, but also tending to be about self and ego rather than the balance between people. However, they are not loners.
Pisces is ruled by the planets Jupiter and Neptune. In ancient Roman mythology, Jupiter (and his Greek equivalent, Zeus) was the king of the gods. Neptune (and his Greek equivalent, Poseidon) was the god of the sea. When the planet Neptune was discovered, modern astrologers assigned it to be the ruler of Pisces. Neptune is about everything that isn’t quite real: illusion and disillusionment, fantasy, drama and art, and spirituality. All of these are important to those born under Pisces or on a Pisces cusp.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. In ancient Roman mythology, Mars (and his Greek equivalent, Ares) was the god of war. He was bold, aggressive, energetic and courageous. Mars was active and high-spirited, full of physical energy and vitality. Aries or Aries cusp-born reflect Mars’ leadership and initiative. Pisces/Aries cusp individuals are adept at taking the ball and running with it, and projects tend to progress quickly under their guidance. A well-run project may become boring for these chameleon-like folks, and they can lack follow-through and lose interest before the project is completed. They are idealistic, but sometimes their dreams are vague and impractical. When reality intrudes, they can become pessimistic or lethargic, but they are very adaptive and broad-minded so they can rework their ideals, when necessary.
The element associated with Pisces is Water. Water signs are emotional: they tend to respond to the world through emotion. The element associated with Aries is Fire. Fire signs are physical: they tend to respond to the world through action. Pisces/Aries are compassionate, sensitive and imaginative; they are sympathetic to the feelings of others. When presented with a new project or idea, their innate enthusiasm and need for challenge cause them to jump in immediately, leading the way. One of their great skills is reaching beyond normal limitations. They tend to be romantic and sentimental, but they may give in to escapism. They are devoted to their goals and are constantly initiating new projects.
Pisces/Aries are sometimes elusive, refusing to show their real selves. They are thoughtful, sometimes displaying remarkable musical talent. Yet, they also tend to want what they want, when they want it. The ego that can manifest itself in Aries causes some Rams and Ram cusps to feel that they are the center of the universe. Those born under this sign may be fascinated with dreams and dream interpretation.
In their leisure time, Pisces/Aries play as hard as they work at the office. They greatly enjoy athletics, as sports give them a positive and healthy outlet for some of their natural aggression and emotional stress. They appreciate both individual challenge, especially aerobics, as well as the group challenge of football and soccer. They especially enjoy sports that bring them into contact with the element of water, such as swimming and sailing. They are very artistic and may excel at music and drama.
The great strength of the Pisces/Aries-born is in their compassion, energy, initiative and courage. They reach out to others more skillfully than most other signs, and they especially enjoy helping others reach their fullest potential. Their natural sensitivity makes them one of the most understanding characters of the zodiac.