Zodiac - Pisces

Astronomy Mythology Astrology

The Astronomy of Pisces Pisces star chart

Pisces is one of 12 constellations that lie on the ecliptic, known jointly as the Zodiac. It is located between Aquarius and Aries on the ecliptic, and is also bounded to the north and south by Andromeda, Pegasus, Cetus and Triangulum.

It has a Right Ascension (RA) of 0 hours, and a Declination (Dec) of +15 degrees. (RA is the sky's equivalent of Longtitude, and Dec is equivalent to Latitude).

It is most visible in autumn, particularly during September which is when it is at it's highest in the sky.

It can be found a short distance to the west of Taurus.

The westmost group of 5 stars form a pentagon which is known as the Circlet.




The Mythology of Pisces Old star chart

According to a Roman legend, Venus and Cupid (her son) had to escape fire breathing Typhon by swimming through the sea. According to some, they were carried to safety on the backs of 2 fishes, though the more common variation is that the were both turned into fishes after Venus called for help from the water nymphs. In order not to lose each other in the dark depths, they tied themselves together with a length of rope. This legend is thought to be the reason why Syrians would not eat fish.

An alternative legend is that an egg fell into the Euphrates river and some fish rolled it back to the shore. Doves then sat on the egg, and it hatched to reveal Aphrodite, who had the fish immortalised in the sky to thank them.




The Astrology of Pisces Pisces characteristics

Ruling planet is Neptune
Metal: Tin
Fortunate stones: Sapphire and Emerald for Pisces Amethyst for Jupiter and Coral for Neptune.
Colour of choice for Pisces is Sea Green
Lucky numbers: 6 for Pisces 3 for Jupiter and Neptune
Lucky day: Thursday
Trees: Willow, Elm
Element: Pisces

Traditional Piscean Qualities: Good natured, gentle and sensitive, compassionate, kind, selfless and sympathetic, imaginative and versatile, intuitive and easy going.
Shadow side Escapist, impractical and idealistic, gullible, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led, dreamy and naive.

The Sun enters the Zodiacal Sign of Pisces around February 21st, but it does not come into full power until about February 27th. People born between February 21st - 27th are also influenced to some extent by Aquarius, from the 27th onwards Pisces is in full strength until March 20th. Over the following seven days Pisces gradually loses its strength on account of becoming overlapped by the incoming sign Aries. This should be taken into account when character and fortune are being estimated. One of the most popular stories regarding the mythological origin of Pisces is the story of Aphrodite and Eros escaping from the terrible monster Typhon by turning themselves into fish and hiding underwater. They tied their tails together with a cord so that they wouldn't lose one another in the darkness of the deep water. Upon hearing their tale, Zeus rewarded the pair by placing them among the stars as the constellation of Pisces which has been almost universally associated with female deities. The Pisces symbol is often associated with Helen of Troy, beauty and love. Pisces is ruled by Jupiter, which shows a hopeful and inspired course through life. His dual nature is expressed through the feminine principle. At the stage of Pisces the Soul is completing a major cycle of Karma and must learn to be practical and grounded so as to finish the last bit of work necessary to complete this current cycle. Subjects of Pisces are keenly aware of cycles and loss as they struggle to learn what to let go of and what to embrace. There is the new life and growth ahead of them as well as all that has passed and led to this point and existing between these two worlds can be overwhelming. How Pisceans escape will show a lot about how much happiness they will get out of this life and how close they will move to completing the karmas of this cycle. Water Pisces seeks to follow a subjective path of connection and unity. Dual Pisces prefers to be open to the many possibilities of life, they are equally able to start something new or perfect what they already have. Female Pisces is a negatively charged sign, given to reflection and the internal process. Sattwa Pisces is primarily motivated by the possibility of doing something good. Footless Pisces has no feet and thus may find itself at the mercy of the tides of life. Pisces will want to maintain moderation and balance in their presentation and activities, which allows them to stay realistic.

Piscean Characteristics: Pisces is the 12th and last sign of the Zodiac and represents death and eternity and has a blend of the qualities of all the signs, because of this fusion it becomes very difficult to truly understand Pisces. Pisceans possess a gentle, patient; creative intuitive, emotional selfless, mystical, malleable nature laced with the many qualities associated with others signs of the zodiac. From the innocence and zeal of Aries to the methodical, tenacity of Capricorn. Pisceans are all of these things as well as many more. Pisceans live in the world of their own, often tinted with rose-colored spectacles even when they are completely aware of the rough side of humanity. They accept the transgressions of others as they have little in the way of real vice themselves they often cannot see it in others. They also readily accept the circumstances in which they find themselves rather than trying to adapt circumstances to suit, and rarely take the initiative in solving problems since they are more readily concerned with the problems of others. They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, kind and compassionate, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with sympathy and tact to any suffering they encounter. One of Pisces basic personality traits is a soothing stability and even in the worst situation they maintain their poise. They are often wise and very compassionate towards the sick and weak and utilize most of their energy helping people in distress. Subjects of Pisces will even offer their shoulder to those who are weak by choice; they seldom judge others and accept them just as they are. They aim to help and understand everyone, however few understand them. They never let on if profoundly hurt and hide their deepest emotions behind a veil of humour. They like to argue and with their sharp memory they tend to remember the smallest of details, they seldom lose their temper but if their anger is roused they are best left well alone as they can deliver the most scathing and sarcastic comments and be extremely rude. It doesn’t last and they soon resume their usual placid self. They are deservedly popular with a variety of people, partly because their easygoing natures offer little threat or challenge to anyone. Many of the finest and advanced Souls are born under the rule of Pisces and reach great heights, however most carry a huge inferiority complex and suffer greatly as a result. They need constant stimulus and encouragement to bring them up to mark, but Pisceans are much stronger and wiser than most, they only need to realize it. The moment they struggle against the tide, they will reach the shore before anyone else.

Professions and Occupations: Subjects of Pisces are gifted with a rich imagination and quite capable of conceiving grandiose schemes but often they never manifest as once called upon to put them into action, timidity and lack of confidence prevail. They are retiring and lacking of ambition however, if encouraged and urged onwards they can become very successful. They are often talented and very apt at learning and accumulating knowledge and they long to be recognized as greatly creative. Their dislike disciple and confinement means that the nine-to-five life is not for them, rather they tend to withdraw into a dream world where their qualities can bring mental satisfaction and sometimes, as they are extremely gifted artistically fame and financial reward. Their versatility and intuition, quick understanding, observational skills and ability to listen well, receptivity to new ideas and atmospheres combine to produce remarkable creativity in literature, music and art. Their mediumistic qualities can give them a feeling that their best work comes from outside themselves, from beyond the veil. They are better working either by themselves or in subordinate positions, worrying always that they would fail in a crisis if head of a large department. Their sympathetic nature equips them if catering for the needy, as nurses looking after the sick and with their love of animals as veterinary surgeons. As librarians or astronomers they can satisfy their fascination for strange far way places, this combined with their fascination for travel particularly on water may favour them as sailors or travellers. They can make fair secretaries, bookkeepers, fishmongers, teachers or dealers in boots and shoes. Many architects and solicitors, caterers and detectives are Pisceans; they may find their fulfilment on the stage. Their psychic and spiritual qualities can lead them into careers in the church or as mediums and mystics. Due to their lively versatility and inability to concentrate on any one project, Pisceans often simultaneously follow more than one occupation.

Psychology: Pisces symbol (the two fishes) are attached yet turn in opposite directions typifying their dual nature, they often intend one thing and do another. They can be relentlessly driven at times and equally complacent the next, although always strongly intuitive. Subjects of Pisces display either of the two basic personalities traits; going with the flow or against it. They should choose the latter if they wish to be truly happy and satisfied with their life, however with their easy attitude about tomorrow it may be quite and achievement doing so; nevertheless this is their route to the highest success. The Moon rules the 5th house of dharmic and truthful creative intelligence, subjects of Pisces often experience vulnerability when exercising discrimination, particularly in relation to things they love and may compensate for this with a dutiful, even servile attitude. Depending on the strength of the Sun they may be buried in hard work and be very worldly motivated, even so they tend not to be overly interested in material things and seldom chase after money or wealth as they are fully aware of its impermanence. Their natures tend to be too otherworldly for the practical purposes of living in this world as they sometimes exist emotionally and instinctively rather than rationally. Pisces is negatively charged sign, given to reflection and the internal process; they follow a subjective path of connection and unity. Once they realise what it is that truly motivates them, and this is their struggle against the tide, they will reach their goal long before others. The two fishes swimming in opposite directions symbolizes Pisces inner tensions.

Relationships: Subjects of Pisces absorb the positive as well as the negative vibrations around them. They brim with sentiment and their sympathy is easily excited, very often, they bury their own dreams to see their loved ones realizing their ambitions. They like attention and are often very attractive to the opposite sex. In their personal relationships they are never egoistical and give more than they ask from their friends. They are subtle sexually, in the extreme almost asexual, and many prefer a relationship in which the partner's mind and spirit rather than the body resonated with their own. They can be easily misled if courted delicately by someone who in marriage has a coarser sexuality than they expected, this will make them unhappy. Their vows, promises and affectionate ways are not to be relied upon; they are nevertheless intensely loyal and home-loving and will remain faithful. Their most harmonious and well suited marriages are formed with those born between June 21st - July 21st and October 21st - November 21st.

Possible Health Concerns. Pisces governs the feet, toes liver and lymphatic’s, and its subjects can be threatened by a sluggish liver, anaemia, boils, ulcers and other skin diseases, especially inflammation of the eyelids, gout, chills, inflammation, heavy periods and foot disorders and lameness. They are fond of food and should guard their diet carefully to avoid complaints related to food intake.

Potential problems and suggested solutions: Subjects of Pisces who find themselves on the receiving end of negatives will find greater peace when they express the positive. Pisceans have unique traits to their personalities, when these traits are suppressed, or unrealized, problems will arise. By examining the problem we can assess the proper solution according to the water signs unique characteristics. Pisceans who find themselves on the receiving end of negatives will find greater peace when they express the positive.If you reorient your thinking and assert yourself in a quiet, reserved manner this will be more impressive than blustering. You tend to spend that, which you do not have or need for other things, make a strict budget to put yourself on. If you come out of yourself and open up to those around you, you have the power to inspire others. Take your rightful position as part of the human race.

Pisces Star stone is the Moonstone. All of the specimens, from the peach and grays to the gem-quality blue and rainbow-coloured pieces, are soft and translucent. The Moonstone's most important attribute is its ability to assist in calming and soothing the emotions. This stone may be used to open a path to an intuitive understanding of spirituality.

Famous Pisceans include Patrick Moore, Albert Einstein, George Washington, Prince Edward and Michael Caine.


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