12th Sign of Zodiac
Stone: Jade. Coral
Color: Sea Green
Anatomy: Feet, Veins
Keywords: intuitive, dreamy, artistic, humane, sympathetic, sensitive, compassionate, perceptive, tender, impressionable
Comparison with its symbol, the Fish:
Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions. Pisceans often feel like they are being pulled in different directions, making it difficult to make concrete decisions. The symbol of the fish has been associated with followers of Jesus Christ.
The glyph for Pisces can be seen as depicting two fish swimming in opposite directions. As well, it shows two crescents of receptivity pointing outwards, held together by the line of matter. The sign of Pisces is considered a receptive sign—one that is impressionable, spiritual, and open-minded.
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The Pisces glyph can be identified by its representation of two fish joined together. As well, it shows two crescents of receptivity pointing outwards, held together by the line of matter.
The flowers associated with the sign of Pisces are the water lily, violet, and orchid.
Pisces: Planetary Rulers
The planetary rulers of Pisces are Neptune (modern ruler, depicted) and Jupiter (traditional ruler).
Neptune is God of the Sea and is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, and illusion.
Jupiter symbolizes reach, possibility, and broader purpose.
Pisces: Ruling Planet Glyph
The glyph of Pisces' modern planetary ruler, Neptune, resembles Neptune's staff or triton.
The crescent, representing receptivity, is pointing upwards, indicating spiritual receptivity, and is placed above the cross of matter. This symbolizes the yearning of the soul to break free from the restrictions and limitations of matter/reality.
This is a depiction of the constellation, Pisces.
Pisces: House Association
Pisces is the twelfth astrological sign and is associated with the twelfth house.
The twelfth house rules soul growth, karma, self-undoing, hidden strengths and crutches, private or hidden matters, and spirituality.
Pisces is associated with the colors lavender and sea green.
Sea green symbolizes fertility, renewal, and faith. Lavender is associated with spiritual healing and cosmic consciousness.
Pisces' element is WATER. There are three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Water signs are fluid, emotional, and intuitive.
Pisces' modality is MUTABLE. There are four mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Mutable signs are flexible, adaptable, and changeable. Although they can be inconsistent and lack follow-through, they are ready to make small changes and adjustments to accommodate others.
The symbol for Pisces is the Fish. There are two fish that comprise Pisces' symbol, and they're swimming in opposite directions, symbolizing the duality of the sign as well as its depth.
Gems associated with Pisces include the amethyst (depicted) as it augments spirituality, the aquamarine as it enhances psychic tendencies, jade, and lapis lazuli.
The sign of Pisces is associated with the metals platinum and tin.
Sun in Pisces
(The Sun is in Pisces from February 19 to March 20, depending on the year).
As the twelfth and last sign of the zodiac, Pisces contains within itself a little experience of all the signs. This gives Pisces Suns the ability to identify with people from all walks of life—from all backgrounds—in some way. These individuals are not only changeable and adaptable, but they also have open minds and tremendous understanding. But Pisces itself is often misunderstood. Pisces Suns may spend a good portion of their lives yearning for understanding, and the other part in a state of divine discontent. Suffering is sometimes glamorized in the Piscean world.
Sun in Pisces people are frequently pegged as wishy-washy, but this is all a matter of opinion. What you will find behind a vaguely directionless, spacey manner is a deep person with real dreams. Their dreams are more than getting that picket fence or making it up the corporate ladder. Pisces are tuned in to a higher purpose and their dreams transcend the individual. A deep love for humanity and compassion that knows no bounds is found with this placement of the Sun.
Pisceans are not known to be cutthroat business types, nor are they given to throwing themselves out into the world in an aggressive manner. But make no mistake about it, Pisces can be extraordinarily successful when given the chance to express themselves. The arts, marketing, music, teaching, drama, healing arts…these are all fields in which Pisces can find expression. Their imagination, attunement to humanity, and remarkable intuition endow them with enviable gifts of insight and creativity.
Pisces is a sensitive sign—both sensitive to criticism and sensitive to others’ feelings. Easily touched by human suffering, at least in theory, Pisces wouldn’t hurt a fly. They believe in people, are deeply hurt by compassionless human behavior, and have a hard time saying no. Harsh realities are avoided either through escapist behavior or self-delusion; but every now and again reality does raise its ugly head and hits Pisces over the head. This is a sad time indeed. Pisces retreats into their own world, self-pitying and giving pep talks to themselves (“I will never trust again!”). Rest assured, though, that these periods are rather short-lived and even useful. Pisces seems to derive energy from their (generally short) bouts of self-pity. They come back stronger, with a spring in their step, ready to face the world again, and just as, if not more, compassionate and trusting as they were before. Some might even wonder if Pisces finds pleasure in suffering. Sometimes this is the case, but most of the time, Pisces pulls a lot of creative energy from sadness. Pisces is the poet or artist with angst, although this trait is often more apparent with Moon in Pisces.
Some find Pisces’ tendency to be late for appointments, spaced out behavior, and absent-mindedness amount to irresponsibility. Pisces would be shocked to know this, however. Who me? Pisces wonders. Irresponsible? Pisces Suns absolutely care—their love knows no bounds—but their retreats from ordinary life (whether they are as simple as daydreams or actual departures) that they so seem to need every now and again are not always understandable to no-nonsense signs, such as Virgo or Aries.
Many Pisces seem almost allergic to things like shopping lists, maps, directions, and instructions, and for some brave souls, even watches — they prefer to feel their way through life than to follow some plan.
We find plenty of artists, poets, and musicians with Sun (and other personal planets) in Pisces. Piscean themes are woven throughout the songs of Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, for example.
Some Famous People with Sun in Pisces: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Pisces), Drew Barrymore (Sun and Venus in Pisces), Kurt Cobain (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Pisces), Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Cindy Crawford, Billy Crystal (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Pisces), Albert Einstein, George Harrison, Kato Kaelin (Sun and Moon in Pisces), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Michelangelo, Aidan Quinn (Sun and Moon in Pisces), Rob Reiner (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Pisces), Dr. Seuss, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Pisces), Bruce Willis
Moon in Pisces
Lunar Pisceans are known to be dreamy and not always in touch with reality. However, though these people may not always show real-world savvy in day-to-day, practical affairs, they make up for this with remarkable intuition. They can put themselves in anybody’s shoes with extreme ease. On the plus side, this endows them with remarkable compassion and love. The downside with this apparent ability to break down boundaries is that these people can easily lose themselves in the suffering of others.
Their sense of humor is delightfully silly and a bit odd. These are perceptive souls who seem to be in touch with all the nuances and subtleties of human nature. Often this comes through in a strong sense of humor that is more of the receptive kind than the type of sense of humor that would make people the “life of the party”. It’s generally pretty easy to get them giggling.
Moon in Pisces people may get tagged as spaced out, but there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. They feel things out and rely on their intuition. It just doesn’t feel right for them to do otherwise. Their dreaminess can mean plenty of moments of absent-mindedness. These times of oblivion can land them in all sorts of predicaments with others who can too easily misunderstand these complex souls. Without plenty of space and time to daydream, Pisces Moons easily get overloaded with life. Give them room to be alone with themselves, and they’re generally able to take on the world—even if their style when they do so is not always conventional or understandable.
Generally considered soft-hearted and sweet, Lunar Pisceans care about others and are easily touched by human suffering. This tendency gains them the reputation as suckers for sob stories. Although this may sometimes be true, many Lunar Pisceans learn, in their lifetimes, how to discern between sincerity and manipulation. Still, they definitely do have plenty of soft corners.
In personal relationships, Lunar Pisceans are giving and yielding. They are generally open on a sexual level, in a quiet way. Their fantasies can be far-reaching, intricate, and rich with emotion. Love is closely tied in with their sexuality. Most Lunar Pisceans are shy; they need a trustworthy lover to bring them out.
There’s a delightful accepting side to Moon in Pisces that is sometimes mistaken for weakness. Pisces is the twelfth and last sign of the zodiac, and thus carries with it a little of each sign of the zodiac. As a result, they see themselves reflected in the behavior of others, giving them seemingly boundless compassion. Since the Moon represents our instinctive nature, Moon in Pisces seems to know how things feel without actual experience. For example, they may have never had sex, but seem to know all about it — even, or especially, the subtleties of it. The ones that aren’t too shy make awesome actors and actresses. This ability to empathize even in the absence of experience gives them an open mind and heart. Most long to express this through writing, music (both listening and making), poetry, and art — in fact, the happiest people with this position do just that.
Though some are doormats, most Pisces Moon people instinctively know when they’re due for a much-needed recharge. It’s at these times that they retreat from the world (and its harsh realities) if only to gather strength to face everything and everyone again. Solitude is important to them, but they also need people, so their retreats will usually be short-lived. Pisces Moon individuals believe; and, let’s face it, the world needs Piscean leaps of faith.
Some Famous people with Moon in Pisces: Kirstie Alley, Gillian Anderson, Michael Bolton, Robert Browning, Hillary Clinton, Carson Daly, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Moon and Mars in Pisces), Rita Hayworth, Lauren Holly, Martin Luther King, Kevin Kline, Ricky Martin (Moon and Mars in Pisces), Michelangelo, Moby, Moliere (Moon, Venus, and Mars in Pisces), Bill Moyers, Robert Plant, Edgar Allen Poe, Elvis Presley, Jason Priestly, Prince, Judge Reinhold, Gene Roddenberry, Winona Ryder, Charles Schulz, Martin Scorcese, Jerry Seinfeld, Monica Seles, Alicia Silverstone, Ben Stiller, Debra Winger, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in Pisces are gentle communicators with a soft touch that is pleasing and warm. Some of them come across in an almost poetic way. Not given to bother too much with details, these individuals tend to sponge up the feelings and moods of their environment. The information they extract from their surroundings can be unusual and certainly unique. For some, it is heavily skewed in the direction of emotion and feeling.
They’re generally lovely listeners and, when you get them talking, warm conversationalists. When it comes to communicating, they’re moody, and this extends to their letters and emails too. It’s a kind of odd thing — you never know when they’ll be in a quiet mood or a yakking state. These individuals don’t compete for air time, but they can talk up a storm when they’re in the right frame of mind. Predicting when that will be can be difficult, though. Mercury in Pisces is tactful because they don’t want to offend others in any way. They feel out their audience and sometimes search for what they think others want to hear. Yes, Mercury in Pisces can fib. It’s not that they are malicious—they simply want others to be comfortable.
These people come across as dreamy and indirect. It can be hard to pin them down to any one belief or decision. It’s not that they want to drive you crazy or anything—it’s just that Mercury in Pisces takes in so much information from the world and their open-mindedness prevent them from taking a stance for too long. They have an unusual aversion to cold facts and hard decisions. Driven more by intuition than facts, these people avoid list-making and the like. Others might think them disorganized but they have an uncanny knack of finding things nonetheless. There is a tendency to avoid detail work or tying up loose ends, not to mention the mind drifting off to Never-Never Land.
Mercury in Pisces is tuned in to all the nuances of subjects and environments. They pick up on subtleties of all kinds, so what they lack in organization they make up for with insight. When the Sun Sign is Aries, much of the brashness and directness of Aries is considerably toned down with Mercury in Pisces. Aquarius Sun people with this position are artistic and humane.
Mercury in Pisces people are often vague and indirect in their communications with others. If they learn to express themselves with more clarity, they’ll find that a lot of the problems they can encounter with misunderstandings will lessen. Their impressionable nature can make them an easy target at times. Their plans may seem too dreamy and unrealistic to more practical sorts, lacking the details that make them seem more attainable. But Mercury in Pisces’ vision is extraordinary, and their leaps of faith are admirable.
Favorite expression: “I believe…”
Some Famous People with Mercury in Pisces: Michael Bolton, Billy Crystal (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Pisces), Elton John (Mercury and Mars in Pisces), Chaka Kahn, Lucy Lawless, Rob Reiner, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Justin Timberlake, John Travolta
Venus in Pisces
Venus in Pisces people project themselves as dreamy, soft-hearted partners. Everything about the way they flirt promises a lovely time. Theirs is an elusive charm — they are sweetly playful, a little moody, and perhaps a little irregular. They appreciate romance and poetry, and they prefer to “feel out” both you and the relationship you share, so don’t expect too much planning ahead. Their sensitivity can be a little misleading at times. Yes, they are sensitive folk, but lovers may find it maddening that this sensitivity is not only directed at them but towards all of mankind.
Venus in Pisces men and women want you to know that their love is unconditional. They are unimpressed by your status, and love and accept you for all that you are inside. They love the underdog and are attracted to wayward folks or those in need of a little help. With their romantic view of the world, they can be unreasonably attracted to states of suffering and martyrdom, so they easily get into the role of saving someone, or being saved. Unlike Venus in Libra, which thrives on equality, Venus in Pisces is actually turned on by inequality! They can be rather confusing and hard to pin down as they feel their way through their relationships. As much as they may want to, they find it hard to commit. Many do end up committing, however, at least on the surface.
Pleasing Venus in Pisces involves enjoying tender moments and romantic times with them. You won’t always be able to count on them. In fact, you can be sure they will stretch the truth every once in a while. But remember they do this because they fear they might hurt you, and they can’t bear to cause you any heartache. Try to understand them, although that’s never an easy task considering the fact that they don’t always know themselves. And, truth is, some Venus in Pisces privately have a love affair going with the idea of being misunderstood. Try to put up with their apparent lack of direction in the relationship — they are so receptive and open to all possibilities that it is hard for them to commit to any one thing, idea, or even person. These intriguing partners will reward you with a love that is accepting and comes as close to unconditional as humans can get.
Some Famous People with Venus in Pisces: Drew Barrymore (Sun and Venus in Pisces), Nick Carter, Shannen Doherty, George Harrison, Lucy Lawless, Moliere (Moon, Venus, and Mars in Pisces), Michelle Pfeiffer (both Venus and Mars in Pisces), Tom Selleck, John Travolta, Vincent Van Gogh (Venus and Mars in Pisces)
Mars in Pisces
Mild-tempered and gentle, these guys and gals move through life in a manner that can hardly be considered direct. Mars is the planet of action and assertion, and Pisces is a passive sign that rarely asserts itself in a direct fashion. So the placement of Mars in Pisces is an unusual combination. Sometimes prone to feelings of guilt about their anger, and difficulties with asserting themselves, Mars in Pisces individuals seem to “go with the flow”. This is certainly not a very active position for Mars, and natives will often let life “happen” instead of trying to control their life direction. This is a charming position, as individuals with Mars in Pisces don’t appear like they are capable of harming a fly. However, those that don’t find creative expression for this energy can stir up a storm through indirect aggression.
Mars in Pisces people are not averse to playing games to get what they want, although even they don’t always know exactly what they do want! Their desires are changeable and moody, and it’s hard to really know where these natives stand on any particular issue. Alternatively, some Mars in Pisces people do take a stand on issues that are Piscean in nature, making compassion and love their mission.
Energy levels fluctuate a lot, coming in bursts of activity followed by inertia. Because it can be difficult to align this ebbing and flowing of energy in the day-to-day world as it is, finding a job that supports this may be tough. The happiest Mars in Pisces individuals are those that have a creative outlet that allows them to express their desires of the moment, their compassion — and even their anger — freely and imaginatively. An example of Mars in Pisces is Bono, lead singer of U2, who seems to have found the perfect outlet for his creativity through his music, and as a spokesperson for love and compassion. (See also the Sexuality of Mars in Pisces).
Some Famous People with Mars in Pisces: Dido Armstrong, Bono, Billy Crystal (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Pisces), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Moon and Mars in Pisces), Tom Hanks, Paris Hilton, Elton John (Mercury and Mars in Pisces), Annie Lennox, Rob Lowe, Ricky Martin (Moon and Mars in Pisces), Moliere (Moon, Venus, and Mars in Pisces), Marilyn Monroe, Rob Reiner, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor, Vincent Van Gogh (Venus and Mars in Pisces)
“Go with the flow” seems to be a Pisces rising motto. They move about the world in a vaguely directionless, gentle manner. They come across as artists and lovers of peace, but their open minds and hearts can give them a chameleon-like persona. Others are not always sure who they’ll meet from one day to the next with a Pisces rising person. Although often quiet and shy, another day may find them talkative and passionate. They are hugely impressionable, have a dreamy disposition, and project a soft-hearted personality. Pisces rising sees the world the way they want to see it at any given time, so objectivity is not necessarily a strong point. Neither is decision-making!
People with Pisces rising resist any kind of labeling—their characters are changeable, and they don’t want to be pinned down or pegged in any way. Theirs is a restless, searching nature that cannot be happy with any one way of living or being. Pisces rising avoids cold, hard facts and harsh realities like the plague. They don’t have a decisive plan for tomorrow or even today, preferring to keep things open. Since they change their minds frequently enough and like to “feel” their way through life, too much organization or structure can be seen as very limiting.
Pisces rising people walk around with their heads in the clouds, and even when you do have their attention, their dreaminess is almost always apparent.
These people look for a stable partnership — one that is reliable. Pisces rising people gravitate to partners who keep them on their toes, and they often will pass off the little details and reality checks to their significant other. They seem to need a practical, realistic partner. Pisces Ascendants often have a sensitivity to drugs, and sometimes are prone to allergies that come and go. Their physical constitutions seem to be less resistant than most.
Pisces rising people often possess an irresistible charm that comes on in a quiet way, with a soft aura about them. Both their appearance and mannerisms are usually quite intriguing to others. Famous people with this position include George Clooney, Robert Redford, Antonio Banderas, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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