Zodiac Sign Pisces

© 2001, 2012 Curtis Manwaring

Pisces the fish Pisces - Feb 19 - Mar 20: the fish. Keyword: "I Believe". In the cycle after Aquarius, which is one of unity and consensus and sharing of thoughts, comes the time to retire and integrate knowledge into feeling and faith. This is the domain of the hermit and the monk, who after assimilating too much knowledge became confused and troubled. This is symbolic of piscean inner turmoil, with the two sides of an argument, or the 2 fish set against eachother. The effect is one of self undoing because the native takes positions that are inherently contradictory to eachother. According to Valens:

"Pisces is a feminine zoidion ... opposed to itself because of being both in the south and in the north ... Those so born are inconstant, of two minds, those who change from bad to good, erotic, servile, licentious, prolific, popular." [17]

In contrast to the other sign administered to by Jupiter, which is about seeing, this sign is about believing, faith, and sacrifice. At the beginning of the last zodiacal age which was Pisces about 2000 years ago, the birth of christianity took place. There the sacrificial ram(end of the Aries age) gave way to becoming "fishers of men" searching for lost souls to bring to Christ. Modern definitions of Pisces are that they often feel lost or confused, are hypersensitive, empathetic and devoted. This is a good match with what Valens said.

If Pisces has the times for spirit, if the sign is cadent, particularly with regard to the lot of fortune, it is a time of increased sensitivity towards the welfare of others. One may take on hardships or join in charity work for the benefit of others, particularly if the benefics happen to be present or witness the place. If the malefics cast rays into the place it can indicate inconsistency in ones actions and direction in career and others may doubt your dedication or not feel you are able to support their position or agenda.

If the fishes have the times for fortune, it indicates shifting and unpredictable circumstances which cause one to be hesitant to make a committment particularly if this place is a cadent sign. If this place is the 6th or 8th from fortune, health issues may arise in regards to ones feet, or through overindulgence in food and drink.

More information on each of the planets in Pisces:

The SunSun
The MoonMoon


17. Vettius Valens, The Anthology, Book 1, pg 16. Translated by Robert Schmidt.