Gemini may be the Twins, but they are not the only “Dual-Sign” in the Zodiac. Pisces’ symbol can look like a fancy capital “h”, but they represent two fish, swimming in different directions:
Pisces is always pulled between the here and now and their deep inner life. They’re pulled between the highest of human nature and the lowest. They are a Mutable Water sign meaning they are the WATERIEST of all water signs. Adaptable, idealistic, emotional, empathetic (to the point of being empaths), intuitive (more psychics are born under the sign of Pisces than any other sign), altruistic, creative, and usually loyal, Pisces acting from a place of self-esteem and love are amazing human beings. They can be very determined once they make up their minds. Some of the most passionate activists are Pisces – they want to right wrongs and have no problem getting their hands dirty in order to help.
Pisces are natural healers, counselors, teachers, musicians and artists. However Pisces often embodies the archetype of the “tortured artist”. Pisces feels everything deeply and have a hard time fully expressing it in words, so they constantly feel misunderstood. This can make them feel lonely, and Pisces is one sign that really doesn’t like to be alone. It’s not that they need to be surrounded by people and action, they just really value their connections to others. They would prefer to have a handful of deep, true friends than a large circle of fun acquaintances. Some of the more outgoing Pisces will have large circles of fun acquaintances, though — the bustle and noise can distract them from whatever may be bothering them. They can be very serious, but they can also be a ton of fun – that dual-nature in action.
Ruled by Neptune, Pisces biggest issue is their tendency towards escapism – and they’ll use anything: romantic obsession, alcohol, drugs, work (especially in caregiving functions), gambling – anything that takes them outside of themselves. Some of them could probably use Al-Anon even if they’re aren’t any alcoholics in the family, because they wrap themselves up so much in other people they kind of lose the edge where they end and the other person begins. Some Pisces will go as far as to let other people make decisions for them and just float along happily in their wake — it protects them from having to stand on their own two feet and make decisions for themselves, which scares them because deep down, they just don’t know what they want to do half the time. Of course, not all Pisces are like this — you have the feisty independent ones that strike off on their own and are so focused on their ideals and calling they don’t care what ANYBODY thinks of them. Pisces IS a sign of extremes.
Their highs are high and their lows are LOW, when Pisces is in the depths of depression it can make YOU depressed just hanging around them. They would hate to hear that, though, because most Pisces people turn all of their heavy feelings inward and hate the idea of hurting anyone else unintentionally. Pisces can be very defeatist and pessimistic, dwelling on the mistakes of the past and beating themselves up on how they could have done things differently. Pisces doesn’t seem like it, but they are as big of a perfectionist as Virgo, except instead of using it to drive them to action like Virgos do, many give up before they even start because they know they won’t get it right. Sometimes all they need is someone else to point out all the good they have in their life and BOOM, they can see it and it instantly lifts their hearts. A daily gratitude list would go a long way in boosting Pisces’ mood and outlook on life.
Pisces is also the natural ruler of the 12th house which is the house of Karma, the occult, and it rules institutions: jails, hospitals, sanitariums and especially “things that are unseen” which also mean the underworld – shady subcultures and the darker side of the counter-culture, including organized crime. I am NOT SAYING that Pisces are criminals or sociopaths – I’m saying that there is a dark streak in Pisces and that some are ATTRACTED to these things. It could be as simple as being fascinated by serial killers and true crime books. Some Pisces like to date “the bad boy”or girl and in some cases, they’re pretty bad. Pisces are close to death, the ultimate oblivion and the Other Side, and high risk lifestyles can turn them on. Some Pisces are attracted to psychology or social work because they want to solve the puzzle of the criminal mind. Some Pisces go into mortuary work. At any rate, while many Pisces come across as loving, gentle souls who only want to help, there’s this little dark streak in all of them, do not underestimate them.
Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and Aquamarine for March. Both of these enhance Pisces energy as well as Fluorite, Chrysoprase, Charorite, Labradorite, and Bloodstone.
Our Pisces friends could use some Fire energy to infuse them with a little bravery and motivation and Air energy for logical thinking and perspective. Fire: Carnelian, Garnet Orange Calcite, Fire Agate, Sunstone. Air: Apatite, Blue Calcite, Celestite, Selenite, Sodalite
Of course, we can’t forget our Grounding stones – Pisces needs more grounding than the other water signs because of their mutability. Snowflake Obsidian will help them in particular because it helps ward of the negativity of other people and Pisces can use some solid emotional boundaries so they don’t take on other people’s feelings. They have enough of their own.
To give you an example of the Two Sides of Pisces, Jesus Christ was most likely a Pisces (seriously, he was NOT born on December 25th – the calendar has changed at least twice since his birth) and Kurt Cobain and Albert Einstein were Pisces. So were Osama Bin Laden and John Wayne Gacy.
Previously posted on my old blog.