Pisces is born to either serve or suffer, and this is a popular phrase used by astrologers. To those born under this zodiac constellation, it is a fatalistic assumption. Astrologers assert that if serving others is not the Piscean goal, they will suffer miserably and it will eventually lead to self-destruction and ruin. Most interpretations are heavily weighted towards service of some kind. Based on such readings, Pisces is weighted with a heavy obligation; if they’re not serving the “greater good” in some way, our poor Piscean is doomed to a life of suffering.
Fishes Swimming in Opposite Directions
Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. Astrologers believe those born under the sign of the Fishes either swim upstream towards a meaningful life or are pulled downwards by the undercurrent, and into a wasted existence. Thus, Pisces is filled with plenty of inner confusion and feels the pull of a multitude of directions, but all of this comes with the territory of being a Piscean.
Pisces will move in ways which are difficult for others to fathom, and nothing is ever simple or clear. At birth, gifted with special access to the unconscious, dreams, and fantasies; the inner world is filled to the brim with unexplained mysteries. Needless to say, not many people can fully explore the unseen realms in such depth. Many Pisceans keep these enigmatic secrets of the unconscious oceanic realm to themselves; they are known to be frighteningly introverted and withdrawn creatures, happily slipping away into their imagination and returning.
Astrologers all agree that Pisces needs to give from the heart, however, I disagree with those who believe Pisces should put less energy into their own personal concerns. Often this very behaviour leads them into sacrificing their own happiness and surely this leads to the inevitable “suffering,” unhappiness, and misery.
Astrologer, Liz Greene, The Outer Planets and their Cycles, discusses the signs (Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces) which the outer planets rule. Shedding light on these particular zodiacal symbols because they are not easy to understand especially when considering them from the old traditional rulerships (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). The author believes that Scorpio (Pluto), Aquarius (Uranus) and Pisces (Neptune) need to be involved with the collective in some way, and because of their connection to the outer planets they are bound to issues larger than the personal. She also believes the average kind of life doesn’t take into account these broader needs.
At any rate, I feel there is a necessity in Scorpio, Aquarius Pisces to find someplace in reality that extends beyond the purely personal sphere. Otherwise I think these signs can become terribly negative. They have the worst reputations of all the zodiac. The classic charge against Pisces is that of drugs and alcohol, and as far as I have seen, this is perfectly true. A great many Pisceans drown in that water, not because the sign is innately alcoholic, but because they are thirsting for something beyond a wholly material perception of reality.
The opening of the door might come through a strong religious aspiration, or a creative outlet such as music or poetry or acting, or an experience of the unity of life that comes through service of some kind. But if the door is never opened, the only way to the spirit is through spirits, if you will excuse the horrible pun. Even if Pisces wants to go and study computers or become a civil servant, he must have some place in his life for the myths and the music and the poetry and the imagination.
There are a good many pathetic Pisceans wandering about trying desperately to become good accountants or stock brokers or insurance agents wondering why they feel hopeless and depressed and lethargic while their Taurean and Capricornian compatriots really enjoy their jobs. By Liz Greene, The Outer Planets & Their Cycles
As a Pisces, I think Greene is right and we have to find something in our lives which gives life to our imagination, dreams and feeling nature. Or else, drown our sorrows and meet the with the fate of suffering in our misery for failing to find joy and purpose in the earth world.