Pisces is ruled by the element of water and is a feminine, mutable sign, governed by Jupiter and Neptune. Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions and can be found drifting upstream or falling downstream.
Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac, is known for self-undoing. It is often found circling this endless dilemma. The two images of the fish bound together symbolize the eternal cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The duality of the body and spirit is powerfully represented by this zodiacal area. Pisces, though, is more than an image of the mysterious, alluring, and feminine. On a deeper level, we meet with the introverted depths of water – an inner world of private feeling. The inherent shy nature of the fishes causes them to withdraw and the emotions can be difficult to understand.
The sign of Pisces rules those slips into the unconscious world. The oceanic realm of the human imagination, dreams, momentary lapses, spacing out and suddenly realizing that we have no memory of the last few minutes are all associated with the sign of the Fishes. The Piscean realm is associated with the River Lethe (also known as the River of Oblivion) when one is consumed in the mythical poetic river that encourages forgetfulness. Pisces represents the mysterious, sensitive, deep and profound and has the ability to sway the emotions of others. The siren holds many secrets, longings, possessing a dreamy-like quality alternating between reality and non-reality. The Ocean of the inner-world of Neptune types rule both beautiful creatures and terrifying monsters. Such powerful emotions lurking underneath flood consciousness and the tidal wave can create its own destruction in life.
The water signs are in touch with their feelings, in tune with nuances and subtleties that many others don’t even notice. The Water element realm of deep emotion and feeling responses, ranging from compulsive passions to overwhelming fears to an all-encompassing acceptance and love of creation. The Water signs know instinctively that to realize their soul’s deepest yearnings, they must protect themselves from outside influences in order to assure themselves the inner calm necessary for deep reflection and subtlety of perception.
Characteristics and keywords: Sensitivity. Realizes the reality of the unconscious/or reality of intuition.Purification and purgation. Psychic sensitivity. Deep reflection. Habitual secrecy and need for privacy. Ability for compassionate service. Need for emotional involvement with others. Chart Interpretation Handbook: Guidelines for Understanding the Essentials of the Birth Chart
Pisces is connected with the savior, martyr, and redemptive image. Many water signs have tides of feelings washing over like waves in a cycle of cleansing and purifying. A Pisces is often described as a watercolor picture not defined and each color blending into the next. However, this aspect of their personality reveals us as not all separate but all connected as one. There are also artistic sensibilities connected to this final watery sign; it can be evidenced by the wonderful world of art, music and dance. The higher type of the sign is a true mystic possessing a rich inner world. Within the sacred waters, the Piscean is elusive, slipping away into seclusion, secret places, and into mild altering states. On an inner level, Pisces creates their own inner universe, knitting together psychic images, dreams, and fantasies. Pisces is the channeling of information altering the state of consciousness where the human conscious moves to a larger, more inclusive reality.
The transpersonal is a term used by different schools of philosophy and psychology in order to describe experiences and worldviews that extend beyond the personal level of the psyche, and beyond mundane worldly events. It has been defined as experiences “in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche or cosmos”. The field of Transpersonal Psychiatry has defined the term as “development beyond conventional, personal or individual levels.” It is related to the terminology of peak experience, altered states of consciousness, and spiritual experiences. Wikipedia
The Moon Tarot card is astrologically related to Pisces symbolizing its emotional energy, intuition, imaginative qualities, mediumistic abilities, and the ebb and flow of tidal feelings. However, we also really need to look at the Hanged Man card for this goes deeper into the depths of the symbolism of the Fishes, reflecting the surrendering, withdrawal, and time-out all evident in this Neptune ruled zodiacal sign. The Moon side of Pisces is reflected in the mysterious feminine figure with magic and enchantment along with the watery depths of the unconscious and the elusive realm of the nighttime wandering of the soul across many haunted places, summoning the power of heaven.
On a broader level, we come to a point in Pisces when we reach a sense of finality and move into themes of spiritual evolvement. The Hanged man card is the sacrifice for the greater good, involving an acceptance and surrendering process. Within its symbols is the fear that everything will be lost, come to nothing, and fall apart. It can also mean everything, so holding on to faith in the suspended time frame is likened to the fetus waiting in the womb. It is a time of gestation a transitional period of turning inward. Much of Pisces’ life involves such sensitive attuning to the world. The individual soaks up the feelings and vibrations from the everyday world.
Beyond all its symbolism the Hanged Man affects us because it shows a direct image of peace and understanding. The calm shows strongly in the card because the Hanged Man has surrendered to the rhythms of life…For many modern people it involves releasing emotions they have locked up for years…the Hanged Man bears a connection to water. Most Tarot Kabbalists assign the letter Mem to trump 12. Mem stood for ‘seas’ and thus the element of water…The crossed legs represent the number 4 upside down. 4 symbolizes earth with its 4 directions. By reversing his own sense of values the Hanged Man has turned the world on its head. The arms and head together form a downward pointing water triangle. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot
Those born under the sign of Pisces can lack a strong identity. Unless they find anchorage, they can be found drifting through life aimlessly, lost and without a goal. The Piscean is a mass of paradoxes of duality encompassing the constant movement of mind expansion through areas of dreaming, art, and music. They take consciousness beyond its normal perceptions to a place where the feeling is believing and intuiting the meaning of all existence.
When Pisces falls down, they turn to drugs, alcohol, or anything that offers a strong stimulant, taking them away from reality. They have strong escapist tendencies, and can be vague and dreamy. Pisces greatest gifts are their imagination, creativity, and open-mindedness. Many artists are born under this sign. With a deep love of drama, music and film, life itself is like a canvas where they paint their own dreams. Pisces is idealistic and, at times, can feel dissatisfied with reality, feeling acutely the pain of disillusionment.
When in love, their intoxicating desires fueled by their imagination can make love enchanting on a quest for a soulmate. A Pisces may save others or long to be rescued themselves. They’re extremely sensitive and one of the most compassionate and understanding, identifying with every shade of emotion. The large encompassing side to their nature drowns in the human kaleidoscope of feelings and creates difficulty keeping boundaries or defending their personal space. In the end, Pisces will express the highs and lows of the human heart and closes the zodiacal circle taking us into the great unknown.