Pisces Traits: Compassionate, intuitive, mystical, changeable, avoidant, introverted, sensitive, self-sacrificing, chaotic, addiction-prone, escapist, idealistic, talented, gullible, moody, creative, introspective, brilliant
Changeable and Intriguing
Pisceans sometimes appear fickle or unreliable because they change their minds so frequently and what they wanted very much one day may repel them the next. Some even seem to be drastically different people from day to day. Therefore, it is unsurprising that Pisceans have a tendency to make huge, life-altering changes on a whim.
Pisceans tend to change their appearances significantly many times over the course of their lives as well, and some can even look quite different at various times of the day or week. Most Pisceans love costumes and disguises.
More consistent individuals find the Pisces personality aggravating, baffling, or intriguing. However, Pisceans have certain intangible qualities that attract others and ensure that they usually have no shortage of interested partners.
Peace-Loving and Idealistic
Pisceans can see the validity of two truths simultaneously. As a result, they often have difficulty in taking sides. They usually avoid conflict whenever possible and are inclined to act as peacemakers when others fight.
Pisceans are vulnerable to being exploited, both monetarily and emotionally, because they are trusting, naïve, and idealistic, unless their ascendants fall in more cynical signs. A tough rising sign can protect a Piscean against this sort of abuse.
Soft-Hearted and Self-Sacrificing
Unless their ascendants fall in less sensitive signs, Pisceans tend to be kind-hearted champions of the underdog, willing to do anything to help those who are physically or emotionally suffering. They also have natural healing abilities, which may lead them into medicine, nursing, or naturopathic fields.
Pisceans can endure almost anything if it will help someone else, and they will assist any sick, vulnerable, or stray being that needs them. They tend to be happiest when involved in charity or volunteer work of some sort, and in their personal lives, they are inclined to take care of friends, relatives, animals, and even strangers who come their way. Because they are somewhat gullible, they may be deceived or used by people who take advantage of their sympathetic natures.
Typical Pisceans have a phobia of hurting the feelings of others and will avoid doing or saying anything hurtful, even if it is warranted. They suffer intense guilt over small things, and are inclined to psychologically torture themselves over minor incidents.
Pisceans have a tendency to sacrifice their own needs to those of others, and this can lead to the development of a resentful martyr complex. They need to take time out for themselves and attend to their own needs to prevent this from happening. Pisceans frequently get dumped on by others and usually don’t retaliate or say no. Cultivating some assertiveness is beneficial for this sign, and some Pisceans learn this early on, developing a tough exterior to hide their vulnerability.
Prone to Extremes
The symbol for Pisces depicts two fish swimming in opposite directions, and this reflects the Pisces nature. Pisces is a sign pulled in two directions, always trying to balance, and prone to extremes. For example, some Pisceans are impractical and irresponsible, squandering their money on silly things, while others are financially restrained to the point of miserliness. Moreover, Pisceans are either extremely cautious or prone to taking excessive risks with their health and safety. They also tend to be either extremely kind or extremely merciless. The typical Piscean is compassionate by nature, but a small proportion of Pisceans are capable of remarkable greed and cruelty, and their ability to read the emotions of others helps them use and abuse their victims.
Whether Pisceans gravitate to one extreme or the other for various traits will depend on other elements in their natal zodiacs such as their rising signs. Some Pisceans oscillate between two extremes, never settling on one or the other or finding a calm middle ground.
A Need for Solitude
Pisceans are receptive to a wide variety of energies, both good and bad. They can catch the moods of others like viruses and pick up emotions by proximity, which is why they need more time alone than those of other signs. Pisces people go through alternating sociable and reclusive phases, retreating from the world when their craving for solitude kicks in.
Pisceans are very sensitive to environments, so they need to be cautious about where they choose to live and who they spend time with. They do best with very stable friends and romantic partners who act as solid anchors in their lives.
Pisces is the astrological sign most prone to addictions. The combination of an experimental and sensation seeking nature and a tendency to escape when things get rough can lead to substance abuse. Although Pisceans will care for others in extreme adversity, they have difficulty caring for themselves both psychologically or physically. They can easily lose track of the collective reality if they abuse substances, which exacerbates existing problems.
Fortunately, many Pisceans have a physical intolerance for drugs or alcohol, which may save them from developing substance abuse problems. However, addiction to cigarettes or food is also likely with this sign, and most Pisceans must fight a tendency toward overindulgence (and the associated weight gain).
Brilliant and Creative
Pisceans are often brilliant in some way, with many displaying scientific or artistic genius. Plenty of Pisceans are also good dancers and/or singers, and most have beautiful or unusual voices.
Pisceans have vivid imaginations, which are both a source of creativity and a means of escape. Properly harnessed, they can be wellsprings of inspiration for the creation of wonderful things.
Highly Intuitive and Emotionally Intense
Pisceans can experience very dark psychic states as well as periods of intense joy. They can sink incredibly low and come bouncing back up with shocking speed. Their moods may fluctuate wildly from one extreme to another many times in a single day.
Some Pisceans experience weird waking states or bizarre dreams, the latter of which are often intuitive and in some cases prophetic. Pisceans are prone to having unusual experiences and seeing ghosts or encountering other inexplicable phenomena.
The Atypical Pisces
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Pisces with Taurus rising will be more stable and practical, and with Aquarius rising, a Piscean will be less sensitive and secretive, and the desire to care for others will be more likely to manifest as participation in projects, political movements, or other activities focused on helping large groups of people as opposed to focusing on single individuals in need.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
Pisces Ruling Planet: Neptune
Symbol: The two fishes
Gemstones: Bloodstone, quartz stone, pearl, lapis lazuli, amethyst (February), aquamarine (March)
Parts of the Body: Feet, lymphatic and glandular systems
Places: Portugal, Tanzania, Tonga, Seville, Alexandria, Casablanca, Lisbon, Dublin
Animals: Eagle, elephant, seahorse, all fish
Trees: Oak, chestnut, birch, ash, alder, fig, willow
Plants and Herbs: Sage, water lily, aniseed, nutmeg, marjoram, balm, daisy, dandelion, kelp, white poppy, jonquil
Foods: Lime, chestnut, strawberry, currant, fig
Colours: Sea Green, ocean blue, lilac, white, silver, violet
Patterns or Design Motifs: Gentle curving patterns, ocean motifs, rolling wave or cloud patterns, smoke, ripples, softly blending colours (rather than sharp delineations), natural/spiritual/ mystical themes
Other Pisces Associations: Spirituality, mysticism, martyrdom, guilt, insanity, secrets, glasswork, bric-a-brac, photographs, movies, escapism, addiction, places of seclusion or confinement, the oil industry, secret societies, hospitals, psychic abilities, compassionate actions, painting/paints, boats, costumes/disguises/masks, shells, wigs, alcohol, drugs, the unconscious mind, saviors/rescuers, art, dance, song, daydreaming, drama, imagination, chaos, light, healing, hallucinations, poetry, storytelling, water, mermaids
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