by Stefan Stenudd

Pisces in the Complete Horoscope

The Fish Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Pisces Zodiac sign in Astrology
The Pisces Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Pisces, the Fish, is the twelfth sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on or around February 20, in the winter.

       Pisces belongs to the element water, its quality is mutable and its charge is negative. Its Ruler is Neptune, and Mercury exalts in it. Its motto is: "I believe." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Pisces brings humility and uncertainty to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Pisces zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Pisces at the time of your birth).

Your Pisces Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Pisces as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Pisces, normally February 20 - March 20 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more adequately - called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Pisces, you are a modest and self-sacrificing person, searching tirelessly for what can make life truly meaningful and fulfilling. You need to believe in something, and you're perfectly willing to spend a lifetime finding it. During this search, you don't hesitate to make significant personal sacrifices, even when others would say that they are pointless or just too much.

The Father of Pisces

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       If you have the sun in Pisces, your relation to your father is one of uncertainty. Although there's mutual affection, you both feel that you don't know each other well enough. To some extent you are strangers to one another, and you just don't find the opportunity to get to know each other as well as you would like.

Pisces, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Pisces

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Pisces, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Pisces:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive - Pisces brings a compassionate nature and unrest.

  • Moon   longing - Pisces brings emotions that shift quickly, but still are strong.

  • Mercury   curiosity - Pisces brings a curiosity difficult to satisfy, because of intellectual impatience.

  • Venus   affection - Pisces brings warm affection for just about everyone and everything.

  • Mars   aggression - Pisces brings frustration and a sense of insufficiency.

  • Jupiter   luck - Pisces brings emotional turmoil, and many rewarding experiences.

  • Saturn   duty - Pisces brings confusion about values and duty, and some angst because of it.

  • Uranus   contemplation - Pisces brings bewilderment about the world and everything in it.

  • Neptune   fantasy - Pisces brings blossoming fantasy and imagination.

  • Pluto   catharsis - Pisces brings chaotic circumstances and difficulty to foresee anything.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude - Pisces brings an attitude of humility and uncertainty.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image - Pisces brings a sense of craving, but uncertainty as to the nature of it.

The Houses in Pisces

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Pisces affects them:

  1. Identity - Pisces makes you seem shy and yielding.

  2. Resources - Pisces makes your material situation out of your control.

  3. Communication - Pisces makes you unsure of your friends, and you find it hard to concentrate on your studies.

  4. Home - Pisces makes your home fragile and your family ties complicated.

  5. Pastime - Pisces makes you unsure about what to do with your spare time.

  6. Work - Pisces makes your work difficult and somewhat unsatisfactory.

  7. Partners - Pisces makes your relations unstable and emotionally draining.

  8. Unknown - Pisces makes you fascinated by, and in awe of the beyond.

  9. Travel - Pisces makes you travel much, seldom planning in advance.

  10. Career - Pisces makes you unwilling to struggle for advancement.

  11. Ideals - Pisces makes you willing to do any sacrifice for the benefit of those who need.

  12. Shortcomings - Pisces makes your life a little too orderly, with little room for surprise or impulse.

Pisces in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Pisces zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Pisces - Fish. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Pisces - Fish. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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