The Essential Message of Pisces


Painting by Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966).

Over the weekend, the Sun changed signs from Aquarius to Pisces. I’ve said before that the real ‘opposite’ signs are the ones next to one another. With this move, the Sun has left the energy field of fixed and focused mental patterns, and entered the environment of flexibility, feeling and flow.

Think of mathematics on one side and music on the other. They are related in many ways, but are distinct entities here on the cosmic physical plane.

Pisces is here to draw you into your inner life, even as the world appears to be in a state of benighted mayhem.


Photo by Eric Francis.

You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world in you. In truth that is a tremendous gift to yourself and to your personal community. You make the world a better place when you grow and evolve.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac. I think of it as the river’s delta — the Delta of Venus, you might say (indeed, Venus is exalted in Pisces). The well of inspiration, Pisces is better when we draw on its water more abundantly; as the Quran informs its students, flowing water is healthier water.

The Quran is a kind of aquatic theology. Consider the idea that God “sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.”

I love this simple respect for nature and for life. You might say that this nourishing spiritual aspect of water is what Pisces describes. All those fruits the prophet is describing are also the fruits of your mind and soul. Now is the time to drink in that water.

At the moment, the Sun is conjunct Nessus and the South Node. This is a reminder that healing is healing from the past. Often, even what seems to be immediately present is the result of the past. The combination of Sun, South Node, and an eclipse coming later in the week describe a process of letting go.


Sunrise over the Baltic Sea. Photo by Elbfoto.

On this plane of reality, much if not most pain is caused by holding onto past struggles. There’s that phenomenon of people being in love with their problems. This need not be. Be committed to healing and love the process.

Many astrologers consider Pisces to be the sign associated with Jesus. All of the original iconography of the church involved fish. Only later was the cross incorporated and the “ichthus,” that fish-shaped thing you see on bumpers, preserved as the secret sign of the Christ. I was in an email discussion a moment ago with a refugee from the Evangelical movement, who found her own way because she needed to be the artist she became. She noted that even her childhood friends are starting to wake up. “No one gets to sit out this round of evolution it seems — many are softening and beginning to resonate to Christ’s higher message rather than fear.”

Remember that Pisces is a feminine sign. In this context, we are talking about the Goddess or the indwelling spirit of god, a feminine entity that some call Shekhinah.

She is part of you, and one with everything.

2 thoughts on “The Essential Message of Pisces

  1. Rudolf Pecjak

    Beautiful conections between the core of different religions, to mention also the dynamic and changeable spirit of the water in taoism, shapeless but capable of becoming any shape it is contained in, being the only molecule known to human that can be in any of three states, gas-liquid-solid, therefore ever changing, never clinging to any state or shape.
    Hanging on to past posessions or ideas of the possible future, the dukkah in the pali canon, we can let go of that suffering.
    thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Lizzy

    Yes. I didn’t know that about the Quran – fascinating and beautiful. Will talk to my Muslim (Somali) friends about it when I see them tomorrow. Absolutely stunning piece (and photos), and truly wonderful horoscope in my inbox this morning. Much needed right now (the fog you talk about in my horoscope is pretty dense at the moment). Bless you and thank you, dear Eric. Must be good to be back in your ocean. (((())))

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