Astrology dates back 2000 years and is rooted in Babylonian culture. Greeks, Romans, and Arabs adopted it later on. Practitioners studied the lunar cycles, and identified 12 constellations, naming them after specific animals or people. The 12 signs of the zodiac correspond to these constellations. Each sign connects with a specific time period within the calendar year with identifiable personality traits. Individuals born between February 19 and March 20 possess the characteristics of a Pisces, which astrologists consider the most compassionate sign of the zodiac.
Each sign in the zodiac has an archetype, a ruling planet that primarily influences its characteristics. Neptune, also known as the God of the Sea, rules Pisces. Identified with inspiration, psychic intuition, illusion, and dreams, modern astrologists correlate the planet Neptune with all-things spiritual and subtle. Ancient astrologists, who had only identified the existence of five planets--Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn--believed that Jupiter ruled Pisces. For years, scientists claimed that Johann Gottfried Galle first observed Neptune in 1846. However, research now shows that Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei sketched the planet in drawings in 1612.
A unique symbol, or glyph, represents each sign of the zodiac. Two fish swimming in opposite directions symbolizes Pisces. It represents the ongoing challenge for those born under the sign to balance reality with escapism, although some interpretations associate the symbol with reincarnation. Those with strong Pisces signatures tend to be otherworldly and mysterious, constantly feeling the pull of the dreamworld. However, when introduced and inspired by a specific mission or task, Pisces demonstrates incredible strength and resolve to carry it through.
Associated with the element of water, a person born under the sign of Pisces is fluid and adaptable and closely connected to their emotions. Water signs exhibit a higher level of intuitive and sensitive characteristics. They tend to base their decisions on their emotions rather than their intellect. Cancer and Scorpio are also water signs and draw power from their feelings as well. Pisceans strive for harmony and aesthetic beauty and may immerse themselves in artistic endeavors. The Pisces connection with water and fluidity also lends to indecisiveness and unpredictability. Those born under the sign of Pisces usually love swimming and other water sports.
Pisces is the 12th sign. Astrologists say this sign combines many of the other characteristics of the 11 signs that precede it. Because they share many of the characteristics of the other signs before them, Pisces easily identifies with the emotions of others. People born under the sign of Pisces often display a sensibility and demeanor that draws others toward them. They tend to be charitable and compassionate. Self-sacrifice is second nature to them and it inspires them to put others’ needs before their own, sometimes to their own detriment.
These sensitive souls alternate between reality and non-reality and may be difficult to understand at times. For that reason, astrologists often associate Pisces with the chameleon. Due to their highly developed tendency toward intuitiveness, they may frequently travel between consciousness and a dream state, which may prove challenging to those who don’t understand their ethereal nature. Individuals born under the Pisces sign constantly struggle with the task of distinguishing fact from fantasy, yet they possess a strong sense of the yin and yang of life.
Like water, Pisceans’ behavior often resembles waves. They move forward with gusto when inspired, yet have a deep connection to their inner psyche that tells them when it’s time to step back and re-energize themselves. This allows them to thrive in careers that revolve around healing, animals, and the arts. Despite their love for helping others, Pisces also seeks equal time for solitude. Those born under this sing have a gift for finishing projects, especially those abandoned by others.
There is no other sign in the zodiac that is as forgiving as Pisces and they make great romantic partners. However, at times, these individuals may be too compassionate for their own good. They readily put the needs of others ahead of their own and often neglect their own needs in the process. Pisceans are idealistic and connect with others on a higher, spiritual level. They are in a constant search for true love. However, they are also easily hurt and may have challenges distinguishing real love from a passing fling.
A vivid imagination is just one characteristic that highlights a developed sense of creativity. Instead of depending on rational thought to guide them, Pisceans have the ability to connect with otherworldly inspirations. Their keen psychic sense allows them to open up to the beauty of the mysteries in life, and express them through painting, literature, music, or other artistic ventures. These qualities also inspire them to work in the marketing or teaching fields. Rihanna, Albert Einstein, George Washington, Steve Jobs, Carrie Underwood, and Jensen Ackles are all Pisceans.
There is an emotional need for Pisceans to reach out and show kindness to others, but they also love to feel special and adored. One of the characteristics of a Pisces is a deep-rooted fear of ending up alone in the world. These individuals love companionship and strive for deep, meaningful relationships. However, their insecurities may be overwhelming for other zodiac signs, such as Libra, Gemini, and Sagittarius, who are unlikely to provide the level of devotion and romance Pisces craves. Scorpios, Cancers, and Capricorns are better matched, but a Pisces-Pisces connection may be one of the most emotionally fulfilling.
Like any other sign in the zodiac, Pisceans have dislikes that may cause them to pull back from a relationship, whether it is work-related, romantic, or familial. Rules inhibit their ability to connect with their dream life and they avoid restrictions whenever possible. Additionally, Pisceans do not normally deal well with criticism. Because their dream life can consume their reality, they are especially susceptible to mind-altering substances. Pisceans thrive when they are able to express their intuitive and creative nature through their work and relationships.