The twelfth and last sign of the Zodiac calendar, Pisces is synonymous with creativity, imagination and versatility. It is depicted by a pair of Fish swimming in opposite directions. People with this sign are born between 20th February and 20th March.
One of the most remarkable traits of a Piscean is a curious duality of nature, as suggested by the symbol of a pair of Fish facing contrary directions. While on one hand Pisceans can be emotionally engaging, on the other they can also be solitary beings. The former trait is the consequence of their highly emotional personalities. They are not only in touch with their own inner selves but are also extremely sensitive to the emotional needs and moods of people around them. Another reason why Pisceans are able to reach out emotionally to others is probably because of their highly imaginative natures. A Piscean is immediately capable of putting him/herself in another person’s shoes and view a situation with his or her perspective. This makes a Piscean naturally sensitive and caring to others’ moods and needs, whether emotional or physical. At the same time however, the flipside of an intensely imaginative nature is the Piscean’s tendency to solitariness, introspection and a frequent desire withdraw from the real world. When upset, they are likely to remove themselves from their immediate surroundings and take refuge in dreams, artistic pursuits or philanthropic work. While not all Pisceans are escapists, their idealistic bent often makes the harsh realities of this world extremely painful to bear. At such times they will temporarily withdrawal from the everyday world, not so much as a way to distance themselves from their fellow humans, but rather as a means of recharging themselves emotionally so that they can come back to face the world with a stronger heart than before.
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The symbol of the twin Fish also stands for deep levels of the subconscious and imaginative self. Likewise the natives of Pisces are highly introspective in nature and concerned with the inner processes of the self. In fact some of them may even seem introverts on the first acquaintance. This is because they like keeping many of their own qualities under wraps and reveal them only at the right time and to the right people. All these behavioral traits of the Pisces are evidence of a highly spiritual nature and immensely imaginative mind. It is also believed that they are deeply perceptive and can almost sense unsaid words and untold feelings. Actually according to some experts, the zodiac is associated with the intuitive self as well as a world of dreams, intuitions and secrets.
Pisceans are highly skilled in adjusting to changing circumstances. In this, the symbolism of the twin fishes swimming in opposite directions, is again appropriate since it indicates that Pisceans can change their directions to go along with the flow. Despite their head being in the clouds sometimes, they are not to be labeled as failed idealists or wool-gatherers. Their adaptability together with a capacity of sensing a favorable opportunity and seizing it to their advantage account for several success stories among Pisceans who have made good in the real world.
Like fish which are scared easily, Pisceans also tend to get disheartened and upset more quickly than others. Nasty people and unhappy experiences which might have been met with greater resilience by zodiac signs like the Taurus or with equal cunning by the Scorpio, are enough to get a Pisces sink into the depths of depression. To some extent this is due to an excessively touchy nature. Pisces tend to be over-sensitive to anything said about or around them. Small unintentional acts on the part of others can send them off on a brooding, self-pitying or even a self-destructive episode. Then again there is their lack of practical sense. Living in a self-enclosed, watery world of dreams and idealism, their lack of realism may be a handicap in dealing with the many trials of life. A Pisces is prone to lose himself in a dream world where the reality is according to his making. Like a fish which when scared goes hither and thither, absent-mindedness as well as a disorganized and fluctuating nature are some of the troubling hallmarks of this sign.
Like the sign of this zodiac, the glyph for Pisces is traditionally depicted as two fish swimming in opposite directions. However according to another interpretation, it can also be read as two crescents of receptivity pointing outwards, held together by the line of matter. In the final analysis, the sign of Pisces is considered a receptive sign - one that is impressionable, spiritual, and open-minded.