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|Abstract meaning||Concrete and Traditional Meaning||Part of Body Ruled|
The unconscious, individual and collective
Sharp, often violent repolarization as
alternative to wholesale disintegration
In a higher sense: compassion and wholeness
Impressionabiity and openness
Mysticism and psychism
devotion and fanaticsim
|The feet and lymphatic system|
|I Seek My Self and I Don't Seek My Self|
|positive natural tendency||misuse or exaggeration of trait|
unselfish in all matters
creative and innovative
universal in scope of expression
strong spiritual aspirations
seeks to control through giving
hallucinatory and paranoiac
potentially locked within
poor sense of individuality
a sensualist in all things
|Physical Characteristics||Mental Tendencies|
Middle to short stature with short limbs
inclining to corpulence, esp in later years
full or fleshy face, pale complexion
tendency to double chin
full eyes, wide mouth
plentiful hair, brown to black
small hands and feet
Quick in understanding, inspirational
versatile, easy-going, good-natured
uncertain, changeful, psychically receptive
emotional and fond of music
passionate, affectionate, charitable
secretive or mysterious, sometimes reserved
|Emotional Key Words||Mental Key Words|
the emotions are inhibited
native is sensitive and impressionable
psychic, devoted, melancholy
lacks ability to resist environment
abstract, intuitive, compassionate
introspective, quick in understanding
versatile, synthetical, loquacious
impractical, procrastinating, lack confidence
According to the A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator by Llewellyn George, in Pisces the Sun gives a kind and loving nature which is honest and confiding, making them amiable, sympathetic and especially kind to dumb animals, or people, in distress. They love order and completeness, though, so you will find them often to be very neat and particular. Pisceans tend to be modest, perhaps because they are usually very timid and lacking in self-confidence. As a rule they are industrious people who act in a methodical manner, very logical in their conclusions. You will find them to be imaginitive and very idealistic, often quite inspirational, and often gifted with a mediumistic faculty. Thus they are usually fond of secret, occult or psychic investigation.
This section of Pisces is still under construction.
Friendly Gemini helps us interact with one another, although not intimately so, and without any real sense of deep connection to one another. Smiles, handshakes, and even witty remarks abound as everyone's talking up a storm. Unkowingly, Gemini sets the stage for Cancer to emerge, by demonstrating how much fun it can be to intermingle with those we find interesting - the concept of informal sociability is thus born in Gemini. But what is done innocently in Gemini turns into one of the most powerful forces ever to take hold of humankind in Cancer - raw, gut emotion. This is something beyond mere instinct, and almost scary to behold, yet it is a very compelling power that seemingly came from deep within. Cancer is the first sign to put us in contact with our soul, which is a different entity than the fiery spark of spirit that Aries embodies. This is not to say that Cancer may be all too clear about what "soul" means, but they sense that something potent inside itself moves it to want to protect all in life that is vulnerable and in need of shelter making Cancer the first sign to poignantly feel both love and sadness for the human condition. Cancer's biggest worry is that the often indifferent outer world, which cannot easily fulfill our inner needs, doesn't even have a notion of who we really are deep down inside.
As a cardinal water sign, Cancer is very active and sometimes pushy in the expression of its feelings. In the same way cardinal Aries cannnot easily turn off its dynamic, fiery energy, Cancer has difficulty shutting off its emotional faucet. The water always seems to be running forcefully because this is a highly reactive sign, driven by its surging feelings. The Crab was born with an amazing sensitivity that allows it to absorb what's going on inside others, even the stuff that's kept hidden from surface exposure, a trait it shares with both the other water signs, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancers are always alert
to the unspoken feelings of others, somehow thinking they are obligated to offer their sympathetic support to those in need. People's neediness arouse its maternal instincts, making them feel compelled to mother people - once it picks up on their distress signals - and thus intrude on their emotional space. Yet the Crab sees itself more as being timid and shy, although this can hardly be so with such assertive energy as cardinal.
Actually, how Cancer responds to its surroundings is as varied as the phases of the Moon, its planetary agent. Some see such changeability of temperament as moodiness, although the Crab would maintain that he/she is only reflecting the invisible currents in the psychological atmosphere of the moment. In fact, Cancer readily sponges up the environment and often without using protective filters. It's only after the Crab has taken in too much "negative" emotional discharge from others that it learns to build a hard shell to ward off further invasion. Sadly, along with such armor comes a crusty, crabby disposition that belies Cancer's softer, gentler side. Sometimes these mood swings are how Cancer deals best with its own feelings in flux - its own internal high and low tides. Nonetheless, the Crab is the first sign to introduce a warmer kind of caring that goes deeper than the comforting energy of Taurus. Cancer envelops others in its protective aura as it tends to their needs, although it attaches itself in ways that feel suffocating at times, unable to be objective enough to realize how oppressive this can be to others.
In Archetypes of the Zodiac, Kathleen Burt tells us that Cancer, the Cosmic Womb, is the first Water sign, and this connection between Cancer and water is very important. The glyph for Cancer is the male and female seeds, and the archetype of Cancer that of the Cosmic Womb in which the seeds of creativity grow and burst forth in diverse ways - biological, artistic or intuitive creativity, imaginative creativity, even business creativity. There is also mystical creativity, giving birth to the Divine Child within, the Magna Mater being the most ancient personal manifestation of divinity found around the world. This archetypal connection between water and creativity appears in many creation myths. In the Bible story of creation, "The land separated from the water and the firmament from the earth." In another there was a Goddess named Padma (Lotus) who sat in a stream (water) while the Earth sprang from her navel. In Sumeria, the Goddess Inanna gave birth to the world, or the Earth hatched from the yolk of a cosmic egg.
Equally important as the connection with water is Cancer's connection to the symbolism of the Moon. In the myths of Kali, the Great Goddess in India, it is through her cosmic womb that life is given its form, and the Moon has been called in both India and the West as the Giver of Form. The Moon itself can be observed to pass through so many shape changes - the Full Moon, the quarterly moons and the dark or New Moon - that the ancients connected it with the birth and death of form, planting their crops according to its phases. The many moods of the Moon were also observed in connection with the 28-day transiting Moon, the physiological changes in women's bodies associated with the lunar orbit and the emotional moods connected with that cycle. The Moon was a bestower of the gifts of feeling, of intuition and of nurturing instincts which men did not seem to possess, and so the goddess and her priestessess were deemed capable of mysterious insights and intuitions, such as the power of trance mediumship.
The Age of Pisces (c. 1 AD to about 2150 AD) began just as The Pax Romana, or Roman Peace, a Latin term referring to the Roman Empire in its glorified prime, was just beginning, a fitting end to the Age of Aries, the warrior. From the end of the Republican civil wars, beginning with the accession of Augustus in 27 BC, this era in Roman history lasted until 180 AD and the death of Marcus Aurelius. Though the use of the word 'Peace' may be a bit misleading, this period refers mainly to the great Romanization of the western world. The Roman legal system which forms the basis of many western court systems today brought law and order to the provinces. The Legions patrolled the borders with success, and though there were still many foreign wars, the internal empire was free from major invasion, piracy or social disorder on any grand scale. The empire, wracked with civil war for the last century of the Republic, and for years following the Pax Romana, was largely free of large scale power disputes. Only the year 69 AD, the so-called 'Year of the Four Emperors', following the fall of Nero and the Julio-Claudian line, interrupted nearly 200 years of civil order. Even this was only a minor hiccup in comparison to other eras. The arts and architecture flourished as well, along with commerce and the economy.
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Pisces the Two Fishes, from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.
Courtesy of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology