- Happy Birthday Pisces.
From John Jocelyn's 'Meditations on the signs of the Zodiac' a Rudolf
There is no sign more elusive to try to describe than Pisces, the
Fishes, for this section of the Zodiac is as mobile as the astral
world. On the physical plane, the oceans are its counterpart, the
seas that toss and surge in sounding, raging fury; yet, the same
waters may sometimes reveal the placid power of sweetest peace in
idyllic, silvery calm, and the lovely lull and lakelike beauty that
make cognizable the tune, tempo, and harmony of the spiritual worlds,
calling up a vision of the divine, a touch with the transcendental, a
union with the one life of love through the Word of the world,
sounding as tranquil tone. This sign of spirituality is fittingly
called `The Great Deep or Depth'.
The signs of the Zodiac most intimately connected with the psychic
nature of man, the side least seen, yet incessantly active for good
or ill, are the water signs, which with their houses and the planets
therein, may be called the dispensers of destiny. In persons lacking
in spiritual discernment, these forces may seem to suppress the
personality whereas in truth they enhance and enlarge the soul.
Pisces is a dual sign, as the two fishes indicate. The fishes are
bound to each other, denoting the destiny restriction, which gives
less freedom of choice than is granted in the outstanding dual sign
Gemini. The twins have a free relationship; not so the fishes. Dual
experiences arise in Pisces, bringing extremes in kind and nature,
the native often being torn to shreds between conflicting emotions.
The Piscean rarely gains a true grasp of himself, for emotions play
through his soul as the winds through an aeolian harp; his soul is
easily influenced, or played upon by sympathy, for it is easy for him
to put himself in the soul of another who suffers.
This is the sign that causes one to be keenly receptive and
impressionable to the moods and soul-conditions of others. Psychic
supersensitivity and immense emotionalism are forces that need
control and direction, for Pisces puts the soul en rapport with the
soul world. As a result, one feels the forces of other souls here or
elsewhere, be they embodied, moving on the physical plane, or in the
world of the soul called dead.
In this dual sign there sound the forces of destiny and divinity. It
is here that the lowest and the loftiest reside. Man is chained to
an earthly destiny so long as the darkness prevails and earthly
desires are not exhausted. When the Ego begins to transmute its
earthly desires and evolves toward the purity needed for a spiritual
birth, then the light is perceived shinning in the darkness, the
light that `lighteth every man that cometh into the world'. This is
the direction towards divinity.
In this sign of destiny one realizes the need for earthly birth. The
limiting conditions of personal earthly expression are picked up here
as the `moral bundle' of past lives, the moral bundle that was
checked in the soul world after last death, before one entered the
spiritual world. It is taken up again as one returns once more
through the soul world to earthly incarnation. The law of rebirth,
of repeated earthly lives, each one of increasing fineness, has
nothing fatalistic attached to it. On the contrary, it shows the
definite and deliberate way toward the light that leads to liberation.
The working of destiny speaks of the God within, forever guiding and
leading man toward the goal. Magnificent Christ-alchemy shows itself
in the spirit of sacrifice inherent in Pisces, the real royalty that
originates in this sign of renunciation, for renunciation and
sacrifice must be made freely or perforce. The house on which Pisces
stands, and also the position of Neptune, indicate the quality and
type of sorrow, self-surrender, or sacrifice demanded. No matter
what the talent or genius of a Piscean personality, there is always a
background of obstacles and adversities. In Pisces, consecration
through crucifixion leads to the consummate man. People in the
Fishes are seldom understood, or truly appreciated, yet these are the
most self-effacing souls, giving with a joy in giving. None ask less
for themselves than they do, and none can be trusted more implicitly
when living in the higher side of the sign.
In Pisces, one can realize the Great Ocean or Deeps of the Spirit and
be aware of the spiritual man and the life hidden away and buried
within the physical man the Christ who lives in the Earth and in
the souls of humanity. The sense of universality makes Pisces the
least personally possessive sign. It calls forth marked hospitality
and generosity. The generosity of Pisceans extends not only to
goods, but also to judgments; they are ever ready to forgive and to
manifest their good will in loving deeds.
The divinity of Pisces is such that those strong in this sign have a
constant aching yearning, an intense urge, to merge the soul entirely
and completely with the soul of others, to form one universal
spiritual union. Pisceans, or those truly under the Neptune light,
experience spirituality; thus they have the faculty and forte to
commune and to unite with others on the mental and psychic planes.
The purer the Piscean, the more profound the communion and union with
the feelings and thoughts of people and places and, yes, with the
In this mergence with others on Earth and on the invisible planes,
there lies danger and often damage, for if the Piscean soul is not
positively endowed with the strong factor of a developed mind, if it
is still tainted with atavistic clairvoyance and these today are
still legion the risk of obsession by spirit controls and so-called
guides, is great, and these forces are evil. One must not remain
negatively psychic. So many, too many, born in or under this sign,
or with the Moon in Pisces, are the victims of invisible spirits and
of mediumism. Then the sense of hearing, which is ruled by it, is
perverted to undesirable hearing of what astral entities convey.
As Aquarius and Uranus emphasise the one in all, the individual as
part of the whole, so Pisces and Neptune declare the all in which the
individuality is merged in the collectivity of the Christ. "That they
all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they
also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent
me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they
may be one, even as we are one" St. John 17:21,22
As Aquarius individualises and identifies the man in and through the
Christ, so Pisces universalizes and unites the man in and with the
whole Christ-life. Man must first establish his Christ-egohood, his
true self-identification in the Spirit, before he can universalize
his love as a world and cosmic citizen, in the new and true
citizenship that awaits him. Enforced fusion is dangerous. The
Christ `I' and the Christ `You' are both paramount in the soul that
is keeping pace with man's proper development.
Pisces is called the `Universal Solvent' or the `Great Deeps or
Depths'. It shows the inhibited, the silent, the secret, and all
that is mute and powerless of expression. Pisces is unlike Cancer,
where feelings are awakened, and unlike Scorpio, where desires and
feelings are brought to a center and concentrated, for Pisces turns
everything into muted emotion, deep and silent as the ocean. This is
the sign of Parsifal, the `pure fool', the guiless one, mute,
timorous and helpless, until through search and suffering, `by pity
enlightened', and power to discriminate between good and evil. Then
he became the `help-bringing knowing one', the saviour bringing
Very few Pisceans are egotists; in fact, they are in many instances
deficient in self-esteem. That quality of humility that abides here
can in positive souls create a mystic mood and beautiful reverence.
Divinity and devotion resides here; but what if these forces are
reversed? That reversal too often occurs and it tears the soul into
shreads, rendering it lost and without true colour, definition, or
self-identification. Few souls can manage the mighty mood of this
divine spiritual essence. It is easy for many to become
materialists, or worse, utter derelicts on the sea of life. The
psychic forces are too often negative and the sympathies unwise.
Without firm inner direction in the Piscean soul, dereliction in some
form may easily ensue; thus the highest may become the very lowest.
The ear that is attuned to the divine knows instantly when Neptune
and Pisces provide the power and inspiration, be it in literature,
poetry, art or music. True Pisceans are true teachers, for they
carry within them a real priestly wisdom and love. Understanding and
wisdom are not the fruit of the intellect alone. It is a strange
paradox that, inherent in this sign of divinity, ruling this time,
our present Piscean Age, there lie concealed the forces and facts of
the cosmos, yet confusion and world misunderstanding occur. Cosmos
and chaos lie hidden here, in this sign of mighty mystery.
The light is not recognized by the physical, brain-bound personality,
fear-filled and tormented and tossed by seething secret hates and
emotions. For perfect expression one must gain perspective both in
the lower Ego and the Earth, and in the world of Spirit. True
balance between this world and the worlds of soul and spirit must be
found if one would be whole, and this wholeness, this true health, is
our need. The Christ came for those who need a physician, to make
It is essential for Pisceans to become far stronger as physically
conscious earthly Egos, and to use the mental forces far more
effectively, so that they may stand stabilized as self-protected
personalities. If not self-protected through this proper I-
consciousness, they are apt to become the sport and prey of evil
entities in the flesh or in astral bodies, seen or unseen. They
often become lost to themselves in the surrender of their souls to
others, for the great difficulty in their sacrifice and self-giving
is to retain, at the same time, their own personality. They need to
learn to give themselves spontaneously in self-surrender, and yet to
be their own selves and not to neglect themselves.
Pisces is a psychic-sensitive sign that evokes spirituality and tends
sometimes to other-worldliness. Pisceans are impressionable, and
they ever seek to understand their impressions and intuitions,
intimations that arise quite free of the brain and are realised, more
often than not, as a psychic sensing. Many Pisceans get lost in the
maze of the multitudinous ideas and impressions they continually
receive from all worlds. They tend to become bewildered when there
is confusion and pressure. Their best qualities are evident when
there is an undisturbed atmosphere; then their mood of peace is
powerful and profound, and their inspiration most active.
The sign of the Fishes rules the feet. The feet denote an inner
understand-ing of life, also `treading the Path', and making
progress. In this respect, they are symbols of the spiritual life,
and they also indicate what we mean when we say that the feet should
be firmly planted on the earth. They give us our stance.
Jupiter and Neptune rule the Fishes. The benevolent Jupiter is a
planet of bonding good will, reverence, and creative cosmic thought.
Neptune denotes idealistic devotion. In general, one may say of
Pisceans, that they love beauty and refinement in all things.
Evolved Egos have a wonderful capacity for quite, tactful persistence
when dealing with others. In spite of being shy and timid, they can
show considerable dignity if anyone presumes to take advantage of
their good nature; they detest anything vulgar or violent. Many have
healing power, sometimes through their hands, but largely through
their presence, which emanates peace and piety.
Those centered in Pisces confer the archetypal value of man, the
formgiving cause, which brings him into earthly incarnation. Birth in
a physical body is not ill fate if we take in the Christ; it is a
real opportunity to grow in God through his Christ. The choice is
ours. Destiny, or karma will not be deplored if we realise that it
is a progressive, developing force, bringing the experiences that are
corrective and drawing us nearer to the goal.
The dual effect of the Fishes becomes evident in the fact that, on
the one hand, this sign holds the destiny that leads the Ego to an
earthly birth and, on the other, it provides the means to overcome
the evil destiny conditions, liberating one from the individual need
for rebirth. However, so long as the planet is not redeemed, the
Christed soul will want to reincarnate for the sake of humanity and
to aid the Christ in the work of redemption.
Pisces, the sign of ready renunciation and sacrifice, produces such
saviours, as well as The Saviour, Jesus of Nazareth, who at the
Baptism in the Jordan, sacrificed his body, so that the Christ could
incarnate in it and consummate the Mystery of Golgotha, the greatest
event of all Earth-evolution the Sacrifice Supreme that brings
salvation to our Earth and to mankind.
In Pisces, the destiny of repeated earthly births, according to true
Christian teaching, becomes not ill fate, but the joyous avenue of
Christ-alchemy leading mankind's illumination and liberation.
- Here's a question:
In the symbol of Pisces should the fish be rotating clockwise or
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