Pisces Characteristics Revealed
The amount of misinformation around Pisces characteristics is staggering and Pisceans themselves contribute to most of it. They can’t explain anything, least of all themselves and even if they could, they wouldn’t. So here is the most current, need-to-know summary of their traits.
When Pisces swims into a scene they create psychic ripples. They’re a glamor-casting, good-gossip-bearing enlivener of the ordinary. If part of the performance involves spinning the dull yarn of tedious tales into golden lurex glitter thread, does anyone really mind?
Pisces is not necessarily empathetic and they’re not clairvoyant in the classic sense. But they have haphazard prophecy skills. They’re like a human oracle, suddenly coming out with uncannily correct statements that they can’t explain the source of.
Pisces people despise moderation. To them, the mainstream is never safe. Enthusiasm – as in its original meaning – ‘to breathe with the Gods’ – powers them through the days. Without passion their projects or romances splutter to a halt and their aura powers down.
People talk about ‘having’ intuition but Pisces is all intuition. They painstakingly cultivate logic or learn how to feign the logical process to ‘pass’ but their best moves were intuitive and they know it. Of course, it’s difficult to be in a society that undervalues this asset.
The Pisces ‘Metamorphosis Mode’ is notoriously inexorable. Once they’ve engaged it, they’ll cheerfully churn money, time and people to reach their new reference point is. It’s not calculated or (usually) intended to hurt but their methods verge on fanatical.
When they flip from “…obsessed with Deep Tech music” to “…only ever listen to Vangelis,” it’s not contradictory. Their mind is like S.E.T.I., sweeping the galaxy for everything from interstellar microbes to extra-terrestrial intelligence. If it’s transmitting, they’ll pick up on it.
“Pisces has been called the dustbin of the zodiac.”
Vivian Robson – Astrology and Sex – 1941
Where Did The Ridiculous Concept Of Pisces As The ‘Dustbin Of The Zodiac’ Come From?
This bizarre analogy is repeated over and over but it’s not as if repetition somehow makes it meaningful. Even if it were somehow correct (and it is not), how would it work? The zodiac sign of Pisces would be a collection of all characteristics that the other signs were discarding? That could work! But seriously, where did this even come from?
Well, in 1941, astrologer Vivian Robson (pictured above) wrote the following in his book Astrology and Sex:
Pisces has been called the “dustbin of the zodiac” and there is probably no sign quite so capable of producing such a state of sloppily emotional senselessness as Pisces, or one which tends so readily, like Viscount Castlereagh and the pump, ‘to spout and spout and spout away, in one weak, washy, everlasting flood.’
First of all, you can’t have it both ways: you’re either ‘weak’ and perhaps more like a puddle that leaks OR you’re a flood, presumably powerful.
This is the first mention in print of the dustbin concept so is he quoting himself? What was his grudge against Pisceans? Every sign of the Zodiac has foibles but he appears to be particularly scornful of the Fish. A Virgo Rising curator and librarian, Robson had the Sun, Neptune, Mercury Retrograde and the Midheaven conjunct in Gemini – aka ambition central.
As he is best known for his earlier work on Fixed Stars, could the Sex & Astrology book have been a purely commercial move which he felt beneath him? He died a year later, evidently in reduced circumstances. Earlier he’d stepped into help edit and complete an unfinished book left by the renowned astrologer Alan Leo after his death. There is far more about this in Skyscript but Robson quarreled with the widow – an Aries with a prominent Neptune in Pisces – as well as several other people.
He may have wanted to evolve into a position as elevated as the one enjoyed by the celebrated, charismatic and incredibly influential Alan Leo, called the father of modern astrology. But Leo was a quintuple Leo – yes he changed his name – with an easy eloquence. He published the first Sun Signs book, established the concept of psychological or spiritual astrology and was said to have inspired Gustav Holst to compose The Planets.
His take on Pisces did not mention dustbins:
This sign is decidedly dual yet on the whole good, for there is a great deal of the Jupiter nature in it. Pisces people can nearly always be relied upon; they are never fully appreciated for they will keep their talents in the background in an unassuming way, being very modest in their pretensions…when self-reliance has been cultivated, these people become very useful members of the human family. They are capable of achieving PEACE.
Could it be time to stop requoting the ‘dustbin’ comment as if it had gravitas?