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Dark Side of Pisces: Lustful, Cheap, Smug, Secretive

Sylvia Sky, M.A., is an experienced writer-astrologer and author of "Sun Sign Confidential: The Dark Side of all 12 Zodiac Signs."

What's Wrong With This Picture?

They're slippery...

They're slippery...

The Dark Side of Pisces, the Plaster Saint

The negative Pisces is a plaster saint. While outwardly thoughtful, shy, righteous, and sweet, they plot to undermine people and institutions, hiding (barely) their lust for sex and money. This lust is so overwhelming they feel they must deny having a dark side, saying, "What you see is what you get." That isn't likely.

Remember that the symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. Negative Pisceans might look like ordinary people, maybe in need of a makeover. In fact they are manipulators and misers. Negative Piscean and self-styled "Christian" Josh Duggar (March 3), sexual abuser and adulterer, is a prime example. Fortunately, most Pisceans who are that negative get caught.

Typically mild-mannered, Piscean friends can be tiresome because they can't decide what movie to see or where to eat. They are often strict about food (but not drink!). They might say Lord Krishna doesn't want them to eat onions and garlic. At a diner that doesn't fit their dietary rules, they order nothing and watch you eat, or sneak tidbits from your plate. That is how they stay smug about their saintly self-denial. I have seen a Pisces open and eat half a box of sweets and—instead of maybe sharing them—close the box and save the other half for later. Now that is self-discipline!

Money Is Piscean and So Are High-Interest Loans

Pisces prefers cash because it leaves no trail.

Pisces prefers cash because it leaves no trail.

The Cash and the Stash

The saved and guarded candy reveals yet another side of negative Pisces: they are tight, tight, tight! They cringe even when you spend your own money! They don't mind at all degrading themselves for cash. Money is Piscean: It swims into and out of our lives and its value is symbolic. Pisceans want to wade into fountains to bag the pennies others have wished on, then loan the money out, with interest; negative Pisceans are shameless enough to actually do it.

Poor-mouth Pisceans express their envy of moneyed people by turning it into contempt for the rich. On dates, which will be cheap, free or Dutch, they talk about being into spirituality, the library, or people-watching: things you will notice do not cost them any money. Some cut every coupon and enter every sweepstakes. You will tire of hearing them say that their dusty old junk is collectible and valuable. Pisceans with no money will romanticize poverty or make a virtue of bumhood, like On the Road author Jack Kerouac (March 12). Musician Kurt Cobain (Feb. 20) and his band turned "grunge" into a culture.

Frequently a Piscean home is ankle-deep in cats, hamsters, potpourri or other smelly things and it will be no fishbowl: It's often dark, to hide Pisces' escapist addictions and hidden stashes. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (March 17) stashed 27 bodies under his house. Many Pisceans prefer animal company to human company because animals are uncritical. Negative Pisceans feel attacked when questioned or corrected. Pisces, remember, does no wrong! They idealize babies and small children, yet think it is right to terrify kids with stories about Hiroshima or executions or the end of the world according to the Book of Revelation. As the 12th and last sign of the zodiac they are fascinated by annihilation. Wondering if your Pisces is faithful? If you have to ask, the answer is no!

Pisceans find their paths early in life or probably not at all. Mid-life Pisceans might appear clueless because grooming, exercising or updating their look is too much of a commitment, but in youth Pisceans are smart and creative, idealistic, eyes sparkling. Einstein was a Pisces (March 14). Later they have trouble managing themselves. The perpetual student spending twenty years on his dissertation is probably a Pisces, as is the sad married martyr keeping a spreadsheet of a spouse's adulteries.

The Land of Make-Believe

Positive Pisceans weave visible magic, like gymnast Simone Biles (March 14). All Pisceans are good at make-believe. Mr. Fred Rogers, for 35 years a children's TV entertainer with his Land of Make-Believe, was a Pisces (March 20). Negative Pisceans merely act saintly and selfless, preach what they don't practice, deny what they did, pretend they didn't hear you, or do their makeup. You'll find Pisceans in any group or profession that tries to make people believe something: show business, religion, public relations, fiction writers.

The talented ones need good tough managers. Nat King Cole (March 17), a respected jazz pianist, became a famous pop crooner only after his wife took over his management and image-making. He repaid her by moving in with another woman. With enough sex or money, or rehab, Pisces can arrange to stay on top despite age, looks, or awkwardness: for example, Elizabeth Taylor (Feb. 27), Liza Minnelli (March 12), and Lawrence Welk (March 11).

Pisceans, usually low on energy, easily "let themselves go" and tend to be fragile physically as well as emotionally. Older negative Pisceans are often weak or confined to home after indulging in lifelong bad habits, and these plastered saints assume that their spouses or families will gladly wait on them while the Fish goes belly up. It often turns out that the Pisces who always denounced sugar, drugs, smoke, porn, or hypocrisy is an enthusiastic consumer or practitioner of same.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Sylvia Sky

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Gomawo on September 06, 2020: a pisces...while you describe our dark sides...true...but no...we're not that bad...there must be something or events that drove pisces to act like that...example, too kind with people even stangers...i believe every zodiac have their own dark side and good side...believe that people have their own hard time and fun time...the way you describe us like somekind of juvenile you terribly sad with this...

Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on August 22, 2020:

If it seems to you that your partner cares only about himself and his money, no matter what Sun sign, I would break up with him. You deserve a partner who cares about YOU.

Maleia0310 on August 11, 2020:

Im a pisces im kind and i like giving. I care more about others than i do myself! I have a dark part of me my emotions take control over me in the worst times and i lash out im lazy to a point and i lie to save my ownself so i guess im a little selfish.. but i was here mainly looking for my answers. My boyfriend and i have been together for over 5 years and hes also a pisces. Sp my question is... are 2 pisces good together? Im more into peoples feelings but he idk it seems like he only cares about himself and his money.

KSlay123 on July 05, 2020:

I'm a proud Pisces, February birthday. It is true about the lustfulness, i think about sex day n night but I'm also unselfish, giving and soft-hearted. I aim to please with disregard to getting anything in return. Sometimes I get bitter but that's because i wish for everyone to admire me and my beauty. I think in my past life, i was a sex slave to a royal and very powerful king or emperor. That is how I see myself. Worshiped and lusted over by powerful men n sometimes women! How interesting is that?

Sleepysilver on July 02, 2020:

I am a taurus i supposed to get along with pisces but absolutely not, i tried but they are deceptives smugs. And any pisces placement in a natal chart i find to be wicked. Mostly the sun. Also 1985 ppl when venus and mars been conjunct in pisces. Or pisces mercury. In my family are couple moon pisces i can get along with that even it's sort of tricky. Actually pisces puts a gemini to shame when it comes to being a trickster, at least gemini is fun and true about it, pisces hides when they been caught, so annoying. One Pisces, a real good artist, she just happen to steal from me (nobody ever did this to me before it's not my usual milieu)and our time ended cause she accused me and many other's of her friends for stealing her jewelry that i never even saw in my life, plus being jealous on me for getting along with her partner(we been friends long before her) he hates her totally now. A beautiful talented woman who seems to be so kind and innocent understanding blabla but there's a true evil in her.

But the craziest are venus mars pisces conjunctions. I knew a few and i know someone who was married to one. The one I encountered showed his true colors when i was so vulnerable, i was in the hospital and he just happened to cheat on me with so many in that short time lol it was so ridiculous that i didn't know if to cry or laugh and he was the one running behind me from the very first moment. He didn't expect from me to come out well from the hospital but i did and he was so so so ashamed lol.

And my friend who was married to that devil of a woman, she made him believe lies, plenty lies, he cared for her whole family, her child with a disability he took so much care of, and he wanted a family with her, she made him believe she want the same, turned out after 4 years marriage that she had 3 abortions behind his back, lying it was a miscarriage. Such pisces style, she still dreams of him to come back. Pisces tho such lying miserable deceptives fools. And totally lazy... The pisces ex fencing teacher of my son is a bully and tyrannical ,but such a lazy teacher,just loves to dictate. Loved to be around lawyers, doctors and such, but not around me, the single mom, he always thought he needs to give me advice, what a jerk. Oh and sending me nudes, he stopped when i told him I'm thinking to send these nudes to all married woman in our fencing group with greetings from him. Almost pressed charges but felt sorry for this fool. Honestly i have the ugliest experiences with pisces. To me, it's one sign i really love to hate cause they deserve it, no wonder they are into pain.

ZeeChan on June 14, 2020:

I'm a Pisces (female) I don't agree Pisces are stingy. I love sending gifts to my friends and family. It's ok for me if I don't get a gift from them. I do a lot of effort and Suprises to my family and friends. I always comfort them and listen to their story. I'm am open minded and I don't judge people easily. I always put first the people I love what they need before myself. Some people taken for granted me.

I'm aware that I do have a dark side. My dark side is I'm secretive, I have a lot of secret. I'm lazy in house hold chores but I'm a hard working student.

Positive vibes CHHEECCKKK on May 20, 2020:

FIRST OF ALL not ALL Pisces are like that. You cannot whatsoever so such just by meeting few Pisces and think ALL are like that. There are many Pisces i've met and their nothing like what you said(not saying there are not Pisces like what you have said in the article,but they must be rare or something)

There is a zodiac sign(or more, i just met one)that match the article you have wrote PERFECTLY(not my place to say the name). That person was EXACTLY like what you have written. As a Pisces, could see that person intentions and avoided her at all means possible, there were a few of other ppl i met with that person SAME zodiac signs and intentions, i STILL kept on avoiding them. I never in my life said that all those ppl (with bad intentions) zodiac signs are ALL the SAME. I knew not all ppl with the same signs are ALL bad, i just kept in mind that ppl are different. I mean their NOT on the SAME day


And fellow Piscean if u do feel offend keep in mind that, sometimes u should just let ppl think what they want to and be YOURSELVE. NEVER take in any negative things ppl have to say about you and think about ALL the positive things. YOU ARE SPECIAL, UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY U ARE AND LOVE YOURSELVE BECAUSE YOUR GOING THE SAME PERSON FOREVER. NEVER CHANGE FOR ANYONE

And another thing, as Pisces(or maybe just me) love seeing ppl happy, we are selfless and caring at times we can be aggressive, unforgiving and emotional,but we are not the only signs. Pisces are one of the zodiac signs that makes the world a better place. I am sure you that you guys will think i'm only saying this cause i'm Pisces but you could even watch some youtube videos about zodiac signs an you'll see. Piscean

If anyone reading this thinks i'm wrong it's perfectly fine.

lulipop01 on February 23, 2020:

Im a Pisces and deal with a lot of Aquarians. Aquarians shouldn't say anything about any particular Pisces. They are hardly ever attune to their own actions and nature and hardly stop to examine something unless it practically slaps them in the face.

I love Aquas but they arent who you think but whats worse is they are not what THEY think. A Pisces is quick to recognize their actions and realize but that is not the case with Aquas. THEY are rarely wrong.

Jenni leanne young on February 20, 2020:

I've just had the "pleasure" of dealing with a pisces man for 5 months and am so happy to be out of there. It started as a dreamy bliss but then turned into mostly confusion and disagreements. He loved and adored and cared for me like no other man has. He was generous with material stuff but I felt my mind slowly being manipulated. He would get insanely moody at the smallest of things and made me feel guilty when I hadn't done anything wrong. He loved people feeling sorry for him. And he had such a cute and sweet mask on that I people were totally unaware of his dark side. Oh how he twisted my words and thoughts... Everytime he did something wrong it was somehow my fault. His house was dark and everything inside was cheap. He was never able to open up to me and I guess I liked the mystery in the beginning but it drove me insane in the end. So many lies and secrets I started to forget my own truths...

My mum is also a pisces and she frustrated me to the core. Like she enjoyed getting me wound up with her lies and lack of common sense. I am am aquarius BTW.

ZanderPisces on October 28, 2019:

Pisces here, (2/27) I honestly appreciate this clear depiction of the negative Piscean. It’s hard to look ourselves in the mirror and admit we have shortcomings but sometimes you have to. Everyone has vices but if your sign is more likely to slip up one way or another then watch out! I appreciate this article because it’s a cautionary tale and even at that it isn’t all bad, Pisces can still live fulfilling lives as negatives. I still think that I can better myself and that even with Piscean dispositions I can have meaningful relationships and be honest.

Linea Glick on October 21, 2019:

As a Pisces, the "dark side" of Pisces are the words you suggest sound more like a "projection" of other zodiac signs qualities lol.

I would say a more accurate "dark side" of Pisces is giving "TOO MUCH" to people, especially people who don't deserve or have not "earned" a Pisces love and service he/she provides for free.

Also, the other more accurate dark side of Pisces is that they are too trusting that all people are good when they are not, in reality.

As a Pisces, when I hear other signs say a Pisces is lazy, not making enough money (according to some someone else), eating all the chocolates (now what stingy sign said that?), or living with you but the sex is good (who's the lustful other sign?) I ask that YOU take a look at what SERVICE the Pisces is actually providing YOU for FREE that you don't have to pay for???

Pisces (along with Virgo) are the zodiac signs of SERVICE.

I will bet all the zodiac signs complaining about Pisces are getting SOMETHING (a service) from the Pisces that they EXPECT them to do for FREE.

The top FREE service Pisces gives is usually in the realm listening to other people tell them their problems, complaints, wanting sympathy, a shoulder to cry on, that last person who will cheer you up when you are at your lowest and all your "friends" have abandoned you.

What others SERVICES do you take for granted from a Pisces? Picking up your dry cleaning? Groceries?

Taking caring of the elderly relative last all the siblings and family members abandoned?

Wiping all the sh*t off YOUR relative's backsides every day in nursing homes and hospitals so YOU can enjoy YOUR life without having to worry about having all those boring, unglamorous, unpleasant tasks that you don't want to do.

Unfortunately, some zodiac signs want their cake and to eat it too.

Some people want the Pisces to be their "personal servant" for whatever particular task they desire, yet also want the Pisces to ALSO be the "breadwinner" or financially "equal".

The Pisces can't be the servant AND the provider.

If you EXPECT the Pisces to be your "servant" how can you expect them to be your "equal"?

If you are going to make this a "financial" issue and assign a dollar value that a Pisces provides as services, let's call a "stay at home" Pisces (who another sign "supports finacially") let's use the real life (PAID) occupation of companion/homemaker services to put a dollar value on services you may be getting for FREE from a Pisces.

Companion care is a form of home care offering non-medical services to adults or people with disabilities. The goal of companion care is primarily emotional support and socialization, although companions may help other adults with a variety of tasks including:

- Light housekeeping

- Other household chores such as washing clothing and dishes

- Running errands such as grocery shopping

- Planning and scheduling appointments and social activities

- Transportation to appointments and other activities

- Preparing meals

- Socialization and entertainment

- Communicating with family members and others

- And more

The average national median cost for companion care (classified as homemaker services) is $125 per day or $3,813 per month. The national median hourly rate for homemaker services is $20 per hour.