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Why People Are So Mean About Pisces

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

When people first tell me they're Pisceans, sometimes they apologize for it!

When people first tell me they're Pisceans, sometimes they apologize for it!

Why Were They Even Born?

Of all the signs, people are the meanest about Pisces and Pisceans. Born from February 20 through March 21, Pisces Sun sign people are said to be cold, indecisive, passive-aggressive, evasive, deceptive, and cruel—rather like the northern hemisphere’s weather at that time of year.

Some online descriptions of Pisces:

  • “Pisces does not take well to a position of leadership or high-level business person; they are too sensitive and lacking in self-discipline and self-confidence for positions such as that.” -
  • “Pisces is a water sign filled with depth, although they can be a bit flaky (perhaps because they often love their weed), so perhaps these pretty fish [are] too busy with other things to focus on the Nobel Prize.” -

This type of generalization simply continues the centuries-old smearing of Sun Pisceans, who are one-twelfth of humankind.

Pisceans lament being characterized as “drifters,” “dreamers,” “liars,” “weak,” “substance abusers,” “promiscuous,” and “clueless.” After studying or scrolling through the previous 11 zodiac signs it seems that the rest of us have no energy left to truly get to know Pisces, the 12th and final sign.

Pisces is not the tag end of anything. The way to view Pisces is as the culmination of all traits of the the preceding signs.

Article about parents timing conception to avoid Pisces or Virgo babies—yes, really!

Article about parents timing conception to avoid Pisces or Virgo babies—yes, really!

Love Your Phone? Thank a Pisces

Piscean visionaries have led the world into the future. Thank Alexander Graham Bell (March 3) for the telephone that Piscean entrepreneur Steve Jobs (February 24) perfected! Thank Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles (March 14) and Sunisa Lee (March 9) for proving that Pisces can exemplify pure confidence and discipline. Albert Einstein (March 14), Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19), and George Washington (February 22), showed leadership in the sciences, military and in politics. Young Amanda Gorman (March 7) electrified a nation with her poetry.

Pisces’ particular gifts might have depths beyond our current level of perception or comprehension. Spot-on Pisces intuition can seem psychic. They talk about the universe, God and Buddha, sacred animals, the sacred self, poetry, holiness, and so on. Pisceans unable to identify or develop their talents--because not everyone has that privilege--might act on compulsions or wonder why they were born.

Too Oceanic to Pin a Label On

Pisces is one of the oldest zodiac signs, its stars identified as a pair of fishes as far back as the Babylonians, who depended on the miracles water accomplishes: providing life and food, power, cleansing and refreshment. The Sun in Pisces brought spring and purification rites we now call “spring cleaning.” Ancient Egyptians believed the annual Nile River flood was a favor from their gods. Chinese astronomers did not visualize this constellation as fishes, but associated its stars with thunder, clouds, rain, and baby animals.

Unlike the other zodiac signs, the essence of Pisces cannot be captured in a convenient one-word label. For Leo we say “regal” or “ego,” for Scorpio, “intense,” but Pisces eludes a one- or two-word description. It’s simply too oceanic to pin a label on. “Artistic” comes close, but some think that’s not a compliment. “Spiritual” makes other Sun signs roll their eyes. People are mean about this sign because it’s complex and they don’t understand it.

Envied and Ahead of Their Time

Pisces people often live in their minds and prefer working behind the scenes. Western culture, preferring loud, showy extroverts, can be snide and sarcastic about nonconformists and artists who work alone.

Do you like the paintings of Michelangelo or Renoir? Everyone does. Have you heard of the writers John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Actor Sidney Poitier? Composer Frederic Chopin or rock musician Kurt Cobain? All Pisceans. A special connection between Pisces and music—that invisible and universal art and pleasure—can’t be denied. Have you listened to Kesha, Suga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, or Jon Bon Jovi? Smokey Robinson, Lou Reed, Carrie Underwood? Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, George Harrison? Have you heard Nat King Cole sing “Unforgettable”? Just saying. . .

Pisceans who pursue and love the arts remind the other 11 signs of artistic talents they have repressed and abandoned in order to chase the dollars (printed with the face of Piscean George Washington). Artistic gifts left undeveloped can fester like sores. Pisces screenwriter Julia Cameron wrote a bestseller called The Artist’s Way to help people reclaim their inner artist—the painter or screenwriter they always longed to be.

People chained to their day jobs and deeply in debt might envy Pisceans their success in their true creative callings; maybe that's why people are so mean about Pisces.

Among your Pisces friends are accomplished people with excellent minds and at least one artistic talent, whether it’s singing or detailing cars. Schools might not like them, or they might hate school. A lesser-known fact about Einstein is that he supported the U.S. civil rights movement and Black students at segregated colleges. In many ways he was ahead of his time.

Other positive words to represent Pisces, along with “artistic,” might be “nonconformist” or “idealist.” “Sensitive” is more clichéd than true; Pisceans are sensitive about themselves mostly.

What a Pisces Really Needs

Pisceans in science, research, medicine, and the arts can use their intuition there. Successful Pisces businesses are built on their founder's extreme creative and inventive talents, like fashion designer Alexander McQueen (birthday March 17), astrologer-writer Susan Miller (March 7), and author Dr. Seuss (March 2).

Pisceans understand the psychology of power, persuasion, illusion, and money. Others might call that “manipulative,” but all Sun signs are manipulative in their own ways. Having spent a lot of time alone, Pisceans can be socially awkward, and associating with what others call "bad company" might suit Pisces just fine.

Warm and wonderful friends, Pisces can be standoffish until they find a vibrational match. Pisces relationships can be rocky because Pisces bows out of one-on-one commitments. They need their space, but often do not say so because they're conflict-avoidant. When venturing out from their creative crucibles they need to learn how to manage themselves, not rely on mates to do it. Self-management is their responsibility.

Pisces should really build its own new brand. But there will never be a Piscean International Conference to negotiate and select this new brand or label. They’re all as different as the stars and occupied with the paths they’ve chosen.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Sylvia Sky


Teodora Gheorghe on September 01, 2021:

A beautiful article about this chameleonic sign! It's almost poetic, just like Pisces. :) I have to admit, I am also one of those people who are not exactly fond of Pisces, although my favorite spiritual teacher and one of my favorite people in the whole world is Pisces. This is in part because I have Pisces on the 7th house cusp, so I am still in the process of integrating my "Pisces shadow".