Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, falls under the rulership of the planet Neptune, named for the Roman god of the seas, analogous to Poseidon in Greek myth. Pisces also carries the symbol of the fish. Common Pisces characteristics include being formable, mystical, mysterious, empathic, and a bit confused at times.
Like Cancer and Scorpio, Pisces relates to the element of water.
Each zodiac sign belongs to a mode as well as an element. Cancer, a cardinal (initiating) water sign, expresses water in a way similar to the amniotic fluids of the womb. Scorpio, the fixed water sign, can portray water's most obdurate, most ice-like qualities.
Pisces' mode is mutable. This sign displays water's eminently changeable qualities. Just as water in a swimming pool acquires the blue hue of its container, Pisces has a chameleon-like quality. Each Piscean seeks the perfect container or image for his or her fluidity.
Some Pisces may opt for a safe, conventional container to hold and shape their fluid possibilities. They may seem to possess none of the Piscean watery qualities because they have chosen to take on the coloration of their culture's definition of normalcy.
This type of Piscean often feels afraid of or hostile to anything related to mysticism and art.
Neptune's influence causes many Pisceans to try to merge with some grand purpose. This gives Pisces potential to become anything from mystic and saint to cult follower or substance abuser. For Pisces, the essence of beauty is mystery, and this is what they pursue.
As Albert Einstein, born March 14, once said "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
In search of this mystery, some Pisces spend their lives in the grip of one delusion or another, bouncing from drug addiction to following manipulative gurus to co-dependent romantic relationships.
Because of this characteristic it is possible for Pisces to become lost in their own ideals, even losing their lives in pursuit of some dream.
The film and book Into the Wild tell the real-life story of a Piscean young man who gave away all of his money and possessions in order to follow his vision of living alone in the wilderness, only to die of starvation in an isolated region of Alaska.
It is one of Pisces characteristics to offer great compassion to those around them. They often possess strong empathic abilities, enabling them to experience the pain of those around them. Their yearning for some higher ideal of beauty and romance can also make them very musically gifted.
They may sing or write songs which emphasize feelings and sensitivity. Piscean musical figures include Frederick Chopin, Elton John, Erykah Badu and Rihanna. They can also draw on their visions of beauty to become great artists like Michelangelo and Renoir.
Some Pisceans become so dominated by some ideal or illusion that they regularly deceive themselves and can lie very convincingly to others. Casey Anthony, who told police investigating the death of her daughter that she had a job as an event planner at Universal Studios, is a Pisces.
Flailing in an internal sea of formlessness and striving to avoid a sense of victimization, Pisceans may come to view their rage as a savior and follow their own darkest instincts. Ted Bundy and Osama Bin Laden both had the Sun in Pisces in their natal charts.