…the night was peppered with stars …. they were crowding round the house, as if curious to see what was to take place there …..
As you may have already surmised from the title, this is one of those “challenging” (is that the tactful word? ) 4-10 Sun Sign Pattern associations. The natal Suns of the Archer and the Fish are squared. In astrology, the square is an aspect of tension. However, tension can be transmuted at will into energy, and indeed, tension is absolutely necessary for energy to “become” – whether it’s in a physics lab or between two people. A touch of tension can be a mighty healthy thing in human communication. Please, I said a touch! Obviously, a lot of it ~rings quite different results – less beneficial, though perhaps equally stimulating.
One never knows what an overload of energy might cause. It can surely explode test tubes – and Heaven forbid, even Mother Earth – if the governments of the world and America’s Atomic Energy Commission continue to have their mad way. It can also explode a friendship. Ergo, if Sag and Pisces expect to achieve serenity together, they’ll have to cool it when tension begins to mount. Should they accomplish this, they’ll both be rewarded with a glittering gold star on their karmic records, like the kind you used to get in Sunday School – or anyway, like the kind I used to get in Sunday School in West Virginia (when I was very good). Maybe even a whole row of them. Oh, Joy-and-Wonder-Never Ending!
How do we begin this attempt to tighten the cord of compatibility between Pisces and Sagittarius? With some positive note, naturally, but played in what key? When one meditates on their ruling planets, Neptune (Pisces) and Jupiter (Sagittarius), one realizes that these two do have some solid positive factors linking them in agreement. The planets themselves have a lot in common. (In fact, Jupiter was at one time the ruler of Pisces, before Neptune was discovered.) Whether this 4-10 vibrational combination consists of children or adults, whether it involves two men, two women, or one of each sex – whether the Fish and the Archer struggle for harmony in school, in an office, a laboratory, or a home – they’ll save themselves a great deal of grief and aggravation by the simple decision to concentrate on those qualities with which each is blessed that the other can openly respect and admire – and deemphasize their differences. For instance, the typical Piscean can surely find it in her (or his) gentle heart to respect and admire the Sagittarian’s pure streak of shining idealism. The Fish’s Neptunian compassion should be deeply touched by this trait in the Archer that covers such a multitude of Sagittarian sins. Of course, when Sag impulsively and playfully arches the Bow of Jupiter’s giant idealism, these people being as blunt as they are, their humor being as whimsical as it is, the archery demonstration is sometimes highly individualistic, to state it mildly.
Another positive factor between Pisces and Sag is their mutual fascination with what is not very definitively called “religion.” A strikingly large percentage of nuns, priests, rabbis, monks, and ministers are Sagittarius or Pisces Sun Signs. A Fish is drawn into the mystical waters because of Neptune’s influence of humility and sacrifice – the Archer because Sagittarians are consumed by curiosity concerning spiritual truth, with results ranging all the way from agnosticism or stark atheism to meditative seclusion in a convent or monastery. Still, those Fish and Archers involved in a religious life-style (or atheism) never lose their sense of humor.
We may need a case in point, so I’ll share with you a story of one Archer’s final, whimsical resolution of the religious-moral issues that plague Sagittarians and Pisceans alike. It’s the ultimate example – the perfect illustration of Sagittarian humor, honesty, and idealism – and 100 percent true. I wouldn’t dare relate anything but a true example in a chapter dealing with the brutally frank Sagittarians, who class Truth as the Highest of All Virtues – which it likely is, next to Forgiveness – and who are always quoting to you (like Scorpios) their favorite phrase from the Bible: Great is truth, and mighty above all things.
Pisces has nothing against truth either, but the Fish do like to squeeze it, stretch it, shrink it, throw a few garlands of pussy willows round its neck, dress it up a little, because the unvarnished truth is so stodgy, you know? But we’ll get to the Neptune Truth Trip later on. Let’s move along to our example of the shining idealism, truth, and whimsical humor of Sagittarius. The sex of the Archer is incidental to the character of Jupiter. In this story, the Sagittarian is a man, but our hero might just as well have been a girl Centaur.
To prove to the Fish and Archers that this incident is true, the Sagittarian man’s name is Dan Williams – and the source of the incident is his daughter, whose name is Mary Ann Williams Henson, currently residing on the West Coast. That’s not specific enough proof for you inquisitive Archers and skeptical Fish? All right then, you may write (to verify or to congratulate) Mary Ann Henson at 861 Sixth Avenue, Suite 219, San Diego, California, 92101. Although Mary Ann’s Jupiter-ruled father passed away more than twenty years ago in her hometown of Elizabeth, North Carolina (it’s interesting to note that North Carolina is a Sagittarian Sun Sign state), she still remembers his sunny personality with affection – and his fiery idealism with pride. Now you too will always remember Dan Williams with fond affection, I trust, whatever your Sun Sign, but especially if you’re a Pisces, whose heart is filled with Neptune’s sympathy for the weary and downtrodden (and who also enjoys, like the Archer, seeing snobbish, stuffy people deservedly stifled). For you, dear Fish, and for all of us, Dan Williams struck a ringing blow for Truth which should be emblazoned on a marble monument somewhere, but for the moment, will at least be resurrected in these pages.
All through his Life, Sagittarian Dan aimed his arrows of Jupiter Truth straight to the mark (admittedly sometimes painfully), but his finest bull’s-eye arrow was shot forth toward the blue skies of freedom on the unlikely occasion of his death, for Dan’s last will and testament contained a most unusual clause. At that time, it was the accepted, woeful wont of the Christ Episcopal Church fathers, in Elizabeth, North Carolina, to conduct their Sunday services with the town’s socially prominent and politically powerful white parishioners seated in the downstairs pews – and the black parishioners safely tucked away out of sight in the balcony pews.
But Dan’s will stated, quite candidly and bluntly, that those who desired to pay their last respects to him upon the occasion of his death would have to obey his wishes. (Dan himself was a white man, although this is also incidental.) The directive clause in his will was as follows: Everyone attending his funeral services at the Christ Episcopal Church, where he would be formally receiving the bereaved from his casket – silently, but oh! so eloquently – would be required to observe a new seating arrangement on that day. His black friends (who made up nearly the entire Negro population of the community) must be seated in the prestigious and coveted downstairs pews, before the altar – the white mourners seated only in the uncomfortable, tucked-away-out-of-sight balcony pews. It was, in Dan’s view, a clear issue of priorities.
On the morning of the funeral services for Dan Williams, the church was filled to overflowing, the seating arrangement dictated by his will adhered to strictly, according to Dan’s dying wishes – and the shock of surprise on the humiliated faces of those who were ushered firmly to the balcony pews was something to forever remember. Throughout the services they sat there, ramrod straight and red-faced, in barely suppressed resentment. The Archer had the last word, all the way.
I am certain that somewhere in this place of worship on that miracled May morning, probably over near the stained-glass window through which the Sun was streaming the brightest ever, stood the astral figure of the honor guest, fully cognizant of the scene before him (as all souls who have recently made transition from this dimension to the next always are), with an enormous grin on his face, like a mischievous boy. His widow, his children, and his friends were all smiling too, through their tears, in sheer delight, which lightened the sorrowful burden of their loss that day in the Christ Episcopal Church. And Christ was smiling with them – also Jesus, the carpenter. Dan’s Scorpio wife, Nettie (who was secretly proud of his gesture), was to later remark that, although the whole affair embarrassed her dreadfully, she was nevertheless grateful that Dan had decided to play the last of his infernal practical jokes on someone besides her for a change. (But Nettie Williams’ Pisces Ascendent was pleased.)
When I heard this true story, my joy was interrupted for an instant by a puzzling question. “How was it,” I asked Mary Ann, “that Dan was so sure he’d be able to pull off his glorious Jupiter caper, his thundering chord of Truth? After all, the offended whites might have turned at the door, and left, in a fury. The deacons of the church could have refused to honor his final request, and tactfully suggested that the services be held at home, or in the local funeral parlor. Your father must have been someone important in that southern community. What was his profession, his occupation?” Her answer is the most delicious part of the story.
“He was,” Mary Ann twinkled, with a trace of her dad’s mischievous grin, “the Democratic ward leader – and the Chief of Police.”
Is the magic working? Has it reached all those Pisceans who dream of the Neverland of Brotherhood and Sisterhood, and who are therefore nearer to the Sagittarian ideal than they think? Are you Fish and Archers hopefully grinning at each other now? Do you Pisceans admit that the Sagittarians who bug you are just the type to pull off such a prank, and if you thought you could get away with it, you’d join them? Fantastic! We’re making progress.
Just as the frequently cleansing (but also sometimes rude and unnecessary) Sagittarian habit of slinging the awful truth in the face of friend and stranger alike wounds and annoys Pisces, the Fish’s habit of playing subtle games with truth hurts and infuriates the Archers, who often angrily accuse the Fish of being outright liars. That’s not fair, Sag. Pisces people don’t lie. They just now and then avoid the truth. Think about it, and you’ll see it’s not the same thing. Have you thought about it? Good. Now, think about this. Pisceans have only two reasons for avoiding the truth, on those occasions when they do it. They swim away from an explicit answer or statement of fact either because it (1) involves something very intimate and personal about their own private lives, in which case it’s none of your business, or anyone else’s (will you please admit that? ); or because (2) it might possibly, in the Fish’s compassionately considered opinion, be hurtful to someone, and therefore would serve no useful purpose – in which case, you must recognize this as an ethic somewhat less abrasive than your own. Right? Your Jupiter ethic is honesty, whatever the cost or the damage. Their Neptune ethic is evasiveness, to avoid the emotional drain of conflict (for themselves and others) whenever possible. But an ethic is an ethic, whatever form it takes. Correct?
As for you Pisceans, try to be more sympathetic to the purpose of those burning barbs of the Archer you’d like to bop over the head with his (or her) own Jupiter Bow. By now, you should realize that the purpose is always integrity, an uncontrollable urge to search for and express the truth. Since all that really matters in any sort of human speech or action is the motive behind it, can you see that the Sagittarian intention, at least, is honorable? True, they say Hell is paved with good intentions, but I rather think that Heaven may be too.
The Archers are free and easygoing as they trot along the pathway of Life, completely independent, scorning self-pity – yet they often neglect duty and responsibility if it interferes with their exciting search for themselves or stands in the way of their goals and wanderlust – and this brings disapproval from Pisces, who can’t conceive of placing one’s own desires before dutiful service to others who might need them. The kindly, gentle Fish are only rarely irritable as they float calmly around obstacles, unobtrusively charting their patient course upstream, sometimes pausing to linger in the cool stillness behind a waterfall …… making little effort to escape the entanglements of people who need their sympathetic listening ears (or money), even when it creates a detour, or a delay in their long-range plans. They’re exasperatingly changeable, first following half a dozen dreams at once, refusing to settle down to the practical pursuit of just one – then deciding to lazily procrastinate for a while, allowing solid opportunities to glide past them, which causes the Fish to merely shrug – but brings an angry scolding from the Archer.
Sag must stop trying to coax Pisces out of the temporary ponds where he (or she) feels fleetingly serene and secure. And Pisces must stop projecting the Neptunian silent doubt that holds Sag back from aggressively following tomorrow’s promise. Instead of such futile confrontations, Sagittarius might try to keep those optimistic promises by traveling to the Moon or China, and returning with a handful of Stardust to sprinkle on Pisces to prove there do exist out there new worlds to conquer, for those who have the audacity to pursue them – then grin, and say, “See? I told you if you trusted me, I wouldn’t let you down.” That’s the most effective way to lure a reluctant Fish to come out of the water and play leap frog.
In closing, I have saved, to share with you, the very last codicil in Archer Dan Williams’ will. He was rumored to have died, perhaps not a wealthy man, yet rather comfortably fixed financially. But alas, Sagittarian Dan had loaned all his money to those in need, over the years. There wasn’t a penny left. And so, his bequest to his family was, in his own, beautifully typical Jupiter words, in the last paragraph of his will: I leave to my wife and children the whole wide world – in which to earn a living!
Although Pisceans can certainly empathize with Dan’s compassionate charity, a Neptune last will and testament would never contain such an inheritance. The modest and humble Fish wouldn’t dream of presuming to have the right to give away the whole wide world – for it doesn’t belong to them. But there’s a deep wisdom in the Sag philosophy.
PISCES: Do you Sagittarians really believe you own the world?
SAG: Of course! Doesn’t everyone?
Love Signs by Linda Goodman
Your response to emotional stimuli is a good deal deeper than you are able to get across to those you love. What you feel is difficult for you to express, and frequently you are misunderstood and imposed on because of this. Your muscles react to emotional stimuli – your impulse is to do something for the loved one, to run errands, give presents; and you get genuine joy from the giving. Your judgment of people isn’t too good; this is because your deepest interest is in your emotions for their own sake, and secondarily in the person on whom they are fixed. As a result they frequently fix on someone not especially interested in you, and you may lavish a lot of emotion and attention before you find out that your love is not reciprocated. Your own responses are true and fine; you expect the same of others-and must learn to estimate others better in order to get back from the world some fair return for all the devotion you give to it.
Venus-Pisces: love-dissolution, spiritually dedication, illusion, reality flight, ballerina, mermaid, art, water lily, drug
Tremendously softhearted and sympathetic, you give very selflessly and devotedly to those you love and often allow others to become overly dependent upon you. More compassionate than passionate, you may become romantically involved with someone because they need love and you want to help them, rather than out of mutual pleasure or attraction.
You are drawn to sensitive, imaginative, gentle souls – poets, musicians, dreamers – or to someone you feel you can have a deep spiritual relationship with. You idealize love and have a very beautiful, romantic vision of what love can be.
Kepler Natal Report
With Neptune’s transit out of Aquarius and into Pisces we will pass from massive change personally and socially into understanding a new order of life. Our natural psychic faculties will be called upon as we understand what has happened during the first decade of a new millennium. Idealism and self-sacrificing ways will be strong. Money and wealth will take on different meaning. You will recognize others in yourself to a much greater degree. Take this opportunity to recognize less disparity between your wants and the wants of others. Your opportunity to work for the greater social good increases. Your comprehension of the previous transit, Neptune in Aquarius, will need the icing of a leap of faith. Risk and trust through intuition will be necessary in order to bridge the gaps between nations and individuals. Taking care of your self, physically, emotionally and spiritually, will naturally take on added meaning. Watch a tendency toward imagination and vision insufficiently buttressed with concrete plans for completion and execution.
Neptune-Pisces: dissolution, imagination, ocean, net, forest, plants, medicine, drug, picture, color, deceit, secret mysticism
You are part of a 14 year group of people that are very intuitive, receptive, and imaginative. The arts and music are very important to your age group, and they flourish with your support, talent, and contributions. There is a rich and varied abundance of artistic and musical productivity from your age group.
All manner of religions and psychic investigations grow as well. There is a great interest in ultimate questions and answers and also in phenomena that do not seem to be explicable by scientific concepts. Mysticism is on the rise with your age group. The spiritual qualities of compassion and sacrifice are also highly valued and are more openly honored and respected than by other age groups. Spiritual and emotional sensitivity are so strong that there is a problem of escapism through alcohol and drugs, which is likely to increase during your generation.
Kepler Natal Repor
Your genius is for inner truth and self-sufficiency. Rugged individualism in the economic sense will not appeal to you, but in the security of a new social order you will achieve a new individualism, based on self-knowledge and self-respect. You will take for granted the new world in which your maturity will be spent, a world of greater social equality. And in this world you will not drop to the mediocre level that is prophesied by the reactionary prophets of doom: you will, on the contrary, develop a new genius: the genius of personal development for its own sake, quite apart from the necessity of earning a living. You will know yourself better than your fathers and mothers and your older brothers and sisters knew themselves: you will make demands on yourself and drive yourself to new heights of personal accomplishment. Your genius is for the adventure of self-discovery and self-development, and in this adventure you will range new fields of unprecedented profundity.
Uranus-Pisces: freedom-dissolution, vision, utopia, ship, ebb, flood, vagrant life, hippie, chemical industry, metaphysics
You are part of a 7 year group of people who are very creative in the arts, music, literature, and philosophy. Your age group draws upon some new inspirations and has a talent for weaving many seemingly disparate styles into a new, refreshing synthesis. Much of the creative inspiration of your period is very refined and sensitive, and some of the greatest artistic and literary works of your generation will receive full recognition only after many decades have passed. You are a group that is primarily concerned with the quality of your creative endeavor rather than its distribution and marketing.
Kepler Natal Report
Always fascinating, and sometimes glamorous! When the Aries ego is complemented by a whimsical, somewhat delicate, Pisces personality, the result is a tantalizing blend of charisma and artistry. Arians with Pisces rising have a wonderful eye for beauty, and they’re superb at imaging. As the sign of illusion, Pisces often gives them a photogenic quality. They take naturally to the manufacture of images and the production of motion pictures; in fact, the creation of all forms of illusion is in their bailiwick. Cameras and photography are a significant part of Pisces’ domain. However, these Arians are rarely driven solely by prospects of financial reward; they thrive instead on achieving personal satisfaction and the creation of beauty, and if they can find in life what truly inspires them, they attain ultimate happiness as well. Active research with an open mind, exposing themselves to all the world has to offer, ensures that discovery. They shouldn’t sit idly, with crossed fingers, wishing and waiting for their destiny to fall into their lap. Often they gravitate towards people-helping institutions like schools and hospitals, or to vocations and lifestyles that take them to the sea. The nuts and bolts of everyday living on the cold-as-stone planet earth can overwhelm these bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but wistful, Arians. They truly need something that stimulates their spirit, something they can create, transform, or perfect. Delicate Pisces and agile Aries often combine to form a skilled ballet dancer or a charming actress. Hours spent alone honing their craft, even into the quiet and lonely wee hours, will never seem burdensome, but always inspiring, if they’ve found their artistic niche.
However, this combination of charm and artistry creates a shrewd inoffensiveness that often allows these Arians to get away with untold mischief. They should avoid becoming too delighted with their own intriguing cleverness; they might end up indulging it to their detriment.
Read more in the Book The Secrets of Your Rising Sign: The Astrological Key to Getting What You Want by William Lamb, Webb Harris Jr
This position causes you to seek vindication within yourself. Your struggle with the world is the inner struggle between the good and the bad within you; and you are capable of being content with self-approval when you have mastered yourself. If from this point introspection goes deeper, you realize that self approval is not enough, and require that self-approval shall be further served by the approval of others. Your defense against the hardships of life (and life does seem hard to you) lies not in open struggle with it, but in struggle within yourself to make life seem less difficult. This in its worst form results in introversion, withdrawal, brooding, giving up the struggle, and holing up alone to feel sorry for yourself. In its middle form, you fight off the lethargy and the withdrawal and find the key to your problem within yourself. In its advanced and best form, you improve your doleful outlook, redirect your energies outward, discover your virtues and your abilities, end make complete self approval wait till you have won some objective testimony of your worth. This is a difficult position, but being flexible, gives great inner strength. You are moody and tend to fluctuate from heights of being pleased with yourself and the world to depths in which you and everything else is at sixes and sevens. Your reaction to experience is almost wholly subjective: sunshine is shadow if you’re feeling bad; and clouds are harbingers of joy if you’re feeling good. You are one of the people who thinks a rainstorm was sent solely to destroy your outing, and who rebels personally against the weather. In acute form this leads on to delusions of persecution or some minor neurosis. But your capacity for knowing yourself is great, and once you have learned the trick of self-analysis, you can lead your temperament into creative and constructive channels to become one of the most useful members of society.
Saturn-Pisces: law-dissolution, island, sand, bank, port, monastery, loss, poverty, ghetto, old people’s home, hospital, prison
You often have a sense of longing or homesickness for something you cannot name or specify, and you may have both a great attraction toward, and fear of, mysticism and parapsychology.
Overcoming feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, loneliness, or oversensitivity is an important task for you.
Kepler Natal Report
Mars tends to disappear in Pisces, and your vitality is likely to be low and jumpy. You tire easily, and thus withdraw a good deal into yourself. Energy can waste itself in brooding, introspection, and fears, if you aren’t constantly on guard against these. You should select for yourself activities that don’t tax the physical body too much, and learn to follow the ebb and flow of your strength. You can in this way, by being on the qui vive for the tides of your life, go a long way, for when you are not working, you are storing up ideas and vitality in the conscious and subconscious that express later. But when you try to keep going all the time, you lose energy, magnetism and ideas. You shouldn’t try for too much physical expression of love, for your energies don’t work here any more constantly than in other physical matters. When you’re tired, you aren’t worth much and tend to think badly of yourself. Master yourself by allowing plenty of time for rest and by being willing to go at a slower pace. Your mind works best in repose and solitude, and you should learn to lapse into both of these gracefully, without allowing them to become brooding and depression of spirits.
You are noncombative, noncompetitive, and something of a pacifist. You will give something up rather than fight for it. You may seem weak-willed or ineffectual, for you do not have a strong ego drive for personal achievement and material advantage, or for winning at the expense of someone else. Being first, being best, being on top doesn’t mean much to you, and you can be quite happy in a supporting role, working for the benefit of others or for a cause that you believe in. You are gentle and impressionable and are motivated by less mundane and less tangible things than most other people. You may have difficulty formulating clear, definite goals for yourself and making your way in the world. You have many dreams, high ideals, and a strong mystical or religious impulse. You also have a creative imagination and can successfully apply yourself to art or music. You have a sensitive physique and need to maintain good regular health habits in order build strength and stamina.
Kepler Natal Report
The abilities of the Piscean employee depend entirely on which pond he swims in. He can be such a miserable misfit in an incompatible occupation or career that he drifts from one place to another, until he eventually realizes that he’s better off going it alone with his own dreams for company.
To work successfully with other people or be part of a team, the fish must be doing something that doesn’t offend his sensitivity. It has to be a position that gives him the opportunity to utilize his unsurpassed understanding of human suffering, or that allows him to channel his unique imagination toward a progressive path. A job that fails to supply one or both of these deep-seated Neptune needs will create a lazy, disinterested, not to mention disheartened employee. When his needs are satisfied, however, he can be a gem of a worker, often one-of-a-kind in his field- difficult, if not impossible, to replace. There’s a side to the fish that allows him to surprise you with his painstaking attention to detail, when he’s in the mood. It seems to be totally inconsistent with his obvious mystical bent, but these people were born under the Sun sign that encompasses the qualities of all other signs. It can be the “dust bin of the zodiac,” as it’s often called in astrology, or the turning path to shining glory. The glory needn’t be achieved hanging from a star. It can be realized in a quiet way, right in your office, if the fish is happy and content with what he’s doing.
The most common remark heard around an office where there’s a Pisces employee is, “I can’t understand him.
What’s he up to?” They may never know. The Piscean man or woman is compelled, possibly by inner doubt and confusion, to disguise motives and keep his true aims hidden. If the fish revealed his entire nature it would startle or shock most people, so he keeps his counsel. All the chattering of the occasional talkative Pisces is deceptive. It still won’t reveal what he really thinks, even if he talks all night, as some of them do. The quiet ones can also drive you wild by keeping their most interesting thoughts and ideas a secret. You never know what’s going on inside those dreamy Neptune heads.
He’ll work with a terrific sense of duty if he’s happy with his job. When he’s not happy, he withdraws. Only his body is there. Eventually it will also disappear, leaving only the memory of his grin and his wise eyes. It’s not easy to keep this slippery employee peaceful. When the water gets stagnant, he swims away before you have a chance to filter the pool, and that can be frustrating. If he would be more open about his true desires, compromise might be reached, but too often the fish chooses abrupt change to long, honest discussion that might turn things rightside up again.
There’s no doubt that the Pisces man or woman is more often found in the world of the arts, but the term can cover more than you might suppose. Pisces is happy adjusting the lights in a theater, hanging canvases in museums, stitching the lace on doll dresses, polishing the’ brass of musical instruments or designing the cover of a book. He or she can spend hours blissfully teaching tots to dance, blowing up balloons for a party, arranging flowers, planning a poster advertising campaign, engrossed in creative writing, or experimenting with unusual hair styles. Now and then you’ll find a Piscean engaged in a mechanical occupation relating to mathematics, engineering or computing, but he will always attack such subjects from the abstract point of view.
Pisces people make excellent teachers, with uncanny insight into the natures of their students and a deep grasp of the subject they teach. They seem to have a special knack for both preparing and merchandising food and drink, either serving it in posh restaurants or supervising the operation with social grace.
If your business concerns medicine, hospitals or pharmaceuticals, the Pisces employee is probably your right arm. No one makes a finer nurse or servant to the sick. They’re right at home with drugs and medicines, too. Unfortunately, however, the Piscean receptivity can cause them to saturate themselves in their surroundings, with occasional adverse effects on their own mental, emotional and physical health. If Pisces controls his instinct for instant empathy, he can be a shining light in the field of health. Needless to say, social work is also a Pisces occupation, and you’ll find lots of Neptunes efficiently dispensing welfare to unfortunate humanity.
The fish takes on the color of his surroundings. If you shut your Pisces employee in a small cubicle with drab furnishings, bare floors and drapeless windows, he’ll begin to look like the office itself. You’ll look up one day and there he’ll be-an exact imitation of his immediate working world. His conversation will be drab, his ideas bare and dull. As you stare at this listless, plain, cold and colorless creature with nondescript clothing and a mousy personality, you’ll wonder what happened to that person you hired who was bright, sunny and full of fresh imagination, whose conversation was rich and sparkling and who wore vivid, cheerful clothes. Believe me, such a Neptunian transformation is easier to remedy than other personnel problems.. Just hang some gay green drapes in his office, cover the floor with soft emerald carpeting, and plunk a vase of happy daisies on his desk. Pipe in some soft, low music, smile at him once an hour on the hour, and the fish you hired will reappear in his true colors. The Piscean personality is elusive, but it’s amazingly easy to reel it in when you use the right bait.
Your Pisces secretary may be a little sloppy at home, but she’ll probably be neat at the office. She’ll daydream on her own time and try to be methodical during working hours. Of course, there are exceptions, when her mind can wander in odd directions. There’s a Pisces girl I used to work with in a radio station who had the most peculiar filing system. I don’t think it was permanent. It may have had something to do with the fact that her mind was on a novel she was writing on weekends. One day the boss asked her why the drawer in the filing cabinet marked “L” was so full it was always popping open and cracking him on the shin. Her answer was unexpected, to say the last. “Because of all those letters,” she informed him efficiently.
After she left to peddle her novel in New York, the filing problems became really tangled for a spell. The first week she was gone, one of the announcers needed a music theme for a Notre Dame football game. Rushing over to the record file, he hurriedly checked under N for Notre Dame. (He was looking for the song that goes, “Cheer, cheer, for old Notre Dame” . . .) Not finding it under N, he checked the letter C, thinking perhaps she had filed it under the lyric. It wasn’t there, either. Perspiring nervously, for it was now one minute to game time, he realized she might have tucked it away under the title, “Victory March.” He flipped open the file. No such luck. The game went on the air sans music that day. Weeks later, the record turned up. The Pisces had filed it under P. Why? You can’t guess? For “Fighting Irish,” of course. It was perfectly logical to her. That’s how everybody referred to the team in the office pool. Well, it does make some sense.
The average female fish will be a little more conventional. She’ll be gentle and considerate, and get along beautifully with the other members of your staff. She may even be a sort of den mother, if you can call the office a den. The other employees will go to her with all their troubles, minor and major. You may cry on her shoulder yourself on occasion, she’s such a sympathetic listener. This girl may read the cards for fun (though she’ll secretly take it seriously), and it’s a cinch she’ll be able to read your mind-so be careful what you’re thinking when she passes your desk.
An occasional Pisces employee can be fussy or critical, but they usually won’t be energetic enough about it to be really annoying. These people need nearly as many compliments as Aries and Leo to feel secure, but be sure you’re sincere, because they’ll sense it quickly if you’re not. If you have reason to scold a Pisces, you may wonder where the fish went for a day or so. He didn’t leave. Not yet. There he is, hiding behind the outgoing mail basket on his desk, trying to pretend he’s invisible by not speaking, barely moving and hardly breathing. He has been hurt, and you’ll have to do something very sweet and lovely to make him brighten. The fish is ultra sensitive, remember. When your mood changes, so will his. Pisces has a way of cutting himself off from others when situations become painful. He seeks the sunlight and rosy, beautiful emotions. When gray or black appears, he dives down deep to escape. A thoughtless word can make him weep inside, although he’ll probably tell a joke to disguise it. Pisces has a way with a clever line, and his humor, though it’s not ever obvious, is seldom faraway.
Money won’t mean a lot to your Pisces employee. He’ll talk a good salary and bonus, but he’ll hardly notice if he has to take a temporary cut in pay when business is slow (unless he has a large family to feed). Actually, many Pisces men and women are happy with a reasonable wage, as long as you’re open-minded about loans. The fish will often approach you with empty pockets and a big smile a day or so before payday, and charmingly ask for a light touch to see him through. He may forget to pay it back unless you remind him. His intentions are honest, but there’s always something extra he needs. The chances are just as good he gave it to someone else. Money ordinarily passes through Pisces like water through a sieve. He’s sort of a middle man for cash. He’ll borrow a hundred from you, then turn around and hand it to a man whose wife needs an operation. As neglectful as Pisces may be to repay your loan to him, he’ll happily give you his last dime if you’re temporarily short, and he probably won’t be in any more of a hurry to get it back than he was to return the hundred he got from you earlier. In fact, it sometimes gets so confusing you may forget who owes what to whom. That’s the way the typical Pisces sees the whole monetary setup anyway. In a hazy way, he feels money was created to spread around. When a person needs it, the cash should be there. When you don’t need it, you pass it on. It’s a kind of bread-cast-on the-waters theory. It works surprisingly often for the fish, but such Neptune philosophy can bewilder other Sun signs. (Of course, a Virgo, Cancer or Capricorn ascendant, or perhaps an Aquarius or Taurus Moon can spoil all the fun.)
More Pisces employees quit than are fired. They’re too elusive and too shrewd about human nature to wait for the painful hook. Sensing your displeasure in advance, the fish will wriggle away before you get a chance to embarrass him. You’ll find the single Piscean man less apt to leave a job lightly than the married one, whose wife probably works. ,In fact, her willingness to work if necessary may have been one of her main attractions, though romantic love was probably equally important. The girl fish may only be marking time until some man comes along to rescue her from repulsive competition, unless she’s involved in a creative endeavor she thinks of as a career.
There’s little danger the Pisces employee is after your job. He probably secretly pities you for the responsibilities you carry. After all, it’s tough to move around with burdens on your back, and Pisces seeks a changing scene. The length of time he brightens your office will depend on the variety of changes it offers his wandering nature. When the snails begin to bore him, or when the whales and sharks threaten to devour him, he’ll glide away. The Neptune employee will never get stuck in a bunch of seaweed.