The most widely used graph
for the sign of Pisces. The sun enters this section of the zodiac
around February 19, and leaves it on the spring equinox, around March
20. For people living in the northern hemisphere Pisces is the last
cycle of the moon before the spring equinox. Winter nights are
alternating with spring days. There is a promise of life in clear
light and cold.
The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. The sign of Pisces belongs to the element of water, , which indicates sensitivity and emotionality. For more details about the astrological elements or triplicities, turn to in Group 28.
Pisces belongs to the signs of the mutable quality or quadruplicity, , in Group 2. The other signs of this quadruplicity are , , and .
Today the planet Neptune is considered the planetary ruler of Pisces. European astrologers, however, considered Jupiter the ruler of Pisces until well after the discovery of Neptune in 1846, which e.g. Indian astrologers still do. Sometimes these two planets are said to be co-rulers of Pisces. For more information about Neptune, see in Group 5.
The planet Mercury, , the principle of intelligence and communication, is said to have its influence distorted when placed in .
Graphically is closely related to , the ideogram for cleave or split. In terms of astrological graphic symbolism, shows two crescents of receptivity directed outward and held together by the horizontal line of matter. Historically, consists of two linked Neptune staffs, , i.e. one Jupiter staff without barbs or flukes.
An ancient Greek variation of the graph for Pisces was drawn . Here, the sign for divided, split, , is surrounded by two points that symbolize the element of water.