The middle of March is the peak of Pisces season on the zodiac calendar. In my opinion, Pisces seems to be the most underrated and underappreciated signs, often being labeled as overly emotional and creative introverts. But as I’ve learned to be more in touch with my water dominant personality, I’ve come to appreciate that we are in fact, one of the most powerful signs. By looking at the characteristics of our ruling element, water, and the representation of two fish swimming in opposite directions, I’ve come to understand and embrace the power that’s within.
Growing up, I never paid much attention to horoscopes or my zodiac sign, mostly because I associated it with superstitious nonsense like fortune cookies. However, on my spiritual journey, I’ve learned to be more open-minded to the concept that we humans are more interconnected with the universe than we admit. I’ll most likely touch on this in a separate post, but I’ve come to believe that the happenings in the universe not only affect the physical world around us, (the moon and tides, the seasons and the sun), but affects a profound and unknown part of us; our soul, mind, and consciousness.
With that being said, through close observation and coming to terms with who I am, I’ve concluded that the qualities associated with my sign, Pisces are in fact, very close to my own. Now I’m not saying that I’ll believe what People magazine says my horoscope for the week will be; instead, I’ve come to embrace the representation of my sign; the ruling element of water and fish that are swimming in opposite directions.
To begin, to embrace something, it’s crucial that it’s understood. The below quote from Memoirs of a Geisha perfectly summarizes the power that water possesses:
“Water never waits. It changes shape and flows around things, and finds the secret paths no one else has thought about – the tiny hole through the roof or the bottom of a box. There’s no doubt it’s the most versatile of the five elements. It can wash away earth; it can put out fire; it can wear a piece of metal down and sweep it away. Even wood, which is its natural complement, can’t survive without being nurtured by water. And yet, you haven’t drawn on those strengths in living your life, have you? … Those of us with water in our personalities don’t pick where we’ll flow to. All we can do is flow where the landscape of our lives carries us.”
Water is powerful enough to move earth, extinguish fires, and sustain life. When you look at a puddle of water, it’s hard to see the power it possesses, however, if you look at the ocean, power is continuously present in the crashing waves, and the millions of living organisms that depend on it.
Those with water dominant personalities, in this case, Pisces, are usually underestimated and reduced to soft, emotional beings. However, power does not always present itself as the strongest, fastest, or the best. Instead, real power can lie in the ability to adapt to new situations. Like flowing water, water personalities may seem calm and peaceful, but at the right moment, can rise to a challenge and not only adapt but be a strong force that conquers anything in its way.
Contrary to popular belief, there is also power in emotion. Pisces are usually made fun of due to our emotional nature. However, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that the ability to feel, to empathize, not only enhances my life but the lives of those around me. I used to want to change, to become more aggressive and assertive, but I’ve come to accept that it’s not in my nature and what draws people to me, is the fact that I am kind, sensitive, and empathetic. Like the restorative properties of water, these qualities can help restore the souls of others.
Another quality of water that I’ve come to appreciate is that water constantly changes and never stays in the same physical state, but remains a crucial and essential element to life. Pisces’ are seen as dreamers, creatives, and sometimes too much so. However, I believe these qualities help us evolve and grow, and we can see the potential in ourselves and the world around us.
By embracing the water within us, adapting to changing circumstances becomes easier. Similar to water that changes its state to adapt to the task at hand, we can learn to change and grow while still being in touch with who we are.
Although I chose to focus on the water aspect of the Pisces sign, I also wanted to briefly touch on the animal representation of my sign; the fish swimming in opposite directions. For me, these represent many positive characteristics, and I have as well as want to develop shortly. The two fish may be perceived as a torn personality, but to me, they represent balance and strength. Without balance, life will always be one way or the other, good or bad. Balance in all things is necessary for clear-mindedness and peace. Strength is personified through these fish. One of the fish swims against the current, while one swims with it. This in addition to balance shows personal strength, with the ability to “go with the flow” and swim against the currents of adversity.
Whatever sign you are, it’s important to acknowledge and embrace the elements that work in your favor.