Pisces Picture

Pisces () pis'eez;[2] Ancient Greek: Ἰχθύες, "Ikhthues") is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the Pisces constellation. It spans the 330° to 360° of the zodiac, between 332.75° and 360° of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac the sun transits this area on average between February 19 and March 20,[a][3] and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun transits this area between approximately March 14 and April 14. The symbol of the fishes is derived from the ichthyocentaurs, who aided Aphrodite when she was born from the sea.[4]

According to new agers and some tropical astrologers, the current astrological age is the Age of Pisces,[5] while others maintain that it is the Age of Aquarius.

In early mythology

"Pisces" is the Latin word for "Fishes."[20] It is one of the earliest zodiac signs on record, with the two fish appearing as far back as c. 2300 BCE on an Egyptian coffin lid.[21]

According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish into which Aphrodite (also considered Venus)[22] and her son Eros (also considered Cupid)[22] transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon.[2][23][20] Typhon, the "father of all monsters" had been sent by Gaia to attack the gods, which led Pan to warn the others before himself changing into a goat-fish and jumping into the Euphrates.[8] A similar myth, one which the fish "Pisces" carry Aphrodite and her son out of danger, is resounded in Manilius' five volume poetic work Astronomica: "Venus ow'd her safety to their Shape."[22] Another myth is that an egg fell into the Euphrates river. It was then rolled to the shore by fish. Doves sat on the egg until it hatched, out from which came Aphrodite. As a sign of gratitude towards the fish, Aphrodite put the fish into the night sky.[8] Because of these myths, the Pisces constellation was also known as "Venus et Cupido," "Venus Syria cum Cupidine," Venus cum Adone," "Dione," and "Veneris Mater,"[22] the latter being the formal Latin term for mother.

The Greek myth on the origin of the sign of Pisces has been cited by English astrologer Richard James Morrison as an example of the fables that arose from the original astrological doctrine, and that the "original intent of [it] was afterwards corrupted both by poets and priests."[23]


February 20 - March 20

Constellation;
Pisces Zodiac symbol; Two fishes
Known as;
The Poet Ruling planets; Neptune & Jupiter
Quality
Mutable watery sign Element Water
Day Friday Color Sea-green & Lavender
Flowers
Violet, Jonquil & Water Lily Metal Platinum
Virtues Psychic power, sensitivity, self-sacrifice, altruism
Negative traits Escapism, keeping bad company, negative moods.

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