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Pisces 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 to March 20, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun transits this area between approximately March 15 to April 14.
In Early Mythology
"Pisces" is the Latin word for "Fish." 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.
According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish into which Aphrodite (also considered Venus) and her son Eros (also considered Cupid) transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon. 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. 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." 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. 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," 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."
In Modern Mythology and Religion
Purim, a Jewish holiday was set by the full moon in Pisces. The story of the birth of Christ is said to be a result of the spring equinox entering into the Pisces, as the "Savior of the World" appeared as the Fisher of Men. This parallels the entering into the Age of Pisces.
The most compatible signs with Pisces are generally considered to be Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn.
The least compatible signs with Pisces are generally considered to be Gemini and Sagittarius.
• Strengths: Compassionate, Adaptable, Accepting, Devoted, Imaginative
• Weaknesses: Oversensitive, Indecisive, Self-pitying, Lazy, Escapist
General astrological compatibility of Pisces with other signs
• Scorpio, Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn - Highest Compatibility
• Libra, Leo, Virgo - 50/50 compatibility
• Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Aquarius - Low compatibility