Pisces is subtle, sensitive, and caring, showing humility, empathy, faith, kindness, refinement, and personal sacrifice in favour of communal needs. Easily swayed, it lacks structure, self-control and compliance, and is very unsettled and erratic, having a go with the flow attitude. Its inspiring ideas and original thoughts arise from a mystical spirituality – and its array of sentiments and psychic notions come from innate awareness of emotional and spiritual energies which lie beneath physical existence, where all is interconnected, and there is boundless soulful creativity and the elemental life force from which everything emerges and finally returns.
So obvious to this watery sign is that, once ego is released, we see that our sense of self-importance is what veils us from truth and joy. When we let go of the need to be special, we can flow with the greater cosmic mystery, the true and beautiful resonance of absolute goodness, the music of the spheres, the ocean of God. If we have sufficient compassion to share our awareness of reality with others, then we are careful to do so without imposition. We follow the final realization of Buddha – which is Assumption. Our life must be the path to complete self-realization through absorption into Oneness, which we live out behaving as though we are enlightened – we are clear and helpful, kind and honest, and we practise sacredness, forgiveness and trust. There is no difference between the path to Goodness, and the path of goodness – how could there be?
The fish intuitively realizes that we simply cannot study freedom and power simultaneously; nor concentrate on both understanding and experience. Freedom to experience life as it actually is depends entirely upon willingness to forego understanding and the power it brings. Any attempt to explain the inexplicable leads to dogma. Instead of Christ, we get Christianity – because Christ cannot be contained in words. We must trust that immediate sensory experiences are God-given and apt, without the need to explain or defend.
The ancient glyph shows in fact two fishes, one rising, and one descending. Swimming around the cosmic ocean, we sometimes go right down into the darkness of our unconscious fears and deadly habits, and then we rise to leap above the limits of our normal lives – to know briefly of the heavens. The key to stability and joy during this eternal process, is to become entirely indifferent, even completely unaware, of whether we are a symbol of light in the darkness or a symbol of darkness in the light – or even simply imagined and imaginary, and beyond any sensible definitions that attempt to discuss Unity by dissecting its parts into this and that.
Life is not more than our choice of what we decide is real, thrown out upon the field of sensation, and received back as reality. Its authenticity is perfect – we get back exactly what we give out, yet its validity is personal – no-one else shares own our unique version of reality. To the lover, life is lovely; to the miser, it is miserable. It could not be simpler. Knowing this, we can investigate any attitude to find out about ourselves. Pisces has discovered that we can live in a world of dreams or rise to the top of our field – it’s all just a personal process of projection and reflection. The mystery of life is not beyond explanation or rationale, although the final mystery is of course beyond words. The Absolute is transcendental by nature, beyond all form and sensation. Yet it can be approached by prayer and meditation, and hinted at very convincingly, such that we are drawn to sink into it. By the masterful handling of phenomenal life, we reach a point of departure – at which point, with a leap of faith and total acceptance of self-death, we may be vouchsafed a glimpse of all-that-is: life itself.