This is my first in a series of posts about zodiac astrology sign paintings, of which I intend to create art for all 12 signs.
As a preface:
Most people are familiar with what is called their “Sun” sign. For example, my Sun sign is Pisces, so I could say “I am a Pisces”. However, although one’s Sun sign is a major part of their natal chart, it is only one piece of a complex whole. So, along with having a Pisces Sun sign, I also have elements of many other zodiac signs and planets as part of my whole being (including Sagittarius, Aquarius, etc.). To illustrate this further, my brother and sister are also both Pisces, as is my wife and brother-in-law. But we are all very different people!
The Pisces zodiac sign is represented by a fish. Why a fish?
Fish swim in water, and water can be open and deep, like the ocean. Pisces are drawn to a palette of blues, especially sea blue tones.
Pisces is the twelth, or last, sign of the Zodiac, which means that Pisces have a bit of every other Zodiac sign in them, making it easier for to relate to just about anybody. Pisces is a mutable water sign, meaning they can easily go with the flow and adapt to many different environments, like a chameleon. The ruling planet of Pisces is Neptune, which is symbolized by spirituality, mysticism, dreams, illusions, deceptions, and all things subtle.
Pisces have a rich imagination, dreamy inner life, lots of creativity, and compassion for others. As with most things, there are positives and negatives to this. While a Pisces may excel in creative professions and in helping others, this can sometimes cause them to get lost in day to day, practical realities, to help others at the expense of themselves, or even to be taken advantage of. But, even though Pisces can be more sensitive, they are actually as solid as rocks.
Pisces can also be very spiritual and are not as concerned with the physical, material realm of life, or what they see as trivialities, such as having an expensive house and car, climbing the “corporate ladder”, doing something just for the appearance of it, etc.
Often, the Pisces sign is shown as two fish swimming in opposite directions, to represent how Pisces often feel pulled in different directions. This can also represent one fish swimming downstream and the other swimming upstream. In other words, a Pisces may get drowned in their own negative emotions and their life may take a negative downward spiral (downstream), or, they may tap into their deep well of personal strength and resilience, and swim upstream.
For this Pisces painting, I painted the fish swimming in one forward direction, as a positive interpretation of swimming upstream.