February 19th to March 20th
Pisces the 12th house of the zodiac
Ruled by: Neptune
Pisces is the last of the zodiacal signs, and also provides the backbone for Aries which then springs into action.
There are many Piscean myths that have a connection with pagan Egyptian, Babylonian times, and also to the Christian era. This ties in with the Piscean age, of 2000 years ago, of Christ the great redeemer and saviour, and also represents religious rituals, which still goes on to to-day in communion, with the eating of bread and wine which represents the blood and body of Christ.
The earliest Egyptian and Babylonian stories about the heavenly fishes are associated with the Syro-Phonenician fish cult of the great goddess Atargatis, her temples, had pools of fish. These fish were sacred, and no one was allowed to touch them, although the fish were ritually eaten.
According to the Babylonians story two fishes find an egg. A dove comes and settles on the egg, until it hatches. The Goddess Atargatis emerges from the egg.
At her request the Goddess provide a place in the heavens, so that they will be honored.
The dove represents spirit and peace also Aphrodite the Goddess of love. The fish represents the mother and son in the eternal struggle with one another, the son being part of and immersed in mother’s water, and her creative yet primal energies.
One of the fishes represents the great fertile mother and the other is the son. She has the more distasteful qualities of the sign and the son has the healing qualities of Christ.
Both characters in actual fact are part of one another. The mother is the power and the son the victim, or redeemer.
Ruling Planet Neptune
The planet Neptune is named after the Roman god Neptune, who is the Roman version of the Greek god Poseidon. Poseidon was the god of the seas.
The Greeks were seafaring people and traveled by boat, which was a vitally important, but dangerous part of their lives. Poseidon was a strong and powerful god, who could cause storms, earthquakes, and other catastrophes. Before embarking on a journey by boat, Greeks would say prayers to Poseidon, asking for safety and protection, and upon returning give thanks to him. Poseidon’s great strength and ferocity were evident from his earliest days, when he fought with his brothers Zeus and Hades against the Titans.
After their victory, Zeus, the leader of the battle, claimed the sky for himself, and he rewarded Hades with ruler ship of the underworld and Poseidon with ruler ship of the ocean.
The strong, easily angered god Poseidon does not seem to exhibit the astrological qualities of Neptune: intuition, receptivity, idealism, and passivity. Some of the beings who accompanied Poseidon were magical and sensitive and therefore, Neptunian in their character: Poseidon was attended by sea goddesses called Nereids and an elderly man named Proteus, who could change his shape and foretell the future.