Definition: [Sun Signs - Solar Zodiac] [See also:
Age of Pisces] Pisces, the sign of the Fishes, is the 1st sign of the
Real Solar Zodiac.
Below can be found the fundamentals of the astrology of
Pisces. The quotations are from the Magnum Opus of astrology, Tetrabiblos,
composed by Claudius Ptolemy [c 130 - 170 AD] - the father of Classical
|The Power of the
|| "Of the stars in Pisces, those in
the head of the southern Fish act in the same way as Mercury and somewhat as
does Saturn; those in the body, as do Jupiter and Mercury; those in the tail
and the southern cord, as do Saturn and, in some degree, Mercury; those in the
body and backbone of the northern Fish, as do Jupiter and, in some degree,
Venus; those in the northern part of the cord, as do Saturn and Jupiter; and
the bright star on the bond, as do Mars and, in some degree, Mercury."
|Character of the Sign:
|| "Bicorporeal" [now Equinoctial
(Cardinal) - see below]
||"Jupiter; Feminine Aspect." [now
Venus; Feminine Aspect - see below]
|| "The Fourth Triangle - Feminine:
Cancer, Scorpius, Pisces. Assigned to Mars, the Moon by night and Venus by day
|| "Venus exalts in Pisces. Mercury
is depressed in Pisces."
|| "Venus = 12; Jupiter = 4; Merkur =
3; Mars = 9; Saturn = 2"
|| "Venus = 8; Jupiter = 6; Merkur =
6; Mars = 5; Saturn = 5"
|| "Phazania, Nasamonitis,
Garamantica; in the centre, Lydia, Cilicia, Pamphylia. "
upon the Weather:
|| "The sign of Pisces as a whole is
cold and windy; but, taken part by part, its leading portion is temperate, its
middle moist, and its following portion hot. Its northern parts are windy and
its southern watery."
Movement of the Ages :
Ptolemy's astrology described the heavens in the Age of
Aries. However, nearly two thousand years later we are now in the Age of
Pisces. Therefore, some of the astrological features noted above are no longer
accurate. Pisces is no longer a Bicoporeal sign, but is now an
Equinoctial sign, marking the Vernal Equinox. In modern terminology this
makes it a cardinal sign. [See Tetrabiblos
i Chapter 11]
Which planet makes its 'house' in
Pisces [in modern terms the planetary ruler] is even more complex. In
the Age of Taurus, 4000 years ago, Leo was the Summer Solstice sign in the
northern hemisphere and hence the Sun made its 'house' in Leo and the rest of
the signs followed from this starting point. But by the time of Ptolemy, in the
Age of Aries, Cancer was the Solstice sign and should have been assigned the
Sun. However Ptolemy assigns Leo the Sun. Even Ptolemy kept out-dated
astrology, as we do today. [See Tetrabiblos
i Chapter 17] In our time at the end of the Age of Pisces, Gemini is the
Solstice sign and so should be assigned the Sun. Hence in the Age of Pisces the
planet Venus makes its 'house' in Pisces.
The Real Solar Zodiac Sun
The Powers of the
Stars of Pisces:
Pisces, the Fishes. From
Uranometria, Johann Bayer, Augsburg, 1603 AD. The horizontal dashed line
is the Ecliptic, with the darkened area the band of Planetary Zodiac. The line
running through the Ecliptic and the head of the second fish of Pisces is the
Celestial Equator. It crosses the Ecliptic at the Vernal Equinox Point, which,
when this map was drawn was just entering the the region of the tail of the
second fish of Pisces. It is now much closer to the head of that fish because
of the Movement of the Ages.
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