Intuitive, creative, empathetic, sensitive, dreamy, philosophical, nostalgic, escapist, idealistic and oddly pessimistic. These are the just a few words to try and describe the other-worldly, passionate sign of Pisces.
In this post, I’ll be sharing three books I read this Pisces season that radiates the emotion and philosophy of the water sign. But first, a deep dive into Pisces – a very deep dive.
The Pisces Vibe
The psychology of Pisces is so much more than what we see on the surface. They have a deep inner world that you’re lucky to even witness and see their otherworldly magic.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion, dreams, intuition and creativity. It is the planet of inspiration and sensitivity that creates a vision of oneness of both clarity and fantasy, confusing our sense of reality.
For this reason, it is the planet of the arts – allowing us to express ourselves and our vision of the world through our imagination through art such as music and poetry.
As Pisces tends to be an overthinker like its sister sign Virgo, it can be carried away by the waves of its thoughts – either lifting it up to the unreachable, perfect idealism or spiralling it down an emotional rollercoaster of depressing pessimism. In other words, Pisces’ highs and lows can be a breath of fresh air or a bottomless pit of existential doom.
The reason for this is because Pisces is, like all Water signs, an incredibly emotional sign.
Struck by the occasional existential dread, Pisces feels that life is nothing without emotion and feels everything with intensity almost to assure it is real. It is almost as if feelings validate being alive for Pisces, as its a sign that is highly aware of being a soul having a human experience.
However, with such a raw approach toward emotions, Pisces can let itself go down some vulnerable and dangerous paths with others. On one hand, such compassion and understanding toward others can let it fall into toxic dynamics with others and a feeling of being taken for granted. On the other hand, such emotion and philosophical thought can create an inner turmoil that can lead to victimisation and depression.
Nevertheless, Pisces is not always of a fatal nature.
It is a sign that nurtures all other signs with its compassion and its awareness that there is more to life than what we see. As dreamy and illusive some of the conclusions Pisces may come to, they are the union of the earthly and otherworldly. They are the reflection of the universe itself – giving snippets of truth that are felt rather than spoken.
Harnessing Pisces Energy Through Books
Letter From An Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig (1922)
This novella is one of Zweig’s major successes that became a motion picture in 1942, the same year of he took his life with his wife as he could not bear the horrors of WWII Europe.
Letter From An Unknown Woman begins when a man named R is given a letter written by a woman who has recently past away. The story unfolds as he reads the letter and discovers that this woman had been in love, or rather infatuated, with him since she first met him as a teenager.
As the story goes on, we discover the love and commitment of this woman towards R which led her to her untimely death.
Though a short read, Zweig does not fail to grip the reader to immerse them into the heart-breaking story. He makes you feel the anonymous female character’s emotions and leaves you with an unsettling thought: was her life tragic for love or by choice?
A good novella for anyone trying to immerse themselves in Piscean feeling and how feelings can navigate our lives, positively and negatively.
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (1942)
Camus is one of the most prestigious existential philosophers of the 20th century and is a must-read for anyone going through a moment of deep reflection of life, its purpose and how to navigate it.
The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical essay on the absurd – the absurdity of life, of feeling and of purpose. Camus talks about dwelling in the despair of life and the human need for an afterlife for the suffering of the living to make sense.
However, Camus eventually brings us toward the reflection that perhaps it is not the world that is irrational, but rather our relationship to it and the universe.
He argues with the metaphor of Sisyphus that the struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.
We are all get struck by the feeling of absurdity at many points in our lives, struggling to find whatever will make sense of this madness of life – but Camus grounds us by saying the joy of life is to simply embrace the journey, the suffering, the challenges – as we are faced with these cycles continuously.
We’re always going to go up the hill, we might as well make the only certain thing we know become a certain thing we can enjoy.
A perfect book for anyone trying to understand the Pisces-Virgo axis, in my opinion.
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (1998)
Tim Burton’s adaptation of Big Fish has always been one of my favourite films ever since I was a child and it continues to fill my heart with joy and melancholy in my adulthood.
The book itself also has this child-like wonder with a lot of humour, yet it also has the facets of deep wounds that many of us carry into our adulthood: the need to figure out who our parents are.
Wallace’s surreal imagination carries us into the life of Edward Bloom that seems too odd and good to be true. Finding it difficult to separate fact from fiction, his sonbecomes dubious and irritable about his stories over the years – convinced that his life’s adventures have been made up.
This is a good read for anyone who wants to fall into fiction after a while of non-fiction and, on an astrological level, will help love imaginative Piscean vibes it gives.