Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The PISCES Child

The PISCES Child

Eager eye and willing ear, Lovingly shall nestle near. In a Wonderland they lie,

Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a

Most babies, as everyone knows, were found under a cabbage leaf. A few are
carried in that long diaper, hanging from the stork's bill or were brought to the
hospital in the doctor's black bag. Not your little Pisces bundle. He came straight
from fairyland, clutching a moonbeam. If you look closely, you'll still see the
reflection of elves and magic wishing trees in his dreamy little eyes, maybe even a
trace of stardust smudged behind his left ear. His wings may have disappeared by
the time he gets to the delivery room, but there's probably a small bump where they
were once fastened.

You've seen those congratulation cards for new mothers, with pictures of dimpled,
pink and white painted babies, fragile and gauzy, flying around over the verse. The
artist used your Pisces babe as a model. This could make you think you can lead
your Neptune child by the toe, or that after you've scrubbed that shiny stardust out
of his ears you can mold him into any shape you like. Why not, when he's such a
gentle, delicate little lump of clay? Think again. He'll get his own way just as surely
as the yelling red-faced Aries baby, the demanding, regal Leo baby or the stubborn,
tough little Taurus baby. The only difference is that hell get it by charming you to
death, and drowning you in oceans of sweet smiles and winning ways.

As soon as the ink is dry on the birth certificate, turn in the name of your little
Pisces boy for the lead in the first future production of Peter Pan or the girl for
Alice in Wonderland. Peter Pan and Alice will be the Neptune children's favorite
roles, and they won't need a stage to act the parts superbly. They'll still be starring

them when they're eighty. Parents who breathe the age-old prayer, "I wish baby
never had to grow up," will get their wish if baby was born under the sign of the
fish. The years won't leave any lasting impression: there will always be a childish,
dreamy, magical quality of make-believe hanging like a mist over the Pisces. It will
drench him in mystery and unreality forever-and-three-days.

By the time he's old enough to crawl into the jam pot and hide, this strange child of
yours will show a preference for living in a world of fancy. He'll enjoy diversions
that are far removed from everyday patterns and routines. When he's in the high
chair, he'll eat like an angel, if you pretend you're a queen or a clown while you're
feeding him. Wear a lampshade, dripping with all your old, sparkling necklaces, or a
mop for a wig; smear lipstick and chalk on your face. His imagination will supply
the rest. When he's a little older, he'U play happily on the front porch while you do
the washing if you hang up a few balloons, put some music on the record player,
toss around his stuffed animals, give him some popcorn and tell him he's at the

When he's old enough to start to school and begin to have those peculiar dreams at
night, you'll be tying his shoes one ordinary spring morning and get a shock. "Guess

who I saw last night?" hell remark confidentially. You'll mumble a polite rejoiner-
now where on earth is his green sweater? Oh, there it is-on the teddy bear he

up yesterday, when he was pretending it was his best friend.

"Who did you see?"

He'll answer casually, "Grandma Stratton. We talked for a long time, then she had to
go. She said to tell you to be sure to water her geraniums and send Uncle Clarence
the money."

Since Grandmother Stratton died before he was bom, this could unnerve you a little,
on an empty stomach, before coffee. But it's nothing to the prickly sensation you'll
get after breakfast, when he's in school and the mailman delivers a letter from your
Uncle Clarence from whom you haven't heard in five years, asking for a loan to start
a new business.

The wisest parents have difficulty arranging a schedule that will stick with a Pisces
offspring. Schedules and routines are his natural enemies, and he'll do everything in
his fertile imagination to avoid them. Babies who live upside down-sleep all day
and stay awake all night-are often Neptune infants. He wants to eat when he's
hungry, sleep when he's tired and play when something attracts his fancy, whenever
that might be. Trying to get him to eat, sleep or play at any other time is quite a task.
Actually, it's rather a sensible attitude, but the times he gets hungry, tired or playful
may vary considerably from day to day and night to night. You might as well adjust
your schedule to his. He'll seldom throw tantrums, scream or balk to get you to
come around to his way, but he'll gradually win you over by evasive, elusive tactics,
and confuse you into Capitulation. You may even get charmed yourself by the 'sheer
freedom of it. Not feeling guilty when you chat with neighbors over coffee during
the feeding hour, playing a fascinating game of "Princess and Frog" in the still
magic hours of dawn-or sharing a bowl of vegetable soup and a cup of hot chocolate
with him in the middle of a dreary, gray winter afternoon can become strangely
attractive. He might even teach you there's no reason to let that silly clock be a
cruel, infallible dictator over your life. It's only a ticking hunk of metal.

The Pisces child will require a healthy amount of attention and appreciation. He'll
have to be noticed and encouraged, because he's uncertain about his abilities. Give
him as many bushels of it as he needs. Hell also require his moments of privacy.
When he goes into one of his mysterious moods of withdrawal, let him be. His mind
is a million light years away, and you can't follow. He'll return in plenty of time for
his vegetable soup and hot chocolate. Only by now, he'll have changed his lunch
hour to mid-evening. If he tells you he was out flying on a saucer with a man from
Mars, believe him. It just might be so.

Teachers are always confused when they try to put this odd-shaped peg into a round
or square educational hole. He may not fit into either. You'll probably have heaps of
struggles between his unique methods of learning and the school's stale routines.
Hell simply refuse to conform to a pattern not his own. Don't blame him too much.

The educational system has yet to catch up with Neptune's wisdom. Many Pisces
boys and girls are artistic, and most of them love music and dancing. Typical
Neptunian youngsters are light on their feet, regardless of their weight. The little girl
often longs to be a ballerina; the little boy usually chooses heroes like Beethoven,
Michelangelo, the astronauts or Saint Anthony over scientists, presidents and gen-
erals. They love all kinds of books and English may be a favorite subject, since
Pisces is a good story-teller. They love words, and poetry often enchants them.
Neptunians may find math hard to understand at first, but they'll have an uncanny
grasp of the abstract theories behind algebra and geometry later on.

There may be a lack of responsibility, which can be frustrating. Pisces children
follow their own rules. They're sensitive and easily stabbed to the quick by
harshness. Tears may be frequent. These youngsters ordinarily prefer the company
of adults to playing with other children. Even' at a tender age, they have a deep
wisdom and sympathetic understanding of situations over their heads. A child of
Neptune is often accused of lying, yet they aren't lies to him. There's no malicious
or cowardly intent. His young mind swims in fluid imagination which whispers a
thousand secrets, so utterly delightful and filled with such sheer beauty he can't

trying to make them live in the cold, real world. The fact that these lovely dreams
soon die in the sterile, arid soil of a materialistic society is heartbreaking. He needs
your deepest pity, or he'll retreat into silent, moody despair.

The Piscean child hears songs of the sea he can never describe. The cold, ugly,
naked truth is too brutal for him to bear. He must dress it up occasionally or try to
warm it and color it with Neptune shades of romance. It's not fair to call it lying.
Instead, encourage him to gather all his clouds and moonbeams and weave them
into poems, plays or paintings. Soon enough, he'll learn to adapt to the normal world
of brutality, selfishness, cruelty and greed. Why thrust him into it rudely? He may
have trouble learning to conform to social and scholastic demands that stifle his
individuality. But his parents and teachers can learn from him the value of
compassion, understanding, beauty, tolerance, imagination and gentleness. It all
depends on the kind of diploma you want from life.

Someday, either the Piscean philosophy of freedom of expression or the conformist
concept will win. My money is on Pisces. Of course, your friendly, warm-hearted
little Neptunian must be taught that people expect him to adjust eventually to their
crazy-quilt, upside-down concepts in order to survive. But if he's shoved too hard by
stem, negative adults, he'll lose his way back to the other side of the looking-glass.
Don't steal his key. He needs to slip over there now and then, to refresh himself with
the true wisdom of the Red Queen and the White Knight. Then he can better cope
with the real world of war, poverty, disease, hypocritical ethics and ingratitude.
Your little fish needs a cloak of protection against the cold winds to come. Knit it
yourself with bright, gay sturdy yam. Try to understand his Neptune ways. Guide
him tenderly, wisely, and when he's tall enough, he may someday suddenly reach
out and catch one of his silver stars to bring home to you. Then you'll be glad you
didn't laugh at his dreams. Better clear off a spot on the mantle right now.

The PISCES Woman

The PISCES Woman

'Well, what are you?" said the Pigeon. "I can see you're

trying to invent something!" "I-I'm a little girl," said Alice, rather doubtfully.

She found herself at last in a beautiful garden, among the bright flower-beds and
the cool fountains.

The line forms to the right. And please don't crowd. There may not be enough
Pisces women for every man, but that's no reason to be unruly. You'll have to take

your turn, and hope for the best.

Even without astrology, rumors have spread about the charms of a Pisces female.
She has her negative points, to be sure, but at first glance she's every man's grade
school valentine, with maybe just a touch of a Playboy bunny to add some pepper.
We might as well admit that the modern, emancipated woman, with her cast-iron
image, has made the Pisces girl's value shoot even higher. With all that freedom
from the feminine mystique clouding the air over lover's lane, the demure, pretty,
helpless Neptune creature has to beat off the men with big sticks.

It's hardly surprising that she's at a premium. The Neptune female seldom tries to
overshadow her man, married or single. She hasn't the slightest hidden, neurotic
desire to dominate him in any way. He can pull out her chair, put on her coat,
whistle for the taxi, light her cigarette and talk about how wonderful he is to his
heart's content. All she wants is that he should protect her and care for her. She's
happily content to lean on his big broad shoulder and let him know, with wide-eyed
wonder, how strong he is, and how much she needs him in this scary world. Just
think of all those wolves out there, waiting to devour Red Riding Hoods. It's enough
to make a girl get out her smelling salts. Even if she isn't quite as Victorian as all
that (though plenty of girl fish are), she'll be a charming listener to all his troubles,
and what is referred to as a good egg through every crisis.

A Pisces woman thinks her mate, lover, boy friend, brother, father-in fact, any man-
can lick the whole world with one hand tied behind his back, and it takes a
surprisingly small amount of her touching faith to convince them of the same thing,
men being the way they are. And you wonder why she's so popular? The Pisces girl
is a cozy, calm haven of tranquility for her proud male, far from the noise of the
frame and the ticker tape machines. The lights in her fish pond are soft and dim.
They soothe tired eyes which have been blasted by neon and all those silly little
figures at the stock market she couldn't understand to save her life. (Though if it
would really save her life, she would sharpen her pencil.)

In the winter she wears fluffy angora mittens. In the Spring she wears dainty, full
skirts. Summers will find her in a brief bikini. In the fall she'll look adorable sitting
beside you at football games, with her hands in your pockets to keep them warm,
and asking you the score. She is eternally feminine in all seasons. At the risk of
making an understatement, men are drawn to her like bumblebees to a honey pot.

A short conversation with her, and a man instantly relaxes. He pictures a glowing,
crackling fire on a chilly night, or he sees himself in a hammock on a balmy spring
day, with no one to nag him. She makes it clear that she'll never blame him for any
problems in his career or any accidental mistakes. It's always someone else's fault.
Not her man's. Shell never press him to get ahead faster. His own pace is perfect
with her. Need I explain why the female fish makes the most dangerous other
woman of all the Sun signs? Flash! Maritime warning: After marriage she may
nudge a little. To be truthful, she may nudge a lot. In a way, it serves you right for
letting yourself be so blinded by her charms. Lots of times she'll even be bitterly

sarcastic, but every woman has to have some flaws, and the Pisces girl will be
gentle far more often than she's quarrelsome. She has to be goaded by extreme
cruelty or laziness in a mate to be a shrew-and who's to say a cruel or lazy husband
doesn't deserve it? Not me. I'm with her.

Besides, her delectable femininity covers any minor deficiencies, and most of the
time the typical Neptune girl is soft, dreamy and womanly. Since the fish swims in
both directions at once, she adapts beautifully and quietly to conflicting situations
that would turn other women into nervous Nellies. Of course, now and then, some
cranky words and irritable chatter may bubble up from her normally placid stream
of thought. Occasionally a sensitive Neptune female who has suffered harsh
treatment at an early age will allow bitterness to break the two symbolic fish of her
sign apart-and this can be very sad. She becomes a lonely, miserable Piscean,
always swimming furiously, and meeting herself everywhere she dives down to
escape-never realizing that the turning inward of her endless love and sympathy
toward herself is the real poison. Drugs and drink and false illusions hide the truth
from her and blind her to the rocks in the river that might destroy her. But the
average Neputune girl keeps both symbolic fish joined firmly together in smooth
action, gliding softly first back, then a little forward, so you're never quite sure
exactly which way she's headed. Pisces is said to be a deep, mysterious sea, into
which all rivers flow. You'll have a better chance of catching her if you know some
of her elusive secrets. What makes her swim?

First of all, she's subtle. Ask Nicky Hilton, Michael Wilding, Eddie Fisher and
Richard Burton-each of whom married a Pisces. As a matter of fact, the same
Pisces. She is not only subtle, she's sometimes a bit deceptive when she practices
her art of wrapping you around her emerald earrings.

Now, you may know a Neptune lady who wears a gingham apron and a shy smile,
and who is the epitome of the devoted wife, homemaker and tender mother. You're
thinking that she's neither subtle nor deceptive. Forgive my directness, but you are
wrong. As for that Pisces lady you think is different, I know her, too, or one just like

She's a widow who lives in the Bronx, and her name is Pauline. She also wears a
gingham apron and a shy smile -the whole setup. How can such a Fannie Farmer
image be subtle or deceptive? I'll tell you. First of all, she wraps everyone around
her apron strings. (She doesn't have any emerald earrings. Next year, maybe.) She's
a short woman who has managed to stand up to the loss of a dear child, heartbreak,
boredom, tragedy, fear, poverty, and even the confusion of sudden, very brief
riches. She's coped with little boys' bruised knees, braces, lost galoshes; a

sloppy Sunday cook-ins in her neat kitchen-and the biggest mixture of in-laws-all
speaking eight languages at once-you ever saw outside the United Nations. She has
faced all this mishmash of fate like Rocky Graziano. That's gentle? That's delicate?
To this very moment, her two sons think of her as a charming, girlish, helpless,
fluttery and soft little creature, who needs to be protected, and who can't quite

understand how the lock works on the front door.

She's delightfully vague and dreamy. She doesn't know a thing about economics, but
she manages to dress as though she was turned out by Sophie of Saks, cook

seven-course dinners for assorted grandchildren, pay the rent on time, and send
exquisite gifts on holidays and birthdays- all on a monthly income about the size of
one of Jack Benny's tips. She has the open love and affection of two daughters-in-
law, and an incongruous group made up of the librarian, the super, the owner of the
comer delly, the fruit man, half a dozen stray cats and children, the butcher, the
newsboy, and would you believe it, even the landlord. She may have one enemy.
The man she turned down before she married her husband. He probably joined the
Foreign Legion in disappointment, and now I doubt if she even remembers his
name. Heartless females, these Pisces women. Subtle and deceptive. (But don't try
to tell their neighbors that.)

Like the March winds, your Pisces girl will have many a mood. She's terribly
sentimental, and when her feelings are wounded she can cry buckets. She'll look at
you so reproachfully you'll feel as if you'd just shot a small rabbit. Pisces females
sometimes get the idea they're hopelessly unequipped for the fierce battles and
driving ambition required to survive. Then deep depression sets in. At these times
you'll have to tell her she's admired for her deep, mysterious wisdom and her
blessed understanding by every single human she has ever graced with her
friendship. It's usually the gospel truth. The hardest lesson she has to learn is to
overcome her timidity and her doubts. If the fears go deep, she'll shut herself off
from others, then wonder why she's lonely. She's often afraid of imposing, pushing
too hard, taking advantage, when such thoughts are in no one's head but hers.

Now and then a Pisces girl will cover her shyness and vulnerability with wisecracks,
a sophisticated veneer and a frigid independent personality, but it's merely a cloak
of protection, worn to hide her uncertainty from the prying eyes of rough people
who would bruise her genfle heart if she exposed it. I know one who pours out her
real soul by writing lovely song lyrics with a secret message woven in the shades of
her soft, very private dreams. When she's not writing, she's the picture of the brittle,
callous, career woman she wants people to see. Yet, even this type of Pisces is
unable to fight her Sun sign. With all her make-believe independence she waits on
the curb and lets the man whistle for the cab. There are some things one just

do, as far as Neptune women are concerned; not acting like a lady in public is one of
them. She fools a lot of men who could quiet her inner fears and make her take back
her frequent claim of, "Who needs a husband? They only mess up your life."
Imagine a statement like that from a Piscean, who needs to belong to someone more
than she needs to sleep, eat or breathe.

A Pisces girl will give all of her heart to her children, except for the large chunk she
saves for you. She'll love them all, but the ones who are uglier, weaker, smaller or
sicker may have a slight edge with her. Only a Pisces movie star would pass up the
little dimpled darlings and adopt a tiny, crippled tot with frightened eyes. Female
fish are the greatest women in the world for understanding the shyness of small

boys and the growing pains of awkward adolescent girls. A Piscean mother spins a
thousand wispy, cobweb dreams over each bassinet. She'll sacrifice anything so her
children can have what she was denied as a child. She may be too permissive.
Administering discipline is difficult for her, and she must realize that a lack of
firmness is often as bad as severe neglect. In a way, it is neglect, of building the
small characters in her care, who need firm guidance to leam to swim alone. If she's
guilty of too much softness, explain it to her kindly. She'll comprehend without
bitterness, and begin to give the hairbrush a workout. Still many Neptune mothers
manage a happy medium between discipline and kindness, and their offspring do
them credit.

A Pisces woman will gladly let you cam the bacon and cggplant. She'll probably
prefer not to enter the brutal competition of the commercial world, unless you
desperately need her to. She had enough of that (if she's a typical Neptune girl)
when she worked for that big, confusing company while she was waiting for you to
rescue her. Some, not all, but some Pisces women are a wee little bit extravagant.
She may need some help figuring out why the bank's balance doesn't reconcile with
her stubs, written in Sanskrit. Still, when an emergency forces her to adapt her
champagne taste to a skim milk pocketbook, she'll manage.

She listens to the ocean, and it tells her things. In the> midst of the city, she still
hears the waves of Neptune whispering to her Pisces heart more, perhaps, than she
wants to know. Don't forget her birthday or your anniversary or the day you
proposed. She won't. I'll always remember the Pisces friend I went to school with in
West Virginia. She was tiny, with long, dark hair and those strange Neptune lights
in her greenish brown eyes. She married (among several other men) a big football
star; it was a totally unexpected elopement. I remember when she asked him why he
proposed. She was curious. "Well," he told her, "it was the funniest thing, Shorty. I
didn't have the slightest idea of proposing that day. We were in the park, near the
pool. The chicks who were lying around getting a tan had wet, stringy hair from
swimming, and they looked all hot and sweaty on the benches. You were sitting
there under that tree in a white lace dress, and you looked so cool and different from
the others. You looked like-well, I guess you sorta looked like a girl." That's the
subtle secret of the Pisces woman. Whether she follows Neptune's call as a
dedicated nun in a convent or as a sultry songstress in a noisy nightclub-she's a girl.
All girl. One hundred percent.



We are but older children, dear, Who fret to find our bedtime near.

William Shakespeare was a Taurus, but he left this message for anyone who is
considering becoming involved with a Pisces man:

.There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

If you're about to fall over the dam for a Neptunian, you should paste those lines on
your compact mirror, where you can see them every time you powder your nose.
They may possibly make or break your future, not to mention your heart.

Try to untangle your probably rosy state of mind and make sure that Pisces fellow
you're about to join in a moonlight swim knows when the tide is coming in. If he

takes it at the flood, you're as lucky as any girl can be. On to fame and fortune! But
if, perchance, your Pisces lad can't see the tide for the stardust in his eyes, and he
misses that big flood-well, let me warn you that those Neptunian shallows can result
in some of the most dismal miseries you'll ever know.

A Pisces man can be everything you want him to be- or everything you don't want
him to be. A tide in his affairs is synonymous with opportunity. It requires a firm
decision, determined action, and the ability to drown any old, soggy dreams that
prevent success. The trouble is that some Pisces men never recognize that tide at

flood, even when it sloshes over their feet.

The Pisces man isn't weak. It's just that he may linger too long on a fading, silver
star, and miss the bright sunlight of success. Not all Pisceans are gentle dreamers.
But more of them than you can scatter with a pebble are. However, there is hope.
There's always hope, where there's life. Although the world needs his lovely
imagination only too desperately, there comes a time when the Pisces male has to go
about the business of earning his potatoes. When he does that, he has a snap of it,
because the Neptune intuition coupled with his clever mind can turn him toward
sensible goals which could bring him fame and recognition-even wealth and
immortality. If not all that (you can't hit the jackpot every time), then at least
respectability and comfortable security. Let's hope that's the kind of Pisces male
you're sailing with. Practically no other Sun sign can stop his potential under those

However, if, say by the age of twenty-five or so, he hasn't recognized that tide in his
affairs, frankly, his future isn't too hopeful. You think that's unfair? All right, make
it by the age of thirty-five, but you're gambling. When I said his future isn't too
hopeful, I meant with you. As a wife-with the family routine. His personal future
can be more or less satisfactory. Lots of Pisces men who can't bury stale dreams and
dig up fresh ideas for success live fairly contented lives. That's because all they

is that dream, rusty as it is around the edges. Add a jug of wine, a loaf of good rye
bread, and he's as happy as most of us other misfits. Ahl You noticed I stopped short
of one item. It's a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and Thou-right? I'm glad you're up on
the Rubaiyat. But you see, I left "Thou" out on purpose. The dreamy, sensitive,
artistic fish can exist nicely on bread and wine-even thrive on it. But such a diet
won't feed a wife, one to five little bundles of joy, and who knows, maybe even
some goldfish and guppies (considering his Sun sign). You need things like
stockings and cosmetics and shoes and spinach and rent money and celery and milk
and light bulbs and, well, you know what I mean.

There's only one way out with this kind of fish: Be an heiress. No, there is another
way out: Get two jobs-one for you and one for him, and work at both of them your-
self like the very dickens.

Now, I didn't say you wouldn't be happy in the romantic hours. That's one thing no
kind of Pisces ever born will ever be short of-romance. They fairly breathe it. It's
just that it's no substitute for spinach and baby shoes, or your sanity. The planets, in

their wisdom, take care of such complications of life by giving oodles of chances for
this dreamy, unworldly type of Piscean male to become a proteg6. If he finds a
patron or patroness (much more likelihood of the latter, but it can be either), he can
turn into a great painter, a great writer, a great composer, a great musician-or at

just a great guy. But how is he going to find a patron, let alone a patroness, if he has
you and those bundles of joy and the goldfish and the guppies and all cluttering up
the artistic simplicity of his existence?

You have to admit it just won't work. Better say farewell to him right now. You'll
cry a little, and it may hurt-even deeply. But not as much as being married to a
walking, talking dream, and having to face the landlord with nothing but empty
wishes m your pocketbook. That really hurts.

Now that we've been brave and practical about the bread and wine type, we can talk
about the other kind of Pisces, the one who grabbed the tide at its flood. Obviously,
he's a real catch for any girl. There's always the chance he could turn out to be an
Einstein or a George Washington, which would be simply wonderful. You couldn't
ask for much more, though I suppose Einstein might have been a little engrossed in
his equations on weekends and George may have brought a few problems home
from the office at night. But you don't have to seek perfection. Even a super
practical Capricorn or an aggressive, driving Aries man can have little flaws. The
point is that a Piscean who fights his way upstream will have plenty of chances to
lay the twin gifts of fame and fortune at your feet And he's quite a guy in other
ways, too.

A Pisces man has no prejudices. He'll never judge an Indian until he's walked a few
miles in his moccasins, or a nudist until he's tried going barefoot. Even then he'll
understand and not pass critical judgment. He's very short on cold accusations and
very long on warm tolerance. He'll even make a stab at trying to understand his
mother-in-law, and how many men do that? The Neptune male possesses a rare
sympathy of spirit. His friends confide in him and never worry that he'll be shocked.
It takes a real blockbuster to shock the fish. If you and I and your Piscean were all
three sitting in a room, and a man walked in and told us he was a little worried
because he was a bigamist, with four different wives in four different states- you
might glare at him and think he deserved to go to jail;

I might sneer at him and call him a skunk; but your Pisces man would probably ask,
"What four states? Were you in love with any of them?" The fish is curious, but
totally shockproof. As far as he's concerned, the fellow needs heaps of sympathy
and a darned good lawyer.

He might tell a secret or two accidentally, never on purpose. Pisces sometimes
speaks before he realizes the possible damage. It's a little tough for him to
comprehend that what he says could perhaps be interpreted in the wrong light by
more severe souls with less relenting attitudes. (It would take some thought, for
example, for him to grasp that people like his sister or your mother wouldn't
understand the domestic difficulties of that poor bigamist.) However, once the fish

has been specifically requested to keep it under his fin, he'll be close-mouthed and
reliable, and you can trust him with your darkest secrets.

An occasional Pisces who's the victim of an afflicted Mercury talks very fast,
fluently and frequently. But the typical Neptunian speaks slowly, thinks gently, and
tries to mind his own business, even though he's continually subjected to the
problems of friends, relatives and neighbors. They flock to him because Neptune
listens so beautifully. You'll find yourself tempted to confide your own little worries
with the broken hair dryer, your father's sinus trouble and your overdrawn bank
balance, but try to go easy. If there's anything a Pisces husband or boy friend

need, it's more tribulations dropped in his lap. Others have been dropping them all
day. Bundles of them. He needs some relief when he's with you. People don't mean
to impose on Pisces. They seldom realize that the Neptune nature is so receptive it
just soaks up all the vibrations around, good or bad, joyful or fearful, dark or light.
The life of an absorbent, spiritual sponge can be kind of wearing on the psyche, as
any mystic can tell you. (Many of them are Piscean.) The very fact that he's sensi-
tive means that he vividly feels the emotions of those who seek his ear and get his
heart. Pisces people often have to rest for long periods. The Neptune soul must be
alone at times so fresh breezes can blow through to heal the wounds of all those
vicarious troubles and bring back calm, undefiled individuality. So never begrudge
your Pisces man his moments of silence. He sorely needs them. If he feels like being
alone or taking a walk by himself, let him go. Too much togethemess can spoil the
beauty of Pisces love. It needs space to grow untangled.

Remember that the fish is sensitive and can be easily hurt. His shyness is due to a
painful consciousness of his own limitations, whatever they may be, and he feels
them keenly. He needs to know that his virtues are counted by someone he admires.
You. Never hold back encouragement from him.

He may try Yoga and Zen, or experiment with occult beliefs, and hell probably be
interested in astrology and numerology, even reincarnation. Like the Scorpio, he
was born with an understanding of esoteric principles, and these things are usually
good for him. They help keep his emotions stable, and they provide an anchor for
his vivid imagination. Pisces men get upset now and then, but their anger is seldom
violent or long lasting. When it's over, the waters grow placid again, and life is just
as peaceful as before. Some Neptune males do a little yelling around the house, but
it's harmless. It's almost impossible for the fish to really bellow, like Taurus the bull,
for example. See how lucky you are?

Although he's difficult to fathom himself, Pisces has no problem in seeing all the
subtleties of others clearly. It's difficult to fool him; he'll look right through to the
other side. Yet, he can fool you when he takes a notion to do so, through some quirk
he has which makes him want to keep his personal affairs safely hidden from close

One Piscean I know carries this trait so far he has actually been able to fool the
government, and thafs no easy trick. All his life he has managed to avoid the census

taker. The Internal Revenue knows less about him than they kirow about a native in
Pago Pago. He gets away with it because he's a writer. His phone is listed under a
fictitious name, and he's never applied for a social security card or a driver's

He has a horror of some imaginary Big Brother turning him into a number and
knowing all his private secrets.

Your fish may not be quite so neurotic about it, but there will probably be times
when he'll tell you he was at the cleaner's when he was really buying a cigar. Why?
I really don't know. Nor does he. It's a sort of mild deception the Piscean (also the
Geminian) seems to enjoy. As long as he's wearing green suspenders and people
think he's wearing orange suspenders-or no suspenders-he feels secure, somehow.
Since it makes him happy, let him have his little mysteries. Why make a big deal of
it? Even if you know he wasn't at the cleaner because you saw him in the cigar store
yourself, ask him if his slacks were ready. When he tells you the man said they
won't be ready until Monday, remark that the cleaner is as slow as molasses and let
it go at that. He could have far worse habits than practicing a little harmless make-
believe just to keep his vivid imagination oiled up and in top working condition.

There won't be many tremendous surges of jealousy. Or if there are, he's such an
excellent natural actor (if you let him practice) that hell probably pretend them
away. But he's a man, for all his poetic, tender nature, so he'll expect your technical
loyalty when everything is said and done. You may have to control your own
jealousy, however, because he'll have warm friends of both sexes, and he'll be
sympathetic to them, sometimes at odd hours. It's his nature to be gregarious. He
can't help it. There's danger here if you're the violently possessive type. An Aries or
Leo girl had better chase another moonbeam. He does admire beauty, and he may
stare at pretty legs from time to time. But you can keep that in bounds and innocent
with a little extra effort, and your reward will be a gentle husband who's both a
romantic lover and a companion who can talk about everything under the sun.

When those spells of loneliness and depression cause the gloom to gather, toss

apron in the comer behind the aquarium, throw on a yellow dress and a golden
smile, buy some green tickets to a happy show, and trick him right out of it.
Pisoeans are particularly vulnerable to suggestion. You may hit a few snags trying
to get him to be economical and cautious about money. Neptune people, frankly,
aren't noted for their triple A credit ratings (unless he has a Capricorn ascendant or
strong planets m Taurus, Aquarius or Cancer, for example). He'll learn, but don't
compound the situation by being extravagant yourself, if you can help it. One loose
spender per family goes a long way-toward the poor house. He needs a good
example. It's surprising how that works with the Pisces character in a sort of follow-
the-leader manner. That is, if the leader is close to him and someone he respects.
The Piscean nature is vividly receptive to the vibrations around him, especially if
they're intensified by emotion.

The children will find him one whale of a lot of fun. Chances are hell take them
boating and swimming and snorkel diving. He'll play the part of the Wicked
Crocodile and Little Boy Blue until they think they've found a human nursery

rhyme, in living color. He may sprinkle them with a little way-out philosophy, sing
them some mildly salty ballads, or teach them to stand on their heads, yoga style.
They'll probably adore him, and they just may turn out to be well-balanced, well-
adjusted adults, thanks to his rare ability to hold a tiny bird in his hand without
crushing it or frightening it. You do the spanking and hell do the listening to their
young problems-you keep their noses and their clothes clean and he'll keep their
minds active. It should work out fine.

Never tread on this man's dreams-he won't forgive that, or forget it. Give him a
chance to turn them into realities by helping him find a good, firm star to hitch his
wagon to -one that will sparkle instead of fizzing out in an eclipse of common
sense. In love, Pisces is a leaner emotionally, which means he needs boundless
reassurance and faith, but it also means you musn't lean on him with imaginary
complaints. His enthusiastic hopes need to be watered with understanding affection,
and make sure you supply the rich soil of a happy home life. Keep the deadly
insects of nagging and criticism away from the roots, and someday those wild and
crazy hopes of his will change from useless weeds into tall money trees in the
backyard, high enough to reach a few of your own private dreams. Hope springs
eternal in the Piscean heart. Don't knock it. It may shower you with some gigantic
and surprising luck if you nurture it tenderly.

You may have heard or read that Pisces is the sign of "self-undoing," and that could
make you all nervous and negative, but don't let it frighten you. True, there's always
a bit of self-undoing in all Neptune men, but just "do him back up again," like you
would a package that comes untied. If you make the knots tight enough, it won't
happen often. Serve him a dream for breakfast, a clever joke for lunch, and Chopin
for dinner, with Browning for a chaser. After that, you're on your own. Don't be
afraid to jump in. The water's fine.



The dream-child moving through a land

Of wonders wild and new, In friendly chat with bird or beast-

And half believe it true.

According to Mother Goose, if your offspring is dressed in blue, he's made of snips
and snails and puppy-dog tails. It baby is wearing pink, she's made of sugar and
spice, and everything nice. But if he or she was born in February, dress him in an
aquamarine cap and electric blue booties and forget that old rhyme. This infant is
made of the raw material of Uranus, and he's going to make you chase him into

He's a quivering, sensitive, stubborn, independent mass of invention and electrical
impulses. Even if he has a slow and careful Taurus ascendant, his mental processes
will be as fast as Uranian lightning. His thoughts will vibrate like high frequency
radio beams, and as he grows up, you may feel like sending out an S.O.S. yourself.

Every mother and father think their child is special- different and unique, compared
to other youngsters. But this one is just ridiculous. Lots of parents of a young
Aquarian puzzle whether to send him out on the farm, where he won't frighten
neighbors, or let the word casually get around that he may win the Pulitzer prize
someday. Which route should you take? You have a problem. Yes, you do. The
Pulitzer is possible, but my advice would be to try the farm for a few summers and
watch. Observe. Wait. He's liable to invent a new plow, or just eat them out of
house and home. It depends. There's never a cut and dried rule with Aquarians.

I know one New York mother who just called her Uranian son "the Bronx Wonder"
and let it go at that At least her relatives and neighbors were as mystified as she
was. Nobody knew if the nickname meant he had three heads or he was headed for
the Hall of Fame. As it turned out, he was a pretty good basketball player, and most
folks thought that's why he had the tag. But they shouldn't have been so hasty. The
story's not over yet. He's presently rotating between composing the score for a
musical which may go on Broadway or in the wastebasket, playing bit parts in
detective films, and making himself available for TV commercials. (The kind that
need men from Mars types for flying saucer approaches on soft-sell automobile
spots.) He's also working on an invention in his bedroom (between watching the
Mets play and eating pickle sandwiches), but since he won't tell anyone what it is, I
can't give you any clues. He has a kind of thing about clocks and watches, so it may
have something to do with a time machine (a common Aquarian obsession). Well,
well see. There's no rush. Lots of Aquarians don't break loose and shower electric
sparks of genius on a waiting world until they're a young fifty. It makes it all a little
nervewracking, waiting around like that. Of course, there are quite a few

Aquarian child prodigies, but we're tangled up enough trying to figure out your
average Aquarian youngster (and I use the term average loosely).

He may end up working for the FBI or a private eye outfit (he loves to figure out
mysteries), and become an ordinary, sensible, conservative citizen. (Don't hold your
breath, but it's a possibility.) We'd better concentrate on his tender years. That way,

you'll have a fighting chance to guide this Uranus rocket in some kind of direction.

Until maturity has mellowed Uranian influences, and society has molded more
conventional attitudes, an Aquarian youngster can be strongly negative. The
immediate reaction to a command (or even a pleasant suggestion) is often an
emphatic no. But let him think about it, mull it over, and it's surprising how many
times his final reaction will be sensible-the answer he found by himself correct and

These boys and girls can be calm and sweetly docile on the surface, but the north
wind can turn them suddenly topsy turvy. (Except that, with an Aquarian, it could
be turvy topsy. You can expect anything.) Unpredictable in their behavior, but
lovable and often amusing, the February child can be quite a spinning propeller to
contend with. I used that analogy because Aquarians and Uranus rule air flight,
planes and Charles Lindbergh and things like that. Yet, these youngsters are so full
of contradictions, instead of taking to flight naturally, many of them have a strange,
unreasonable fear of planes and elevators-even electricity (also ruled by Uranus). It
isn't easy to direct them or channel them. They have no idea where they're going,
but they have definite ideas about how to get there.

Raising and teaching these "wonders" can be a big responsibility. Their minds
combine fixed practicality with uncanny perception and sharp, probing logic. Mix it
all up and it can be acutely embarrassing, like when your little Aquarian asks your
best friend why she got her face lifted (she did)-or asks your Uncle Elmer why he
cheated on his income tax in front of the Internal Revenue man (he did).

They love to do favors for friends. Buy your little Aquarian boy a brand new pair of
boots and he's likely to wear them out the first day-smoothing down the snow to
make it slick so the neighborhood kids can use their sleds.

Expect your February child to have a dream and hold it fast-until he gets another
one. With a girl, it's likely to be a projection of herself as a prima ballerina, with a
pure dedication to her art that would put Pavlova to shame, a thirst to be the first
woman president or a hunger to follow in the footsteps of Madame Curie. With the
boys, it could be an oceanographer, ichthyologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, an
exterminator or a tree surgeon. Normal career choices like nurses, secretaries,
clerks, salesmen, teachers, bankers and brokers are too mundane for the average
Aquarian child's fantasies. He may have to settle for one eventually, but the original
dream will be tucked under his left ear and not forgotten. It's eerie, but Aquarians
can sometimes cause a thing to happen by simply concentrating on it and waiting.

You'll never know quite what to expect from day to day. This is a child who may
not want to stay indoors when it rains. He'll be out with your best sterling silver
table-spoon, digging a drain so the hill in back of the house won't wash away.

Remember the old verse you heard as a child that went, "The bear went over the
mountain-the bear went over the mountain-the bear went over the mountain-to see

what he could see. The other side of the mountain- the other side of the mountain-
the other side of the mountain-was all that he could see." Your Aquarius youngster
will have better luck. He'll find something there. Maybe it will be a pot of gold or
just a new species of woodpecker, but none of his exploratory journeys will ever
result in a dead end or a total loss.

I skipped over the infant stage because these children are never infants. They are
born middle-aged. However, many of them do go through the toddler stage, and
during that precarious period you might be wise to consider buying a seeing-eye
dog. Keep the dog until your little Uranian is at least ten. He may have trouble
navigating the block without an incident. Off on his own private cloud, he'll lope
down the street in a fog, and ram right into a telephone pole or a mailbox. Aquarian
absent-mindedness brings on twisted ankles, broken bones and the wrath of
teachers. You may be torn between pride, when the school reports he or she is a
budding genius-and shame, when you receive a note saying, "Oliver simply won't
pay attention in class. He stares out the window all day and plays with his two-way
wrist watch." Or "Gertrude refuses to concentrate. Instead of studying, she just sits
there and flexes her arches in those silly ballet slippers." A lecture to Oliver and
Gertrude will result in a shrug of bored impatience. What's all the fuss about? He
was trying to figure the effect of the summer solstice on Greenwich Mean Time, and
she was wondering what makes a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. To their minds,
that's perfectly logical. Cheel What a square school. Granted, they are on the right
track. But this may not be the century to prove it.

Teachers often complain that the Aquarian child refuses to explain, step by step,
how he arrived at his remarkable answer to a complicated math problem before she
finished writing it on the blackboard. There's a good, sensible reason. His Uranian
intuition, that works by some kind of unseen radio waves, forced his mind through
those steps so quickly he just can't remember. Almost all Aquarian children were
behind the delivery-room door when memory was passed out. Forgetting their
address is frequent, forgetting their last name is uncomfortably possible, and
forgetting what time to come home is par-for-the-course. Your brilliant-and he most
likely is-Uranus youngster must be taught that his aim should encompass more than
being a human computer. He needs to leam the importance of organizing his
thoughts in logical order. Otherwise, a potential genius, philosopher, engineer,
scientist, doctor, lawyer-gardener or cab driver (the last two if you're lucky) can turn
into an eccentric adult, headed in several directions at once, and end up going
around in interesting, but not very profitable, circles.

Encourage him to participate in physical activity or a harmful inertia can take over
and hell daydream the hours away. It .often takes an emergency to spur Aquarian
children to physical action, though they can have a great love for sports. Mentally,
they're speed demons. But the body may be a bit slower, at least around the house.
They may have an empathy for birds, trees, nature and the seashore. They'll always
prefer their own independent discovery to organized activity. You'll have to watch
for a tendency to say "I can't" to rationalize the urge to avoid responsibility. The
Aquarian child may take the path of least resistance if you let him. Teach him that

he's only fooling himself. Let him make his own decisions, but encourage him to act
on them.

Unspoken tension can deeply disturb him. These young-•ters can almost see into
the souls of others, and hear thoughts which haven't even been audibly expressed,
which can disturb them and leave lasting feelings of unhappiness. Better encourage
tranquility and harmony, concentration and memory, if you don't want an eccentric,
nervous, absent-minded bachelor or spinster with unfulfilled dreams on your hands
in thirty years or so.

Be careful what you say and how you say it with Aquarian youngsters. Suggestions
planted in these fertile, remarkably acute Uranian minds in childhood can take firm
root and form fixed adult opinions. Undue emphasis on clean hands, repeated
warnings, "Don't drink out of my glass, it's dirty," can cause the Aquarian youngster
to grow up with exaggerated fears and carry his own goblet in his pocket when he
goes visiting. Being so accident prone, you can imagine what will happen if he sits
down suddenly with that goblet there. And he does do almost everything suddenly.

Aquarian boys and girls have multitudes of friends. They make at least ten new ones
per day, from the street cleaner to the truant officer and the ex-parachutist who runs
the candy store. He might even bring home a little friend named Rockefeller for
lunch someday, too, but don't let it shake you. You're not raising a social snob. He
won't know him from the dog catcher. He's just another "pal."

Adolescent problems of romance may never bother you. In fact, the Aquarian child
may have to be reminded which sex is which. Few of these youngsters are boy crazy
or girl crazy. Just plain crazy is more of a possibility, especially when they start
wearing those weird clothes and parting their hair in such an odd way. This may be
about the time his hidden love of poetry emerges, which should be encouraged.
Your little Uranian has frogs in his pockets and stars in his eyes, but he's very
special. He's a humanitarian. He loves people. Do you know how rare that is? As
society moves into the Aquarian age, his unprejudiced wisdom is leading us.
Aquarian boys and girls have been chosen by destiny to fulfill the promise of to-
morrow-frogs and stars, pickle sandwiches and all. Just nickname him the
"Twentieth Century Wonder," and let the neighbors guess why.



But Alice had got so much into the -way

of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen

that it seemed quite dull and stupid

for life to go on in the common way ...

Put cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea- And welcome Queen Alice with thirty
times three!

The safest way to enter into romance with an Aquarian female is to remember she's
as paradoxical in love as she is in everything else. That way, you won't be expecting
Priscilla Alden and get Pocahontas.

This girl has all the faithfulness of the fixed signs when die's in love, but she also
has the detachment and lack of emotion of the air element. It's possible to have a
happy relationship with the Uranus woman if you leave her free to pursue her
myriad interests and circulate among her friends. Never try to tie her to the stove or
the bedpost. Ask the man who's tried. She can suddenly decide to study ballet,

meditate in the mountains or join the Peace Corps. Remember the story of the
princess with the long, golden hair who lived high in a tower? That's the Aquarius
female. Cutting off her flowing tresses won't change her any more than it did in the
fairy tale. She dreams different dreams than you or I. She hears a distant drummer-
and follows a star most of us have never seen.

She belongs to everyone, and yet to no one. Her love can be tender and inspired,

there will always be a vaguely elusive quality about it, like a half-remembered song.
You can hum the melody, but the lyrics keep slipping away. The Aquarian girl's
demand for freedom is insistent, but her allegiance to anyone who can accept
romance within such limits is boundless. Here's something you'll like:

She won't be terribly interested in your bank book (unless Cancer or Capricorn or
Taurus is on her ascendant). Money is never the prime consideration of the typical
Aquarian woman. She won't care if you're not the richest man in town, but she'll
expect you to be respected in some way for your intellectual achievements. Dr.
Christian Bamard and his heart transplants or Wemher von Braun and his rockets
interest her far more than J. Paul Getty and his billions.

When you set out to catch this butterfly in your net, remember that she'll never
spend her unpredictable life with a man who isn't true to himself. Her own code of
ethics may be as weird as anything you've ever come across, and quite different
from the accepted codes of society, but she lives up to it totally. She'll understand
that your rules may also be highly individual. That's fine with her, but don't
compromise those rules. If you're looking for a passion flower, you've picked the
wrong daisy. Passion is not her forte if she's a typical Aquarian. She'll think physical
love is pleasant enough, if it's not overemphasized. In other words, she can take it

leave it alone. Uranus females can respond to lovemaking with a haunting, deep
intensity, but if you prefer to keep it platonic for long periods of time, that's all right,
too. Like all Aquarians, she may have an unconscious fear that desire for one person
will imprison the spirit in some way, and keep her from being true to her one great
love-freedom. Freedom to experiment and investigate and freedom to give time to
humanity. Also freedom to pursue her rather kicky, off-beat fancies.

She's an ideal girl if you're planning a political, scientific or educational career. You
couldn't do better, unless you happen to run across an Aquarian girl with adverse
planetary positions in her natal chart who enjoys shocking people by walking
barefoot down Main Street or smoking big black cigars on buses. There are some
pretty wild, way-out Uranian females here and there. But the average girl born
under the sign of the water bearer is a social delight. She's graceful, witty, bright as
a penny, and extremely adaptable to all forms of society, high and low and in the

Her lack of suspicion under normal circumstances is a special bonus. A traveling
salesman should find his dream girl in the typical Aquarian female. If she actually
catches you being unfaithful, it will cause a deep wound to her sensitive nature.
You'll know it the minute you look into those strange, dreamy eyes. But she won't

suspect you without cause, and she'll rarely doubt your word. The typical Uranus
woman will never check up on you after you leave, phone you at the office, inspect
your handkerchiefs for lipstick stains or look for blonde hairs caught in your cuff
link. Deception will have to be brought forcibly to her attention; she won't go out
looking for it. Before you give her too much credit, consider that her lack of pas-
sionate jealousy is due to something more than strength of character. First of all, she
probably dissected your psyche under a microscope before she gave you a second
glance. Besides, she has so many outside interests and so many people who turn

on to talk with, there's not much time for her to worry about what you're doing when
you're out of sight. Out of sight can often mean out of mind for Aquarians of both
sexes. Absence seldom makes the Uranus heart grow fonder. Occasionally, an
Aquarian woman will suffer a promiscuous or flirtatious mate, because there's
something she needs which she can find only with him, so she looks the other way.
On the other hand, if she doesn't really need you, that moral strength will work in
reverse at the first actual proof of infidelity. Shell simply walk away. Don't try to
kindle the embers, they're stone cold dead. Of course, you can still be friends. Why

She's willing. It never embarrasses an. Aquarian girl to be chummy with ex-lovers
or husbands. She's forgotten the past and wiped the slate clean of memories.

There is one peculiar and notable exception to the rule. Like the Uranus man, the
Uranian female will remember the first true and honest love for a lifetime. Only the
first, however. Are you wondering whether that Aquarius girl you once knew still
remembers you? The answer lies in her definition of love. It could have something
to do with the first boy who gave her a bunch of sweet peas when she was nine-the
boy who walked her through the park in the rain-or the one with the funny ears who
knew the clown at the circus, and used to feed her peanuts.

Uranus women involved in extra-marital affairs are rare. They can be tempted in
exceptional situations, but a dishonest relationship goes against their chemistry. It
won't be long until an undercover romance is broken off for good. Yet, there are
many Aquarian divorcees. There's a reason. If a situation becomes intolerable, the
Uranian nature turns cold suddenly. They can disappear overnight, and never look
back. They don't seek or enjoy divorce, but it isn't the shock to them it is to their
more sentimental sisters. Uranus rules change, you know. Since she's such an
individualist, with a list of friends several miles long, the Aquarian female never
hesitates to make her way alone if the need arises.

Expect her to probe into your heart until you haven't a secret left, or a dream that
hasn't been analyzed. But don't try to dissect her private thoughts. That's not the

the game is played with Aquarians. She'll keep her motives hidden, and sometimes
take a perverse pleasure in deliberately confusing you. She'll usually be truthful to a
fault, but remember, with an Aquarian, telling a lie is one thing. Refraining from
telling the whole story is another.

It's comforting to know that an Aquarian girl is pretty cagey with a buck. That is, it's

comforting to know unless you're planning to hit her for a loan. She might say yes a
time or two, but if you let your credit rating slip, she can be colder than the guy at
the bank when you skip your car payment. On the rare occasions when she accepts a
small loan herself, you'll get back every penny with no stalling, excuses or feminine
wiles, if she's a typical Uranus female. As for every man's nightmare of charge
accounts, you'll have little worry on that score. Aquarian women are uncomfortable
about owing money. Bad debts don't fit in with the Uranus code.

Her appearance is puzzling. Most Aquarian women are lovely, with a haunting,
wistful beauty. But they're changeable. They can give an impression of smooth
whipped cream, then suddenly switch to salty pizza as quickly as a bright, blue, zig-
zag bolt of Uranian electricity. Next to Ubrans, Aquarian females are often the most
beautiful women in the zodiac. At the very least, they're interesting-looking. The
Aquarian manner of dressing can stop you dead in your tracks. There are a few of
them who could grace the cover of a fashion magazine, but the average Aquarian
girl is anything but conventional about her costumes. She can wear some outfits a
gypsy would envy, and her naked individuality can produce some mighty unique
combinations. She'll usually be the first to wear a new fad, no matter how zany it is,
yet she can also stick to Grandma's styles-even great-grandma's styles. With typical
- Aquarian indifference, she'll mix yesterday's lace snood with today's metallic jump
suit, and the effect can be a little startling. She'll wear her lace nightgown to a
formal banquet, ostrich feathers to the supermarket, bell bottom slacks to the opera,
sneakers to the theater, diamonds when she visits the zoo-and top it all off with a
faded Mother Hubbard she picked up in a thrift shop.

Your Aquarian girl will probably have an unusual way of wearing her hair. Her
tresses are as unpredictable as her personality. They can be worn braided,

pinned in a bun, flowing down like a waterfall, short as a marine's, in Mary Pickford
curls or as straight as a poker. One thing you can depend on. Her hair won't look
like the hair of any other female on this planet.

A conversation with her can be remarkable, to say the least. She has charming
manners, and usually behaves in a timid, almost reserved way. Then comes one of
those sudden Uranus urges, and out will pop a remark with absolutely no relation to
what anyone is saying. You'll be talking about the fluctuations of the stock market,
and she'll interrupt out of nowhere with: "Did you know that Woodrow Wilson, Jack
Kennedy, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge, Benjamin Harrison,
Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley all have double letters in
their names?" There's only one way to answer a question like that. Tell her she
missed Millard

Fillmore, Ulysses Grant and Thomas Jefferson. Then gently, but firmly, lead the
discussion back to the stock market. Other minds may progress in fairly logical
steps, but hers rigs into tomorrow, then zags back into today with no more sense of
direction than a flash of lightning. Now and then she'll toss off an unexpectedly
poignant phrase. You'll ask her what she thinks of space travel and she'll answer,
"When I was a little girl, I thought the stars were holes in the floor of heaven where

the light shone through." If she's in a different mood, you'll say that melted
snowmen make you sad, and shell counter with: "A melted snowman is just a pile of
slush, Charlie." First misty-then practical. First timid-then rowdy. Aquarian women
will rudely ridicule flying saucers, then tell you a story about a polka-dotted elf on a
windowsill. Never talk down to an Aquarian female. She'll resent not being
considered your equal, and an unsympathetic attitude will cause her to retreat and
become unapproachable.

Since Uranus rules the future, you might imagine that these girls would be natural
mothers. Children do, after all, belong to the future. But the average Aquarian
woman may be bewildered by motherhood in the beginning. She has to adjust to
devoting all her attention and energy exclusively to one human being for a period of
time, when she's used to spreading herself far and wide, and this can take some
practice. Her natural aloofness may make it difficult for her to demonstrate warm
affection outwardly. The typical Aquarian mother is devoted to her offspring, but
also somewhat detached toward them. But shell probably be the most willing PTA
worker in the neighborhood. She'll talk happily for hours with their small friends on
their own level without patronizing them, and she'll give up her afternoons to work
for a school project. The children will learn the lessons of brotherhood and
humanity from her by observation. Aquarian mothers are never fiercely protective
of their children. They take a tolerant view of the most startling confession. A
Uranus woman will seldom punish a child for telling the truth, no matter what he's
done. With her unprejudiced viewpoint, she'll gain the complete confidence of her
little ones. She's great at reassuring young minds about everything from monsters
hiding under the bed to the pain of being ignored in the playground. She can turn
their tears to laughter in minutes. Your children will find her jolly fun, a little helter-
skelter, relaxed about housework, helpful with homework and gentle when they're
ill. She won't smother them with affection, and she'll seldom nag. Maybe Tommy
didn't wash his hands the third time he was told, but she's more interested in what

learned in science class.

We may be a little ahead of ourselves. Even though Uranus likes to reverse the
existing orders of things, before your Aquarian girl becomes a mother she has to
become a wife. And before she becomes your wife, you'll have to convince her that
marriage isn't synonymous with Al-catraz. She won't exactly rush into matrimony.
She's in no hurry to take your name until she's weighed you, sorted you, tested you,
and found out what makes you tick. The opinions of her friends and family will
mean nothing, though she may ask them what they think out of curiosity. She has
her own yardstick for measuring you. Assuming you pass her test, marriage to an
Aquarian girl can be confusing. She'll listen pleasantly when you give her advice,
but there's something in the Uranian make-up that prevents her from following
directions explicitly. She can't stick to the recipe when she bakes one of her angel
food cakes anymore than she can park the car exactly where you told her to. There's
some kind of a snag in her thinking that causes her to believe just a little twist will
improve anything. But shell smile agreeably as she goes on her own sweet way.
There's a constant urge to experiment with a different way to make the coffee, fill
her pen, fasten her ice skates or cross the street. She'll wear a sweater backwards,

mix her brandy with milk, arrange flowers in a fish bowl, rinse her hair in shaving
lotion or make a rock garden on your desk. But don't ask her why. She doesn't know
herself. The unique and unusual is her wave-length, that's all.

Because her nature is so impersonal, expressions of deep feeling won't come easily.
Except for those sudden remarks that sound likes a combination of Robert Frost and
Yogi Berra, she has few words with which to express her love, and her pattern of
physical passion is woven closely with threads connected to the mind and soul.
Although the unique Uranus outlook leads some Aquarian girls into peculiar
attachments, once they find the right mate their marriages are usually models of

Your Aquarian woman can float through her days and nights with all the grace of a
proud swan, but she may behave like a clumsy bear in romantic situations. The line
between friendship and love is often all but invisible to Aquarius. Love songs about
people who only have eyes for each other strike her as silly. There are so many
miracles in the world for eyes to behold, it seems to her a terrible waste for two
pairs of them to do nothing but gaze into each other's depths. Shell be glad to let

take her hand and walk beside her as she looks with happy delight on the sunrise, an
antique car, the milkman's horse, a yellow garbage pail, a stuffed owl or a red
balloon caught in a church steeple. But don't distract her with too much to-
getherness. Let her wander through her wonderland alone when she chooses, and
she'll never question your pinochle games with the boys.

The quickest ways to lose her are to show jealousy, pos-sessiveness or prejudice;

be critical, stuffy or ultra-conservative. You'll also have to like her friends, who will
come in odd, assorted sizes and shapes.

She's susceptible to sudden flashes of inspiration, and her intuition is remarkable.
Her judgment may not seem sound or practical at first, because she sees months

years ahead. The Aquarian girl lives in tomorrow, and you can only visit there
through her. What she says will come true, perhaps after many delays and troubles,
but it will come true. I suppose, after all, that's the most special thing about your
February woman. She's a little bit magic.