The PISCES Man
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
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.