Being a Pisces is a pretty big deal as far as astrology goes. If you were born between February 19 and March 20, you’re at the end of the zodiac cycle, so you’re basically responsible for ending things on a high note, as far as ~vibes~ from the universe go. (No pressure, though!)
Sure, your entire personality isn’t based on being a Pisces. There are other astrological factors that go into making you who you are, other than your Sun sign. There’s your natal and progressed chart, your Moon sign, and your Saturn return—just to name a few.
That said, being a member of the fish fam says a lot about you. "Pisces is a sign that doesn’t let the limitations of the world hold them back from chasing their dreams. They’re always willing to bet on themselves and believe that the magic of the universe will have their back every step of the way," says Lauren Ash, resident astrologer for Sanctuary Astrology and host of the weekly pop astrology podcast Birth Chart Pls.
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Meet the Experts: Lauren Ash is a resident astrologer for Sanctuary Astrology and host of the weekly pop astrology podcast Birth Chart Pls.
Donna Page is a certified astrologer in Atlanta and former Vice President of the Metropolitan Atlanta Astrological Society.
You probably have a solid idea of what being a Pisces is all about from checking your horoscope and doing you. But if you're ready for a deeper dive, here's everything to know about common Pisces personality traits, compatibility, modality, and more.
Pisces Top Personality Traits
1. People may say you're a dreamer—and they're right.
Sure, you like to space out and think about what it would be like to have a Kardashian-level income, but that’s not all. Pisces are able to dream up solutions to things that other people think are impossible, whether it’s an issue at home or on a global scale, says Donna Page, a certified astrologer in Atlanta. Whatever it is, your noodle is on the case.
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2. You've got a knack for making things just flow.
Pisces is a water sign, and you’re super influenced by that natural element, explains Page. You're basically an expert at calling out unnecessary steps when you see them (like, why do you need to separate your lights and darks in the laundry when it all washes together just fine?). Finding easier ways to tackle everyday tasks and make life that much simpler is your thing.
3. You’re sensitive.
This isn’t a bad thing, per se. (People know they can count on you to shed happy tears at their wedding, after all!) Beyond that, being a Pisces means you’re really emotionally connected with yourself and those around you, Page says.
You're often so focused on being there for everyone (literally, everyone) you care about that you can get stretched too thin on the emotional front sometimes, she adds. Knowing when you need to take a beat and step back is crucial for your own well-being, mkay?
4. You’re a total romantic.
You’ve got lots of love in your heart, and you want to share it. Not to toot your own horn or anything, but it kicks some major a** to be in a relationship with you. Pisces goes all out on special occasions and are always down to celebrate relationship milestones, says Page. What, everyone doesn't celebrate the anniversary of the first time they Netflixed and chilled with their S.O.? They're missing out.
5. You’re compassionate AF.
Want to make the world a better place? Of course you do. In fact, it's one of your biggest motivators when it comes to everyday decisions, Page says. You’re big on helping out the disadvantaged, like volunteering at your local animal shelter, or starting a GoFundMe to help a sick friend.
Pisces Sign Compatibility
When it comes to romantic compatibility, Pisces mix well with fellow water signs Scorpio and Cancer, but can also get along with Taurus and Capricorn because they have complementing modalities (Pisces is mutable, while Taurus is fixed and Capricorn is cardinal). Virgo and Pisces are also sister signs, meaning they can tackle their commitment issues and take on initiatives together.
"While Pisces is fascinated by the intelligence of air signs, they can be too logical at times and often can’t match Pisces' dreamy, romantic expectations in a relationship," says Ash. "On the other hand, fire signs have the passion and romance that Pisces desire in a partner, but Pisces' emotional side can often be too overbearing for freedom-loving fire signs."
Pisces are natural flirts who tend to get lost in the whimsical nature of romance. But with a practical partner, Pisces can step back from their rose-colored glasses and benefit from structure in their love lives.
Pisces Modality Category
Three modalities categorize zodiac signs: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Pisces falls into the mutable category along with Sagittarius, Virgo, and Gemini, meaning they tend to be flexible and freethinkers.
"Mutable signs are less rigid in their opinions than fixed signs and less stubborn in their actions than cardinal signs," says Ash. "[They] understand that life is constantly shifting and changing and that many of the things people get worked up about are important in the long run."
Pisces are easy-going, which makes them great mediators and friends. At the same time, these qualities can result in a lack of willingness to take the initiative and lead to general passiveness, warns Ash.
Pisces Natural Element Sign
There are four elements in astrology: fire, air, water, and earth. Pisces is a water sign, which makes them empathetic and super intuitive. Thanks to planet ruler Neptune, Pisces has a sharp sense for the nuances and subtleties of life.
"They almost can't stop themselves from picking up on the feelings of others," says Ash. "Pisces can always tell how other people are feeling without a word being spoken, which is what gives them their big hearts."
At the same time, water signs are more sensitive and often shift moods based on their surroundings. "When all is calm and well, water signs are some of the most easy-going and pleasant people to be around. But because Pisces is the mutable water sign, they have a tendency to flee or shut down at the first sign of conflict," adds Ash. To overcome this tendency, it's helpful for Pisces to prioritize feeling safe during an argument.
Pisces In The Workplace
Consider Pisces the superstar on your roster. Their ability to think outside of the box, stay calm in high-stress situations, and their overall passion makes them a great addition to any workplace. They're also not likely to get caught up in office politics.
But just like anyone else, they value feeling appreciated for putting in the work. "It’s important to note that Pisces doesn’t do well with restrictions or feeling like they’re being set up to fail," says Ash. "Pisces need to feel appreciated and recognized in the workplace to keep giving a hundred percent."
If that appreciation is MIA, don't be surprised if a Pisces' motivation is, too. In order for everyone to thrive, these caring water signs need to be nurtured just as much as they nurture others.
Sabrina is an editorial assistant for Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, training in mixed martial arts, or reading.