Step One: Physical Man
February 19th to March 1st
Entering the sign of Pisces from right to left in clockwise
fashion upon the Ordinary Wheel, the incarnated soul enters Pisces via
Mars, the Moon and Jupiter. Mars the God of War and the initiator of conflict
inaugurates the cycle of rebirth in a simple and straightforward manner.
With strife, struggle and pain the essential task of the beginner upon
the Way is to learn self-preservation and self-reliance.
Under Mars the
unevolved human being is in a constant state of physical distress and
alive to the perils of life on Earth. Here the binding hardships of life
lived in form with its harsh physical realities are painfully experienced
in the extreme. Mars guarantees that painful and agonizing lessons of
struggle and defeat will be forcibly brought home to the incarnated soul
by physical wrong-doing.
The Fish-man has both fiery tenacity and persistence as
well as a watery passivity. Initially their physical expression is diffuse
and scattered, inactive, generally lazy, lacking initiative or will power.
In this decan we find some of the most inefficient, shiftless, incapable,
unresourceful and unfortunate souls in the zodiac.
The nascent Martian
type characteristically has an attitude of insecurity, clumsiness and
indifference to the possibilities of the physical plane. They always find
it a struggle to express themselves in the physical environment. The caricature
of this improvident type is a deplorably weak, morbidly shy, depressed
and depressing human being utterly devoid of any drive or ambition. They
are characterized by low self-esteem, excess, extremism and hyper-intensity.
Under Mars the inner man is entirely imprisoned by the
animal body, the instinctual feelings and the physical environment. The
physically identified animal soul considers itself part of the material
system which is imposed upon it at birth. At the first step the soul has
not yet unfolded the power to concentrate and direct its path through
the ocean of substance which composes the physical plane. Its hidden powers
are only latent possibilities and as yet negative to the positive world
of form. The young soul must develop its physical mechanism by demonstrating
response and reaction to the impressions coming to it from the surrounding
In this decan the beginner on the Path of Pursuit or Path
of Acquisition is specially endowed with a material receptivity which
makes them vulnerable to the full range of contacts in the environment.
At the first rung of the ladder the physical decan type is extremely negative
The mind is unawakened and so the instinctual consciousness
dominates. Physical and sensory receptivity is so acutely intense under
Mars that there are quivers of response to every current in the environment.
At the lowest point of expression the Fish type is totally incapable of
self-defense and may be likened to a rudderless boat drifting on a sea
of vague sensations, caught by every passing current and driven by every
wind that blows. Lacking confidence, the primitive specimen of the physical
decan is extremely impressionable and highly suggestible to negative influences.
They are superstitious, gullible and lack realism. Possessing little or
no discrimination, the soul is so singularly open to impression that it
reacts to any influence and cannot stand independently. The character
is negative and receptive with no capacity to resist any combination of
The incarnated soul must yet develop the ability to use
personal power along selfish lines for the satisfaction of personality
objectives. The primitive Piscean is the acquisitive and curious type
devoted to the needs of the personal self. Selfishness, self-indulgence
and self-pity go hand in hand with a general and pervasive attachment
to the form life. The rulership of Mars in the field of experience indicates
that the soul has entered upon the way of desire.
To speak in symbols,
the indwelling life only knows and identifies itself as the body, having
enshrouded itself in "vivid red, the red of known desire". (DINAI,
p.674) Their personal lives are full of dramatic experiences driven by
their fiery physical energies and passions. Lifetime after lifetime all
conceivable forms of approach are motivated by blind desire. Desired objects
and forms are successively grasped and held, used and discarded.
attachments are intense as these individuals adhere to those objects and
people they desire or love. This personality type cannot yet stand alone
and must be in touch with other bodies to feel alive. True to the stimulus
of Mars and the dual nature of Pisces, physical cravings for material
comforts are strong, however they are perpetually mistranslated into desire
In the recessive type the body is physically well below
average. In fact it can be the smallest, most pathetic and weakest in
the zodiac. Conversely, the large and awkward type is also found in this
decan. This is a huge person in both height and width, who carries their
gross bulk with extreme difficulty. The overall physical structure lacks
any symmetry or balance. Muscle tone is poor while the skin seems to hang
loosely on the body. This is the endomorphic pyknic type, thick-set with
large abdomen and relatively short limbs.
The physical body is moist and
lymphatic, easily accumulating excess fluids and quickly gaining weight.
The Piscean physical type is inclined to be addictive, but is also known
for tenacity and persistence in spite of problems sustaining their vitality.
On the negative side, there is a real vampiristic tendency to suck the
vital life force out of others and deplete the strength of those they
love and upon whom they depend. They have an unhealthy complexion, either
florid or lifeless with extreme pallor, and the skin appears soft and
easily wrinkled. They have heavy bags below the eyes with very dark circles.
Their hair is typically oily and tends to the darker shades such as brown
or black, but regardless of color is usually very thin, lacking luster
or full body.
The facial lines themselves are not hard or angular like
that of the opposite sign Virgo, but soft. The face tends to be plain,
full and rounded, especially the cheeks which are generally high and prominent
and sometimes bulging. Piscean eyes are generally large, gentle and moist
and can unduly protrude in a manner suggestive of the fish which is the
totem of this sign. The jowl lines are usually well defined. The lips
are often full, the mouth wide and protruding, and there is a decided
tendency towards a double chin. Usually the neck is short and thick and
the shoulders are generally rounded. The pores of the skin are large and
open, or conversely sometimes blocked. Frequently there are unusual birthmarks,
moles and beauty marks on the surface of the skin.
The strength of Mars has also produced the outstanding
physical traits observed in the many great physiques of ballet dancers
and athletes, male and female. Active females in the sign of the Fish
may be likened to mermaids who have a strange mesmerizing and attractive
power which lures men to them, while male Pisceans are more akin to dolphins,
full of playfulness, agility and dance.
Morphologically, the active Martian
figure is ectomorphic, highly muscular, quite tall, slender and lanky.
As a rule they are very strong, having the power to prevail over most
obstacles encountered on the physical plane. They have a real physical
toughness and power. The body has an angularity and there is excellent
muscle tone and development. These personalities express a radiant intensity
of physical energy. The nervous system is highly developed, therefore
the evolved man or woman in the physical decan bristles with an intensity
of energy which they must learn to rhythmically modulate lest they do
themselves harm and burn out.
This natural abundance of intense energy
is not easily distributed but must be moderated in accordance with the
conditions of the environment, the nature of co-workers and associates
and the work or task at hand. At best the Piscean possesses real personal
charm, a youthfulness, a genial manner, bright radiant eyes and a happy
disposition. They display physical dexterity, elasticity and a natural
sense of rhythm.
Step Two: Emotional Man
March 1st to 10th
The Moon's rulership of the central decan fosters the development
of the instinctual feeling nature through a process of incessant conflict
focused in the emotional body.
The lunar stimulation produces the experience
of constant mutability, offering little or no opportunity for emotional
stability. Under its disruptive rays the experience of the Fish is indeed
difficult, dark, unstable and volatile. Constant struggle and conflict
reinforce the extreme highs and lows of intense emotional experiences,
but nevertheless ultimately serve to inaugurate the transmutation of instinctual
intelligence into a developed sentient faculty.
At the commencement of the second step it is impossible
to see clearly, walk surely or recognize Reality because the soul is totally
identified with and submersed in the great astral illusion. These Fish
cling to the ocean of substance because they are primarily identified
with it in their consciousness. At the early stage of emotional unfoldment
the Fish mistakes shadow for substance and is completely unable to discriminate
between the world of true causes and the world of dreams, maya, glamour
The astral Fish interprets life in terms of the moods and
feelings of the moment because they identify themselves with the various
forms of desire and substance they contact through their emotional body
and response apparatus. As a result the latent wish and dream life is
intensified and strengthened through the advent of a constant series of
intervening crises. Therefore their process within this oceanic field
of lunar experience is a progression through all the many grades of desire—good,
bad and ordinary.
Extreme impressionability, attachment, inhibitions, blockages,
lack of balance, lack of assertion and sentimental devotion are characteristic
traits of the astral Fish. Initially the undeveloped emotional body is
incapable of transcending the influences of the moment. The Piscean lives
a submissive life in a general state of negativity, completely molded
by circumstances, material surroundings, other people and the environment.
The lunar Fish is perhaps the most impressionable type in the zodiac.
They have little or no capacity for resistance, as all impressions are
absorbed like a sponge and reflected like a mirror. The Piscean who is
unconsciously polarized in the emotional body approaches life as a submission
to the inevitable, but in fact demonstrates submission to all manner of
personal drives, obsessions and desires. The result is a life given over
to the satisfaction of dominant animal cravings. The appetites for comfort,
sex and pleasure are very strong. There is great desire for extravagance,
luxury, softness and self-indulgence.
As the intellect and intuition are
as yet latent and undeveloped, no amount of reasoning can quiet the distress
of subconscious fears. Facing the fear of the unknown and the indefinable,
they experience a real psychological terror. There is no escape from the
blend of painful instinctual memory and fearful anticipatory imagination.
Ancient suffering during past lives, violent deaths, dire memories and
haunting miseries rise to the surface frequently. An instinctual tendency
to cruelty is strong, so sexual perversion and sadistic tendencies may
be exhibited in phases during this period. Ritualistic cruelties and horror
have been experienced by most of us in previous lifetimes. As they succumb
naturally and easily to fears, insecurities and questionings, they are
therefore dominated by a sense of imprisonment, limitation and inadequacy.
Subconsciously aware of the vastness of life, they have an intense feeling
of the oppression of the Whole.
The process of the second step leads to the fulfilment
of all manner of selfish personality desires focused in the world of physical
forms. The Piscean has strong uncontrollable urges, promptings and passions
and also many hindrances and inhibitions.
The contrasting forces at play
within the emotional disposition ensure that life is full of perpetual
warfare and unrest; therefore the unevolved Fish remains a burden and
source of anxiety to friends and loved ones. Worry, anxiety and severe
depression are major problems, enveloping the Piscean like a miasma or
fog of sad self-absorption, mutual distrust, waves of unrest and sometimes
As long as the Fish responds solely to blind desire, just so long
will their life expression be characterized by moments of despair, darkness,
excessive doubt and anxious distress. Misdirected emotional force can
be a major problem of the soul. At this stage moral deficiencies are not
registered because the emotionally undeveloped Piscean simply fails to
grasp any distinction between right and wrong.
The immature Piscean is
not immoral but is simply not yet advanced enough to have developed an
understanding of morality. They characteristically exhibit a complete
neglect of higher principles. Without bearing or direction, without a
compass to navigate by, the Fish feels at times abandoned, stranded, isolated,
alone and 'lost at sea'. Procrastination, laziness, a desire to let things
be with no thought of tomorrow, are common vices of the Fish. Trouble
of any sort is avoided because it upsets the settled harmony of life and
leads to hardship and discomfort.
The emotional temperament is generally disoriented and
the Piscean often feels out of place. With so much self-doubt they fear
losing any emotional support upon which they have been relying. The recessive
emotional features are numerous and include delusion, malevolence, addiction,
attachment, possessiveness, self-absorption, over-sensitivity, reactivity,
over-enthusiasm, impulsiveness, indulgence, escapism, obsessiveness, compulsiveness,
perversion, inflexibility, intolerance, fearfulness, shyness, cowardice,
procrastination, superficiality, indecisiveness, vacillation, ambivalence,
complacency, subservience, agitation, fretfulness, worry, indecisiveness,
delirium, loneliness, isolation, foolhardiness, envy, exaggeration and
The Piscean can be insipid, ineffectual, unsure, irresolute,
diffuse, unclear, disconnected, devitalized, inert, chaotic, hypercritical,
harsh, pompous, glib, unaware, excessive, demanding, out-of-touch, withdrawn,
biased, conformist, bigoted, inflexible, sectarian, domineering, indolent,
self-involved, over-sensuous, unregulated, improvident, impractical, messy,
untidy, scattered, reckless, unstable, over-reaching, self-important,
over-competitive, fanciful, jaded, unoriginal, neglectful, closed, excessively
moody, difficult and temperamental.
The soul has not yet developed the ability to overcome
wrong vibration in the emotional body or to focus astral energy in the
right direction. Their habitual state of unconscious negative astral polarization
leaves the lunar Fish type open to waves of mass feeling of all kinds,
triggering extreme emotional states varying from unrestrained weeping
to unrestrained merriment and hysterical hilarity.
The immature Fish feels
incapable of coping with existing conditions and the problems of existence
and so develops a real sense of inferiority. These types are completely
forlorn of hope, rudderless, aimlessly drifting, and are easily overwhelmed
by sorrow or failure; yet they do have the power to recover quickly from
all reverses and misfortunes. Soon they are ready to gamble or speculate
anew, full of excitement and enthusiasm for new plans.
The advanced emotional expression of the developed Piscean
personality on the other hand, is confident, dramatic, idealistic, creative,
highly seductive, sensuous, imaginative, peaceful, calm, trusting, accepting,
spontaneous, artistic, colorful, musical, amusing, delightful, entertaining,
refined, bridging, compromising, mediating, dedicated, serene, giving,
open, harmonizing, curious, faithful, devotional, empathic, magnetic,
appreciative, artistic, colorful, persevering, intimate, incisive, attentive,
devoted, aesthetic, tasteful, charming, shrewd, visionary, flexible, charismatic,
adaptable, expressive and versatile. Serenity, confidence, self-control,
purity, accuracy and moral balance are the emotional virtues of the evolved
Of all decan types the advanced lunar type can be the most
idealistic, serving, humble, earnest and sincere, possessing an unflagging
persistence, loyalty and strong adherence to beliefs. The positive emotional
expression is very playful, overcoming any lack of confidence. These Pisceans
are steady, reliable, well composed and trustworthy, with a real facility
for bringing harmony out of conflict.
One of their outstanding emotional
traits is a great receptivity to their own inner guidance and an unshakeable
faith in the direction of their own path. With undimmed optimism they
have the power to compose, perform, produce, arouse, inspire and persuade.
Their ability to communicate ecstasy and rapture enables them to demonstrate
the many varied virtues of their art form.
They superbly demonstrate the
ability to identify with, encompass and then dramatically express the
complete gamut of possible human experience from the very high to the
very low. An emotionally mature Piscean has a fluent capacity to reconcile
many diverse forces, live a highly creative life and express great beauty.
As an avid collector they display great range, exhibit amazing diversity
and hold many varied interests. Developed Piscean personalities are particularly
responsive to order and design and possess a keen sense of timing and
rhythm. The emotional intensity of their athletic, business or artistic
performances are truly remarkable.
In the final analysis the rulership of the Moon indicates
that the physical world offers a potent allure to the soul, and it is
under its esoteric influence that the work of drawing spiritual energy
downwards into materiality is carried forward. A tremendous sensitivity
and versatility enables the emotionally evolved Piscean to play many roles.
Rest assured that from the tribulation that constant suffering and unrelenting
conflict bring, eventual harmony, symmetry, fusion and beauty will be
wrought out by the soul.
Step Three: Mental Man
March 10th to 21st
Jupiter in the third decan guarantees the beneficence of
physical incarnation, promotes evolutionary growth and brings to birth
the mental expression of the soul. The rulership of Jupiter ultimately
indicates that the mental objectives and material goals of the Fish will
be successfully achieved. Jupiter aids the weak, timid, negative, fearful,
over-accepting, over-tolerant and too permissive Piscean personality to
move forward on the Path.
The personal growth process now mentally accelerated,
is no longer limited or confined through any form of personality over-sensitivity,
immobility or lack of dynamism. Fearfulness is now steadily overcome and
they are no longer afraid to venture forth and take risks.
In the early stages of mental growth the Piscean comes
easily under the influence of political cults, religious orders and any
one or other of various unintelligent belief systems. Initially in religion,
art, philosophy and science their work is one-sided, orthodox and conventional.
Attitudes of racism and classism are the habitual expressions of an extremely
limited and distorted mental understanding of culture and life process.
Lacking ethics or principles they will readily compromise their personal
integrity in order to be well liked or admired. Remaining negatively impressionable,
vulnerable and exceedingly susceptible to all forms of propaganda, the
young mental type is malleable, gullible, naive, inexperienced, credulous
At the mentally advanced stage in sharp contrast, Jupiter
produces a host of multi-millionaires, glamorous stars, politicians and
ego-maniacs absorbed in self-adoration, conceit and self-aggrandisement.
Many self-made mavericks of modern business, politics, religion, art and
science are born under the auspices of Jupiter, emerging to prominence
out of the mass of humanity. They demand full expression and possess a
sense of personal potency and power. They are dominant, dangerous, exploitative,
explosive, sure of themselves and full of arrogance. Occupying center
stage in their own life, sometimes they are embodiments of excellence
and sometimes they are simply guilty of excess. Due to their over-inflated
view of themselves they fail to relate to others in earnestness or with
As successful business tycoons they love to be admired
for their good taste, diversified portfolios, worldly reputation and status,
valuable collections, expensive cars, yachts, helicopters, mansions, beautiful
companions and important friends. While the despot Piscean selfishly demands
to be loved, more often than not they are envied, disliked or even despised.
They can be quite smug, egotistical and conceited, all the time with an
expression of jovial adolescence or immature boyishness on their faces.
Indeed there is something highly magnetic, captivating, charismatic and
perhaps therefore a little frightening about the advanced Piscean personality,
and it is for this very reason that they become such brilliant entertainers,
performers, dancers and singers. They have a broad range of artistic abilities,
performance and composition skills encompassing the ecstatic highs and
tragic lows of human experience. They are complex, multi-faceted and multi-talented
personalities. Often they are atheistic or agnostic.
The creative interests of the mentally evolved type are
many and varied. Jupiter bestows a special love of creative literary composition,
mathematics or music. In speech and writing the Jupiterian mind is voluble
and gifted with great fluency.
Once the personality is integrated the
disposition of the Fish is extremely genial and the conversational style
is very charming and pleasing to listen to, with a good sense of timing
like a musical melody. They often master several languages, excel at several
sports or games and often travel extensively. They will often keep sentimental
collections of foreign coins, rugs, swords, pipes, knives, weapons, antiques,
masks, souvenirs and other varied objects of all types garnered from their
world travels. Truly cosmopolitan, the accomplished Piscean personality
often establishes an international renown.
The Jupiterian enhancement
of the third decan ultimately produces a gifted academic mind which is
highly active and creative. The advanced mental type possesses a remarkable
gift for close observation and analysis. When mentally integrated and
balanced, Pisceans are often self-taught successes. Evolved personalities
have a great interest in psychology and possess the capacity to understand
other people deeply. Warm, friendly and likeable, they are highly magnetic
and attractive personalities. They have a calmness, clarity, tact, patience,
compassion, stability, support and sympathy. They also have an ability
to guide and lead others. People come to them for instruction, healing
or a loving touch and are received with kindness.
Eventually the evolved Piscean begins to question familiar reactions
and becomes dissatisfied with familiar things. They cease to desire the
well known forms of existence, and familiar modes of expression no longer
attract their interest. The pull or attractive urge of the soul at the
center—the true self—begins to detach the personality and
draw it onward toward purpose. The personality provokes a battle with
the soul by choosing to cling to personal attachments that frustrate and
hold back the free expression of the soul. This battleground continues
until finally arrested and resolved upon the Reverse Wheel through renunciation,
sacrifice, service and the lessons of detachment. Only then will the evolved
Piscean man or woman find the love, unity, wholeness and release they