Pisces And The Shadow Pisces on the other hand is ALL heart, all feelings, a walking barometer of the emotions in herself/himself and probably in the people around the room. S/he is naturally geared to the Collective Unconscious and to seeking to merge in the Oversoul of the Divine or Supraconcious. S/he is therefore adept at feeling that divine in each person and animal, so is quite frequently a Mother Teresa to all. S/he is compassionate, caring, loving, solicitous, and gentle. S/he’s this and much more—unless again superimposed by the Shadow. And a great many Pisces unfortunately are quite trapped because it is extremely difficult for them to handle these forces constructively. Some will seek to escape these pressures through eating, alcohol, drugs, and other excesses. Escapism is the nature of the beast here. The escapes and excesses can take many forms—for example major immersion in films, both large amounts of time watching, and/or identifying so much as to become a groupie, a Trekky, a part of a Vampire group because they loved the TV show _Forever Knight_, etc. Other forms of escaping the dreaded requirement to live up to the Spiritual urges inside can take on not-noticeable shapes like taking care of a brood of cats—or a brood of children—or a brood of homeless people. Not doubt important and selfless activities, but the Shadow will make them excessive. 11 cats; children who are in their 20s and 30s; working down at the homeless shelter 16 hours a day, living no time to meditate or eat well. Another aspect of the Piscean Shadow is quite common and hardly bearable to those who have to hear his or her “Woe is me!” The I’ve-got-it so bad” syndrome can dominate nearly everything the shadowed Pisces says, and that gets wearisome to the auditor for sure. Again one answer is to reaffirm the spontaneous Piscean tendencies in her/his heart so that s/he does not reduce to looking for a back door to meditating or whatever s/he can whole-heartedly endorse as good for her Spiritual growth. Eyes on the Prize, so to speak. Also Pisces can emphasize the inherent compassion for others, thus getting off the pity pot, and stop the whining. S/he probably doesn’t have it so bad, and recognizing that can help considerably. Then Pisces like the other Mutable/Changeable Signs, Sagittarius and Gemini, goes two ways, and the second way may be towards the Shadow. Both Signs can compensate for the nice social demeanor by plunging headlong into the opposite, or by being so scattered that there is no path, but only several looping trails that lead nowhere. That’s why looking at the Saturn energies for grounding can be helpful for all three of these Signs (Virgo can ground in its own Earth). Saturn can provide needed steadiness and focus on matters at hand that Pisces, Gemini, and Sagge desperately need. You can look for their placements in the chart, or watch for their transits in the sky to select a venue for acting in a centered fashion, or bringing in the needed grounding. Since there are SO many Shadows and Remedies in the chart, I’ve tried in this paper to give some different illustrations in one Sign that can be applied to other Signs as well. For instance, using Saturn to counteract Pisces negativity, or implementing Venus to balance Mars. That’s why knowing even the Basics about your chart is advantageous. And of course your resident Astrologist is a big advantage. Other helps are the large amount of materials here in Astropath Hall—3 types of books, videos, and slides. These keep increasing every day, and this Talk will soon be one of the items. Come frequently to boost your awareness—unless you identify your Shadows, face them, own them as part of you, and take patient, deliberate steps to transform them. AND you need your Shadow side for your Spiritual increase—its power. Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus help, but still require your dedicated attention to your Growth.