Few things explain the dualities and contradictions inherent in the Pisces nature like the story of the Two Fish.
Tale of the Two Fish
Once upon a time, there were two fish. Perhaps they were brothers, perhaps they were even twins, but for whatever reason, these fish were linked. There was a cord running from the mouth of one fish to the mouth of the other. Neither could go far without his brother accompanying him.
One of these fish was visionary. He spent his days gazing upstream into the realms of future possibility. Occasionally he spotted beautiful castles that he wanted to occupy, communities of fish he wanted to join, and dreamed of himself as central and chief among the forces of good in the future. One day he became so inspired that he took off and began swimming upstream, against the strong current.
The other fish was lazy. He liked comfort and he indulged the dreaming of the first fish as long as it felt good, but had no interest in doing the work necessary to actually build that beautiful castle or go out and meet those interesting fish or become even the tiniest bit of his potential. He preferred to stick his head deep into the mud, seeking food and avoiding the light of day.
The activity and struggle of the first fish was disturbing to the second fish. “What on earth are you doing?” asked Fish Two. “I’ve seen something tremendous,” said Fish One, “and I must swim towards it.” “But it’s so much work!” said Fish Two, “I’d rather stay here. Fantasy was better than reality.” The two could not agree and that would have been fine, except that they were linked, like two parts of a single person.
The fish needed a resolution to this problem, so they swam to visit the Wise Old Sturgeon. “Ah yes,” he said, “I have seen this before. Can’t get anything done and can’t rest either, can you? I know what you need.” He then whispered Piscean secrets into their ears.
Here is what the Sturgeon said:
Acknowledge that the urge to stagnate is within you. Greet your lazy side and welcome it. Give it a nod and a wink. If you don’t, you will never attain the life you dream of. Get plenty of rest, relaxation and time for doing nothing in particular. Now you’ve fed the second fish, which is important, because if you don’t, he will thwart you.
Then, feed the first fish. Feed him on dreams, fantasies and beautiful imaginative creations. Let yourself daydream at least a little each day, on purpose. For what is a Pisces without their dreams? And in each dream, look for the seed in the center of it that is doable. Because the first fish demands that you move toward your visions of the ideal and that you participate in them, you must live them out in some way. If you find that seed and grow it, then your dreams do not have to take you away from the world you share with other people, away into escape. Instead, you bring your dreams into the world and make it a better place for yourself and everyone. This is the ultimate way to fill the Pisces soul with satisfaction and happiness.
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