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414200-1016-46The zodiacal correspondence for this twenty-ninth path of the qabalistic Tree of Life is Pisces. This attribution goes well with the other watery attributions, The Moon, Posseidon, Neptune, the dolphin, etc. Telling us to give a look to its Tarot Trump, ATU XVIII – The Moon, Crowley tells us that “Pisces is the symbol of the Astral Plane.”[7] He precises that “its defect is glamour and illusion. It has now been brought to a mental equilibrium signifying the adaptabiility to the ether to receive and to transmit all types of vibrations.”[8] Pisces is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac, which started from the Pisces constellation. Its name is the Latin plural for fish. It lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. The ecliptic and the celestial equator intersect within this constellation and in Virgo. The Vernal equinox is currently located in Pisces, due south of ω Psc, and, due to precession, slowly drifting below the western fish towards Aquarius. According to Gavin White, the Babylonians called Pisces ‘The Tails’ (MUL.KUN.MES – Zibbatu), visualizing it as two fish swimming in two converging streams of water – the image being a very basic map of Mesopotamia set between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.[9] According to J. H. Rogers the fish symbol originates from some composition of the Babylonian constellations Zibatti-meš (maybe Šinunutu4 “the great swallow” in current eastern Pisces) and KU6 (“the fish, Ea”, Piscis Austrinus). In the first Millennium BCE texts known as the Astronomical Diaries, part of the constellation was also called DU.NU.NU (Rikis-nu.mi, “the fish cord or ribbon”).[10] Rogers thinks this constellation was somehow misinterpreted and turned around so that the current northern fish is on the border of Andromeda, instead of being constituted by Piscis Austrinus.

zodiac_symbol_Pisces_BWThe astrological sign of Pisces is considered a water sign and one of the four mutable signs. Being the twelfth sign, Pisces is associated with the astrological twelfth house. Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Pisceans. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Pisces roughly from February 19 to March 20, ending on the moment of vernal equinox by definition. According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish into which Aphrodite and her son Eros transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon; they are tied together with a cord on their mouth to make sure they do not lose one another. Alternatively, the twin fish were placed in the heavens in honor of their heroic deed of saving Aphrodite and Eros from Typhon on the river Euphrates. Another myth of Pisces is that it represents the Sea Monster that Perseus defeated in Ethiopia to save the Princess Andromeda, and that Zeus was so pleased with his son’s feat that he placed the monster’s skeleton in the sky as a reminder of this heroic deed.


[7] Aleister Crowley, 777 and other Qabalistic Writtings of Aleister Crowley, p. 77.
[8] Aleister Crowley, 777 and other Qabalistic Writtings of Aleister Crowley, p. 77.
[9]Babylonian Star-lore by Gavin White, Solaria Pubs, 2008 pages 216 & 106.
[10] Rogers, J. H. (1998), Origins of the ancient constellations: I. In The Mesopotamian traditions. Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol.108, no.1, p.9-28


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