Pisces: the Zodiac’s favorite pushover. Compassionate and spiritual, easygoing and sensitive, imaginative and introspective, those born between February 20 and March 20 are considered to be easily steered. Their idealism can lead to escapism, and their introspection can breed secrets and frustrating vagueness, but Double Fish make wonderful friends and tragically heroic literary characters. Here are a few of our favorite (suspected) Pisces from literature.
Winnie-the-Pooh (from the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne)
Sweet Pooh. He’s not the brightest bulb on the chandelier, but he’s a kind and loving friend. It’s hard to imagine a harsh word out of that hunny-lovin’ mouth. Lost in his “hums” and poems, he’s a creative soul. Owl and Rabbit might try to run his business, but Pooh lives by his own Tao.
Don Quixote (Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes)
Always tilting at windmills, Quixote is such the archetypal idealist that he spawned his own adjective: quixotic. The ingenious gentleman from La Mancha is a chivalrous knight-errant out to right the world’s wrongs. Sadly, he’s also delusional and a little pathetic as the continual dupe, though nonetheless admirable for his inexhaustible imagination and sensitivity.
Beth March (Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott)
Poor Beth doesn’t stand a chance in Alcott’s brave new world of strong heroines. The ever sweet and docile March sister’s greatest sin is resenting her chores, and her brief life’s work is maintaining peace and amiability in the March home. Even her death feels like a self-sacrifice. No doubt we have a Pisces on our hands with this one.
Jonas (The Giver, by Lois Lowry)
The Receiver of Memory has to be a Pisces. Extremely perceptive, caring, and too sensitive for the tamped down and blunted society he is born into, Jonas believes, in his flight to Elsewhere, that there can be a world filled with more love, more color, more experience.
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling)
It’s hard to stand out as otherworldly in a book about wizards and magical creatures, but Luna manages. With “an aura of distinct dottiness,” she is nevertheless a constant friend and ally to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. She doesn’t mind being quirky, and her escapist tendencies might stem from her enhanced “ability to accept the extraordinary.”
John Ames (Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson)
Deeply spiritual, reflective, and dedicated to his faith, family, and community, Congregationalist minister John Ames, at the end of his life, is everything a Pisces aspires to be. Even the act of writing for Ames is an exercise in compassion; there will be no secrets kept from his 7-year-old son. This is a Pisces heart and mind laid bare.
Who is your favorite suspected literary Pisces?