Pisces Personality Traits & Characteristics

Pisces is the dreamer and mystic of the zodiac. These are Pisces's key qualities.

Updated November 30, 2023
Dreamy pisces woman

That dreamy, creative friend who seems almost mystical? Could be a Pisces. Pisces is the artist and visionary of the zodiac. They resist materialism and reality, peering beyond the illusion of external appearances and seeing things others can't. It's their search for bliss that leads to most of Pisces's stereotypical traits and characteristics.

Pisces Overview

Have a Pisces in your life (or are you one)? Here's what you need to know. 

Pisces dates: 2/19-3/20

Element: Water

Aspect: Mutable

Planetary ruler: Jupiter & Neptune

Symbol: The Fish ♓

Color(s): Green

Most compatible signs: Taurus & Scorpio

Love language: Acts of service & words of affirmation

Pisces Traits

Pisces is the mutable (changeable) water (emotional) sign of the zodiac. Water is a powerful element. It can be calm and placid or stormy and destructive. Mutable water is never still, and Pisces' water is oceanic. Like the open sea, Pisces has a lot going on hidden beneath the surface. Pisces traits are diffuse, ethereal, slippery, and hard to pin down.

Pisces Personality Traits

Pisces Positive Traits

Pisces has many admirable qualities:

  • Empathetic
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Creative
  • Wise
  • Trusting
  • Generous
  • Easy going
  • Compassionate
  • Kind
  • Spiritual
  • Adaptable

Pisces Negative Traits

Of course, when they're ruled by emotions, Pisces can also display some more challenging traits:

  • Careless
  • Easily lead
  • Irrational
  • Oblivious
  • Absent-minded
  • Scatterbrained
  • Temperamental
  • Impractical
  • Careless
  • Self-pitying
  • Escapist
  • Naive 

8 Key Pisces Characteristics

Woman laying in grass near flowers

Pisces can be a study in contrasts: smart but flighty, enthusiastic but cynical. The fish can be slippery and difficult to pin down, which only adds to their air of mysticism. 

Emotional, Intuitive, Imaginative, and Creative

Pisces can consciously direct their imaginations and tune into other realms, beings, realities, and versions of themselves. They are incredibly gifted in creative pursuits and in harnessing their imagination. Imagination, intuition, and emotion, not logic, are Pisces' greatest strengths.

Enthusiastic and Cynical

A Pisces can be an odd mixture of childlike enthusiasm and cynicism. They can become excited and filled with joy and laughter over the simplest things. But they are also cynics because they're too trusting and have experienced being taken advantage of many times.

Open to All Earthly Experiences

Pisces are not fearful, and in their search for ecstasy, they are open to all earthly experiences. However, Pisces never really feels "at home" on earth. They live between heaven and earth. Their real life is lived in their imaginary dream world, and this is where they feel the most at home.


Pisceans switch allegiances, twist stories, and can change on a dime. They are chameleons who have weak or nonexistent boundaries and can morph into a whole gamut of identities. This ability makes it difficult to truly define a Piscean.

Irresponsible and Savvy

At times, Pisces seems irresponsible. Some people even see them as shiftless, but they are motivated toward money and success, just not consistently. They are intuitive and savvy individuals who often come up as winners.

Spiritual and Psychic

dreamy woman

Pisces is very spiritual, but this doesn't necessarily mean they align with organized religion. Pisces have few boundaries, so it's more likely they just psychically feel a deep mystical connection and understanding of Divine Oneness.

Generous and Giving

Pisceans have an altruistic nature and are willing to give you the shirt off their backs. While it's true that Pisces can count kindness as one of their greatest assets, they can also be self-sacrificing martyrs.

Escapist & Reculsive

A Piscean's sensitivity to harsher realities can push them to escape into alcohol, drugs, excessive sleeping, overeating, and simply spacing out to numb existence. To protect themselves, they can withdraw from social interaction and become reclusive. Additionally, their desire to escape when the going gets rough makes real communication difficult. If Pisces hasn't developed their communication skills, they can be seen as anti-social and remain misunderstood most of their lives.

Physical Characteristics of Pisces

Pisces are attractive and often have features that appear almost dainty. They have a dreamy look in their eyes, a sunny smile, and great skin. 

Pisces Relationship Traits

Pisces are dreamers, and they tend to idealize relationships and their romantic partners. In relationships, Pisces may display these traits:

  • They are romantic and fall deeply in love.
  • Pisces can become co-dependent.
  • They are sensual and love giving and receiving pleasure.
  • They idealize their partner and may engage in rescue fantasies.
  • They will sacrifice everything for love and the person they love. 
  • They see their lives and relationships through rose-colored glasses.
  • Pisces spoils their partner and loves to be spoiled in return.

Pisces Career Traits

Pisces's creative, sensitive, and intuitive nature uniquely prepares them for work in a number of fields:

  • Visual arts
  • Writing and publishing
  • Music
  • Stage, film, and television
  • Beauty industry
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Mental health
  • Health care
  • Social work
  • Public service
  • Non-profits

Eminent Pisces

Simone Biles on the podium

There are many well-known people born under a Pisces sun:

  • Elizabeth Taylor (2/27/32)
  • Simone Biles (3/14/97)
  • Steve Jobs (2/24/55)
  • Carrie Underwood (3/10/83)
  • Drew Barrymore (2/22/75)
  • Albert Einstein (3/14/1879)
  • Rhianna (2/20/88)
  • Justin Bieber (3/1/94)
  • Trevor Noah (2/20/84)

Getting to Know Pisces

Deeply emotional Pisces has a lot going on under the surface, so they can be slippery and difficult to get to know. But once you do, you'll find a dreamy idealist with a heart of gold. 

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Pisces Personality Traits & Characteristics