As winter drags on, this sleepier time of year may make your imagination run wild. Cue Pisces season, which was made for indulging in fantasies and daydreams, while also inspiring you to follow your creative impulses. As the sun moves through the empathic, escapist mutable water sign, which is ruled by Neptune, the planet of spirituality and illusion, you could be compelled to float in a sea of deep emotion and channel whatever deep-seated feelings come up for you.
This is the time of year made for wearing rose-colored glasses, embracing your most romantic side, blurring the lines between reality and fiction, and prioritizing inner healing (though given the compassion of Pisces, you may be tempted to focus on the well-being of others over your own). Here’s what you need to know about Pisces season, in general, and particularly in 2023.
When Is Pisces Season?
The sun’s time in the sign of the fish happens annually from approximately Feb. 18-19 to March 20-21. This year (at least in US time zones), Pisces season will be from Feb. 18 to March 20.
The Overall Mood and Vibe of Pisces Season
For a sense of how Pisces functions in astrology and influences the weeks between mid-February and mid-March, consider the sign’s ruler, Neptune, which is the planet of dreams, illusion, spirituality, and psychic ability. In astrology, the planet, which appears cool sea blue from our vantage point on Earth, clouds rational thought, fuels imagination, and can cause confusion. Its terrain is all things nebulous and surreal. In turn, Pisces is a deeply imaginative, magical, mystical, emotional, and complex sign.
Endlessly compassionate and empathic, anyone who has their sun or one of their big three (or even big six) in Pisces can’t help but pick up on everyone else’s energy. In fact, they often take on and carry around other people’s pain, distress, and heartache. So much of their self-work is centered on being able to tease out what’s theirs and what’s not. At the same time, they’re natural-born healers. Associated with the twelfth house of spirituality, Pisces is most comfortable in the world of emotion, artistic self-expression, and dreaming. They live for being in a flow state, but might shy away from the harsh realities of everyday life, and lean on various forms of escapism when the world gets too aggressive for their sensitive heart.
That said, while the sun moves through Pisces each year, we’re all a bit dreamier, more capable of tuning into our intuition, and prone to trading facts for fantasy.
Important Takeaways for Pisces Season 2023
Although the sun moves through Pisces every year, the moon and other planets each have their own distinct patterns through the sky, making for a unique astrological picture that differs from one year to the next. Here’s what’s going on astrologically during Pisces season 2023.
A new moon in Pisces urges you to dream about beginnings and fresh starts.
On Feb. 20, the moon meets with the sun in early Pisces, offering a blank slate sky on which you can write your most whimsical fantasies — things you would love to see turn into something concrete in the next six months. Because the moon will be separating from a connection to Saturn, serious emotions, commitments, and responsibilities could factor into your headspace and the goals you’re considering setting in the days around this lunar event.
Venus moves through Aries, bringing a fiery, go-getter vibe to relationships, beauty, and money.
The same day as the new moon, Venus, the planet of romance, beauty, and values, leaves Pisces and moves into passionate fire sign Aries. This could urge you to wrap up a chapter related to a relationship or finances and plow ahead into uncharted terrain. Until March 16, the vibe of how we connect with others will be more playful, impulsive, spontaneous, and even competitive.
Saturn enters Pisces.
On March 7, the planet of limitations, boundaries, restrictions, and commitment will enter dreamy Pisces after moving through fixed air sign Aquarius since 2020. The last time the taskmaster planet moved through the sign of the fish was 1996. As it makes its way back through the water sign, it’ll encourage us to step up our spiritual practices.
A full moon in Virgo could deliver breakthroughs and prompt pragmatic planning.
As if Saturn moving into Pisces wasn’t dramatic enough, a full moon falls on March 7, too. Forming a harmonizing trine to rebellious, innovative Uranus in fixed earth sign Taurus, this detail-focused lunation may shed light on emotions that lead to a lightbulb moment. You could be caught off-guard, but also fired up and ready to dive into a pragmatic strategy session.
Zodiac Signs Who Might Be Affected Most During Pisces Season 2023
While we tend to think of each sun sign season as the moment in which those born during the season get to soak up the spotlight — and that is certainly the case! — people born with their sun in Pisces aren’t the only ones who will be affected by the mystical vibes of this season. Anyone born with their sun or major planetary placements in any of the mutable signs — Gemini (mutable air), Virgo (mutable earth), and Sagittarius (mutable fire) — could come away from Pisces season feeling truly inspired and potentially even transformed ahead of springtime.