How empathetic are you? Can you relate to a human or animal in pain?
Pisces is highly empathetic because of its porous boundaries. If you have emphasized Pisces (or Neptune), you'll feel what another being feels. If you haven't learned to deal with that energy you'll mistake those feelings for your own.
This article is about misdirected empathy. It suggests that people let out a "collective yawn" when Congress lifted the ban on horse slaughter in the US. And not because they don't love horses. The author states that people are less outraged over the prospect of eating horse meat than eating foie gras. Tube feeding a duck (to fatten its liver for foie gras) evokes empathy because we have all choked on something at some point. Most of us have never been to a slaughter house so we have no idea what those horses will be going through.
Like all things Piscean, the nature of empathy is tricky. It's triggered by what you've been through (you can't relate to another if you have no frame of reference). And yet it's considered to be the most unselfish of emotions.
If you have at least one planet in Pisces (or planets in your 12th House or planets aspecting Neptune), you're a soft touch. That's the area of your life where you cut people miles of slack because you've "been there". Venus conjunct Neptune? You get involved with the wounded birds. They end up hurting you. But that's ok because you can see they're hurting. And you know what that's like because you've been hurt.
It gets messy.
The point I'm meandering towards is that misdirected empathy is not only useless, it's destructive. The lesson for Pisces is to focus that energy in a helpful way. Not an easy thing for Neptune's children to do so here's some quick pointers:
- If someone (you or the person you're trying to save) gets hurt, you've misused that empathy.
- If someone gets healed then you're on the right track. Note that this scenario does not mean you get hurt and someone else benefits. It's supposed to be mutual healing all around. You feel good, they feel good. Win/win.
These tips are very simplistic. Something as complicated and emotional as Pisces can't get boiled down to hurt/no hurt. Except... it can. You may not have control over horses getting slaughtered but you do have control over who you touch with that Piscean healing magic. Including yourself.