“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Last March we were elated by one of our crafty yet dashing bar patrons with an astounding astrology post. Little did we know it would turn into an inconceivably month to month quest as even skeptics waited patiently to see their astrological charm transform before their very eyes. It has been an entertaining and enchanting ride and brought a sense of warmth to the bar just when it was needed. With Pisces being the last of the zodiac Souls-R-Us has fulfilled their contract here at The Elephant Bar. It's my honor to bring you last but certainly not least, Pisces. ~MeLoDy

"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions." ~Edgar Cayce

Dominant Keyword ~ I Believe

Just as the first sign, Aries, represents new beginnings, the last sign, Pisces, closes the circle in the twelfth house. It's the sign of eternity, reincarnation, and spiritual rebirth. It also governs disappointments, trouble, accidents, and self defeat. Many astrologers believe Pisces is linked to the spirit world. They believe anyone born under this sign to be an old soul, for they believe Pisceans to have experienced past lives.

Like other water signs, Cancer and Scorpio, you have great ability to see deeply into the human psyche. But it's Pisces who is the most intuitive and psychic of all zodiac. Because of your strong spiritual connection you feel things before you know them and your feelings are rarely wrong. If you have a hunch people would be wise to pay attention. The fact that your premonition is so strong is because you think with your heart first and only then do you rationalize what you know intuitively.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." ~Albert Einstein

Ruled by Neptune, planet of illusion, mystery, glamour, and deception; your personality is whimsical, elusive, and harmonizing. Neptune, God of the seas, rules the oceans of the earth. You are intensely imaginative and quite addicted to make-believe. You are a dreamer and strive to create a world that comes closer to your own unique vision. You do this to avoid all the pain and realities in the world. It's because you take matters to heart that gives you extreme compassion and the ability to feel pain of others; so when something goes wrong in the world you feel it deeply. So what if you view life through rose colored glasses. It's not that you can't deal with reality, it's just that you like to think of life as an ultra romantic movie filled with happy endings where everyone has the best possible motives.

Danger and Deception
Because of Pisces intuition you understand the moods and behaviors of others so well, you can be quite the manipulator behind the scenes. You have an ambiguous nature and never give a straight answer even if you could. This perplexing vagueness can trick people to comply to your wishes. A fatal flaw is to flee from what you don't want to deal with which could lead you into a world of addictive behavior. Not just compulsive eating, risk-taking, or gambling but a thirst for liquor, drugs and even love.

~ Compassionate ~ Selfless ~ Kind ~ Sympathetic ~ Romantic ~ Intuitive ~ Adaptable ~ Devoting ~ Accepting ~ Imaginative ~ Unworldly ~ Mystical ~ Perceptive ~ Impressionable ~ Easy Going ~

Feelings define Pisces. You have sympathy for everyone and anything that crosses your path; sick plants, hungry animals, and friends in need. It's obvious your TRIPLICITY is a water sign in that you let surrounding influences touch your life. As a Pisces, you are extremely sensitive and loyal, and will go out of your way to help a friend. You have a unique ability to get under another person's skin, literally, to take on their problems and suffer right along with them. You do this because making others feel good in turn makes you feel good. This is a downfall for you because at times you give away the very strength and emotional security you need for yourself, making it easy for you to lose your own identity. Your vulnerability to reject another person leaves you susceptible to someone else's hard-luck story.

Most likable trait ~ Compassion

Your SYMBOL, two fish tied together swimming in opposite directions signifies hidden depths, shifting emotional currents, conflicting desires, and an extreme temperament. Pisces is a sign of self-undoing and it's usually you who is the creator of bad luck and unfortunate events. You allow yourself to become jaded by overindulging, laziness, and the knack of picking poorly suited friends. Though, you want people in your life to stir up emotions because this helps you to practice emotional stability. Your inner conflict frequently mirrors being torn between two pathways. Trying to fit in the real world while the spiritual world clouds your vision, therefore, creating a problem for you to make concrete decisions. You're not only changeable and adaptable but you have an open mind and tremendous understanding, but still Pisces is always misunderstood. The way I see it you have two choices. You can focus, be strong and overcome your weakness in self destruction or you can dissolve in self pity and become a victim of your own vulnerabilities. Either way you are constantly in need to develop a positive self image. Your life lesson is to learn self-doing. Despite your sensitive and nurturing personality you really are a survivor.

~Indecisive ~ Self Pitying ~ Lazy ~ Escapist ~ Deception ~ Addictive ~ Manipulative ~ Non-Commital ~ Oversensitive ~ Irrational ~ Vague ~ Impractical ~ Aloof ~ Unrealistic ~ Secretive ~ Malleable ~

By all means this doesn't mean you lack back bone. Although, you can be impractical you certainly are capable of great sacrifice and hard work. You won't take well to a leadership position or a cut throat business type due to your lack of self-dicipline and self confidence. But you are capable of high intellectual achievement and are very successful. When you put your energy into creating fantasies you're the most creative and talented artist in the zodiac. Many Pisceans find gratification in the arts, music, marketing, teaching, and healing. But it's your sympathy and mental wanderlust combined with your creativity and ability to enter into the feelings of others that your fulfillment is on stage.

Famous Piscean creators--Pierre--Auguste Renoir--Frederic Chopin--Enrico Caruso--Vaslav Nijinsky--Rudolph Nureyev--Elizabeth Barrett Browing--Edna St. Vincent Millay--Albert Einstein--Karen Carpenter--Johnny Cash--Fabio--George Washington--James Taylor--Jon Bon Jovi--Wyatt Earp--Victor Hugo--Dr Seuss.

While, Pisces is the sign of dreams and mysticism and you trust your intuition and feelings you tend to seek more spiritual values in life. Virgo, your POLARITY is the sign of work and service. Virgo people deal in facts and reality (they probably don't have much fun) they are also practical and strive for material success.

Your MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE is aquamarine. It magnifies you magical powers and brings serenity of mind. It also protects you while traveling on the sea. Of course, your special COLORS are pale green and turquoise the dreamy colors of that very sea. Your LUCKY DAY is Friday and your LUCKY NUMBERS are 2 and 6. Pisces love to travel, especially to far away places. The CITIES that might interest you are Casablanca, Alexandria, Lisbon, Seville, and Dublin and the COUNTRIES are Portugal and the Sahara Desert.

Pisceans are very mysterious and alluring people. It's your fascinating earthy passion and unworldly fantasies that captivates the very people you charm right into your bed. You are a romantic and will completely devour yourself in a relationship. But just like everything else in your life when things are going well you're on cloud nine and when they're not nothing else matters. Pisces needs to be needed and tends to fall into a nurturing relationship. You take great pleasure in your compassionate and imaginative nature and love to cater to others. You go out of your way to dream up tasty treats for your lover. Of course, you hope the same in return, rejection is not your strong suit.

Daydreams and fantasies are your truest reality. One of the things people find bewitching about you is that you bring those fantasies to life in the bedroom. Pisces like to role play and are accomplished at all types of erotic behavior. You also like to seduce. Your feet are the most sensitive spot and massaging them and sucking on your toes will get you steamed up every time.

You connect on the deepest level with Cancer and Scorpio.

Capricorn and Taurus and Aries are potentials and compliment each other very well but if these relationships are to work there will be problems to work out.

You know how the saying goes, opposites attract. But with Virgo it will most likely be a road to nowhere. You could say the same with Leo as it's a mix of fire and water.

Forget about Sagittarius and Gemini and Aquarius. They would be out the door too soon on their own adventures instead of staying home with a dependent home body.

Libra will seem a likely mate…on the outside and you will have fun while it lasts. But on the inside you both take separate paths.

Pisces with its own would either have a hot and heavy passionate relationship revolved around the bedroom or two self indulging bon-bon eating couch potatoes with no one to give them the push they need.



  1. you have to hear the tone that goes with it.

  2. Souls-R-Us saved the best for last! And what can I say about the artwork? Perfect!

    Thanks, Mel. You have the perfect touch.

    It's a sad place around here without you.


  3. Guess whose laptop died, today?

    Sparse commenting for a few days, I suppose.

  4. "Jeffrey Simpson

    Wake up, Americans. Your economic dream is a nightmare

    Our southern friends are living the American dream these days, a dream that’s removing them from reality. Their federal legislators, including the President, are imagining a brilliant future that cannot be. None of them, it would appear, wants to awaken Americans from this dream.

    The dream? Economic recovery followed by the return of prosperity, built on borrowed money. And not just some borrowed money, but trillions and trillions of borrowed money.

    In this scenario, the rest of the world will keep lending to the United States, borrowing costs won’t rise, inflation will be banished, and the punishment that would befall almost any other country that ran such a lopsided budget will not strike the U.S.

    Like all dreams, this one has lost touch with reality. In Washington, legislators seem to accept that amassing trillions of dollars of additional debt is a bad idea. Then they argue furiously about a mere 12 per cent of the budget that, even if half of it were to be eliminated, would still leave the government in a deficit position this year.

    The discretionary part of the budget contains programs people count on, everything from education to the environment, food inspections to basic research, farm aid and student assistance. The other parts of the budget are debt, the military and the so-called entitlement social programs of health care for the poor and seniors and social security.

    Two bipartisan non-governmental commissions have instructed the country in simple arithmetic: namely, that the budget can’t be restored to sanity without cuts to discretionary spending and entitlement programs, and tax increases. In the dreamland of U.S. discourse, however, no one wants to talk about cuts to entitlement programs or tax increases. Worse, just before Christmas, Congress and the President forged a deal that continued the fiscally ruinous tax cuts of George W. Bush, the ones so tilted toward the already wealthy, and pumped even more discretionary spending into the U.S. economy.

  5. American friends who despair of dreamland discourse acknowledge that it will take a “crisis” to awaken enough people so serious action can occur, instead of the shadowboxing that passes for action.

    What would constitute a “crisis”? The stock market is roaring; happy days have returned to Wall Street financiers. Interest rates are low. True, the unemployment rate is above 9 per cent, but that means 91 per cent of Americans are working.

    Would a huge run on the dollar be a “crisis”? Would a serious surge in inflation? Or a nose-diving stock market? Or another housing plunge? Or all of the above? No one wants any of the above, but what will it take to awaken Americans from their dream?

    It might have been thought that their President would try to alert them to the damage being done daily to their future, and to the serious shift in world power and influence away from a country so hobbling itself with debt.

    Barack Obama has obviously calculated that the political risks are too great for candour, so he, too, operates within the dream by proposing some restraint on discretionary spending without touching the entitlement programs, the military or taxes. In this, he is complicit with Republicans in deforming the nature of the debate and ill-informing Americans.

    He has obviously reckoned that, with the Republicans believing the problem can be solved by discretionary spending cuts alone, he isn’t going to do anything credible before the next election.

    So health care for seniors and the poor continues to rise by 8 per cent annually. The bloated Pentagon budget will be a staggering $670-billion. Still, the Secretary of Defence says any cut of more than $9-billion would cripple the nation’s capacity to defend itself.

    With a 5-per-cent national sales tax, of the kind every other industrial country has implemented, the U.S. would be halfway home to budgetary solvency. In dreamland, however, such a dose of reality is unthinkable."

  6. hmmm 5% national sales tax and you are half way there!

  7. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said it would be "wise" for President Obama to keep his attentions on Washington, not Wisconsin. "We're focused on balancing our budget," he said in a television interview. "It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to be focused on balancing their budget, which they're a long ways from doing."

  8. .

    Great job Mel.

    An excellant finale.



  9. Blogger Melody said:

    "Daydreams and fantasies are your truest reality. One of the things people find bewitching about you is that you bring those fantasies to life in the bedroom. Pisces like to role play and are accomplished at all types of erotic behavior. You also like to seduce. Your feet are the most sensitive spot and massaging them and sucking on your toes will get you steamed up every time."

    Care to share an email?

  10. Don't mention it Quirk. We make a good team.

    Next months post will be on hangovers, hair extensions, and the pros and cons of coleslaw wresting.

  11. Apparently, Anon, you don't know me that well, cause, a) I'm a Capricorn, although, I could be a Pisces and b) I'm a hands on kind of a gal.

  12. I can't wait for Mel's report with photos of her "Big Bike Week Adventure."

  13. Miss Fely is Pisces, thank you Mel.

  14. Military and CIA Veteran Bloodied, Bruised and Arrested for Standing Silently

    As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression,

    71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking.

    When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.

    Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, “So this is America?” Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.

    Mr. McGovern is being represented by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “It is the ultimate definition of lip service that Secretary of State Clinton would be trumpeting the U.S. government’s supposed concerns for free speech rights and this man would be simultaneously brutalized and arrested for engaging in a peaceful act of dissent at her speech,” stated attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the PCJF.

    Mr. McGovern now works for Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

    ...Habu @ BC

    Budget shortfall rankings by state.

  15. Whit, you think we are gonna meet at Starbucks on my way to Florida?

  16. BREAKING: Andrew Breitbart Contracts "Walker Pneumonia" In Madison, Wisconsin!

    While on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, Andrew Breitbart contracted a horrible case of Walker Pneumonia!

    He was diagnosed by a street “doctor” who was apparently handing out fraudulent Dr.’s excuses to union protesters. [youtube j8fQZPapyAI]

    Not to worry, a second opinion by the “supervisor” rendered Andrew a clean bill of health. Praise Tea