Category: Pisces

Take a lateral look at the twelfth sign of the zodiac. Here is a showcase of people, ideas, myths and phenomena influenced by the musical, ethereal fishes.

In the Key of Pisces: Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole… perfect phrasing, casual grace, immortal. Cole was an outstanding jazz pianist who just happened to be able to sing — to start with. Of course, it’s his gorgeous voice for which he’ll be remembered — and indeed he has a packed second house, which we might associate with voice, [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Astor Piazzolla
Thanks to Rachel for suggesting Astor Piazzolla, the late great Argentinian maestro of tango. Loss, plangent longing, melancholy love — so romantic — that’s one side of Piazolla’s work. Uncompromisingly avant-garde, experimental and cutting edge — there’s an utterly different side too. [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: James Taylor
James Taylor’s soft, reedy baritone is so sweet and his melody-weaving so certain, his lyrics so perfectly distilled and his phrasing so effortless — he truly was blessed by the gods of music and song. Indeed, his first album, which included classics like Carolina in My Mind and Rainy Day [...]
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Kesha’s Saturn Return
Los Angeles will eat you. The LA music biz specialises in packaging young girls into pop stars — Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Nicky Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears. The singer-songwriter Kesha is one of those. Spotted by producer Dr Luke at the age of 17,  she was [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Maurice Ravel & An Astro-Musical Quiz
The composer, Maurice Ravel, was born on March 7, 1875 into a musical family in the town of Ciboure, where the River Nivelle meets the Atlantic Ocean in the Basque country. (We are catching up with some missed dates for In The Key Of Pisces…) He was an innovator and a rebel. Rejected by the [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Villa-Lobos, Segovia Plays & A Bonus
I think we’re beginning to get a feeling for the weaving, watery, complex Piscean sound. The work of Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5), probably Latin America’s most famous 20th century composer, exemplifies this in many works. Many of his compositions are so woven into the soundtracks of our lives [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Tre Italiani
Thanks to my friend and reader, Sabrina, for pointing out that the late-lamented Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla was born on March 4, 1943. He has a solo Sun in Pisces with other planets extraordinarily evenly spread through his chart. Sun does make a lovely trine to Jupiter in [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Miriam Makeba
Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba. Born on March 4, 1932. Makeba, along with her husband Hugh Masakela, was one of the most prominent artistic exiles from South Africa during the apartheid era. Although South Africa revoked her passport, 10 other countries stepped in to offer her citizenship. So she [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Chris Martin
“I definitely believe in God. How can you look at anything and not be overwhelmed by the miraculousness of it?” said Pisces singer-songwriter and Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin. There you have it. The sound of Coldplay has woven its way into the fabric of the past decade and a half — [...]
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In the Key of Pisces: Bedrich Smetana
This first fortnight of March is composers’ week. Yesterday was Chopin’s birthday; today the “father of Czech music”, Bedrich Smetana, was born in 1824. Smetana was a Czech patriot and one of the generation that rose up against the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the Revolutions of 1848. The [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Chopin
Beauty, mystery, melancholy, passion, melody: let Chopin’s music take you into a wordless place. There is some dispute about his birthday, but I am sure it is today, March 1. Of course, his work endures for all time and all cultures — Neptune conjunct Saturn. His music makes private emotion [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Johnny Cash and Erykah Badu
Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash. Pisces Rising, Pisces Sun-Mercury-Mars opposite Neptune in Virgo. It was all about the music. The drink nearly killed him. Love saved him. He hurt. Oh and that black shirt? Moon in Scorpio — so deep and yet so simple. Born February 26, [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Abida Parveen
So far, we’ve been looking at a musician (or two) for the correct day of the Pisces, but today we’ll digress a little. Yesterday’s musician, George Harrison, is credited with popularising Indian music in the West. One of his most beautiful compositions My Sweet Lord, is a [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: George Harrison
Today’s musician: George Harrison, the most sensitive Beatle, the one who found God and made a garden — for more on his astrology, click here. He was born either on February 24 or 25, give or take half an hour. But the 24th gives him a Rising Moon. Harrison’s only planet in [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Handel
Imagine a time when the Thames was the busiest highway in London, and the king’s barge a most glorious water-borne rolls-royce of golden curlicues. What could be a lovelier accompaniment to a balmy summer evening bobbing along the river than music wafting across the water. King George I [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: James Blunt
English singer-songwriter James Blunt must have been eating Neptune crackers when he made this unbelievably Piscean video for his huge hit You’re Beautiful. He’s soaking wet for most of the performance, his shoes seem to play a central role and it ends with a dip in the ocean. He [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Nina Simone, Gifted and Black
Nina Simone — singer, composer and activist — was born on February 21, 1933 in North Carolina. She has Moon in Capricorn — a singer’s placement (read more on this here), Sun, North Node, Mercury and the Part of Fortune in Pisces in the first house of self and cusp of [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Kurt Cobain and Randy California
Kurt Cobain, lead singer and songwriter for the group Nirvana, probably doesn’t need much introduction. He died at 27 from a heroin overdose after making some of the most angst ridden, crazy, intense music of the late 20th century. How many Pisces things in that paragraph? Nirvana, crazy [...]
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In The Key Of Pisces: Seal
Pisces, ruled as it is by Neptune, the planet of pure music, is a sign stuffed full of singers, composers, songwriters and probably maraca players and backing singers too. Starting today, I’ll try and find a Pisces for each day of this sign this year and see if we can hear a silvery [...]
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Sensitive
Dr Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person validates something astrologers have always known — some people are more sensitive than others. Dr Aron puts this figure at about 20% of the population. In other words, it’s perfectly normal, but sensitivity is not always [...]
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