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Pisces Employee

pisces-jobThe abilities of the Piscean employee depend entirely on which pond he swims in. He can be such a miserable misfit in an incompatible occupation or career that he drifts from one place to another, until he eventually realizes that he’s better off going it alone with his own dreams for company.

To work successfully with other people or be part of a team, the fish must be doing something that doesn’t offend his sensitivity. It has to be a position that gives him the opportunity to utilize his unsurpassed understanding of human suffering, or that allows him to channel his unique imagination toward a progressive path. A job that fails to supply one or both of these deep-seated Neptune needs will create a lazy, disinterested, not to mention disheartened employee. When his needs are satisfied, however, he can be a gem of a worker, often one-of-a-kind in his field- difficult, if not impossible, to replace. There’s a side to the fish that allows him to surprise you with his painstaking attention to detail, when he’s in the mood. It seems to be totally inconsistent with his obvious mystical bent, but these people were born under the Sun sign that encom­passes the qualities of all other signs. It can be the “dust bin of the zodiac,” as it’s often called in astrology, or the turning path to shining glory. The glory needn’t be achieved hanging from a star. It can be realized in a quiet way, right in your office, if the fish is happy and content with what he’s doing.

The most common remark heard around an office where there’s a Pisces employee is, “I can’t understand him.

What’s he up to?” They may never know. The Piscean man or woman is compelled, possibly by inner doubt and confusion, to disguise motives and keep his true aims hidden. If the fish revealed his entire nature it would startle or shock most people, so he keeps his counsel. All the chattering of the occasional talkative Pisces is deceptive. It still won’t reveal what he really thinks, even if he talks all night, as some of them do. The quiet ones can also drive you wild by keeping their most interesting thoughts and ideas a secret. You never know what’s going on inside those dreamy Neptune heads.

He’ll work with a terrific sense of duty if he’s happy with his job. When he’s not happy, he withdraws. Only his body is there. Eventually it will also disappear, leaving only the memory of his grin and his wise eyes. It’s not easy to keep this slippery employee peaceful. When the water gets stagnant, he swims away before you have a chance to filter the pool, and that can be frustrating. If he would be more open about his true desires, compromise might be reached, but too often the fish chooses abrupt change to long, honest discussion that might turn things rightside up again.

There’s no doubt that the Pisces man or woman is more often found in the world of the arts, but the term can cover more than you might suppose. Pisces is happy adjusting the lights in a theater, hanging canvases in museums, stitching the lace on doll dresses, polishing the’ brass of musical instruments or designing the cover of a book. He or she can spend hours blissfully teaching tots to dance, blowing up balloons for a party, arranging flowers, planning a poster advertising campaign, engrossed in creative writing, or experimenting with unusual hair styles. Now and then you’ll find a Piscean engaged in a mechanical occupation relating to mathematics, engineer­ing or computing, but he will always attack such subjects from the abstract point of view.

Pisces people make excellent teachers, with uncanny insight into the natures of their students and a deep grasp of the subject they teach. They seem to have a special knack for both preparing and merchandising food and drink, either serving it in posh restaurants or supervising the operation with social grace.

If your business concerns medicine, hospitals or pharmaceuticals, the Pisces employee is probably your right arm. No one makes a finer nurse or servant to the sick. They’re right at home with drugs and medicines, too. Un­fortunately, however, the Piscean receptivity can cause them to saturate themselves in their surroundings, with occasional adverse effects on their own mental, emotional and physical health. If Pisces controls his instinct for in­stant empathy, he can be a shining light in the field of health. Needless to say, social work is also a Pisces oc­cupation, and you’ll find lots of Neptunes efficiently dispensing welfare to unfortunate humanity.

The fish takes on the color of his surroundings. If you shut your Pisces employee in a small cubicle with drab furnishings, bare floors and drapeless windows, he’ll begin to look like the office itself. You’ll look up one day and there he’ll be-an exact imitation of his immediate working world. His conversation will be drab, his ideas bare and dull. As you stare at this listless, plain, cold and colorless creature with nondescript clothing and a mousy personality, you’ll wonder what happened to that person you hired who was bright, sunny and full of fresh imagination, whose conversation was rich and sparkling and who wore vivid, cheerful clothes. Believe me, such a Neptunian transforma­tion is easier to remedy than other personnel problems.. Just hang some gay green drapes in his office, cover the floor with soft emerald carpeting, and plunk a vase of happy daisies on his desk. Pipe in some soft, low music, smile at him once an hour on the hour, and the fish you hired will reappear in his true colors. The Piscean per­sonality is elusive, but it’s amazingly easy to reel it in when you use the right bait.

Your Pisces secretary may be a little sloppy at home, but she’ll probably be neat at the office. She’ll daydream on her own time and try to be methodical during working hours. Of course, there are exceptions, when her mind can wander in odd directions. There’s a Pisces girl I used to work with in a radio station who had the most peculiar filing system. I don’t think it was permanent. It may have had something to do with the fact that her mind was on a novel she was writing on weekends. One day the boss asked her why the drawer in the filing cabinet marked “L” was so full it was always popping open and cracking him on the shin. Her answer was unexpected, to say the last. “Because of all those letters,” she informed him efficiently.

After she left to peddle her novel in New York, the filing problems became really tangled for a spell. The first week she was gone, one of the announcers needed a music theme for a Notre Dame football game. Rushing over to the record file, he hurriedly checked under N for Notre Dame. (He was looking for the song that goes, “Cheer, cheer, for old Notre Dame” . . .) Not finding it under N, he checked the letter C, thinking perhaps she had filed it under the lyric. It wasn’t there, either. Perspiring ner­vously, for it was now one minute to game time, he realized she might have tucked it away under the title, “Victory March.” He flipped open the file. No such luck. The game went on the air sans music that day. Weeks later, the record turned up. The Pisces had filed it under P. Why? You can’t guess? For “Fighting Irish,” of course. It was perfectly logical to her. That’s how every­body referred to the team in the office pool. Well, it does make some sense.

The average female fish will be a little more con­ventional. She’ll be gentle and considerate, and get along beautifully with the other members of your staff. She may even be a sort of den mother, if you can call the office a den. The other employees will go to her with all their troubles, minor and major. You may cry on her shoulder yourself on occasion, she’s such a sympathetic listener. This girl may read the cards for fun (though she’ll secretly take it seriously), and it’s a cinch she’ll be able to read your mind-so be careful what you’re thinking when she passes your desk.

An occasional Pisces employee can be fussy or critical, but they usually won’t be energetic enough about it to be really annoying. These people need nearly as many com­pliments as Aries and Leo to feel secure, but be sure you’re sincere, because they’ll sense it quickly if you’re not. If you have reason to scold a Pisces, you may wonder where the fish went for a day or so. He didn’t leave. Not yet. There he is, hiding behind the outgoing mail basket on his desk, trying to pretend he’s invisible by not speaking, barely moving and hardly breathing. He has been hurt, and you’ll have to do something very sweet and lovely to make him brighten. The fish is ultra sensitive, remember. When your mood changes, so will his. Pisces has a way of cutting himself off from others when situations become painful. He seeks the sunlight and rosy, beautiful emotions. When gray or black appears, he dives down deep to escape. A thoughtless word can make him weep inside, although he’ll probably tell a joke to disguise it. Pisces has a way with a clever line, and his humor, though it’s not ever obvious, is seldom faraway.

Money won’t mean a lot to your Pisces employee. He’ll talk a good salary and bonus, but he’ll hardly notice if he has to take a temporary cut in pay when business is slow (unless he has a large family to feed). Actually, many Pisces men and women are happy with a reasonable wage, as long as you’re open-minded about loans. The fish will often approach you with empty pockets and a big smile a day or so before payday, and charmingly ask for a light touch to see him through. He may forget to pay it back unless you remind him. His intentions are honest, but there’s always something extra he needs. The chances are just as good he gave it to someone else. Money ordinarily passes through Pisces like water through a sieve. He’s sort of a middle man for cash. He’ll borrow a hundred from you, then turn around and hand it to a man whose wife needs an operation. As neglectful as Pisces may be to repay your loan to him, he’ll happily give you his last dime if you’re temporarily short, and he probably won’t be in any more of a hurry to get it back than he was to return the hundred he got from you earlier. In fact, it sometimes gets so confusing you may forget who owes what to whom. That’s the way the typical Pisces sees the whole monetary setup anyway. In a hazy way, he feels money was created to spread around. When a person needs it, the cash should be there. When you don’t need it, you pass it on. It’s a kind of bread-cast-on the-waters theory. It works surprisingly often for the fish, but such Neptune philosophy can bewilder other Sun signs. (Of course, a Virgo, Cancer or Capricorn ascendant, or perhaps an Aquarius or Taurus Moon can spoil all the fun.)

More Pisces employees quit than are fired. They’re too elusive and too shrewd about human nature to wait for the painful hook. Sensing your displeasure in advance, the fish will wriggle away before you get a chance to embarrass him. You’ll find the single Piscean man less apt to leave a job lightly than the married one, whose wife probably works. ,In fact, her willingness to work if necessary may have been one of her main attractions, though romantic love was probably equally important. The girl fish may only be marking time until some man comes along to rescue her from repulsive competition, unless she’s in­volved in a creative endeavor she thinks of as a career.

There’s little danger the Pisces employee is after your job. He probably secretly pities you for the responsibilities you carry. After all, it’s tough to move around with burdens on your back, and Pisces seeks a changing scene. The length of time he brightens your office will depend on the variety of changes it offers his wandering nature. When the snails begin to bore him, or when the whales and sharks threaten to devour him, he’ll glide away. The Neptune employee will never get stuck in a bunch of seaweed.

Linda Goodman

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