The Most Compatible — and Most Problematic — Zodiac Signs for a Pisces

Here’s how the artistic, deeply empathic — and OK, occasionally overly emotional — sign matches with each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.

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As much as the internet loves to celebrate each sun sign season, memes often poke fun at individual signs for overgeneralized, often negative stereotypes. Libras are wishy-washy partiers, Capricorns are boring workaholics, and let's not even get started on what memes have to say about Geminis. Mutable water sign Pisces are often portrayed as spaced-out dreamers and hot messes.

But the truth of the matter is that every sign has its strengths and weaknesses. Pisces, ruled by spiritual Neptune, falls at the tail end of the astrological cycle, signifying an unparalleled level of innate wisdom and mysticism. Those born approximately between February 18 and March 20 — or who have other Pisces placements in their birth chart — are compassionate, romantic, artistic, intensely empathic, and sensitive. They're the obvious creatives of the zodiac; when they channel their emotions into their favorite art form, they feel more centered and enlightened.

These characteristics reflect themes covered by the Twelfth House of Spirituality. While some astrologers think of it as the "trash bin of the zodiac," because they say it encompasses everything that the previous 11 houses don't, it actually deals with your true, deep-rooted identity, your subconscious, and your spiritual side. It covers how you handle the hardest-to-heal emotional wounds that you're meant to work through and evolve from over the course of your life. It also oversees psychology, secrets, hidden weaknesses, private affairs, dreams, institutions, jails, and hospitals.

If you're similarly empathic, imaginative, and unapologetically emotional, you'll likely click with a Piscean person. (It also bears noting that your sun sign is just one piece of a really complex, nuanced puzzle known as your natal, or birth, chart. It's worth glimpsing over to see which house Pisces rules and if you have any planetary placements that connect with the mutable water sign.)

Here, Pisces' compatibility with all 12 signs of the zodiac.

Pisces and Aries Compatibility

Pisces is semisextile, or one sign apart from cardinal fire sign Aries, which can be rather awkward. Aries is an independent self-starter who's driven to achieve, and Pisces goes with the flow, preferring to see what the tide brings. Aries would prefer to deal with matters that are right in front of them while Pisces can't help but be intensely aware of subtext, psychological matters, and underlying emotions. It's the push-pull between the very first sign of the zodiac and the very last. But if the two are open to seeing one another's perspective, Ram can help Pisces self-motivate and Pisces might inspire the Ram to slow down and tap into their intuition.

Pisces and Taurus Compatibility — Ideal Match

Pisces is sextile, or two signs apart, from fixed earth sign, earthy Taurus, which can create a natural, friendly bond. Both signs are interested in taking it easy, prioritizing creature comforts and bonding time. Ruled by Venus, Taurus is relationship-oriented, which pairs well with Neptunian Pisces' tendency to prioritize a romantic view of their closest connections. The only time when they might butt heads is if Taurus struggles to adapt, and Pisces gets frustrated by Taurus' focus on all things tactile over spiritual.

Pisces and Gemini Compatibility — Problematic Pair

Pisces is square, or three signs apart, from Gemini, the air sign ruled by Mercury. Both are mutable signs and therefore, adaptable and indecisive. The Fish and the Twins might struggle to make up their minds about everything, including their relationship. Pisces also leads with their imagination and deeply empathic heart while Gemini is more rational and intellectually driven, so they might cross wires when they're attempting to bond or talk through their feelings. But if they're committed to talking and doing the work of a relationship, this can be a curiosity-charged, whimsical match.

Pisces and Cancer Compatibility

Pisces is trine, or four signs apart, from Cancer, making for a natural, loving fit. Ruled by dreamy Neptune, the Fish is deeply spiritual, empathic, artistic, and emotional. As an initiating cardinal sign, Cancer can come up with ambitious game plans for making less decisive Pisces' dreams come true. And Pisces can teach Cancer to channel their at times overwhelming emotions into a healthy outlet, like art, music, dance, theater, or creative lovemaking. While they have their differences — Pisces might be turned off by Cancer's bossiness and Cancer might find Pisces a bit too escapist — they ultimately speak the same heartfelt language.

Pisces and Leo Compatibility

Pisces is quincunx, or five signs apart from Leo, the fixed fire sign, denoting a need for constant adjustment to get in sync. Ruled by dreamy Neptune, the Fish is deeply spiritual, empathic, artistic, and emotional, all of which can feel occasionally inspiring or like a wet blanket to similarly heartfelt and creative but extremely driven and action-oriented Leo. What the two have in common is their vibrant imaginations and romanticism, so they could easily get caught up in seeing an imperfect bond through the same pair of rose-colored glasses.

Pisces and Virgo Compatibility

Pisces is opposite, or six signs apart, from Virgo, the mutable earth sign, which makes them like two sides of the same coin. Ruled by dreamy Neptune, the Fish is deeply spiritual, empathic, artistic, and emotional, all of which can be very inspiring — or very confusing and disorienting — to rational, grounded, orderly Virgo. If they're willing to learn how to speak one another's language, the combo of Pisces' spiritual water and Virgo's practical earth lays down fertile ground for a bond that flourishes.

Pisces and Libra Compatibility

Libra, the cardinal air sign, is quincunx, or five signs apart from Pisces, which is generally an awkward, confusing angle. While Libra is a take-charge initiator, Pisces is typically passive, waiting to see which hand they're dealt. And while Libras are wired to connect, Pisces are very much in their feelings and would prefer escapism — and maybe staying in — over a see-and-be-seen event. Still, both are romantics and lovers of art, so it's possible for someone born under the sign of the Fish and someone born under the sign of the Scales to find a way to get along swimmingly.

Pisces and Scorpio Compatibility — Ideal Match

Pisces is trine, or four signs apart, from fixed water sign Scorpio, which is thought of as the most harmonious bond that can be forged between two signs. Both are deeply feeling, in touch with their spirituality, somewhat — or, OK, possibly very — psychic, and up for an otherworldly, jaw-droppingly romantic relationship. Scorp might be frustrated by Pisces' passive vibe, and Pisces can be overwhelmed by Scorpio's intensity, but in general, the Scorpion can help the Fish turn their vivid dreams into action, while the Fish can show the Scorpion the beauty of going with the flow.

Pisces and Sagittarius Compatibility — Problematic Pair

Sag, the mutable fire sign, is square, or three signs apart from Pisces, which is a tense angle that might necessitate work in the relationship. Both are spiritually inclined and value beauty, emotion, and art. But while Pisces can be very sensitive, impressionable, and empathic to the point that they find it hard not to be deeply affected by other people's pain, Sag is proudly blunt, a bit more cerebral than in their feelings, and philosophical as opposed to emotional. The Archer's direct, unfiltered approach to sharing their thoughts and feelings could rub the Fish the wrong way, and the Fish might come off as too delicate to the wild and free Archer. But they can also challenge one another in a way that promotes growth.

Pisces and Capricorn Compatibility

Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign, is sextile, or two signs apart from Capricorn, which makes for an easygoing bond. Both signs are committed to showing up for the people they care about in a traditional, heartfelt way. While the Fish is a dreamer who prefers escapism over reality and Cap is all about taking slow, steady, pragmatic steps to reach their endgame, there's a lot these two can learn from one another. Pisces can help Cap hone their artistic eye while Cap gives Pisces the tools to turn their fantasies into reality.

Pisces and Aquarius Compatibility

The fixed air sign Aquarius is semi-sextile, or one sign apart, from Pisces, which makes for a little uneasiness. Although both are humanitarians and endlessly imaginative, the Water Bearer thinks in a very scientific, logical way while the Fish is a dreamer through and through. But Aquarius can learn adaptability from the Fish, while the Fish can learn how to be more proactive in hitting their goals. If these two are willing to see the world through the other's lens, they could take even their wildest, artistic idea and make it into something real.

Pisces and Pisces Compatibility

Two spiritual, dreamy Pisces might have a blast escaping from everyday reality by letting their super-active imaginations wander. They might be film (which is ruled by Neptune) or theater writing partners or cheering on one another's other artistic pursuits. They'll also show up for one another emotionally in a way that no other sign might be able to. Nonetheless, the drawback of this pairing is that it generally helps when at least one partner has their feet on the ground. So as long as one Pisces is more pragmatic — perhaps they have some earth in their natal chart — they'll find this to be a deeply fulfilling, productive match.

Final Takeaway

Whether you're feeling confident or freaked out at the moment, remember that no matter how compatible — or not — you seem to be with your partner or potential love match, sun sign compatibility is just one small piece of a larger puzzle. You can get the most accurate idea of how you match with a partner by looking at your entire natal chart. (Running a synastry report on a site like or doing a reading with a professional astrologer can offer the most accurate, individualized insight.) And if you're ever tempted to take a swipe at Pisceans as moody space cadets, check out your own birth chart, which is divided up into 12 houses, each ruled by one of the 12 signs. Everyone — yes, even you — has some mystical Pisces energy in them.

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