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Famous Pisces

To ground the understanding of astrology in life as lived it is valuable to study the lives of famous people. Influential Pisceans characteristic of the sign, include an impressive array of evolved souls, sages, scholars of the perennial philosophy, healers, creative artists and compassionate activists, with many a Piscean of course, fitting more than one of those categories.
In the category of evolved souls and sages I would place Rudolph Steiner, occult scientist and practical mystic, founder of influential movements in education and agriculture; Edgar Cayce, the famed psychic seer, yet personally humble man of God; P. D. Ouspensky, the Russian scientist/occult philosopher, author of In Search Of The Miraculous, a lucid exposition of the hitherto impenetrable teachings of the Armenian mystic George Gurdjieff; the founder of the transpersonal psychology of Psycho-Synthesis, Rupert Assagioli; and the renowned scientist Alfred Einstein. 
Einstein is an inspirational example of a Piscean successfully integrating spiritual wisdom with supreme understanding of the material basis of reality. No contradiction for him between science and religion, intellect and feeling, love and reason – as the following passages demonstrate: “The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science.”
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Influential philosopher/scholar/sages include German philosopher A. C. Schopenhauer; R. M. Bucke, author of the classic treatise on mysticism, Cosmic Consciousness; anthropologist of the sacred Mircea Eliade; occultist Manley P. Hall; author and teacher of integral sexuality David Deida; and Richard Tarnas, author of the acclaimed history of Western thought, The Passion Of The Western Mind, and a recent monumental work, Cosmos and Psyche, that correlates planetary cycles and aspects with the major figures and events of Western history. 
Creative Piscean artists of note include classical composers Vivaldi, Handel, Rossini, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Chopin; ballet dancers Nijinsky and Nureyev; opera singers Enrico Caruso and Kiri Te Kanawa; painters Michaelangelo, Pierre Renoir, and Piet Mondrian; writers Victor Hugo, Maxim Gorky, Samuel Pepys, Anais Nin, Lawrence Durrell, Tom Wolfe, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Philip Roth, Anthony Burgess, sci-fi authors William Gibson and Douglas Adams, author of A Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy; children’s author Dr Seuss; and the doyen of magical realism, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; poets Robert Lowell, Wilfred Owen, W. H, Auden and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; playwrights Christopher Marlowe, Henrik Ibsen, Edward Albee and David Williamson; travel writer/historian/journalist William Dalrymple; literary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński; photographer Diane Arbus; and musicians Glen Miller, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Mann, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Fats Domino, Jerry Lewis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Johnny Cash, Ry Cooder, Lou Reed, Kurt Cobain, George Harrison, James Taylor, Roger Daltrey, and Quincy Jones.
And as would be expected, given Pisces ability to empathize with the emotions of others, and attraction to living in a fantasy world of their own imagination, many stars of stage and screen are Pisceans. For example actors David Nixon, Peter Fonda, Rex Harrison, Sidney Poitier, Jean Harlow, Jennifer Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Lynn Redgrave Glenda Jackson and Juliette Binoche; and cinema directors Sam Peckinpah, Spike Lee and Robert Altman.
Other culturally influential Pisceans include the giants of science Galileo and Copernicus; inventor of the telephone Alexander G Bell, [who was originally a teacher of the deaf]; the first man into space, Russian astronaut Yuri Gargarin; astronomer Percival Lowell; chemist Linus Pauling; biologist Paul Erlich; nutritionist Adelle Davis; adventurers Richard Burton and missionary/explorer David Livingstone; theologian John Henry Newman; founder of the boy scout movement Lord Baden-Powell; dare-devil/wild-life conservationist Steve Irwin; consumer advocate Ralph Nader; historian Manning Clark; jurist Richard Kirby; political philosopher John Rawls; media magnate Rupert Murdoch; Apple Corporation chief and technological innovator Steve Jobs; CEO of Dell Computers Michael Dell; economist Alan Greenspan; chess champion Bobby Fischer; behavioural psychologist B. F. Skinner; leading motivational speaker and life coach Tony Robbins; and finally, politicians George Washington, Neville Chamberlain, Harold Wilson, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ariel Sharon, Edward Kennedy, Gordon Brown and the assassinated Israeli martyr for peace, Yitzak Rabin.

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