Once upon a time there was a magical movie about a chauffeurs’ daughter who had made an occupation out of being in love with her employers’ son. He is handsome and mega rich and exciting, but he doesn’t know that she exists. So she runs away to Paris to forget him- and find herself.
When she returns home- with a new wardrobe and a new haircut- even though he is newly engaged, he finally notices her. Despite knowing that he’s off the market, she feels that all her dreams are finally coming true.
As we know from romance novels, the path to true love is rarely a smooth one. Our hero’s crusty, and even more mega-rich, older brother attempts to distract her. Not because he doesn’t like our girl, but because he needs to preserve the potential business partnership that is a by-product of the engagement.
He recognises early that material wealth means nothing to her- she can’t be bought. Instead he plays to her sympathies- he confides in her invented tales about how lost he is, how misunderstood he is, about how he wishes he could escape to Paris, how he dreams of being saved. Although his motivation is to engage her sympathy, as he talks, he realises that what he is saying is actually true. As she listens she feels sorry for him. As she gets to know him she sees that her childhood love was a fantasy and that he is her reality. She saves him from himself.
The movie is Sabrina- originally made with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart and later re-done with Harrison Ford as Linus Larraby and Julia Ormond as Sabrina Fairchild.
Sabrina was named for Sabrina Fair/Fayre, the character in a poem by Milton who came to save the Mariner. As Linus finds himself falling under her spell, Sabrina shows him an escape from his dry, dusty and emotionless life. Sabrina the Saviour is Venus in Pisces. Sabrina saves him.
The story is Venus in Pisces- brought alive on the screen. Piscean themes of fantasy, dreams, unrequited love, escape and chaos are all here….with a side serve of that ultimate Piscean hobby- fashion photography.
Sabrina had been in love with a fantasy all her life. She’d become addicted to the pain of unrequited love. To escape her reality she flees to Paris- the ultimate Piscean city. We see the romance of long, solitary walks, fairy lights and the Bateaux-Mouches as they glide along the Seine. We hear the Edith Piaf classic La Vie en Rose- loosely translated living life through rose coloured glasses- playing from a Parisian cafe.
Venus in Pisces is romantic idealism, but knows that love can heal all pain.
Venus in Pisces is devoted, super sensitive, yet can also be evasive and reluctant to commit.
Venus in Pisces will love you like you have never been loved before, but will have difficulty in telling you how she feels.
Venus in Pisces will place you on a pedestal and love you forever, yet may still find it possible to be unfaithful on a physical level.
To Venus in Pisces, nothing matters more than how it feels deep inside.
Incredibly intuitive, Venus in Pisces will express herself with meaningful glances, a hug that lasts just a little longer than usual, a kiss that grazes ever closer to the lips. She will rarely make the first move, but send you sign after sign, hidden messages in cryptic conversations. Then she’ll lie in bed at night building fantasies in her head about what she should have said, but couldn’t.
While she may not say much, what she feels is more than words can describe. Venus in Pisces has a way of insinuating herself into your life and before you know it that friend who has meant so much as a fun companion suddenly means so much more.
Venus in Pisces often doesn’t know what she wants, but goes with the flow until the feeling is given definition by another. She has the ability to morph easily into whatever and whoever you need her to be, but will wriggle out of your grasp and off the hook if you attempt to control her. Whilst she is happy to be taken care of and yearns to be looked after and loved exclusively she will seek to escape any traps you set for her.
This Venus can also be the quintessential damsel in distress – the little girl lost who needs to be rescued and looked after, or the helpless man who needs to be mothered and picked up after. This is the shadow side of Venus in Pisces- a tendency to not take responsibility for your own actions.
Venus in Pisces has secrets- deep, emotional secrets. Twelfth house secrets. Secrets that you can only find out with the right key for the right door. In this way she is a mesmerising challenge- just when you think you know her or understand her, the shutters come down and another mask goes on. This is all part of the mystique and frustration associated with being involved with Venus in Pisces.
Men with Venus in Pisces will be looking for a woman with Piscean characteristics. She may be Pisces, she may have planets filling up her 12th house, she may have a Pisces Moon or other planets closely aspecting Neptune. She will be emotional, sensitive and intuitive… someone who will see into his soul and understand him without him needing to say the words.
He wants someone to share his dreams with and someone who will dream with him. He wants someone who will share her emotions with him and who he trusts enough to open his heart to. He will understand that sometimes you just need to cry and need to be held until the tears have stopped and left mascara stains on his shirt. He wants someone he can feel with. He wants someone who he can save and who will save him.
He wants someone who understands that it’s possible to, in the words of Savage Garden, dream someone into life. Someone who won’t laugh when he says he loved her before he met her.
Above all, Venus in Pisces believes in fairytales, happy endings and la vie en rose.
Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast-
This is la vie en rose
When you kiss me heaven sighs
And though I close my eyes
I see la vie en rose.
When you press me to your heart
I’m in a world apart
A world where roses bloom.
And when you speak
Angels sing from above-
Everyday words turn into love songs.
Give your heart and soul to me and
Life will always be
La vie en rose.
Think this sounds like you? It probably will if you’re a Pisces woman, have Venus in close aspect to Neptune- in particular the conjunction- or Venus in the 12th house.
Want to hear a version of La Vie En Rose with English lyrics? Check out this clip with Tony Bennett and KD Lang….It’s beautiful.