We’re officially in the season of the fish! Happy birthday to my fellow Pisces people.

“There are some fish that cannot be caught. It’s not that they’re faster or stronger than other fish. They’re just touched by something extra. Call it luck. Call it grace.” – Edward Bloom, Big Fish










I am definitely a full blown Pisces girl in every way. I love water in every form – bodies of it, bodies of it frozen solid, freezing cold, comfortably warm, rain, snow, a mix of both – you name it, I love it. I don’t just like to see it, I like to be in it. I also like all-things shiny, and like to think that its more mermaid habit (à la Ariel) than magpie. Some of my all-time favorite movies include Big Fish, Mermaids, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Since I also really like to be scared, one of my favorite childhood folklore stories (story best told and illustrated in Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee) is that of lake lurker Jenny Greenteeth. Being an almost-lifelong Michigander makes for easy access to water. Going from being surrounded by water to being in the middle of mountains certainly wasn’t a bad trade off, but during my four years in Colorado, I frequently ended up off the hiking trail and in the nearest mountain stream or reservoir. I quickly realized that Lake Michigan in spring is bathwater compared to the temperature of mountain streams any time of the year. But I would not be deterred! I’m excited for my first spring (and birthday!) back in Michigan.

This time of year is an interesting one for many, especially in Michigan: water returns to our lives with a vengeance in spring and summer. Sure, most of us look at snow outside our windows all winter. But something happens to all of us here when the snow starts to melt and we watch the big, thawed puddles forming. It’s a sign… that promise of spring that makes us smile, instills a little spark of fresh hope, even puts an extra spring in our soggy step. We shake off winter’s hibernation and we are ready… for boat season. Oh, are we ready. John’s been ready since the boats were taken out of the water last fall. Its a way of life here in Michigan and one that we’ve missed dearly.

In preparation for one of my favorite times of the year, I’ve been collecting some pretty (and shiny, of course) Piscean images. Check out my board, come away to the water ♓, on Pinterest

I’ve also created a mix tape (surprise!) packed with shimmery songs about all-things-water. You’ll find Come Away to the Water from Glen Hansard and Maroon 5’s version (heard on The Hunger Games soundtrack), Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Florence + the Machine, Elton John, Lauryn Hill, Van Morrison even Brad Paisley (yep, that water song!) Please enjoy Come Away to the Water on Spotify.

I believe the season of the fish, the Pisces folk, are scheduled to come into astrological power during the perfect time of year, to give the moon and the sun and the powers that be the swift kick in the pants they need to melt the frozen snow into its most beloved form: lake water.

“I’m a Pisces, and people say that Pisces make the best lovers. That’s because Pisces are fish, and it’s like my grandpa always used to say, ‘Its the next best thing to making love to a mermaid.'” – Jarod Kintz

– Emily