In “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” Harold creates a world for himself with his purple crayon.
The Amazon.com review describes the story:
“’One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.’ So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement.
But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fantasy. Cherubic, round-headed Harold conducts his adventure with the utmost prudence, letting his imagination run free, but keeping his wits about him all the while.
He takes the necessary purple-crayon precautions: drawing landmarks to ensure he won’t get lost; sketching a boat when he finds himself in deep water; and creating a purple pie picnic when he feels the first pangs of hunger.”
What sign of the zodiac is Harold?
Harold creates an entire world with his imagination – this is Pure Pisces.
Not only does Harold create his world, but he reacts to it. Harold is providing a message that takes years of meditation to understand.
We create stories, react to those stories, then create more stories in response.
At the end of the tale, Harold goes to sleep, turning off his stories. Or were the stories part of his sleep?
What is reality?
Pisces, more than any other sign, lives in its imagination. Pisces has an “otherworldly” quality and sometimes just isn’t in the room with you (or on planet earth with you).
Purple is the color of the crown chakra, which, according to this site, “represents that part of our consciousness concerned with perceptions of unity or separation.”
Pisces, being the last sign of the zodiac, is about merging in contrast to Aries, the first sign, which is about assertion of self.
I find that both the first (Aries) and last (Pisces) signs of the zodiac have a certain naïveté. At the beginning and end of the zodiacal cycle, it appears innocence is needed.
Harold casts no judgment on his creations. He organically and impulsively creates them then creates a way out of them into the next imaginative sequence. But he doesn’t judge. In fact, he doesn’t talk at all.
When your Pisces is quiet, he/she has retreated to the world of the “purple crayon.”
The writer of “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” Crockett Johnson, was a Libra sun and probably Sagittarius moon.
Sagittarius is the great wanderer of the zodiac. No wonder Harold wanders in his imagination.
Johnson had Saturn in Pisces squaring that moon (and Venus) in Sagittarius. Saturn is where we lack or feel restriction (and subsequent insecurity). Crockett felt insecurity in a Pisces way, about his imagination and merging with others.
Johnson the Libra probably mated early, as Libras do, but had a desire to wander off into the void, alone, like Harold, with only his imagination.
I almost added Harold in the blog on nomadism as Harold is clearly not restricted by physical reality. While it isn’t easy to be a physical nomad in our society, we can still be an imaginative “nomad.”
Johnson probably had a little nomad in him, wandering off physically (Sagittarius moon) and imaginatively (Saturn in Pisces).
The desire for more imaginative worlds than three-dimensional reality can lead some to drugs. I don’t know if Johnson had this desire.
Harold is an undifferentiated Pisces. While Harold walks, he has an infant-toddler look. He’s at the age when differentiated reality (Virgo) is being just being learned.
Virgo says “This is a sidewalk. It is where we walk. This is a dog. This is a cat.”
Pisces says the teacher is really an alien being and the classroom is a spaceship. Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes was also a Pisces. Calvin’s tiger was real, but no one could see it but Calvin.
We’re encouraged as children to use our imaginations. We read books where Harold and others imagine beautiful, ugly and magical realities.
And somewhere it stops. We are then told our imaginations are fantasy.
Harold is special because he uses imagination to create reality. Imagination and reality are not separate in his purple-crayon world. He flows in and out of his self-created images like water flowing downstream between rocks.
Harold teaches us that when we are in the unknown alone, we have only our imagination.