imagination, Geminis paint marvelous word pictures of nonsensical things and somehow manage to make them seem real and logical to sane people, as well as to themselves. By so believing, Mercury dreams eventually, materialize and manifest.
Because Leo inwardly senses that Geminis are telling the truth as they see it, the large Leonine heart goes out to the Twins in sympathetic recognition of a soul brother - or sister. Of course, Leo understands. It's like the song from The King and I - 'make believe you're brave, and the trick will get you far. You can be as brave - as you make believe you are!'
What hurts and perplexes the Gemini Mercury Birds is the way others, who are less sympathetic than Leo, interpret their talent for conjuring up imagery. They can't fathom why it is, when other people do the same thing, they're called creative, imaginative - astute traders, or shrewd businessmen. When the Twins do it, they're called con artists, liars - or, at the very least, deceptively slick and quick with the facts. Geminis think they have the world and everyone in it analysed down to the last nuance. That is, until they bump up against the exceptions to the rule and finally come to the conclusion that the world may consist entirely of exceptions. It figures. The Twins themselves are.
From childhood, Geminis have been acutely aware that illusion is the most dependable of all riches. No Broadway stage is as packed with dreams and colour as the 'theatre of the mind.' And so, the Twins cast themselves in all roles, from the character actors to the ingénues, from the stars to the lowliest bit players, sometimes slipping into the part of the stagehands or musicians. Why not? They've also decided they're the producers and directors, so they can be whatever they choose to be.
However, when playing the boards with the Big Cats, the Twins best be cautious about grabbing off the plum titles of Star, Director or Producer. If there's any kind of show going on, anywhere, at any time, actual or make-believe, you can bet your greasepaint and footlights that Leos are going to insist on directing it and producing it - and most definitely will star in it. No one successfully outshines a Lion or a Lioness for very long, let alone upstages a King or Queen.
That's usually just fine and dandy with the airy, detached Geminis. The Twins are, if the truth be told, actually far more interested in changing the scenery than in hogging the encores. They appreciate press notices as much as Leo, and they're equally, if not more adept in the art of getting heard about or written about. But they'll normally, if they're typical Mercury Birds, move gracefully aside and allow the vainer Leos to take most of the bows before a live audience.
Is it because Gemini is a Mutable Sign? Not necessarily. The Twins have another 'method to their madness.' When you're out front, headlining the show, you see, you're vulnerable to being inspected by a bunch of curious strangers. It makes many Geminians in the entertainment field uncomfortable if he-she can't wear the many-coloured cloak of multifaceted identity, which is so handy for disguising a Twin - or even Triplet - personality, who's pretending to be one single entity.
It's been said that inside every plump person is a skinny twin, longing to escape. That's especially true of the chubby Geminis, who have gained weight in an unconscious effort to hide their secret selves - to stop running so fast - because they were bored into eating by a lack of opportunity for physical activity and mental challenge - or through some hidden guilt and frustration connected with their tangled emotions. Gemini fatties, however, are rare, since the skinny Twin is normally the more insistent one, because of being aware that the ability to flash around thin, and therefore less noticeable, is a more effective means of masquerading. This is the real reason why the few plump Mercury Birds are so very much more miserable than people of any other Sun Sign (except Scorpio and Pisces) who have gained weight. They don't mind the burden of extra pounds so much, and they're not unduly concerned