contain only saints and sinners, with hardly a normal pilgrim among them. Yes, the Pisces experience is the most vulnerable one, the most tempting to angels… the most likely to produce a 'fallen angel.' A Fish may do nicely in Neptune's school, then one day happen to forget the generosity mastered through the Aries, Sagittarius and Leo incarnations, become stingy - and fall. Or live a smooth life of enlightenment, then some morning (or night), amnesia-like, forget the lessons of Libra fairness, and unkindly judge another… or forget the faint-remembered Taurus patience, and make some impulsive decision, agonizingly regretted, too late. It's not exactly fun, being a Fish. So much more knowing is required of these men and women. They're all on the karmic Honour System, and any West Point cadet can tell you how difficult a test of one's worth any Honour System is - deceptively free, yet spiritually and ethically, extremely restrictive.
And so, the Fish float through the complex mazes of their existence, often searching pathetically for their own identities. When they do catch a glimpse of their real images in Life's mirror, they are first terrified, then disbelieving. What they see is a godlike self, difficult for the Neptune humility to accept. So they deny it, hide from it, and finally flee from it, into acting or music - often into the escape of drugs, alcohol or illusion. A few settle into some sort of mundane ambition in the material world, which is entirely foreign to the imaginative Neptunian essence, and therefore, obviously not the Pisces route to happiness. The majority, however (fortunately for the rest of us), flee into creative endeavours, public service, science, religion, healing, teaching - or full-time private devotion to friends, neighbours and relatives.
If the Fish does not understand himself (or herself) the Gemini Twins are only too willing to clear up the mystery. Mercury-ruled people feel they can solve anything, figure out anything, take it apart, see how it works, then put it back together again. But after their cold critical analysis of Pisces, they sometimes leave the pieces scattered around, without putting them back the way they found them. A Fish who has been taken apart by Gemini can flounder helplessly for years attempting to recover his or her self-respect. Gemini is challenged to clear up the perpetual confusion hanging over Pisces with the razor-sharp Mercury mind, but some Twins can't swim deep enough to even get past the seaweed… like human sandpipers, pecking away at nothing, unable to see the bottom of the ocean or to recognize its depth.
The wiser Piscean will usually look with indulgence, if not with genuine affection, upon the sometimes childlike antics of the Twins. If Gemini lives (and many Twins do) in an enchanted realm of make-believe, Pisces is delighted to visit there too. But Gemini tends to analyze and label all mystical kingdoms even while frolicking there, and that spoils all the fun for Pisces. A dream is a dream… why come too near, look too closely? Pisces will not stand for personal probing or insistent questioning by the curious Gemini. If pressed too often, the Fish will either glide away to another stream, or take the easier escape of deception, all the way from subtle evasion to outright lying - justified by Neptune as 'simple' self-protection from an invasion of personal privacy.
Sometimes the Pisces man or woman will unconsciously get even with Gemini for being continually forced into a position of accommodation, by refusing to show an energetic response to the Twins' exuberance in communicating some marvelous new idea or plan. This may be the beginning of the end, because Gemini cannot long bear to have his (or her) enthusiasms and flashes of inspiration sprinkled with Pisces pessimism, or dampened by Neptune's wet blankets. When they choose, the Fish can be soothingly supportive, full of faith and encouragement. If they don't choose, well… there may come a time when the Mercury Bird is left out on a limb, singing alone.
There are some things these two can share happily, some ways in which they bear a striking resemblance. One of them is the appreciation of beauty. Most of us don't notice beauty enough, I guess, but Gemini and Pisces are both acutely aware of the transiting loveliness of Nature, the changing of the seasons, sunrise and sunset - and both are usually