flash through his mind like the flash of a fish in the water, are often truly brilliant.  What he lacks is staying power, discipline, continuity, and the ordinary respect for hard work and good craftsmanship that has propelled many a mediocre writer of far less ability into fame and fortune.  Pisces often presents himself as the new Poet, the new Writer, the new Filmmaker, the new Prophet.  One day….when the world understands him…  But the world is so annoying sometimes.  It expects him, HIM…to hustle like ordinary folk, and work ordinary jobs, pay ordinary rent bills and electricity bills and national health stamps and car insurance, when it should all be made easy, after all, if they only knew what talent he had, what he could do for the world…  A familiar story, and a sad one.  And the saddest part of all is that, often, the Pisces won't be able to find the happy middle, the balance point between valuing his dreams and taking the time to craft them into shape.  He simply becomes embittered, disillusioned, and gives up in disgust.  So the visionary becomes the most prosaic and most cynical of men, and never writes a line again, or scorns the paintbox that lays in the attic gathering dust.  And he can say to his grandchildren, 'Yes, once I dreamt of being a painter….  But…but….something went wrong.'  What?  The confrontation with reality, the meeting  of the melusine with the mortal.  Either extreme is failure:  drowning underwater, or losing the dream because it's exposed too soon, without faith.

Pisces is sometimes called the sign of self-undoing.  And it is important to remember that it's truly self-undoing with Pisces, never the undoing of others.  Pisces often has such a wealth of talent and vision that he is one of the most blessed of men.  Yet so often his life is a failure.  And this is because of his shadow:  his visions of self-aggrandisement are so often too large, much too immense to ever be fulfilled, so he's doomed to self-disappointment and self-disgust.  And his bitterness at life can erode him, because he feels betrayed by it.  If he can begin to understand that he is it, that there isn't any 'world' that is inimical to him, that he must simply understand both the divine and the mortal sides of himself and care for them both, then he's truly unlimited.  And what strange children marriage with a melusine can produce?

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