I have always found myths and legends to be fascinating—especially the ones related to the stars.
Recently, I have been reading through the Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon as a part of my path of self-discovery. One of the sections in her book, Time By The Stars, has piqued my interest in the formation of the zodiac constellations.
The Gemini Constellation
Gemini is Latin for twins. The Gemini constellation is one of the three air signs within the sphere of the zodiac.
Signs and Qualities of the Zodiac
The zodiac consists of four signs, air, water, fire, and earth. There are three qualities within each sign of the zodiac: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Gemini is considered to be the mutable quality of the air zodiac. Gemini is considered to entice multiplicity within oneself.
The Time of Gemini
The age of Gemini was roughly between 6006BC to 4006 BC. This was during the Bronze Age of man. (Please note that the dates of the ages are approximate. Just like with the rise and fall of nations, there is no exact start or end date for the ages.) During the age of Gemini there was an increased interest in literature and storytelling. The age of Gemini was a time of expression, increased trade, and improved communication.
Gemini and Mercury
Gemini is said to be ruled by the mercury. Mercury is considered a planetary messenger. Zodiacs ruled by Mercury are closely linked to information and technology.
Egyptian culture named the Gemini constellation the Pimahi or “the united”. It is believed that every person has duality within themselves, a struggle between the masculine and feminine energies within.
The Formation of the Gemini Constellation
There are many different myths about the formation of the Gemini constellation. Among the myths, the brother love between Castor and Pollux is the most well known.
Castor and Pollux
Castor and Pollux were half brothers although they were born as twins. Leda, wife of King Tyndareus of Sparta, was seduced by the great god Zeus. At the time, she had just conceived. Zeus was intimate with her and she conceived again.
Twin boys were born. Castor was the son of King Tyndareus (a mortal) and Pollux was the son of Zeus (an immortal demi-god). The boys grew up together and were as thick as blood could be.
They traveled the open seas with the Argonauts and most notably helped Jason when he went to retrieve the golden fleece. They returned to Sparta after their explorations with the Argonauts to find their sister, Helen, had been kidnapped by King Theseus of Attica.
The twins rescued Helen and brought her back to Sparta where she met Paris (yes, Helen is the Helen of Troy and the spark of the Trojan war). Castor and Pollux fell for the consorts of their cousins, Lynceus and Idas. They kidnapped the consorts, Phoebe and Hilaeira, which sparked a blood feud between the set of cousins.
In battle, Castor was mortally wounded by Idas while Pollux mortally wounded Lynceus. Idas tried to kill Pollux, but Zeus intervened and struck Idas with a bolt of lightning.
Pollux, in his grief, begged his father Zeus to strip him of his immortality so he can die alongside Castor. His love for his brother moved Zeus. Zeus agreed to Pollux request, but instead of death, Zeus placed Pollux and Castor in the sky as the Gemini constellation. The brothers would never be separated for all of eternity.
Finding The Gemini Constellation Among The Stars
You can find the Gemini constellation by drawing an imaginary line from the handle of the big dipper straight through the bowl. This will point you in the direction of Castor, the evening star. Once you have found Castor, search for the nearby star Pollux, the morning star. Pollux is the brighter of the two stars.
The Gemini constellation is easiest to spot in the night sky starting around January through May (late Winter through Spring). Gemini moves in a westward pattern through the night sky. In early February, you can find it right after night fall to the east. By late May, you can find the twins around midnight to the west.
Gemini: The Balance Of Dual Energies
The Age of Gemini was the birth of “the new world”. The land had completely transformed and began to “dry out” after the watery Age of Cancer.
The Age of Gemini signifies a time of balance. It was plagued with war and death, but also with art and literature. Two seemingly different ends of the spectrum. Oceanic trade bloomed and sparked a new era for mankind. Communication improved between countries. Nations rose and fell like the setting of the sun.
This was the time of the pyramids, for great architectural advancement. Where there was one god or goddess, a pantheon of gods developed (both male and female).
In nearly all cultures, the Gemini constellation signifies duality. There is a balance between the masculine and the feminine. From the patriarchal Age of Leo to the matriarchal Age of Cancer, the age of Gemini is the balance between masculine and feminine domination. Man and woman stood on equal ground.
Gemini represents the balance of both the masculine and feminine energies within each of us, our yin and yang.
Yin is the feminine energies within you. It is strongly connected to your intuition, creativity, meditation, and your emotions. Being feminine, your yin is connected to the moon and the peace that comes with the night.
Yang is the masculine energies within you. It is strongly connected to you assertiveness, goal-orientation, and the need to be in control or in power. Being masculine, your yang is connected to the sun and the constant activity.
My encounter with Gemini was when I realized I had too much yang in my life. Everyone needs balance in their life. Balance between work and play. Balance between social times and times of stillness. Spiritual and worldly.
When I realized my inner energies were out of balance, I decided to make a change. My work life dominated over my home life. It wasn’t easy to find a balance, and I still struggle from time to time. However, my energy is more in balance than it has ever been.
Gemini Inspires Balance Living
Gemini signifies a balanced life. You need time with others and time by yourself. Mental growth as well as physical health. Work and play. The duality of Gemini resides in everyone. What does Gemini mean to you? What happened when you encountered Gemini and started down your own path? Tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear your story. Or maybe you have started to feel the age of Gemini in your life but don’t know where to start.
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