AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril orangean, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.
From the Twins come less laborious callings and a more agreeable way of life, provided by varied song and voices of harmonious tone, slender pipes, the melodies inborn in strings and the words fitted thereto: those so endowed find even work a pleasure. They would banish the arms of war, the trumpet’s call, and the gloom of old age: theirs is a life of ease and unfading youth spent in the arms of love. They also discover paths to the skies, complete a survey of the heavens with numbers and measurements, and outstrip the flight of the stars: nature yields to their genius, which it serves in all things. So many are the accomplishments of which the Twins are fruitful.
Cyril Fagan, THE SYMBOLISM OF THE STAR CONSTELLATIONS, 1962
SUN IN GEMINI: Jun 17 – Jul 16
Mercury is held to be the nocturnal ruler of Gemini….In ancient star maps Gemini was represented by two naked boys, one of whom holds a lyre and the other a sickle knife. Old authors aver that Gemini represented the gaiety and delight of youth, and produced those who enchant everybody with their conversational ability, wit, music and song. The influence of Gemini was likened to the attributes accredited to its boyish regent, Mercury. These are extraordinarily varied and include gymnastics, travelling, craftsman-ship, manual dexterity, rhetoric, writing, dancing, mathematics; to which may be added astronomy, radio-telegraphy, linguistics, broadcasting, sound recording, correspondence and journalism. The statistics compiled by Brigadier R. C. Firebrace suggest that they pervade the medical field which has for its emblem the cadeceus of Mercury.
As Mercury was also the god of thieves and of perjury and falsehood, it was anciently held that natives of its two constellations, Gemini and Virgo, were more prone to such peccadillos, than were those of the other constellations, which, however, is a very moot point. But it seems certain that natives of Gemini are the least religiously inclined of all. The word Mercury comes from the Latin root merx, meaning merchandise, and when it comes to buying and selling the scions of Gemini are in their element. They always seem to get the best of the bargain.
In money dealings they are clever, perhaps too clever for their own good, especially in the handling of petty cash. Hating to have to part with their money, they usually succeed in making the other fellow pay up when dining out, or when attending the theatre, and the like. Thus in business they are exceptionally astute, but not always over-scrupulous, and are quick to seize an opportunity which is to their own advantage. They are also remarkable for their versatility and adaptability.
Being a dual-sign, Castor cannot exist without his Pollux, nor the native of Gemini without his ‘alter ego,’ because Gemini folk unlike Taureans cannot endure being alone. They will put off until the last moment the time of parting from a friend, and then, when he or she has at last gone, give vent to a flood of tears. Should their companion become friendly with another, they become quite miserable and even jealous, for they want to possess completely and exclusively. When engaged in conversation, wherein they excel, they forget the passage of time, and will tarry until the last bus or train has gone, and even then lingers on.
Like the veering winds their opinions and plans alter completely from day to day, and they react strongly to every breeze that blows, thereby making them a strange contradiction. Gemini being essentially a ‘mental’ constellation, its children live mostly in the mind and feed upon their nerves. Intellectual and brilliant, they are, nevertheless, restless and seldom at ease, always craving excitement or sensation. Even in repose the hands and feet are often aquiver. Some of the world’s greatest conversationalists and vocalists are numbered among them, and they know of few greater joys than entertaining an audience and holding its attention unless it be touring the world in a high powered car or on the foot-plates of a railway engine.
Variety is to them the spice of life and they are equally proficient at such sports as golf, tennis and boxing as they are in being journalists, aviators, globe-trotters and commercial travellers. But to enthrall an audience, or even a few people, with the flow of their eloquence, is for them the essence of life, enhancing as it does their egos. Their restless spirit forces them continually to seek variety, usually in travel. To allay their inner nervous excitement, especially when frustrated, many of them smoke to excess or seek relief in alcohol or drugs. Frequently the Gemini native will be found in occupations connected with the world of publications libraries, selling of books and the like.
Representative of this constellation, mention may be made of: George Bidder, Dr. Thomas Arnold, Lord Kitchener, George Sand, Rousseau, Rider Haggard, Remarque, William Stead, P.T. Barnum, Whistler, Rockefeller, Henry VIII, Garibaldi, Lord Birkenhead, Sarah Jennings, Cecil Rhodes, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Amy Johnston and Jimmy Walker. Dillinger, ‘Legs’ Diamond, and Pierre Laval were also natives of this constellation. Jean-Paul Sartre, Henry David Thoreau, John D. Rockefeller, Calvin Coolidge, Helen Keller, Marc Chagall, Jean Cocteau, Pearl S. Buck, Oscar Hammerstein II, Louis Armstrong, Gertrude Lawrence, Nelson Rockefeller, Saul Bellow, Andrew Wyeth, Ingmar Bergman, Ringo Starr, Gina Lollobrigida.
MOON IN GEMINI
When the Moon is in Gemini, the feelings and emotional life, generally, are for the most part, expressed through the verbal plane – that is through words, symbols and ideas rather than through real-life actions. The play of ideas, imagination and fantasies usurp the place of experience. Moon-in-Gemini folk shine as orators, lawyers, actors, conversationalists, raconteurs, lecturers and others – those people who like to declaim from the rostrum or pulpit. Many of them make gifted writers. They live and have their being in a realm of ideas and counter-ideas, rarely ‘coming down to earth.’
A Moon-in-Gemini individual is quite capable of writing convincingly every week a column in the press on, say, chicken-farming, although he or she has never seen a chicken farm. They are great arm-chair philosophers’ and, with a great show of erudition, discuss everything from a needle to an anchor. They do, however, possess a great deal of information on all topics, mostly garnered from newspapers and the like. Although they delight in talking, they are poor listeners, their minds being too full of their own opinions to heed those of another. They are quick to see the humour of a situation, and they enjoy modern life to the full. In general, Moon-in-Gemini folk represent the ‘white-collar workers,’ and they will usually be found in offices, libraries, bookshops, schools, universities, lecture halls, post offices, telegraph offices or at home surrounded by office equipment or bookshelves. An occupation, which they also find congenial, is that of bus, taxi, lorry or engine driving. They are happiest when mated with Sun-in-Gemini folk.
Among those who have the Moon in Gemini at their births are the following: Beaudelaire, Bernado, Annie Besant, General Booth, Calvin Coolridge, Canova, Edward Carson, Catherine II of Russia, Nurse Cavell, Charles B. Cochran, Commodus, Robert Cross (Raphael), Culpepper, Guy de Maupassant, Alfred du Musset, Margaret de Valois, Stephen Foster, Garibaldi, Andre Gide, McLiammoir, John Stuart Mill, Sir Isaac Newton, Madame Patti, William Pitt, Proclus, Puccini, Cecil Rhodes, Will Rogers, Franklin Roosevelt.
Rupert Gleadow, YOUR CHARACTER IN THE ZODIAC, 1968
Youthfulness is another trait of Gemini, and even extends to the undignified youthfulness of those old enough to know better… Gemini is intellectual and argumentative, which agrees with modern ideas… This seems to work out in practice as changeableness. If you cheat Gemini, he will hate you today, but wake up tomorrow having forgotten all about it; he is too fickle to bear malice.
The Mercurial type varies between the quick-witted businessman, the thinker, the artist, the schoolmaster and the dilettante. All of these are typically Geminian, and …the native is often attracted to work in a university or school which is ‘a little world of its own.’ This is the constellation of nursemaids, schoolteachers and those who like to associate with the immature (including psycho-analysts). It corresponds to the ‘maternal’ tendency in tropical Cancer.
As an unexpected contract to this, Gemini has much courage and patriotic devotion. The basic motto seems to be “Life’s a game,’ and possibly, like a child, the Geminian lacks emotional imagination; hence, if the game turns dangerous, either he is not much tempted to run away, or else feels that one must play it according to the rules. This makes him an adventurer who enjoys an unexpected role (‘Fancy me doing this!’). Several examples occur in the…list of famous Geminians, beginning with Garibaldi.
The first line gives three persons passionately interested in education. The adventurous spirit is seen easily in the writers, and even the musicians show the Geminian character of not being over-serious…. Gluck and Offenbach are good examples in music, to a lesser extent Stravinsky and Menotti; and Berlioz, when required to give a concert in St Petersburg, replied that he would do so on the tambourine. …they succeed on the stage, as journalists, spies, company promoters, teachers, adventurers and writers of fiction. Gemini is well illustrated by the slightly childish adventure stories of Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling.
These people also excel in the sciences and learned professions, but they are natural hedonists and want to spend their whole life enjoying themselves; hence they are not religious, indeed this is the least religious of the signs. To the Geminian scientist, work in his laboratory is just a great game and cannot have moral implications. As an example, Fred Hoyle, at the end of a set of broadcast talks on astronomy, turned aside to insert a gratuitous and shallow attack on religion, which he does not understand.
The unpleasant and dirty sides of life Geminians prefer to ignore, as Manilius says. They incur thereby the censure of Taurus and Scorpio, who accuse them of being selfish and superficial and not taking life seriously. They enjoy talking, are sometimes proud of their literary skill, and are pleasant socially when not too childish or garrulous. They will take trouble to make themselves admired, but easily become smart and superficial because they are interested in techniques, and will play a trick for the mere pleasure of admiring their own skill. Being nervy, they sometimes become weak-willed and unreliable, and smoke too much.
…Gemini is said to be gay and bright, adaptable and versatile, a good talker, useful with his hands and apt to change his employment. Though he enjoys playing the expert, it is remarkable how long he remains in a state of trustful innocence. Since he loves variety he will change his opinion without noticing that he has done so. Henry VIII, who was under this constellation, took a very long time to learn that others do not always know better, and never outgrew his father’s command to get a male heir; he had much patriotic feeling, could not bear loneliness, and very appropriately the best known of his songs begins:
Pastime with good company I love,
and shall until I die.
Sidereal Gemini In Depth
Isn’t it amazing the way the thousand and one things flash in and out of your mind at a moments notice? You enjoy variety and novelty and always want to know what the latest fashion trend is.
The narrative line is important and you spend a lot of time in your own mind talking to yourself. Not that you are engrossed in an inner dialogue deliberately it just happens even when you are asleep. You spend a lot of time rehearsing what you are going to say to people, some of whom are imaginary, or what you should have said to people, some of whom are also imaginary.
Essentially alienated and detached from your world you put great effort into trying to show a genuine interest in others. But others don’t really exist for you beyond what ever information you are able to gather about them. This makes you sad sometimes, though not for long.
You act in the most spontaneous adaptable and easy going manner ready to engage everyone and anyone. You like to put on a very convincing display of how open minded and progressive you are. This gives you enough popularity to get you invited along to the party. You take the occasional trip through the dark side of town just to see what you are missing out on.
Anything that offers continuous variety novelty and change appeals to you. Journalism, Advertising, Information Technology and sales involving travel are obvious choices. But you are also extremely status conscious so you seek higher education and training for the prestige they confer. You have a natural aptitude for music, writing, science, information technology, and law.
Being highly secretive you never let anyone know what you really think of them. In the privacy of your inner mind you judge everyone you meet slotting them into a private cast and status system that you believe in. You lie to people as a matter of course and only get caught when you have not been given enough time to rehearse. Consequently you have become highly adept at changing the subject in a hurry.
You are convinced that society is composed of two kinds of people: the privileged and the underprivileged. You do everything in your power to be associated with the privileged and become one of them.
In love you are a bit of a lightweight due to the fact that you are really a bachelor at heart and never let anyone get to where you really live. You never enter into anything without thinking about how you are going to get back out of it should the need arise. Consequently others pick up on a certain coldness and distance coming from you. Real intimacy eludes you but you can be happy enough with someone just like you.
Your spiritual interests tend to be wide-ranging and eclectic. As you love to read and inform yourself you probably have a collection of spiritual literature. You share what you have found without ever committing to a specific spiritual path yourself. Beware of the god/dess you worship in secret.