The stars and the constellations have always more or less fascinated us. Because of the revolutionaries’ recent stunt of attempting to destroy the zodiac, due to “racial connotations,” and our thwarting them by intercepting their channels on one of their secret frequencies (this is thanks to the genius of one of our amazing, newer operatives), our fascination has morphed into a type of endearment. One constellation in particular piques our interest, due to the fact that the Greco-Roman backstory seems to “graze” the mental condition of one of our newer operatives (the aforementioned). The recent antics of the silly militants have brought to our attention the need to pay our respects by presenting the history of the twins, or, Gemini, like many have done before us. We will explain a few details about the constellation, who these twins are, then attempt to connect their story to the mental illness our operative struggles with. This article is not comprehensive or exhaustive by any means. There are researchers and scholars out in the world that are utterly prodigious and incredible, that, because of their unrelenting sacrifice and hard work, we owe much of our current understanding and knowledge to. As we salute these researchers and scholars, we place this article out in the ether, with hope that the correct soul/s may be helped, in some capacity, by this subject matter. Enjoy!
According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, Gemini is:
1: the third zodiacal constellation that is pictorially represented as the twins Castor and Pollux sitting together, that is visible in the sky on the opposite side of the Milky Way from Taurus and Orion, and that is located between Cancer and Taurus in the zodiac
2a: the third sign of the zodiac in astrology
b: one born under the sign of Gemini
- Astronomy. the Twins, a zodiacal constellation between Taurus and Cancer containing the bright stars Castor and Pollux.
- Astrology.the third sign of the zodiac: the mutable air sign. a person born under this sign, usually between May 21st and June 20th.
- a two-person U.S. spacecraft designed for orbital rendezvous and docking: used in 1965–66 in various experiments preparatory to a landing on the moon.
As we read, these definitions cover the astronomical and astrological aspects of the constellation, along with, the 1965-1966 space program, The Gemini Project. After weeks of assemblies and conclaves, consulting with the company necromancer, and numerous knife fights and brawls (6 lawsuits are pending), we came to the conclusion that we will refrain from discussing the Gemini Project, and, the Gemini cryptocurrency company (the first Google and Bing search result).
As our dictionary friends above (no, we don’t pray to them) state, Gemini is the third constellation of the zodiac and hangs between Cancer and Taurus. It’s about 7 hours right ascension and 22° north declination, and is home to the summer solstice. Gemini’s two brightest stars are Castor and Pollux, and contains the neutron star Geminga. Pollux, or Beta Geminorum, is the brightest star of Gemini. It is a red giant, with a magnitude of 1.15, and is 33.7 light years away, making it the 17th brightest star in the sky. The planet, Pollux b, was discovered in 2006, and orbits the Pollux star every 590 days. The planet is three times the size of Jupiter, and maintains an average distance of 157 million miles (253 million km) from the star. Castor, or Alpha Geminorum, is the second brightest star in the constellation. It is a multiple star system, containing six component stars, with a combined magnitude of 1.58. The system is 51.5 light years away.
Astrologically, Gemini is the third constellation of the zodiac, and is a mutable air sign. The constellation’s season is roughly from May 22 through June 20 (the summer equinox) every year. Gemini is referred to as “the twins,” because of its two bright stars. In the west, we know them as Castor and Pollux, the twin deities of ancient Greece. These stars are also known as Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome; the older and younger versions of Horus in Egyptian astrology; a pair of peacocks in Arabian astrology.
According to dictionary.com, Gemini is a middle English term with its first known usage in the 14th century. The word is derivative of the Latin, gemini, which is plural for geminus. Gemini is a plural term, and is genitive to geminorum. An online Latin dictionary, whose hard copy was found by one of our combat engineers in the field, which will be cited at the end, shows “geminorum” as a medical term, referring to two embryos, or perhaps, the splitting of one embryo to make twins. Other genitives are:
Geminus – born together; twin-born
Gemina – twins
Geminum – Paired; double; two-fold
In English, there is gemination, which, again, dictionary.com says:
- doubling; duplication; repetition
- the doubling of a consonantal sound
- the immediate repetition of a word, phrase, etc., for rhetorical effect.
- In medicine: Embryologic partial division of a primordium, as of a single tooth germ forming two teeth.
As we see, from the etymology, and the cultural/religious symbolism of the constellation, the meaning ascribed to Gemini goes much, much deeper than merely “twins.” Now, we will explore probably the most well-known archetypes of Gemini. At least, well-known to western culture. We will find that the “twindom” of these two remarkable figures touches only the surface of what they represent, which we will explore in the next post.
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