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by Gary Brand - written May 15, 2006,
published in the June 2006 edition of Echo* newspaper

Mercury's unseen side photographed by Mariner 10 on
January 14, 2008 For more than 30 years, we have wondered what the hemisphere of Mercury that Mariner 10 never photographed looks like.  Messenger spacecraft took this image of about half of the hemisphere missed by Mariner 10 on January 14, 2008, the day of Messenger's closest approach to Mercury.  On the upper right is the bright Caloris basin, which was formed by the impact of a large asteroid or comet and is probably the largest impact basin in the solar system.  Courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

This is a 1491 woodcut of the classical representation
of Gemini as the twins. This is a 1491 woodcut of the classical representation of Gemini as a pair of young male twins.  From the 1491 edition of Bonatti (G.B. (c. 1282/1491)).
his is one of a series of articles about the metaphysical meanings of the signs.  Metaphysical astrology is the study of first principles and the esoteric or hidden meanings of the signs and planets.  This article addresses the first principles of Gemini, which we all have somewhere in our birth chart.  The meaning or energy of each sign of the zodiac manifests in some area of life symbolized in the birth chart of each of us, whether we have planets in a particular sign or not.  The entire visible Universe is based on the 12-fold manifestation of God we call the zodiac (E.H., p. 244 (1974)).  At the end of this article is a segment on impeachable Constitutional offenses, high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the Bush/Chaney regime.

The Greek myth of Gemini revolves around the half-brothers Castor and Pollux (the names of the two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini).  Their mother Leda was visited by Zeus (Jupiter) in the guise of a swan and subsequently brought forth two eggs.  One egg was of divine origin from which Pollux and Helen (of Troy, cause of the Trojan war), twin offspring of Zeus, were born.  From the other egg, the twins Castor and Clytemnestra, said to be the children of Tyndareus (Leda's husband), were born.  Despite their different fathers, Castro and Pollux were both considered Dioscuri (sons of Zeus) and became close friends.  Some primitive cultures regarded twins as semi-divine because one child was of divine origin as in the Castor/Pollux and Hercules/Iphicles myths.  During battle, Castor was mortally wounded and, when Zeus saw how devoted Pollux was to Castor, he took pity on them.  According to one tradition, Pollux was allowed to share his immortality with Castor and they subsequently lived on alternate days.  Another tradition says that Zeus placed them among the stars as the constellation of Gemini, the twins.

Interestingly, these half-brothers were each twins but with their sisters, not with one another.  Inherent in this myth are many examples of mirroring and dualism such as masculine and feminine (as the two sets of sister/brother twins in the myth), positive and negative, physical and metaphysical, young and old, strong and weak, rational and irrational, overt and covert, healthy and unhealthy, poor and rich, ethical and unethical, moral and amoral, responsible and carefree, life and death.  Ideally or ironically, we are often repulsed by what we see in our metaphoric mirrors - the righteous are repulsed by the iniquitous, the rich are repulsed by the poor (often out of fear), too often the young are repulsed by the old (again out of fear), the healthy are repulsed by the unhealthy, etc.  Often repulsion of others results from denial of some part of our own dark side.

The sign of Gemini is symbolic of duality, like the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the book of Genesis and, as such, represents our constant choosing between what we know in our souls as right or wrong, good or evil.  God warned Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden because partaking of its fruits would bring suffering and death.  Good and evil have arisen as a result of separation from Divine Unity and only through this separation are the processes of recognition and comparison possible.  This Biblical story means is that when we partake of something (eat the apple of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), we take it into ourselves, become identical with it.  Through identifying (a Gemini process) with our body, its appetites and desires, we eat the fruits of this tree, including joy, sensual pleasures, suffering and death.

Everything in the physical Universe has an invisible, opposite, complimentary, unmanifested half.  When we express or manifest something positive, the negative (complimentary half) remains invisible and unmanifested.  When we look at the limbs of a tree, we see that they branch upward and outward and this pattern of branching is symbolic of our life choices branching out from the trunk of our upbringing.  This branching is also a Gemini metaphor for our seeking of knowledge (one realization leads to another) and the distractions along the way pursued out of human curiosity.  What we don't see when we look at a tree is the extensive root system with its many hidden branches, a good analogy for the unmanifested, complimentary half of everything physical.  The key to reuniting with our invisible, unmanifested (spiritual) selves and thereby return to divine Unity is our intellect (Gemini and Mercury).  The twins of the myth are really an illusion - they are one in the same.  What about the illusion that Bush and Chaney are benevolent?

Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution says the president "...shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of... high crimes and misdemeanors."  In evidence that Bush and Chaney have committed such crimes:  they have denied the writ of habeas corpus to U.S. citizens in violation of Article I, Section 9; they have deprived people of their liberty (held them in jail indefinitely) without due process of law in violation of Amendment V; they have deprived people of the right to a speedy trial by a jury and, even if they are not U.S. citizens, this is in violation of international law and the spirit of Amendment VI; they are responsible for cruel and unusual punishment being inflicted on detainees (in the form of torture in secret prisons) in violation of Amendment VIII; they have authorized secret wiretaps of phone calls of innocent U.S. citizens without first obtaining a court order, in violation of U.S. law and Amendment IV of the Constitution; and in violation of international law, they waged war against a nation that posed no threat to the U.S.

If we are a nation of laws, we cannot complacently allow such abuses and erosions of our liberties, no matter how great the threat or acts of terrorism.  Would you rather live in a free country with the minuscule possibility of being killed by a terrorist (automobile accidents and fast foods pose a much greater risk of death) than live in a totalitarian state free of foreign terrorism but rampant with repression and fear?  Why do terrorists want to kill us?  Could it be because our foreign policy is formulated and perpetrated by egomaniacs?  Yet, we all are complicit in this.  When we look in the mirror (Gemini), isn't there some measure of the Bush/Chaney countenance in our reflection?  Most of the world see Americans as arrogant so is it any wonder that arrogant personalities claw their way to the top of the political heap?  What can we do?  Be less fearful (of terrorism and death), be more proactive in safeguarding our freedoms, communicate (Gemini) more with cultures we don't understand, and shift our consumerism (Gemini) and pursuit of physical comforts (that put inordinate pressure on the world's dwindling resources) to a simpler, more compassionate, spiritual lifestyle.

See related article Metaphysical Mercury.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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