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    About Gemini

    By Myriam Maytorena

    Gemini is an Air Sign.

    The 3rd Sign of the Zodiac which also rules the third House, the House of Communication. Gemini is ruled by the Planet Mercury. In ancient times Mercury was the Messenger God. In the Zodiac Gemini is opposite Sagittarius.

    The Astrological Symbol of Gemini is Twins. Geminis have a dual nature and therefore seem changeable, sometimes reckless and fickle.

    They tend to do many different things superficially.

    Totally flexible and adaptable, they can work at multiple tasks simultaneously but they may lack persistence.

    Gemini, the sign of the Twins, is dual-natured, elusive, complex and contradictory.

    They are communicators who have many different interests and are bright and quick-witted.

    They make friends easily and are charming and curious.

    They may have difficulty making decisions.

    If they learn to harness their efforts in one area they tend to be very successful.

    They make great salesmen and can talk you into anything they want to.

    They are funny and most of them like to dance.

    They need lots of rest and fresh air.

    They seek themselves through what they think.

    Geminis want to be themselves, act for themselves, do for themselves.

    To learn to do this will take a long time, they initially will rebel against authority, dashing from here to there their whole lives, from place to place, from job to job, from wife to wife. Quite often they love gambling, Free Love, breaking rules until they discover practical Good Sense. Since they lack the quality of conscientiousness, they are liable to fight a losing battle in any attempts they make to be moral.

    They have to learn during their lifetime to progress rather than destroy. To them life is a game which must always be full of fresh moves and continuous entertainment, free of work and routine.

    They quickly learn to use their outward attractiveness to gain their own ends. Negatively they can turn into confidence shysters, thieves and even adepts in the black arts. They rebel against conventions and have to convince themselves quite strongly to move in a straight line rather than going nowhere in a circle.

    Planetary Ruler: Mercury
    Element: Air
    Gemini Colors: Yellow and light blue.
    Compatible Star-Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
    Opposite Sign: Sagittarius
    Gemini Gemstones: Amethyst, Aventure, Aquamarine, Agate, Citrine, Emerald, Tiger's Eye
    Flowers: Lavender, Lilac, azalea, sweet pea.
    Bach Flower Essences: Clematis for absent-mindedness, Attention Deficit Disorder, inattention. Vervain to relieve stress, exhaustion.
    Metals: alloys; mercury compounds; quicksilver
    Cell Salt: kali mur
    Keynote: F
    Vowel: Ah
    Mantra Bija: Yam
    Sound : Wind
    Instrument: Violin
    Chakra: 4th - Heart - Anahata
    Energy: Compassion, Love
    Aromatherapy: All mints, benzoin, bergamot, caraway, dill, lavender, lemongrass, lily of the valley, sweet pea.
    Karmic Challenges: Mental focus, superficial, scattered, rootlessness, nervousness and nervous disorders, hay fever, shallow breathing, chest disorders.

    There are two sides to the Gemini, as indicated by the Twins of gemini. Geminis are excellent communicators, eloquent and clever with words. Geminis are independent and do not like to rely on others for happiness or wellbeing. Geminis bore easily and seek out change routinely.

    Geminis are extremely curious. They are the most lighthearted sign in the zodiac, hands down. The Twins' circle of acquaintances is as varied as their interests, so they see an awful lot of invitations. Of all the reasons we love to have our Gemini pals around, their wit comes first. These folks find humor in absolutely everything, and their ability to say what's on their minds in an extremely entertaining fashion is world-famous and well deserved. These word-wizards and storytellers can impersonate anyone and anything at the drop of a hat, including accents, gestures and subtle idiosyncrasies that no one else would ever notice.

    True to the nature of its ruling planet, Mercury, Gemini is the sign of communication. So during those rare times when these talkative Twins are actually alone and not chatting on the phone, IMing with a friend or answering their voluminous email, they're probably on the phone or the Internet, or poking away at their Blackberries with a vengeance. If not, Geminis will manage to keep those restless minds active by doodling or solving puzzles and word games.

    As for the dualities this sign is famous for? They're all true. In reality, there are a lot more than just two sides to the average Gemini, and each facet of this versatile sign has a fascinating story to tell. All that being said, it's easy to see that the one thing they just can't stand is being bored, tied down or isolated. 'Variety is the spice of life' is this sign's very own motto, and Gemini lives every second with that motto in mind. Restless and impatient, Geminis could harm themselves and others by taking unnecessary risks.

    So if you're a Gemini yourself, you know this all boils down to the fact that you can't stand being in a rut -- especially when it comes to relationships. Your sign has been called fickle more than once, but that's not fair. The Twins are perfectly capable of being faithful, as long as the person they're with is witty and interesting enough to keep them interested. No, it's not an easy task, but it's well worth it.

    Life with a Gemini is full of constant activity, endless movement and even more fun. And you can bet they won't scatter their affections if they can find someone who'll be willing to at least try to keep up. Gemini, whether you're a friend or a lover, you're one of the main reasons life on this planet can be fun for the rest of us -- so accept our thanks for just being you.

    HEALTH

    Externally, Gemini rules the arms, shoulders, hands, lungs and nervous system. Geminis are prone to diseases and accidents associated with the upper part of the body, as well as nervous and pulmonary disorders such as catarrh and bronchitis. Geminis do not do well under emotional stress.

    Internally, the breath, nerve fibres, thymus gland and lungs, trachea and bronchi. Structurally, the clavicle, scapula and humerus. This double sign suggests Geminis suffer from two diseases at the same time.

    Gemini people respond well to the healing ray of orange.


    THE MYTHOLOGY OF GEMINI

    Gemini, the Twins, are really only half-brothers. They share the same mother (Leda) but have different fathers. Castor's father was a king of Sparta, Tyndareus - who would be chased from his throne but later rescued by Heracles (who nevertheless wound up killing him).

    The father of Pollux was none other than Zeus, or Jupiter. Zeus visited Leda on her wedding night in the guise of a swan. Thus the twins would be born. (In fact two twins came from this double union, but let's not complicate the matter even more...)

    It should be said, however, that Pollux had a sister as well by Leda and Zeus: the beautiful Helen, who would become Queen of Sparta, and whose abduction by Paris would lead to the Trojan War.

    Castor was a great horseman and fighter. One of his pupils was Heracles. Like Heracles, both Castor and Pollux would become Argonauts, that is, join Jason in his quest for the golden fleece.

    The twins spent their time raiding cattle and abducting young women, as Greek gods were wont to do. During one such cattle raid a cousin (Idas) became enraged at Castor and killed him. Zeus threw a thunderbolt at Idas, killing him instantly.

    Since Pollux was the son of Zeus, he was immortal. But Pollux mourned over his brother's loss to such a point that he wanted to follow Castor into Hades. Zeus was so stricken by Pollux's love for his brother, he allowed them both to share Hades and Olympus, (on alternate days). Later Greek writers had Zeus place the two in the heavens side by side.

    THE CONSTELLATION OF GEMINI

    The stars of the Gemini Constellation include two of the most recognizable in the heavens: the twins Castor and Pollux.

    Castor (alpha Geminorum) is the slightly dimmer star. It has a visual magnitude of 1.93 and is 52 light years distant. It isn't a particularly large star, at about twice the Sun's diameter. The star is a noted binary, discussed below.

    Pollux is the brighter of the two stars with a visual magnitude of 1.16 and a distance of 33.7 light years. It is also considerably larger, with an estimated diameter of about ten Suns.

    Castor and Pollux are 4.5 degrees apart, which helps observers estimate separation distances between other stars.

    Epsilon Geminorum is a supergiant at about 30 Sun diameters. This star may be as far away as 950 light years, but the combination of visual and absolute magnitudes suggests a much closer star, at only 190 light years.

    Zeta Geminorum is the most distant of the bright stars in this constellation, at over 1200 light years. This is a cepheid variable.

    Eta Geminorum is a red giant, about 50 times the size of the Sun, at a distance of 280 light years. It is a visual binary and a variable.

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