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GEMINI DREAM: Convert it to a State of Mind

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From the fixed and grounded middle of spring comes dynamic and curious air in the mutable form of the twins. Welcome to the third sign of the zodiac, Mercury-ruled Gemini. The Gemini archetype is oft misunderstood or relegated to the flighty and fickle follies of youth domain. I’ll attempt here to unravel my understanding of the third sign of the zodiac.

Ancient Egyptian depiction of the twins.

Ancient Egyptian depiction of the twins.

The mind plays tricks, is tricky, and so too Gemini sprung from the quick and illusory planet of Mercury i.e. Hermes or Thoth — mystical messenger, dispatcher, and record keeper of the gods. Mercury is ruler of the mind and communication but also knows that to transmute one’s thoughts into language is a kind of alchemical magic. This is the domain of the twins. We all talk to ourselves, are subject the mental buzz of overstimulation, and Gemini walks the fine line between stimulation and overstimulation, between the exhilaration of idea and the slump of overwhelm. Gemini knows that there are endless options and and this knowledge can send the twins into paralytic upheaval. This way, no that way, both ways, or no way. But this every-which-way is also the key to Gemini’s dynamism — his ticket to the magical underpinnings of which Mercury brings and sings. Gemini is a wordsmith, a magician, and a communicator and as such, judges not and knows that the mind contains god-like mysteries and horrific drudgeries. The devil is in the details and this means that god is in there, too. Somewhere.

Gemini eschews the physical for the mental, understands that the mind as original source of body-mind-spirit stimulation, and so the don’t believe everything you think thing adage is an apt Gemini mantra. Gemini takes flight because there’s too much to do and everything is dangerously close to nothing (said Sylvia Plath) and so Gemini, when afflicted, chooses nothing. I am thinking now of Norma Jeane aka Marilyn Monroe, a famously witty and split Gemini.

Marilyn Monroe at breakfast.

Marilyn Monroe at breakfast.

We know that Gemini split himself in two so that he could have someone with whom to speak. But what about the splitting itself? When something, formerly whole, splits in two, we get two things that exist of their own accord, are their own wholes, while also yearning for the one whole thing they used to be. We also get the space of the split, the hole where new information, perspective, and perception shines through — offering us some new air where there was once just matter.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting, 1974.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting, 1974.

Gordon Matta-Clark approached his art dealers in 1974 and asked if they knew of a house he could cut in half. I’ve always been a fan of this simple splitting action, both ruinous and revelatory — but it’s only occurring to me now how Gemini it is. Matta-Clark wrote that he wanted to convert “a place into a state of mind” and this one fragment from the artist’s notebooks embodies the zodiacal and seasonal transition from Taurus to Gemini. One of the primary impulses of Gemini: Convert it to a state of mind.

Matta-Clark said, “You cut a hole in the building and people can look inside and see the way other people really lived. It’s making space without building it.” Gemini builds with words and even when Gemini is building with stone and cement, there’s an elemental mental function — a philosophical quest behind the whole ordeal. Building is never just building. It’s demolition, too. This airiness of insight, this perceptual and perpetual splitting of the Gemini archetype, gives a magical-mercurial bent to the twins’ thought process.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting (interior), 1974. Englewood, New Jersey.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting (interior), 1974. Englewood, New Jersey.

Gemini rules the hands and as I type this I am ultra-aware of the mercurial quickness at which my tattooed fingers tap the slippery keys. Gemini knows that this electrical circuit which connects the mind to the hands is our gateway to Truth, that we can get free through the mind and its conversions, through transmuting the physical and spiritual into mental processes, through splitting buildings and studying the aftermath — doubled, bleak, and bright.

The third house in astrology, the house of Gemini, is about writing, communication, and intellect. It’s when we start to scatter the information that Taurus fixed in place, it’s when we realize that knowledge needs to be disseminated, gathered, and disseminated again. Gemini operates in bursts and no one can accuse it of being steady. The rhythm goes — disrupt, adapt, disrupt, and adapt and the twins are best suited for life with the Other and the Other should be of quick wit and challenge because when Gemini is left unchallenged, it will summon quandary from wherever. The devil finds work for idle hands, minds, feet, lungs. Let’s end this airy Gemini journey by visiting its home planet, Mercury.

nasa.gov

nasa.gov

The ancients thought Mercury was too different planets because of its changeable nature. Mercury is magic, strangeness, damage, quickness, and heat, as it is the planet closest to the sun, is our very visible star, is quick and wit-filled, tricky and ever-changing. As life is ever-changing, as humans are ever-changing, embrace the twins their ability to see both sides, to be, in fact, both sides of the same whole and to look see world through that lopsided split. Geminis are multi-hyphenates and they learned this on their home planet. The original millennials. Though Gemini is considered the masculine Mercury sign, of which Virgo is the feminine — Gemini is the actually the many-gendered and non-gendered youthful energy that is fond of ideas, of turning ideas around and around in the mind and mouth. The Babylonians considered Mercury to be of both sexes, as it can be seen as both a morning and an evening star, allies itself with night and day, and is illusive in its plasticity, its affinity for multi-whatever. Integrate the femme and masc. of the twins, for the lesson of Gemini is that we all contain multiple directions in one mind-body. It’s fine, no, necessary to be both, so long as we integrate and understand. We all have twins inside of us, talk to ourselves and ask the tough and weird questions.

Practical and mystical applications of the Gemini energy:

Look to what house is ruled by Gemini in your chart, for it’s getting illuminated by these mind-centered energies all month.

mind your communications

write!

get poetic

get handsy i.e. work with your hands

what do you intellectually value?

how do you use your mind and with what is it occupied?

how do you make decisions?

how are you split? integrated?

Ponder the mercurial and very very Gemini sentiment of Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jeane, who said, “The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes, or just by staring into space.”

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