Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gemini - The Sign of Many Faces


 "I take the world to be as but a stage,
 Where net-maskt men do play their personage."    - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

Gemini season is now upon us, twinkle twinkle little stars…
the charmers, sweet talkers, manipulators, teachers, politicians and quickest minds of the zodiac. What makes them such communication experts ?


Gemini's ruler, Hermes-Mercury is the winged messenger between the unconscious and conscious, the living and the dead, the orator and listener, the twittering friends, the disease and it's cure, you and the object of your desire (he's also the God of thieves and money transactions) as well as the gender opposites, for 'he' is actually a hermaphrodite [Hermes + Aphrodite], a combination of both. 

Mercury, the liquid-metal also called quicksilver, can poison or heal (do not try at home - for Ayurvedic experts only). The basis of Homeopathy is 'like cures like,' as expressed in Hermes-Mercury's caduceus; two opposing DNA snakes coiled in balance around a sceptre, the symbol of medicine. 


In many cultures, twins were considered magical or sacred. The mythology around them is extensive - sibling rivals, bound lovers ('tvillingelov' = twin love), doppelgangers… all locked in an eternal, polar attraction - positive or negative - that is the driving force of creation.

Most ancient, Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses were dual or composite beings, but the Greeks divided them up. For example, Aphrodite was the romantic love aspect of the Goddess, Athene her knowledgable and warring aspect, Medusa her destructive, raging aspect, and so on. 
Possibly the method in this madness is that Greek drama was essentially group therapy - the characters were archetypes within as well as Gods without and had to be separated into 'parts' in order to play out/ resolve their complex relationships. Complex, because unlike mummers or folk festival plays, there was philosophy and the beginnings of what we would now call psychology in these works. 

Greek Comedy and Tragedy, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (which came to Robert Louis Stevenson in a dream)

Theatre, by it's very nature, is Mercurial. It's all about trickery, stealing (of personas) and healing, and it connects unconscious and conscious realms. Leo may be the performer or director par excellence, but Gemini is the actor, the player, the playwright extraordinaire. Embodying the 'other,' mimicry and deception is in their blood. 

There are fine, talented actors, and then there are actors who take on  archetypes - characters that go deep inside our unconscious, causing us to project madly onto them out of recognition. It takes a certain inner stability to become one, for they are powerful and can devour the weak. Sadly, this was the case with Gemini Marilyn Monroe. Dependent on the love her persona received, she was always playing one role on top of another -  her part, plus the archetypal sex Goddess.

Marilyn expressing her Sagittarius polarity.

Gemini Johnny Depp plays the likeable, outsider-hero Trickster archetype who's the Master of his own Peter Pan universe - Captain Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Ed Wood, Sweeny Todd…eternally young in that Dorian Gray, Gemini way. Like many of his sign, he will surely remain pixie-like into his old age.
Some Geminis don't age well, because one twin is morbidly aware of it's mortality and the other can't face the issue. But I don't think this will be the case with Johnny.

Johnny as Tonto,  better half of the  famous duo.

My personal favourite, the villainous, shadow lover was perfected by another Gemini, Sir Christopher Lee. Anyone who disses astrology should take note that he and Vincent Price share a birthday, and their cohort, Peter Cushing, one day before. Their creepy, gothic characters we know and love seem more suited to Scorpio or Capricorn, but their campiness is pure Gemini. These guys are clearly playing.


The 'Man of Many Faces'  has Sun, Moon and Mercury in Gemini, so he's got  quite a few people going on in there. But Saturn exactly on his ascendant is what gives him that slightly malevolent, tall, dark and  handsome appearance (as well as the wounded knee/limp). 

Gemini is a sign of air, the intellect. In Tarot, the air element is represented by swords, signifying mental conflict or challenges. Sir Christopher is a knight with Mars in Sagittarius (the warrior) and has had more swashbuckling roles in his long career, he says, than any other actor. His Dracula was most memorable of all, because of the pathos he gave it. Playing the shadow figure might have brought some relief for a soul who'd served behind the scenes during WW2 and witnessed mans' darkness first hand.
The last of the terrifying triplets turns 90 on May 27, one week after the solar eclipse conjuncts his Sun. Lucky for us, Saturn has given him longevity, if not immortality. 

For die-hards only, a montage of all Dracula's bites: 



Happy Birthday, beloved Sir Christopher !

Happy birthday Gemini ! Enjoy the Venus-Sun transit in your (tropical) house, 
June 5/6 !


We-can-convince-you-of-anything, Trickster Twins:

The Terrifying Triplets (Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing), Errol Flynn, Dean Martin, Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Judy Garland, Juliette Lewis, Sir Laurence Olivier, Mark Wahlberg, Meryl Streep, Mike Meyers, Morgan Freeman, John Goodman, Liam Neeson,  Tony Curtis, Joan Rivers, Joan Collins, Helena Bonham Carter, Brooke Shields, Bob Hope, Angelina Jolie, Isabella Rossellini, Nicole Kidman, Gene Wilder, Billy Wilder, Mel Blanc, Isadora Duncan, Josephine Baker, Venus Williams, John F Kennedy, Harvey Milk, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, George Bush Sr, Donald Trump, Rudy Guiliani, Aung San Suu Kyi, Benazir Bhutto, Muammar Qaddafi, Peter the Great, Che Guevara, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip, Wallis Simpson, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Prince, Tom Jones, Peggy Lee, Nancy Sinatra, Miles Davis, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Sendak, William Butler Yeats, Ian Flemming, Salman Rushdie, Jean-Paul Sartre, Blaise Pascal, Walt Whitman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, Paul Gauguin, Rockwell Kent, M C Escher, Mary Cassatt, Peter Carl Faberge, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Dionne Quintuplets, Christine Jorgensen, Dr. Ruth, Jack Kevorkian.




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    Johnny Depp pays tribute to the late, great, St. Christopher Lee
    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-33151254

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