New Moon in Gemini: Renewal Proliferates

New Moon in Gemini: Renewal Proliferates

Let’s talk about Gemini. 

The word Gemini is Latin for “twins,” and Gemini, accordingly, is represented by a set of twins. In myth reaching as far back as the Proto-Indo-Europeans, twins proliferate, almost always around themes of fertility and generation. The Proto-Indo-Europeans had Manu and Yemo, twin brothers who in their travels around the cosmos eventually decided to create the world, and humanity therefore. In order for this to happen, one brother had to be sacrificed, and from this sacrifice came humankind. 

The Greeks had Castor and Pollux, twin brothers begot by two separate fathers (hello Gemini confusion!), Zeus and Tyndareus; one god, one mortal. When at the end of his life, Castor was mortally wounded, Zeus allowed Pollux to give half his mortality to Castor, and so both boys were able to travel between the underworld and the day world, and are thus associated with the Eleusinian rites. The Romans had Romulus and Remus, twins who fought one another in a battle. Romulus killed Remus and then founded the city of Rome, which went on to be an empire. The old Testament tells the story of Cain and Abel, the first two sons of Adam and Eve. In a fit of jealously Cain killed Abel, and Abel was the first man to die. 

I write all of this because it is helpful, at least to this witch, to go back as far as possible in these myths and stories, and find the roots of the symbols we know today. If we are thinking about Gemini, we can link the flightiness of the sign with the idea of this mythological power struggle. Between twins in these stories, there is always an imbalance, as each fights to assert power over one another. We can think of this as an energy that resides in the mind of Gemini individuals, and as a characterizing energy of the sign itself. The twins bring things like cultivation of cities, the generation of man kind, the building of a world. But conversely, in order to do this, there is sacrifice, darkness, and voyages to the underworld. 

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury, or Hermes, was the patron of travelers, merchants, scribes, shepherds. Games of chance appeal to Mercury, for he is witty, cunning, and distractible. He loves music and art and revelry. Known today as the god of communication, I like to think of him as a god of translation, especially as he was the only god permitted to travel from the day world to the underworld. Escorting souls to the afterlife was one of his greatest duties. He watched over travelers because he was a traveler himself, as he flitted around the world as the messenger of Zeus. Associated with storms, the dawn, and the protective power of stones, this entity is multifaceted and electric and suspended in air. Hermes was a sibling of the nine Muses, and Hermes/Mercury comes to us in the form of inspiration in the arts.  

Today, June 13th, we have a New Moon in the sign Gemini. In the name of the twins, we must welcome duality, in all its manifestations. Too often do we find ourselves longing for a solution to a problem, pushing hard on achieving it in exactly one particular way, only to find that nothing changes. I know I have had my struggles with this recently. The New Moon in Gemini is here to remind us that there are many ways to solve problems. Questions do not always have one simple answer, for life is not a math problem we are trying desperately to solve. New Moon in Gemini is about fertility of thought, embodying the element of air, and letting ourselves be conducive, chance oriented, and open. This is a time to let the intellectual power of Mercury/Hermes to flood your heart, your mind, and your tongue. Speak up, dear readers. Go out into the world and let your tongue become silver. 

Hermes combines light and dark, high (Olympus) and subterranean-depth (Hades), the grand and the extremely regular. Whether you are sailing a ship to a new realm or just trying to get your boss off your back, if you work with Hermes at this time, you will find support. 

Today is the birthday of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, born June 13th, 1888. This Gemini’s art is one of the most brilliant manifestations of this sign’s multiplicity. Rather than write poetry and occultist tracts under his own name, he invented eighty-one different personas, called heteronyms, who were each credited for writing different works. Pessoa invented unique astrological charts for each heteronym, considering them to be entities sufficiently important to have individual personalities. This is one of my favorite descriptions of the creative capabilities of Gemini. From one comes many. 

As we move through the rest of this lunar cycle, we will be encouraged to use our creativity and our wit to get us further in our personal lives. Mercury lends us his winged sandals for the next few weeks, and when we wear them we can find a renewal of energy in our intellect. Gemini rules House 3 of the zodiac, the house of communication, reading, writing, travel, and siblings. Find ways to focus on the power you have that comes from small acts of expression. Connecting to yourself through journaling and then taking your realizations out into the world, or transforming them into works of art, is key at this time. 

And as always, do not forget that the creative potential of Gemini is one of duality, of light and dark. Pay mind to your dreams, for they are your own personal underworld. In the middle ages, people believed that Hermes Psychopompous would visit them in their bedchambers, escorting them from waking life to dream. The New Moon in Gemini encourages you to let Mercury be your guide, to gather opposites together, and delight in the resulting combination. 

This New Moon is not aspected by other planets, and because of this the energy is quite pure. Manifestations, spells, rituals, slow walks outside where you talk to yourself will all be heard. 

Today we see Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, move into cardinal water sign Cancer, encouraging us to focus on the articulation of our feelings to those around us. Mercury’s trip through Cancer will bring up emotions we have hidden away in our shells for the past few weeks. Now is the time to bring them to our heart-space, and to speak them aloud. We also see Venus move from Cancer into the fixed fire sign Leo, allowing us to feel generous, optimistic. Venus in Leo is luxurious and proud, passionate and open. Make the most of this energy by remembering love, either for yourself, your partners, or the world at large. We are all in need of more love like flame. Don’t be shy. 

Until next time, my dears. 

Poetically unpoetically twinned,

Celestial Hermit 

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.


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