Gemini is ruled by Mercury and also rules the Third House of your horoscope. For over 2000 years, Mercury (formerly known as Hermes to the Greeks) has been a powerful Roman symbol of writers and broadcasters.
Why? Mercury was the messenger of the gods, who had wings on his helmet and sandals (he flew with the news) and he read his message from a scroll.
We also associate Gemini, as a result, with short-haul travel and commuting. Today, Mercury is the FedEx courier but also the BBC journalist.
Gemini is associated with how information is written, edited and read aloud. Gemini is also the sign to associate with songwriters, poets and of course – novelists.
Two Good Examples
Here are two good examples: Margery Allingham born with Pluto and Mars in Gemini on May 20th 1904 – and Victoria Wood, born with Mars and Jupiter in Gemini on May 19th, 1953.
One was a detective novelist, the other one of the most celebrated scriptwriters and songwriters in British history.
Pluto is associated with everything below ground. He was the Roman ruler of the underworld and after he was discovered and named in 1930, astrologers began to associate him with the criminal underworld. The word ‘undercover’ is another key Pluto idea.
If you want to learn astrology, find out more about Margery Allingham and her work. Her books appeared clustered around the year of Pluto’s discovery. Mystery Mile actually appeared in 1930; Police at the Funeral in 1931; Sweet Danger in 1933.
What is it about her life and times that ‘speaks’ Pluto and Mars in Gemini? She passed away on June 30th, 1966, just after the Sun had finished transiting (in conjunction with) her Mars and Pluto in Gemini.
Quotes can often poetically express a horoscope. Allingham’s include: “When the habitually even-tempered suddenly fly into a passion, that explosion is apt to be more impressive than the outburst of the most violent among us.”
She is articulating what it means to be born with Pluto and Mars in Gemini.
The wit, brilliance and multi-talents of Victoria Wood (comedienne, actress, singer, composer, screenwriter, producer, director, pianist) suits Gemini too. Gemini is associated with multi-tasking or juggling because it also rules the twins. The heavenly twins, Castor and Pollux (the brothers) were very carefully chosen to represent the sign of Gemini by the old astrologers. But why?
Researching the life and times of these two very different women, both with strong Gemini signatures, will teach you about the zodiac archetype, its ruling planet and its house.
Feature Image: Nick Morrison