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Gemini, the third sign of the zodiac

Gemini is a mutable air sign.
It is a positive, masculine sign ruled by the planet Mercury.

Its symbol is the Twins, its icon is said to represent twins, and it takes its name from the Latin word for twins.

Gemini is associated with the shoulders, arms, hands, and lungs, and individuals with a Gemini sun sign are prone to accidents involving the arms, and to lung problems. The key phrase for Gemini is I think.

While Gemini has been associated with different pairs of people, the primary association is with Castor and Pollux (the Roman version of the Greek Castor and Polydeuces). Castor is the 20th brightest star in the night sky.

Castor and Pollux were the sons’ of Leda, who coupled with the god Zeus and then, in some accounts, lay with her husband, King Tyndareus; the resulting offspring were Pollux, the son of Zeus, and Castor, the son of Tyndareus. One was mortal - Pollux, and the other immortal - Castor.
People who do not understand Gemini’s frequently regard them as "two-faced," but people born under this sign are, more often than not, genuinely schizophrenic— they genuinely identify with both their personalities.

Positively, this dual nature manifests as an ability to see both sides of every disagreement; a typical Gemini remark is, "There's two sides to everything." Like Castor and Pollux, Gemini’s are highly social beings with greatly developed communication skills.

Also like the twins of mythology, they are associated with travel and trade (and sometimes "cattle rustling") and Gemini’s generally enjoy travel.

Like all air signs, they are at home in the mental realm; many academics and teachers are Gemini’s.

There is a wealth of information available on the characteristics of the zodiacal signs, so much that one website would not be able to contain it all. Visit for more information.

One traditional way in which astrologers condense information is by summarizing sign and planet traits in lists of words and short phrases called key words or key phrases.

The following Gemini key words are drawn from Manly P. Hall's Astrological Keywords:

Emotional key words: "Lack concentration, sensitive, eloquent, humane, fond of travel, not domestic, good company, changeable, unsympathetic but genial, quick-tempered".

Mental key words: "Dexterous in manual expression, inventive, literary, versatile, adaptable, self-expressive, democratic, curious, analytical if highly evolved, sometimes scatterbrained, tricky".

Most popular works on astrology contain data on the signs, and these can be consulted for more detailed information.

On the physical realm: Pollux is 35 times brighter than our sun. Its surface temperature is 4250°C and it emits a yellow light, although to the naked eye it appears white.

To learn more about Gemini Sun Sign Astrology, and how this sign fits into the Zodiac see

Evans, Colin. The New Waite's Compendium of Natal Astrology. Revised by Brian E. F. Gardener.
York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1971. (Originally published 1917.)
Green, Landis Knight. The Astrologer's Manual: Modern Insights into an Ancient Art. Sebastopol, Calif.: CRCS Publications, 1975.
Hall, Manly P. Astrological Keywords. 1958. Reprint. Savage, Md.: Littlefield Adams (1975), 17, 20.

The twins Castor and Pollux aka GEMINI
They were warriors and members of the Argonauts' crew “the band of mythological adventurers who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece” and came to be regarded as patron deities of sailors and navigators.

During a cattle-stealing adventure, Castor was slain. Pollux, the immortal brother, asked Zeus that either he might die also or his dead brother might share his immortality.

In deference to his son's wish, Zeus allowed the brothers to alternate so that one spent a day in the underworld while the other was among the gods; on successive days they traded places.

The primary Gemini trait reflected in this tale is, the sign's well-known dual nature.

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