Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of Jun 13th - Jun 19th,  2003

Chapter III

The Words of the Gods

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Mercury

Mercury-
Ruler of Gemini

  We've been reading about the power of Gemini. In contemporary astrology, this is the sign of communication. We've explored some of Gemini's personality traits, of how these folks are clever, versatile, witty, and cute. In our last episode, we saw how the 3rd book of the Bible- Leviticus- expressed many Geminian themes, presumably by design. The first five books of the Bible are the Torah, the books of Moses. Leviticus represents the Hebrew tribe whose job it is to talk to God. It is the tribe of Aaron, the brother of Moses. Gemini is the sign of siblings. In its opening chapters, we are told how to offer up the cow, sheep, bird, or peace offerings, and then, what to do if you've broken your word to God. The rest of the book is a detailed rendition of conversations Moses had with God, and specifically, what God says to Moses on a number of topics.

  This notion of it being difficult for Gemini's to keep their word and to follow through on what they said is one that comes up in all three stages of our investigation. It is a part of the personality trait of the Gemini to have to take back what they said, and they often see this as cute or humorous. In the Bible, some of the first 'divine dialog' with the Lord is about what to do if you break your word. The 3rd book of the Iliad is about Alexandros taking back what he said about challenging the best of the Greeks to face him in single combat, and then breaking his word about the oath he makes to Zeus.

Zeus

Zeus-
Contemporary Jupiter

  The parallels between Bible and Iliad run right down the line; of direct communications with God and the consequences of not keeping an oath, of what animal to sacrifice and how to receive the 'peace offering' in an epic story line, rather than the list-like manner employed by Leviticus. With his arms (ruled by Gemini) reaching up to heaven, the Lord of the Greeks calls out:

  "With arms held wide to heaven, Agamemnon
prayed in the name of all: Oh, Father Zeus!
Power over Ida! Greatest, most glorious!
O Helios, by whom all things are seen,
all overheard! O rivers! O dark earth!
O powers underground, chastisers of dead men
for breaking solemn oaths!

  That this is a solemn oath before God is brought up time and again in this chapter, with what happens to those who break their word. The oath, taken together with when and how to sacrifice the lamb (as does Leviticus), the liberal references to brothers and brothers-in-law (Menalaus, who fights Alexandros, and Agamemnon, the brother leaders of the Greek forces in lieu of Aaron, the brother of Moses), Helen, for whom this whole war is being fought, looks across the battlefield for her brothers, Kastor and Polydeukes (the Roman Castor and Pollux), our constellational twins of heaven. Helen speculates that possibly they are not here because "they dread vile talk of me and curses (bad words) on my head..." Iris, the messenger of Zeus, speaks directly to Helen, just as the Lord spoke to Moses. Alexandros is incredibly cute. The chapter opens with Trojan's shouting voices compared to the clamor of cranes (our air sign). Many other images illustrate the power of words. "Now all hearts lifted at her words." The counselors of Priam are "still strong in their talking," and Odysseus, who,

The Iliad

The Iliad

   "...when he launched
the strong voice from his chest,
and words came driving on the air as thick
and fast as winter snowflakes,
then Odysseus
could have no mortal rival as an orator!

  The powers of Gemini are being intentionly expressed, underscoring both the highs and lows of what this sign is all about, in epic poem style: There are siblings, both earthly and heavenly, messengers from the gods, air signs, hearts gladdened by words, words driving on air, 'still strong in their talking' orators, and the audacious orator Odysseus. We are entering a Geminian arena, set against an even larger archetype, the Age of Aries. In other words, all of this is set against a stage and backdrop of war.

  Of course there are many more images than we have the room to explore. Agamemnon claims that the sons of Priam are reckless and untrustworthy. Another way of putting this is they break their word. "The younger men are changeable..."; an incredibly apt metaphor for Gemini. If Gemini is a sign which deals with communication, then communication with God is the single best way to use this power. Both Leviticus and Book III contain, using the rituals and traditions of two entirely different cultures, the way they believe you should reverently address the divine. In Book III, the words of the prayer are included so that anyone reading it could use it as an example.

  Here is the way
  the Trojans and Akhaians prayed
O Zeus
  almighty and most glorious! Gods undying!
  Let any parties to this oath who first
  calamitously break it have their brains
  decanted like these wine drops on the ground-
  they and their children; let their wives be slaves."

  The oath ran so, but Zeus would not abide
  by what they swore.

  Meanwhile the soldiers held their hands to heaven,

  Gemini rules the nervous system, arms, fingers and hands. The soldiers hold their hands to heaven. They lift up their arms. Foes in the battlefield are 'brought down by my hand'. 'My spear slipped from my grip... my sword shattered in my hand!' We could go on and on. With Gemini, there's always more words.

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