Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of May 26th - June 1st, 2006

The Story Teller

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  The New Moon this month occurs at 1:26 AM EDT on Saturday, May 27, 2006. Even though the Sun entered Gemini five days ago, the lunation marks the heavenly commencement of the soul of this energy, when both Sun and Moon make their entry, hold hands and begin to conspire to bring about the essential essence of Gemini to flower.

New Moon in Gemini

New Moon in Gemini

  Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, and represents a more concentrated form of the vibration of this sign. It's witty, clever, talkative, inventive and engaging. People with either Mercury or Gemini strong in their chart can keep people enthralled with the way they tell a story, with clever turns of phrase and an extensive selection from a fascinating vocabulary of words that are distinctive, unusual or catchy. Bob Dylan had his Sun, Venus and Mercury in Gemini, and was an excellent example of the travelling troubadour, singing his songs and always on the road, changing his name, changing his musical style, and changing his mind in quick succession.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

  Is this really the sign of duplicity? Do Gemini's ponder matters more than the rest of us? Are we left behind in the uneducated dust?

  Don't think twice, it's alright.

  One of my favorite stories is about the birth of Mercury (Gk- Hermes), and of how his cleverness was immediately evident from the first day of birth. The duality of Gemini is designed to be able to consider both sides of a question, to examine it from first this side and then that. No matter what action we take in life, it is the mind's job to look at it, see if it makes sense, and accept or reject it based upon the merits.
Hermes

Hermes

Thirty seconds after running this process and having arrived at an answer, they start the whole thing over again, deliberating, discussing, arguing, considering, weighing, and finally arrive at an answer again which may, or may not, agree with what they came up with before. For Gemini the mind and its functions are the 'ruling' power. Intelligence is the highest goal; to develop the powers of thought, deliberation and debate. When they are finally done, they decide that it's time to write a book about it all.

  In the myth about the birth of Hermes, on the first day he gets bored with lying in his crib, climbs out and emerges out of the front of cave, where he discovers a tortoise, kills it, and invents the first harp by taking the tortoise shell and stringing it with gut. He whiles away the afternoon picking out tunes, gets bored, and goes off to steal Apollo's cattle, which he does by driving them backwards so that their trail cannot be followed. This is a reference to the constellation Taurus rising in the east with his head down, and climbing through the southeastern sky 'backwards', with what would be his rear end leading the way. When Apollo takes Hermes before Zeus (when the Sun takes Mercury before Jupiter), the one day old infant continues to access his cleverness in an attempt to outfox even the Almighty with his story, who is fortunately amused by his son's audacity. Finally Hermes confesses (when he realizes the jig is up), and readily admits that he did, in fact, take the cattle.

  Did I forget to mention that Hermes is also the Lord of Merchants (Mercury = merchant) and thieves?

  Don't think twice, it's alright.

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