Gemini

(May 22 – June 21)

Element: Air

Colors: yellow

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Symbol: Gemini

Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac. Covers our calendar year from May 22 to June 21. The symbol represents the two joined figures of twins.

The origins of this sign is the story of Castor and Pollux and the God Jupiter again. Jupiter took a liking to Leda, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta. In this story, Jupiter lures the lady with the shape of a Swan. Leda was seduced by Jupiter while in the company of this Swan. She has two eggs after this, producing four children, two of them of the union with Jupiter, two of her union with her husband. Out of these eggs hatch two sons, Castor and Pollux, and two daughters Helen (of Troy) and Clytemnestra. It is not clear who sired which of the four children.

Castor and Pollux became inseparable. They had great adventures together, including the travels with Jason and the Argonauts. Castor was a great horseman and Pollux was a great boxer.

Castor was killed in a battle. Pollux was heartbroken, and asked Jupiter to bring Castor back. He offered his own life in ransom. Jupiter rewarded this great love by placing both brothers side by side in the heavens, as the constellation of Gemini.