Gemini in the Ancient Zodiac

Gemini is Latin for twins. In today’s horoscope if you are born between May 22 and June 21 you are a Gemini.  In the zodiac, Gemini is two persons, usually (but not always) men who are twins. In this modern astrology horoscope reading of the ancient zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Gemini to find love, good luck, health, and gain insight on your personality.

Gemini Constellation in the Stars

But is this how Gemini was read from the beginning? What did it mean to the ancients?

Be Warned! Answering this will open up your horoscope in unexpected ways – embarking you on a different journey then you intended when just checking your horoscope sign…

Here is a picture of the star constellation that forms Gemini.  Can you see anything resembling twins in the stars?

Photo of Gemini Star Constellation. Can you see twins?

If we connect the stars in Gemini with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ twins.  Two persons can be seen, but how did ‘twins’ arise? 

Gemini Constellation with stars joined by lines

Here is a photo of National Geographic poster of the zodiac showing Gemini as seen in the Northern Hemisphere. 

National Geographic Zodiac Star chart with Gemini circled

Even though the stars that form Gemini are joined with lines it is still hard to see twins. But Gemini goes back as far as we know in human history.

Castor & Pollux long ago

It is referenced in the Gospel when Paul and his companions were travelling to Rome by ship and they noted

After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.

Acts 28:11

Castor and Pollux are the traditional names of the two twins in Gemini.  This shows the idea of divine twins was common around 2000 years ago.

As with the previous zodiac constellations, the image of two twins is not obvious from the constellation itself. It is not innate within the star constellation. Rather, the pair have been thought of beforehand, from something other than the stars, and then in astrology have been superimposed into the constellation as an image. But what did it originally mean?

Gemini in the Zodiac

The image below shows Gemini circled in red in the zodiac of the Dendera Temple in Egypt. You can also see the two persons in the side-sketch. 

Ancient Egyptian Zodiac of Dendera with Gemini circled

In the ancient Dendera zodiac, one of the two people is a woman.  Instead of two male twins this zodiac shows a man-woman couple as Gemini.

Here are some common astrology images of Gemini

Gemini Astrology Image – Always a pair but sometimes man/woman still today

Why has Gemini from ancient times been associated with a pair – and not always male twins?

Gemini in the Ancient Story

We saw in Virgo that the Bible state that the constellations were made by God. They were given as signs in a Story to guide mankind until revelation was put in writing. Thus they were taught by Adam and his sons to their children to instruct them of God’s Plan. Virgo foretold the coming Seed of the Virgin –Jesus Christ.

Gemini continues this story.  Even if you are not a Gemini in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient astrological story in the Gemini stars is worth knowing.

Original Meaning of Gemini

It is in the names of the Gemini stars that we can understand its original meaning, which has been distorted by the Greek and Roman pagan myths now associated with Gemini.

Medieval arabic astrologers gave names to the constellation stars that were received from ancient times. The star ‘Castor’ in arabic is named Al-Ras al-Taum al-Muqadim or “The Head of the Foremost Twin”. Prominent in Castor is the star Tejat Posterior, meaning “the back foot”, referring to Castor’s foot. It is also sometimes known as Calx which means “the heel.” Another prominent star has the traditional name, Mebsuta, coming from the ancient Arabic Mabsūṭah, which means “the outstretched paw.” In Arabic culture, Mabsūṭah represented the lion’s paws.

Pollux is known as “The Head of the Second Twin,” from the Arabic Al-Ras al-Tau’am al-Mu’akhar. The meaning is not so much of two born at the same time, but rather of two becoming completed or joined.  The same word is used in the Torah where it says of two boards in Ark of the Covenant

At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that.

Exodus 26:24

As the two boards are doubled in the box of the ark, so the two in Gemini are brought together, not by time of birth, but by a bonding. Since Castor is identified with ‘heel’ (Scorpio) and ‘paw of lion’ (Leo) which are prophecies of Jesus Christ, then Castor is the astrological picture of Jesus Christ at his return.

But who is the one joined to him?

The writings give two images which explain the two pictures of Gemini as 1) united brothers 2) a man-woman pair.

Gemini – Firstborn & Adopted Brothers

The Gospel explains of Jesus Christ  that

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Colossians 1:15

‘Firstborn’ implies that others will come later. This is confirmed.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:29

This picture goes back to creation. When God created Adam & Eve He created them

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Adam and Eve were created in an essential spiritual likeness of God. Thus Adam is called

… Adam, the son of God

Luke 3:38

When Adam & Eve disobeyed God this likeness was marred so that our sonship was destroyed. But when Jesus Christ came as the ‘firstborn son’ the image was restored.  So now through Jesus Christ…

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

John 1:12-13

The gift offered to us is ‘to become children of God’. We were not born children of God but through Jesus Christ we become His children through adoption.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4

This was the Libra horoscope reading. Through Jesus Christ we are adopted as children of God. This is done through the gift of Jesus Christ, the firstborn.

Upon his return Jesus Christ will reign as King. The Bible closes with this vision of the role of the adopted younger brother.

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:5

This is almost the last sentence in the Bible, as it looks to the fulfillment of all things. There it sees the adopted brothers reigning with the Firstborn. This was pictured to the ancients long ago in Gemini as the Foremost and the Second brothers ruling in heaven.

Gemini – The man & woman united

The Bible also displays the wedding union of a man and woman to picture the relationship between Christ and those who belong to him. The details of Eve’s creation & marriage to Adam on Friday of Creation week were purposefully designed to foreshadow this union with the Messiah. It was also pictured in the love story of Ruth & Boaz. The Gospel concludes with this wedding picture between the Lamb (Aries) and his bride.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

Revelation 19:7

This invitation is given in the closing chapter as it looks to the cosmic union of the Lamb and his bride

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Revelation 22: 17

Aquarius will marry and he is inviting us to be that Bride. This was pictured long ago with Gemini – the cosmic union of the Lamb and His Bride.

Your Gemini Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and means the marking (skopus) of sacred hours.  The Gemini hour (horo) was marked by Jesus in his story of the Wedding Banquet.

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour (horo).

Matthew 25:1-13

At the hour (horo) of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

Luke 14:7

The Gemini horoscope has two hours. Jesus taught there is a definite but unknown hour when the Wedding occurs and many will miss it.  This is the point of the parable of the ten virgins.  Some were not ready for the appointed hour and so missed it. But the hour is still open and the invitations to the wedding banquet are still being sent to all.  This is the hour we live in now.  We simply need to come because the work to prepare the banquet has been done by him.

You and I can apply the Gemini horoscope today in the following way.

Gemini declares that the invitation to your most important relationship is still open. You are invited into the only relationship that the stars say will eclipse all other pursuits – adoption into the cosmic royal family as well as the celestial marriage – one that will never perish, spoil or fade. But this bridegroom will not wait around for ever. Therefore with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when this Bridegroom is revealed at his coming. As an obedient child of your celestial Father, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance of this destiny. Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. Rid yourself of all traits like malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is greatly admired by the coming Bridegroom. Finally, be sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble to those around you. These characteristics displayed to those around you show your compatibility to your destiny – since those around you are also invited to the same royal birthright and wedding.

Deeper into Gemini & through the Zodiac Story

Gemini was originally not meant to guide decisions for health, love and prosperity.  Rather Gemini was placed long ago in the stars to show that the Redeemer would complete his redemption.  Gemini shows our coming adoption to a firstborn brother and celestial wedding.

To start the Ancient Zodiac Story at its beginning see Virgo. The Zodiac Story continues with Cancer.

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