Gemini (astrology)

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Gemini the Twins
Zodiac Symbol Twins
Duration (Tropical, Western) 20 May

21 June (2009, UTC)
Duration (Sidereal, Hindu)[1] 13 June – 14 July (2009, UTC)
Constellation Gemini
Zodiac Element Air
Zodiac Quality Mutable
Domicile Mercury
Detriment Jupiter
Exaltation North Node (or retrograde Venus)
Fall South Node (or retrograde Mars)
An animation of the constellation Gemini (center), "the twins", shows two parallel stick figures. Gemini is associated with the myth of Castor and Polydeuces (also known as Pollux), collectively known as the Dioscuri.[2][3]
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Gemini is the third astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Gemini is considered a "masculine", positive (extrovert) sign. It is also considered an air sign, and is one of four mutable signs.[4] Gemini has been closely associated with the planet Mercury and is considered to be ruled by it. Being the third sign of the zodiac, Gemini has been associated with the astrological third house.

Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Gemini individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in the sign of Gemini roughly from May 21 to June 21, ending at the moment of summer solstice by definition. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from June 15 to July 15. The Sanskrit name of Gemini in Hindu astrology is Mithunam.

Despite major differences between the Chinese astrology and the Western astrology, Gemini is considered roughly equivalent with the Horse.


[edit] Mythology

See Gemini (constellation) Mythology

[edit] Compatibilities

Based on Elements within the Zodiac, Gemini is considered compatible with Libra [5] and Aquarius. [5]

There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position of a sign within the Sun, the Moon, Stars, etc. The signs listed as compatible with Gemini do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac. [5] The branch of astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.

[edit] References

  1. ^ assuming an ayanamsa of 23.86° as of 2000 according to N. C. Lahiri. The precise value used may vary, but is mostly set close to 24°.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Constellation drawings (often but not always) following "The Stars - A new way to see them", H.A. Rey, 1952-1980, ISBN 0-395-24830-2.
  4. ^ Jeff Mayo, Teach Yourself Astrology, pp 38-41, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979
  5. ^ a b c The Diagram Group, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of The Zodiac, p 171, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1997

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