Twin stories. Saturn in Gemini

 What is most noticeable about twins is that they are the same. 


I am stating the obvious, however this is essential.


Have you read The Purloined Letter, by Edgar Alan Poe? In this story, detectives are searching a room for a letter that is hidden in plain sight… and they don’t find it! Similarly, the occult meanings of symbols are often too obvious to be noticed. 


So look! The twins are two and they are the same. They can talk. They can understand very well what they mean. Twins sometimes develop a language that only them can understand. This is called cryptophasia. 


There are jokes brothers and sisters can tell and be the only one to understand. There are jokes that make French people laugh, but not English, and vice versa. Fortunately we have enough in common to be able to appreciate a good deal of humour.  


We could draw a Venn diagram: two overlapping circles. In the shared space, jokes both French and English find funny. In that area, we are like twins. Chinese people may not understand our complicity. As for the rest of the diagram, we are strangers; mutual understanding, if possible at all, will require some learning (which is another of the themes associated with Gemini)


The symbol shows twins. It’s an archetypal image. It’s about being similar, like twins, or in a less perfect way, like brothers and sisters, or in an even less perfect way, like compatriots among foreigners. 


We are on a spectrum. The extreme opposite of Gemini could be a human and a weird creature from another planet. Now, if a movie starts with extraterrestrials crossing the intersidereal space on a flying saucer to meet us, what follows is either complete war, or a touching story about finding similarities. The most moving moment will be when the alien makes a joke and laughs with humans. When we laugh together, we understand each other so well we are like twins!


The symbol of the twins is a good example of how the language of symbols work: the picture shows perfect similarity, it means similarity, which is a necessary condition for contact, communication, mutual understanding, exchanges, and whatever derives from these main roads of meaning. 


Now, to be more or less similar, we also need to be two, and two is not just two, it is the beginning of many. With Gemini there are others. Others are inevitably different. Even true twins are not the same person. Gemini shows being the same and being different in one picture. With otherness comes variety, multiplicity, and with this comes curiosity and desire to learn more 


So you see, it’s possible to start exploring a zodiac sign and understand a few important things without talking about mythology. We can learn more by meditating on the story of Castor and Pollux, or do some research about Babylonian mythology, where the zodiac signs are from, and learn that there were twin gods guarding the entry of the underworld… 


As soon as we are two, there is a distance between the two. Taking it from there appears another spectrum: we can be close or distant. The greatest distance between two beings is being separated by death. Is this distance real or is it an illusion the twins invite us to dissipate? At soul level, can we ever be separated? Can we still communicate? Ask a medium… 


With Gemini comes breathing, a bodily function that underlies talking. Breathing also demonstrates duality: we breathe in, out, in, out and again. The breath connects inside and outside. The twins are twin worlds. 


Let’s now throw the spanner of Saturn into the Gemini works. 


The Aquarius side of Saturn is Air like Gemini, but Fixed. 


The twins are having a chat but what they are talking about is a complex mental structure. Big Ideas take more time to communicate than bits of information. Plato used the dialogue form in his writings. Meeting Socrates was always somehow heavier than a little chat about the weather with your neighbour. 


Socrates kept challenging his interlocutors, asking them questions about the meaning of their words, until they became utterly confused by their own contradictions. You would be wise to know that you don’t know, but what can you do but shut up after that? Annoying others maybe… 


If you have Saturn in Gemini, you have an inner Socrates. You may wish he drank the hemlock and left you free to enjoy easy going conversations, but you can’t help it, there are always motives for headaches. Philosophical semantics (the study or science of meaning in language) tends to focus on the principle of compositionality in order to explain the relationship between meaningful parts and whole sentences, you see what I mean. Saturn in Gemini gives you a lot of homework. 


You may be thinking: “Wait! I’ve always heard that philosophy belongs to Jupiter!” and you’re right. Philosophy, broadening our horizons, looking at the bigger picture is typically what Jupiter does. Plato’s myth of the cavern is typical of Jupiter: we look at our human condition from a higher or broader point of view, we realise there is more to it that meets the ordinary eye, we get an intuition of a superior order…

But look at what Socrates  does: he keeps asking “Yes, but…” questions. He referred to himself as a gadfly and to his philosophical investigations as annoying but necessary. This is more like Saturn. 


Jupiter and Saturn are like Yes and No, they mean opposite things but they are inseparable. 


Socrates’ ways have a definite Saturnian style, they apply to the way we use words and think, that is Gemini. 


Saturn in Gemini may also manifest as a speech impediment or a learning disability. With Saturn, Gemini forgets how to be mutable. 

This is just a thread of interpretation, there must be many others.


Saturn in Gemini may prefer repeating well known interpretations given by experienced authors in reference books, and fear the leap of faith towards personal understanding that Jupiter would take. However, with time and study, Saturn, one day, decides it can do it as well. 


The Capricorn side of Saturn wants achievements, not pure intellectual stuff. I have a friend who has a dominant Saturn in Gemini, conjuncting her MC from the 9th house side. When I met her, she was leading an English as a second language for adults school. She studied linguistics. She had various professional activities over the years.  


I’ll leave you wondering. Can the twins become old? Can you think of other threads to follow? Symbols are inexhaustible. I’m sure it would be possible to write a whole treatise about Saturn in Gemini, and there would still remain a lot to say…