Gemini 0° (May 21)

I am still in a blackout, that is to say that the original entries, here, got lost or I never wrote anything to begin with. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate.Linguine w/ Clams,

If the previous sign of Leo is all about the lion’s pride then the all-too-human sign of Virgo is powered by humility, which, as we circle round the upward spiral of the zodiac, each sign building on the last, is arguably, potentially stronger than pride.  Let’s revisit the cosmic rulership of Virgo: in astrology the “disabled” planet Chiron is “the wounded healer” fittingly named for a miscreant centaur-like god with human front legs (actually unrelated to those famed savage sages), who was shot by a poison arrow. His condition was incurable but, being divine, he could not die; and yet, or so, we see him emerge as the greatest healer in all mythology. Let’s look to at planet Vulcan, the Roman namesake of the literally lame Greek god of the forge, Hephaestus, a smith and a potter, a nod to Virgo’s mutable-earth status, who despite his own disability, you might say, found healing in making functional tools and weaponry for the gods and men alike. The sign of Virgo begins on August 23, which is the festival Vulcanalia dedicated to him. Now take the namesake god Mercury, whose staff wound by two serpents, called the Caduceus, is the modern symbol of the medical profession. Mercury points to two kinds of magic: Where his assignation as the trickster god suits his namesake planet’s rule over the tricky sleight of hand brand that suits the  mutable-air sign of Gemini’s mercurial, prankish nature, the more substantial form of alchemy fits the Virgo’s mutable-earth sign. All three gods are alchemists. Mercury’s Greek name is Hermes from which we get both the words hermit and the hermetic, which itself as the dual meaning of a) “complete and airtight,” warding off contamination and disease; and b) an ancient occult tradition of combined alchemy, astrology and theosophy. Alchemists are wizards of sorts working solo, often in secret, whether it be Doctor Faustus ( a name arguably derived from Hephaestus), Batman or Gandalf the Grey (the color associated with the sign of Virgo). Another fun fact: Just as we see Gandalf go through his own alchemical change into the victorious Gandalf the White, DeWitt also means “of the white” which points to the fact that he is the ultimate good guy in the end, the only one to bring down the main eponymous protagonist in All About Eve. And, while we are at it, the name Addison translates to “son of the ground”, hello Virgo the earth sign, or “son of man” which befits Virgo man’s status as the Everyman of the zodiac and his focus on improving the real and metaphoric human condition. Let’s not forget that that the damaged Bruce Wayne transmuted into Batman has no superpower other than his own very human ingenuity and still he ends up kicking Superman’s supposedly omnipotent butt.

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