The Flutter & Buzz of Gemini

'Gemini' by Sandy Deluca

'Gemini' by Sandy Deluca

We will soon be entering the Gemini phase of the year, the sign of the two heavenly twins caught in a perpetual dialogue with each other. The Gemini season positively vibrates with energy through a variety of colour, scent, texture and sound, as the days extend and the sun rises to its zenith in the sky. The blossom of the Taurus phase has attracted bees and butterflies and the pollination cycle is now beginning in earnest, as the spirit of Gemini is carried on a wind of change. Like a true pollinator endlessly darting from flower to flower, the Gemini soul buzzes and flutters happily from one source of interest to another, spreading the news, stirring nature’s alchemical mix and announcing the immanent arrival of summer. It seems like everything is up for grabs in this hubbub of trade and exchange. Nature’s messengers are in full swing and the rich diversity of life is never more in evidence.

Pentecost

Pentecost

In the Christian calendar this seasonal transformation is echoed in the festival of Pentecost, or Whitsuntide, where the holy spirit comes as a rushing wind, carrying “wit” and “knowledge”, inspiring the apostles to spread the word far and wide, like pollinating bees. This is often considered to be the birth of the church – whereby the Holy Spirit enables the message of Christianity to be understood. The apostles even found themselves speaking in foreign languages, speaking in tongues.

Hermes / Mercury - Ruler of Gemini

Hermes / Mercury - Ruler of Gemini

According to an elder of the Dogon tribe of Mali, spoken language originates as a swirling garment of vapour and breath. This garment, which was draped around the earth, was stolen by a jackal. Since that time the movements of the jackal have disclosed to seers and diviners the prophetic speech of the world. In Greek mythology the gift of language is bestowed by Hermes, who is also the patron of storytelling, alchemy and double-speak. His rulership of the sign Gemini, our sun sign of the month, has much to teach about the power of language.

In old English, to “spell” was to recite a story, but with the spread of the Roman alphabet, it developed what we perceive today as a double meaning – to arrange letters in the correct order, on the one hand, and on the other a magical formula or charm, as in the casting of a spell. But are these meanings as radically different as we might suppose? We can all perhaps appreciate the way words have the power to enchant and manipulate perception, when they are delivered in a particular way and with a particular presence.

Modern western thought favours the structural linguistics of nominalism where words are effectively reduced to dead, quasi-mathematical units, which carry no sensuous or magical power. In the hands of a skilled poet or orator however, those same words are re-enlivened and re-animated. And how different it is when we address the world directly, than when we merely speak about it. We may all-too-easily forget that words do not simply label things that are already there, they also carry an incantative power which reverberates in the heavens and may echo back a confirmation through our daily experiences. This Gemini phase of the year always reminds me to choose my words, my thoughts, my prayers, my everyday mantras with more care – to remember that Hermes is listening and to remember where my words are coming from in the first place!

So in our Alchemical Journey workshop for Gemini this month we work with the alchemical power of words, symbols and stories, and reconnect to the web of language of which we all partake. Click here for more details…

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