Gemini Decan 1 ~ May 20 to 30 2016. The new weekly horoscope runs as an Egyptian week, ie 10 days. It will start as the Sun moves into a new decan and looks at what fixed stars it hits during the decanate week. The star interpretations are written for those born with their Sun on that degree, but the general mood of the day will carry that flavour too. The ‘Good V Evil’ duality of Gemini is strong here not just because it is the Gemini decan, but mainly because of Aldebaran’s dragon-slaying tendency. As St Micheal, god’s first soldier, he is therefore the chief slayer of all things Satanic. With Jupiter’s influence here then, we get activists and militants who are on a spiritual or religious mission to add to already zealous theme.
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Gemini 00º 00’ ~ Alcyone in the Pleiades of Taurus the Bull 3.0*
Gemini 00º 21′ ~ Atlas in the Pleiades in the shoulder of Taurus the Bull. 3.8
Alcyone is the main star of the Pleiades; this mysterious star cluster has beguiled us for thousands of years. Their role is supposed to help humanity evolve by purifying our astral and etheric bodies in order to receive higher wisdom. The Pleiades are supposed to dissolve away our dirty devils, rather like Perseus’s mission to slay the demon Medusa. We find most of Perseus the constellation in this decan too. Our hero risked life and limb to rescue his love Andromeda, so very chivalrous and noble. Or was he really after her father King Cepheus kingdom..? Somehow it all seems to good to be true, which is why Gemini decan 1 can get the reputation of being a cad. Alcyone can also be a bit sleazy too! Some keywords are “vain, venerated, indulgent, spoilt, easily flattered, flirty, beautiful, poetic, talented, theatrical, ravishing, handsome, designer, dandy”. The stars of the Pleiades, like the Gemini archetype as a whole are a mass of contradictions; they can be the good twin or the evil twin. One twin is constantly at war with its shadow and they are constantly on the verge of becoming the very “darkness” they are trying to eliminate.
Many astrologers have written about Pleiades and it all seems very paradoxical, with great success and then ‘violent death’, charming to say the least… Ever cheerful Robson says “Alcyone causes love, eminence, blindness from fevers, small pox, and accidents to the face. They are said to make their natives wanton, ambitious, turbulent, optimistic and peaceful; to give many journeys and voyages, success in agriculture and through active intelligence; and to cause blindness, disgrace and a violent death. Their influence is distinctly evil “  Ann Wright points out that ‘Evil influence or Evil disposition’ could also be another word for homosexuality since in Robson’s day it was still illegal and the word it self was extremely taboo. It is a very feminine star, but I don’t think it is particularly gay, but make one far more open about ones sexuality whatever flavour it is. Gay Pride is such an Alcyone event, just for the costumes! (Dandy warriors!)
The pleiades may also make one more likely to experiment and not be too concerned with the gender of the person they love. They certainly don’t care for conventional relationships as stressed by Ebertin “The Pleiades gives ambition and endeavor, which gives preferment, honor and glory. Not a good omen with regard to relationships to the opposite sex.”  Again code for ‘homosexuality’ perhaps. The challenge for Gemini decan 1 is to try not to create yet more divisiveness in their zeal to spiritually spring-clean. New-age light workers and Christian fundamentalists are found here and interestingly the Pleiades seem to resonate with a lot of ‘starseed’ types… So Alcyone types tend to be truth seekers, activists, bohemians and eco-warriors. Here you will also find more straight-laced looking liberals who are so incredibly “right-on” and politically correct. Atlas is one of the Pleiades was the father of both the Hyades and Pleiades. He is the endurer, and is depicted carrying the weight of the Pleiades are found in the shoulder of the bull.
Gemini 02º 05’ ~ Mirfak in the right side of Perseus the Hero 1.9
Mirfak on the right side of Perseus. This constellation generally “is said to denote adventurous individuals, but also those who are less than honest in their dealings with others.” Robson also says Perseus has an “intelligent, strong, bold and adventurous nature, but a tendency to lying.” I get the picture someone who in British cockney vernacular “ducks and dives” to make a living. He may be a bit shifty, but still likable. He seems to always get the better of authority by his cunning and can be a modern day folk hero. Mirfak likes to brag and is full of bravado, like Muhammad Ali in his pre-fight spiel.
Gemini 05º 15’ ~ Sceptrum in Eridanus the River 4.0
Sceptrum is now part of Eridanus but was once part of an obsolete constellation known as Sceptrum Brandenburgicum. The sceptre is a ceremonial staff used to display power and authority. There is a real feel of display to this decan. Is it all an act though? Jupiter can be very theatrical and spectacular while Gemini is about surface, and can wear many masks. It makes me think of the wizard in the Wizard of Oz, that geeky old man operating the booming wizard voice and theatrics from behind the curtain. He didn’t think he was impressive enough on his own. Gemini decan 1 promises much and seems suspect, but like the animated spaghetti-western film Rango, the apparent charlatan did in fact come good in the end.
Gemini 05º 48’ ~ Prima Hyadum in the Hyades of Taurus the Bull 3.9
Gemini 08º 28’ ~ Ain in the left eye of Taurus the Bull 3.6
The Hyades are are a stormy cluster of stars in the face of Taurus the Bull. I have written a post about them and some of their key words are “Militant, activists, provocative, permissive, persuasive, fierce, violent, stormy, emotional, controlling, manipulative, cunning, sharp minds, strategic, single-minded, commanding..”. Their brightest stars are Prima Hyadum and Ain and are found around the left eye of the bull. Robson says they give “They give tears, sudden events, violence, fierceness, poisoning, blindness, wounds or injuries to the head by instruments, weapons or fevers, and contradictions of fortune.”  While Ebertin says ” Striving for prestige leading to power politics leads to tremendous success in life if bridled, if not, failure and a fall from power. May exploit other human beings in quest of power. Staggering increase in sexual urge, a dissolute life, excessive and licentious ways.”  The Hyades also carry the unfortunate label of ‘Evil disposition’ which, as said earlier, was used to describe homosexuality. I must add that I am merely recording this as part of my research, I do not believe personally homosexuality is ‘evil’. In other posts ‘evil’ is also used to describe dabbling in the occult, which is basically empowering oneself to experience ‘God’ directly, without the need for a priest.
Gemini 09º 47’ ~ Aldebaran in the right eye of Taurus the Bull 0.8
Last but not least is the knight-in-shining-armour Aldebaran. This star takes us back to Arthurian times when love was courtly and brave men risked life and limb for the woman they loved. Here we get good old fashioned chivalry, before the days of ‘I can open a door and light my own cigarette myself, you patronising bastard!’… Even if smug Aldebaran might seem like a cartoon, thigh-slapping Prince, he does actually mean well. Aldebaran has the prestige of being one of the the Royal stars of Persia and is also known as Archangel Michael (which might make some of us cringe a little if we know anything about Archons..) I prefer to think of the four royal stars as the sky guardians of the North, South, East and West. They also represent the four elements. Aldebaran is earth and the watcher of the East, where the Sun rises. Robson says generally this star “gives honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, ferocity, a tendency to sedition, a responsible position, public honors and gain of power and wealth through others, but its benefits seldom prove lasting and there is also danger of violence and sickness.” Gemini decan 1 is about duality and polarity and directly opposite Aldebaran we get Antares, his nemesis, but that’s another story…