Curious about Gemini the Twins? The Story of Gemini and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Gemini Characteristics:  Gemini represents those born from May 21—June 20.  It’ late spring and early summer in our calendar year, but Gemini is the third Zodiac sign of the year, directly after Taurus!

 Good Things about Gemini: Affectionate, gentle, exciting, impulsive.  Hmmm, so you sound like a big fluffy golden retriever.  Not a bad thing to be.  Don’t let the fetch thing happen though!

 Bad Things about Gemini: Indecisive, nervous, flighty and moody.  That’s the other side to you.  So you’re a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character!

 Myth and Legend: Gemini the twins represents Castor and Pollux from Greek mythology.  They had the same mother-Leda-but different fathers.  Pollux’s father was the God Zeus-Jupiter in Roman mythology-yet again!   Castor’s father was Leda’s husband, King Tyndareus of Sparta.  Pollux was immortal, due to the handy fact that his father happened to be a God.  Unfortunately Castor his twin, who only had a king as a father-the poor thing-was merely mortal.

The two Greek brothers grew up to become famous explorers and warriors.  They sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece; the story behind the Aries constellation.  Then they fought in the Trojan War:  Helen of Troy, their half sister had left her husband Menelaus, for Paris of Troy, and the brothers were determined to bring her home.

Tragically Castor dies in the Trojan War.  Overcome with grief, Pollux his immortal twin, pleads with Zeus to let his brother share his immortality.  Zeus responds by placing the twins in the night sky as the Gemini constellation.

Element Sign: Gemini is an air sign.  Air signs are thought to be abstract thinkers and intellectuals.  Other air signs in the zodiac include Libra and Aquarius.

Glyph:  The Gemini glyph does not look like a pair of twins, no matter how hard you squint.  But the symbol does make some kind of sense, as it represents the number two—in Roman numerals!

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Constellation: This constellation looks exactly like twins—well if you like twin stick figures drawn by five year olds!  By as stick drawings go, it does resemble two people hand in hand.  The Gemini constellation is unique in the Zodiac, in that two stars make up the twins’ heads. Pollux as the immortal twin has the largest bright orange—cranial — star.  Castor, his mortal brother has a smaller blue white star.

If you want to look for the Gemini constellation, you can see it anytime between January and May.  The best viewing times are January  and February at around 9pm; between latitudes + 90° and – 60° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Gemini constellation in summer. Use a star map as a guide and an experienced star gazer to assist you is also helpful.

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 Extra Fun Fact: Gemini is Latin for Twins.  The heads of the twins are represented by two stars.

 Next Post—Curious about Cancer, the Crab (June 21 – July 22)?  The Story of Cancer and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

New Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage:  Book Two

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace:  Book One

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.”Beautiful Books for Children

 

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