The roman numeral II represents the duality of the Gemini nature.
In Babylonian astronomy, the stars Pollux and Castor were known as the Great Twins. Their names were Lugal-irra and Meslamta-ea, meaning "The Mighty King" and "The One who has arisen from the Underworld". Both names are titles of Nergal, a major Babylonian god of plague and pestilence, who was king of the underworld.
In Greek mythology, Gemini is associated with the myth of Castor and Pollux. Pollux was the son of Zeus, who seduced Leda, while Castor was the son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta and Leda's husband. When Castor died, because he was a mortal, Pollux begged his father Zeus to give Castor immortality, which was done through uniting them together in the heavens.
Gemini is the original dual personality. Bright, communicative, and charming at one moment, this person can be sullen or acerbic the next. Its an essentially sociable personality and the most talkative of all the signs. Gemini has a touch of the child about his or her character, positively refusing to grow old. Gemini delights in tricks and puzzles and is an inveterate practical joker. Always busy, Gemini often holds down two or more jobs. This sign switches opinions daily, while never admitting to being wrong. There’s a lack of focus in Gemini that hampers any hope of a consistent lifestyle. Gemini is always looking for a new stimulus. The ideas are quick in coming, but Gemini doesn’t always possess the stamina to see them through.
Gemini insists on commenting on the world as it is experienced. Using highly developed verbal skills, this mind flits like a butterfly, instantly processing information from many sources and leaping to conclusions that are communicated to anyone who will listen. Gemini knows a little about everything but lacks the concentration to focus on any one thing for long. Silver tongued Gemini has no qualms about bending the truth to get the right result. This mind manipulates and persuades and can convince someone that black is white if necessary. Determined to win in a verbal battle, this signs usual quick wit and love of puns can degenerate into sarcasm.
Gemini is not comfortable with emotion and lacks emotional resilience. The cerebral sign prefers to dissect other people’s feelings but has little empathy or sensitivity. Neatly rationalising his or her own emotions out of existence, Gemini uses talking as a way of hiding genuine feeling, Emotional burn-out can lead to deep depression.
A versatile mind is Gemini’s greatest asset. The ideas flow thick and fast and multi-tasking comes naturally.
Gemini has problems knowing exactly what the truth is and regularly changes stories without even noticing. Inconvenient facts tend to get discarded, especially when there’s an opportunity to manipulate. Two faced Gemini loves to gossip but finds it impossible to hold a secret.
The untrustworthiness of the Gemini shadow appears quite openly from time to time. This is the trickster fixer, the con artist who persuades you it’s good deal. The motivation is often boredom, a reaction to stupidity or a sense of being snubbed.
Karma in the realm of Gemini usually centres around untruths or nefarious schemes. Past negativity may involve gossip, slander, betrayal or misinformation and deliberate deception. The present-life karmic challenge is to identify the truth and stick by it.
Anything to do with words, books, theatre, journalism, the internet, puzzles and games.
Peace and quiet, feeling bored or lonely, people who don’t listen or whose opinions are rigid.
Money in the bank is not important. This resourceful sign is always able to raise cash when required, even if by questionable means. Gemini invented the get-rich-quick scheme and the financial con. This personality shows no hesitation in borrowing money from friends or in lending money in return and doesn’t worry about running up enormous debts on a credit card. A natural gambler and shrewd investor, Gemini has a flutter – and wins.
As a parent
Although happy to play, Gemini parents treat their children like small adults. They expect to be able to reason as a means of discipline. A withdrawn or introverted child leaves Gemini floundering.
As a child
Inquisitive and communicative, the Gemini child benefits from an intellectually stimulation environment, right from birth. Gemini simply must know. Young Gemini will take something apart completely to see how it works, read every book in the library, suitable or not, surf the internet without being taught and have the music on full when doing homework. While Gemini is happy as a only child friends are extremely important. If no one is to hand, an invisible playmate will do. The biggest problem this child has is sitting still and listening. A bored Gemini will quickly resort to destructive behavior.
Gemini is eminently suited to anything involving multi-tasking and communication, such as journalism, commentating, broadcasting, or teaching. Gemini also makes an excellent navigator, civil engineer, personal assistant, or bookseller. As possessor of a silver tongue, sales representative, advertising or travel agent, demonstrator, spin doctor or communication expert are all occupations.
The preference is for activities that involve other people and party invitations are always well received. If Gemini must sit still, it’s to watch a film or mend a clock. Top choices of physical activity are yoga, and racquet sports. Playing keyboard or woodwind instruments in a group are also popular Gemini pastimes, while writing languages and computers keep this agile mind occupied. Gemini may be a shopaholic.