The Vanishing Point: Gemini and the Boundaries of Perspective

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta
6 min readMay 28, 2021

The line of the horizon marks the end of our perception. It’s a literal vanishing point, the boundary of our established experience. In recent centuries we understand that this is more optical illusion than geographic fact: the world is not flat, and there is no point where we — or our experience — drop off the face of the Earth. The Earth is round. Sometimes advancement is circular.

Gemini was the patron constellation of those who bravely pursued the horizon. Its appearance in the sky heralded the stormy season, a physical representation of the restlessness that stirred within. Polarity was once a well-known fact. Our knowledge of the world was based on explorations of opposing forces, seeking information about one in the other: earth and sky, god and mortal, past and future. We understood that each had strengths and weaknesses which informed our understanding of the other and often, each could be found in its opposing heart. In the end, duality and non-duality may be another expression of this polarity, each containing the concept of the other as an equal and opposite truth. Astrology can be viewed as a journey with each sign bringing new development to the seeker, itself an exploration in opposing perspectives and values. In no sign is this clearer than Gemini.

Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1974

No matter your starting point, Gemini is a bicorporeal sign, an energy with two distinct bodies. Among the Sumerians it was the Great Companions, likely a celebration of certain divine consorts many of whom were cast into the underworld and raised again out of godly devotion. The contrast between life and death highlights different facets of these characters often given different epithets at different points in their mythologies. Babylonians saw this constellation as a set of fierce protectors, made wise for their experience in the liminal space and looked to them for guidance as they entered the deadly heat of summer: the Companions became guides through the Underworld, navigating the seeker past death.

But as the individual rose to prominence, this bicoporeality took on a different tone. The Great Companions became Gemini, the Twins, a dual expression of the one. We now associate the Twins with Castor and Pollux, the Argonaut brothers cast into the sky through bravery and brotherly love but to look at their…

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That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a professional astrologer and a lifelong student of esoterica, marrying symbolism, semiotics, and psychology || See more at ThatAstrologer.com