The planet Mars has entered the sign of Gemini, where he will roam around until August 3. Mars is the God of War, and Gemini is the sign of the mind, intellect, communication, curiosity and learning. Gemini takes in and gives out loads and loads and loads of information and knowledge, like hay going into and coming out of a scarecrow. What happens, then, when the God of War enters this terrain?
JUST KEEP ME MOVING
The mind is a double-edged sword, as the saying goes, and Mars’ arsenal in Gemini is full of words and ideas and thoughts and information. Mars is at home on the battlefield, and with Mars in Gemini the battle is between this way and that way, thumbs up and thumbs down, outside and inside, up and down, front and back, forward and backward, versed and reversed, old and new, near and far, light and dark, and between a playful conversation and a heated argument. Should I stop or should I go on? I could keep going, but suffice to say: Gemini offers up endless pairings, and an endlessly versatile variety of ideas, always in motion.
Barbra Streisand is a great example of Mars in Gemini, and not just because she’s extremely smart. The placement makes her a natural for songs like “Gotta Move” (“Gotta move / gotta get out / gotta leave this place!”) and “Comin’ In and Out of Your Life,” and to work with Stephen Sondheim, another lover of words. In “Funny Girl” she had “thirty-six expressions, sweet as pie to tough as leather.” In “Yentl,” there wasn’t a morning she began without a thousand questions running through her mind (“Where Is It Written?”) before she would “walk through the forests of the trees of knowledge and listen to the lessons of the leaves” (“This Is One of Those Moments”). No surprise, either, that she created an album called “Duets.” Speaking of duets, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, who both have Mars in Gemini, said hello to new heights of acclaim with “Time To Say Goodbye,” their stunning multi-lingual international duet. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who also both have Mars in Gemini, became household names with their duet “Especially For You.” Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, another Mars in Gemini, gives lectures with titles like, “Holding the Tension of the Opposites.” Joni Mitchell used Mars in Gemini to look at life from “Both Sides Now.”
See, Mars in Gemini takes his orders from Mercury, the God who thrives in the in-between places. Mercury’s terrain isn’t just above or below—he can travel from the realm of the gods (Mount Olympus) down to earth, and down into the Underworld (Hades). Mercury goes everywhere and never rests at a particular destination for very long. He favors the place between here and there. As the God of roads, he moves in that space between rows of houses, or between cities. Mercury is the interstate highway, rather than one particular state. So, while it might seem at first glance that Mars in Gemini is a battle between doing this and doing that – there’s also the place in between that opens up for Mars in Gemini to enter.
BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW
In “Yentl,” Barbra played a Jewish woman who dressed as a man in order to study and learn, pushing through the existing ideas of the time into new terrain. True to Mars in Gemini, she spends most of the movie neither as a woman or a man, really. She spends most of the movie in the anxious in-between place, exploring new ground, constantly moving, never defined, never settled. Mars in Gemini can be the Pioneer of new thoughts: Franklin Roosevelt used his Mars in Gemini to bring forth the New Deal not once, but twice. And rather than see a world where black and white were separate, Martin Luther King used his Mars in Gemini to walk the in-between place where both could exist together to bring an end to racial segregation. Saint Teresa of Avila used Mars in Gemini to found a reformed Carmelite convent, from which emerged her timeless writings. Kate Winslet used Mars in Gemini for “Finding Neverland.” Sandra Bullock achieved her highest acclaim when she went into “The Blind Side.” And Tim Robbins used Mars in Gemini to spend way way way more time in the “between” place than any of us realized, in “The Shawshank Redemption.”
My stream of data has come to an end, with a final mention of how Barbra Streisand expressed Mars in Gemini best in another of her songs, “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow”:
Between yesterday and tomorrow / there is more, there is more than a day / Between day and night / between black and white / there is more, there is more than gray / Between the summer and the winter / there’s a multitude of falls / Between the entry and the exit / there’s a labyrinth of halls
With Mars in Gemini, if you get bored with the either/or and/or both/and options of life, remember that there’s a Trickster guiding your way! The world is never just what-you-see-is-what-you-get with Mars in Gemini: there is always a labyrinth of halls, an unexplored doorway, a circle in a circle, brand new terrain awaiting exploration in between. It takes two to create a duality, but with Mars in Gemini the double-edged sword of the mind always clears space for a little something more, if you’re willing to go there.