03 June 2012

Gemini: Mirror Image


The astrological sign of Gemini is represented by the "twins". Geminis are thought to have dual natures and mercurial personalities. They love to interact with others exchanging intellectual ideas which makes them both interesting and interested. In mythology they are depicted by the twin brothers Castor and Pollux whose mother was Leda. Castor was mortal, the son of King Tyndareus while his brother was the immortal offspring of Zeus who seduced Leda by taking the form of a swan. When his mortal brother was killed, Pollux asked Zeus to reunite them in the heavens where they were set as stars in the constellation of Gemini.

Happy Birthday to a pair of interesting Geminis:
Eric Petsinger and Tom Shaub

Images:

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), French, Sketch of Castor and Pollux
Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot Deck, Italian c. 1466, Lovers
John Everett Millais (1829-1896), English, Twins Grace and Kate Hoare

8 comments:

  1. Its the details of our lives I think that in some respects make the impact. Its only once in a while the big picture matters. I loves these photos of the details.

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  2. I was immediately pleased upon seeing Poussin's sketch of the Twins, that image is in one of my files as we "speak". There really is something eternally fascinating about twins, every culture that I have studied has accorded them some special status. In my own paintings I have been working on a series of paintings devoted to the Mesoamerican Hero Twins, fascinating (to me anyway) topic.
    always pleased to drop in on you and the wonderful P and P.
    Hope all is well,
    LG

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  3. LG~ Of course we would both like Poussin's sketch, we are such kindred spirits. The Lovers card in the Tarot deck references Gemini also which is interesting. I agree there is something so compelling about twins, an intimacy that is closer than siblings. And yet they are often too interdependent.

    I hope all is well with you, the human and animal families. KB

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  4. You are right, the tarot image is interesting ( I'm always being sidelined by Poussin I'm afraid). The whole Platonic notion of lovers seeking to be reunited to create the original wholeness destroyed by Zeus and his petulant rage.Twins representing some lost unity.All very interesting.
    All is well here, animals great, mother-in-law a bit petulant at times, she may very well be Olympian.
    Take care,
    LG

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  5. love the green of the first painting...

    take care, and come back soon!

    xo

    Kit

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  6. I love Millais's Twins painting!!!

    XO,
    Jessica
    http://thedoilyduck.blogspot.com

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  7. beautiful blog, love! j'adore!

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  8. Thank you Camile. Best, Kendra

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