Fish Eaters: The Whys and Hows of Traditional Catholicism

"Praise ye Him, O sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars and light''


The constellation of Gemini is symbolized by twins. To the people of Mesopotamia, they were known as Meshlamtaea -- "
'The One Who has Arisen from the Underworld" -- and Lugalirra -- "Mighty King." The allusions to Christ are evident in those ancient names, but the Greeks named the Twins -- the Dioskouroi -- Kastor and Polydeuces, Latinized to Castor and Pollux, and the two brightest stars of this constellation are named for them as well. It's fascinating that the Greco-Roman myths about Castor and Pollux relate that Pollux was immortal, the son of Zeus, who took on the form of a swan to seduce Leda, the boys' mother. Castor was mortal, the son of Leda and her husband. When Castor was dying, the immortal Pollux was given the choice, by Zeus, to give to Castor some of his immortality, and this he chose to do, just as Lord Christ offers us His immortality if we receive His grace.

The sign of Gemini refers to unity, to the marriage of the lamb as foretold by Capricornus and written about in the Apocalypse of St. John 19:7-9:

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to Him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath prepared herself. And it is granted to her that she should clothe herself with fine linen, glittering and white. For the fine linen are the justifications of saints. And he said to me: Write: Blessed are they that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith to me: These words of God are true.

We will become One with Him, partakers of the Divine Nature, destined to be with Him forever and forever. All of our hearts' longings will be fulfilled. Everything we've suffered, everything we've sacrificed, the almost existential loneliness of being human, that sense of not being completely "filled," not being completely who we are supposed to be -- all is fulfilled in our Communion with Him, and this marriage lasts for eternity. But those who say no to Him will have a different fate, as the Sign of Cancer will tell us.

Note: On the Feast of St. Lucy, December 13, one of the greatest meteor showers of the year, the Geminids, may be seen emanating from Gemini. Note, too, that the Twins are mentioned in Acts 28:11: "And after three months, we sailed in a ship of Alexandria, that had wintered in the island, whose sign was the Castors." Castor and Pollux were patrons of sailors to the Greeks, and St. Paul sailed on a ship that had the Twins as its sign.

Decan One: Lepus

When thinking of Lepus, the Hare, we have to get past our common -- and understandable -- associations of the animal with fertility and unmitigated cuteness. We have to go back to our roots as people tied to the land, people for whom the hare was an enemy, the destroyer of crops, an animal that threatened our very livelihood. The word "hare" has ties to the words "harass," which comes from the German "hare," a cry urging dogs to attack. This entered the French language as "harasser," "to set a dog on."

Considering that aforementioned cuteness of the hare is important when remembering the attractiveness of evil. Evil gets done because people are attracted to it. They want to engage in it. Satan was once the most beautiful cherub, and he knows how to appeal to our most basic desires. He appeals to us by promising the satisfying of lust, wordly treasure, the glitter of fame that causes some to sell their very souls to the Evil One (see the page on Oppression, Obsession, and Possession in The Preternatural World section of this site). In II Corinthians 11:14, St. Paul tells us that "Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light." But to give in to evil is to risk burning in Hell forever, the fate of many, as we'll see with our next Zodiacal constellation, the sign of Cancer.

Decan Two: Canis Major

Defending us from the Hare are the two dogs -- Canis Major and Canis Minor -- of the Second and Third decans of Gemini. These dogs belong to Orion the Hunter, the first decan of Taurus, and symbol of Christ. He has yelled "hare!" to His dogs, and they've set to work to protect us from evil as represented by Lepus. Canis Major contains the very brightest-appearing star in the night sky, Sirius, a.k.a. "the Dog Star," which can be found by locating the three stars that make up Orion's belt, and moving your eyes downward, following the angle of the belt's tilt, to a distance equal to about eight widths of that belt. It will be the brightest object you see.

Decan Three: Canis Minor

See Canis Major above.
And make note of the light yellowish-white star, Procyon, in this constellation. This star, the sixth brightest in the Northern Hemisphere gets its name, which means "Before the Dog", due to its preceding Sirius, the Dog Star, as they make their way across the Winter sky.

That Canis Major and Canis Minor are two in number is interesting, especially given that one is "The Great Dog" and the other "The Lesser Dog." Perhaps they can be considered as symbolizing the Two Great Commandments, given to us in the Gospel of St. Matthew 22:36-40:

Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.

With dogs being symbols of fidelity, we can see these two great stellar dogs as reminders to be faithful to what God commands so we can partake of the marriage feast and avoid the fate of those who refuse His grace, about whom we'll read with the Sign of Cancer.

[Note that the three stars Orion's Betelgeuse, Canis Major's Sirius, and Canis Minor's Procyon together form an equilateral triangle known as "the Winter Triangle."]

Gemini can be seen between November and April. Pollux is to the south-left; Castor is to the north-right. The stars that make up the stick figures' heads are named after them -- Pollux and Castor. Pollux and Castor are the twelfth and sixteenth brightest stars of the Northern hemisphere, respectively.


Gemini relative to other stars in the Winter sky:

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