Mercury in Gemini

IN Gemini Mercury is in his own house, but although quite as strong as one would expect, it is his airy changeful side that is most accentuated. There is danger of over-development of the mind at the expense of the vital forces, of living too wholly on the mental plane, of restlessness and anxiety and overwork, which errors may culminate in nervous breakdown. Ill aspects of Neptune, the Moon, and Uranus confirm this threat.

The mind of such people is often singularly lucid, but intellectually, rather than instinctively or intuitively. They rationalize admirably, but nearly always neglect more important considerations. Their logical processes are perfect, but they are apt to generalize {194} from insufficient data, or to omit some cardinal fact in their premises. They are often, therefore, regarded as silly, though never as stupid. Their superficial rapidity of mind often makes them good public speakers or journalists, for rapidity is an essential mental qualification in these professions, and their facility in logical process without rigid insistence upon precedent fact makes them successful lawyers.

They possess great versatility; often too much, sometimes lacking steadiness and application. They are easily influenced by their environment; a slight matter starts them off on a new trail. Where the hearing is good, they make fine linguists, but, unless Mercury is fortified by good aspects of the heavier planets, not especially adapted for any of the deeper modes of thought. Albert Durer and Dante are the greatest names upon our list, and in both cases Mercury is greatly steadied and helped by Saturn and Uranus. In the second rank we find George Sand, Thomas Hardy, and Bulwer-Lytton. Richard Strauss, whose Mercury is in the last degree of Taurus and therefore blends the influences of both signs, may perhaps be worthy of the first-class. But more characteristic of Gemini is the coldly intellectual quality of mind shown by George III, Robespierre, Brigham Young, Jay Gould, and Abbas Effendi. There is something colorless and bloodless about the manner of thought of all these people, which puts them in a class apart. Yet more typical of the purely mental and superficial character of this position of Mercury is George Bidder, the “Lightning Calculator.” The mind in such a case is as merely a machine as if it were made of metal; and this is the essentially mental quality, and the occasion of St. Paul’s remark, “The carnal mind is enmity against God.”

The following well known persons were born with Mercury in the sign Gemini:

Colonel George W. Goethals

P. T. Barnum


Charles Hayden

Captain George W. Walrond

James Stillman

Harriet Beecher Stowe {195}

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael’s Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Mercury is in the sign Gemini are as follows:

From June 2d through June 14th 1840

May 24th “ June 6th 1841

May 16th ” May 30th 1842

May 7th “ May 30th 1843

June 14th ” July 13th 1843

April 30th “ July 7th 1844

June 13th ” June 29th 1845

June 7th “ June 20th 1846

May 30th ” June 12th 1847

May 20th “ June 3d 1848

May 12th ” May 28th 1849

May 4th “ July 11th 1850

May 1st ” May 19th 1851

June 14th “ July 4th 1851

June 10th ” June 25th 1852

June 3d “ June 16th 1853

May 26th ” June 8th 1854

May 17th “ May 31st 1855

May 8th ” May 27th 1856

June 22d “ July 12th 1856

May 1st ” July 8th 1857

June 14th “ June 30th 1858

June 8th ” June 22d 1859

May 30th “ June 12th 1860

May 22d ” June 4th 1861

May 13th “ May 29th 1862

May 5th ” July 12th 1863

April 29th “ May 27th 1864

June 12th ” July 4th 1864

June 12th “ June 26th 1865

June 5th ” June 18th 1866

May 27th “ June 9th 1867

May 18th ” June 1st 1868 {196}

From May 9th through May 27th 1869

July 2d “ July 10th 1869

May 2d ” July 9th 1870

June 14th “ July 2d 1871

June 8th ” June 22d 1872

June 1st “ June 14th 1873

May 23d ” June 5th 1874

May 15th “ May 30th 1875

May 6th ” July 12th 1876

April 30th “ July 6th 1877

June 13th ” June 28th 1878

June 6th “ June 19th 1879

May 28th ” June 10th 1880

May 19th “ June 2d 1881

May 11th ” May 28th 1882

May 3d “ July 10th 1883

May 1st ” May 12th 1884

June 14th “ July 2d 1884

June 10th ” June 24th 1885

June 2d “ June 15th 1886

May 25th ” June 7th 1887

May 15th “ May 30th 1888

May 7th ” May 28th 1889

June 16th “ July 12th 1889

May 1st ” July 7th 1890

June 14th “ June 29th 1891

June 6th ” June 20th 1892

May 29th “ June 11th 1893

May 21st ” June 3d 1894

May 12th “ May 28th 1895

May 4th ” July 10th 1896

April 30th “ May 21st 1897

June 13th ” July 4th 1897

June 11th “ June 25th 1898

June 4th ” June 17th 1899

May 26th “ June 8th 1900

May 18th ” June 1st 1901

May 10th “ May 28th 1902 {197}

From June 26th through July 12th 1902

May 3d ” July 10th 1903

June 14th “ July 1st 1904

June 9th ” June 22d 1905

June 1st “ June 14th 1906

May 23d ” June 6th 1907

May 14th “ May 29th 1908

May 6th ” July 12th 1909

May 1st “ June 1st 1910

June 12th ” July 6th 1910

June 13th “ June 28th 1911

June 5th ” June 18th 1912

May 28th “ June 10th 1913

May 19th ” June 2d 1914

May 11th “ May 28th 1915

May 3d ” July 10th 1916

June 15th “ July 2d 1917

June 10th ” June 24th 1918

June 2d “ June 15th 1919

May 24th ” June 6th 1920

May 15th “ May 30th 1921

May 7th ” May 31st 1922

June 11th “ July 13th 1922

May 1st ” July 8th 1923

June 13th “ June 29th 1924

June 7th ” June 20th 1925

May 30th “ June 11th 1926

May 21st ” June 4th 1927

May 11th “ May 28th 1928

May 4th ” July 11th 1929


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