Astrology: Mutable signs: Gemini pt. 1

So, it’s understood globally, that Geminis in Western Astrology have “two sides” or a “split personality”. Okay, perhaps. However, not many people understand this very thing. THEY.ARE.NOT.THE ONLY.ONES. Yes, split personalities anyone can be diagnosed by a psychologists but for the sake of Astrology, we are going to stick to four signs and keep it simple. Without further a do…

Astrology wheel, shows shows 12 signs, 4 elements, 3 modes, + masculine, - feminine energy
Astrology wheel, shows shows 12 signs, 4 elements,     3 modes, + masculine and – feminine energy

Before we begin, let’s be clear, there are 12 signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Within these 12 signs, there are 4 elements and 3 types which leads us to explore the Mutables.

Mutable signs are able to adapt to changing environments and people rather quickly. They usually inspire or are enthused about changes that can improve and or challenge people, situations or places. Let’s begin with Gemini.

Geminis are the only mutable sign that possess both male and female traits. They are often associated with Castor and Pollux, but let’s not forget, other stories associate these two with their twin sisters Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra. Most Gemini people demonstrate male traits such as extroversion, aggressiveness, quick physical movements, sexual agility and same gender chauvinists.

Extroverted thinking, sharing and expressing their opinions and thoughts about anything and anyone without reservation or attention to time. We see this in Donald Trump on his show the Apprentice and most recently during his campaign trail for presidency. The late Joan Rivers was also very vocal when giving her perspective on people and situations. The thought that their opinions might offend someone is not there. That filter does not exist with this male trait.

When confronted they get mentally agitated and can display aggressive behavior by raising their voices, getting close to you and open their mouths and yell. Very similar to the way a bird would start squawking and flapping their wings, or the way Patti Labelle starts to yell *coughing* excuse me, sing and dance on stage when overwhelmed by music or emotion. She’s a Gemini as well. Most times, people laugh at this display of aggressive behavior. Others relate to it.

Quick physical movements like talking very fast or fidgeting are all things Geminis are known to do. This is actually a very common Mercurial trait. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini and Virgo. Fast mental processing of words and ideas gives them the ability to efficiently write, compose and sing and/or rap without hesitation. Most popular rappers and songwriters are Geminis such as Busta Rhymes, Iggy Azelia, Azelia Banks, Melissa Etheridge, Lauryn Hill, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Nicks, and Kanye West; and authors like Gwendolyn Brooks and Joan Collins. You may also find Geminis in quick timed sports like Anna Kournikova, Joe Namath and Venus Williams or events associated with swift walking like on a fashion runway, such as Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima.

Sexual agility you may find some Geminis are able to transition into bisexuality quite effortlessly. Their sexual curiosity allows them to look at sex as a sport. How fast they can bring sexual satisfaction to someone or how fast them can establish sexual contact, or how fast they can turn someone on while trying to be graceful. This male trait is about sexual speed and turn-ons. Slowing down is not an option. Often times, they will jokingly play with the idea of gender lines and sexuality such as Boy George, Prince and Grace Jones. Even in television and movies like Joe Namath wearing ladies pantyhose in the pantyhose commercial, Tony Curtis dressed as a woman in the film Some like it hot. They may also be fingerbang experts.

Same gender chauvinist is an example of the twin brothers Castor and Pollux and the twin sisters Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra. They are so concerned about their sibling, they develop a strong attachment associating their feelings and thoughts with the exterior of that person. Many Geminis will favor people with similar physical features often defending them. They even exemplify this kind of chauvinism in their behavior or speech. The boys vs girls is a game all Geminis love to play to display their gender badge proudly and emphatically. Angelina Jolie would agree.

Next post will discuss the female traits of the Gemini which are introversion, assertiveness, quick thinking, sexually alluring and mental intuition. See you soon.

Caribbean cooking, my way

Finished product
The actual finished product 

I remember going to the market in Brooklyn, NY as a child smelling the flavors of the island spices in the air. Clove, Garlic, Scott Bonnets and such. The very first thing I would buy was the Beef patties. Now, you can NEVER, and I repeat, NEVER order a Beef patty without the Coco bread. The Coco bread is the Caribbean version of Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. It smells mildly sweet and truly compliments the spicy flavors of the Beef patty. It’s named Coco bread because traditionally the recipe calls for coconut milk. However, more modern versions use milk and water. These comfy bread delights are a bit difficult to find so, I asked my dear Abuela for the recipe. She once owned her own Caribbean restaurant and is the encyclopedia of excellent Caribbean recipes.  So, without any further, here it is:

*NOT PICTURED * COCONUT OIL, sorry :/
*NOT PICTURED * COCONUT OIL, sorry :/

My Coco bread:

Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes [Prep: 1 hour; cook 20 minutes]

2 packages of yeast

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of honey

1/4 cup of coconut milk, room temperature

3/4 cup of slightly warm water

2 teaspoons of salt

1 egg, beaten

3 cups of flour

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil * not pictured*

Directions: Dissolve yeast and sugar in the water then add coconut milk, salt and egg. Stir. Slowly incorporate the flour a 1/2 cup at a time while stirring the mixture. The closer you get to using all the flour it should start to form into a dough. Now, knead the dough for about 12 minutes or until firm. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of coconut oil into the bowl and turn the dough in it to fully coat.  Cover dough with a damp towel or hand towel and let it rise for about an 1 hour. Cut or hand separate the dough into 8 to 10 portions. Roll each piece into a disks they should be about 6 inches. Use the coconut oil from the bowl to lightly brush on the portion. Fold in half and brush the coconut oil on the outside. Wait a couple of minutes for the dough to double in size. Place bread on a greased baking sheet . Preheat oven to 425 F, place a large pan full of water on the lowest rack. Wait until the water is the same temperature as the oven. Baking sheet on upper rack in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.

Eat while still warm!!!