So my theme for this month is “duos” “pairs” and things that come in “twos.”
But let’s consider this duality for a moment as it takes us back to that basic “Yin Yang” principle (remember the 2 egg remedies for skincare last month?). Therefore one half is just as important as the other, and together they make up the whole. It is interesting to note that the newly elected Conservative Prime Minister in the U.K. David Cameron, immediately approached the Liberal Democrats to form a bi-partisan government with a real goal of “working together” – what a concept, and something that has surely been lacking in government on both sides of the pond? Duality is something that can easily be seen with the sign of Gemini and both the good & bad sides of their personalities. As our 1st Air sign, these people are automatically connected with the mind, intellect & “thought”. On the good side, they are communicators, writers & teachers, who love to share all of the knowledge and facts they have acquired over the years. On the not-so-good side, Gemini’s are tricksters, liars and thieves – literally! Just the other day, my nearest and dearest friend (a Gemini) was telling me a story about one of his young nephews (another Gemini), who is maybe 9 or 10 years old at most who, after sneaking upstairs and taking $200 from someone’s pocketbook had apparently got caught when he then gave $100 of it to his sister and was asked where the hundred dollar bill had come from! I couldn’t help but laugh at the notion that here was a little trickster-in-training, showing his true colors early on, and notice that he went for the big bucks, never mind small change! Some other perhaps better-known and “shadier” Gemini characters are Donald Trump, Jack Kevorkian, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, George Bush senior, his wife Barbara, Newt Gingrich and Eliot Spitzer. We can also add JFK in to the mix, as he too led quite a double life with all of his multiple mistresses including actress Marilyn Monroe, yet another Gemini!
Some other well-known Gemini actors & entertainers, singers & song-writers who have provided us with many words of entertainment over the years are Joan Rivers, Drew Carey, Hugh Laurie, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Helen Hunt, Tony Curtis, Morgan Freeman, Errol Flynn, Dean Martin, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Sir Laurence Olivier, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Prince, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Les Paul & Sir Paul McCartney. Sitting still is something a Gemini is NOT very good at so not surprisingly, Gemini is connected with the nervous system, as well as the lungs and many of them deal with respiratory issues. Michael J. Fox for example, another Gemini actor, has Parkinson’s, a disease of the nervous system. And check this out, I was watching some of the French Open tennis tournament while writing this month’s article, and when I researched a little further I discovered that Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal are ALL Gemini! That’s a lot of forehands and backhands right there!
It is not unusual for any of the three Air signs to enjoy flying, and Gemini is no exception. So I couldn’t resist mentioning that my Gemini cousin Howard, who along with his Libra brother Tim have both been obsessed with airplanes since they were young. They have taken more photos of airplanes than you or I have had hot dinners, that’s for sure. And many of them are now images that could never be captured again since airport security is so strict these days. This image from Howard is of a Howard Hughes’ aircraft, aptly named “The Aviator” and is a Douglas DC6. After shooting on film for years, this was one of his first “digital” shots taken last year in Fairbanks, Alaska. Although this plane is over 50 years old, it is still in service and used to transport fuel & supplies to remote villages in Alaska – very cool!
© Howard Chaloner
And while we are “up in the air” my brother-in-law Andy is another one who is passionate about flying. A few years ago he took helicopter flying lessons and I remember my sister telling me how his face would literally light up when he flew and he became a different person! Interestingly, my sister and brother-in-law live near the renowned Helicopter training base at Middle Wallop in Hampshire, where Prince Harry just recently graduated and received his “wings.” He is also one of the few to be accepted to now train to fly the Apache combat helicopters and and hopes to return to Afghanistan (Prince Harry that is, not my brother-in-law!)
Now Libra is generally the sign associated with partnerships & marriage, but the dual nature of Gemini does lend them to working with another person and forming successful partnerships. For instance, Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy was a Gemini, as was Bob Hope, who teamed up with Bing Crosby. Gemini’s are not only comedians but they are wordmongers, so many of them are writers, such as Ian Fleming, who created the charismatic character of James Bond, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who brought us the infamous Sherlock Holmes. A few more writers you may be familiar with are Thomas Hardy, Salman Rushdie, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Frank, William Yeats and Federico Garcia Lorca! William Austin Burke, yet another Gemini, is attributed with several inventions, one of which was the “typographer” – a predecessor of the typewriter! He also invented the solar compass and served as Mount Vernon’s first postmaster – who knew? And check this out everyone, how funny is this? Would you believe that the 2010 Scripp’s National Spelling Bee competition takes place the 1st week of June, during the “wordy” sign of Gemini. And other than black, what color stripes does a bee have? Yellow, the color of Gemini! So how perfect is that?
So by now, you should have figured out that a Gemini has a wonderful way with words and possesses the “gift of the gab!” Think about it, before we all had newspapers, TV’s and computers, news was passed around by mouth and whatever had taken place was either told or sung as a story. Look at the word “History” and you can see it is made up of the words “his” and “story.” So is it History or HIS story? Either way, listen up now, because do I have a story for you! This incident literally just happened over the Memorial weekend, and one of the reasons I wanted to share it is because the news coverage we subsequently read online of what had taken place was in fact, quite inaccurate, which only goes to show that you can’t believe everything you hear or read!
So the headlines read something like this, “Man Falls From Chelsea Building, Impales Head On Fence” or another one, “Partier Impaled In Fall!” But here’s what really happened – In the wee, wee hours of late Friday night/early Saturday morning, my good friend, who had been up late working, was preparing himself to finally go to sleep. As he was lying there, he thought he heard some strange sounds out of his back window. He continued to listen, wondering to himself what sort of animal might be on his fire escape? The strange sounds continued. At that point my friend could have rolled over and gone to sleep, but something in him told him to investigate the noises further and his instincts kicked in. Having been a lifeguard out at Rockaway beach for many years he has saved a lot of souls along the way. And, it is for that reason that young Nicholas Blossom from Williamsburg, a 21-year-old drummer in a band called Alaska Alaska, is alive today. Nicholas had been partying in a neighboring building and was apparently intoxicated. Known to sometimes “act out” and “climb things” when he drank, he left his fellow partiers and went up onto the roof alone. An Aquarius daredevil, he went down the ladder from one building and then climbed up onto a ledge. However, as he made his way across the ledge he slipped and fell down behind the back of the buildings and landed in between the air conditioner and extractor fan ducts, impaling part of his head onto a metal fence. And I’m not making this up!
Image from the NY Post
So, as my friend continued to listen to these sounds, they turned from weird moans into muffled cries for help, and it became clear that someone had fallen and potentially injured themself. He had no idea who this person was or how badly they were hurt, but he knew he had to do something, so he called the Police and went downstairs to let them into the building. When they arrived he attempted to explain to the Police that they could gain access onto the roof through his building and then climb down the back fire escape, but this took some insistence on my friend’s part, as they decided instead on speaking first with the two deli’s on either side of my friend’s building to see if they could get up to the roof that way, which they could not. The fact that my friend has recently been allowing both his hair and beard to grow and is beginning to resemble a cross between Don King and Santa Claus may also have had something to do with their hesitance, but finally they listened and made their way up on to the roof, down the back fire escape and found the young man badly injured, wedged and helpless. This rescue was literally so intense that the firemen had to resort to one of those giant electric saws they use to cut away car doors and so on. Finally this kid was lifted out and taken to the Hospital where doctors successfully removed the piece of metal fence that was still stuck in his head!
Following this incident my friend relayed this entire episode to me and then we went online to see if it had been reported. What we discovered was seriously inaccurate reporting as to how this man had actually been found. One news report said neighbors had called police because of the rowdiness, but Blossom had abandoned his friends by then and they had no idea where he was. So if my friend had not heard him moaning, he would have been dead. We felt someone should know the truth, that it wasn’t just the bravery of the firemen and the police, or the skill of the EMT and the surgeons who saved this guy, it was the fact that my friend had followed his instincts until he found out who or what was making those noises, and it was his persistence that eventually and successfully led the rescue party to the injured partier. My friend then spent all day calling the various news desks to find someone to correct the reports and he even called a bar where this guy’s band had played to see if he could get Blossom’s contact information. It wasn’t about seeking a hero’s medal – we just felt strongly that Nicholas and his parents should know who had initially saved his life. And then today, Monday, my friend heard a noise on his roof and when he went up to see who it was, he found some guys looking at where this kid had fallen. Turns out that one of them was fellow band member Corey Mullee, who had just come from seeing his friend at the hospital. When he heard and corroborated my friend’s story as to what exactly had happened, he assured him that he would indeed tell Nicholas and his parents the real story. But in the meantime my friend had also called the hospital and left a message for the family, which had been successfully passed along, and so today he also received a beautiful and extremely thankful phone call from Emily Blossom, Nicholas’ mother. Oh yes, one more thing – my friend and the “hero” of this story is, you guessed it, a Gemini!
And finally, to finish up this month’s article, I would be remiss if I did not also mention that it is Father’s Day this month. So I’d like to wish all of you “father’s” out there, including my own, of course, a very Happy Father’s Day on June 20th. And here is one of my favorite photos of me with my father (taken a few years ago now!)