Gemini is a zodiacal sign, which the Sun transits from approximately May 21 to June 21. Its name is derived from the astronomical constellation of Gemini, which is Latin for ‘twins’. The myth associated to the sign is that of the Dioscuri twins, who were the sons of Leda and two different fathers: the divine Zeus and the human Tyndareus, king of Sparta. According to the myth, during the same night, Leda sleeps first with Zeus in the form of a swan and then with her husband, and is made pregnant by both. Two children are born, Pollux, the son of Zeus and demigod, and Castor, son of Tyndareus and therefore human. Geminis know very well that reality has two faces, they constantly joke and play about the meaning of words and double meanings.
The two brothers become inseparable and participate together in various exploits, such as the expedition of the Argonauts and the hunting of the Calydonian boar. They are both curious about life experiences, very skilful though a bit bragging and irresponsible, exactly like people born under the sign.
During their last exploit – the abduction of two women already betrothed to others -Castor is fatally wounded and desperate Pollux asks Zeus to save his brother or to be able to follow him to Hades, the kingdom of the dead. Impressed by their love, Zeus creates the constellation that is named after them, and since then the two have spent one day in Hades and one on Mount Olympus. This choice represents the two souls of the sign: one joyful and sunny, which is shown to others, and the darker and more pessimistic one that is often hidden. Among people born under the sign of Gemini are restless American actress Marilyn Monroe, British ingenious detective-story writer Arthur Conan Doyle and intense poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca.