Renowned astrologer Brad Kronen presents the archived recordings from his “Welcome to the Zodiac“(WTZ) series, a group of 12 introductory lectures originally broadcasted on blogtalkradio.com, each dedicated to one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. In each show, Brad explains everything you’d ever want or needed to know about those particular residents of that cosmic wheel of the Universe otherwise known as the signs of the Zodiac. Not only are the basic personality traits associated with each sign thoroughly discussed in easy to understand language, Brad also relays detailed aspects to each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac most never knew existed, such as their origin along with the variety of everyday things assigned to them such as a sign’s – tree, flower, spice, animal, foodstuff, dedicated cities throughout the globe, as well as famous personalities born beneath each sign and how their personas reflect the nature of the particular sign each celebrity was born under. Accompanying every WTZ show is a formal announcement which opens with three choice quotes said by three famous personalities born beneath that show’s highlighted sign. The series also has a “WTZ Icon” for every show, an image chosen by Brad which captures each sign’s overall essence, as well as a “WTZ Song”, a piece of music chosen by Brad which he considers to be that sign’s unofficial “anthem”.
So join the first astrologer on reality TV and author of the 21st century guide to astrology and relationships “Love in the Stars” on a journey like no other, as Brad Kronen introduces the basic wonders which form the foundation of one of Mankind’s most ancient studies, better known as Astrology by welcoming you to the Zodiac.
WELCOME TO THE ZODIAC SERIES
Never Ending Learner or Never Ceasing Babbler?
“I live to learn.” – Natalie Portman, Gemini
“My mind rebels at stagnation…I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gemini
“I’m getting a wrinkle above my eyebrow because I just can’t stop lifting it.”
– Angelina Jolie, Gemini
Curiosity killed the cat? More like The Gemini.
Our trek through the Zodiac is never boring, the shifting of gears between signs alone is quite the entertaining experience. And this next shift is by far, one of the most extreme.
We leave the lugubrious lumberings of Taurus and propel ourselves quicker than quicksilver into the mental landscape of the sign that loves to learn a little something about everything – Gemini.
Gemini is the first representative of the element of Air which utilizes the functions of the rational mind as its primary tool to get through life. Not surprisingly, the foundation behind this most mentally agile of signs’ key phrase is rationally based – “I THINK”.
Added to that “thought”, the planet which rules over the sign of the Twins oversees thought, itself, along with speech and communication and is the fastest moving heavenly body in the Solar System, Mercury.
Mix all that mentally mercurial material up and you have the makings of a Gemini with a razor sharp mind kept forever young by approaching each day as a chance to learn something new or conversely, a perpetual motor mouth whose non-stop babble indicates how much they actually know of a whole lot of nuthin’ .
So join me, won’t you? Provided the Chatterboxes of the Zodiac are able to keep the chit chat down to a bare minimum of a low rumble.
Gemini Astrological Fun Fact: The butterfly, which first begins life as a bland and boring larvae but then summons its mutable wonder powers to take the form of one of the most colorfully fabulous insects in the bug world is attributed to the sign of Gemini, as is every creature that undergoes the transformational process otherwise known as metamorphosis due to its dualistic dynamic of extreme change.
Welcome to the Zodiac Icon for Gemini: Every sign of the Zodiac has its symbol. Brad has taken things an astrological step further by choosing images which capture each sign’s essence and making them their official “Icon” for his Welcome to the Zodiac series. The icon selected for each sign ranges from the obvious to the esoteric.
At first you may be thinking “Gemini, the Twins, mirror image – cute but conventional.” Since we are dealing with the sign of the Twins, it may be conventional that a singular image would not suffice as Gemini’s icon but there is far more behind the myth of Willy Wonka as it relates to the energies of the first of the Air signs than merely of a visual representation being of the double imaged kind.
For starters, if we step back and look at the audience this modern fairy tale appeals to most, namely children between the ages of 4 -11, we see a near exact correlation to the “Age of Man” best associated with the sign of the Twins. Being the first of the mentally driven Air signs, the time of human development allotted to the sign of Gemini are the “elementary years”, a time when a child’s mind is expansively opened during grammar school by learning a little something about everything.
Those who have a Gemini child currently in nursery school through the 4th grade should be more than familiar with this concept as evidenced by their Air signed offspring’s constant barrage of questions about their world and everything in it. Add an ever changing attention span to that same Mercurial kid’s voracious mental curiosity and the end result is every parent of a Gemini being fully aware that trouble occurs as a direct result of their child’s bored mental state.
Should the dreaded “B” word begin to settle on an elementary aged Gemini, an immediate remedy that should do the trick is watching the 1971 original film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” or better yet, having that same mentally Mercurial child read the similarly titled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” written by the man known as “one of the greatest storytellers for children”, Roald Dahl. The whimsical nature of Dahl’s story along with the dualistic dimensions behind each of the children allowed into the factory should keep the Gemini tot in a slack jawed state of utter fascination.
I should know, it was my all-time favorite movie throughout the duration of my own Gemini tot-dom.
Returning back once more to our Gemini Icon, it’s no coincidence both men who portrayed the elusive and dualistically dubious Willy Wonka in both the 1971 and 2005 renditions of the film were both born beneath the sign of the Twins having birthdays merely two (2 as in twins, get it?) days apart. The actor known for his extensively versatile range, Johnny Depp being born on June 9th and the man whom many associate with the wily Mr. Wonka most, Gene Wilder being born on June 11th, the birthday shared with the astrological author whose words you simply can’t devour fast enough.
One final bit of trivia for the sign who can never get enough of knowing a little bit about everything, the man who created the whimsical world of Wonka’s Chocolate Factory wasn’t a Gemini, but was born beneath a Mercury ruled sign just the same.
As a Virgo, Roald Dahl must have been fully aware how critical the elementary “Age of Man” was for the formation of a child’s creativity and imagination. This is evident when the great children’s author shockingly disowned the film adaptation of his book both literally and more importantly, developmentally, when Dahl publically stated the film and its change of title “placed too much emphasis on Willy Wonka and not enough on Charlie”.
Welcome to the Zodiac Song for Gemini: Along with being the first of the Air signs Gemini also happens to be the first of the “Mutable” signs. And for those who are Mutable, most especially those born beneath the sign of the Twins, their darkest foe is……boredom. For the Mutable born, focusing their energies on just one thing at a time can be torturous drudgery due to their voracious minds being forced to slow down from their usual lightning fast pace. In fact a goodly portion of the typical Twin born person’s troubles come about if only for the simple reason – the Gemini was bored.
And the best way for a Gemini to avoid the dreaded “B” word? Multitasking. Not only is the first of the Air signs inherently good at multitasking, doing multiple activities simultaneously is the best way for a Gemini to optimally function.
With that in mind, the song I’ve chosen for this most multi-tasking of signs may not be well known but needs no further explanation for being Gemini’s musical anthem by virtue of its lyrics. The words are sung back and forth between a man and a woman representing the duality of gender where each describes how much more interesting (in the Gemini’s case, more mentally stimulating) Life becomes whenever “doing two things at a time”.
This song is truly special to me not only because I myself was born beneath the sign of the Twins, “Lucky Night” also happens to contain one of my favorite lyrics of all time:
“To not sleep
And be not unhappy.”
Added to that another key lyric describes how multi-tasking all adds up to the energy of the Gemini with the sign of the Twins being the third resident of the Zodiac:
“One plus one is three”
Many may be surprised to discover who the female singer is (the male singer’s name is Einar, incidentally ) since her voice may sound oddly familiar. Although known as a solo artist, the woman whom I consider to be one of the greatest artistic influences of our age began her impressive music career singing in a band called The Sugarcubes – the ever mercurial, Björk .
“Lucky Night” by The Sugarcubes
from their 1992 album, “Stick Around for Joy”
Björk: I’ve tried a lot and most things excite me.
But what tops it all is doing two things at a time.
Einar: Life and death, Glass and water
Rock and roll, wash and dirty
Christ and Jesus, time and hours
Björk: To drive a car and listen to music.
To read a book and ride a train.
Einar: Watch and maker, God and dog
Hammer and Saw, Babies and nappies
Stop and hold, Moon and stars
Björk: To be a charming combination, Tense me up.
I’m into trying a lot and most things excite me.
But what tops it all is doing two things at a time.
Einar: Knife and fork, Pad and felt
Window and Pane, Country and western
Rhythm and Blues, yawn and sigh
Björk: This is a lucky night for me
A night when one plus one is three
Bjork: To read a letter and fall in love
To not sleep
And be not unhappy
To watch TV and cuddle
Crême de la crême
Is doing two things at a time
Einar: To do two things at once
It’s so nice, is there a point?
Björk: Two things… two!
Einar: To be or not to
Time and logic finally
You must enter my two nostrils
Can that be, or am I just thinking?
Life and death Glass and water…
Björk: Two things at a time
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