By Preston Hart – Talon staff writer
Gemini is a very fine constellation. This constellation relates to Greek Mythology. In Greek Mythology, Castor and Pollux are twins. If you split the Gemini in half, it is almost a mirror image of itself.
Within the constellation, there are two main stars, which are Castor and Pollux. In Greek Mythology Pollux is immortal, and Castor is mortal. When Castor died (in Greek Mythology) Pollux asked his father Zeus to resurrect Castor, and he did.
What’s really neat is that right now, Jupiter (the planet and Roman version of Zeus) is actually visible in the constellation of Gemini. He is the mythical father of these twins.
What is also cool about this constellation is that Pollux (the immortal) shines brighter than Castor (the mortal). This is a good replication of Jesus as God and Man; Castor is the man, and Pollux he god. If you get into Greek Mythology there are a lot of things that point to God and the Bible. The thing that I wonder about Greek Mythology is who created it? How did they know?
The name Castor means ruler or judge. Since he represents man, and man judges people, a lot of times this is a good symbol that some Greek Mythology is related to Scripture and life. The name Pollux means he who comes to labor or suffer (Hercules in Roman mythology). This ties in to God, He comes to people who suffer and do labor – like God used Moses to deliver His people out of Egypt from being laborers.
God Himself also labors suffers on the cross in the person of Christ. In the Bible some students may recall that the name of the ill-fated ship that the apostle Paul traveled on, had the “twin gods” of Castor and Pollux on its figurehead. You can see that verse in Acts 28:11.
In one of C.S. Lewis’ tales of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Horse and His Boy there are really good examples of Castor and Pollux. Lewis uses them symbolically throughout the book to point back to Jesus as both God and man; the Word made flesh.
In the book, there are two boys named Shasta and Corin. They are twins, Corin is a Boxer and a prince. Shasta was a slave who took care of his master’s horses. This is very cool because Shasta represents Castor, and Corin represents Pollux, who is also a boxer. In one chapter, there is this big battle where one king that wants to marry Queen Susan, but he cannot get to her without going to war with Narnia. In the moment Shasta falls down and almost gets killed. I think that C.S. Lewis is trying to make a distinction that Castor is just like Shasta, because Castor dies in Greek Mythology. Castor dies in the war of Troy, and Pollux asks Zeus to revive Castor. With Corin, he is just like Pollux, in the great battle Corin kills the enemy, but he is only about middle-school age, and he killed grown-ups. Just like Pollux, a noble warrior, and Corin a noble warrior.
There is actually a “big brother” to Castor and Pollux. His name is Mercury, no not the planet, the mythical Greek character. Mercury is the messenger in Greek mythology. There is actually a lot of resemblance to Mercury in Horse and His Boy. You can look at the book so much differently when an author uses symbolism to relate something to another thing. It really does make the book a lot more interesting.
Castor and Pollux also resemble to Genesis 3:15, where God mentions the seed of the woman getting bruised in the heel by the serpent. That same seed, though, will also crush the devil’s head. In the constellation Pollux, there is a star named Alhena. This star is located at the foot of Pollux. Alhena means hurt or wounded – perhaps symbolic of Christ’s wounding, it hurts and that is what Alhena is explaining. Also in Castor’s leg in the constellation Gemini, there is a star there that is called Mebsuta. Mebsuta means treading underfoot. Once again we are referred to the a potential symbolic representation concerning the seed of the woman who would get bit by the serpent.
There are also other stars in the constellation Gemini. One of them is called Aldira, that name means the seed, while another one is named Propus, which means branch. This could potentially be suggesting the garden of Eve scene where Eve picks the forbidden fruit off of the tree.
All of these to me suggests that God is real and that the stories behind the myths of the constellations have some biblical truth in them. Everything that you see has been created by God to be found out by man. There are many more things in the universe that we have discovered and many we never will. That is just how great our God is. The examples are in the stars, the Milky was has over 100 million stars alone. Upon that there are millions upon millions of other galaxies also.
The Bible verse Isaiah 40:26 says,” Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.”
In the Bible verse Psalms 147:4-5 it says,”He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
So for a Christian, I think it’s an encouraging reminder to think about Gemini as two natures – God and man – united together in one person, the Lord Jesus Christ.