Depth Astrology





This is the twenty-sixth installment of a new series of interpretations of the astrological symbol set. For interpretations of Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses and Planets in Aspect, please see the Depth Astrology series at the Smashwords e-publishing site, 

 The dynamics of sign-to-sign relationships can be useful not only in the interpretation of compatibility charts; they can also add information to the interpretation of planetary aspects.  As with other symbol set interpretations, the juxtaposition of the essential energies of each sign is the starting off point for exploring their meanings.

This series continues with Gemini-Leo and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the zodiacal wheel factorially with a new zodiacal combination presented each month.  Past month’s articles are archived.  Upon completion, some 4 1/4 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.


Gemini-Leo potentially resonates with the sextile aspect between two planets.  Semi-square aspects are also possible between planets in the second half of Gemini and the first half of Leo.  Additionally, out-of-sign squares can exist between planets in early Gemini and late Leo.  Thus, the Gemini-Leo relationship is generally one of compatibility and mutual support but conflicts can arise or even predominate .   Interpreting the Gemini-Leo combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Gemini in the fifth house, Leo in the third house, Mercury in Leo, Mercury in the fifth house, Sun in Gemini, Sun in the third house, and Sun conjunct Mercury.

As a reminder, “container” is used here as a general term designating a planet whether in one’s own chart or another’s.  When in another’s chart, “container” may practically be viewed to mean the other person.  So that the analysis doesn’t wind up seeming too cold and depersonalized, I will sometimes use the personal pronoun (you) in lieu of the impersonal “container.”  Recognize that either term can refer to a planetary energy within you or your relationship with another person.

With Gemini-Leo, we have the dynamic between Mutable Air and Fixed Fire.  Fire and Air are generally viewed as harmonious elements and the dynamic between these two elements tends to contribute to the natural harmony between these two signs.  Air is necessary for fire to exist and, along with fuel, it feeds fire.  This dynamic suggests that Leo's enthusiasm is supported and can be heightened by a Gemini interaction.  Gemini's own enthusiasm can be particularly contagious when Leo is present.  The result can be excitement and eagerness to explore or embark on an adventure together.  However, such unbounded enthusiasm can also lead to poor judgment and immoderate risk-taking.  Too much air can lead to a fire getting out of control.

Gemini Air can also feed Leo Fire in other ways, analogous to a controlled burn.  The social activity that enlivens Gemini's life can help draw Leo out of him/her/itself and create more awareness in the Leo container of the need to truly engage others and pay attention to their social needs.  Gemini influence can "teach" Leo how to engage in a two-way conversation, respectfully listening to what others have to say, though eagerly voicing your own opinion within the conversation.  The Gemini influence is not always tempering and instructive, however.  When Gemini's puer tendency and Leo's susceptibility to narcissism combine, particularly natally, the result can be exasperating to others. 

The mental energy associated with Air, and with Gemini's ruling planet, Mercury, can also temper Leo's natural inclination to act, often without thinking.  Just as a flue regulates the flow of air to control a fire, a disciplined Gemini can help regulate Leo's actions.  The Gemini-Cancer dynamic of head and heart is reprised in Gemini-Leo but with the "heart" energy consistent with Fixed Fire--strong and heartfelt.  Sometimes those heartfelt impulses need to be checked and Gemini is well-positioned to say to Leo, "Let's consider this from another angle."

Fire can also play a constructive role with regard to air.  Fire warms air and the heat of the Sun causes air to circulate, making it an instrument to transport water and fertilize earth.  Thus, the fire energy actualizes air's potential as a unifying or relational medium, bringing all of the elements together productively.  Leo has the potential to motivate Gemini to get involved, more committed.  Leo's devotion and passion can intrigue the Gemini container and lead him/her/it into involvement with Leo's cause.  While Leo may need someone to lead, Gemini can benefit from having someone or something direct his/her/its energies.  Gemini's social skills can also be usefully employed in this context, playing the lieutenant's role to the Leo general, marshaling the troops and getting everyone on board to follow Leo's lead.

Gemini's compliance with a follower role may not last, however, or may not even occur at all.  This relates to potential Fixed-Mutable dynamics between the two containers.   With Mutable Air, freedom is a highly valued state for Gemini.  The idea of being fixed, or committed, to a single goal can be distasteful to the Gemini container.  On the other hand, commitment, loyalty and devotion are qualities that tend to be highly valued by Leo.  When Gemini violates those conditions, as he/she/it is likely to do, Leo is apt to not tolerate such behavior and attitude.  This, then, is one of the potential points of conflict between Leo and Gemini.

However, the Fixed and Mutable natures of the two signs can also be mutually beneficial.  Leo steadiness can stabilize Gemini's unpredictability.  However, this will only happen if the Gemini container is receptive to Leo's steadying hand.  If Gemini chafes and rebels, conflict can ensue.  Although Leo may become frustrated and decide he/she/it does not want anything to do with the Gemini container, a more likely response by determined Leo is to persist to try to rein in (or reign in) the Gemini container.  This, of course, can lead to a battle of wills, although Gemini may do his/her/its best not to engage with Leo but to ignore or evade the situation. 

If Gemini is receptive to Leo's Fixed energy, the Leo container can become Gemini's sheet anchor.  Even Gemini may get exhausted and confused and yearn for a safe harbor at times. A loyal and devoted Leo can supply that stability and security and allow Gemini to regain his/her/its footing. 

Gemini's Mutable energy can provide Leo with opportunities to learn to be more flexible.  Gemini can show his/her/its Leo counterpart that there can be multiple points of view and more ways than one to go about doing something.  Gemini's wide ranging interests and diverse energy can also inspire and enhance Leo's creative energies.  The kaleidoscopic array that can be displayed when Leo's expressive energy passed through Gemini's prism can be spectacular.  Gemini can keep Leo's expressions alive and fresh, with Leo always able to find something new in the activities, interests and scenes shown to him/her/it by Gemini. 

We can also look to the glyphs of the two signs for insight into how their energies combine.  With the Lion and the Twins, we have a dominant predator in the animal kingdom ("the King of the jungle") and the human.  At the outset, the lion is feared and respected, for the lion is dangerous and powerful.  This suggests an initial tendency for Gemini to acquiesce to Leo's demand for dominance in the relationship.  This is just what Leo wants and the more loyalty, respect and even fear that Gemini possesses for him/her, the better.  

Yet, in order for the Leo-Gemini relationship to be fruitful, the lion must be, at least somewhat, tamed.  Clever Gemini can do this and, often, by degrees imperceptible to Leo.  However, Leo will naturally resist any overt attempts to rein in his/her/its authority and, so, a battle for dominance in the relationship is a possibility.  If there is such a struggle for power in the relationship, it is almost sure to be wits against strength. 

Yet reducing Leo to the status of a circus performer is not a healthy dynamic either.  The ideal is for Leo to be "tamed" in a way that the lion is no longer a danger to the human and the two can benefit from each other.  An archetype for this relationship is found in Aslan (the noble, even Divine, lion in C.S. Lewis' Narnia series) and the human children whom he befriends, guides and uses to fulfill his own purposes.  In doing so, the children learn important lessons and are ennobled. 

Aslan is not a "tame lion" in the sense that he is beholden to anyone or any set of rules, other than the internal rule of Love and integrity.  He is a Self-realized figure and, thus, self-controlled.  It is this self-control and his dedication to a Higher Purpose that makes Aslan not be a threat to the human children, although he retains a distinct element of danger, for he is ferocious against evil, including any slip from integrity on the part of his human charges. 

On Gemini's part, submission to the will and leadership of a Self-realized Leo and participation in the great adventure that comes with this allegiance requires Gemini to muster all of the commitment and bravery of which he/she/it is capable.  For to respond to Leo's highest self, Gemini must also strive to reach his/her/its highest self.  In addition to unflinching commitment to cause to which Leo has called him/her/it and existential bravery in fighting for that cause, Gemini (like the human children of Narnia) must be self-reliant.  The power behind Gemini's self-reliance is his/her/its ingenuity and mental prowess, with which Gemini can overcome obstacles and defeat the forces (internal or external) of evil.

Another archetype of the positive Leo-Gemini relationship is that of the "jungle boy/girl' and his/her faithful lion/lioness companion.  In this relationship, the two containers tend to be on equal footing, or Gemini may be somewhat more dominant.  In this relationship, the two combine and trade-off their strengths in order to together find adventure, experience and co-dominance of their environment.  Gemini, of course, supplies the leadership and the problem-solving of cunning and wit, although frequently he/she learns from the lion's natural instincts or "jungle smarts."  Leo, naturally, supplies the leadership of strength and power.  Together, they run through the jungle, a dominant team. 

We can now examine the relationship between Gemini and Leo through their rulers, Mercury and the Sun.  Astronomically, Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and in Greek myth, Hermes (Mercury) and Apollo were brothers and friends.  Thus, the natural relationship between Mercury and the Sun is harmonious.  If, however, Mercury gets too close the Sun (from the astrological Geo-centric perspective), Mercury is consumed by the Sun (it becomes invisible in the Sun's brilliance).  Thus, a danger in the Leo-Gemini relationship is that Leo may overshadow Gemini, obscuring Gemini's own qualities in his/her/its dominance. 

Otherwise, the relationship between the two rulers is generally fruitful and mutually beneficial.  Both are active planets and the Sun inclines more toward Mercury's mental than the emotional spectrum.  While there is no ambiguity over which is the dominant planet, Mercury/Gemini has the power to charm and play tricks on the Sun/Leo, just as the infant Hermes did with Apollo (c.f., Mercury's theft of Apollo's cattle).

Of course, all of the Gemini-Leo dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people.  The Gemini-Leo energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s.  The depositorships of Mercury and the Sun may also come into play.  Gargatholil

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