Saturday, September 26, 2015

Munchies for Astro-Thought: The Dual Signs

Munchies © 2015 by Joyce Mason

When we think of dual signs, Gemini comes to mind, the Twins. Not far behind are the two fish of Pisces.

The other two dual signs are a little more subtle and take a bit of extra thought to recognize. Sagittarius has the dual centaur as its symbol, part man and part horse.

Virgo, on the other hand, is a sleeper when it comes to recognition of its duality. That’s in large part because its original depiction is not seen as often anymore. The Maiden in early art has wings, a commentary on her combined earthy and heavenly natures. The mental earth sign receives transmissions through her mind and uses them for practical purposes. She is a cosmic bridge and earthly builder.

Today’s Munchie asks you to examine the dual signs in your chart. If you don’t have Gemini, Virgo, Sag or Pisces planets, work with your dual houses, the ones they would “rule” in a natural, Aries-rising chart (3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th).

Isn’t it metaphorical perfection that the dual signs are mutable?

Your question to munch on: How does the duality of these signs and/or houses express itself in your life? Quick personal model:

Uranus in Gemini (2nd house): My inspirations come as a package deal bearing both sides of the story or a continuum on which a principle travels. For example, early in my Astro-writing career, I suggested we quit talking about polarities and start talking about continuums. I saw that opposites have a smidge of each other, like the yin-yang symbol.

Sun in Virgo (5th house): This one’s easy. I’ve spent my whole astrological career studying and sharing what I’ve found out about Chiron. Chiron is the epitome of assimilating a dual nature and how humans are also divine, represented by Chiron’s horse and human halves.

Your dualities might come in much different ways, but the principle is the same. On the downside of my Uranus in Gemini, for instance, sometimes I see both sides so well; it’s hard to discern where and how I need integration along the road from one to another. My dual Sun in Virgo sometimes has difficulty with staying too long in the heady and heavenly side of the split instead of heading back home, down to earth, fast enough. Ironically, that’s a Pisces characteristic—accenting my point about the bit of the opposite in every duality.

Let us know what you discover in the Comments!


Photo Credit:  Virgo Astrological Sign © Toni Allen –

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the symbol of the Woman with Wings - a bridge. This makes so much sense to me. I have Virgo north node. Kat