The constellation we now know as Gemini (Latin for twins) has its roots in Babylonian mythology. The two brightest stars of the constellation were then known as the great twins: Meshlamtaea and Lugalirra. These were aspects of Nergal a prominent Babylonian deity who presided over plague, pestilence and the underworld. 

The association of the brightest stars of gemini with twins continued into the classical era where they were known as Castor and Pollux. Castor and Pollux were twin half brothers, the sons of Leda the queen of Sparta and their fathers; Zeus and the king of Sparta at the time Tyndareus. The subject of their birth is only the beginning of the complicated mythology that surrounds these two stars. 
Accounts of their immortality and mortality vary as do their exploits. This is in part due to how old and pervasive legends of divine twins are in mythology stretching all the way from Vedic and Hindu stories to the Norse Freyr and Freyja. 

Regardless of your interest in astronomy and astrology the moment you were born was a singular moment in the history of the universe, the heavenly bodies will never again be in that same configuration. These prints celebrate that moment in time, you and always looking up to the stars.

Gemini

£100.00Price
  • 3 Layer Screen Print
    24kt Gold Leaf Hand Gilded Finish
    300x300mm

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