The Air Signs

Mercury-ruled Gemini (mutable air) is known for its curiosity and tendency to become ‘scattered’.  Embracing the opposites, it is a restless, imaginative sign – seeking wisdom.  “Conversation should touch everything but should concentrate on nothing.”  (Oscar Wilde)

The subject of twins is a repeating theme in the mythology: e.g., Castor and Pollux (one mortal, the other immortal); Innana and Erishkigal (the light and the dark).  Gustav Holst’s ‘Mercury’ is well worth a listen to get in touch with the speed and excitement of this energy, and perhaps reading (or listening to the musical version of) ‘Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer’ from ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ for that constant movement and playfulness?

Cerato is the Bach Flower associated with this sign – for that lack of trust in ourselves.  And from Australian Bush Flowers, Hibbertia (balancing head with heart) and Jacaranda (for the ‘scattered’ state mentioned above) might be helpful.  Gemini’s tissue salt is Kali-Mur – helpful in several of the childhood diseases (interesting, as this sign is also associated with the puer aeternus).

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Libra (cardinal air) is associated with the themes of judgment, reflection, choice and morality.  The weighing of alternatives and the urge for fairness can sometimes tie us in knots!  “I have spent hours completely involved in what I thought other people wished to see me doing.  I have suppressed my own desires and, ever eager to please, have done what I thought was expected of me.”  (Liv Ullman)

Impartial assessment (Maat and Athene) comes into the mythology, as does the gods’ need to ask the help of humanity with their dilemmas (Paris and Teiresias).  In the debate about relationship and balance, try Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’ and the associated Shakespeare play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – or ‘Woman’ by John Lennon (a Libran himself).

Libra’s Bach Flower is Scleranthus – for that vacillating mind!  Australian Bush Flowers have an essence combination especially for relationship issues – and Yellow Cowslip Orchid is helpful in promoting objectivity and fairness.  Nat-Phos (Libra’s tissue salt) addresses things like seasickness and acidity.

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”  (Henry David Thoreau)  Aquarius (fixed air) is known for its valuing of freedom.  Science and technology are associated with this sign, as well the urge to make the world a better place for all.

Prometheus’ stealing of the fire from heaven in order to help humanity is associated with this sign – and the consequent sending of Pandora to earth as punishment for his act.  Try listening to Holst’s ‘Uranus’ (planetary ruler of Aquarius) or ‘Aquarius’ from the musical, ‘Hair’.  Some of David Bowie’s themes are Aquarian/Uranian too – try ‘Spaceoddity’ or ‘Changes’.

Water Violet is the Bach Flower associated with this sign – for that somewhat isolated and aloof quality.  Bauhinia is helpful for bringing more flexibility (fixed air can get stuck at times) – and Sturt Desert Rose helps with being ‘true to yourself’ (these two from Australian Bush Flowers).  Aquarius’ tissue salt is Nat-Mur – for regulating moisture in the cells of the body.

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