Art, Beauty, Culture & The Transit Of Neptune In Gemini…

Discover more about collective influences, how we're moved by Neptune in this Mercury-ruled sign!

Share the trends of the era and this astrology analysis – the signature style of Neptune in Gemini…

1887–1902

☆ Sleeves ☆ Suits ☆ Breezy Bikes & Tennis Matches ☆ The Gilded Age ☆

Planet Neptune really tunes into the fashion style of the moment, as it’s all about the glamour, the art, the style of the time.

Neptune in Gemini – A Mercury Ruled Sign…

With Neptune in a Mercury-ruled sign, Gemini, the areas governed by Mercury can be glamorised, idealised, or dissolved and diluted…

What’s more, the tone of Mercury itself will resonate…

Mercury oversees movement, connection, communication, trade, magic and transactions…

Firsts in transportation, education and leaning, as well as technological advancement and science was a sign of these times.

The automobile, bicycles and public transport – being mobile – were romanticised; curiosity, exploring and short trips!

Remember, Queen Victoria was on the throne between 1837 and 1901, so this era was at the tail end of her reign… She died January 22nd 1901!

Moving Pictures & The Kinetoscope…

On Wednesday May 20th 1981, Mars, Pluto, Neptune and the North Node were all together in Gemini for the first public demonstration of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.

Approximately 150 members of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs gathered, and The New York Sun described what they saw in the “small pine box” encountered:

In the top of the box was a hole perhaps an inch in diameter. As they looked through the hole they saw the picture of a man. It was a most marvelous picture. It bowed and smiled and waved its hands and took off its hat with the most perfect naturalness and grace. Every motion was perfect….

The man was Dickson; the little movie, approximately three seconds long, is now referred to as Dickson Greeting, which I think is a very Gemini thing!

Not to mention one of the next moving pictures, Butterfly Dance (1894–95), featuring Annabelle Whitford Moore (Venus in Gemini).

This was format that would become standard for both still and motion picture photography around the world…

Neptune In Gemini Icon: Annie Londonderry…

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky (born in 1870), known as Annie Londonderry, was a Jewish Latvian immigrant to the United States who became the first woman to bicycle around the world.

After having completed her travels, she built a media career around engagement with popular conception of what it was to be female.

On June 27, 1894, at about 11 o’clock in the morning, Londonderry set off from the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill.

The 24-year-old wore a long skirt, corset and high collar and carried with her a change of clothes and a pearl-handled pistol. On her route to Chicago, she chose cycling routes published in tour books by the League of American Wheelmen. These tour books contained distances, road conditions, landmarks, places to eat, and hotels that offered cyclist discounts, and provided company as many other cyclists rode the same routes. With good weather and roads, she was able to average between eight and ten miles per day.

Thanks to Annie, the popular way to travel was by bicycle!

Mobile & Moving!

Harpers Bazar, Saturday April 7th 1900…

I love the line on the cover of this magazine, which says:

“Automobile Coat and new Paris Bicycle Costume.”

Neptune In Gemini Icon: Tower Bridge…

On June 30th, London’s Tower Bridge opens – a symbol of the Twins, with its two impressive great … towers!

20 Aug 1893 Jupiter joins Neptune in Gemini

A Time Of Firsts!

July 22nd, 1894 – first auto race held in France.

December 17, 1892 first Vogue (on a New Moon in Sagittarius)! Dedicated to “the ceremonial side of life” and targeted at “the sage as well as the debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle”, Vogue has chronicled and influenced high society, fashion and culture ever since… (Neptune conjunct Pluto in Gemini).

Here’s an early example of Vogue from March 14th, 1895 (Mars, Pluto, Neptune and Jupiter in Gemini at this time)…

The Year 1900…

  • The first electric bus becomes operational in New York City.
  • The first line of the Paris Métro is opened.
  • The first Auto show in the United States opens at New York City’s Madison Square Garden
  • The first Michelin Guide is published in France
  • The first of Frank Baum’s Oz books is published for children: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • The birth of quantum physics…
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Queen Victoria…

Queen Victoria, 1893…

On 23 September 1896, Queen Victoria surpassed her grandfather George III as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

She requested any special celebrations be delayed until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee.

The prime ministers of all the self-governing Dominions were invited to London for festivities.

A procession on 22nd June 1897 (with Mercury, Pluto and Neptune in Gemini, Mars in Leo sextile Neptune) followed a route six miles long through London with troops from all over the empire, with vast crowds of spectators and great outpourings of affection for the 78-year-old Queen.

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Born With Neptune In Gemini…

There are two ways we can observe Neptune in Gemini.

One is through the influence this transit had on people, and the art, music and fashions that became popular during this time frame.

The other is to examine those with the transit or planet prominent – and indeed the zodiac sign.

The Queen Mother Elizabeth…

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was born August 4th 1900, with a Gemini Ascendant at 22º47′, and Neptune at 28º19′; a Leo Sun-Mercury IC, she married into the monarchy, and was a consistently popular member of the Royal family, even when other members were suffering from low levels of public approval.

A fortune teller told Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon when she was a little girl that one day she would be Queen, she was known as ‘Merry Mischief’.

Her appeal lay in her quiet assurance, belied by a wicked twinkle and that streak of steel which had shown itself even when she was very young.

She loved the privilege and luxury her status allowed her to enjoy – the horses, the extravagant clothes, the rich food and fine wines, her keenness for helicopter travel and weakness for jewels and objets d’arts .

‘I love life, that’s my secret,’ she said. The icing on her 100th birthday cake contained a splash of gin; even marking her century she retained that delightfully naughty, self-indulgence which never failed to charm. Prince Charles, whom she looked on as the son she never had, called it her ‘ability to enhance life for others through her own effervescent enthusiasm’.

Philip Drinker…

Philip Drinker (born December 12, 1894) was an industrial hygienist who invented the first widely used iron lung in 1928.

A type of mechanical respirator, the machine stimulates breathing when muscle control is lost, or the work of breathing exceeds the person’s ability.

Suzanne Lenglen…

Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (born 24 May 1899) was a French tennis player and the inaugural world No. 1 from 1921 to 1926, winning eight Grand Slam titles in singles and twenty-one in total.

With the Sun, Neptune and Pluto in Gemini, she was also a four-time World Hard Court Champion in singles, ten times in total.

Lenglen won six Wimbledon singles titles, including five in a row from 1919 to 1923, and was the champion in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at the first two open French Championships in 1925 and 1926. In doubles, she was undefeated with her usual partner Elizabeth Ryan, highlighted by another six titles at Wimbledon. Lenglen was the first leading amateur to turn professional, and was ranked as the greatest women’s tennis player from the amateur era in the 100 Greatest of All Time series.

She began a 179-match win streak, during which she defeated Helen Wills in the high-profile Match of the Century in 1926.

Lenglen revolutionised the sport by integrating the aggressive style of men’s tennis into the women’s game and breaking the convention of women competing in clothing unsuitable for tennis.

She incorporated fashion into her matches, highlighted by her signature bandeau headwear.

Lenglen is recognised as the first female athlete to become a global sport celebrity and her popularity led Wimbledon to move to its larger modern-day venue. Her professional tours established a format that a series of men’s professional tours continued until the Open Era, and led to the first major men’s professional tournament the following year. Lenglen was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978, and the second show court at the site of the French Open is named in her honour.

Mae West…

Another dame with a twinkle in her eye…

Fred Astaire…

Widely considered the greatest dancer in film history, Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz on May 10, 1899) was multitalented; a dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and television presenter, he boasts a Gemini Moon, as well as the generational hallmarks of Pluto and Neptune in Gemini (sextile Mercury in Aries in the fifth house, 23º12′ * 24º9′).

A Sagittarius Rising, his birth chart is a AA Rodden Rating, here.

With his wiry build, his outstanding traits were an uncanny sense of rhythm, perfectionism, and innovation, he was often seen with a partner – as a duo!

C. S. Lewis…

Novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster and lecturer, Lewis was born November 29th 1898, with the Moon conjunct Neptune in Gemini (see his birth chart here), with Mercury opposite this pairing in Sagittarius. His work The Chronicles of Narnia have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema.

J.R.R. Tolkien…

A writer, poet, philologist and academic, Tolkien was born January 3rd 1892 under an exact conjunction of Neptune and Pluto, trine Venus in Aquarius, and Saturn (0º7′) Libra.

Best known for his fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we must also acknowledge his Pisces Moon-Jupiter.

Dates

  • August 16th 1887 – 21st September 1887
  • May 26th 1888 – 27th Dec 1888
  • March 22nd 1889 – July 20th 1901
  • December 25th 1901 – May 21st 1902
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