The Wicca Book of Days for May 22nd
Castor and Pollux
The twins immortalized by the sign of Gemini are Castor and Pollux, as the ancient Romans knew them, while the Greeks called them Kastor and Polydeukes and referred to them as the Dioskouroi, “Sons of God.” The children of Leda, Castor was the mortal son of King Tyndarcus of Sparta, while Pollux was the immortal son of Jupiter (Zeus). On Castor’s death in battle, Zeus agreed to allow the bereft Pollux to share his immortality with his twin so that together they now spend half their time in the Olympian heaven and half in the Hadean underworld.
Yin and Yang
In life, Castor and Pollux were similar characters, but many mythological twins are polar opposites, like two sides of a coin. The concept of such duality is embodied in the iconic Taoist t’ai chi, or yin-ying, symbol. Meditate or reflect on this today.