noticed that some twins seem to be very much alike while others
are not. Twins usually have almost exactly the same birth
chart, don't they? So if astrology is for real, then why aren't
all twins more alike?"
In asking your question, you're in excellent historical company.
One of the earliest recorded accounts of this particular "twin
asked is that of St. Augustine of Hippo (Born: November 13,
354 AD Old Style) in his book The City of God.
The short answer to this long asked question is that many twins "live out" and identify with differing Zodiacal energies
contained within their birth charts. In my experience, knowing and
working with twins, many twins appear to "split up" the
energy potentials contained within their birth charts.
this... mainstream genetics research in 2005 found that identical
twins differ in how
their genes "express themselves." Now...
geneticists have just, hot
off the press in 2008-2009, discovered
twins (in spite of having incredibly similar DNA) inevitably
differently to the same environmental stimuli. All of this
really just confirms what astrologers have always known… that
no one “lives
out” their birth chart in exactly the same way that
another person would.
with everything in astrology, the way a particular Zodiacal
energy might (or might not)
manifest itself... we’re talking about the 4 P’s:
potentials, probabilities, predisposition, and propensities.
further, each twin may end up "living out" the other twin's
"shadow." This may be a part of why a great many twins
experience such great difficulty in separating from one another,
physically and/or emotionally.
not a twin, and so I won't claim to know what goes on in the
and heart of twins. There often seems to be an extraordinary
psychic/emotional bond shared between many twin siblings that
the rest of us "non-twin"
folks will never be able to experience, and we "non-twin"
folks can never be fully initiated into the deeper mysteries of
Because "identical" and "mirror image" twins look so
much alike, casual onlookers often naively assume "identical"
and "mirror image" twins share the same basic personality
characteristics, traits, and needs.
most of us, it's only after getting past the surface of physical
appearance that we discover "identical" and "mirror
image" twins that are raised together often express themselves
(and their birth charts) in very different ways - splitting
up the energies contained in their charts.
The Greek mythology behind the Zodiac sign of "The Twins," Gemini,
helps in demonstrating this (arche)typical scenario of twin-ship
and the "splitting up of energies."
the story goes there were once two brothers, Pollux – Castor.
One twin was immortal – and the other twin was mortal. Pollux
and Castor were the twin sons of a mortal woman Leda – however
they had different fathers. Pollux was a son of the chief Olympian
god Zeus, and thus Pollux was immortal and would live forever.
was the son of a mortal man, and he could die.
two brothers, Pollux and Castor, took part in many adventures (i.e.
they were involved in the Jason and Argonauts Golden Fleece thing).
Their love for one another was legendary, and they never separated
from one another. At the point of Castor's impending death in battle,
Pollux asked his father, Zeus, for the permission to die along side
of Castor. It was Pollux's great desire that the brothers might
remain united even in death.
of allowing Pollux to die, Zeus decided the two brothers would now
share in the immortality of Pollux and remain together forever.
However, in order for this to happen, Pollux and Castor would have
to forever alternate between the light and the dark. For the rest
of eternity, the brothers would spend one day on Olympus and then
the next day in Hades.
be aware there are several different variants of the Pollux
and Castor myth.)
what does it mean that many twins appear to "split up"
the energy potentials contained within their birth charts - and,
for that matter, is there anything to the myth of the "good
In the basic core psychological need to establish a sense of
separateness and individuality, it appears that each twin may
end up "living
out" the other twin's shadow.
fact... in worst case scenarios, in the dynamics of the twin's
unit one of the twins may have been unconsciously identified
by the family unit as being the "good" twin; while the other
twin has been unconsciously identified as being the "bad"
twin. Notice, I said this process of identification is "unconscious"
and that it occurs in "worst case scenarios."
of the time, the typical process of "living out" the other
twin's shadow might be as simple as one twin unconsciously choosing
to primarily "own the energies" contained in their birth
Sun's placement and "disown the energies" in their
birth Moon's placement.
response, the other twin might then unconsciously choose to "own the
energies" contained in their Moon's placement and "disown
the energies" contained in their Sun's placement. etc.
At Birth - No Juxtapositioning
The truly fascinating thing is that there have been several
case studies focused on identical twins that were separated
and similarities in the separated twins in regard to life events,
choices, and external behaviors have often been found to border
verge of "Ripley's Believe It or Not."
especially interesting case that of male identical twins, separated
at birth, who are both now (or were at the time) living in the state
of Ohio. (Based on information from The Paranormal: Beyond Sensory
Science by Dr. Percy Seymour)
of the many things these two men had in common were:
had been named Jim by their adoptive parents.
Both had married twice. Their first wife was named Linda and their
second wife was named Betty.
both named their sons - James Allen.
both enrolled as Police Officers at the same time.
named their dogs "Troy."
both vacationed each year on the same stretch of beach in Florida.
both drank the same brand of beer and smoked the same brand of
both had the same hobby, which is woodworking.
little more about the two Jims at Suite 101
Case studies have also been done on "astrological twins." Astrological
twins are those folks (although not related) that have almost
identical birth charts. Many interesting parallels
have been found with them, as well. For more on this, check
out the book: The Case for Astrology by John Anthony
West and Jans Gerhard Toonder.
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