Mars in Gemini

The sign Gemini exercises upon Mars its usual influence; it transforms its potency to the mental plane, but it tends to disperse the force and to make it excitable and irritable rather than powerful. Compare Thomas Hardy, whose Mars is in this position, with Dickens on the one hand and Daudet on the other, with Mars respectively in Aries and Taurus. Hardy’s technique lacks alike brilliancy and softness; it is not simple or direct, and yet it is far more intellectually developed than in either of the others. Mercury and the Sun in conjunction naturally tend to emphasize this point, and they are certainly of great assistance; without them the style would have been abrupt and obscure. In the world of music, Schumann offers us just the illustration we need, of a very refined and intellectual, but rather thin, technique. Here, again, the conjunction of the Sun saves the situation. Mars is, however, not the important factor in this nativity and it must be remembered that, in speaking of style in these sections, we do not mean the matter or even the manner of an artist, but the actual technical method by which he executes his ideas. Sir David Wilkie is another case in point; he may be contrasted with Reynolds. His method may be called almost perky in comparison with the smooth voluptuousness of the other. The sextile of Jupiter prevents this from too great effect ; without it, he would perhaps have been as agitated, violent, and distracted as a futurist. The trine of the Sun to Mars doubtless helped to make Lord Roberts a successful soldier, but even here the Gemini influence is apparent. His efforts were bound to be intermittent, and his influence on the army, while it uplifted, did not bind. Devoted to him as his soldiers were, he never succeeded in forming a phalanx like Cromwell’s. The same failure in method is seen in Joseph Chamberlain and Cecil Rhodes. Mars in Gemini represents a fault which is best expressed in the language of sport, where it is the very commonest of all errors. In golf and billiards it is called “failing to follow through”, in rowing “being short with the finish”. You cannot get full results from a stroke unless you give it power enough to carry to the end. So Chamberlain, with Neptune trining his Mars, and Uranus squaring it, giving it idealism, but lack of continuity, seemed unable to persist in any policy. Rhodes had a little more assistance than this from the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn, and Uranus. The conjunction of Saturn in particular gave more power of persistency. It is an exceptionally strong, if not very well-balanced complex; but the influence of Jupiter, lord of the Ascendant, in opposition to Mars, is really the key to the nativity. Queen Elizabeth showed extraordinary caprice in method, none at all in main lines of policy ; Uranus was very strong ; Mars has Jupiter in apposition, and a trine of Mercury lends her cleverness.

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