Astronomy

PolluxPollux is a orange-yellow giant star, the brightest in the constellation of Gemini (and the 17th brightest in the sky) even though it has the designation Beta rather than Alpha Gemini,  which has been given to Pollux’s twin Castor. In this constellation Castor and Pollux form the heads of the twins, while the remaining stars make up their bodies. Visually close for us, these two stars are actually something like 10 light years apart, further than Sirius is from the Sun. It is not only in Greek mythology that these two stars are seen as twins or siblings, so it may be that in earlier times their brightness matched more closely.

From its distance of 34 light years, astronomers calculate a total luminosity for Pollux nearly 50 times that of the Sun. Now that the star has used up its hydrogen its light is generated by fusing helium into carbon and oxygen deep in its core. In the last few years Pollux has a new claim to fame, for it has been confirmed that a planet with more than twice the mass of Jupiter is orbiting it.

Finding PolluxFinding Pollux

Start with the giant figure of Orion. To the left of Orion is an arch of particularly bright stars with Sirius, the brightest of all, at his heels, then Procyon at shoulder level and the twins Castor and Pollux above. Of these two Pollux is the brighter.

Mythology

The name Pollux is a Latin version of the Greek name Polydeukes, which could be translated as ‘much light’, but also means ‘having much wisdom, judgement, thought’. Pollux and his twin Castor were said to be the children of Zeus who had come to their mother Leda in the form of a swan. However Pollux was immortal, while his brother was not. Both of them sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece and when Castor was killed in a fight, Pollux begged Zeus to bring him back to life. Zeus instead agreed that Pollux could share his immortality with Castor; while one was alive and above the earth the other would have to be in the underworld. Only in the sky could they be together.

Other cultures saw these two stars as siblings. In India they were popularly known as Mithuna, the boy and girl; in Arabic they were Al Tauaman, the Twins; and for the Klamath people of North America they were a bother and sister who reached down to bring frost to Crater Lake, since they appear above the eastern horizon in early December.

In this photo of Gemini Castor and Pollux are the bright stars at the left: Castor above, Pollux below.
In this photo of Gemini Castor and Pollux are the bright stars at the left: Castor above, Pollux below.

For the Romans this constellation also represented Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. The shape of the constellation is somewhat like a brick, giving this association an especial resonance. For the Sumerians the month when the Sun is in the sign of Gemini was also known  as Sig Ga ‘the month the bricks are set in the brick mould’. Bricks, of course, can be seen literally as the building blocks of civilisation. More widely we can associate them with the birthing process; the clay from which we come and to which we return is shaped within the mould of the womb and given life.

For sailors Castor and Pollux also had a special significance. Gemini’s helical rising (the time when the stars first appear over the horizon around dawn) marked a time of calm seas and good sailing. So popular were they that sailors would swear ‘by Gemini’, which over time has transmuted into ‘by jiminy’. This importance of the constellation to sailors is reflected in Shelley’s translation from a Homeric Greek original: Homer’s Hymn To Castor And Pollux in which the star is referred to as “..mild Pollux, void of blame.”  Here is the whole poem.

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Focus, Organisation, Perspective 

Pollux has a fascinating energy; its light comes close to our energy  at the threshold where it moves from unmanifest to manifest, as if to join us in the process of creation as a catalyst, facilitating that process without colouring it. Pollux can help us to become more aware of the choices we have, offering us new perspectives by helping us to stand outside of our customary frames of reference. For this reason the light of the star can sometimes feel strange or other, communicating to us that nothing we take for granted needs to be so. The light of Pollux can help in generating a shift in thought patterns or perspective, freeing us from old frames of reference. We can use this light to focus on fixed energies that we may experience as ‘knots’, such as situations that seem resistant to any resolution. The light doesn’t of itself bring resolution, but rather helps us to see anew and from that new perspective find  our own resolution.

Our inner journey

Sananda guides you to connect with the soul presence of Pollux where you receive streams of light that touch points of choice in your energy field to increase the experience of freedom.

Please note: This inner journey may take you into deep states of relaxation. Do not listen while driving.

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Music on Track 2 is by Thaddeus: Cellular Evolution from Becoming Your Soul.
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