What Do You Know?
by Natori Moore
From secrets passed in back
alleys to pronouncements made from mountaintops, many methods exist for
transmitting information and knowledge. Knowledge itself can also
vary widely by type, as symbolized in astrology by the mutable signs Gemini,
Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Gemini is all about
curiosity. It’s about seeking to know more beyond one’s current sphere
of information. Watch any four-year-old at play for the delight Gemini
takes in experimenting with possibilities and trying new ideas on for size.
At any age, this inquisitiveness can be a plus for moving into new stages
of life. Gemini’s key question is “What if?” We might
say Gemini’s mascot is the grade school math teacher or the game show contestant.
Neither is involved with higher philosophies, heavy meanings or abstract
concepts, but both enjoy using and sharing new bits of information to answer
questions and solve puzzles and problems.
Virgo is about applied
knowledge, technology and classification systems. This sign takes
the information Gemini has gleaned and applies it in a practical way.
Engineers, craftspeople, skilled medical professionals and those who think
in detailed structures live in the realm of Virgo. Virgo’s
key question is “How can it work?” Virgo especially loves to troubleshoot
and find flaws when something doesn’t work right. In the context
of knowledge, Virgo’s mascot might be the computer programmer, since these
technically adept persons use applied information and skills to create
functional software for the modern computer economy.
us a leap beyond pragmatic Virgo by asking questions of meaning.
Priests and pundits, judges and sages and all those who ponder life’s broader
ethical and philosophical questions live in the realm of Sagittarius.
Sagittarians want to know WHY. And once they think they know,
they usually want to tell others! As symbolized by the arrow, a key
Sagittarian question might be “What is the point?” Sagittarius is
a broad sign that can symbolize many things in astrology -- religion, sports,
long-distance travel, law, higher education, and financial gain to name
a few. The Sagittarian mascot might be the college professor,
representing one who aspires to learn and teach higher knowledge in the
context of a revered cultural institution.
Moving from Sagittarius to
on the knowledge cycle, we take a leap of faith. Pisces is not about
knowing in the Gemini or Virgo sense of having the facts in line and drawing
a conclusion. Pisces represents intuition, symbolic languages,
dreams, synchronicity, psychic ability, spirituality and dimensions of
knowing beyond the rational mind. Pisceans seek an all-inclusive
awareness that dissolves boundaries and links apparently disparate things
together. A key Piscean question might be: “What is the full
picture here?” The Pisces mascot might be a great mystic like Theresa
of Avila or Sri Chinmoy. Often these seekers after wisdom have many
talents such as poetry, art, music, gardening and even athletic prowess
that they combine into a beautiful and unique expression of their love
CAN WE KNOW TOO MUCH?
It’s certainly possible with
each of these knowledge-based signs to absorb or express too much of one
sign at the expense of the others.
With Gemini, we can
gather too much data or information without applying it. We can have
many superficial friendships without getting to know people more deeply.
If we’re suffering from an over-abundance of Gemini, we might want to stop
talking, listening to TV or radio and running errands for a day and only
speak when we’ve thought through what we are going to say.
With Virgo, we can
collect too many details, or perform too much critical analysis, so that
we don’t see the bigger reasons for our skills or effects of our actions.
We can wear ourselves out judging others or ourselves as imperfect.
Those with an over-abundance of Virgo may want to relax and find the usefulness
in art projects, crafts, daydreaming or even “doing nothing,” as well as
get past logic alone as a basis for decision making.
we can suffer from grandiosity, arrogance and know-it-all tendencies.
We may overlook important details or consider the opinions of others as
irrelevant. Despite the far realms into which this visionary sign
can reach (and Star Trek notwithstanding!), Sagittarius does not represent
the boundaries of what it is possible to know. Those with excess
Sagittarius might want to put themselves into situations where they must
receive from or listen to others. They may need to be willing to
chat about mundane matters with people close to them and stop judging small
talk as meaningless. Chances are the sun will rise again whether
they figure out why or not!
With Pisces over-emphasized,
we can experience weakness of will, confusion and self-sacrifice.
We can experience high highs and low lows -- big ideals as well as big
disillusionments. We can be too easily led astray. Those
with too much Pisces may need to come down to earth for a while, do some
healthfully mundane tasks (a.k.a., clean a closet or get a job!) and realize
that not everything has to have profound beauty or meaning. The Pisces-prone
may also need to toughen up, be more discriminating, and realize that sometimes
it’s okay to put their needs first.
We may think we know a lot,
or not much at all, depending on the types of knowledge valued by our social
group or culture. Consider the breadth of knowledge we might hope
for in at least one profession, the medical doctor. Some would suggest
that doctors only need technical skill (Virgo) to be successful.
Yet we would probably hope that doctors have good intuition and bedside
manner (Pisces) as well. We would also hope that doctors stay current
with plenty of information (Gemini) and have a breadth of knowledge and
a concern with ethical applications (Sagittarius). Likewise, we would
hope that a good doctor is curious (Gemini), discriminating (Virgo), wise
(Sagittarius) and compassionate (Pisces). Whatever our walk of life, it
can be useful to look at where our gifts are on this mutable sign wheel
of knowledge, and where we could use some growth. Ideally, though
we may never be as strong in some types as others, we can come to experience
enough of each knowledge type to respect them all.
As far as preferred knowledge
sign expressions, most people fall into either the Gemini-Virgo camp,
ruled by verbal and pragmatic Mercury; or the Sagittarius-Pisces
camp, ruled by visual and philosophical Jupiter. Western culture
these days tends to support the Gemini-Virgo emphasis on mathematical and
technical education. Yet it was no less than Albert Einstein who
famously said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Einstein
probably meant that we can get caught up in the limits of the logically-based
signs Gemini and Virgo, and even in the higher knowledge of Sagittarius,
and forget the Piscean world of the imagination and spirit. No surprise,
then, that the visionary Einstein was a Pisces. As the final sign
of the zodiac, Pisces can be the most complex and hardest of the knowledge
signs to grasp, but may ultimately be the most fulfilling and ecstatic.
Only Pisces has the inclusivity to potentially appreciate, understand and
encompass the wisdom of all signs. Yet even Pisces can get water-logged
in heavy questions of meaning, and need to start the cycle again with the
light-hearted curiosity of Gemini.
So the next time someone
asks, “What do you know?”, you’ll have a question to throw right back:
“What type of knowledge do you mean?” Each of the mutable astrological
signs has contributed something to exciting breakthroughs of awareness
in science, education, the arts and human relationships. With Gemini
open-mindedness, Virgoan attention to detail, Sagittarian sense of adventure
and Piscean faith, all things are possible.