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Being open to receiving

Here, I sit in the small hours of the night on my balcony looking up at the sky. This has become a common practice for me these days. You could almost say it is a ritual. The 3am call to unite with the cosmos, breathing in its energy or perhaps I am just surrendering. All I know is a few minutes of looking into the night sky and I feel relaxed. The night sky has become my solace from the world of chaos and drama. That advanced space of nothingness we see with the naked eye, is in fact filled with wonders, mysterious and delights beyond our wildest imaginations.

For several nights the names Castor and Pollux have been calling me. As you are probably aware these two youthful lads are associated with the constellation Gemini. Gemini is often known as the twins, because Castor and Pollux were said to be identical twins, though in truth they were half brothers. Castor was the son of King Tyndanus and Pollux was the immortal son of Zeus. Both shared many adventures together from taking part in the Calydonian hunt, to rescuing their sister Helen of Troy. It is suggested they travelled with Jason the Argonauts during the quest for the Golden Fleece.

During a family feud over believing they had been cheated out of a stolen cattle by the four cousins. Pollux and Castor took it upon themselves to take the herd from their cousins caught in the act when a fight broke out. During the fight Castor was killed. Heartbroken and stricken with grief at the death of his brother, Pollux asked Zeus to make Castor immortal, eventually Zeus agreed to the request and thereby Castor and Pollux were transformed into the Gemini constellation. To balance the cosmos though the Dioscuri, each boy would spend half of the year in the heavens and the remaining in the underworld.

A story, or a myth from Greek history, what we see is loyalty, connection, friendship between two brothers. Who were prepared to help and support each other until the end. We could say beyond, did Pollux give up his immortality or did Castor gain mortally. For six months of the year they can be seen in the night sky as a reminder of devotion and love.

Castor and Pollux represent alliance, fellowship and association, the comradeship of being there for your brother, your fellow man or your team. Brotherhood is about defending, protecting and calling them out when they are doing wrong. Each of us needs an alliance that supports us in life. The phrase ‘No man is an island’ comes from the author John Donne and is in reference to how no one can be self-sufficient as we all rely on each other, the fact we are connected as humans and compare ourselves makes us a part of humanity. In the military comradeship is the dependence on the team for survival and success. Knowing your partner, your team has your back. So, often miscommunication can have a profound effect on our lives and change the course of history. My advice to you all is to share, find your alliance, the person(s) who has your back, who will support you in times of need as well as the joyful moments in life. Our support network is our life line to better understand ourselves and maintain our own wellbeing and mental health. As humans we are social creatures, we rely on interacting from those around us. We seek out confirmation and reassurance we are doing the right thing. It is a basic human need to be seen and to feel safe. So connect and find your network of people you can rely on whether it is family, friends, work colleagues or just simply a friendly neighbour or social forum that you can share your thoughts and opinions with. Just like Castor and Pollux we all need someone.


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