Poem: First Term of Gemini

First Term of Gemini
To Saturn by day & Mercury by night, 0° Gemini 00’  to 7° Gemini 59’ 

The Accident

Greetings, Saturn, the heavy and the slow
plodding on at the law’s permitted pace
while Mercury weaves and puts on a show,
a dazzling dance of swiftness and grace.
Yet youthful bravado soon builds up speed,
and stumbles off the course it planned to take.
Saturn puts reins to the runaway steed —
and two vehicles pay for one’s mistake.
Tangled harnesses, as chassis shattered,
the chariots collide with brazen shouts
with wheels akimbo, and bodies battered;
for physics’ constitution, no one flouts.
The speedster flees into the dark of night,
and the old man waits for flashing blue light.

Slow and fast vehicles become tangled, leading to a terrible wreck.

As some readers know, my Patreon supporters at the $3 tier and $5 tier are getting all five poems for the Chaldean Terms of the Zodiac as they come out each month this year. The poems were written over the course of the last several years, commemorating the deaths of people I knew, and acknowledging that the Terms (sometimes called the Bounds in astrology) are historically associated with the risks and tribulations and dramatics of death — that is, it’s when our chart encounters changes in the terms that some risks arise and others diminish. Sooner or later, one of those risks is going to get us.

Each poem consists of a title, a sonnet, and a visual image which may be drawn as a magical picture, or as an image for the purposes of contemplation. In the final version of the hymns, which I’ll release in some formats next year or the year after, I may choose to include some of the magical purposes to which I’ve put these images and poems in the last half-decade.

As part of a way to encourage more people to be supporters of this project, I’ve published the sonnets for the first term of each sign here. You can find the First Term of Aries and the First Term of Taurus here already, and the others will come out in the due course of time.

If you’d like to support the release of these poems to the public, as a sort of “astrologically based guide to risks of death”, then please support my Patreon at either the $3 or $5 tier.

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