Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon: The Mathematician, The Mind Bender, and the Genetically Modified Super Freak
Gemini is the fast moving, highly flexible, fiber optic wired communicator of the zodiac. Capricorn is the hard-assed, hard-working, hoof-busting strategist of the zodiac. Pair the mental agility of a Gemini Sun with the strategic instincts of a Capricorn Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is methodical, calculating, determined, and freakishly intelligent. Other Geminis play checkers, this one plays chess. If you can imagine a butterfly (Gemini) genetically engineered to have both the backbone and the ruthlessness of a Mountain Goat (Capricorn) you’ll have a sense for this pairing’s basic modus operandi. To illustrate: using the date of its first flight as its date of birth, the F-117 Nighthawk is a Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon. (Chart) The F-117 is the highly agile, freakishly advanced stealth fighter that Americans first became familiar with via CNN’s coverage of Operation Desert Storm:
You’ll find a disproportionate number of Gemini/Capricorns working in experimental physics, mathematics, engineering, or other technologically advanced fields which require equal parts mental dexterity (Gemini) and back breaking hours of hard work (Capricorn). Astrologer Linda Goodman says that when Gemini and Capricorn meet up it’s usually for “. . . a reason relating to mystery, sex, death, hypnosis, psychiatry or some bending of the mind.” (Source) The F-117 doesn’t bend minds, hypnotize people, or mysteriously alter the laws of physics but its stealth technology does bend radar signatures thereby (metaphorically) hypnotizing its opponents’ computer tracking systems. It performs these feats using methods so mysteriously advanced they would seem like magic to previous generations.
Gemini and Capricorn form what’s known as a “quincunx”, an inherently discordant aspect that results in extreme ingenuity, extreme instability, or a combination of both. The textbook Gemini/Capricorn will thus have to make constant adjustments between the radically different nature of their luminaries in order to maintain an even keel in life. In the case of the F-117, its extreme design necessitates an advanced on-board computer system make constant adjustments to correct for its inherent instability. (Source) Prior to being given an official name it was referred to as the “Wobblin’ Gobblin” by people inside Lockheed due to this instability. (Source)
Using its release date as its date of birth the 1987 film Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is also Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon. (Chart) In the film a special forces unit led by the future governator is oblivious to the fact they’re being tracked by a technologically advanced extraterrestrial who can follow them while remaining invisible. In other words, the creature uses highly sophisticated stealth technology to stalk and kill its prey just like the F-117. By today’s standards, the film’s special effects are fairly pedestrian. Back in 1987, however, its mind-bending audio-visuals seemed like magic:
Computer scientist Tim Berners Lee is a Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon. (Chart) He is the man most directly responsible for developing the world wide web, the highly advanced communications (Gemini) structure (Capricorn) whose collective power now rivals technologies previously seen only in science fiction films like Predator.
Using its debut date as its date of birth, the Oculus Rift virtual reality machine is also a Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon. (Chart) People in the tech world seem to think the Oculus is poised to revolutionize how we experience the internet as much as the internet revolutionized how we generate, transmit, and synthesize information. Like other Gemini/Capricorns, it’s a mind-bending piece of technology that previous generations would assume is powered by black magic:
San Francisco Giants baseball pitcher Tim Lincecum is a Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon whose mind bending physical capabilities are to the world of sports what the F-117 is to aviation or the Oculus Rift is to the world of video games. (Chart) A two time Cy-Young award winner, Lincecum’s radically unorthodox pitching delivery has been described as “an engineering marvel” akin to a Blue Angels jet fighter by Sports Illustrated magazine. (Source) A writer for the New Yorker observed, “His pitching motion invites similes and multiple-angle replays . . . Nobody has ever pitched like this before”. (Source) Lincecum may not be a literal “genetically engineered super freak” but the physics of his delivery are so extreme that a normal player probably would have to undergo some type of genetic modification in order to duplicate them. Even video games companies using the most advanced motion capture technologies on the planet have found his delivery nearly impossible to model. (Source)
Lincecum’s never been called a “Wobblin’ Goblin” like the F-117 but he is nicknamed “The Freak” which means essentially the same thing. Lincecum doesn’t have the ability to literally “go stealth” but his most devastating pitch is an advanced “split-change”, a highly deceptive pitch which works by disrupting the way a hitter’s visual cortex tracks the baseball. In effect this gives him the ability to mystify hitters’ timing mechanisms as thoroughly as the F-117’s stealth coating mystifies opponents’ radar tracking mechanisms. Within the world of professional baseball, the pitch is practically considered a form of black magic. Strangely enough, the F-117 was designed from the ground up by scientists at Lockheed while Lincecum’s delivery was designed from the ground up by his father Chris, a lifelong employee of the Boeing company.
Gemini/Capricorns often alternate (“wobble”) between being carefree (Gemini Sun) and caring only about business (Capricorn Moon). Off the field Lincecum is known to be a fun-loving (Gemini) guy but once he steps on the pitching mound his entire presence transforms into that of a ruthless, ice-cold closer (Capricorn). During his peak years of 2008 and 2009 opposing players described him as dreadful to face as the creature Arnold and company face in Predator.
Obviously few Gemini/Capricorns will be involved in professional sports or military aviation but, like both the F-117 and Mr. Lincecum, there will often be something radically innovative or even alien about their work. Experimental physicist Luis Alvarez is a Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon. (Chart) Among his numerous (Gemini) accomplishments Capricorn), Alvarez pioneered using X-Rays to search for unknown chambers in the Egyptian pyramids. He also used his scientific expertise to analyze the physics of JFK assassination, a somewhat mind-bending topic for a Nobel prize winning physicist like Alvarez to express such intense interest in:
Sadly, Alvarez was also heavily involved in the development of nuclear weapons. He was even on board the observation aircraft which followed the Enola Gay as it dropped the first atom bomb on Hiroshima. There’s thus one major difference between Lincecum, the F-117, and Mr. Alvarez. Unlike the F-117 or Mr. Alvarez, Tim Lincecum’s freakishly advanced abilities have only been used in the service of entertaining baseball fans, never to maim, kill, or destroy innocent people.
About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney (State Bar #228957), voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached for questions, comments, or consults at his contact page.