During nearly twenty years of teaching astrology classes, I found that the above questions came up very frequently.
It is important at this point to emphasise to readers who are familiar only with Sun Signs that to get ‘beyond the Sun Signs’ requires an individual’s horoscope to be drawn up for the date, place AND time of birth. Human beings are complex and contradictory. It’s not possible to approach any satisfying symbolic exploration of that complexity through the Sun or Star Sign alone.
A number of years ago, I decided to address the typical questions students asked about twins (summed up by Helene’s questions here) via one of the tutorial classes I ran for my more advanced students, all of whom had a good grasp of the basics of astrology, and some of whom were already practitioners in their own right.
One student – let’s call her Anna – was the devoted aunt to a set of twins in their mid teens, a boy and a girl – let’s call them Angus and Miriam. These two had been born less than fifteen minutes apart and had almost identical horoscopes.
I had formulated a theory about twins and astrology which I wanted to test out, so I obtained permission via Anna from Angus and Miriam’ s parents as well as the twins themselves, to calculate their horoscopes and discuss them anonymously in class.
My method was to put up on the board only one horoscope since there was so little difference between the twins’ horoscopes, and ask the students to take an hour to prepare along with me a basic outline of the key characteristics revealed by this one horoscope. We did the preparation as though we were preparing a birth chart for just one person.
The class knew nothing about either of the twins, and I asked Anna to observe us, but not to make any comments at all.
Once we had written up the outline, we spent the next hour discussing our findings with Anna, who knew her nephew and niece well.
I am writing this after a gap of about twenty years and no longer have the notes for detailed reference, so can only give a summary of the essence of what emerged from our discussion.
Anna found our summary from the one horoscope of the basic characteristics of both her nephew and niece to be very accurate. What was very clear was that certain traits were held in common, but that the rest were, as it were, divided up between the twins. To put it very simply, looking at a range of traits: 1,2,3 and 4 were recognisable in both; Miriam manifested traits 5,6 and 10 whilst Angus lived out traits 7, 8 and 9.
This very interesting and enlightening experiment does not of course constitute any kind of proof: but it bore out my impressions from reading about the similarities and differences in the lives of twins about whom I had read, as well as my own observations of twins I had come across from my own experience, as well as the few horoscope readings I had done for individuals who were twins.
What was this impression? Coming back to the analogy of the horoscope revealing the characters poised on life’s stage, waiting for the moment of birth to kick start the action of the play, it seemed that twins unconsciously chose which characters on their joint stage they were going to live out jointly – and the ones which they were going to live out separately.
The experiment which I did all those years ago with my students, Anna and her nephew and niece certainly bore out my theory….
After writing this piece I googled ‘astrology and twins’ to see what came up, and was pleased to find on my favourite astrology site, Astrodienst, that other astrologers including Dr Liz Greene had come to much the same conclusion.
As far as two people born at the same time in the same place is concerned, yes, they would in effect have the same horoscopes. You would certainly see considerable similarities if you studied both their lives over time. But each character on the stage at a given moment in time has a range of possible modes of expression. Thus the influence of different family circumstances and different opportunities, etc, would call forth a range of possible responses from the same basic character.
To read much more on this topic, do go over to master astrologer Donna Cunningham’s excellent blog Sky Writer, where she has an excellent piece on the astrology of twins.
Then come back and let me know what YOU think!
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Hi Annie, thank you for answering my question! Very enlightening.
What a fascinating topic!
Many thanks, Helene, for asking just the question many people ask. Feel free to ask some more! I especially like questions from people like yourself who know very little about astrology ‘beyond the Sun Signs’ but have an open-minded interest.
from Sheilagh: Jun 25, 10:44 pm – comment moved to actual post!
Found this answer most interesting – a little bit of research right here in the west end. Had never thought of twins operating like this, organising their qualities on the stage of life, sharing some characters and having some of their own: but it makes sense and I understand the concept. Thanks, S
Thanks for giving your feedback, Sheilagh – yours was the first question on Twins I received, back in May when I was still operating from the West End Website. Yes, I was pleased to do a little research after posting my answer, to find that other astrologers including Liz Greene had come to the same broad conclusion. Of course, HOW and WHY twins would appear to do this is a mystery and likely to remain so, shrouded in the depths of the Unconscious. But we were never either mentally equipped, or (I suspect) MEANT to know everything….No wonder reductionists have such trouble with astrology!
I’ve always found twins fascinating. What’s even more fascinating is the kind of relationship that develops between people who aren’t blood relatives of any sort, yet seem to be “cut from the same cloth”. We talk about being “simpatico” – has anyone ever done any studies on such people to see if there are similarities in their charts?
Thanks Linda! This is such an interesting question that I’ve made it and my answer the next post.
What about fixed stars and sidereal constellations? Does it not help us differentiate between twins? If my understanding is right, no two twins will have their AC, IC, DC, MC and Fortune on same fixed stars.
Many thanks, Rex, for this additional input on the intriguing issue of twin differences – I know nothing about fixed stars, so your comment may well stimulate some exploration on the part of interested readers since this is a perennially popular post!
My twin brother and I are nothing alike, so I don’t see how we could have the same horoscope
I don’t think you can have read my article, Dylan, which addresses that very question…
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