Gemini Jester

“I love making people laugh. And by ‘people,’ I mean me. Haha!” “Haha! Me!”

DEFINITION/SUMMARY:

 

Gemini

  • Castor and Pollux, twin brothers. Their mother was Leda, but they had different fathers; Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, while Pollux was the divine son of Zeus, who seduced Leda in the desguise of a swan
  • Gemini represents the duality of high intelligence often in arts/science and the impatient easily bored constant need to be stimulated. Often get into mischief out of need to have something to do

Asterism

  • Gemini lies across two of the quadrants, symbolized by the White Tiger of the West and the Vermilion Bird of the South they divide the sky in traditional Chinese uranography. Name means “twin constellation”.

Jester aka fool

  • Historically an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance era
  • Employed by Kings, Queens Monarchs and Nobleman as entertainers themselves and guests
  • A performer who entertained common folk at fairs and markets
  • Jesters are also found in modern-day entertainment as well
  • In medieval times they are often thought to have worn bright coloured clothes, wild patterns and eccentric hats
  • Sing songs, plays music, and tells stories, but also may perform acrobatics, juggling, joke telling, and magic tricks in a comedic style

EXPANDED INFO:

Historical events

  • Early jesters were popular in Ancient Egypt, and entertained Egyptian pharaohs
  • Romans had a tradition of professional jesters, called balatros paid for their jests at the tables of the wealthy
  • Jesters were popular with the Aztec people in the 14th to 16th centuries
  • English royal court jesters throughout English royal history employed entertainers and most had professional fools, called licensed fools
  • Clowns and jesters were featured in Shakespeare’s plays, and the company’s expert on jesting was Robert Armin, author of the book Fooled upon Foole

Literature

  • Legendary play Hamlet: The sight of Yorick’s skull (a deceased Jester of the King) evokes a monologue from Prince Hamlet on mortality: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath  …”
  • In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Feste the jester is described as “wise enough to play the fool”
  • In the 18th century, jesters had died out except in Russia, Spain and Germany
  • In Japan from Taikomochi, are a kind Jester they take on a male geisha, attend to the feudal lords (daimyōs)
    They entertain mostly through dancing and storytelling, and were sometimes used for strategic advice
    Later they would fight alongside their lord in battle in addition to their other duties

ADD/MISC:

  • The Jester is symbolic of common sense and of honesty as seen through the eyes of the wise peasant or his jovial contentment