The Santa Story’s Missing Character

Last year I pondered deeply, very deeply, about Santa’s sign of the zodiac, and this year I gave more consideration to Mrs. Claus and the elves.

Santa, to me, is a Sagittarius as I wrote about at length here.

Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign.

The elves I believe are pure Virgo as Virgo is the sign of work. Santa’s elves are helpers, content to work in the cold North Pole (don’t call it a sweat shop – no one is sweating) while Santa gets all the credit due to his exuberant jolly nature, corpulent physique and bright red outfit.

Traditional images of Santa’s realm lead me to believe that his elves are male – something I need to continue pondering. If there are no female elves, then where do little elves come from? That too is a bit Virgo in that sexuality isn’t present – elves are simple anonymous, tiny but happy workers (no political commentary here).

Virgo is the mutable earth sign.

Mrs. Claus, now she’s also a bit anonymous behind Santa’s stealing-of-the-thunder. I don’t hear much about her in the story – she’s just anonymously kind and warm.

Mothering as a whole evokes images of Cancer. But Cancer is more involved – she’d at least nag, I mean tell, Santa to wear a warmer jacket and would definitely pack him food for the trip not allowing him to feast on cookies and cocoa at every house in the world.

But then again, Mrs. Claus isn’t a mother. Unless those elves are . . .

Mrs. Claus is essentially a spiritual partner, the jolly Santa’s female side. Mrs. Claus has no identity, no first name and is enveloped in her husband’s story, but exudes warmth and love. That’s a little bit like Pisces.

Pisces is the mutable water sign.

Astrologers in the room see where I’m going here. Mutable signs are the adaptable signs of each element. There are four elements and three “modes” (cardinal, fixed and mutable) which makes the twelve signs.

If the Santa story contains Sagittarius (fire), Virgo (earth) and Pisces (water), it is missing the mutable air sign.

The mutable air sign is Gemini.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the zodiac and as such relates to communication, messages, gossip, journalism and the exchange of information.

Regardless of advances in technology, Santa appears to get his information the old-fashioned way – through the post. Santa apparently knows if you’re naughty or nice so there are informants out there channeling information to the old chap.

The Santa Story, then, is missing the mailman, the deliverer of news, information and letters about the behavior of children around the world.

Following the story, the name “Claus” is German or Dutch. Looking up the word “Gemini” in Dutch brought up “Tweelingen,” which appears to be the word “twins” because Gemini is represented by the twins.

As time flows, cultures gradually shift like glaciers over the terrain so someday in the future we may have an addition to the story: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves and Tweelingen, the loving and kind messenger, deliverer of letters and ever-watchful eye of the behavior of children across the world, or at least in the parts of the world that know Santa.

How will Tweelingen manage so much information? Will Tweelingen develop a global database of Naughty Behaviors? Will Tweelingen gather his information through gossip or through trusted, authoritative sources?

As Santa learns Sagittarian lessons of abundance, Mrs. Claus learns lessons of separation and identity and the elves learn lessons of work and perfection, Tweelingen can learn Gemini lessons of information and communication.

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11 Responses to The Santa Story’s Missing Character

  1. Gene says:

    This is an interesting and possibly even wise analysis of “a story” that mutates along with the culture that maintains it.
    Maybe you are tickling the edges of some universal principles of folklore or even culture itself. I wonder how much
    of human perceptions should Not be draped nicely over a Grand Cross or Grand Trine skeleton if it is to persist. I’m
    thinking of Values and Traditions here.

    Neither here nor there … I was recently thinking about a few times in my life when I ran across a person who kept
    their main living space dark and curtain-drawn all the time, with very minimal lighting. They may invite you in and
    you will sit there in the damn dark having a perfectly normal conversation and pretending it is a perfectly normal
    situation. Considering this, and the pronounced fixity and obsessive deliberateness of the last such person, it
    occurred to me that a living room like that might be quite like the conditions under a rock if a scorpion lived there.
    Haven’t figured out how to find his birthday yet, but I’m working on it.

    • Who’s this person who stays in the dark? It’s interesting because I once had an image of people I knew living in a box with one little peephole to peer out. That peephole created the view of “the world.” I think we all do that in some way forgetting we’re in a box of our personality and perceptions.

      I’ve often felt, too, even when younger, that once I say aloud I don’t understand something, I feel fated to experience it.

      I like the Santa image (who doesn’t like someone who gives us presents) it’s just that it’s a kind of crash and burn, especially with money aspect. But knowing how our economy works, I can see why Santa is promoted.

      • Gene says:

        Everything seems to be the center of its own universe. I hadn’t thought of it as a box …
        maybe more vehicular. Sometimes in a fit of muse I will ponder the perspective a
        small black ant might have on NYC – or maybe the whole country- as compared to
        our own grasp of the wider universe. It would of course have to be an Aquarian
        ant, to even things up.

        To get around the curse of “understanding” something, it may be desirable to
        assume that nothing whatever is likely to be “true” under all possible conditions
        and circumstances. And then not sweat the small stuff.

        The guy in question is an independent skilled craftsman and tinker who doesn’t
        seem to be pressured much by hunger or need. His deliberation and procrastination
        (inefficiency) are near legendary … possibly like a myopic goat which carefully
        considers all the possibilities before taking the next step – whether he is on a cliff
        or the level. Saturn might have been in Sag, or early Capricorn; the outer planets
        in order – in Aries,Virgo and Cancer. But that’s just a guess. I hadn’t really thought
        about his chart until the idea of the cozy Plutonian rock came up. Which maybe
        kinda goes with Pluto in Cancer ?!?! Aspected, of course.

      • Sometimes without any hard aspects life people can feel a lack of motivation to make changes.The “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” thing while others are driven by squares saying, “it has to change.”

      • Gene says:

        Sounds right. In my almost limitless naivete, I’d be up to betting a cookie that charts
        of petty criminals and other hopeless ne’r-do-wells in general will usually feature
        vague aspects, absence of squares or really nasty squares.

        The matter of self-centricity is pretty much universal, since we’re trapped there to
        begin with, though we might set it aside temporarily as a social mechanism. Pack
        and herd behavior in other animals is dominance-ordered, oddly reflecting a
        pattern similar to the astrological Cardinal Order. The effect of randomness in
        DNA distribution probably accounts for the variations in a litter of puppies, etc.,
        but it’s still entertaining to check out the critter’s Sun-Moon signs !

      • Gene says:

        BTW — Have you ever noticed this Very Interesting chart?
        http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Rogers,_Fred
        He died of stomach cancer in 2003 … natal Pluto in Cancer

      • Sun, Uranus and Jupiter in Aries. How did he appear so calm? He must have been jumping inside.

      • Gene says:

        The sun is cuspal and according to the data, still in Pisces, which makes 4 planets in that sign. All of his personal
        planets are in a virtual stellium with Pisces centered and opposed by Neptune. The Rulers of all the water signs are
        heavily involved in this chart. The trines at Moon-Pluto and Saturn-Neptune seem to do things that Pisces would like,
        and the loose ties between Jupiter/Uranus , Mars, and Saturn put those working together in supportive ways. Uranus
        and Mars are in Mutual Reception. The Ruler of the stable, earthy Ascendant is Exalted in Pisces. I dunno, it just
        struck me as an unusually clear map the seemed to fit Fred Rogers like an old sweater. I had just looked over a
        couple of biographical sketches on him and got curious about his chart.

  2. rosa says:

    haha ha hilarious ! i just think santa has some scorpio in him too – i mean the song does say He KNOWS … whcih may make the elves dobbers .. do u have that word in ameriky ? 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Ohio Astrology and commented:

    From Thanksgiving to just before Christmas, the sun is in Sagittarius, a sign associated with expansion. In the US, we spend lots of money and eat lots of treats during Sagittarius then retreat into winter solace and resolutions during most of Capricorn.

    This year’s Sagittarius energy has the added input from Saturn which is transiting Sagittarius. This holiday may seem lest festive due to Saturn inserting harsh realities into a time when images of optimism and abundance are normally prevalent.

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