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.