Gamma (Alhena, the brand-mark), eta (Propus, the forward foot), mu (Tejat Posterior*), nu [NU GEM], and xi (Alzirr, the button), all in the Milky Way, may have been the Babylonian lunar mansion Khigalla, the "Canal", and the equivalent Persian Rakhvad, the Sogdian Ghathaf, and the Khorasmian Gawthaf. (Starnames, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinchley Allen, 1889 [HTML : Gemini|Orion]). It was included in the Arabic 4th manzil, Al Han'ah, "The brand-mark". Influences of the 4th Moon Mansion: Favorable for hunting, besieging towns, and the revenge of princes. (The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson 1923).
TEJAT (Mu Geminorum). The southwestern corner of Gemini turns gently in a three-star tail that directs the eye to the Summer Solstice, the position where the Sun will be on the first day of northern summer. At the southeastern corner of the long rectangle that makes the constellation and at the east end of the stellar trio lies Tejat (soft "j"), an Arabic plural for a term of unknown meaning and one that has been applied collectively to all three of the stars.
This month’s star, 1 Geminorum, represents the very end of Castor’s foot. The star is 151 light years away. So the light you see from it tonight really left in the year 1855. That’s the year that astronomer Percival Lowell was born and the first Archaeopteryx fossil was discovered [...] There are two things that make this rather bland star so interesting. First is that it’s the closest bright star to the sun’s position on the summer solstice. The sun is just one degree away from 1 Geminorum on the first day of summer. The second is that 1 Geminorum makes a great guide to a very nice star cluster called M-35.
see also: New Evidence for the Dating of Aristotle "Meteorologica" Burke also found that conjunctions between 1 Geminorum and Jupiter occurred in 372, ... The seven remaining events all involved Jupiter and 1 Geminorum, ...
funniest trivia :: AQ-135 AZARIEL (governs 4th lunar mansion), invoked as a curer of stupidity—
AQ 135 = AZARIEL (p56. Ashriel (Azrael, Azriel, Azariel—"vow of God")—one of the 7 angels with dominion over the earth. He is the angel who separates the soul from the body at death. In the cabala, he is invoked as a curer of stupidity. See writings of Moses Botarel; p63. Azariel—in Talmud, Azariel is the angel governing the waters of the earth. In occult lore he is listed among the 28 angels governing the 28 mansions of the moon. [Rf. Barret, The Magus; De Plancy, Dictionnaire Infernal]; p349. THE UNHOLY SEFIROTH: Emanations from the Left Side of God; 4. Gamchicoth (Gog Sheklah) :: The averse sefira to Geburah. Cortex: Azariel; [Rf. Waite, The Holy Kabbalah]; A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels, Gustav Davidson; decorative calligraphic script font designed to have linking characters in the lower case and elaborate swashed capital letters which overlap and nestle with adjoining characters; Designed by: David Nalle in 1993; Fallen angel from Rumael's host, holding the rank of Virtue. He has dominion over 6 Cohorts (3,000 fallen angels)).
link trivia :: The Mansions of the Moon (17 Zain (Gemini)) | Path of Zain | The Origin of the anwa' in Arab Tradition | Michael Scot’s 'Juppiter' as prototypefor 'Magus' | Introduction to Major Arcana | The Origin of the Twenty-Eight Lunar Mansions | AWA’IL AL-SHURUR AL-ARABIYYA | The Mansions of the Moon | Yeats: The Mansions of the Moon | Gemini constellation | Greek Alphabet: Xi | Nakshatra | Manzil | The 27 Celestial Portals | Encyclopedia of Astrology, Nicholas deVore | The MINER Act of 2006 | Asst. Labor Secretary Dye Walks Out | Mine Safety | Ice IX
Harlem Gallery: An Advertisement and User's Manual :: Harlem Gallery is indeed a difficult poem, all 24 cantos (one for each letter of the Greek alphabet) and 155 pages of it. With its nearly impenetrable opening sections, its extensive and precise learnedness and uncompromising obscurities, its syncopations of puns, neologisms, double negatives, labyrinthian syntax, and acrobatic prosody, and, above all, its pandora's box of allusions, it bids fair to give literary hermeticism a bad name. Consequently the best readers of Tolson's unclassifiable poem in the high style spend most of their energies explicating its mysteries for other readers, and nobody very much is left truly to read it—at least not in the way that people used to read poems for what used to be called "the pleasures of poetry."
Harlem Gallery by Melvin Tolson :: According to Rita Dove's introduction to Virginia's edition of "Harlem Gallery" and Other Poems, both white and African-American writers shunned Tolson. When Tolson uttered 'I will visit a land unvisited by Mr. Eliot', he embarked on a modernist project that utilized his own culture as the premise. The result, Harlem Gallery, Book 1 (all completed of a projected 5), was as Dove points out, immediately controversial. White poets praised Tolson, but 'in his place', as a Negro, placing him, his subject matter, and ultimately the poem itself outside of the modernist mainstream. Black writers in the burgeoning Black Arts movement did the opposite, claiming that his modernist technique was not reflective of the reality of African-Americans, that it was written to placate the white academics. The tragedy, as Dove writes, was that, 'in the controversy over racial loyalties and author's intent, few bothered to read Harlem Gallery.
Frankenstein trivia :: The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck: A Comedy of Limitations by James Branch Cabell:
To Priscilla Bradley Cabell—
Nightly I mark and praise, or great or small,
Such stars as proudly struggle one by one
To heaven's highest place, as Procyon,
Antares, Naoes, Tejat and Nibal
Attain supremacy, and proudly fall,
Still glorious, and glitter, and are gone
So very soon;--whilst steadfast and alone
Polaris gleams, and is not changed at all.
Daily I find some gallant dream that ranges
The heights of heaven; and as others do,
I serve my dream until my dream estranges
Its errant bondage, and I note anew
That nothing dims, nor shakes, nor mars, nor changes,
Fond faith in you and in my love of you.