Alchemy, Gemini, and Pluto
Rhazes .. a father of medicine and spirits Distillation fuses the practical and the philosophical. It's been used by the alchemist trying to uncover the mysteries of existence, by the doctor attempting to find medicines, the perfumer creating scents for the master and mistress, and expertly by the producers of alcohol. Alchemy's founder was Egyptian god, Toth -- in Greek mythology, Hermes (Mercury). They are symbols of mystical knowledge and transformation (Pluto). Hermes's staff could turn base material into gold, and both gods could turn death into life. The most common image of an alchemist is of some bearded madman lurking in a laboratory trying to make gold. That's a misunderstanding. The alchemist attempts to make sense of the world by, among other things, working with the elements to transform matter, strip away the extraneous, and capture the entities' pure essence. They try to comprehend the mysteries of the world by making the substance of life visible in their intense work with distillation of spirits.
It has definitely caught on.
So this is a golden opportunity as Mars in Gemini completes the opposition to Pluto, but most of all, each person's Gemini and Virgo houses and the position of Mercury in the chart contain tools for personal transformation, as one "fuses the practical with the philosophical" ongoing. All things Gemini? Or Virgo? Both ruled by Hermes. I originally thought Virgo was the alchemist with her practical nature and understanding of earthy substance. But Gemini must be too, as he brings the philosophical down for personal use. I'm going to watch both my houses.