Castor and Polux were twin brothers from the same mother, Leda, but from different fathers. According to the legend, Leda was a very beautiful woman and was desired by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan. As a swan, Zeus fell into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs; from one was born Polux, immortal son of Zeus, from the other one, Castor, mortal son of Tyndareus.
Leda’s kids were the leads of countless myths and legends and have been honoured in both Greek and Roman mythology. In one of their many battles, the hero Castor felt fatally injured. Polux devastated at being separated from his brother, asked his father Zeus to share his immortality with Castor, and take turns dwelling in Hades and with the gods on Mount Olympus. And this was done. This strong brotherhood, and their disparity of characters made to identify them with the constellation of Gemini, formed around the two brightest stars. The twin stars in China represent the forces of dual nature, yin and yang.
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