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Regan, The Gemini

I realised that I always tend to describe myself as a typical Gemini but never explain why I think that way, so I decided I’d write a little bit about astrology and me.

First a little about Gemini in general.
A Gemini is born between May 22-June 21, the astrological symbol is The Twins, their ruling planet is Mercury and their element is air.
The main personality traits of a Gemini include being jovial, good communicators, inquisitive and flexible, but they can also be selfish, restless, have a confused personality and find it hard to be on time.

Quite of a few of those traits belong to me.
I’m quite an upbeat person. I’m one of those annoying people who tend to be always happy and smiling and don’t let things get to them quite badly.
I’m definitely inquisitive. I love to understand the world around me. There’s SO much to learn!
Flexible? I’ve done gymnastics since childhood so I think it’s safe to say I’m flexible
I suppose I can be a little selfish. I was an only child for so long. I love my baby brother to pieces but kinda hate having to share Jade Rachel. And don’t like sticky toddler hands on my things. Hey, I’m a teenager! LOL

The element of air is all about the power of the mind, the force of intellect, inspiration, imagination. It is ideas, knowledge, dreams and wishes.
Which, as I said, i’m an inquisitive kind of girl. I love knowledge and learning and like to think I’m quite smart. Humble too 😉

A ruling planet of Mercury means you find it easy to make new connections, and others love your ability to pull ideas and people together.
I’m certainly not afraid of people and will talk to anyone, make friends quite easily. I seem to naturally take the lead in group projects and love working with people. Yes, I know it’s possible I could look at any star sign and find things that reflect me but I happen to believe in astrology. Not horoscopes that are in the paper, those are broad and fit everyone. But I do think that aspects of a persons personality can be explained by the positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects at the time of their birth. Historically, astrology was a science, it was in the realm of scholars. It was accepted in political and academic contexts, and was connected with other studies, such as astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. I don’t know about the fortune telling and predicting the future aspect of astrology but I do think astronomical phenomenon can affect a persons behaviour. Just look at how the pull of the moon (lunatic) and the seasons can affect peoples moods (SAD).

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You’re The One That I Want

One of the coolest things I’ve found since I started blogging is that lots of other blog about books, and post reviews and talk about books. It makes me feel a little less weird and makes me feel like I’m part of this really cool online community and I want to get to know everyone. I was getting very excited about it earlier and Jade Rachel laughed at me, she also said I reminded her so much of my mum.

My mum used to love Hilary Duff, which always made Jade Rachel laugh because my mum was a total goth. But she found this online forum all about Hilary and she got talking to people and got all excited because there were other people out there who liked Hilary and she was making friends.

That’s not what I was saying though. I keep reading all these blogs talking about books and they all sound really good and make me want to read them. And I keep adding books to my goodreads to read shelf and I think I’m gonna need a few lifetimes to read everything I want to read.

Mostly right now I’m really wanting to read 50 Shades Of Grey and A Game Of Thrones but they’re never in the library when I go. I hear so much about those two (ok and lots of others as well) but those ones have really peaked my interest. I want to read more by Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Nicholas Sparks, Sarah Dessen, Neil Gaiman… I want to read all the books I can find with vampires and werewolves and witches and… and… and…

I REALLY hope I get reincarnated as another bookworm!

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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book

So many of my classmates think I’m a bit weird, because I’m always reading, because I love to read. They think it’s a waste of time. They also think I’m a total nerd because I get good grades and because I love to learn. I wonder if they’ll still think the same think in just over a year when they’ve failed their GCSEs and I’m starting my A-Levels?

I just love reading. I love curling up on my window seat, in the sun, with music playing and a good book. Usually Harry the cat sprawled out next to me

My mum loved to read, and so does Jade Rachel, and they gave their love of reading to me. They always read to me when I was little and I was reading by the time I was 4 or so. It was love at first read, or something like that.
I love all the places a book can transport you to, all the different worlds you can explore, all the different lives you can live. You can be anyone – a heroine, a damsel in distress, a warrior, an elf, a witch, a vampire, a werewolf. You can be in the past, the present, the future, London, Paris, New York, outer space, under water.
It’s an escape – I had a horrible few years when my mum died and I was really unhappy. Reading gave me something to do and I started reading the books that she loved and it made me feel close to her.

What’s the old saying? Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book

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By any other name

My name, Regan, is quite unique but without being really out-there like some of the names – especially ones that celebrities seem to give their kids these days. Kim Kardashian, I’m looking at you! It’s nice to be the only person I know with my name. Like, there’s two Chloe’s and three James’ in my class so you’ve got to be really specific which one you’re meaning (Chloe H, or blond James or football James), but when people say Regan, everyone knows they mean me.

It’s even got quite a cool story behind why my mum and Jade Rachel called me Regan. Originally, I was going to be called Aimee (or Connor, if I was a boy) which means beloved. But my mum had been reading King Lear just before she went into labour and fell in love with the name. I’m glad I’m not named for Goneril, Regan’s older sister – and wouldn’t have minded Cordelia, the younger one either.

Regan, in King Lear, is not a very nice character though. She’s the middle child of Lear, married to the Duke Of Cornwall. She and her sister Goneril are both in love with Edmund, both eager for power and even convince their father to hand over his land using false flattery. Then both of the girls reject him when he wants to live with them and Regan drives him out into the storm. Goneril then poisons Regan when she finds out Regan’s  in love with Edmund. I think my favourite quote about Regan is by Stanley Cavell “[S]he has no ideas of her own, her special vileness is always to increase the measure of pain that others are prepared to inflict; her mind itself is a lynch mob.” 1

I don’t just happen to randomly know all these facts – I read the play and did some research after finding out why I was called Regan. I’m a bit of a geek like that. And you know what else I found out? Shakespeare’s kinda cool. I love how poetically he wrote and he told some really good stories – stories that are still relevant today which in a way sucks that humans haven’t changed much in the last few hundred years, but at the same time shows that people will always be people.

I took a break from writing essays for school and feel like I’ve just written an essay on my blog instead!

1 Cavell, Stanley. The Avoidance of Love. Must We Mean What We Say?. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1976

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Welcome to my life

I thought an introduction would be a really good place to start – it’s how we start when we meet new people, after all.

“Hi, I’m Regan” and it goes from there.

But then I started thinking about it and it all got very complicated. How much do I say? What are you interested in knowing? Where’s the line between saying too much and saying just enough to keep you interested in reading more, in wanting to get to know me?

Throw in the fact I’m a teenager. I’m sure you know – or at least remember – how difficult it is being 15. How much everything changes. Do I really know myself well enough to tell you about me?

I guess I can try.

I’m Regan, I’m 15. I’m a fairly typical Gemini. I live in London with my step-mum, her girlfriend and my baby brother. I spend every weekend with my Dad and his boyfriend. I have a complicated family (ask me and I’ll probably tell you all about it!) but I love them to pieces and will defend them to the death.

I go to Battersea Technology College, and am taking my GCSEs next year.
I hope to go on to college and university, and plan on studying Anthropology and Sociology at the University Of Aberdeen.

I love, as you can probably guess by the subject of this site, reading. I’m nearly always found with my nose in a book. I especially love adventure, chick-lit and urban fantasy.
When I’m not reading I love listening to music, dancing, cheerleading, martial arts, gymnastics, knitting, football (Chelsea FC!), baking, and – as dorky as it sounds – wordsearches.

Does that work as an introduction for you?