In the religion of ancient Persia, Zoroaster had a vision in which he was led to meet Anura Mazda, the teacher of good religion. This god was worthy of worship and had created beings to assist humans in living a worthy life. Zoroaster also named Angra Mainyu, the twin of Anura Mazda, as the source of everything evil, and his assistants, the daevas, were emissaries of evil thoughts, words, and deeds. In this pantheon, it is Anura Mazda, the god of goodness, who is the superior, and who will be assisted by right-living humans in defeating his evil twin.
This points to the need for vigilance about how we act, think, and speak as we prepare ourselves for the reunification with our Twin Soul.
In the Maya mythology, the hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque are highly revered. Conceived from the seed of their dead father's severed head, they grew up to be ballplayers like their father and uncle. Because their father and uncle had been killed in the Underworld after losing in a ball game, the twins grew up knowing they needed to avenge those deaths. Once they reached adulthood, they did defeat the gods of the Underworld and eventually were transformed into the sun and the moon.
I think this points to a deep truth, which is that in order to fulfill our destiny with our Twin Soul, we must defeat the shadowy, dark parts of our personality. In healing those hidden parts, we become "in-lightened" and ready to reunite with our Twin.
In ancient Syria, there is a legend about twin brothers Arsu and Azizos. They are usually depicted as riding a camel (one humps or two?). Arsu came to represent the evening star and Azizos the morning star. Interestingly, the morning and evening star, most of the year, is the same star. It is found in the west after sunset and in the east right before sunrise. Which star is that? Well, it really isn't a star, it is our sister planet, Venus. You know, Venus, the goddess of love. And perhaps it is reminding us that it is love that both guides us and fulfills us as we unite with our Twin Soul.
Twins have fascinated us since early recorded history. Take the Egyptians, for example. The god Geb was one of the earliest ones to appear, being the son of Shu and Tefnut (where do they get these names?). Shu represented emptiness and Tefnut moisture. So, we are talking primordial here. The sibling and consort of Geb was Nut (really -- that's her name!) who was the goddess of the air. Geb is symbolized by many things, including a snake, a goose, and represented habitable land. There is a drawing of Nut, who is arched, naked, over the earth, represented by Geb. In this image, he has the head of a snake (take a look here). Other than the obvious phallic connotation, the snake also represents a close connection to the earth.
What does this have to do with Twin Souls? Perhaps it points to the fact that our separation goes far back in time and that our longing for our other half is as profound as the earth longing for the sky.
Twins have fascinated us humans for eons. What is it about twins? Is it because twins sometimes share a closeness that we can only imagine? Is it because twins sometimes share a unique language, verging on telepathy? Is it because twins can sometimes feel each other over long distances and sense when the other is troubled? Is it because twins remind us of something far deeper, far more profound, as in the essence of our own soul's nature?
Let's look at some twins through history and see if it speaks further about our soul's essence.
Take ancient Greek myths, for example. The twin children of Zeus and Leto were Apollo and Artemis. Zeus was adopted as the god of the sun and Artemis (later, the Roman goddess Diana) represented the moon.
How often have we seen reminders of that, even in wall decorations? Perhaps it is a reminder, at a deep level, that our whole essence is a combination of the male (sun) and the female (moon) and that this points to our eventual reunification with our Twin Soul.