Astrology: Sun Sign Gemini

Albrecht Durer, Adam and Eve , engraving, Germany, 1504. Durer was a Gemini, born 21 May 1471.

“I don’t think I’m tangible to myself.”

Bob Dylan,singer-songwriter, author, Gemini b. 24 May 1941

The Sun travels through the astrological sign of Gemini from ~ 22 May to ~ 21 June each year. In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is in full swing, flowers are blooming, birds have returned from their southern sojourns and nature is bursting with activity, bright, noisy, cheerful and busy, much like Gemini. Open the window wide on a warm spring day and let the breeze flutter through the curtains. See the papers stir on your desk, perhaps lift and drift to the floor. Step outside into a garden, or better yet, go to a hillside or mountain, feel the wind over the earth, and see the pollen and dandelion seeds floating on the air currents, the butterflies hover and dart, and listen to the humming of the bees as they move from flower to flower, ever eager to catch the best pollen hoard. That’s Gemini, soft and light, sharp and quick, a balm to those who suffer from boredom, but a potential irritant to the particularly sensitive. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Earth is falling deeper into the throes of late Autumn, and while many people assume that to be a quiet time, it is actually one of the busiest seasons as the earth is deeply engaged in multiple processes that will ensure the return of fecundity with the inevitable rise of solar power. Either way, Spring or Autumn, Gemini is busy, busy, busy as the elements go about their business collecting, organizing and preparing material reality for its next phase of existence.

Ah, Gemini. Delightfully changeable or maddeningly inconsistent? Superficial, or meticulous? Which is it? Why not both? Gemini loves variety, spontaneity, jokes, puzzles, tricks, mysteries, mischief and most importantly, communicating.  Gemini is Mutable Air, ever changing, flowing and dancing from topic to topic, from one personality trait to the next, one scene to the next, one person to the next.  Ruled by Mercury, God of Tricksters and Thieves, the fundamental impetus is to knowledge, conversation, categorization, definition, analysis and logic. Gemini find that every single little thing is a joy of discovery. Why stop to make a commitment when there’s always more to do, see and be? To stand still is boring, lifeless and dull. The next thing might be so much better than what is here now, so it’s best to keep moving and discovering. 

Gemini Tarot Correspondence Tarot Major Arcana VI: The Lovers (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Gemini feels most authentic when allowing themselves to be versatile. Society often deems Gemini as superficial, but it isn’t as simple as that. In fact, the Gemini mind is most complex, forever collecting, comparing, defining and redefining all that it knows. The designation of “The Twins” is a nod to their need for versatility and their capacity to shift perspectives. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is often considered an amoral god, as the line between good and evil is ill-defined for one with such extensive knowledge, and the ability to take the opposing view with little hesitation, merely because there is definable and sound logic in the argument can be maddening to those with fixed opinions. Sales people, stock brokers, businessmen, secretaries, writers, journalists and educators fully embrace a flexible mind and open morals, as it is in objectivity that we truly discover the truth. Gemini can handle routine, but only insofar as there is some variety within that routine. Excellent at multi-tasking, they want nothing more than to cover all the bases, as fast as possible, win the game and go on to play another one, preferably with a whole new set of people.  They love the idea of more – more talking, thinking, planning, and then entirely changing their minds to find an ever better scheme than the original.  Change is anathema to many people, but to the Gemini is it is as necessary as the air we breathe. When it comes to love – male, female, transgender, asexual, auto-sexual, gay, straight, pansexual – who cares, as long as they are interesting. Stuck on how to fix a problem? Ask a Gemini and you will get multiple solutions tossed at you, categorized in hierarchical order like it was nothing.  Can’t figure out how to approach that cute potential date?  Ask a Gemini, they’ve been there, done that.  A quick text and away you go, off on a new adventure. Need someone to be there at the most important event of your life?  Maybe don’t ask your Gemini bestie. While they might be very enthusiastic, there’s no telling if something far more interesting than you might crop up as a distraction that cannot be resisted, and if you are a sensitive type, it could lead to tears, recrimination, rumor mongering and some sorry ego bruising.  Life with Gemini is certainly never boring, and once you get the knack of the ever-changing whims and moods, you are in for an unforgettable treat of a ride.

Gemini’s polarity lies in the sign of Sagittarius. While busy accumulating data and proving that they have it all ready and meticulously catalogued, Gemini might take a lesson from their alter-ego Sagittarius, and remember the big picture of life, the universe and everything. Facts, figures and collections are extraordinarily valuable things, for indeed, where would be be as a civilization if it weren’t for the power of logic and reasoning? But in order to find balance and meaning, Gemini has to keep in mind the grand scheme of things, the long view, and the ultimate destination. You might not have received the communication you need right now to get your immediate task completed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing when you allow room for things to float and rise about the nitty-gritty sometimes? And if anything, Sagittarius can remind Gemini to laugh – laugh loud, laugh hard and keep it light, because as they have learned, nobody likes a know-it all!

  • Keywords: versatile, quixotic, changeable, dynamic, adaptable, communicative, witty, intellectual, analytic, rational, logical, cunning, insensitive, inconsistent, superficial, jumpy, anxious
  • Rulership: Mercury, the God of Thieves, Tricksters, Travelers, Merchants, messenger of the Gods
  • Modality: Mutable Air
  • Polarity: positive masculine
  • Gemstone: aquamarine, clear crystals, alexandrite, tourmaline, spar
  • Metals: mercury (quicksilver),
  • Tarot: The Lovers
  • Colors: yellow, orange, mauve, pale reddish grey
  • Deities: Mercury, Janus, Castor and Pollux, Apollo, twin deities hybrid deities
  • Flora: birch, hybrid plants, orchids, hazel, nut bearing trees and shrubs, marjoram, lavender, ferns, lily of the valley, caraway, peas, beans
  • Fauna: hybrid creatures
  • Famous Gemini personalities: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, John F. Kennedy, Boris Johnson, Xi Jinping, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bob Dylan, Helena Bonham Carter, Chris Evans, Angelina Jolie, Tupac Shakur, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Nicks, Natalie Portman, Kanye West, Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (twins), Prince, Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood, Pancho Villa, Elon Musk, Egon Schiele, Diego Velasquez, Albrecht Durer, Paul Gaugin, Mary Cassatt.