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GeminiThe Sun enters Gemini tomorrow, so this is the third installment in my series of posts about the signs of the Zodiac.

Gemini is a mutable air sign, ruled by Mercury. Gemini lives in the realm of words and ideas, from which it hopes to extract some new meaning and create change. My mnemonic for Gemini is “releaser of the winds.”

Gemini is verbal, gregarious, curious, and clever. Gemini delights in the flow of ideas and the give-and-take of conversation. Banter and wit are often Gemini specialties, and Gemini likes to hear opinions from everyone and look at questions from all possible angles. Gemini delights in patterns, and likes to learn things for their own sake, rather than as a means to an end.

A Gemini personality may take on the role of a teacher, writer, scientist, or debater. Planets in Gemini will often express their energies in verbal, social ways. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is best known as the messenger of the gods, and this certainly fits Gemini to a tee. Mercury also rules Virgo, however, and was also a god of craftsmen and merchants. Gemini energy can thus also take the shape of interest in arts and crafts, especially when such activities are driven by curiosity and an interest in learning techniques and methods.

Gemini is susceptible to certain traps, the key one being superficiality. Gemini’s delight in the play of words and concepts may become disconnected from deeper needs and one’s sense of identity. Gemini’s quest for novelty may make the Gemini person seem fickle and hard to pin down. There can be a tendency toward duplicity. It’s not usually malicious, though, it’s just that Gemini can happily entertain multiple opinions and intentions, pulling out which ever one seems to fit the moment. Finally, like all air signs, Gemini is prone to living in its head, so caught up in ideas, possibilities, and concepts that it fails to achieve anything tangible or to deal with emotional realities with the necessary depth.

Gemini can be like a flying insect, buzzing happily from one thing to another, and not alighting anywhere for very long. Gemini will quickly take to the air again if things seem troubled. The view from aloft gives Gemini a great sense of freedom and versatility, and riding the winds of change from place to place can make Gemini a pollinator, spreading ideas from one person to the next and creating interest in new possibilities.

People born with a Gemini Sun are driven by a desire to explore the world with their minds and talents. They seek to develop their knowledge, talents, and insights as broadly as possible. As they gain experience of the world, they may come to see pragmatic work and emotional ties as distractions, and gravitate toward careers and relationships that reward their curiosity and creativity and emphasize light, conversational interactions. There may be a lot of exploration of different political, philosophical, and spiritual orientations. The challenge for a Gemini Sun is to translate their breadth of experience and perspective into something others can use.

With a Gemini Moon, a person may be prone to escapism of various sorts, finding comfort in books about far away world or different ways of living. The person may find conversation to be their best security blanket and comforter; thinking things through out loud with a good friend is the best therapy. Romantic attraction will often flow from response to the other person’s wit, intelligence, or conversational sparkle. People with a Gemini Moon may talk too much when they are under stress, and may say things they regret later.

With Gemini rising, one wears of the mask of the clever, articulate expert or student, relying on written and verbal communication skills to make an impression and present their merits to the world. They may find themselves taking on the role of facilitator in a group, keeping ideas flowing and encouraging lively debate. If such people have their Sun or Moon in a water sign or fire sign, they may disturb others on those occasions when powerful feeling breaks through their congenial, philosophical persona. The challenge for someone with Gemini rising is to let their conversation carry their deeper concerns forward to others, instead of using it as a shield.


May 2008