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May 22 Through June 21

The third sign of the zodiac, Gemini is ruled by Mercury which represents intelligence invested in matter. The glyph symbolizes two pieces of wood bound together. In ancient times this was seen to signify the conflicts arising from contradictory mental processes. Geminis establish their relationship between the self and material substance through a balance of opposing thoughts. This bond may also be interpreted as the link between rhythm and form.

In Gemini we move from the action, reaction response of Aries, Taurus to the interaction response. The Gemini nature Interacts with the environment, investigating, learning, knowing and exchanging ideas. The intellect dominates Gemini, and all things intellectual are valued greatly. As communication is also of importance to Geminis, knowledge is never a thing to be hoarded. Seldom is a twin more entertained than in the midst of exchanging ideas with others of an intellectual nature.

Gemini is traditionally associated with the vibrant
pursuits and activities of the early summer season.
Fifteenth century French manuscript.

Being the most versatile and changeable of the signs, Geminis are seldom what they seem to be. Chameleon like, they will take a stand, voice an opinion, decide on an option then completely change their mind tomorrow. Nothing is ever written in stone by Gemini. They are truly a free soul, driven by curiosity and a desire to know and do. They usually have several things going at once, and within such chaos, they thrive.

Geminis are bright, witty, entertaining and rarely get deeply absorbed in any one task. There are just too many things to do and know, and so many new people to meet. They prefer to skim the surface of many things, then to get deeply involved in one interest. If they do become drawn into something, they always feel they are missing out. It will always be what they aren't doing, or don't have, or the people they haven't met that intrigue them the most.

The great London fire of 1666 was forecasted
fifteen years earlier by astrologer William Lilly.
The catastrophe occurred during Gemini's month,
represented here in a reverse and negative aspect.

Where is the Planet Mercury in Your Birth Horoscope?

Of all the planets within our solar system, Mercury is nearest to the Sun. There is a direct correspondence to this fact in the mapping of an individual's birth chart. With the exception of the Moon, Mercury revolves through the zodiac faster than any other planet; yet its proximity to the Sun insures that its placement will always be near to or on par with the subject's Solar sign.

It is likely that you will be able to determine where Mercury was at the time of your birth without consulting an astrologer. By reading the three potential profiles, it is often uncanny how clearly one of them will fit to us. I thought you would enjoy trying this out. Links to the three positions are provided at the right.

Geminis are optimistic people. All things are fresh and fascinating for the twins, it's the way they like it to be. They often possess the enthusiasm of a child. Routine is boring, and boring is not allowed. Restless, with an active imagination and a keen intellect, life must be lived to the fullest for Gemini. Perceived as a game, life is best played with swift moves and entertaining teammates. With the zeal of a sportsman, Gemini analyzes everything. They often possess a compulsive need to know the why of all they experience. A twin wants to know the causes, motivations, and dynamics behind everything and everyone they encounter.

Geminis are expressive folk, and this may manifest beyond mere speech. Often gifted with their hands, it seems whatever they touch does turn to gold. Their love of communication may also express itself as an affinity for languages, which they tend to pick up quite easily. Known for being great story tellers, Geminis have a knack of making life a little more interesting for the rest of us.

Morality is not an issue, and values are situational. Gemini's are usually affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, thoughtful, and superficial. They are attractive and interesting people who instinctively know how to meet their own needs and will do whatever it takes to do so. Although self interest is always the primary motivator in a Gemini person, they are also known to be honest, straightforward and without guile. They are what they are, and usually have no problem admitting their failings. Whatever they choose as a course of action is done out in the open without a measure of deviousness.

The symbolic constellation of Gemini.
Eighteenth century wall mural.

Other Gemini traits include: adaptability, ingenuity and cleverness. They are a mental sign and therefore logical ,even brilliant at times, possessing a great deal of charm. However, it is important to remember that the symbol for this sign is twins, and that not all twins are alike. There are broad distinctions within the Gemini character. In contrast to the shining one described above is the shadow twin. On the turn of a moment, Gemini can become cynical, biting, moody and quickly angered. Inseparable as two sides of a coin, those born in this sign can be dazzling and irresistible or inconstant and irrational.

Geminis probably make better friends than they do lovers. They are entertaining companions and are more intrigued by the idea of love than the actual day to day involvement. Remember, what intrigues a Gemini is the unknown. Once something is familiar as an old pair of socks, the interest wears thin and the need for new worlds to investigate grows strong again. Geminis are fickle. This is not intentional, it is their basic nature to be so. Life seems too short a span to get very serious about anything for a Gemini. So, in love as in life, intensity of feeling is always fleeting. It is, while it is!

The Constellation of Gemini.
Twelfth century European manuscript.

Physically, Geminis have a youthful demeanor, sometimes childlike. Gemini rules the arms, shoulders, hands, lungs and nervous system. They generally have a sensitive nervous system, and don't fare well under too much stress. As Gemini considers danger about as seriously as they consider the rest of life, there is a need to restrain a sense of heroic invincibility.>/p>

Origins in Mythology

The constellation of Gemini has been seen as twin figures by cultures throughout the world, back into prehistory. The 'Two Stars', referring to its very bright suns, which the Greeks recognized as Castor and Polydeuces, were named for the younger and elder forms of the god Horus by the Egyptians. To the Romans they were Hercules and Apollo. Often perceived as twin boys, the lore sustains that they were placed in the night sky by Jove to honor and exemplify the fidelity of their brotherly love. In other instances they were seen as a sister and brother or two angels, then within later Christian traditions, as Adam and Eve.

Stories of hero twins are also related throughout the world. For the Greeks their was Castor and Polydeuces, also known as the Dioscuri, or Heavenly Twins. They were the children of Zeus and Leda, queen of Sparta (yes...you may call them: 'sons of the swan.'), thus also the brothers to the infamous Helen, late of Troy. The exploits of these twins are many, and all heroic. In their youth they sailed with Jason to retrieve the Golden Fleece. To the Romans, who knew them as Castor and Pollux, the twins were invoked on the field of battle to assure victory. For centuries beyond they were held as guardians to sailors on extended or risky voyages.

So Leda's twins, bright-shining, at their beck
Oft have delivered stricken barks from wreck.

(May 22 Through June 21)
Gemini Associations
Rulling Planet
SymbolThe Twins
Small Birds,Parrots,Butterflies,Monkeys
CitiesLondon,Melbourne,San Francisco
Body areasArm,Shoulders,Lungs and Nerves
Notable Gemini
US President John F.Kennedy

William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865) Irish Writer, Poet Read three poems by Yeats. Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875) German Novelist: Death in Venice. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (May 23, 1883) American Film Actor. Dorothy Sayers (June 13, 1893) English Mystery Author: Murder Must Advertise. Immanuel Velikovsky (June 10, 1895) Russian Psychologist, Author: Worlds in Collision. Federico García Lorca (June 5, 1899) Spanish Poet, Playwright: Canciones, Yerma. Bob Hope (May 29, 1904) American Stage & Film Comedian. Ian Fleming (May 28, 1908) English Author: The James Bond Series. Saul Bellow (June 10, 1915) American Nobel Author: Humboldt's Gift. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917) President of the United States. Judy Garland (June 10, 1922) American Singer, Actress . Henry Kissinger (May 27, 1923) Political Analyst, US Secretary of State. Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925) American Film Actor. Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926) American Film Actress. Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926) American Beat Poet: Howl, Empty Mirror. Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928) American Children's' Author. Anne Frank (June 12, 1929) German Child Diarist. Clint Eastwood (May 30, 1930) American Film Actor, Director. Fernando Henrique Cardoso (June 18, 1931) President of Brazil. Athol Fugard (June 11, 1932) South African Actor, Stage Director, Playwright: Blood Knot, Master Harold and the Boys.