In our continuing Astro 101 series this week we take a look at Gemini, the third sign of the zodiac and the last of the three signs of Spring. The youthful energy and exuberance of the season is beginning to wind down, as the Sun approaches its peak position of the year at the Summer Solstice, climbing to its highest elevation over our heads in the sky. These are the longest days of the year, but the speed of the ascendancy has slowed since it left the physical exuberance of Aries, and Gemini channels what is left of this initiative into mental pursuits. Rather than simply rushing headlong into the fray, Gemini thinks first, and then rushes headlong into the fray.
Gemini is a mutable air sign. This mutable quality means that they are adaptable and changeable. With his Sun, Mercury and Venus in Gemini, Bob Dylan is one of our favorite Geminis of note. The dualistic quality of the twins is heard in 'Don't think twice, it's all right.' Their ability to move on, change with the tide, or to be as consistent as the wind is characteristic of this air sign. For them, 'The answer is 'Blowing in the Wind.' On the high side, this helps them to better deal with the changing panorama of life. In fact they need variety to help feed and stimulate their voracious mental appetites. Regularity, rapidity, and monotony are dirty words for Geminis. But on the flip side, their fickleness, inconsistency and changeability can leave those depending on them in the dust.
For most Geminis, communications are the arena in which they weave their Web; whether as writers, teachers, working for the phone company, developing their ability as orators or learning how to better articulate their notions. In myth, Hermes (the Lord of Gemini as his Roman counterpart Mercury), got bored with his crib, climbed down out of it, killed a tortoise, used its shell to invent the lyre, learned how to play that, got bored again, stole Apollo's cattle, drove them backwards to hide their tracks, and then, when accosted by the God of Truth (who had determined who had stolen his cattle through divination) back in the crib, argued that it couldn't have been him, because he was, after all, only a one day old infant! The Romans thought of Mercury as the Lord of Thieves, and these are witty, clever, precocious people. They figure out how to do things with their heightened mental capacity.
Gemini's restless mental energy, like the Arian physical impulsiveness, makes it hard for them to wait. They will have started, and will be reading, several books at once. Having begun them, many will read the ending ahead of time to find out what happens sooner. Like Bob Dylan, their life can be one of living on the road, hitting the road, feasting on the vast and multiple experiences of life, and staying up to the minute with the latest changes in the news, weather, or odometer reading. Their mental and even physical dexterity makes them good at almost anything that they attempt, but having thought it through, they then move on, applying their abilities to something else, seeing what is around the next bend in the road, around the corner, or off the beaten path. Their verbal gymnastics make it difficult to pin them down, and they change their minds with incredible rapidity, all with a disarming smile.
Which is why it is said, 'It's easy to tell a Gemini. You just can't tell them anything.'