May 22 – June 21
Element: Air, Quality: Mutable, Ruler: Mercury, Symbol: The twins, Mode: Thought, Motto: I communicate.
Gemini stones and uses:
Citrine: Lends sunniness to communication
Amber: Grounds high-flying imagination.
Tourmaline: Helps concentration.
Yellow, light green.
Gemini trees & shrubs
May 22 – June 9 Hawthorne
June 10 – June 21 Oak
Summer solstice - Heather, Cedar, Linden.
Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac, representing quickness of thought and facile communication. It is the first air sign, mental in orientation, and thus can be compared to a lively intellect reaching out to establish contact with other emerging points of view. In the same way, it symbolizes the expanding powers of the mind exercised by the adolescent evolving toward adulthood.
Ruled by Mercury, Gemini is concerned with the close connection between thought and verbal expression. It is also associated with details rather than the broad view or larger picture. Liveliness, variety and change, both of experience and environment, are all vital to this airy sign. Gemini, The Twins, is the first double sign, and as such clearly indicates the need for a partner; it also holds the capacity for adaptation and even sudden reversals of direction. Gemini can be seen as an evolutionary stage between Taurus and Cancer that transmutes fixed, earthy and practical energies into protective, empathic and sensitive ones.
The Gemini personality.
If Gemini is taken to represent the third period of life, age 14 -21, the Gemini personality can be likened to the adolescent striving to reach young adulthood. This period is typified by a desire to integrate socially but also to break away from parental and/or societal authority. In fact, though outspoken, Gemini’s are not rebellious per se – they just revel in their own individuality, and value personal freedom above all else. Like adolescents, Gemini’s are attracted to excitement and change. They bore easily, and generally prefer going out in search of excitement to staying home and enjoying security and simple pleasure. Few things bring them as much satisfaction as travelling around with one or more friends looking for some trouble to get into. For Gemini’s, trouble means adventure, daring, innovation and perhaps the fun of recounting their exploits while embellishing a few details to liven things up a bit.
Usually Gemini’s have nervous energy to burn. The influence of the planet Mercury, the speedy ruler of Gemini, is felt here. Mercury was the winged messenger of the Gods, setting new speed records wherever he flew. In keeping with this mercurial energy, Gemini’s are attracted to those activities that give them a lift, a sense of exaltation – if any sign could actually fly this would be the one. Many forms of travel appeal to Gemini’s, from bikes and skates to cars and motorcycles. But they also tire easily, and faced with the demands of the long haul may just as soon prefer to give up or change direction.
Gemini’s like being part of a group. They tend to liven up any social situation with their flow of ideas and verbal facility. However, they may not readily accept the responsibilities of group membership. They are often accused of being fickle and even superficial, but in their view changing one’s mind is no sin. The importance of non-attachment is something a Gemini usually takes to heart.