(May 21-June 20)
Key Words: “I Think”
Despite being called ‘the butterfly of the zodiac, many say Gemini is the most important of the signs because it not only represents thought process, but the dual force of being human and divine. Taurus turns quicksilver in Gemini, changing from earthy, sensual and artistic into the airy, mutability of ‘The Twins.’ Gemini is diversified action, the sine qua non of multi-taskers….a tree with many branches with which to explore and learn. A key word is ‘awareness,’ in speaking, writing, dealing with siblings, and the environment.
As ‘the God of Wisdom’ is associated with the Buddha, also the Norse God, Odin. As the Greek, Hermes, he was god of the persuasive tongue, messenger of Zeus. Mercury’s job is to name things, thus separating and individualizing, offering opportunity to invent, re-think and communicate on many levels.
Despite the lofty associations, Geminis can be inconsistent, superficial and restless. In this Gemini relates to the spring energy of Vata, with its light, nervous quality and constant movement. LINK They can also be imaginative, intellectual, and witty. You will not be bored. Gemini has a strong intellectual drive, using skepticism, and logic to find out ‘just the facts, M’am,’
Entering this dual air sign, Mercury lords it over lungs, arms, shoulders, hands and nervous system, (central and peripheral.) Everything in pairs, symbolic of the pairs found mating in nature at this time. Mercury rules the conscious mind, while it’s opposite sign, Sagittarius rules the super conscious. This polarity is the student~teacher, opening to new information, figuring out a new tool, asking ‘why’ at every turn.
Non committal vs. Dedicated
Versatile vs. Diffuse
Precise vs. Erratic
Expressive vs. Verbose
Balancing Gemini Energies through a Yoga Practice
Gemini energy, like Vata and Pitta, needs to cultivate quiet, repetitive rituals to keep the lively airy and erratic energies on track.
Through visualization and memory, Gemini learns to harvest meaning from a Practice.
Gemini needs grounding. Standing poses, especially balancing poses keep Mercury’s light-bright energy down to earth.
Gemini is at its most powerful when it can combine a multiplicity of ‘instruments’ to play a symphony. Shakti Yoga Dances are a multi-level ‘orchestra’ that suit this need.
What a Gemini might say
Johnny Depp: “If only I were as charming, conniving, versatile, and roguish Capt. Jack Sparrow.”