Gemini is the 3rd sign of the Zodiac cycle and is Mutable Air. Air signs are all about how we relate to others, to the things outside of ourselves, and Mutable signs adapt, change, and bring endings to seasons. In Gemini, we are relating to things outside of ourselves as Spring comes to an end and makes way for the heat of summer.
As I was researching Gemini, I came across about 6 or 7 different symbols to represent this sign. It was hard to narrow them down to choose one (and I'm actually gonna use two) but I thought it was fitting. Gemini is many things to many people. It spreads itself thin trying to encompass the breadth of all information. It is duality and the twins, showing multiple sides of the same coin. It wouldn't do justice to this sign to only describe it in one way all the time. Based on the picture above you can probably guess one of the Gemini analogies I like, the bridge. Even the symbol for Gemini looks like a bridge viewed from above. This Mutable Air carries us out of the first season and into the rest of the year. It can connect people and bridge gaps via language and communication. The second analogy for Gemini that resonated this time around was the pollinator. This time of the year where I live is full of bees and birds, all pollinating flowers and spreading their seeds far and wide. It is also a big challenge for me as someone with intense allergies, but Gemini makes a lot of sense as the pollinator. It is a sign of spreading information, sharing ideas, planting seeds in places where they haven't been before. It is social and outgoing, seeking new experiences and new concepts to understand.
Astrologically speaking, this is a sign communication and language. Planets and houses ruled by Gemini often have to process with language, always seeking to understand something by speaking or learning about it. Take a moment and look at your chart: Where is Gemini's influence present? Perhaps it is your Sun sign, or your Moon. Maybe you have another planet or two, or at least it rules one of your houses. If not, Gemini rules the 3rd House, are there any planets present there? (If you don't know your birth chart, you can find it quickly here or here. I also offer full natal chart readings if you want more detail!). If Gemini is nowhere in your chart, not even ruling a house, then it is an intercepted sign. I have this, Gemini is intercepted by my 12th house. It's been a challenge for me to access Gemini qualities in my life. I'm not a great communicator and I really struggle with the outgoing social aspects of this sign. I do pretty well with language, but my Capricorn Mercury (the planet that rules Gemini) prefers written and tangible language to the spoken word. My 12th House is ruled by Taurus, another Earth sign, which also might bring some of this influence. If you're also dealing with an intercepted Gemini, reach out because I'd love to talk about it!!! Wherever Gemini is in your chart, this is where you can begin to explore language, communication, and bridging gaps. If you have the Moon in Gemini, you may need to process your emotions by talking or writing them out. If Gemini rules your 4th House, safety and security could be found in language and communication is likely essential in your home life.
The cards associated with Gemini are all over the place in terms of energy which really fits this sign of duality and shifting interactions with the outside world. Sometimes, external influences bring us joy and power, other times they fill us with fear. Gemini's cards encompass all of these possibilities.
We begin with the Major Arcana associated with Gemini, the Lovers. I really love Lindsay Mack's teaching on the Lovers. She calls them a divine mirror, a card where we see parts of ourselves reflected in our surroundings. The Lovers certainly can show up as other people in our lives, those who reflect qualities we are actively working on (or ones we need to), those who reveal to us what we need to love about ourselves. It can also be a reflection through books, tv and movies, metaphysical tools, art, music, nature, animals, or anything else that reveals parts of ourselves back to us. Tarot is the Lovers, serving to reflect our experiences back to us through images and meanings in the cards. Use the Lovers as a call to reflect more on why we are attracted to or challenged by certain things this Gemini Season. Often, experiences that elicit strong emotion have something to show us about ourselves.
The Magician is the card associated with Mercury, the ruling planet of Gemini. As we work with the Magician this season, we are called to channel Spirit down into earth. When we communicate, we need to do it in a way that is aligned with our guides and the messages from above as well as grounded in this world. The Magician shows the middle ground that is essential within Gemini. Much good can come from the conscious mind and from acting as a channel for information, but without a stable center it is easy to get carried away. The Magician also uses all of the tools available to them. In Gemini, seek to determine what your tools are. What is the language that actually works to describe your situation? What is the information you already know that can serve you in the situations you encounter? What resources for learning are available to you that you may have forgotten about or not even known? All of these qualities can be cultivated by embodying the Magician.
The Knight of Swords becomes the Court Card associated with Gemini in the system I use (no one seems to agree on them so go with what makes the most sense to you. For me, Mutable signs remind me the most of the Knights). Elementally, the Knight of Swords is Air and Air, seeking balance in expression and interaction with the outside world. Momentum is the keyword I associate with this card and if it were a natural phenomenon it would likely be a tornado, both thrilling and destructive. Soul-centered Gemini finds the middle ground between those two qualities. A healthy embodiment of Knight of Swords is a strong sense of belief in our ability to move, create, and express in the world. It is excited to share but doesn't do so thoughtlessly. It is fast-paced without getting ahead of others or running people over in the process. Gemini season often allows us to get a lot done and move freely in the world which holds the potential to wear us out or overwhelm others as we share all of our thoughts and ideas. Remember the need for balance in the Knight of Swords if you begin to feel this way.
The Minor Arcana cards linked to Gemini are challenging ones. When I first realized these were the Gemini cards I felt bad for this poor sign, but it also fit intensely with my own Gemini experiences (intercepted Gemini in the 12th house often feels like these cards). The 8, 9, and 10 of Swords are more than just cards of difficulty, mental illness, and fear. They show a journey of facing trauma and overcoming it, allowing the dawn to break. In the 8, we find ourselves trapped in a situation created by our mind. The figure is bound and blindfolded, but not tightly. They are surrounded by swords, but could easily walk out of them. This is the initial chance to acknowledge what we are experiencing. It is catching our fears right when they arise and being able to communicate (Gemini) them so that we can step out of their bonds. In the 9, deep fears, old trauma, and difficult emotions all rise to the surface. This is the most important stage in the journey. Often, when we admit and face our fears, they show up in full force. When brought to the surface, dealing with these challenging feelings and old wounds feels like the end of the road. The challenge in this card is that we are all alone. The 9 comes in bed, at night, without anyone to reach out and communicate with. Gemini holds the solution here, finding someone we trust enough to share our fears. Finally, the 10 shows what the other side looks like. We might have 10 swords in our back and feel exhausted but dawn is breaking. The clouds pull back and light appears on the horizon. While we may feel horrible, healing is right around the corner. If Gemini season brings up fears and anxieties for you, know that there is always a way through. Using these "dark" cards in the tarot reveals the path to the healing that we so desperately need.
Compared to Taurus Season, Gemini is pretty slow in terms of astrological occurrences. As the Sun changes signs into Gemini on the 21st, it is joined by Mercury also moving into the sign of the twins. This conjunction and shift on the same day feel very Gemini to me. There are two planets joining together to make a movement, something that reminds me of the dual nature of the sign. Use this day to speak your truth and discover what the core of yourself desires to learn and experience in the next month. It's a great day to prepare for the whole season. After this initial burst, nothing major happens until the Gemini New Moon on June 3rd. This is a New Moon of exploration, of questioning, of exploring all sides of your emotional state. Intentions regarding knowing ourselves better and communicating our emotions honestly are always suited for this lunar event. These intentions are important because in the week following, two planets shift signs.
On June 4th Mercury moves in homey Cancer, getting ahead of the Sun and focusing our communication on roots, safety, and our inner selves. This is also a great time to explore ancestry, whether it be of blood or identity. Cancer rules all who have come before us and Mercury wants to know more about them. On the 8th, Venus joins the Sun in Gemini, so that it only spent 4 days alone in this sign of interaction. While Venus is certainly more comfortable in Taurus, the sign it is moving out of, a Gemini Venus can be very vocal about needs and desires. This is a time to speak our worth into existence and a powerful chance to use affirmations and mantras.
The 17th of June brings the Sagittarius Full Moon, a time of powerful expansion. This moon focuses deeply on our truth and making sure it is aligned with the core of who we are. As Jupiter retrogrades through Sagittarius, we have been called deeply into this work. The Moon will highlight those themes and bring them into the forefront of our consciousness. If you have been feeling called to rethink your beliefs, this is the perfect time to get down deep into the roots of them. Surrounding this Full Moon are two intense aspects to Neptune, the planet of spirituality, making this rethinking of beliefs even more potent. Jupiter squares Neptune on the 16th, causing some conflict between the emotions we feel in our beliefs and the work we are doing to actively reframe those beliefs into a more aligned state. Then, on the 18th, Saturn will be sextile Neptune, allowing us to move beyond the need to fit in with the whole and creating a chance to determine our own spiritual truths. These two retrograde planets interacting with Neptune set us up for Neptune's own retrograde beginning right at the start of Cancer season.
This spread is designed to help you prepare for Gemini Season. You can use your favorite Tarot or Oracle deck (or combine a few decks). Take a few deep breaths before laying out the cards and ask your higher self to speak to you through this spread. Really sit with the imagery of the cards when you have laid out the spread and let it speak to you. Then take some time to reflect on what the cards mean to you. Return to this spread through the season and especially at the end to see how these lessons have played out.