On Wednesday, the sun leaves the fixed earth sign of Taurus and enters the mutable air sign of Gemini. In the northern hemisphere we have been deep in the throes of a spring that has been fairly mild where I live. We will be entering into an energy of change, from being seated in spring to beginning the transition into summer. Those in the southern hemisphere will be experiencing a similar change, from the throes of fall into the transition to winter.
Gemini season also brings with it a restlessness that only air signs can bring. Gemini is the air sign of air signs, the restlessness of air combined with the changeability of mutable energy. Each of these energies are upward bearing, causing our thoughts and actions to sometimes be unfocused and scattered. This type of energy is very different from the Taurus energy we are leaving: downward-bearing, earth-bound, focused on the comfort of the concrete and material.
As the sun enters Gemini, pay attention to how the energy changes your thought processes. Gemini is all about problem-solving, analyzing, and learning about new ideas. You might find yourself more in your head than usual, and you might be bouncing from idea to idea.
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which corresponds to communication. While paying attention to your thought processes, you can also pay attention to how you communicate those thoughts to others. Is your communication as scattered as your thoughts are? What are some things you can do to help your focus? How can you convey your thoughts and ideas in a way that is meaningful to others?
Physically, Gemini corresponds to the hands, arms, and lungs. We see some of this correspondence play out in the way Gemini is related to Mercury and communication. Our hands are our most-used tools, so you can also pay attention to how you use tools to help you to communicate your ideas to others, or how they help you make your thoughts and ideas more concrete. Are there tools that will better serve you in these areas? Is there some work you could be doing with your hands that might bring you a measure of peace during this crazy time, like a hobby? Are there herbs you can use as tools to increase your lung health, especially during this lung-centered pandemic?
Gemini and the Tarot
Gemini is associated with the Lovers card in the Tarot. Most people associate the Lovers card with relationships and finding love, or with commitments of some kind. I have never found this definition of the card to resonate with me, not because I don’t have relationships or believe them to be important, but because I don’t believe them to be so important as to warrant a card all about them. One thing I have learned from my Tarot teacher, Lindsay Mack, is that Tarot is for everyone. If there is a card definition that could leave out an entire section of people, then that definition needs to be revisited, and I think that this card is an example of that. One of the best podcasts of Lindsay’s that I have ever listened to explains that you are your own lover. Your soul desires a relationship with you. I believe that is a much better definition to this card, especially considering that there are so many of us, myself included, that are so disconnected from our bodies and souls, living up in our brains. This is what our society asks us to do every day – it is actually how we are educated, to look at things from a brain-focused lens, but the Lovers asks us to step away from that lens and reconnect with who we truly are on a soul level. This Gemini season might be a good time to meditate on the Lovers card and what it means to us, and find out who we are on the soul level and not just on the brain level, which is how everyone outside of us knows us. We use that identity so much, and a lot of us identify with that exterior identity more than we do our eternal soul identity simply because we have not taken the time to get to know ourselves on that level. Through the Tarot, Gemini season asks us to reacquaint ourselves with our soul identity.