All About Gemini — May 20 to June 20
Symbol: The Twins
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Body part: The Shoulders, arms, and fingers
Personal Mantra: I think, I seek knowledge and learning
Crystal: Emerald, Aquamarine
Colors: Yellows, Greens, Chartreuse
Luckiest Numbers: 3, 8, 12, 23
Positive Traits: Expressive, quick-witted, curious, intelligent, adaptable
Negative Traits: Scatterbrained, fickle, two-faced, nervous, inconsistent
Most Likely BFFs: Aquarius, Aries, Libra, Sagittarius, Gemini
Most Likely to be Bae: Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius
Most Likely to be Frenemies: Cancer, Capricorn
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No doubt, you know a Gemini—actually, you probably know more than one; Twin-born people tend to come in pairs or multiples. They will likely be the first to spark up a conversation with you (or any stranger, really) at the first opportunity to socialize. Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini makes for an animated and entertaining companion and conversationalist. However those born under this sign, roughly between May 20 and June 20, carry a powerful duality within their personalities that even they themselves can’t always predict or control. But are they boring? Nope, never.
Gemini is a highly cerebral sign whose primary personality traits can flip on a dime from being bright, openly communicative, and free-spirited to becoming unmoored in indecision and restlessness. This quality has earned this mostly whimsical and fun sign a bit of a reputation for being scatterbrained, fickle, and sometimes erratic, often getting lost in overthinking the details rather than seeing the bigger picture.
Still, Gemini won’t stop probing away inquisitively for more information and knowledge, externally or internally. Doesn’t matter where each factoid comes from—the more collected, the better!—Gemini is more interested in how that knowledge is used, or more accurately, shared. The Twins’ main source of energetic life force comes from others: Gemini is all about building interpersonal relationships, and it’s rare to find an introverted person born under this sign (unless their Rising Sign is along the lines of, say, Cancer or Virgo), though they all have their off days stuck in their own minds.
Unsurprisingly, Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the quicksilver Greco-Roman messenger god of communication and technology, which lends to this sign’s lightning-fast thought processes and sharp wit, as well as their light-footedness. (Try walking in a dense crowd with a Gemini—either they’ll cling to you tightly, weaving in and out of bodies until you get where you need to go, lickety-split, or they’ll vanish off, following their own mind’s path.) Gemini’s mercurial nature tends to make this sign a bit fidgety, too; these folks must always be stimulated or they will become bored—Gemini must never be bored!—because once they lose their enthusiasm, these personalities have no qualms with dropping everything to find something (or someone) more spirited and intellectually fulfilling.
Saying that Gemini has been given the gift of gab would be a grave understatement for these delightful and whimsical chatterboxes. Mercury—who rules matters of communication—not only makes Twin-born folks the life of the party and fascinating friends, but also sharp educators, academics, intellectuals, writers, journalists, and publishers. And for all their loquacious tendencies, Geminis are still excellent listeners, for these signs love to learn whenever possible.
Gemini’s Mercury-ruled brainpower is only amplified by their element, air, which is associated with a powerful intellect that can compel these signs to process, probe, and analyze complex concepts and abstract reasoning over and over, orchestrating the best strategies to a creative solution. Inventive and clever, the whole world’s a chess game to win to Gemini, truly the thinker’s sign of the zodiac, thanks again to their air element. Unlike other probing signs like Virgo and Scorpio, Gemini isn’t one to keep their lips zipped when it comes to their discoveries.
Gemini is one of the most bright-eyed and alert signs of the zodiac, which often drives these personalities to blurt out their most eccentric visions at odd times. Those born under the Twins tend to view the world through psychedelic, rose-colored lenses (much like their sibling air sign, Aquarius, and to a lesser extent Libra), making Gemini the fiercely curious and countercultural flower child and multidimensional oracle of the zodiac. Let a Gemini bend your ear for a while and you’re bound to be entertained or even awed by their observations—their sometimes-otherworldly messages will likely be delivered in terms that are no less than kooky. Still, their unique analysis of the world around them is tinged with spirituality and extraterrestrial wisdom, and you’re lucky if they share that with you.
All three of the zodiac’s air signs carry a special duality within them, but none is as pronounced as dramatically Gemini’s. Symbolized by the Twins, Gemini-born people are prone to polarities in their personality and are constantly in a state of flux to balance their inner properties of light and dark. This can pose as a major obstacle for some Geminis (usually the younger ones), who battle with stark mood swings and unpredictable personality shifts. You never know which one of the Twins you’re going to get on a given day with Gemini—and honestly, a Gemini not fully in control of themselves won’t know who will show up, either.
Beyond the shadow side of Gemini’s Twinning idiosyncrasies, these mercurial air signs have an uncanny ability to see all sides and facets of a situation, making them excellent mediators and judges. Gemini can balance outside perspectives like nobody’s business and are often more aware of the extenuating circumstances and influencing factors of any given situation than those intimately involved. These folks are the ones to have around when things get dicey and tangled—a Gemini will know the best way to unravel interpersonal knots with fairness and a 360-degree vision.
In their professional lives, Geminis are crystal-clear thinkers and strategizers who can harness their ability to stand in another’s shoes to deliver super-creative, well-thought-out ideas and concepts, no matter the path they take in their careers. Though like the sign preceding Gemini, Taurus, the Twins aren’t keen to dive headfirst into a leadership position blindly, but rather make invaluable team members. Because of Gemini’s extroverted and people-loving nature, these personalities work best in teams and in open, communal environments.
Gemini’s calculating, cerebral traits tend to bleed into their personal and romantic relationships, lending an objective and oddly logical slant to how they handle love. To others, this may seem cold or unemotional at times, but rest assured, these eternal children want nothing more than a real human connection to expand their own consciousness. The trick is letting them find the most satisfying path to your heart in their own way (if you have the patience for that—and many don’t). Gemini’s energy and capacity for running in teams or cliques also influences many of these Twins to explore polyamory and free love. When it comes to Geminis, there’s never just one.
Gemini is a Mutable sign belonging to a group consisting of four signs—a “quadruplicity”—who occur at the tail-end of their season, transitioning into the next, like Gemini in late spring-early summer, Virgo in late summer-early autumn, Sagittarius in late fall-early winter, and Pisces in late winter-early spring. Gemini’s Mutable quality is saddled with going with the flow at all costs. Limber and flexible in philosophy, Gemini, along with other Mutable signs, can easily bend and adapt to any situation’s bumps and curves. These people are less concerned with what other’s think than they are with finding the smartest path with the least resistance to achieving their personal vision of success. If that means conforming to society’s more conservative paths, so be it; but if personal victory necessitates jumping from the frying pan and into the freaky fires of counterculture, Gemini will gladly take up the bohemian lifestyle.
Gemini’s chameleon-like survival skills make this sign one of the most resourceful of the zodiac. If there’s one sign that knows something about making lemonade from utter shit, Gemini is it. This ability to “make it work” at all costs—and their freeness in offering advice and support in squeezing your lemons into a tasty and refreshing cocktail—also make the Twins one of the most congenial and well-liked signs. Make no mistake, these folks have loads of friends and move fluidly and diplomatically between cliques, but they’ll never get burned out socially. Unlike Drake, Gemini loves new friends—can’t live without ‘em—and will go to great lengths to keep you in their circle if they fancy you. There’s always room for one more friend!
Spotting a Gemini by their physical traits isn’t as straightforward as some of the more intense signs, like Leo, especially because these Mercury-ruled people are too quick to be seen and are often just a flash of a blur darting from one endeavor (or party) to the next. Twins usually possess a lithe, somewhat slender silhouette, but can also appear powerfully muscular, statuesque, thick, or big-bodied. These folks walk with a gait that makes them appear as if they are floating—or flying—on thin air. The Twins are ruled by the shoulders and tend to be either taller than average or a little shorter than most, with a stout trunk and marionette-like limbs. You can often tell who the Geminis are at a party by who the most animated talkers are, especially those who move their arms in long, sweeping motions to get their points across.
Gemini’s face is usually pleasantly proportioned and more symmetrically balanced than most (thanks to their Twin duality). Their features can be chiseled or soft, but are always luminescent with a bright, glowing curiosity to their childlike auras. The eyes reflect their spirit and are oftentimes light or crystalline in color, with long, serpentine lashes—the envy of even the most skilled makeup artists, unmatched by any falsies or eyelash extensions (seriously). Gemini’s expressive, sparkling eyes—which are known to curve into an almond-like shape—give the Twin-born faces a feline quality. Overall, these personalities lead with their mouths, so their smiles are usually their most memorable feature.
Geminis look best in all shades of yellow and gold, and take on an ethereal glow in light green hues, like chartreuse and peridot. It’s common to find a Gemini’s personal space and home decor festooned with these colors, but they work best sartorially in color-blocking schemes or incorporated into bold beauty looks, like with a shimmery serpentine emerald lip or a matte parrot green eye shadow.
Twin-born people are also known for their sporty, athletic style, and have no issue with rocking trainers, sneaks, or chic athleisure wear, even to the office. Gemini is expressive and loves to experiment with fashion, sometimes going to eccentric lengths. These folks are the sartorial risk-takers of the zodiac, though they may be much more carefree and less serious about their physical image than Leo or Libra, powerful fashion plates of the zodiac.
Fun and curious, Geminis keep the party jumping—but these highly dualistic souls harbor much more than their lighthearted, flighty exteriors allow you to see. Gemini is a handful even they themselves cannot control, predict, or pacify, with a penchant for swiftly changing their minds, opinions, and even personalities.
One of the main complaints of those who become close to Gemini is their lack of consistency, especially emotionally or in matters of the heart. Gemini’s ability to see every side also compels them to want to experience all sides as deeply as possible (after all, life is nothing but a series of opportunities to learn—one big fact-finding mission), which can sometimes make these personalities seem inappropriately flirtatious, fickle, and insincere. This, again, is a quality that can inspire Twins to explore different ways of experiencing romantic and sexual love; it’s not that Gemini isn’t capable of monogamy, they just need to be stimulated by as many different kinds of energy as they can get their lithe, airy hands on.
The biggest vexation for Geminis, however, is their two-sided (and sometimes three-, four-, or five-sided) personalities. One day, your Gemini might be happy and carefree, exploring their world like they’ve just landed on a new planet while the next day they are spaced-out, moody—even sharp-tongued, sarcastic, and sassy—and totally lacking focus. Those born under this sign have to work harder than any other sign of the zodiac to stay grounded in their core integrity, lest their personalities take on a Sybil-like, Linda Blair-esque quality. This can be jarring not only for those dealing with Gemini, but for Gemini themselves. Like a young Scorpio or Leo, baby Geminis don’t know how to switch their most potent powers—in this case, their shape-shifting talents—off, and can become controlled by them if not harnessed with discipline and self-awareness.
Because Gemini is so group-oriented, these signs have a tendency to become overly cliquey with weakness for social climbing and superficiality. While most Geminis are too wrapped up in their own mind’s adventures to really care about the status quo, and make fast friendships with all kinds of people they meet—from an elderly neighbor to their barista—these people understand the thrills that access can afford. And how do you get access? Well, it’s all about who you know. But there're layers to Gemini’s desire for the keys to the in-crowd: It isn’t at all about image, it’s about wanting to know what it’s like. Knowledge is power.
An unmoored Gemini isn’t just unfocused and directionless—and this goes way beyond the bohemian lifestyle so many adopt. Twin personalities often fight very real battles with anxiety and nervousness, which can be absolutely crippling, even paralyzing, to the most agile of Gemini brains. Twins are born with a surplus of energy fit for two people, which can often result in these personalities taking on too much at one time and becoming buried in stress. Once again, Geminis need to learn how to dole out a healthy dose of grounding discipline to themselves or they will fly away like an untethered balloon. Geminis who struggle with discipline, anxiety, and overall nervousness would do well to incorporate meditation, yoga, or regular, mind-clearing exercise into their day-to-day.