What’s the most popular zodiac sign? It may be Gemini, the world’s most social, communicative animal. Geminis are easy to like and befriend, and have a free, curious, flexible spirit that makes them engaging company with whom one can talk for hours. The person who first noticed how time flies very fast when we’re having fun may well have been in the company of a Gemini. They do have that effect. So why doesn’t everyone want to love and marry someone born under the sign of the Twins? Well – one possible downside of love with a Gemini is that he or she may never stop talking long enough to kiss you properly. If you crave at least a little solitude and quiet time, Gemini can be irritating – and the Twins love gossip.
One look at the two bright stars in the constellation of Gemini shows why this month is called the Dyad Moon in the Celtic and Druidic lunar calendars. For peoples throughout the Northern hemisphere, May 21 – June 20 has long represented relationships, especially dualities: of twins, brothers and sisters, June newlyweds and any two people who are in conversation, the essential Gemini activity. The month of the Twins has always seemed the perfect time for a wedding, and not just because it’s the warm season of renewal in spring. Gemini favors relationships of cooperation, equality and willingness to solve problems through communication. This may not be all that a good marriage needs, but it helps, as do the forgiveness and patience of the one for whom June is named: Juno (Greek Hera), wife of the patron and prince of all philanderers, Zeus/Jupiter.
Gemini is an air sign ruled by Mercury, whose rapid motion embodies the quickness of thought. The festival of Thoth (the ibis-headed god of writing), the Egyptian neter from whom the Greeks derived Mercury, was celebrated just after the top of Gemini month on May 24, and is still observed thousands of years later as the season of commencement speeches, for Thoth, Mercury and others like them are above all lords of language.
Not surprisingly, Gemini natives excel in verbal occupations – writers and editors, teachers, journalists, salesmen – and all work scenarios that need fluid, cheerful people skills. Geminis are, naturally, the world’s best brainstormers, provided someone else writes down all those brilliant ideas. As mutable types who are much better at finishing a job than they are at starting it or keeping it in motion, Geminis are often best used in the visioning stage and the end of the project, when their mental and verbal skills can help document and spin the results.
Not that Geminis in general are all talk, no tackle. Those born early in Gemini month on May 22, with some fixed, determined Taurus earth in their makeup, can be quite prolific, as were Richard Wagner, Alexander Pope and Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes is an iconic example of the persistent, even obsessive early Gemini type. Others include Bob Dylan and Jean-Paul Marat (both May 23) and Peter the Great (May 30). Another touchstone of the type is Henry Kissinger (May 27), whose successes as a negotiator were largely due to his uncanny skill in punctuating glacially slow Taurus patience and stubbornness with quick, bizarre flashes of Gemini wit.
Talkative Gemini politicians abound, of course, including such figures as US Senator Hubert Humphrey and William Pitt the Younger (both May 27) and two classic May 29 Gemini party animals: John F. Kennedy and King Charles II, both sadly better known among many for their libidinous joie de vivre than for their roles in history. Both men, spurred by the curiosity and thirst for novelty so typical of Gemini, were perfectly positioned to launch their empires on impressive new surges of scientific discovery and exploration. One sponsored the Royal Society, the other created the American space program, and both lived in the zone of Kennedy’s famous and enduring Gemini phrase, the New Frontier.
Gemini actors come in all shapes and tempos, from the quintessential strong-and-silent muscle hero, John Wayne (May 26), to more articulate, voluble Gemini types such as Laurence Olivier (May 21), Ian McKellen (May 25), Johnny Depp (June 9) and a cast of thousands more. Some Geminis have the discipline to write the words down, and become Thomas Hardy (June 2), Garcia Lorca (June 5), Thomas Mann and Alexander Pushkin (both June 6), and W. B. Yeats (June 13). A few, like Socrates (June 4), attract a Plato, or, like Beau Brummell (June 7), just attract everybody. And the draw isn't merely physical. The irrepressible Marilyn Monroe (June 1) was no shallow trickle of mercury when she said, “They don't see me. They see only their own desires.”
Want to know how the year ahead affects people born in your sign? Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for thirty-three years. He is the author of Dance of the Moon, and his new book Surfing Aquarius will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in September. He lives in Peru, and does astrology and astrocartography readings for people all over the world by phone and Skype. You can reach him at 51 – 984 – 155622, email firstname.lastname@example.org. His astrology web page is Dan Furst Astrology Web Page.