Gemini the third sign of the zodiac begins its transit of the Sun on May 20th. Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by Mercury. We have set off on a cosmic journey starting with Aries and Taurus. The Aries cycle brought a great burst of life force and initiative, like a seed exploding full of potential and possibilities. In the Taurus cycle, we planted this seed and stabilized its growth to ensure it has the fuel and endurance to survive the long process ahead. Now we reach the Gemini phase of our journey. In Gemini, we're challenged to increase our awareness and connect this new potential to our immediate environment. Hence, Gemini and the 3rd House are associated with neighbors and siblings and connected to the conceptual neighborhood. Psychologically, Gemini is the beginning of objective self-awareness. This is not to say that Aries or Taurus people are not self-aware; rather, Gemini energy brings the most basic forms of awareness into focus for everyone. In Gemini, we have our first awareness of the multiplicity of Self. For all of us, archetypal Gemini brings us to an awareness of the many facets of ourselves. The Air Signs form an evolutionary process of observing ourselves through the mirror of other people. In Gemini, we begin with information exchange. Through communication, we increase our awareness of the world around us.
When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Gemini, the planet or house will describe how or where you communicate the most. It also represents the conscious mind and the thinking process. In general, a person born under the sign of Gemini will tend to need constant change and variety in their lives; as well as the need to communicate on all levels. They are the happiest when they have more than one interest to pursue. Sometimes this can lead to inconsistency and irresponsibility because they fail to complete what they start. In spite of this trait, they have excellent memory, quick minds and can be very logical and rational people.
Some famous Geminis: Queen Victoria, Anne Frank, JFK, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Kayne West, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
Not just the Sun transits into Gemini, so do the other planets. Gemini is the only sign that can succeed at doing two things at once. Any planet in Gemini will tend to express itself through communication in some way.
The Moon in Gemini: gives an emotional need to communicate. Feelings and emotions tend to get communicated easily, sometimes too easily. This is frequently a defense against actually feeling.
Mercury in Gemini: is at home here because Mercury rules Gemini. The mind tends to be quick and the ability to communicate is definitely superior. The negative side is a tendency to be superficial, but this can be counteracted by other factors in the natal chart.
Venus in Gemini: will never fall in love with a quiet or withdrawn person; they have to talk a lot. This placement of Venus gives the desire to have more than one relationship at a time, and even makes it possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time. Gemini likes variety.
Mars in Gemini: gives energy that moves in spurts. The energies tend to get scattered in several different directions. The person who has this placement will likely be restless and, unless Saturn is strongly placed, lack persistence. Women with this position of Mars will tend to attract men who either move around a lot or talk a lot, or both.
Jupiter in Gemini: Jupiter is “debilitated” in Gemini, as it’s the planet of expansion, in a sign of specific details. Nevertheless, it is still Jupiter and the expansiveness can express itself in the area of communications.
Saturn in Gemini: doesn’t want to have too many demands made on them. These folks can’t feel safe and secure unless they are free to move around and communicate at will.
Uranus in Gemini: will tend to shock people by expressing unacceptable ideas according to the social mores of the time. The generation born with this placement during 1943 to 1949 grew up to be the hippies and activist that fueled the social upheavals of the 1960’s.
Neptune in Gemini: would have a tendency to verbalize whatever it imagines. The mind would not stick with one fantasy, but would tend to flit from one to another.
Pluto in Gemini: When Pluto is transiting a sign, people alive at that time get obsessed with the things that the sign rules, but they often cannot bring them into fruition. But it’s their children or grandchildren born with that Pluto placement who are the ones who finally make it happen. When Pluto was last in Gemini, the great ideas of the age were undermined. Max Planck and Albert Einstein brought new theories to classical physics, Freud turned ideas of the human mind upside down and Picasso altered the concept of what is art. None of those ideas were really accepted though until the generation born with Pluto in Gemini grew up and took power. Planck wrote that ideas don’t win out by force of logic, but only when their opponents die out and a new, unbiased generation takes over. Pluto, planet of death and regeneration, in Gemini, sign of ideas.