Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac. It is the first Air sign and is mutable by nature. Gemini is well known for its connection with communications of all kinds, whether by voice, letter, email or the media. Gemini certainly is talkative, but there is much more to this sign that you might think. Gemini has versatility, adaptability and eloquence in great supply, or at least, the potential is there for all these things. Logic and rationality are also present in the sign of the twins. What Aries starts, Taurus finishes and Gemini lets everyone know about it. The problem for Gemini is that many other people see its lively, witty and youthful nature as being superficial and inconsistent. Certainly Gemini can need variety in life and is easily bored, which can be difficult. Like its cousin, Virgo, Gemini can be tense and nervous at times, and will chatter away to hide this. However, we all need to talk to each other, and Gemini shows us the way. Without the sign of the twins, the world would be a very dull place indeed.

Planets placed in Gemini bring youthfulness, ability to adapt and the need to communicate about that area of life. These planets will show where the individual has to keep moving (literally or metaphorically) in order to stay refreshed and lively. There can be a lack of discipline in these areas, and the individual concerned has to work hard to get projects, big or small, finished. This part of the chart can represent how the individual is intellectual in some way, but discipline is required to ensure that it is not just the surface that gets scratched. Often the need for variety means that only superficial knowledge is acquired. Planets placed in Gemini bring much intellectual energy to any chart and if this energy is controlled, great benefit can be derived from this most interesting sign.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury (see May newsletter) and anyone with Gemini prominent in their chart needs to look at the position of this small but vital planet. Traditional Gemini associations include trees such as horse chestnut, hazel and beech - anything that bears a nut, in fact. Flowers and plants linked to this sign include the delicate but interesting, such as ferns, lavender and the lily of the valley. The colour associated with this sign is yellow. Foods include vegetables grown above the ground (plus carrots), whilst herbs such as marjoram, aniseed and caraway are also Gemini in nature. Typical Gemini animals are the parrot and mynah bird (my mynah does not stop talking!). The gemstone associated with Gemini is the yellow agate and the metal is mercury. Gemini dates back to early Roman mythology with the twins, Castor and Pollux, although the Egyptians often referred to these two bright stars as well.

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