Gemini, ‘The Twins’, is the third sign of the zodiac, the first of the air sign triplicity and the first mutable sign.
The symbol or glyph of the sign appears to represent two columns, or perhaps the Roman number for 2, II.
Here we also see relation symbolised, the third mundane house of relations, the mind and local environment, also associated naturally with Gemini.
The glyph may simply represent duality; we have two hands, arms and lungs, all traditionally said to be ruled by Gemini.
And then there’s the ruling planet of Gemini, Mercury, the Ancient Greek Hermes, the fleet footed messenger of the gods in myth.
Here we see the essentially communicative nature of the sign. Gemini is of course very often a great talker, versatile, perhaps a ‘jack of all trades’ – but does that mean he or she is really a master of none?
What is more, we also find with Gemini the comic, the comedian, or at least the ready wit, and the mimic, the ability to act and play roles.
In other words, Gemini is capable of being dexterous mentality and physically, quite often both.
Nevertheless, I don’t think Gemini deserves the ‘bad press’ for being a ‘bit shallow’. Except in more extreme cases, where the other mutable signs may also be involved, or a very prominent Mercury, I don’t think this is true.
We just have to understand the function the predominantly Geminian type person carries out. Just as Mercury is the messenger, Gemini’s can bind together the local community in which he lives. He or she can be the happy face who’s always available. That’s good, isn’t it.
He is often out and about, yes, probably doing a variety of things, tasks, jobs, often involving a variety of skills, but this is needed a lot of the time. He will see and know a lot of people and this is what community is all about, isn’t it?
We need Gemini. It’s not so much about duality but being of service. So don’t criticise the messenger too much.
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