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Your Guide to Gemini Season

Notable Geminis, clockwise from top left: Naomi Campbell, Agnes Varda, Louise Erdrich, Ashley Olsen, Gwendolyn Brooks. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

After the lazy, sensual groundedness of Taurus season, Gemini season arrives with an energy that’s sharper, less solid, more diffuse. If Taurus season’s energy is magnetic and earthy, focused on the body and the five senses, Gemini season — which usually runs from about May 21 to June 21 — offers the chance to turn our energies outward again, to the social world. If Taurus season is a time for earthy work and earthy luxury, Gemini season is a time for fresh air and sparkling light, for ideas and conversation.

Gemini is the first air sign of the zodiac year, and as an air sign, its energy is bright and social and intellectual, less tethered to some of the more solid practicalities of life. Sometimes this “airiness” is misunderstood to be an indicator of an empty head, but really, air signs are always buzzing with ideas, with schemes, with mental energy that can move too fast for the rest of us to even see it.

Because Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and connection, this air sign energy can take on a chatty, highly verbal, extra-social shine. Think about how expressive, how charming, how totally fun and delightful Stevie Nicks always is in her interviews! Geminis are intellectually curious and broadly observant of the world and people in it. Even if you’re typically more of a thinker than a talker, even if you’re typically someone who hammers out your thoughts before sharing them, in Gemini season, you might feel compelled to think out loud, not to hoard your best ideas but to share them, to connect with other people.

At the same time, all this bright social energy can sometimes seem restless or unpredictable. When the sun is in Gemini, you’re likely to find your attentions split and scattered, to find it suddenly difficult to fully devote your attention to a single question or to really dive deep on a single topic. And it’s okay just to go with it! It’s okay just to let yourself be dazzled by the world and all it holds. During Gemini season, engaging with the world can nourish you more than you think; the world will reward you for indulging in your curiosity.

Some of this restless energy can be attributed to the fact that as the final sign of springtime before we reach the summer solstice, Gemini is a mutable sign, like all signs that come at the end of a season. Mutable signs are flexible and adaptable, at ease with endings and transitions and change. Gemini’s symbol, the twins, points to the idea of an adaptability so powerful, so complete, that Gemini can seem like two separate people. Gemini can be as happy in the club as in the library, as much at ease on a crowded bus as in business class seats.

It’s this bright sociability, this ease in adapting to be comfortable anywhere, that can lead other people to imagine Gemini to be “two-faced” or duplicitous — as though in order to feel so at ease in so many disparate contexts, some kind of fakery or inauthenticity must be involved. This can manifest in some weirdly strident anti-Gemini sentiment. Remember when Lizzo, a Taurus, dedicated a song to every woman who has ever “been victimized” by a Gemini? (“Should I slander Gemini? … You know what? Yes. Give us a reason to like you, Gemini.” Ouch!) Like every sign, Gemini has its shadow side, and all of its exciting, magnetic charm can easily be used to selfish, nefarious, or just chaotic ends. Still, there are so many reasons to love the sign. Gemini season has so much to offer!

In Gemini season, you can let go of the idea that you can only act one way, that you can only be one thing, that you have to choose between all the different sides of yourself. In Gemini season, you can recognize that every part of yourself is equally authentic, equally real. See Walt Whitman’s classic statement of Gemini intent: “Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself,/(I am large, I contain multitudes.)” See Agnes Varda’s signature two-toned hair! In Gemini season, you can follow your curiosity, and you don’t ever have to be bored.

Your Guide to Gemini Season