Guest written by Colin Bedell (aka @queercosmos). Colin is a gay Gemini Twin from the South Shore of Long Island, New York. He is reverenced by astrology’s ability to bestow clarity and peace to people’s hearts.
Now that we’ve ground(ed) all the way down, let’s take to the skies!
After a month of the second zodiac season, Taurus, which began on April 19th until May 20th, the zodiac rests on the earth of Taurus while looking up at the clear blue skies of Gemini until June 21st. We’re theoretically a little more clear on our Taurus energies of: the what, who, and why we “value”, pleasure, and security. Gemini Season wants us to center ourselves on security while exploring the unknown from a place of curiosity, questioning, and exciting discovery.
Gemini, as the zodiac’s introduction of humanity through the symbol of the twins, is the one and only mutable air sign. Ruled by Mercury - the planet of perception, communication, and listening - Gemini knows how to put language to their inner world, listen carefully to the perceptions of others, and dialogue with other people in such a flexible and agile way. And so with Gemini Season, we’re tasked with using our words to explore the final frontier - other people.
There are countless ways to explore Gemini Season and together I’d like to explore how we can use Gemini transits to frame our relationship with communication. The four scariest words we can read or hear out loud are: “we need to talk”, right? I love how the Safe Conversations Institute says “talking is the most dangerous thing we can.” And that’s why our fear is understood; but we don’t want to cater to it, right? As critically thinking adults, we’re asked to realize, “Okay clearly we weren't onboarded to perception and communication aptitude, so what do I need to learn and experiment with to improve their quality?”
I love imagining Gemini Season - and all transits, truly! - beginning with a question. I think Gemini Season is asking the question above. And inspiring us to find the answer by having us experiment with a range of language, listening, word-choice, and perception skills so that we can perceive and identify our thoughts, emotions, desires, and longings with granularity while observing without judgement the thoughts, emotions, desires, and longings of others. There’s not a single arena in our life that wouldn’t be improved through a careful analysis of those topics. Especially sex and pleasure! As sex educators remind us, communication is lubrication.
Like we’ve discussed before in our time together, Astrology readers are aware that we are not just our sun sign. We all have our individualized Astrological story written from our birth date, time, and location and it holds the specificities of ascendant, planets, houses, aspects, and more.
Our Natal Chart and all it possesses tells a story of what’s possible for each of us in this lifetime. Of the twelve houses in the chart, the one Gemini Season wants us to understand is house number third. Our second house rules our relationship to language and how, once we know what speak our truth, we have the answers to the Gemini questions.
Aries: Get curious, Aries! With thoughtful listening and question asking Gemini as the ruler of your third house of communication, so much of your life could change if you make 50% of your dialogues with others an open-ended question. While paying attention to who asks you thoughtful questions about your life so you can share the divine in the details of your life too.
Taurus: Communication comes from your heart, Taurus. Emotionally fluent Cancer rules your third house of communication so you know the emotions which underpin the words. Listen with your heart and speak from your heart too. As you stay connected to emotional communication, you’ll be seen and heard authentically while bearing witness to the emotional lives of others.
Gemini: You’re the Queen of Communication, Gemini! With charismatic Leo ruling your third house of language, you’ll want to know this is where you shine. So you can step up in spaces where mediation, clear communication, and critical analysis is needed. Since who but you - with the Universe’s crown on your head! - is more worthy of speaking into and passing the mic?
Cancer: It’s in the details, right Cancer? With thoughtful Virgo ruling your third house of communication, you’ll want to make sure you speak with specificity and listen from a place of healthy detachment to understand the whole picture. Since you know how to use your words carefully, remember to ask clarifying questions as often as you can to get to the bottom line.
Leo: It’s not what you say but how you say it, Leo! Diplomatic Libra rules your third house of communication which helps you say the truth compassionately. Remember to watch your tone and body-language to minimize defensiveness and speak with an open-heart and open-mind (especially when having tough talks!) to ensure safety and accuracy in the conversation.
Virgo: What’s the Truth, Virgo? Since trustworthy Scorpio rules your third house of communication, you notice honesty, integrity, and authenticity right away. You know it’s opposite too. So have the courage to ask, “You said you’d do X but I say you do Y - can you explain that to me, please?” in order to hold yourself and others accountable to their integrity and word.
Libra: You’re a wonderful storyteller, Libra! Expansive Sagittarius ruled your third house of communication and so you take others on a journey. In many ways, you’re teaching others through metaphor, through story, and wisdom how to make sense of their current situation. Remember to center “You’re not alone” when offering empathy and you’re good to go!
Scorpio: Structure = safety in communication, Scorpio! With grounded Capricorn ruling your third house of communication, you speak best in a structured way. The Safe Conversations Institute encourages: mirroring, validating, and empathizing in order to have structured dialogue which regulates parallel monologue. A little proactivity goes a long way for your language!
Sagittarius: You never talk to a stranger, Sag! Since social Aquarius rules your third house of communication, you have an ease to talk to a range of people. Which is a strength of invaluable and immeasurable quality right now! So you’ll want to keep adapting, expanding, and widening your social landscape by connecting with people who you both disagree and agree with.
Capricorn: You’re a creative communicator, Capricorn! Since soulful Pisces rules your language zone, you have a deeply empathetic and spiritual way of using your words, asking people tough questions, and finding healing solutions. So much of your heart-centered approach to life is in your speech and make sure you get vulnerable with folks so they can know how much you care!
Aquarius: Straight talk leads to straight understanding, right Aquarius? Direct Aries rules your communication zone and so you’ll want to use the power of straight talk. Your life is always benefited by saying what you mean, meaning what you say, and doing what you said you’re going to do. Your words are windows into your authentic inner world and behavior.
Pisces: Ground down, Pisces. With earthy Taurus ruling your third house of language, you’ll want to get clear on how your communication informs others of your values. What do you value and how do you speak on it? Do you speak on other people’s values too? Consider the role of your values for containing your communication and letting other people have insight into our life.