“To a greater or lesser extent, Gemini is the butterfly of the zodiac (some butterflies are smaller and nimbler than others, but they all fly), gracing your vision for a brief moment while settling on some choice flower, and then moving on.”—Liz Green (Astrology for Lovers)
Astrology uses picture language to describe certain truths about life and people. When you look at the traditional symbols which are associated with each sign, and with each element, certain things are communicated which fifty pages of conceptual dissertation fail to do in such a succinct fashion. Take the three images for the three airy signs. Gemini: the twins. Libra: the balance. Aquarius: the waterbearer. Now look at the symbols for the other three elements. Fire contains the Ram, the Lion, the Centaur. Water contains the Crab, the Scorpion, the Fishes. Earth contains the Bull, the Maiden, the Goat. Notice anything? Right. Air is the only element without any animal symbolism. The air signs are, to sum it up in a word, civilized. No bestial behaviour for them. They think. Therefore they have a chance to think about morals, values, principles, concepts, systems, right and wrong behaviour, social rules, and anything else that can be processed into means for evaluating experience. In fact, the air signs are so civilized that the only inanimate object in zodiacal symbolism - the Balance - belongs to Libra, an air sign. I think, therefore I am human, and no longer animal. Air is the most human element, the quality which has enabled men to create societies, rules for living together, codes for ethics, writing, learning, and the vast and awesome array of gifts and curses which fall under the umbrella of modern technology. Air has made man master of his planet: or so he thinks.
The dark side of air signs, is the side of life which defies systematization most consistently, which refuses analysis and structure, which cannot be explained verbally or conceptually, is both the most annoying thing in the world to air and also the most fascinating. Emotion. Emotionally, in short, the air signs - most sophisticated of all in the realm of thought and understanding - are children. They have the entire spectrum of a child’s nature too, both the dark and the light. On the one hand, their naïveté is touching and beautiful, and every emotional experience has a depth and meaning which the more jaded types quite miss. Air can really be enchanted, because on this level he is childlike, and children still respond to wonder. He can also be touchingly trusting, in a way which makes you always want to show your best face and treat him with integrity. The idealism inherent in his feelings is a powerful pull toward living up to the ideal. There is a purity of emotion, a lack of worldliness, which he may find embarrassing, but which is a rare and precious gift if you happen to be the recipient.
He also has the egocentricity, dependency, crankiness, clinginess and oversensitivity of the child. Remember the tantrums that children throw when you neglect them? Well, you may never see a real tantrum. More likely you’ll see a sulk, or a very subtle coolness which makes its point loud and clear. You rejected me. Now I’m going to reject you. So there. This kind of sulkiness and unconscious moodiness is very difficult to endure if you don’t understand it. In feeling matters, air simply isn’t very sophisticated, although you’d think from all that polished charm and the ease of which he flirts and chats and makes clever innuendoes that relationships are an easy matter for him. Not so. What you have, really, is all the vulnerability, sensitivity and needfulness of a child’s feelings in an adult’s body.
This sensitivity allows the airy person to be much more easily hurt than others. It also causes him to be more inclined toward emotional dependence, and a profound need for tenderness and sympathy which he cannot for the life of him ask for in any straightforward way. The other elements, when they feel weak, frightened, needful, jealous, hurt, angry or rejected, or wildly in love, will tell you so. Earth will buy you flowers, maybe, and fire will write you a flamboyant poem. Water will positively inundate you with emotion. But air? Why, air will discuss the weather. What did you expect? Or the political situation in Iran. Or the state of the labour unions. And if you’re a telepath or know something about astrology, you can learn to pick up the body language, the dilation of the pupils of the eyes, the movements of the hands, the feeling tone, the intangible communication of an emotional fact that - if he faced it - would embarrass him immensely. Be patient. Nobody blushes like an air sign.
“Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with.”—Paula Abdul (Sun in Gemini)