Gemini Traits: adaptable, careless, changeable, charming, chatty, clever, confident, curious, deceptive, distractible, easy going, easily bored, emotionally detached, extroverted, fickle, flirtatious, fun, funny, generous, idealistic, impulsive, Indecisive, inquisitive, intellectual, moody, open-minded, optimistic, persuasive, progressive, restless, self-absorbed, tolerant, unreliable
Sociable and Easily Bored
Gemini is the chatterbox of the zodiac, with a tendency to make lots of phone calls, write plenty of emails, and visit many different people over the course of a day. Most Geminis have a diverse collection of friends to satisfy the many sides of their ever-shifting intellects.
If Geminis find themselves in dull situations or among people who are not doing or saying anything interesting, they are liable to stir the pot and get something going just to amuse themselves. Geminis will often play with people for fun, though this is usually done in a lighthearted and non-malicious way.
Geminis have very low boredom thresholds. Although they are quick to learn the basics of any new skill or activity, if they become bored, they quickly lose interest and move on.
Typical Geminis are style-conscious and follow the current fads, quickly discarding anything outdated.
Persuasive and Communicative
Some Geminis tell lies or half-truths on a regular basis to make their lives easier, and they can talk themselves into or out of anything. As a result, Geminis tend to do well in sales and other jobs where they have opportunities to interact with the public.
Unscrupulous Geminis may become scam artists because they have a natural talent for manipulating people. However, the majority of Geminis put their considerable communication and persuasion skills to better use, attaining success in communications- and media-related industries or writing for profit or personal enjoyment.
Careless and Accident-Prone
Geminis are not particularly cautious and tend to rush into things, so they can be accident-prone. Also, because they never want to miss anything, they often deprive their bodies of sleep or eat an unhealthy diet because they won’t take the time to prepare good food, so they can suffer from exhaustion or malnutrition.
Geminis tend to be careless with their possessions and lose small handheld items on a regular basis. They are also careless with their cash unless other elements in their natal zodiacs make them more careful than is typical for this sign. Geminis may end up broke or even heavily in debt if they don’t guard against the tendency to squander their money.
Upbeat and Open-Minded
Most Geminis are friendly and upbeat (unless their ascendants fall in more brooding signs). They love to meet new people and crave social situations and intellectual stimulation.
Geminis don’t like to be alone and prefer to go out, socialize, and flirt. They are fun, open-minded companions, experimental by nature and always willing to try new things.
Knowledge-Seeking and Restless
Geminis have a tendency to flit from one thing to another, and even from one career to another, never settling for long on any given activity. They do better in jobs that require a wide variety of tasks and provide opportunities for socializing.
Geminis have many brilliant ideas but may lack the focus required to follow through with things. As a result, they usually leave a string of unfinished projects behind them. They maintain a frenzied pace and change their minds (and in some cases their entire lives) frequently.
Geminis have a thirst for knowledge and require constant intellectual stimulation. They pick up information from a wide variety of sources, and they can converse with interest and some knowledge on most subjects. Geminis often have several books or magazines on the go at once, and they are good at multitasking.
Curious and Impulsive
Geminis are very curious. They are the sorts of people who will take things apart to see how they work (including their own lives). Many Geminis love modern gadgets and they tend to be good with technologies that facilitate communication and information transfer.
Driven by whims and impulses, Gemini behavior is often erratic and unpredictable, and (in some cases) nervous and hyperactive. They are inclined to make snap decisions without considering the consequences, or make sweeping life changes just to see what will happen.
Generous but Unreliable
Geminis can be extremely generous and helpful when they are available, though they may be unreliable about showing up on time (or at all) unless other elements in their natal zodiacs make them more dependable than is typical for this sign.
Although Geminis will loan money to friends without thinking twice about it or give up their time to help those in need, Geminis aren’t reliably sensitive to the feelings of others, so they may cause emotional harm without realizing it. However, given their propensity for generosity, many people are willing to overlook bit of unreliability or insensitivity.
Multitalented and Versatile
Versatility ensures that Geminis are always able to make a living, as they have many different skills to fall back on. What they don’t know, they can usually bluff their way through.
Many Geminis have a talent for handcrafts (which manifests as the ability to make or repair things) or other occupations that require good hand-eye coordination. In addition, because they are open to new technologies and quick to pick up new skills, many are good with computers and gadgets.
The Good Side and the Bad Side
Geminis are prone to extremes, with most expressing either the positive or the negative side of the Gemini persona. Those who express the ugly side of Gemini are unreliable, superficial, fickle, deceptive, flighty, whiny, self-absorbed, and gossipy, while those who express the positive side are charming, generous, witty, logical, adaptable, talented, friendly, open-minded, and playful. Whether the positive side or the negative side will be expressed depends on other elements in the Gemini’s natal zodiac.
The Atypical Gemini
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Gemini with Taurus rising will be more consistent, reliable, and better with money than a typical Gemini, and with Cancer rising, a Gemini will be more sensitive to other people’s feelings. Leo rising makes a Gemini more physically affectionate, and Virgo rising creates a more practical personality. Capricorn rising can make a Gemini more secretive, diplomatic, and musically talented, and Pisces rising may create strong spiritual leanings or artistic talents.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Symbol: the twins
Gemstones: agate, aventurine, turquoise stone, citrine, emerald (May), pearl (June), alexandrite (June)
Associated Parts of the Body: shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, upper lungs, nervous system
Places Associated with Gemini: Belgium, Wales, London, Melbourne, Plymouth, San Francisco, Versailles
Animals: cockatoo, monkey, dolphin, butterfly, all small birds
Trees: willow, hawthorn, oak, nut-bearing trees
Plants and Herbs: mandrake, parsley, lavender, dill, lily of the valley
Foods: pomegranate, carrot, licorice, garlic, cress
Colours: blue, green, yellow
Other Gemini Associations: phones, televisions, the media, radios, word processors, magic tricks, sketch books, writing, gossip, magazines, newspapers, public transportation, short journeys, mail/email, gadgets, videogames, board games, the Internet, playing cards
More on Gemini
- Bugler, Ashford, Chubb, & Zapp. (1992).The Complete Handbook of Astrology.
- Fenton, S. (1989). Rising Signs.
- Woolfolk, J.M. (1992). The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need.