Gemini: The Twins

  • Archetype: Communicator, Teacher, Journalist
  • Planetary Ruler: Mercury
  • Element: Air
  • Mode: Mutable
  • Evolutionary needs, strategies, and motivation:  Gemini is open-minded, curious, intellectual, and is associated with gathering information, language, and communication. Gemini energy calls you to perceive and pay attention to what stimulates your senses. As you assimilate the information that enters your consciousness, you can shape the information into a coherent message. This process helps you discover your authentic voice. You may share your voice through many channels including, speaking, teaching, and writing.  
  • Gemini energy in motion: You may activate Gemini energy when you take a new class or search for information. Gemini inspires life-long learning and thrives on new ideas. It calls us to stay curious and open our minds. Gemini asks questions and will look to find the answers. Gemini knows, beyond the answer, there is more information to discover. Gemini energy inspires self-inquiry as well. Seeking the truth within yourself helps you to make appropriate choices. Listening to the answers that come through your intuition plays a key role. Life is a quest full of fascinating, magical, and, at times, shocking truths. Translating and elucidating the mystical and magical into language is another element of the energy of Gemini. In essence, seek to find the answers, integrate the information that resonates within your soul, and communicate your sacred soul message.
  • Shadow: Chattering, Nervousness, and Scattered energy
  • Body Part Association: Shoulders, Arms, Hands, Fingers, and Lungs
  • Crystals and Stone: Aquamarine
  • Herbs and Foods for Mercury: Dill, Aniseed, Fennel, Parsley, Valerian, Hazelnuts, Beans, Mushrooms, and Pomegranates
  • Yoga Pose: Eagle Pose
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Affirmation: I listen and am open to receive the messages that come into my consciousness. I think for myself. I share my authentic voice.

Astrology Basics

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How are planets, houses, and signs different from each other? 


There are twelve signs of the Zodiac. Signs represent psychological motivations or our identity and processes within the mind. They can express our sense of self that determines who we are, “why” we are psychologically/spiritually driven or motivated toward specific intentions, and “how” we may accomplish the needs of the self. Each sign offers growth opportunities to evolve and help the individual achieve their soul’s purpose. All signs are thirty degrees.


There are twelve houses. They represent what the mind observes. They symbolize something outside of the personality that the individual needs to bring into awareness. They are the various theaters of life or “where” life is happening, such as relationships, daily work, creativity, and career.

Each house offers a domain of experiences to the individual. These experiences may expose or raise awareness to aspects of the self that need attention. Within the astrological houses, the individual can develop a deeper understanding of themselves. One can learn how to navigate their role in life for optimal happiness.

Unlike signs, the width of the houses varies based on the house system.


The planets reflect the map of the human psyche. They represent the structure of the mind and “what” specific part and “what” specific function of the mind. For example, one of Jupiter’s functions is maintaining faith. One of Mercury’s functions is the transmission of information.

How are they similar?

The signs, houses, and planets are similar in that they are aspects of the mind. They interlock and work together to help create integration and an ideal form of personality. As a whole unit, they help to evolve the consciousness of the individual. Each system of symbols plays a part in shaping the mind, personality, and ultimately our destiny. They work together. Signs shape and motivate the function of a planet, leading to the planet-sign combination expressing itself in a house.

Additionally, the twelve signs correlate with the twelve houses. For example, the first house is associated with the sign of Aries. One way to better understand how the planets operate, is to view them in the context of a sign and a house. The synergistic combination will reveal the most effective path for happiness and healing for the individual. Holistically, signs, planets, and houses direct our soul’s calling in this lifetime, provide insight into past karma, and connects us to the cosmos.

Taurus – The Bull

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  • Archetype: The Earth Spirit, The Silent One, The Musician
  • Planetary Ruler: Venus
  • Element: Earth
  • Mode: Fixed
  • Evolutionary needs, strategies, and motivation: Taurus energy is earthy, rooted in nature, and practical. It calls us to listen to our instinctual signals and tune into the body. Taurus seeks peace, love, silence, simplicity, serenity, and comfort. Creating a comfortable, safe home with resources (money) that support our needs is a Taurus motivation.
  • Taurus energy in motion: Taurus is associated with the body and is highly sensual. Taurus energy calls us to pay attention to our animal nature. Eating when you are hungry and sleeping when you are tired are Taurus motivations. You may activate this energy by being present in your body while engaging in physical activities, body/mind practices, massage, or any body-based experience. Taurus energy also loves to lose itself in music. Quietly listening to music or playing a musical instrument engages this energy. Taurus has an innate connection to nature and animals. Going on a hike, spending time in quiet reflection on the beach, or taking care of animals engages this energy. You may feel this energy in motion as you slowly and peacefully walk outdoors. Pay attention to how the sun feels on your skin and the fresh air coming into your body. Let everything in nature become a sensual feast. Taurus energy invites us to calm down, become silent, and relax.
  • Shadow: Rigidity, Stubbornness, Inability to express yourself, and Materialism
  • Body Part Association: Neck, Throat
  • Crystals and Stones:  Emerald, Carnelian
  • Herbs and Foods for Venus: Thyme, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Beans, Cherries, and Lentils
  • Yoga Pose: Lotus Pose Variation
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Affirmation: I am home in my body. In am one with silence. My natural instincts guide my path. I am grounded in nature.

Aries – The Ram

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  • Archetype: The Warrior, The Pioneer, The Survivor
  • Planetary Ruler: Mars
  • Element: Fire
  • Mode: Cardinal
  • Evolutionary needs, strategies, and motivation: Aries energy is courageous and seeks adventure. It is your life force, survival instinct, and inspires tremendous willpower, vitality, enthusiasm, and independence. Aries provides the strength to make changes in your life, overcome obstacles, and face stress or fear.
  • Aries energy in motion: Aries is associated with the Vernal Equinox and the spring season. Like spring, it inspires new beginnings. Aries gives you the courage to attain your dream. It ignites the fierceness to stand up for what you believe in and guides you as you walk along “the Warrior’s path.” You will feel Aries energy arise when you are assertive and willing to take a risk. This rise in energy helps you initiate new projects or courses of action. Aries calls you to embody your power with passion and provides the drive toward being the best that you could be. In turn, by engaging your drive to succeed, you gain confidence and progress on your path. The Arian evolutionary strategy for growth calls for selecting challenges that serve your soul evolution. Listen to your heart and think before pushing forward. Once you have clarified the mountain to climb, pursue it!
  • Shadow: Insensitivity, Impatience, Selfishness
  • Body Part Association: Head, Adrenal glands
  • Crystals and Stones:  Amethyst, Jasper
  • Herbs and Foods for Mars: Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Peppers, and Leeks
  • Yoga Pose: Warrior
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Affirmation: I am powerful. I have the strength to face any challenge.