Updated: Oct 9, 2020
In a time when we are more isolated from one another than ever, Gemini season—and the Lovers, the Tarot card the sign rules—are welcome sources of support. Both Gemini and the Lovers at their core remind us that intimacy is invaluable. That being with those who truly see us is one of the most potent sources of healing, restoration, and joy. This Gemini season will ask us to innovate and expanding the ways in which we connect with others, opening to receiving greater support through this time of crisis.
The myth of the Gemini constellation is incredibly helpful to understanding the meaning of the sign. It is a story of two twins, Castor and Pollux, who were born to the same mother, Leda, but two different fathers (spoiler: this is not a true story and such a thing is not biologically possible). Castor was the mortal son of a king, while Pollux was the immortal son of Zeus. The brothers were close with one another and as adults fought together in battles. One day, Castor was killed in battle, and Pollux pleaded with Zeus to bring his twin back to life. Zeus agreed to immortalize both brothers by giving them a place in the sky, but on the condition that they spend half their time on earth and half in the heavens. Because of this, the twins could not spend all of their time together. The myth of Gemini is one in which each twin is constantly looking for his other half, constantly in search of the person he loves most in the world. It shows the power of human connection, and the enduring nature of love.
The Lovers is similar in its meaning. Just as the story of the Gemini twins is not one of romantic love, this Tarot card also does not limit itself to romantic connection. While it absolutely can encompass lovers, life partners, and everything in between, what this card really wants us to understand is that intimacy is crucial to our wellbeing. In an overly individualistic culture, it’s easy to believe the myth of total self-reliance. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and being your own best friend and depending on no one—we all know the story. It is, of course, vitally important to know ourselves intimately, and to understand and know how to utilize our inner resources. But we can’t do it all alone.
It is so important to be seen for all we are. To be held for all we are. The Lovers reminds us to give ourselves that. It asks us to be open with those we love and trust, to permit ourselves the vulnerability that allows us to be seen for all we are, no matter how uncomfortable that vulnerability can be at first. In the midst of social distancing (which hopeful we are all doing!) accessing the comfort and care of loved ones can be more challenging. To work with this card and Gemini energy, get really creative about how you engage in your relationships. Host wild zoom parties, or socially distant picnics. Call your grandma. The astrology of this season, and the Lovers card, want us to connect. Give yourself that gift.