This series of articles features ideas for zodiac inspired handmade gifts from members of the Trans-Canada Etsy Street Team.
Gemini - The Twins
21 May- 21 June
Archetypes: Teacher, Storyteller, Messenger
Gemini is the 3rd sign of the zodiac and is a mutable air sign associated with the qualities of the planet Mercury. In the astrological chart (or wheel) of 12 houses it is the ruler of the 3rd, the house which reveals much about the environment that we live in, as well as close relatives, early education and childhood friendships. It is also the house associated with communication through speech and writing.
In the night sky Gemini represents the twins Castor and Pollux and although they were both the sons of Leda and Zeus, they had different fathers. Known in Latin as the 'Gemini' (twins), Castor was mortal and Pollux was immortal. After the death of Castor, Zeus, in answer to the prayer of Pollux, transported Castor to share the heavens with his brother as the constellation "Gemini".
This duality is key to understanding the changeable nature of Geminis. Through positive expression they are the most versatile and adaptable of signs but they do have to watch that they don't waste their energy changing their minds and flitting from one thing to the next. The goal to being an evolved Gemini is to find balance and consistency so that exhaustion and nervous tension do not set in.
Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury who in classic Roman mythology was the winged messenger of the gods and patron of travelers and merchants. Mercury is the planet which represents intelligence and the giving and receiving of information through reading, writing and talking. People born under this sign have a need to connect to the world through constant dialogue and assimilation of knowledge and experience. No other sign has a quicker mind or more insatiable curiosity.
People with a strong presence of Gemini in their charts: Sun in Gemini, Moon in Gemini, Gemini rising or other prominent influence in their astrology chart can have the following qualities:
communicative, flirtatious, intelligent, superficial, changeable, inconsistent, mentally agile, fickle, adaptable, two-faced, cunning, nervous, versatile, eloquent, witty, inquisitive, restless, active,
Possible Vocational Calling:
Those born under the sign of Gemini would do well to use their natural abilities for communication, versatility and where their intellect can be well exercised. Geminis also prefer to have some variety in their work and don't really go in for strict routines. They may do well in jobs which include travel and meeting people such as in the media, the travel industry or in sales. With their inquisitive minds and intellect they can make great teachers, writers, lawyers or lecturers.
Gifts for Geminis:
Monkeys are an animal associated with this sign - both Geminis and monkeys have a need to move and communicate constantly and Geminis are the 'mental gymnasts' of the zodiac. This lovely print from Minouette has been printed by hand using a hand-carved linoleum block and water based inks. She points out that this "clever and mischievous primate" is the 9th sign in the Chinese horoscope.
Lavender jelly from Bovinebubbles is a most versatile and delicious treat. It can be used as a topping on ice cream and pudding or as an accompaniment to a savoury meal such as lamb, poultry or with brie cheese and a baguette. For the Gemini who cannot make up his/her mind as to whether they want the chicken breast or ice cream for lunch, this would be perfect. Also, lavender is a Gemini herb and may have a calming affect on all that nervous energy.
The colour most associated with Gemini and Mercury is yellow, but mixed colours also express their changeable nature. This beautifully constructed striped linen wallet has been made by Laura Bucci for holding bank cards, business cards and money.
This feature has been prepared for you by Morgen of Inkyspider Textile Designs and Kootsac re-usable bulk food bags.