May 8 - June 2, 2021
Venus has moved into Gemini and now there’s a new girl in town. For the next 3 1/2 weeks, the mutable, Mercurial air of Gemini adds a dash of yang, and a splash of effervescence, to our style of relating and approach to situationships. The heart, tossed back and forth between the mischievous twins, or split between the two, has some distance from its emotions when in this sign, and rather than embodying them, forwards them up and out via the mind and mouth.
Venus in Gemini is a lover that loves to love love (to paraphrase James Joyce, who had Venus in airy Aquarius). She is Miss Congeniality in the streets and Miss Duality in the sheets, an enigmatic portrait of both innocence and knowing. Both Maiden and Mistress, she can play the bombshell or the girl next door, heartbreaker or homegirl. She is lively, free-spirited, and changeable as the wind. In her relationships, our gal values variety and novelty, charm and wit. She is looking for herself in her other half, and for her other half in herself.
Aristotle attempted to intellectualize love (à la Venus in Gemini), by classifying it into categories and expounding on the nature and value of each. Going by his rubric, Venus’s move from Taurus to Gemini is a move from “eros” toward “philia.” “Philia” can be found, he says, in “young lovers, lifelong friends, parents and children … fellow voyagers and fellow soldiers, members of the same religious society or of the same tribe.” He extols the virtues of this type of connection, believing it to be necessary for a happy life; and ultimately states that such love, in its highest form, can only exist when we feel it for ourselves first. It’s a 4th century BC idea not at all out of place within our 21st century notions of psycho-spiritual wellness, and it’s the message that I believe to be at the heart of Venus’s time in Gemini: that self-love is the basis upon which all true love for others grows and flourishes.