RP Mystic’s Guide to Gemini Season
Gemini Season usually occurs between May 21 and June 20 and corresponds to the 3rd zodiac sign of the year. During Gemini season, we’re invited to embrace curiosity, fluidity, and expansiveness. In her book, Signs & Skymates: The Ultimate Guide to Astrological Compatibility, author Dossé-Via Trenou writes of this zodiac sign: “They are as curious as untamed children, asking anything and everything, either out loud or in their minds…Geminis want to feel free to choose what they want, when they want, how they want. They’ll give themselves that freedom, time and time again.”
Here, we’ve gathered enchanting correspondences and a playful ritual to meaningfully embrace Gemini Season.
The Astrology of Gemini
Since every zodiac season presents an opportunity to dive deep within yourself, let’s start by going over the basic aspects of Gemini from Dossé-Via Trenou’s Signs & Skymates: Astrological Compatability Deck.
Planetary Ruler: Mercury, the Planet of Communication
“Ruled by Mercury, the Planet of Communication, Gemini has an acute awareness of the powers of the human mind. While it’s true that their minds are usually running, I see Gemini as the sign that can teach us the most about meditation…since Gemini has learned to become so comfortable with their mind’s constant stream of thoughts, it means they’ve also found an internal or subconscious way to be comfortable letting thoughts go, whether they know it or not.”
Motto: I’m nothing and everything at once.
Modalities and elements help us understand each sign’s behavioral energy and temperament. Gemini is known for having mutable air-sign energy. To understand what these aspects mean for Gemini season, we turn to Grace Duong’s new Mystic Mondays: The Astro Alignment Deck and Guidebook.
Gemini is a Mutable Sign
Versatile, Flexibility, Adaptability
Within each season, we move through three modalities: Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Gemini has Mutable energy, meaning they shift to suit their environment, ready to understand multiple perspectives through information. Transitioning from the end of spring to the beginning of summer, Mutable signs need choice, variety, and time to process information.
Gemini is an Air Sign
Expansive, Intellectual, Inquisitive
All four elements—Fire, Water, Air, and Earth—are represented in each modality. “The element can indicate the temperament and nature of the person with that sign and inform on what other zodiac signs they get along with best,” explains Grace Duong in the Astro Alignment guidebook.
The element of Air is represented in Gemini. Air signs are intellectuals at heart, relying on rationality and logic. “Air signs can see objectively because they are able to detach emotions from facts, evaluating the truth of the situation. However, to unite the collective, they will need to learn how to identify with their emotions and treat them as valuable information and a means to connect with others.”
Explore the Tarot Card for Gemini
All zodiac signs are ruled by a tarot card from the Major Arcana. The Lovers card is associated with Gemini season. Let’s explore the meaning of this card with Queer Tarot: An Inclusive Deck and Guidebook created by Ash + Chess.
The Lovers, VI
LOVE, DESIRE, MAKING CHOICES
The Lovers card has many sides to it, like a beautiful and complicated prism in the sunlight, refracting every color known to the human eye in every direction possible. First and foremost, the Lovers encourage us to follow our hearts, no matter the situation. Only you know deep down what is important to you when it comes to matters of the heart. This card can represent a very solid relationship, or one that is to come, either romantic or platonic. And that can be the best feeling in the world! If this speaks to you, bask in these loving and desire-filled moments and enjoy every second. The Lovers can also bring to light that a choice must be made in order to advance in the next step in or out of a relationship. Consider your happiness for a moment. Is this the right path for you? Are you fulfilled? Are you settling? What are your true feelings? Dig deep to find these answers within yourself, and even if they are hard to face, they may tell you the next right move on your part. Also consider red flags instead of taking the easy way out and ignoring them.
And remember, queer relationships aren’t hetero relationships, in the sense that queer relationships are like a next-level experience, with the added elements of an extreme understanding of hardships and evolved ways of thinking about and accepting one another’s bodies, identities, desires, and needs. Don’t be afraid of what other people think when it comes to whom and how you love.
REVERSE: When the Lovers appear in reverse, it’s a signal that you’re not in alignment with your heart and true desires. This might manifest as bad feelings about your relationship with your family, friends, or partner(s). Reflect on your happiness and try to hone in on what is causing you this disharmony.
THINGS TO CONSIDER: What is the next step for you and your partner(s)? How do you really feel—what is your heart trying to tell you? If you are in a new relationship, enjoy these beginning and new moments together as they could make it or break it.
Tap Into Essential Oils For Gemini Season
Lean into the sensory experience of Gemini season by supplementing your self-care rituals with the essential oils that are most beneficial during Gemini season. These recommendations are courtesy of Cerridwen Greenleaf’s Essential Oils: A Little Introduction to Their Uses and Health Benefits.
[Note: No matter how delightfully scented, please remember that you should never ingest any of these oils. Be careful when working with essential oils; use them in conjunction with carrier or base oils so that they do not irritate your skin. Even when oils are diluted, we suggest that you wear clean cotton gloves when preparing them and do not get the oils in your eyes.]
Bergamot: With roots traced to Southeast Asia, Bergamot is known for having a spicy and floral scent. Considered “liquid sunshine,” use it in aromatherapy to lift your mood and alleviate stress.
Peppermint: Logic-driven Geminis are prone to headaches, stress, and tension. Considered one of the world’s oldest medicines, peppermint has many healing properties.
Dill: Since Geminis are always in their heads, sometimes it’s important to quiet the nerves and anxiety. Dill oil is a fresh and bright oil that does the trick.
Lemongrass: Lemongrass has long been used to repel negative energies with its sharp and bright citrus scent, which also can uplift you when you’re feeling down. We love this calming and balancing essential oil for diffusing or mixing in a room spray.
Harness The Power of Crystals for Gemini Season
Gemini season can have a lot of us stuck in our thoughts. Here, we’ve selected four crystals that can provide grounding, fresh perspective, balance, strength, and self-love. These crystals are courtesy of The Crystal Grid Deck: An 80-Card Deck to Charge Your Intentions by Mystic Mondays creator Grace Duong.
Agate: Stability, Grounding, Truth
A stabilizing stone, Agate is used to balance the mind, body, and spirit, creating harmony in all areas of your life—much like the patterns on the crystal itself. Grounding and supportive, Agate helps to reveal inner truths, cleansing beneath the surface to expose your authentic self. A wonderful stone to heal resentment, Agate frees you from the self-imprisonment of inner anger, replacing it with safety and security. Agate takes its time, vibrating at a slow and steady pace, and encourages you to take as much time as you need for the matter at hand.
Snakeskin Agate: Strength, Privacy, Self-Love
Being comfortable in your own skin takes time, and Snakeskin Agate helps boost self-esteem and self-awareness so you can do just that. Snakeskin Agate gives you the confidence to step outside your comfort zone and explore new aspects of yourself, all within your discretion. Snakeskin Agate can blend in with the crowd, so if you don’t want to be seen and wish to carry on your activities in peace, this is the stone for you. Snakeskin Agate is able to facilitate a kundalini rising and encourages the full embodiment of self.
Blue Spinel: Persistence, Fresh Perspective, Revival
Revive to keep alive! Blue Spinel brings new energy to stagnant parts of your life, from inside your body to the world outside. The name of this stone comes from the Latin word for spine, and Blue Spinel will give you a strong backbone, sense of self, and reason to stand tall despite any challenges you may face. This is a great crystal for workaholics, as it eases stress and anxiety and instills a renewed sense of resolution—you can make it to the end if you put your mind to it! Blue Spinel provides that fresh perspective to reset and “rejuice.”
Watermelon Tourmaline: Love, Balance, Clarity
Relationships are the currency of life, and Watermelon Tourmaline raises awareness of soul agreements and your impact on other people’s lives. This crystal is supercharged to activate the heart chakra, creating a divine connection between you and your higher self. Like the watermelon, it teaches you to enjoy the sweetness of life, remembering good things often take time to ripen. Watermelon Tourmaline balances masculine and feminine energies, connecting your heart chakra to both the physical and spiritual aspects of yourself.
A Ritual for Gemini Season
Embrace the childlike curiosity of Gemini season with a meditation on dragons. The Great Dragon Parade is a Polish ritual celebrating the defeat of the Wawel Dragon in Kraków. Nikki Van De Car describes this celebration in her latest book, Ritual: Magical Celebrations of Nature and Community from Around the World.
Great Dragon Parade
Kraków was founded by Krakus, a legendary Polish hero—or antihero, depending on which version you read. Near the Vistula River dwelled the Wawel Dragon, a creature that required weekly offerings of cattle, lest it steal the village maidens instead. A cobbler named Krak came up with a Trojan horse idea—he stuffed a sheep full of sulfur and mustard seeds and left it outside the dragon’s cave. When the dragon ate the sheep, he roared in pain and rushed to the river. He drank so much he drained the Vistula dry—at which point he exploded. Krak was crowned a hero and became King Krakus. He then built Wawel Castle over the dragon’s cave.
Older versions of the tale say that Krakus and his brother Lech killed the dragon together, after which Krakus killed his brother so he could rule alone—the cobbler-turned-king is a more modern take, albeit a much happier one.
Wawel Castle still stands on Wawel Hill, and next to it is Wawel Cathedral. At the entrance to the cathedral are bones from the Pleistocene epoch, once believed to have been those of the Wawel Dragon. The bones hang on a chain, and it’s believed that as long as they hang there, the world will carry on.
In 1969, artist Bronislaw Chromy built a sculpture of the Wawel Dragon. It stands outside the cathedral and is complete with natural gas fire that it breathes at passersby. Every year, residents of Kraków celebrate the defeat of the Wawel Dragon. Children from all over Poland create dragon sculptures and march in a parade of handmade dragons, following larger sculptures that can be seventy-five feet long and forty-five feet high—plenty big enough to swallow an entire river.
WAYS TO CELEBRATE
- Make a dragon sculpture of your own!
- Perhaps organize a small parade of friends and family, each with their own dragon sculptures.
- Look up stories of dragons in your area—just about every culture on earth has them. Maybe you’ve been dwelling among dragons, too.
Signs & Skymates
by Dossé-Via Trenou
Illustrated by Neka King
Signs & Skymates is your ultimate guide to astrological compatibility—from romance to self-love—from star astrologer and founder of @ScorpioMystique and KnowTheZodiac Dossé-Via Trenou.
Get to know yourself, your partner(s), and your friendships through the full constellation of your astrological self! In Signs & Skymates West African astrologer Dossé-Via Trenou uses her signature whole-chart approach to reveal how your Sun, Moon, Rising, Mercury, Venus, and Mars signs contribute to astrological compatibility—and serve as the basis for romantic and platonic relationships, as well as your all-important relationship with yourself.
Using astrology as a guiding light in her evolutionary approach to compatibility, Dossé-Via invites you to connect to your innermost self, and others, in new and more expansive ways. Through chapters on the role of each chart placement, as well as comprehensive explorations of relationships between different signs, Signs & Skymates dismantles ideas of which signs "go together," encouraging readers to expand their ideas about each sign—including the ones in their own chart. Discover the joys, challenges, and opportunities in your relationships as you deepen your knowledge of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
From the artist behind Mystic Mondays comes a deluxe deck and guidebook set, featuring vibrant, celestial illustrations and divine information on 80 astrological signs and phenomena, for practicing Astro Alignment: using the symbolism of astrology to explore the cosmos within yourself
- Designed and written by Grace Duong, founder of Mystic Mondays: Connect to the guiding power of the cosmos through Mystic Mondays: The Astro Alignment Deck, a brand-new set from Grace Duong, founder and designer of Mystic Mondays.
- Features 80 full-color Astro Alignment cards: Discover the insights of each of 80 signs, modalities, planets, cosmic phenomena, and more, rendered in stunning colors and vivid details on these durable divination cards.
- Includes flexibound guidebook: An accompanying 112-page guidebook features astrological profiles and enchanted rituals for using the cards.
- Deluxe keepsake box: Housed in a magnetic-closure keepsake box, with a separate, shrink-wrapped interior travel box for the cards, this one-of-a-kind collection is a must-have for modern mystics.
A note on packaging: In order to help honor our planet and reduce waste, we have only shrink wrapped the interior cosmic creature cards, rather than the keepsake box. Please feel confident that your product is not defective or used, but rather represents a step we are taking to protect our collective home. When you open your deck, you will find that the actual cards inside the box are shrink wrapped for protection and to ensure first use by the buyer.
A vibrant, deluxe illustrated tarot deck and guidebook set, centering and celebrating LGBTQ+ identity, created by queer and trans artist team Ash + Chess.
- AN INCLUSIVE, AFFIRMING DECK: Queer Tarot is a bright, bold interpretation of the tarot that offers inspiration, affirmation, and LGBTQ+ representation. Created by queer and trans artists Ashley Molesso and Chess Needham of Ash + Chess, this reimagining of the classic figures in the Major and Minor Arcana showcases a wide range of gender expressions and sexual orientations, and incorporates queer history and iconography throughout.
- DELUXE SET: This set includes 78 full-color illustrated tarot cards (3 X 5 inches), shrink wrapped in an interior travel case; a 168-page, full-color illustrated flexibind book (4 3/4 X 6 inches); and a keepsake magnetic closure box with metallic foil accents. Cards and travel case are embedded in an interior flocked tray.
- FULLY ILLUSTRATED TAROT GUIDEBOOK: The flexibind guidebook provides an illustrated introduction to the tarot, with LGBTQ+ descriptions and suggested interpretations for each card, as well as instructions for sample readings and a brief history of tarot.
- VIBRANT FULL-COLOR ART FROM ASH + CHESS: Queer Tarot features Ash + Chess's signature colorful, risograph-style illustrations, including retro color palettes and bold, detailed figures.
- ALL CARDS BASED ON REAL, DIVERSE MODELS: Each card in Queer Tarot is based on real LGBTQ+ folx commissioned for this project by Ash + Chess. The deck celebrates a full range of races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, and abilities.
- A PERFECT GIFT: This joyful, inclusive, and beautiful tarot deck set is an ideal gift for tarot novices, seasoned readers, queer folx of all ages, and their allies.
Discover the perennially popular subject of essential oils from A to Z in this small, elegant, and beautifully illustrated mini guidebook.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, but what are they and how do you use them? In this adorably small and fully illustrated A to Z primer, explore 100 of the most popular and common essential oils and how to use them, with descriptions of their origin, uses and purpose, connections to spellwork, and possible health and healing benefits. Also included are topical recipes for stress relief.
Whether it’s lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, frankincense, or ylang ylang, learn everything you need to know about the most commonly used plant-based essential oils, carrier oils, and fruit essences in this full-color, illustrated mini-book.
From the artist behind Mystic Mondays Tarot comes a one-of-a-kind keepsake crystal deck, with bold illustrations and essential, inspiring information on 80 popular stones.
- Designed and written by Grace Duong, founder of Mystic Mondays
- Deluxe keepsake box with magnetic closure
- 80 full-color hexagonal cards with spot gloss highlight [shrink wrapped inside separate interior box]
- Full-color, 11 X 13" illustrated foldout poster
A note on packaging: In order to help honor our planet and reduce waste, we have only shrink wrapped the interior crystal grid cards, rather than the keepsake box. Please feel confident that your product is not defective or used, but rather represents a step we are taking to protect our collective home. When you open your deck, you will find that the actual cards inside the box are shrink wrapped for protection and to ensure first use by the buyer.
by Nikki Van De Car
Illustrated by Barbara Tamilin
From the bestselling author of Practical Magic comes an inspiring, illustrated collection of magical celebrations of nature from around the world—with rituals for incorporating them into your own practice.
Nature is what gives us life—it is the source of all magic and power in the world. That is something that humans have understood since the beginning of time, and it is a constant among cultures around the world. However, the ways in which we celebrate it can vary wildly. Bulgarian Baba Marta Day welcomes the arrival of Spring with Martenitsas, little talismans of red and white string, while in Southeast Asia, that same yearly event is celebrated during Holi, a joyful, riotous dance of colors. Yalda, Soyal, Saturnalia, Dong Zhi, and St.Lucia's Day (from Iran, Arizona, Ancient Rome, China, and Scandinavia) are all very different—but they all honor the Winter Solstice.
Each of these celebrations is a ritual, a form of magic created by community and tradition. And while their differences can help us understand their various cultural identities, their similarities can create a bond that reaches across space and time. In this beautifully illustrated book from bestselling magical author Nikki Van De Car readers will learn the history and meaning behind 40 of these ritual celebrations, organized by season. Each ritual will include suggestions for participating in and appreciating these storied rituals, while honoring their origins and the cultures from which they come.