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Crystals, Colors and Herbal Associations Good for Gemini

One of my favorite parts of working with astrology is tapping into the varied energy and associations for each and every sign/season. It can be so simple to build an inspired altar, make a cup of tea, or create a vase of cut flowers for a particular astrological season. In this post, I am going to share Gemini related stones, colors, flowers and healing herbs to facilitate connection to Gemini energy.

An Astro-Embodiment Resource

The Gemini Season Embodiment Guide is here! It is a free 13 page guide to give you some ideas about how the Gemini style might be expressed on the different levels of your being.

This guide is not a definitive set of “the way it is”. Instead, I hope it serves as a jumping off place for you to reflect upon how the season feels for you, in your body, in this place and time.

The Astro Embodiment Guides can also be used to understand the Gemini area of your chart.

gemini season guide on a yellow altar

This Gemini Season Embodiment workbook includes: 

  • Info about how the Gemini style may come show up for the different parts of ourselves:
    • embodiment for the physical body, emotional body, mental body, spiritual and energetic body
  • Gemini-inspired food and movement ideas
  • Gemini associated stones, colors and herbal tea inspiration
  • Self-tending style of Gemini season
  • Journal prompts
  • Postseason reflection questions
  • Gemini Keywords

My astrological beginnings

No shocker – I was a weird kid.

I started talking to ghosts at age 5 (which I lost the ability to do after seeing Bloody Mary and being very freaked out a few years later). When I was 7, I started recording my dreams and clipping out the newspaper horoscopes to read the kids at school during recess.

When I was 14, I started practicing what was then called Wicca or the craft (basic generic Western witchcraft). A big part of what I did was Moon rituals and following the Moon through the zodiac signs.

When the moon entered a new sign, as it did every day or two, I would incorporate the colors or elements associated with the sign or ruling planet into my wardrobe. 

Sometimes I would get super fancy and wear both the colors associated with the planets ruling the days of the week AND the colors of the location of the moon. This was a perfect fit for me. As a young teen, I was into expressing myself through my wardrobe. 

Wearing different colors and accessories was a form of play and creativity, and connecting it to the planets and astrological signs made it more meaningful. I felt like I WAS Mercury embodied on Wednesday (which interestingly is mercredi in French).

My current astrological approach 

The funny thing is that I do the same thing now – astro embodiment is how I work with these energies.

My approach to connecting to astrology is based on three main pillars: 

  1. Noticing how I feel on all levels of my being (physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and energetically) during a particular season
  2. Working inspirationally through space and time (meaning, how does this time of year and season when the sun is moving through a particular constellation feel for me?)
  3. Referencing information regarding the particular zodiac season (currently, I am interested in ancient astrology, but it varies depending on my interests)

I believe the planets do influence us here on earth, but the influence is going to vary based on our individual experience, beliefs and cultural heritage, and what’s going on out there (not all planetary events are going to be of the same impact).

For these reasons, I think it is worthwhile to put the traditional wisdom about the signs and planets through our own filter of associations and inspirations

In short: ask yourself, how does this season make me feel? What first comes to mind when I think of Gemini time of year?

2 candles on a yellow background with gemini herbs

Healing herbs for Gemini Season

Astro-herbology is a huge topic that one can literally spend a lifetime learning. 

To keep things simple for myself, I check in quickly so as not to get buried in information. One go-to source is Culpeper (one of my favorite herbalists from 17th century England, I love this book called The Herbalist which is about him fighting the toxic medical establishment and —gasp— publishing herbals in English).

Garden herbs for Mercury via Nicholas Culpeper:

  • Mint
  • Carrot
  • Caraway
  • Celery
  • Dill
  • Elecampane 
  • Fern
  • Fennel
  • Hazel
  • Horehound
  • Lavender
  • Licorice
  • Gingko 
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Melilot
  • Moneywort/Lunaria
  • Mulberry
  • Oat
  • Savory
  • Scabiosa 
  • Southerwood
  • Valerian 
  • Honeysuckle 

Keep in mind that these are mostly based on Mercury, the ruling planet.

I could spend all day talking about why these are Mercury-associated herbs. But for the sake of simplicity I am going to summarize them like this: these are herbs with a mental, communication, or simply top-heavy energies. Many are associated with quickness, wisdom (Hazel), or are related to speaking or the throat (Horehound).

One herb I love for Gemini season is Red Root, which grows in my garden here in Portland, OR but not where Culpeper lived. Red Root is useful for literally treating the throat, and magically useful for writing and communication.

Explore your own Gemini themes

After I check the planetary associations, I feel into and listen to my body and see how it is feeling and what it would like. 

Then I consider the attributes I want to draw in or honor during this astrology season that can be complimented with plants. I find that these often deviate from the traditional astro-herbology associations because they are more related to Gemini rather than simply Mercury, its ruler.

Here are some Gemini season themes that come to mind.

  • Nurturing an overactive mind: herbal nervines like Skullcap, Lavender, Passiflora
  • Breathing, inhaling: Eucalyptus, Thyme, Wild Cherry, Horehound
  • Airy plants: Elderflower, Angelica and other Apiaceae members, Artemisas esp Wormwood and Mugwort 
  • Speaking, communicating, writing: Sage, Red Root, Pine, Peach
  • Socializing and friendship: Roses (especially yellow ones), Linden, Tulsi, Chamomile
  • Ideas, brain awakeners yet calming: Spearmint, Rosemary, Gotu Kola, Lycopus
  • Versatile, trickster, duality: Mint family plants, St John’s Work, Hawthorn, Elder 

Look at the Gemini keywords and/or check in with how you feel during this time of year. Make your own list of qualities you’d like to awaken or honor.

Psssst… this is an expert from the Gemini Season Embodiment Guide. Click on the button to get a copy emailed to you.

gemini altar 1

Gemini Gemstones/Crystals

Just like both healing and magical herbs for working with Gemini, there is a lot of variation about which gemstones or crystals are best for Gemini. Seriously every other book or website you read is going to have different stones listed for Gemini – it can be frustrating to know what is “right” or “best”.

For this reason, I like to emphasize that YOU can make your own personal association for Gemini or any other sign. 

Here are some ideas to go from, but in the end pick crystals you personally resonate with and have around.

Keep in mind that these are mostly based on Mercury, the ruling planet.

Gemini Crystal Association Meanings:

  • Dual color patterns due to the Mercury rulership. White, yellow, clear or crystalline natures because it is an Air sign leading up to summer in the northern hemisphere. 
  • Agate for Gemini: Being a stone of banded colors of different hues and densities, Agate can remind us during Gemini time to balance the blending of so many different ideas, feelings and experiences we have during this time. Agate can model how to maintain integrity in the auric field around us instead of agitation of so many varied energies coming within and around us. 
  • Others: Tigers Eye, clear quartz, yellow stones, any bi-colored stones.

KEEP IN MIND that you can add in totally different crystals and stones to balance Gemini negs in a way you desire. Too much duality going on? Pick a single colored stone, maybe even a deep or dark hued on.

top down yellow candle altar gemini

Colors for Gemini

It can be hard to pin down any one color for any one sign, or planet.

A classical color for Gemini has been yellow, because of the supposed happy, cheerful disposition and connection to the air realms, which during the summer are in close proximity to the sun. 

A more modern take on colors for Gemini is a combo of two colors, light and dark, like icy blue and brown, or yellow and blue. 

I personally love sorbet warm pastels for Gemini season – like salmon, apricot and buttery yellow. I think this is inspired by the fragrant roses that come into bloom at the end of May.

AGAIN, choose whatever you are drawn to. Make it your own.

How to incorporate these Gemini Stones, Colors and Herbs in a ritual or altar

If you wish to create a Gemini season inspired ritual and/or altar space, follow your intuition and momentary passions to create something meaningful to you.

Basic Astrological Ritual Template

  1. Tune into your body and being, inquire within about what you want to engage
  2. Build an altar space adorned with Gemini themes regarding Gemini herbs, colors and crystals that make sense to you
  3. Create intentions (writing it down is great for Gemini season), and make an offering if you’d like
  4. If you are making a tea, reference info if you desire to feel confident, but don’t overthink it
  5. Connect to the altar space, the tea vessel, water and herbs themselves
  6. Infuse your intentions into the tea, sip, enjoy 
  7. Close, giving thanks
gemini altar with grey background

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