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Everything You Should Know About The Gemini Zodiac Sign

Meet the eccentric, multi-faceted zodiac sign that notoriously drives us crazy but simultaneously inspires us to embrace our duality.

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As one of the most misunderstood zodiac signs, Gemini challenges us to think outside of the box and explore our multi-dimensionality. This mutable air sign is ruled by Mercury—the planet of communication, transportation, and our thoughts. Born between May 20th and June 21st, Gemini season serves as the bridge between spring and summer, inviting us to enjoy the outside world.

Being as curious as they are, individuals with strong Gemini placements tend to be social butterflies, fluttering from one scene to the next given their chameleon-like abilities to connect with people from all walks of life. As a zodiac sign that is often harshly judged, Gemini folks understand the gift of being open-minded and understanding of others.

These animated individuals are also described as being a jack-of-all-trades, talkative, resourceful, and sometimes a little mischievous (consider them the Sour Patch Kids of the zodiac). Their ruling planet, Mercury, makes them extremely inquisitive and fast learners. Because this is a mutable sign, Gemini has a tendency to be a little scatter-brained as their attention drifts from one thing to the next.

On the outside looking in, their approach can be perceived as chaotic. However, if you take a closer look, you'll find that there is a method to their madness.

The Gemini Zodiac Sign: An Overview

Physiologically, Gemini is associated with the nervous system, lungs, shoulders, arms and hands. Oftentimes, you can spot them in a crowd by their dramatic hand gestures that they make while expressing themselves. Given its Mercurial nature, this sign does best when preoccupied with something productive to do. If they're given too much idle time, they run the risk of creating unnecessary drama.

As the zodiac sign with the gift of gab, a downside to this energy is that Gemini can be quite the gossip. When it comes to telling your deepest secrets, you may want to avoid sharing so your business doesn't casually end up being the hot topic at the family dinner.

Gemini's archetype is that of eternal youth which is how they often get labeled as the trickster of the zodiac.

Their playful sense of humor can lighten up any room but can also irritate even the most calm person when it's time to discuss something serious. Keep in mind that Gemini is the baby of its fellow air signs; therefore, this energy can manifest as a lack of maturity in regards to more in-depth conversations. Nonetheless, this witty charmer will keep you on your toes and open your mind to a whole new world.

Gemini Best & Worst Personality Traits

Best Gemini Traits:

  • Adaptable
  • Outgoing
  • Intellectual
  • Youthful

Worst Gemini Traits:

  • Indecisive
  • Nosy
  • Anxious

The Gemini Zodiac Sign in Career

Ruled by Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, Gemini governs over the communication industry—including marketing, social media, journalism, and the media. Given their gift of gab, this zodiac sign does well in positions that allow them to convey a specific message to an audience. With their ability to explain concepts in simplistic terms, they are able to connect with a wide audience. In addition to working in communications, Gemini is also suited for the transportation industry, whether that be working for an airline, driving Uber, or leading a logistics operation.

As one of the more eccentric signs of the zodiac, they also make excellent artists. With its mutable nature, it's common for Gemini to job hop as a means of staying engaged with their work. Often misunderstood as aloof and misguided, this perceptive zodiac sign has no problem navigating their life as they see fit which only adds to their charm. Regardless of what others think, they have no problem marching to the beat of their own drum.

The Gemini Zodiac Sign in Love

Governed by their intellect, Gemini doesn't necessarily require the emotional connection that is often associated with romantic relationships. This isn't to say that they don't have the capacity to be intimate. However, their sweet spot lies in the meeting of the minds. Symbolic of the twins, these curious lovers aspire to come into union with someone who can match their mental astute. It's imperative that their lover be able to hold a good conversation and even offer insights that Gemini hasn't even thought of themselves.

In the beginning stages of the relationship, they're pretty comfortable with their lover up until the point where things start getting more serious. If they feel like things are moving too quickly, you may experience the dreadful ghosting that often accompanies a Gemini's fear of intimacy.

Throughout their early life, they have a tendency to date around before fate unites them with their twin. Bear in mind, that they aren't expecting you to be exactly like them. In actuality, they want you to be so damn comfortable being your most authentic, eccentric self that you seamlessly just gel into their lives like two quirky peas in a pod. As a mutable sign that is constantly evolving, it's important that their lover be flexible and open-minded to how expansive their Gemmie truly is.

In love, these flirtatious charmers are most compatible with other Air signs (Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini) who will have an easy time keeping up intellectually. Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) can also be compatible with Gemini, igniting tons of passion, excitement, and adventure.

If you want to capture their attention, bring attention to your eclectic taste in music and various hobbies that you partake in. Bonus points if you know another language and can teach it to them.

Famous Gemini Celebrities

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  • Naomi Campbell
  • Kanye West
  • Prince
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Andre 3000

For a more in-depth look into what is in store for your zodiac sign each month, read our monthly horoscopes.

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Her 2005 barn-burning book gave an inside look at the seemingly glamorous world of being a video vixen in the ‘90s and early 2000s, and exposed the industry’s culture of abuse, intimidation, and misogyny years before the Me Too Movement hit the mainstream. Her follow-up books, The Vixen Diaries (2007) and The Vixen Manual: How To Find, Seduce And Keep The Man You Want (2009) all topped the New York Times best-seller list. After a long social media break, she's back. xoNecole caught up with Ovesen about the impact of her groundbreaking book, what life is like for her now, and why she was never “before her time”– everyone else was just late to the revolution.

xoNecole: Tell me about your new podcast Asking for a Friend with Elisabeth Ovesen and how that came about.

Elisabeth Ovesen: I have a friend who is over [at Blavity] and he just asked me if I wanted to do something with him. And that's just kinda how it happened. It wasn't like some big master plan. Somebody over there was like, “Hey, we need content. We want to do this podcast. Can you do it?” And I was like, “Sure.” And that's that. That was around the holidays and so we started working on it.

xoNecole: Your life and work seem incredibly different from when you first broke out on the scene. Can you talk a bit about the change in your career and how your life is now?

EO: Not that different. I mean my life is very different, of course, but my work isn't really that different. My life is different, of course, because I'm 43. My career started when I was in my 20s, so we're looking at almost 20 years since the beginning of my career. So, naturally life has changed a lot since then.

I don’t think my career has changed a whole lot – not as far as my writing is concerned, and my stream of consciousness with my writing, and my concerns and the subject matter hasn’t changed much. I've always written about interpersonal relationships, sexual shame, male ego fragility, respectability politics – things like that. I always put myself in the center of that to make those points, which I think were greatly missed when I first started writing. I think that society has changed quite a bit. People are more aware. People tell me a lot that I have always been “before my time.” I was writing about things before other people were talking about that; I was concerned about things before my generation seemed to be concerned about things. I wasn't “before my time.” I think it just seems that way to people who are late to the revolution, you know what I mean?

I retired from publishing in 2015, which was always the plan to do 10 years and retire. I was retired from my pen name and just from the business in general in 2015, I could focus on my business, my education and other things, my family. I came back to writing in 2020 over at Medium. The same friend that got me into the podcast, actually as the vice president of content over at Medium and was like, “Hey, we need some content.” I guess I’m his go-to content creator.

xoNecole: Can you expound on why you went back to your birth name versus your stage name?

EO: No, it was nothing to expound upon. I mean, writers have pen names. That’s like asking Diddy, why did he go by Sean? I didn't go back. I've always used that. Nobody was paying attention. I've never not been myself. Karrine Steffans wrote a certain kind of book for a certain kind of audience. She was invented for the urban audience, particularly. She was never meant to live more than 10 years. I have other pen names as well. I write under several names. So, the other ones are just nobody's business right now. Different pen names write different things. And Elisabeth isn’t my real name either. So you'll never know who I really am and you’ll never know what my real name is, because part of being a writer is, for me at least, keeping some sort of anonymity. Anything I do in entertainment is going to amass quite a bit because who I am as a person in my private life isn't the same a lot of times as who I am publicly.

xoNecole: I want to go back to when you published Confessions of a Video Vixen. We are now in this time where people are reevaluating how the media mistreated women in the spotlight in the 2000s, namely women like Britney Spears. So I’d be interested to hear how you feel about that period of your life and how you were treated by the media?

EO: What I said earlier. I think that much of society has evolved quite a bit. When you look back at that time, it was actually shocking how old-fashioned the thinking still was. How women were still treated and how they're still treated now. I mean, it hasn't changed completely. I think that especially for the audience, I think it was shocking for them to see a woman – a woman of color – not be sexually ashamed.

I hate being like other people. I don't want to do what anyone else is doing. I can't conform. I will not conform. I think in 2005 when Confessions was published, that attitude, especially about sex, was very upsetting. Number one, it was upsetting to the men, especially within urban and hip-hop culture, which is built on misogyny and thrives off of it to this day. And the women who protect these men, I think, you know, addressing a demographic that is rooted in trauma that is rooted in sexual shame, trauma, slavery of all kinds, including slavery of the mind – I think it triggered a lot of people to see a Black woman be free in this way.

I think it said a lot about the people who were upset by it. And then there were some in “crossover media,” a lot of white folks were upset too, not gonna lie. But to see it from Black women – Tyra Banks was really upset [when she interviewed me about Confessions in 2005]. Oprah wasn't mad [when she interviewed me]. As long as Oprah wasn’t mad, I was good. I didn't care what anybody else had to say. Oprah was amazing. So, watching Black women defend men, and Black women who had a platform, defend the sexual blackmailing of men: “If you don't do this with me, you won't get this job”; “If you don't do this in my trailer, you're going to have to leave the set”– these are things that I dealt with.

I just happened to be the kind of woman who, because I was a single mother raising my child all by myself and never got any help at all – which I still don't. Like, I'm 24 in college – not a cheap college either – one of the best colleges in the country, and I'm still taking care of him all by myself as a 21-year-old, 20-year-old, young, single mother with no family and no support – I wasn’t about to say no to something that could help me feed my son for a month or two or three.

xoNecole: We are in this post-Me Too climate where women in Hollywood have come forward to talk about the powerful men who have abused them. In the music industry in particular, it seems nearly impossible for any substantive change or movement to take place within music. It's only now after three decades of allegations that R. Kelly has finally been convicted and other men like Russell Simmons continue to roam free despite the multiple allegations against him. Why do you think it's hard for the music industry to face its reckoning?

EO: That's not the music industry, that's urban music. That’s just Black folks who make music and nobody cares about that. That's the thing; nobody cares...Nobody cares. It's not the music industry. It's just an "urban" thing. And when I say "urban," I say that in quotations. Literally, it’s a Black thing, where nobody gives a shit what Black people do to Black people. And Russell didn't go on unchecked, he just had enough money to keep it quiet. But you know, anytime you're dealing with Black women being disrespected, especially by Black men, nobody gives a shit.

And Black people don't police themselves so it doesn't matter. Why should anybody care? And Black women don't care. They'll buy an R. Kelly album right now. They’ll stream that shit right now. They don’t care. So, nobody cares. Nobody cares. And if you're not going to police yourself, then nobody's ever going to care.

xoNecole: Do you have any regrets about anything you wrote or perhaps something you may have omitted?

EO: Absolutely not. No. There's nothing that I wish I would've gone back and said to myself, no. I don’t think at 20-something years old, I'm supposed to understand every little thing. I don't think the 20-something-year-old woman is supposed to understand the world and know exactly what she's doing. I think that one of my biggest regrets, which isn't my regret, but a regret, is that I didn't have better parents. Because a 20-something only knows what she knows based on what she’s seen and what she’s been taught and what she’s told. I had shitty parents and a horrible family. Just terrible. These people had no business having children. None of them. And a lot of our families are like that. And we may pass down those familial curses.

*This interview has been edited and condensed

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