My darling art-astrology enthusiasts!
Greetings from the Bull’s tail-end—not its ass, dummy, its cyclical finale! (This is an art magazine; take your vulgarity elsewhere). I hope you spent your Taurus season swathed in luxury fabrics and text-arguing with your ex over subjects about which you are most definitely in the wrong; that face mask has been doing wonders for your skin, though! ….Have you left the house all? On May 21st, you might just have to. The much-feared Gemini season will soon cease its looming to enact designs on the lives of our unsuspecting creative citizenry, and, Beyonce-Christ alive, is this one going to be a doozy, y’all. Gemini season is shaping up to provide a jolt awake from the methodical, slow-cruising nap of April/May; a 180-degree pivot from the lackadaisical, pleasure-driven Taurus sun, Gemini stimulation is the emotional equivalent to a shot of rail tequila chased with gasoline, no cough, no wince, no lime in sight.
Buckle in, kids.
Gemini love communication of any description, so rear up for a surplus of crackling connectivity, social engagement, and mental gymnastics. Whether you’ve been putting off a new project or an old argument, come May 21st, the time to release the big guns will be nigh. Notorious chameleons of the Zodiac, Gemini know how to put their airy cerebrality to opportune use, seamlessly mixing and mingling with all walks of life and any number of energy vibrations. Their reputation for “two-facedness” seems a bit rude, really; Gemini are famously loyal, persistent, and frank, they just know how to read a room. Do they gossip at length? ...Yes. Will they wreck you in a debate? Absolutely.
But do you want one in your corner? Under every conceivable circumstance.
So how will Gemini season affect your art practice? Let’s take a lil’ gander:
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
My impulsive rage-baby! Interestingly, this twin-filled period won’t prove too dramatic of a shift for you, even though drama typically bobs in whatever wake you choose to leave behind in your trail of destruction. The Taurus sun brought you patience, planning, and purpose, and as long as you stay away from needless naysayers and pointless spats (not your specialty, but I believe in you), you’ll find that the focus you’ve honed over the past month will see you clear through June. You’re making good work, and opportunities are starting to pour in, although perhaps not at the pace you’d like, impatient Ram. Disconnect a little, and keep in mind that reflection can provide as much clarity as existential dread.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Jasper Johns, May 15 via Jasper-Johns.org
Continue your slow and steady, bull-babe; Gemini season is ripe time for studio visits and professional ingratiation; I’d recommend taking another pass at a particularly tough statement or application you may have sidelined for the nonce. May is all about hyper-active verbal elasticity, and you’ll be able to access that in spades once you, you know, leave your damn house.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Paul Gauguin, June 7 via Bonjour Paris
Reclaim your time, Gemini! It’s your solar return, so prepare to be in the amped-up apex of your personal powers. While you may find yourself increasingly distractible as your energy surges, your capability planets are aligning beautifully, and as long as you maintain a level of operational discipline, feel free to take on an extra project or two. Keep in mind that your empathy is going to be a little... stilted, this month, so use your deep-embedded penchant for duality to analyze others’ intentions before you jump to conclusions. Your professional opportunities are rearing to go, Gemini, and it’s time to put that motormouth to the test! Lean into the text-based foundation of your practice and see where all that logorrhea can get you.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Edgar Degas, July 19, 1834 via WikiArt
My oft-wimpering princess, reserve your energy for your upcoming astrological spotlight and don’t spend too much time worrying about all this high-buzzing Gemini business. You are one of the signs least affected by the upcoming solar sway, and you should take that as a cue to incubate. If anything, use the Gemini’s example to fortify your interpersonal boundaries and delve into research mode; creativity needs fuel and it’s impossible to make anything halfway interesting if your well is completely dry.
LEO (July 23-August 22)
Thomas Eakins, July 25 via Curiator
My roaring whirlwind! This upcoming month is going to be gang-busters for your practice; something you’ve been preparing for festers afoot at summer’s end; it’s sure to stress you out and up-end your current rooted routine, so don’t put off preparation for the big day! Believe in the veracity of your artwork, and try to remember that just because you’re not the center attention doesn’t mean that what you’re doing isn’t valid. Gemini season is the perfect time to hone new skills and learn new stuff; take a class or attend some lectures by your idols. What better way to show off that big brain of yours?
VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
Margaret Keane, Setpember 15 via Vulture
Ah, Virgo, my parsimonious pomegranate. Gemini season will prove just the tonic you need from the tough Taurus slog, as you are one of the signs most drastically affected by the twin-ship abounding in May and June. In particular, your professional life is really starting to heat up, and it’s going to be a challenge to balance your art practice with the human need to pay bills on time. Given your exacting temperament, Virgo, this challenge suits you well, but Gemini season’s bouncing energy might prove distracting if you don’t take some much-needed time for yourself. You’re great at lists and scheduling, so put that talent to the test and set aside some much-needed studio time.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
El Greco, October 6 via National Galleries of Scotland
You’re killing it lately, Libra! I’m terribly impressed with your verve of the past few weeks, what with all this productivity and expertly deployed flirtation. Don’t feel anxious about this season’s approach, friend. While the Gemini ethos is similarly ethereal and socially-focused to your scale-ensconced ways, your current track looks so clear as to appear pre-determined to those who think your ability to hide the sweat has anything to do with your stellar work ethic. If anything, Gemini season will provide a much-needed respite from your break-neck schedule of art-world officiation, and this sign’s inescapable dynamism will help you move on to the next breakthrough. Don’t spend too much time at play, however; burnout looms if you prioritize fun over function.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)
Roy Lichtenstein, October 27 via ThoughtCo
Scorpio, you font of wanton mystery! You’re nothing if not intense, and this Gemini season will prompt you to further mine the philosophical dregs of your practice. Why are you using the materials you’re using? What does it all mean? Do you know? Do you care? Big changes are wont to happen in your studio, Scorpio, and I hate to say it, but they’re going to hurt like hell. It’s time to let go of any latent preconceptions you may be harboring about your output and apply the rigor you lend your interpersonal relationships to the one you maintain between you and your work. Interrogate your own intentions, but not from a space of introversion; the doubling energy Gemini proffers will inevitably lead to a bold, controversial statement of self, and it’s up to you to deal with the fallout.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
Paul Klee, December 18 via Daily Express
My spicy Sagittarius! Gemini season, while traditionally more associated with intellect than matters of the heart, shows me love in your cards, and we all know how you get with that sort of stuff—whatever flies into your head tumbled un-edited out of your pretty mouth, and you can’t help but fall hook, line and sinker for a stocking-capped hooligan who won’t call his mother and lives with seventy-eight other people in a converted outhouse nowhere near a train line. Please try to keep in mind that art is more important than hormones, that you have deadlines to hit, and that nothing gets made if your bed doesn’t, okay? You’re not one for personal commitments, anyway, so commit to your paintings! They’re good, unlike this latest doofus.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
Berthe Morisot, January 14 via artnews
My shivering anxiety succubus! Are you okay? Taurus season proved serendipitous for a self-appointed enforcer like yourself, but this upcoming Gemini twist might knock you a little bit to the left. Don’t ignore the priorities that need your attention; Gemini’s sparkling reverberations might amplify your already too-loud fear of being left behind, but try to squash those qualms by leaning into your home-grown pragmatism. You don’t have to be at every opening, but you do have to show up for your own work this month. I’d also recommend keeping the crap-talking to a minimum, even if the subject matter is juicy. Your topics might end up on loose lips, and that could screw you over for consideration in something shockingly prestigious.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18th)
Shepard Fairey, February 15 via Hip Hop Wired
If Taurus season gave you license to chill, intrepid Aquarius, Gemini season might very well afford you the space you need to slay the game. You’ve been holed up for a minute, making spreadsheets, gathering materials, and screening calls, but the garrulous Gemini sun has finally breached your creative center. It’s time to get back out there! You’ve got a seemingly endless barrage of ideas to contribute, so use this month to network, connect, and empower yourself to go where shyness or indecision might have prevented you before.
PISCES (February 19-March 20)
Milton Avery, March 7 via Smithsonian Magazine
My pensive water-bug! There’s no nice way to put this: Gemini season is going to make you completely insane. You’re already overwhelmed, but your personal life is about to go off the rails, and it’s imperative that you harness the communicative edge you’ve been cosmically gifted this month if you’re going to maintain the output necessary to reach your increasingly concrete artistic goals. Don’t let messiness get the best of you; I know your squishy little heart wants nothing more than to avoid blame and absorb everyone else’s lugubrious feelings, but it’s time to access that patented Gemini flavor for order in the midst of chaos. You’ve got this, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. What’s the other side of the disagreement? What are some non-destructive ways you can find solace?
Until Cancer season, I bid you adieu! Gemini wisely, kids.