This article provides an overview of the meaning and characteristics of the air signs of the zodiac: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Gemini – Mutable Air – Rules the 3rd house – Ruled by Mercury
Gemini is quick. They’re a busy sign, so concerned with collecting new bits of information; they sometimes ignore the practicalities of life. Curious, nimble, infectious and informative, this mutable sign is also capable of great adaptation in the realm of his mind – including how he makes choices!
Because he is an air sign, he thinks about this eternal dichotomy about everything in the world constantly! And then he communicates it, because he is ruled by the planet of communication, Mercury. This is one reason why Geminis have the reputation for being a flighty and fickle sign. They seem to change their mind every five minutes, and perhaps they do. But it’s not because they don’t have any perspective on the situation, quite the contrary, they see all perspectives!
Gemini has the life lesson of learning to focus. He explores everything, but only at a surface level. If only he could utilize his amazing intellect to delve a bit deeper into a selected few areas he could change the saying “jack of all trades, master of none” to “jack of all trades, master of a select few”.
Libra – Cardinal Air – Rules the 7th house – Ruled by Venus
A cardinal sign, Libra is concerned with initiation and taking action. As with other cardinal signs, he is questioning his own identity. Libra however, does this through intellectual involvement with groups and relationships. His challenge is to find himself through others, without eclipsing his identity in the process.
He often uses his cardinal nature to express amazing powers of socialization, through the mental realm. Libra, like all air signs, is capable of seeing all sides of a situation, thus giving him a great deal of objectivity. He is famed for his indecision and procrastinating ways, but this is not because he lacks the intelligence, or depth of thought to make a decision. The problem is that he thinks everything through with such careful rationale; he makes himself painfully aware of the consequences of any of his own actions on another person, or group. Libra wants to be part of something and fears the wrong decision may alienate him somehow. And so, he claims confusion.
Ruled by Venus, Libra is expressing his cardinal intellect in the most harmonious and peaceful way possible. Conflict is a Libra’s worst nightmare, and he will use his incredible Venusian gifts of beautiful, charming, diplomatic communication to avoid upheaval.
Aquarius – Fixed Air – Rules the 11th house – Ruled by Uranus, co-ruled by Saturn
Aquarius is a fixed sign, and as such, is concerned with maintaining what has been created before. Aquarius is also concerned with self-worth. He establishes this through his intellect. As an air sign, Aquarians are full of ideas, but thanks to Uranus being one of this sign’s rulers, their ideas are often avant-garde, or in some way unusual. They are always innovative.
Aquarians have the reputation of being eccentric, and at times they can be. However, this complex sign is ruled by two planets and each planet has a different agenda. This sets up an interesting dilemma for such an intellectual sign. Uranus is the planet that breaks down structure and revolutionizes. Saturn, co-ruler of Aquarius, is the planet that builds structure and governs limitations. Uranus will have no limitations. Poor Aquarius! In a way, he is a living oxymoron.
By its nature, Aquarians aren’t revolutionary, but if their personal need for freedom is compromised, they will destroy any thing blocking their path. And even when he has his personal freedom, Aquarius often assigns all these “rules” to his freedom. As an air sign, he thinks himself into a corner and as a fixed sign; he becomes stuck in that corner.
It is difficult for this sign to create deep emotional ties to an individual. That would require functioning at a heart level instead of an intellectual one. And Aquarius is only comfortable inside his head.
Still, with this sign’s inherent struggle, Aquarius can change the world. He is capable of unyielding commitment to his theories and when those ideas propel him towards a cause, absolutely nothing can stop him.