Friday, April 18, 2008

Venus in Gemini (in music)

Equestrienne, Marc Chagall (1931)
(I'm loving this painting)

Gemini is probably the most lighthearted sign Venus can ever choose to be in. It is the sign of youth - Courtney Love (Sun in Cancer) sings for her band Hole: I feel the horses coming galloping, I will never grow old and also I'm too young to be so old. Having the love planet, Venus, in this sign indicates a person who is jovial in love, who seeks variety, excitement and fun. No wonder I found lyrics that brought me colourful, bright, fresh atmospheres. The sky and the sea are mentioned often; dancing and having fun are a constant too. Courtney Love again sings: While this beating heart is still a Valentine, I'm gonna ride this thing until the wheels fall off cause girls like me we always get what we want. So let's go!

Wham (with lyrics written by George Michael - Sun in Cancer) are often a synonym of party music. For example, the classic Club Tropicana: the drinks are free, fun and sunshine, there's enough for everyone. The examples are numerous: All I'm trying to give you is a good time, honey, why do ya have to keep on playing games with my head? As a solo artist, George Michael kept his tune: My friends got their ladies, they're all having babies, I just wanna have some fun. The bright lights are present in Kylie Minogue's (Sun in Gemini) lyrics as well: You show me all the colours when I'm feeling blue, you're the brightest shining lights on Broadway, pink in evening sunsets every day. Love is equated with fun: Come join the loveboat, we're anchored offshore, martinis and bikinis, oh l'amour. Mick Hucknall (lead singer and songwriter for Simply Red - Sun in Gemini) doesn't forget the fun side: I've been out loving all night long, I can't help it, that love it makes me strong. He advises: So enjoy and live, because it's only love doing its thing baby. Once again love is happy: we have a way that seems to brighten up the day.

Gemini is extremely curious and interested in people and all sorts of other things, probably why Liz Greene describes Gemini as a butterfly. As we know, butterflies never stop in a place for very long and the way they move is completely unexpected. This also makes it harder to really understand the person: if the butterfly doesn't stop moving, you don't get to see the wings perfectly. It's no wonder that Kylie Minogue wrote a song called Butterfly. Mick Hucknall has another interesting way of expressing this constant movement: Being one of those grains of sand, I get blown all around the world.

From here, you can understand that Venus in Gemini needs the freedom and independence to able to go where its interests take them and won't enjoy a relationship where they feel tied down or bored. Naturally, if you want to appreciate a butterfly you shouldn't try to catch it and stick it in a box, unless you want to kill it. This way, Mick Hucknall sings You'll get all the time I can give, as long as you respect my freedom to live; he advises: walk around, be free and roam. Wham lyrics also mention it: Wise guys realize there's danger in emotional ties; see me, single and free, no tears, no fears, what I want to be. It can't be any clearer than that. As a solo artist, George Michael adds: Don't put your love in chains baby. This doesn't mean that these people aren't interested in love, no. Mick Hucknall seems to know the score: I got a need to be free, yet I know that I need someone and I'm calling out to you. Others put it in a more poetic way: I think it's amazing the way that love can set you free (George Michael) and Your love gives me wings (Kylie Minogue).

Venus in Gemini is not one to enjoy sitting by the fire holding hands with their "muse". Something that seems comfortable to them means boredom and they despise that. Courtney Love sings: I'm will wait for you and when you bore me I'll be gone. Mick Hucknall explains: You're so beautiful but oh so boring, I'm wondering what am I doing here. Kylie adds: Don't blame me just because I am bored, I'm needy, I need to taste it all. And boring in this case means lack of communication.

Being ruled by Mercury, Gemini seeks communication in all aspects of life and in love relationships especially, in the case of the Geminian Venus. First of all, they are attracted to people who are communicative, secondly they use their exceptional chatty talent to win them over and thirdly they expect their relationships to be a constant trade of interesting things to say. For a person with Venus in Gemini to fall in love it's essential that the brain is stimulated. As Kylie Minogue puts it: Slow down, move to the rhythm that is in my mind. The lack of communication can lead to bitterness, Mick Hucknall sings: So many words are left unspoken, the silent voices are driving me crazy and Kylie Minogue identifies the problem as well: Desperately seeking someone willing to travel, you're lost in conversation and useless at Scrabble.

As we've seen for the Air signs in general, they are not very at ease with the emotional side of things. Kylie Minogue asks: How do you describe a feeling? Mick Hucknall also seems unable to talk about emotion: Can't explain how you make me feel, looking down is mighty real. Courtney Love describes what could be the predominance of mind over heart in Venus in Gemini: I know, I can't feel it, well I know it enough to believe it.
For Gemini being unable to see the logic of emotions leads them to avoid intensity and sometimes even fear the emotionality. George Michael sings: I'm so scared of this love and also Need a lover but love's such a dangerous place to be. Mick Hucknall explains his inadequacy: I don't know how hard it'll be when I suffer, Affection is a start for me, I hope it's gonna move on. Kylie Minogue also doesn't know how to handle it: You're asking yourself, what's real? What to do with these feelings that you have inside surreal?

Sometimes when they don't know what to do, they'll simply try to keep the emotions under control, far from the eye of their observers: Mick Hucknall sings Ooh I remember those old love letters, plagued with memories, I can't forget us, trying to fight it, trying to hide it. But other times hiding it doesn't work, for Kylie: See through me when I put up a fight, like you to see the things I hide. Go deeper than I won't let you know, I'm frightened but I won't let it show. Often this leads to more trouble: I play it cool, so cool that no-one ever understands me (Mick Hucknall). For this reason Venus in Gemini can be seen by some as superficial and cold. They are willing to talk about their relationship with you, but you might get frustrated as soon as you realize they won't go into the deeper issues.

From these examples, you've probably gathered that Venus in Gemini isn't the most willing to settle of the love signs. The trouble is that their interests change often (Courtney Love sings: Our love is quicksand, so easy to drown) and some of their relationships may not last very long (Kylie Minogue explains her logic: It mightn't last more than a day but I'll take my chances anyway, 'cause my heart is saying it's for real). Gemini is a mutable sign. Often they feel confused by what seem opposite realities inside themselves. As you probably know, the twins represent Gemini and they often feel like they're two different people and don't know whether to follow one or the other (feelings vs. reason, masculine vs. feminine). Courtney Love wrote a song called Good Sister/Bad Sister. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish right from wrong as they try to keep impartial. Mick Hucknall wrote: We are so many people, living different lives under turbulent times, Oh man, we don't know good from evil. Kylie sings also: Clever girl, think you're right but what's right from wrong? Clever girl, think you are but you think too much. Yes thinking seems to be a problem too: I've got to think twice before I give my heart away (George Michael); I'm thinking, thinking about it all, I'm sorting everything inside + Don't let anyone tell you what you think you must think (Kylie Minogue).

So Mick Hucknall reaches this great conclusion: Ideals are fine for beauty but for love they fool relationships. Ha! The sooner Venus in Gemini realizes this, that love can't be logically analysed and systematised and that feelings need to be acknowledged and dealt with, the happier they will become.
Got Venus in Gemini?


Ps said...

Interesting and clear analysis--you convey with so much clarity what to expect from a venus in gemini.I don't know anyone close to me who has venus in gemini--but the descriptions sounds apt for the sunsign.

Niall said...

First off:..I love Chagal's work....a good choice of painting for this post! Secondly:Well done for rerasearching the Kylie lyrics! have brought me to be interested in something i've never had any time for write with such enthusiasm and in such a friendly (?) way as to make it sound so obvious...!!

missalister said...

Another superbly executed, supremely enjoyable Venus as the Muse study! I can’t get enough of how you weave the musicians’ lyrics into your prose and I love how you color-code them! I identified with all the Courtney Love lyrics quoted except for the quicksand one (which I guess makes sense because Cancer plays nicely with Pisces). Only identified with Hucknall’s grain of sand lyrics (Geminis and I clash majorly...well, DUH! Right? LOL!)

Anonymous said...

i love gemini...lovelovelove. i have a theory that where your jupiter is where all goodness is birthed ( jupiter is gemini).

susiej said...

Yes, when will that day come? This is a very warm post.

Devil Mood said...

PS: Thanks, I really wondered if this was clear or not. I just realized how complicated this sign is while I was doing it. I had to cut the excess information and even so I ended up with a huge post!

Niall: Does it really sound obvious? I'm glad because as I was saying to Preeti, I was getting really confused writing about it. lol And that's really GREAT to know that you're interested in something you weren't before. :)

MissAlister: hehe true! I'm so happy you like the posts. Sometimes I think they're not very reader-friendly, they seem to be growing for each sign that comes. :P
This Venus in Gemini is probably the most different from my own Venus (in Scorpio). Light versus Heavy ;)

Chrispito: Interesting theory! Perhaps that's why I think I'm such a good person (my Jupiter is conjunct my Sun) lol. As forGeminis, they're currently getting on my nerves really badly, as I live with 2. It's like living with four people

SusieJ: Thank you! Well, I think the day will come for every Gemini/Venus in Gemini sooner or later.