There’s something about the start of Gemini season. The energy stirs a sense of adventure and exploring for us, whether it’s getting really into creating a summer reading list, going on exciting days trip or even starting a new hobby. It’s the season of ideas and curiosity; a time when thinking and the desire to simply know things is a driving force in our day-to-day.
Think of the general things celebrated around this time—Great Outdoors Month, Gay Pride, Iced Tea Month. All things that invite a sense of excitement and curious exploration.
Curiosity, according to ceramic artist Stanton Hunter, is an innate ability we’re all born with and “serves as our own GPS device.” It’s like paying attention, he goes on to say, and the more you do it the more it’ll reveal for you. But researchers say that at some point, between the ages of 7 and 10, we lose that sense of innocence and start to think we know everything and make assumptions. Sound familiar? Hunter, who writes the piece in response to how curiosity connects artists more to their work, describes this phase perfectly as the age when we get “kicked out of the garden.”
Fortunately for us, there are things we can do to retain a bit of that, and to continue living authentically and curiously, discovering the new in our every day.
- Start Anywhere, with anything. Hunter said that just paying attention to the things that catches your attention and following that thread—like a “treasure map” and writing out why it’s interesting. Write your discoveries down, see where it leads your creativity.
- Give curiosity room to grow. Researchers say that curiosity happens when there’s a gap in something we think we know; those are the spaces that lead to more questions and a desire to understand a topic more. What is a topic or idea you believe you know extremely well? Or what is something that feels like it creates friction and controversy in your life?
- Plan for curiosity. You can go on artists dates or morning pages, as author Julia Cameron describes in The Artist‘s Way, create curiosity boxes with toys and crafts from discount stores, or go on field trips. Ask yourself: “What would 5-year-old me want to do today?” Play old board games, card games and do activities you explored when little; see where it all leads you to indulge your smaller-self.
Try This: Gemini and Mercury are great points to observe in your chart. Where these land in your chart—the house, how it connects to other planets, the sign Mercury is in—begin to ask questions there. Why do you think your Mercury is the sign it is? What houses your Gemini energy and are there any other planets with that Gemini vibe?