Gemini is one of the more misunderstood signs of the zodiac. With a reputation for being two-faced and moody perpetuated by astrology amateurs, Gemini seems to be a sign that is hard to trust, flighty, and superficial. While these traits can occupy the shadow side of Gemini’s nature, they don’t represent the sign of Gemini in its full expression.
In this article, we will talk about Gemini spirit animals that perfectly match this zodiac sign, both energetic and spiritual. But before we dive into these spirit animals and their traits, we first talk a bit more about the Gemini characteristics.
Rather than being two-faced, Gemini is able to mirror a wide variety of behaviors from the people they are with at the time. The negative traits that people see in Gemini could very well be their own negative traits, mirrored back to them, and the things they find so fun and engaging about Gemini could also be things they love about themselves.
People may also observe Gemini interacting with other people in a seemingly wide array of personalities as if they are putting a different ‘character’ on for different occasions. This is, again, just a result of Gemini’s innate mirroring quality – the Gemini native might not even realize consciously that they are doing this.
Gemini also has a reputation for mischievousness, razor-sharp wit and intelligence, and sociability, although sometimes it can be hard to truly get to know the person who lies beneath the good-natured, yet aloof exterior. Gemini may be the life of the party, but often they are going home alone. When Gemini takes their social mask off at the end of the day, who is revealed?
Gemini Spirit Animals
Gemini is one of the signs of the zodiac that is not symbolized by an animal; famously, their dual nature is represented by the Twins. Still, there are a few Gemini spirit animals.
These animals represent the core values and attributes of Gemini, while also acting as guides for Gemini in the spirit realm, leading them down the path to discovering their true, and best self. True to the Gemini nature, there is more than one Gemini spirit animal, and each animal has its own unique characteristics. Let’s take a look at some of the Gemini Spirit Animals.
Crazy Like a Fox
The Fox is synonymous with the idea of the trickster spirit, and no other archetype applies so well to Gemini. Shared by fellow Mercury-ruled sign Virgo, the fox is a symbol of shrewdness, curiosity, intelligence, flightiness, and mischievousness.
Foxes are quite adaptable and opportunistic, and some attribute to foxes a sort of amorality, an ‘every man for himself’ mentality that can be characteristic of Gemini as well. As an omnivorous predator that is also seen as a tasty snack by larger apex predators, or at least an annoyance that must be dealt with, foxes exemplify this trait.
Foxes are very intelligent and curious. When something unknown enters their environment, a fox will usually – very cautiously – inspect and try to learn all they can about the unknown thing, before running away to safety. In the same way, Gemini loves to intake as much information as they can, before moving on to a different subject.
Gemini’s instinct is not to delve deeply into one subject, but rather to alight on many different subjects. As a result, Gemini can be seen as a jack of all trades, and a master of none. The depth of their knowledge on a particular subject doesn’t matter as much as the fact that they know many different things about many different subjects.
Foxes are also shrewd and opportunistic. They are well known for their ability to get themselves out of a scrape easily, as well as taking any opportunity where they can find it.
They are omnivorous, and will even eat carrion if it is what is closest at hand, and they have no qualms about sneaking into a henhouse for an easy meal – often without being caught – and leaving behind a bloody scene of chaos for somebody else to deal with.
Gemini is also shrewd. It is nearly impossible to get anything past Gemini, and their quick mind is often able to see the lay of the land and decipher what it is they need to do to make the situation bend in their favor. If they are a bit unscrupulous in doing so, well… Scrupulousness is not a known Gemini trait or a fox trait.
As a Gemini spirit animal, the fox guides Gemini by urging them to use caution. Sometimes Gemini can have a hard time keeping secrets, even their own, and their manipulation of situations can be rather obvious once others have caught on.
Fox teaches Gemini to keep their inner workings clandestine – no fox ever negotiated an easy meal after loudly bragging their intention.
The fox is the chief Gemini spirit animal. What are some other attributes of the fox that Gemini exemplifies?
Birds of a Feather
Our next Gemini spirit animal is a bird. Well, a particular type of bird – the parrot. Birds are natural Gemini spirit animals, as Gemini is an air sign, and known for their flightiness and independent streak. The parrot is especially akin to Gemini for their sociability, intelligence, and ability to communicate.
Parrots are deceptively smart. In many standard pet intelligent tests, parrots are on average more intelligent than dogs. Sometimes the dog’s intelligence compares with the parrots, but very rarely does it surpass it. To compare with humans, parrots have about the same level of cognitive capability as a 5-year-old human child.
Gemini is known to be one of the signs most characterized by intelligence, but they sometimes have a reputation for being a bit airheaded.
They are able to touch down on meanings and point out connections others might not have seen, but since their mind is always moving at top speed, they never alight on one thing for too long before they are already thinking about the other thing.
This, combined with their determination to never take anything too seriously, can result in the outside observer seeing them as flighty and ditzy.
Like Gemini, parrots are exceptional mimics. By observing the environment around them, they are able to mimic the sounds that they hear and even speak human language. While parrots are highly intelligent, they still don’t quite understand the complexities of the language they’re copying, but they do understand the context that certain words are said. They, therefore, respond to and comment on situations with an uncanny level of understanding.
Parrots are also highly sociable and don’t love being left alone. They can become easily bored, which leads to destructive behavior. Cage accouterments such as bells, mirrors, and toys with many different colors, textures, and sounds, help a parrot’s mind stay engaged.
Because of their intelligence and wit, Gemini can also become easily bored. Even if they are engaged in an activity they enjoy, if there isn’t any kind of variety they will quickly lose interest and move on to something else.
The cycle of the zodiac mirrors the various seasons of life that humans move through in their time on earth. In this cycle, Gemini is the young child, who is learning everything about the world around them, beginning to remember what things are, and forming their first social connections – similar to a child of 5.
Of course, adult Geminis possess a higher level of intelligence than a 5-year-old, but they are definitively one of the signs that possess childlike levels of curiosity and attentiveness.
The parrot can help Gemini use their words with the economy – there’s no need to launch into a full diatribe when just a quick, concise sentence will do. Although Gemini loves to revel in details and follow every path and connection that occurs to them, their communication abilities can stand to be improved with focus.
The airheaded – but brainy – parrot is a chatty Gemini spirit animal. What else do you know about parrots that you can compare to Gemini?
Monkeys are our final Gemini spirit animal. Their social structures, behaviors and antics almost describe Gemini to a tee, and monkeys are just as talkative. Monkeys represent the outer world of Gemini and their need for constant communication and to belong to a group, as well as their high level of intelligence and resourcefulness.
Monkeys are very social animals. Like primates, they are distant cousins of Homo sapiens (the human species), and watching monkeys go about their day, it isn’t hard to see a bit of family resemblance. In fact, monkey behavior might even seem to mimic or mirror human behavior, the same way Gemini’s outer personality is often mirroring that of the person they are engaging with.
Monkeys create social bonds by grooming each other. This bond is what helps keep the monkeys alive. Japanese macaques, or “snow monkeys”, who you might know as the cold climate monkeys that like to bathe in natural hot springs, stay alive during the frigid nights by huddling together for warmth. Any monkey that has not ingratiated itself to the troop will not last through the night. So, they spend their days grooming and socializing in order to have a place in the troop’s lifesaving warm nighttime pile.
Likewise, Gemini might feel their place in social standing comes from ingratiating themselves into a group. They have a lot to offer to other people, and generosity comes easily to them, especially if they will get something in return. Gemini loves reciprocity, but will also just as easily jump in to help someone out, even if they might not get more in return than just a thank you. Acknowledgment is its own reward, to a Gemini.
Monkeys are also known for their intelligence and resourcefulness. They have been observed using tools – or even their own wits – in order to feed themselves. Whether it’s by using rocks to pound open stonefruits, or distracting humans with their mischievousness in order to steal the human’s food or belongings, monkeys have a high level of wherewithal that serves them well.
Gemini is also a very intelligent, resourceful sign. Give a Gemini just a few items and tell them to make something useful out of them, and in no time they’ll have rigged up something that other signs wouldn’t even dream of. Gemini’s talent lies in seeing connections and turning those connections into something useful, whether it be with words – Gemini’s weapon of choice – or objects.
Speaking of words – monkeys don’t speak human language, but that does not stop them from talking. Any nature documentary shows that monkeys are almost constantly chattering with each other, vocally and through the use of body language.
Staying in communication with the group allows monkeys to gain the information they might not have learned otherwise. Some monkeys have even developed specific calls to mean specific things.
Gemini loves getting information, and communication is their chief form of receiving and disseminating information. A Gemini’s love language is telling those around them any kind of small, trivial fact they learned that day.
Monkeys have a lot to teach Gemini, especially about forming social bonds. Sometimes it is Gemini’s habit to remain aloof and part of many different social circles, so as to gain what they can from each other.
But without deep bonds that come from reciprocal caregiving and commitment, all of these connections remain superficial, and without that deep connection, one of Gemini’s worst fears – being all alone – can come to fruition.
It’s easy to see why the monkey is a Gemini spirit animal. What other monkey traits can you equate with Gemini?
Which Gemini Spirit Animal Resonates With You?
The fox, parrot, and monkey are the Gemini spirit animals. As with all signs, there are multiple other animals that can be guides for Gemini. Some runner-ups include deer and dolphins. But these three truly represent the many facets of the Gemini personality and experience.
Quick like the fox, intelligent as the parrot, and social like the monkey, Gemini is a sign of many expressions. They may seem to be able to cycle through personalities at the speed of light, but deep down Geminis bring much-needed levity to the wheel of the zodiac and the lives of all of the people they know.
If you’re a Gemini, which Gemini spirit animal do you resonate with the most? Do you have any Gemini friends that remind you of a Gemini spirit animal?