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Tuesday, June 13, 2000


Signs point to
better relations

Bullet How to read the signs
Bullet Future's in the cards

By Nancy Arcayna
Special to the Star-Bulletin


THE next time my Gemini friends cancel plans for lunch, I'll know where I stand in their cosmos.

"They like to tell you at the last moment whether they're coming or not," astrologer Sue Simmons said. "They don't like to make advance plans because something more interesting might come their way."

Simmons' monthly "For Your Sign Only" workshops would be useful for friends, family and employers hoping to figure out what makes people of different signs tick.

The free sessions focus on the sign of the month, and only those born to that sign may attend. Simmons believes people are more comfortable sharing when they are around others of the same sign.

Saturday, a small group of fidgety Geminis sat in a room at Sirius Book Store, hoping for astrological enlightenment. True to their sign, they appeared easily distracted as they shifted in their seats. There were a lot of twiddling thumbs and wandering eyes.

According to Simmons, Geminis are often considered flighty or scattered, which is not necessarily a bad thing. She attributes their short attention span to an interest in all things.

One attendee said that her friend of the same sign is so scatter-brained it made her ashamed to admit she is a Gemini.

Simmons said the group was much quieter than your usual bunch of Geminis because they likely sensed my presence as a Scorpio, an archrival.

Capricorns and Scorpios are generally the signs least compatible with Geminis.

Simmons had been reluctant to allow me to attend, fearing that my presence might disrupt the energy of the room. It was a condition of my attendance that I remain incognito and speak to no one, the perfect cover for the mysterious, probing Scorpio.

"I thought we would get more Geminis to attend since they love to learn things," she said. "But on the other hand, they are the least likely to come to class."

People attend for different reasons. Some are extremely interested in what the future holds; others are trying to make sense of themselves and their signs, she said.

Simmons uses Greek mythology to explain why certain characteristics are attributed to the signs of the zodiac.

Gemini, for example, is the messenger of information, so communication is extremely important. The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, is a good example, Simmons said. This Gemini killed people in order to convey his messages. "He chose to be sentenced to death and not plead guilty by reason of insanity, because then no one would accept his ideas."

Geminis are good deal-makers and not usually swayed by emotions. Open-mindedness and the ability to see all sides of a situation make them most likely to marry someone outside their race or religion, she explained.

Talking is a favorite activity, so traveling and meeting people suits them fine. They also possess a good sense of humor. "Geminis can turn things into a joke at a moments notice."

The roomful of Geminis laughed at this point and some made jokes about having evil twins.

Oddly enough, Geminis usually have sibling issues, often involving jealousy. "Many have claimed to have had a twin that died in the womb," Simmons said.

Geminis fear aging more than others. As the sign of the eternal child, they hate the thought of growing old. Everyone in the room nodded in agreement on this one.

They also have the talent to transform the ordinary into something beautiful or useful.

"My cousin in the Midwest is a Gemini," Simmons said. "He has a waste-management plant where he turns human waste into something useful like fertilizer."

How to read the signs

For Your Sign Only

Bullet Workshops: 2 to 3:30 p.m., second Saturday of each month (Cancer, July 8; Leo, Aug. 12; Virgo, Sept. 9; Libra, Oct. 14; Scorpio, Nov. 11; and Sagittarius, Dec. 9). Reservations not required.

Bullet Place: Sirius Book Store, 2320 Young St.

Bullet Call: 947-4910.

Bullet Also: Sue Simmons conducts beginning astrology classes, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 3 to Sept. 21; $15 per class. Reservations required. Call 942-5626.

Sign Basics

Simmons says each sign has negative and positive attributes. Signs within the same element normally get along. Here are basic characteristics associated with each sign:

Fire signs

These signs need activity. They have inspiration and the ability to see possibilities in situations. All fire signs are idealistic.

Bullet Aries (March 21-April 19): An initiator who starts new projects, and expresses bravery, originality, unlimited thinking.

Bullet Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Expresses leadership, acting ability, creativity, positive thinking, warmth and love.

Bullet Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Expansive thinker, strives for social, religious or philosophical ideals; outspoken and convivial.

Earth signs

These individuals are slow, practical, methodical and oriented toward the physical and material needs of the body and their


Bullet Taurus (April 20-May 20): Love beauty, sensuality and beautifying surroundings.

Bullet Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Concerned with practical details. Good at healing or service-oriented positions.

Bullet Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Practical, cautious, reserved and organized. They take one step at a time.

Air signs

These are concerned with thought, ideas, communication and inventions.

Bullet Gemini (May 21-June 20): Concerned with gathering facts, teaching, reporting

Bullet Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Concentrates on balancing relationships or fields such as dance, art or organizing events.

Bullet Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Inventive, concerned with the common people and have the ability to see the big picture.

Water signs

These signs are concerned with emotions and sensitivity.

Bullet Cancer (June 21-July 22): Concerned with nurturing and emotional security. Family and home very important.

Bullet Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Intensely emotional and able to see through others' defenses. Deals with power, control.

Bullet Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Deals with illusion, mysticism and self-sacrifice.

Just for geminis

Forecast for 2000

Bullet Possible changes: A promotion, new job or career change are possible, as well as a fluctuation in income. People may come back into your life with situations that need to be resolved.

Bullet Good ideas: Pursue a love interest and get married; rethink belief systems. Be alone and think things through; tie up loose ends before starting anything new.

Bullet Bad ideas: The time is not right for engaging in legal matters. Take extra caution when traveling long distances.

Famous Geminis

Bullet Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Dr. Ruth, Judy Garland and John Hinckley and the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski.

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