TikTok couple can taste zodiac signs, see color of Taylor Swift’s voice

Geminis are going to eat this up. 

Whenever TikTok tastemaker Jackson has a hankering for chocolate donuts, all he has to do is say the word “Gemini.” If it’s orange soda he craves, uttering the zodiac sign “Cancer” does the trick. 

“I have one of the more uncommon forms of synesthesia called lexical gustatory synesthesia,” Jackson, 34, told The Post.

It’s a rare neurological condition that enables him to taste words.

“So, when I say or hear certain words, I associate foods very strongly with them,” the Minnesota anomaly added. 

Trending clips of Jackson’s talented tastebuds linking distinct flavors to zodiac signs have amassed over 6.4 million views on TikTok. 

“Gemini is the tastiest,” he said. “Aries taste like a rubber tire.”

For him, proper names are magically delicious, too. 

“The name ‘Grace’ tastes like turkey smothered in gravy,” he said. “‘Bridgette’ tastes like tree bark.”

Bitterly, his own name doesn’t summon up any zest. But his dad’s name, “Sam,” bares the zing of salmon burger patties.

And while approximately 2-4% of people have some form of synesthesia — a perceptual phenomenon in which information meant to stimulate one sense activates multiple senses — research shows that only .02% of the population shares his special sensory superpower.

A study from the University of California found that synesthesia, “…occurs from increased communication between sensory regions and is involuntary, automatic,
and stable over time.”

Analysts also determined that synesthesia typically runs in families, and is high inheritable from parent to child — so Jackson’s future kids could posses the sensory sorcery too.

“Having this unique gift is really cool,” Jackson gushed. 

His wife Sarah, 29, has auditory-visual synesthesia, which means that any sound — from a pin drop to a hard-rock concerto — stimulates a colorful visual experience.

“When I listen to music I see colors,” explained Sarah, an abstract artist. “Screamo music looks like the black and white dots of television static, and heavy metal brings up bold colors, like deep red.”

Pop music, however, comes with its own pop of color.

“Songs by Billie Eilish are way more bright and vibrant,” she said of the “Lost Cause” crooner, who also has synesthesia. 

Sarah says Taylor Swift’s voice looks like soft peach and yellow strokes and has a nylon texture.

She and Jackson chose not to share their last name for privacy reasons.

But on their public TikTok profile, the superhuman sweethearts — who married in 2018, and only revealed their heightened senses to one another last year — keep their more than 470,000 fans frenzied by revealing what foods their names, astrological signs or random words taste like.

“Jack says ‘Aquarius’ tastes like a cereal,” Sarah says in a voiceover video from their zodiac-tasting series. The clip garnered over 1.4 million views.

“Specifically Oatmeal Squares by Quaker with some oat milk over the top. Delicious,” she continued. “Congratulations Aquariuses.”

Jackson also finds that “Sagittarius” tastes like egg noodles and meat sauce, “Leo” like Fritos corn ships and “Taurus” like lime-flavored tortillas and salsa. 

And to any distasteful commenters doubting the validity of their neurological gifts, the sensitive sweethearts say: “We can’t taste the hate.”

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