August 2012 Gemini Horoscope

Flying by the seat of your pants

This month is full of change and it is bound to bring a few surprises along the way. The action starts immediately as the quirky Aquarius Full Moon on August 1 falls in your 9th House of Adventure, tempting you to dream about the future rather than take care of business in the present moment.

But messenger Mercury is still retrograde in your 3rd House of Communication, so it's tough to make progress if you're dealing with delays caused by misunderstandings, incorrect assumptions, or lack of preparation. Fortunately, your efforts should begin to pay off soon after Mercury turns direct on August 8, while gracious Venus' entry into nurturing Cancer on August 7 encourages you to consider other people's feelings before speaking your mind.

Your frustration builds through August 15, when hot Mars joins cold Saturn in your 5th House of Romance and Self-Expression, confronting you with unavoidable consequences of recent behavior. Issues about love and money could become more troublesome, yet the dramatic Leo New Moon on August 17 is a turning point that empowers you to take direct action to resolve recent difficulties.

The Sun's entry into efficient Virgo on August 22 helps you to focus on your intentions. Set specific goals, for little will stand in your way once Mars enters passionate Scorpio and your 6th House of Work on August 23. A second Full Moon this month on August 31 shines in your 10th House of Career in psychic Pisces, strengthening your intuition about the outcome of an important professional decision. Analytical Mercury sharpens your perceptions and fine-tunes your logic as it slips into precise Virgo, also on August 31.

Keep in Mind this Month
Although you can see that you're making progress again, you still must handle day-to-day situations as they arise before you think about what comes next.

Key Dates for Gemini

August 8-9: It's Getting Better All the Time
You've struggled to keep your life in order since July 14, when your key planet, Mercury, turned retrograde. Fortunately, it becomes easier for you to maintain the hectic pace when expressive Mercury turns direct in generous Leo on August 8. Others may notice a positive change in your attitude, too, with your words reflecting a new sense of optimism. But don't fool yourself about love or money, because attractive Venus in your 2nd House of Self-Worth trines imaginative Neptune on August 9. Visualize the best possible outcome by letting your dreams be your guide, but anchor your logic to reality.

SUPER NOVA DAYS
August 14-17: Shadow Dancing
You can exhaust yourself trying to avoid a difficult lesson about love now, or you can stop rationalizing and delve deeply into your emotions. The Leo Sun's anxious sesquisquares to potent Pluto and shaky Uranus on August 14-15 put you on notice that there is no stable place to stand as shifting circumstances test your resolve. Additionally, needy Venus in emotional Cancer opposes Pluto and squares Uranus on August 15-16, revealing a darker side of love if you succumb to possessiveness or jealousy. And an inarguable Mars-Saturn conjunction on August 15 is a reality check that requires you to face current issues head-on. Ultimately, the Leo New Moon on August 17 rewards your willingness to enter the unknown darkness by shining light on a previously unseen path to success.