May 2012 Gemini Horoscope

Slow down and smell the roses

Conflicting cosmic messages rev up your communication engine while also tempting you with the peace and quiet of increased isolation. Paradoxically, your friends are even more important to you than usual, as this month begins with chatty Mercury in excitable Aries in your 11th House Social Networking.

Your quick wit isn't a substitute for real understanding, however, and Mercury's worried opposition to judgmental Saturn on May 5 -- the same day as the intense Scorpio Full Moon -- reminds you that others may not be entertained by your lighthearted humor.

Mercury's entry into easygoing Taurus and your 12th House of Privacy on May 9 is another sign you need to slow down and maybe even retreat into a more relaxed lifestyle for a while. Fewer distractions are in order while three planets -- Mercury, the Sun, and Jupiter -- travel through your secretive 12th House of Privacy.

Pleasure-seeking Venus turns retrograde in your sign on May 15, highlighting your need for reflection and solitude. Nevertheless, she remains in your 1st House of Personality for an extended stay until August 7, offering her blessings of love and money to those who are patient. But waiting isn't your forte, and the Sun's entry into flighty Gemini on May 20, just a few hours prior to a Solar Eclipse, can make you anxious. However, this New Moon Eclipse is also a start of a fresh cycle if you're willing to let go of your old expectations. The pace of your life quickens when your ruling planet, Mercury, flies into noisy Gemini on May 24.

Keep in Mind this Month
Although your life is settling into a steady rhythm, be prepared to revise your plans when the tempo shifts.

Key Dates for Gemini

May 13-16: Beyond the Horizon
The Sun's annual conjunction with jaunty Jupiter on May 13 fills you with confidence. Luckily, you intuitively know how to translate an opportunity into reality now as articulate Mercury in reliable Taurus forms a solid Grand Earth Trine with courageous Mars and formidable Pluto on May 13-16. You can draw on deep reserves of energy to accomplish your goals, but you still may fall short of your own high expectations because Jupiter forms an irritating quincunx with pessimistic Saturn on May 16. Additionally, Venus begins her six-week retrograde phase on May 15, tempting you with the promise of satisfaction while placing it just beyond your reach. Don't let frustration get the best of you; use your time wisely by preparing for what's ahead.

SUPER NOVA DAYS
May 20-22: Let the New Times Roll
You know better than to hold on to your past when the Sun and Moon enter restless Gemini on May 20 and the New Moon Eclipse pushes the restart button in your 1st House of Self. This Solar Eclipse forms an imaginative biquintile to productive Saturn in your 5th House of Self-Expression, enabling you to tap into a creative flow. But managing the intensity can challenge you, especially with verbal Mercury forming uneasy aspects with Saturn and Pluto on May 21. Although you may think that an idea is not worth pursuing, Mercury's conjunction with promising Jupiter on May 22 restores your confidence in your plan and encourages you to take it to the next level.