August 2012 Libra Horoscope

Long and winding road

The month opens with an urgent reminder to stay true to yourself when the nonconformist Aquarius Full Moon on August 1 brightens your 5th House of Love and Creativity. A lucky lunar trine to expansive Jupiter in your 9th House of Travel awakens your longings for a thrilling adventure that could turn out to be a life-changing experience.
   
Recognition comes your way when popular Venus trades in her fickle flights of fancy and flies out of airy Gemini to swim into the nurturing waters of Cancer and your public 10th House on August 7. You are more eager than ever to engage in clever conversations or flirtatious behavior when effusive Mercury's direct turn in outgoing Leo and your 11th House of Friends on August 8 motivates you to get your social life back in full swing.

However, a few rough days prior to the melodramatic Leo New Moon on August 17 might find you lost in a new relationship landscape that seems less stable than before. Nevertheless, this lunation forms a supportive sextile with a hardworking Mars-Saturn conjunction, motivating you to go the extra mile, yet also demanding patience as it delays the response to your efforts.

Cosmic messages narrow your thinking and tighten your agenda when the Sun enters perfectionist Virgo on August 22, followed by Mars' move into intense Scorpio on August 23. But aspects to nebulous Neptune from the Sun and Mars on August 24-26 can fuel your imagination -- or tempt you with a false sense of security. Meanwhile, the super-sensitive Pisces Full Moon on August 31 adds its healing powers to the equation, while a collaborative sextile from penetrating Pluto urges you to explore emotional depths beyond your previous experience.

Keep in Mind this Month
Your life is in turn exciting, worrisome, challenging, empowering, frustrating, and satisfying. Instead of focusing on any single event, pay attention to the entire mix.

Key Dates for Libra

August 1-2: Fun and Games
You're a social butterfly on August 1, when the Full Moon in friendly Aquarius reflects the light of the playful Leo Sun in your 11th House of Friends and Associates. Enjoying this upbeat energy grows easier when buoyant Jupiter forms a cheerful sextile with the illuminating Sun on August 2. And although your key planet, Venus, in fickle Gemini creates an anxious semisquare to the Sun, a taste of dissatisfaction can feed your sarcasm and wit to make you the life of the party.

SUPER NOVA DAYS
August 15-17: Roll with the Punches
Although a fiery Mars conjunction with restraining Saturn on August 15 can throw obstacles in your path, it can also slow you down just enough to focus your attention and increase your efficiency. If you let fear and jealousy overtake your common sense, this process can be a real struggle. Instead of worrying about a co-worker stealing your thunder, use the intensity of Pluto's opposition to diplomatic Venus in your 10th House of Status to build bridges between you and powerful allies. Stay flexible on August 16 to make the best of an unexpected turn of events when Venus squares unpredictable Uranus in your 7th House of Others. Thankfully, the dramatic Leo New Moon on August 17 activates your 11th House of Social Networking, gathering group support for your creative impulses.