Happy August, Gemini!
Gemini: Your Month Ahead
Gemini, welcome to August. This month will give you new opportunities to enjoy siblings, short trips, and communication and to bring more attention to your home, family, and real estate.
Also, August will continue last month’s strong support for slowing down. You may feel more introspective as you review many areas of your life and see where you’d like to make changes. Along with this slower pace, you’ll enjoy some highly playful and creative energies that will spark feelings of joy and inspire you to try new pastimes and pleasures.
Read on to see how August’s astrology will affect you. If you allow yourself to do less, relax, and even take time off for rest or vacation, you can make this a memorable month for fun. Along the way, you’ll reconnect with your inner child, who understands that playtime is just as important as work and that shining your unique light—and even showing off a bit— bring joy and make life worth living.
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Your Siblings, Travel, And Communication
August begins with two planets in Leo:
- The warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking, communication, and commerce and brings playfulness and curiosity wherever he goes
The Moon will link with the Sun in Leo from August 9 through 11, adding tenderness to prevailing energies before the Sun changes signs on August 22. In addition, we will experience a solar eclipse in Leo on August 11, and the Moon’s north node, which has been moving through Leo since May 9, 2017, remains in this sign and adds a sense of urgency and even destiny to this month’s energies.
Leo is a fire sign symbolized by the Lion, a proud, courageous, and dramatic animal whose noble bearing makes it a monarch among other creatures. The Lion’s star quality and good looks (especially that showy mane) attract attention, and Leos generally appear confident and can serve others through leadership. Yet this regal exterior sometimes masks a lack of confidence for fear that others may reject them, their talents, and their desire to share themselves freely. Making the most of this charismatic energy means living joyfully by being completely authentic, applauding ourselves instead of looking for validation from others, and being brave enough to share our unique light. When we do Leo well, our hearts sing with joy, we’re free to play like a child, and our passions inspire others to do the same.
Find out more about Leo in my article, Leo Time: Open Your Heart And Shine Your Light. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s fiery exuberance, affection, and loyalty with The Leo Meditation, an uplifting guided meditation.
For you, Gemini, planets in Leo always activate your third house of brothers and sisters, short trips, and local community. This house also governs early education and all forms of communication, from thinking and speaking to writing and research to body language and gestures. The Leo planets this month can bring a playful zest to your relationships with siblings and a creative surge that has you traveling to nearby places or being out and about more in your neighborhood. These energies also may prompt you to pay more attention to your mind and the thoughts you habitually hold so you can harness your intellectual powers constructively and avoid negative thinking. They also can inspire you to start a research project or a novel, improve your presentations with a speech class, or hone your ability to create persuasive letters and brochures at work or for a charitable cause.
Your Home And Family
On August 22, the Sun leaves Leo for Virgo, which will start the month of the Virgin. You’ll feel the energies shift from the warm and showy power of Leo to the health conscious, self-improving world of Virgo. This annual change brings us back down to earth, as playtime gives way to details and practical steps that help us schedule time more efficiently, enjoy better health, and manifest our heart’s desires.
For you, Gemini, planets in Virgo increase your focus on home and family because they bring energy into your fourth house of real estate, immediate family, parents, and ancestors. This area also governs the ways spirituality supports your life and gives you strong roots, perhaps through powerful ancestors. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo, you may want to spend more time at home with loved ones, improve your living space by clearing clutter and cleaning cabinets, help parents or other older relatives, or research properties for investing in real estate. You also may feel inspired to redecorate, add on to your home, begin the process to move, or get your home ready for sale as well as delve into your ancestry with genealogical explorations or analyze your spirituality to improve your inner life and alignment with the source of all creation.
Eclipse In Leo Brings A New Start
Each year brings two sets of eclipses, six months apart. Typically, each eclipse period features a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse; sometimes an extra eclipse may occur at these times, depending on planetary alignments.
Last month, we experienced both a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse, which occurred at the new and full Moons. (For more on the parts of your life affected by last month’s eclipses, see your July horoscope.) This month brings a third eclipse in this set, a solar eclipse that will arrive in Leo at the new Moon on August 11.
Eclipses help move us forward by bringing needed changes, especially if they occur in a sign and degree of the zodiac already highlighted in your birth chart. With a solar eclipse, we look toward the future, and an opportunity may arrive to take us onward, upward, and into the new.
For you, Gemini, the August 11 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your third house of sisters and brothers, communication, travel, and education. Make time to reflect on how last month’s eclipses affected you and the people around you and open your mind and heart to new possibilities starting around August 11.
Life In The Slow Lane: Mars And Mercury Still Retrograde
Mars, the action planet, went retrograde June 26, and that will continue until August 27. Then, on July 26, your ruler, Mercury, also went retrograde, which continues until August 18. Retrogrades bring slowdowns, which can create confusion and frustration until we accept the need to step back, pause, and rest from our usual striving so we can gain valuable perspective before moving ahead again once the retrogrades lift.
As August begins, from our point of view on Earth, it looks as if both these planets are slipping backwards through the zodiac. By now, you probably have a good sense of what parts of your life have come to a halt and can benefit from rethinking how you want to apply your will and your intelligence in these areas.
Pay attention to what occurs around August 12. Mars will slip out of Aquarius and into Capricorn that day, pressing the "pause" button in a different house and area of your life.
Also, take some time to look back at what has happened since the retrogrades started and how you’ve handled them. If you’ve had to overcome challenges, give thanks for the time you’ve been given to perfect details and mull over your best course—an opportunity we often overlook when we’re rushing forward. Also, remember to enjoy your sense of humor, especially on days that bring sudden changes or require you to rework or revise projects and plans.
Uranus Goes Retrograde
On August 7, Uranus also will go retrograde until January 2019, joining many planets currently in apparent backward motion. Besides Mars and Mercury, we’re also experiencing retrogrades with Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto as well as the "wounded healer," asteroid, Chiron. Unlike the inner planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars, these outer planets remain retrograde for many months.
From day to day, we generally don’t feel outer planets’ retrogrades as dramatically as we feel the inner planets’ retrogrades. On the other hand, because outer planets move so slowly and remain in apparent backward motion for such a long time, their subtle energies build up over time and inspire insights that help us make constructive changes. Meditation and other spiritual work can help us tune in to these planets to decide how to benefit from their power.
In the case of Uranus, this month’s retrograde is the first since this planet entered Taurus this past May. So we’ve had a taste of what Uranus in Taurus feels like and how it may affect us over the next seven years.
That makes the Uranus retrograde a great time to look back at what’s happened in your life since May 15. What changes have you seen, in your life and among your family and friends? How does this new era of Uranus in Taurus feel to you? How well are you harnessing Uranus’s powerful, electrical energy and gift for sudden change, spiritual awakening, and personal freedom?
For more about this unpredictable planet and its influence in the sign of the Bull, see my in-depth article, Uranus In Taurus 2018 – 2025.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates In August
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas.
August 1: Mars in your expansion area makes a tough alignment with Uranus in your soul and solitude house. You may feel on edge, and others will be touchy, too. Education, overseas travel, or publicity projects may be at odds with your need for downtime. Put off sensitive tasks or meetings, focus on potential breakthroughs in your own work or goals, and step back to gain perspective if sudden news or changes affect plans. Pay attention to dreams and hunches.
August 6: Venus leaves your fourth house of home and family and enters Libra in your fifth house, bringing a loving touch, charm, and potential financial gain through something related to romance, children, a hobby, stock investments, or your creative work. Meanwhile, the Sun tests Jupiter, affecting work, fitness, communication, siblings, and travel. Watch expense accounts, remember how flexibility can enhance communication, and be receptive to others’ heartfelt desires or beliefs.
August 7: Uranus, the zodiac’s change agent and spiritual awakener, goes retrograde for the next few months. Look back to May 15 to see how these early days of Uranus in Taurus have affected you. Also, Venus and Mars will make love across the skies in air signs, turning your thoughts to romance. If you’re in a relationship, schedule a date tonight or meet for a romantic lunch at an unusual venue. If you’re not attached, open your mind to advances from someone from a different country or culture, someone you know through your children, or a person involved in education, religion, or the arts.
August 7 – 11: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the "dark of the Moon" time before the new Moon. Slow down and review the past month since the last new Moon on July 12. Meditate, rest, and reflect on what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
August 8: Your ruler, Mercury, and the Sun meet up in your third house of siblings, travel, and communication. Socialize with your sisters and brothers, think about childhood places you loved and make plans to visit at least one, or sign up for a language or creative movement class. If you work in communications, use this brilliant alignment to write a speech or proposal, start writing a short story or play, or polish your masterpiece.
August 9: Venus in your romance and children house disagrees with Saturn in your joint financial house, creating money challenges related to overspending on dating, entertainment, or a child’s sports. Your partner may disagree with you on budgets or a child may object to frugal family traditions, and you may have to work extra hard to justify your point of view and keep the peace. Attend to your responsibilities, even as you consider adjustments that can smooth your financial, romantic, and domestic life. Assure loved ones of your affection and suggest an impromptu picnic or other inexpensive indulgence.
August 10: Retrograde Mercury tangles with Jupiter, bringing confusion or inflated expectations related to work, an ongoing communication or publicity project, an issue related to siblings, concerns about a pet, or news coverage of your local community. Avoid overpromising and wait to make decisions or financial commitments.
August 11: A new Moon in Leo arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your siblings, education, communication, or travel. An opportunity in one of these areas may come your way, and with Mercury and Mars retrograde, it could come from a past contact. Whatever happens may feel dramatic and could have a creative or artistic component.
August 12: Mars moves in retrograde from Aquarius into Capricorn. Until August 27, you will feel in slow motion when it comes to joint finances including alimony, child support, insurance, loans and mortgages, taxes, credit, commissions and bonuses, gifts, and inheritance or probate. If you’re negotiating a sensitive financial arrangement, allow extra time to perfect it and use this time to get input from experts, older relatives, or someone you trust who is more experienced. Also, someone from the past may reappear, perhaps from the financial or spiritual world or an ex.
August 18: Mercury, your ruler, and Venus make a helpful connection, and Mercury ends its retrograde. New clarity can emerge for creative and communication projects, relationships with brothers and sisters, and short trips, and your beloved or a child may have insights that can help you make wise choices.
August 19: Jupiter and Neptune make a perfect angle, bringing higher love and a noble spirit to your job and career, health and fitness, industry standing and legacy, and ability to be of service on a daily basis. Make time to meditate and pay attention to subtle clues or messages in dreams, as you may receive otherworldly guidance that can benefit you both materially and spiritually.
August 22: The Sun leaves Leo for Virgo, energizing your fourth house of home, family, real estate, and spiritual roots. Take a practical approach to all these areas, get the details right, and bring a spirit of devotion and service to all you do, especially with loved ones. Enjoy the next month’s earthy, intelligent energies.
August 25: The Sun, Uranus, and Saturn connect harmoniously in what astrology calls a grand trine, creating a perfect triangle in the heavens. These planets will activate your three deepest spirituality and intimacy houses, which also govern home, shared finances, and psychological health; this triangle’s stable earth energies will give you opportunities for breakthroughs, soul realizations, and leadership if you open your mind to creative solutions, find practical applications for airy visions, and make strategic moves for the long term.
August 26: A full Moon arrives in Pisces in your professional house, bringing something to fruition. Also, Venus in your children house makes a challenging link to Pluto in your shared financial house. You may see snags in negotiations with your spouse or ex regarding investments in a child’s talents, sports teams, or other activities. Use tact to reach harmony and leverage the Sun-Uranus-Saturn trine to bring stability, innovation, and commitment to whatever you create with others, and you have a chance of seeing a long term goal manifest.
August 27: Your ruler, Mercury, in your house of siblings, travel, early education, and communication tangles with Jupiter in your job, fitness, and daily life management house. You and your brothers and sisters may disagree, and their demands may disrupt your routine, or a boss or other powerful person could criticize your proposal for a social media campaign or other communication project. Meanwhile, Mars ends its retrograde, and you may feel a lift as you start to see joint financial plans, such as venture capital or a new child support agreement, move ahead. As you take action on anything related to money, apply whatever you learned during the retrograde to give yourself the best chance of success.
August: A Time For Inward Seeking
Gemini, this month’s retrogrades and eclipse will make August a time of inward seeking and opportunities for beneficial change. Indulge in fun, follow your heart, and trust in patience and nature’s rhythms, regardless of what happens and no matter how often you feel tested by slowdowns and sudden shifts.
By bringing playfulness to life each day and shining your special light, you can bring joy to yourself and everyone you meet. Your willingness to feel like a child again will attract opportunities and give you courage to seize them.
Bookmark this page and revisit your August horoscope throughout this month to track all the many astrological happenings so you can be at your best all month.
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Happy August, Gemini! I wish you a wonderful month!