Spread yourself around, Gemini! The Sun is in Leo until August 22, heating up your third house of communication, local events and ideas. You're at your vibrant best, bubbling over with interesting conversation topics and witty one-liners. Energetic Mars is also in Leo all month, making you the most vibrant fixture on the scene. Since Gemini is the natural ruler of the third house, you're in your element, holding court everywhere from the dog park to the dry-cleaner's. Since you're this hungry for inspiration, load up on your RDA of podcasts, Kindle downloads and stimulating newsfeeds—then head to some new neighborhood haunts to enjoy some binge-worthy intellectual intake while you sip an iced latte and become instant BFFs with the baristas.
Not that you'll be bored for a single minute this month. In true Leo-season form, August is an active time in the stars. There are two game-changing eclipses, two retrogrades and the final installment of a trio of Jupiter-Pluto squares. In other words, the cosmos will keep us all on our toes. While eclipses push us into bold new terrain, rear-facing retrogrades prompt us to slow down, review and reconnect with the past. You'll need to make time for reflection AND be able to snap into quick action when opportunity suddenly knocks. Whew! Thank your lucky stars you're a multitasking Gemini.
Let's begin with the eclipses, which will fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis. These eclipses are part of a series running from 2017 to 2019, sparking changes to your communication and friendships. They'll fall in your third house of ideas (ruled by Leo) and your ninth house of publishing, travel, education and entrepreneurship (governed by Aquarius). Over the next couple years, your mindset and beliefs could undergo a serious makeover.
On August 7, the Aquarius lunar (full moon) eclipse illuminates your worldly ninth and outspoken house, which could summon an unexpected moment of truth. Lunar eclipses can bring things to light rather abruptly. You may get surprising news or unleash a barrage of brutal honesty yourself. A major opportunity to travel, relocate or share your message with the masses could arrive. Someone from a background or culture much different than yours could play an unexpected role in events. You might get a wild hare to go back to school, launch a business or go freelance. Explore the options, Gemini, but know that lunar eclipses can be disorienting. Best to wait a week or so before you dive into anything you can't undo.
The second eclipse arrives on August 21, and it's a total solar (new moon) eclipse—as well as the second of two rare, back-to-back Leo new moons (the first was July 23). Events from a month ago could gain momentum, particularly around conversations, writing and local events, as this eclipse will fall in your third house of communication. It's the sequel to the February 10 Leo lunar eclipse, so don't be surprised if projects, conversations or people from six months ago suddenly resurface. Keep your devices charged: The solar eclipse could bring exciting news via text, email or phone call. A sibling or neighbor may be involved in eclipse-fueled events. You might be invited unexpectedly to take a prominent role on a project or in your community. A social media post could go viral. If you have a powerful message to share, the eclipse can carry it much farther than you expect. Could you be the (tasteful) next Chewbacca mom or "cash me outside" girl?
On August 4, we have the third and final installment in a triad of intense squares between outspoken Jupiter in your showy, ego-driven fifth house and furtive Pluto in your eighth house of secrets, intimacy and joint ventures. The first two were on November 24, 2016, and March 30, 2017, so look back to any incidents that may have occurred near these dates. While cocky Jupiter tempts you to tell all, shadowy Pluto can and will use your words against you. A jealous person could attempt to sabotage your efforts. Be extremely vigilant about what (and with whom) you share, especially if you're not 100 percent sure the other party is trustworthy.
With Jupiter and Pluto in love-related zones of your chart, their cosmic clash could drive up jealousy, obsession, and drama. Look at your own behavior: Are you getting a power rush from leaving people wondering where they stand, or making them clamor for your attention and affection? The temptation to play games is strong. On the flip side, you might be frustrated with someone's unwillingness to be transparent. Instead of engaging in a power struggle, refuse to take the bait. Step away from this low-vibe dynamic. Your real power (not the ego-based kind) comes from NOT letting a destructive person get a rise out of you. Remember this, though: Karmic Pluto acts as a mirror, revealing our own disowned "shadow" side. Difficult people can come into our lives to reveal where we have unresolved issues. Are your own fears of intimacy being reflected back by a wishy-washy person? Look within and do some healing work rather than pointing fingers. The answer, alas, is never outside of yourself.
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Disruptive Uranus, which is in Aries, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2. Uranus is reversing through your eleventh house of teamwork and technology, which can shake up your inner circle. A friend or colleague could act erratically and you may feel out of sync with your tribe. Take stock: Who are the people you spend the most time with and how does their energy both affect and reflect on you? Over the next five months, distance yourself from toxic and undermining types, whether that's a jealous frenemy, a shade-throwing colleague or an Internet troll who spews all over your Facebook feed. (The "block" and "report" buttons were made just for these times, Gem.) While you're at it, learn from the impulsive ways of a certain Gemini president and lay off the incendiary Tweets and posts. Deleting doesn't erase people's memories—and the last thing you need is a screenshot or errant email that comes back to haunt you.
Another reason to protect your data and keep a low profile online: Your ruling planet, communicator Mercury, will also be retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which famously disrupts communication, travel and technology. Mercury will back through Virgo and your fourth house of home and family all month, which could cause tension to flare with loved ones, roommates and houseguests. If you're planning a vacation or Airbnb-ing your place, get everything in writing (and read those TripAdvisor reviews before you book!). Since retrogrades can bring back people from the past, it's a great time to reconnect with beloved relatives and friends, especially females, since the fourth house rules women. You could feel nostalgic and reflective. Take a few trips down memory lane, looking through old photos or revisiting a favorite childhood vacation spot.
Meanwhile, work on creating a sense of "home" wherever you go, getting comfortable in your skin and ramping up the self-care. On August 22, the Sun will enter Virgo for a month, which could amplify the Mercury mayhem. Thinking of moving? Proceed with caution: Mercury could cause complications and delays. If you must sign a lease or mortgage, read all the fine print and don't act on impulse. Listen to your gut. With Mercury back-pedaling through this intuitive zone, you're especially tuned in to weird vibes. But don't rush to hasty conclusions. You could either get a case of "analysis paralysis" and choke or act on pure emotion, creating chaos in your wake.
If possible, wait a month for any big decisions that affect your personal life. Mercury will make a second, retrograde-free trip through Virgo from September 10 to 30, restoring clear communication between head and heart.! The Sun lingers in Virgo until September 22, so target the period between September 10 and 22 for making savvy moves involving home and family.
Your most important relationships return to terra firma on August 25, when stern Saturn ends a five-month retrograde through Sagittarius and your committed seventh house. Since April 5, the ringed taskmaster has been reverse-commuting, pushing you to strengthen the foundation of business and romantic ties. Some Geminis took an outright break from love, while others savored a simpler approach. (Exciting discovery: Love is a lot more fun when you don't add unnecessary complications!)
With Saturn retrograde, you've been pushed to get serious in your interpersonal dealings, which may have brought a few sobering moments. It can be startling to see yourself through others' eyes, especially if their view is less flattering than the one you hold of yourself. But either a) these are not your people and what the hell are you doing hanging around them, or b) you learned some important lessons about integrity, direct communication and mutual respect.
Saturn is ALMOST done with its three-year tour of Sagittarius, which will be a huge relief, since its opposition to your Sun has laid on serious pressure. But take stock, Gemini: Have you gotten smarter about the people you choose as companions and confidantes? Are you engaged in rewarding work relationships? Are you on the road to a fulfilling romantic relationship or feeling more secure with your current S.O.? If you buckled down and did the work, Saturn will leave you with a sweet parting gift when he moves on this December 19. Saturn also knows that our inner work is never truly done—so lean in and keep making your relationships better and stronger over the next four months. Each moment brings the opportunity to make a new choice, so consider the impact of everything you say and do, not just on yourself but on the people whose support sustains you.