Summer hits a high note for you this August, Gemini. After a hardworking July that possibly brought financial or career fluctuations, you're ready to relax and have some fun with your favorite people. The Sun is in Leo until August 23, heating up your third house of communication and community—which is the zodiac zone associated with Gemini. You're in your element as you explore cultural curiosities and hit local hotspots for hours of conversation with friends both old and new. With your mind hungry for stimulation, it's a great time to devour books and blogs or binge on a few new series before the fall TV lineup arrives.
Your own message could get out to the masses starting on August 11, when a rare Leo solar (new moon) eclipse ignites your expressive third house. If you're a writer, teacher or media maker, this galvanizing eclipse boosts your creativity, brings a vibrant meeting of the minds and sparks game-changing conversations. Between now and January, when the corresponding Leo lunar (full moon) eclipse hits, your ideas could go viral in unexpected ways. You may have an opportunity to pitch a pioneering project or see your name in lights (or print). This eclipse could also bring in a kindred spirit type, someone whose skills complement yours to a tee. The dynamic duo of your (#twinning) Gemini dreams might be in the making!
But choose your projects and partners with care because your ruling planet, Mercury is retrograde in Leo from July 26 to August 19, which could throw your normally spot-on GPS off. Mercury rules communication, technology and travel, and all of these areas can go seriously haywire as the messenger planet reverses course through your interpersonal third house. If you're not 100 percent ready for any big debuts or announcements, hold off on the splashy launch till the end of August or even September.
Either way, some soul-searching is in order, so make space to go within. On August 7, radical changemaker Uranus will slip back into its annual five-month retrograde, reversing through your reflective and healing twelfth house until November 6 and then backing into your eleventh house of group action until it straightens out on January 6, 2019. Uranus has been in Taurus and your twelfth house of closure since May 15, an occurrence that only happens every 84 years. You've gotten a powerful look at some part of your life that may have reached its expiration point, or a natural time of transition.
For the rest of the year, you'll need to take a conscious step back from turbulent ties, codependent connections and self-sabotaging situations. (Feel free to make it a permanent one!) This is a powerful time for meditation and spiritual work as revolutionary Uranus plumbs the depths of your psyche and loosens up those energetic blocks. It turns out, Gemini, that your clever mind doesn't always have the solution to problems and that you can't talk yourself out of every situation—and that's actually a good thing. You have an opportunity now to slow down and get more in touch with your inner knowing. Let the answers arrive through intuition and divine intervention and give your overtaxed brain a rest. If you've lapsed into a codependent dynamic or addictive patterns, the rest of the year could be fruitful for recovery work. Back off from anything (or anyone) that doesn't feed your soul.
With intensifier Mars retrograde from June 26 to August 27, there's even more reason to slow down, especially once the red planet slips into Capricorn and your introspective eighth house on August 12. Focus your attention on a detailed project or a complex emotional matter and tune out all distractions.
The urge to downshift starts August 23, when the Sun kicks off its annual four-week visit to Virgo and your fourth house of home, family and self-care. After a social whirlwind, you're ready to relax and rejuvenate. Go visit relatives or head to a nostalgic summer vacation spot. Feather your nest and host intimate dinners at Chateau Gemini. Book a much-needed massage or skip a few nights out so you can wake up early for yoga class.
On August 25, the Sun will form a rare and auspicious grand trine with structured Saturn and innovator Uranus. As these three luminaries harmonize in the most emotional parts of your chart, you could have a major breakthrough around forgiveness. Saturn is in your intimate eighth house, and Uranus is in you healing twelfth, and the fact that both planets are retrograde suggests that you've been carrying a heavy energetic load for quite a while. The courageous Sun gives you the strength to unburden yourself. Are you judging someone by holding the past over their heads? While you may think this protects you in some way, it actually keeps YOU stuck in a toxic cloud of anger, pain and resentment. Free yourself from this emotional cage by choosing empathy over anger. It doesn't mean you're saying it's okay. You're simply refusing to drag that baggage around or allow it to interrupt your joy.
While much of this month is focused on friends and family, there's one day when you can really lean in to your professional goals. On August 26, the year's only Pisces full moon illuminates your tenth house of career and success. A project you've been working on for the past six months could reach a turning point: You might switch paths or celebrate a victory. You could be offered a leadership position or a promotion. The tenth house rules men and fathers, and events with a key male could be focal now. With straight-talking Mars ending its two-month retrograde the next day, you could finally get a chance to clear the air with some honest and direct dialogue.