Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gemini in August : Retrograding

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Your August Horoscope by Susan Miller

Gemini Horoscope for August 2011

By Susan Miller

You've certainly had a time of it, dear Gemini. With three eclipses recently in Gemini on June 1 (a solar eclipse), a lunar full moon in your opposite sign of Sagittarius on June 15, and a new moon solar eclipse on July 1, no one would be surprised to hear that you need to rest.

The first two eclipses highlighted your interests, health, and close romantic (or business) relationship, and the last on July 1, your income, so you have had a lot on your plate. The June 1 eclipse may have brought up an exciting opportunity in early June, and if so, you may still be investigating it in more detail. The eclipse June 15 highlighted your health and closest relationships and could have been more troublesome. The third eclipse may have changed a source of income, whether by ending one, or beginning another - or both. My goodness!

There is still one more trigger date this month that may deliver news of one of the eclipses, the financial one of July 1. I would like you to pay attention to what happens on August 16-17, when Mars will move over the precise 9 degrees of Cancer, of that July 1 eclipse. Watch to see if something comes up involving a new way to make money. If you see a source end, don't worry - there is more money on the way. After this, you will have a much more stable outlook. You are done with the financial eclipses that came by every six months for two years! You won't miss them!

There are two days when you must not talk money to any VIP. Those are August 8 and 11 when Mars will first pick a fight with Uranus, and set off fireworks, and then oppose Pluto, when you are likely to be pushed around by an 800-lb. gorilla. Actually avoid scheduling important financial meetings during that whole week, August 8-12, and you'll be happier that you did. August 25 won't be exactly easy either, as Mars will run into a wall when dealing with Saturn.

What you need most now is rest. As I mentioned just now, various parts of your life are likely on fire. If your birthday falls on June 15 or within five days of this date, or if you have planets plus or minus five degrees of 23 degrees in Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, or Pisces in the natal chart, or have one of those signs rising at or near those 23 degrees, you are feeling massive change. Pay special attention to your health, for you are dealing with a lot.

Mercury will be retrograde August 2-26, and rather than find that phase to be annoying (as if often the case), August will give you a chance to follow your own schedule, relax, and digest all that you've experienced so far. When Mercury goes retrograde, it is not a good time to start anything new and I don't think you'd have the "bandwidth" to deal with anything new anyway. Influential people will be hard to reach, and if so, don't press for answers. It's in your interest to keep to the status quo and to actually extend the waiting period a while longer. Plan to get things ready to start up again in September.

I would ideally like to get you to the new moon at the end of August, something I will tell you all about later. Commitments you make earlier, before the new moon of August 28, will likely have to be changed or renegotiated later. With a glorious new moon coming only two days after the end of the Mercury retrograde period, it pays to wait for your ideal time. Mercury retrograde brings miscommunications and changes in goals, for it is a time when the world is in flux. No one actually knows which way the wind will be blowing soon, so it is a time to watch and wait, and attend to loose ends. You will want to clear your canvas for the excitement of September and October. It's a good time to plan, but not to act. That's your plan for most of August.

Be especially careful not to lose anything this month. Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop or iPad, and put your business card inside the case of your cell phone, eyeglasses, sunglasses, digital camera, smartphone, and anything else you carry with you that you would be heartbroken to lose. Write down all your credit card numbers today, before the retrograde starts, and put them in a safe place. Back up your computer, and print out important documents. Be deliberate this month, and keep an eye on all your treasures!

Mercury will retrograde in Virgo this time, and that means the area of home or family plans are likely to stay in limbo for a few weeks, until month's end. It may be a question of trial and error, finding the right solution, or it may be that you need to get several people on board with a plan you want to enact. If you are doing renovations now, you may find that the contractors report problems that are unexpected and need to be fixed before going forward, so ask for any unanticipated overages in writing before they are incurred.

Mars will be in Cancer this month, indicating that you will be in a high spending period until mid-September. (Fortunately, as you see, this won't last long.) Yet high expenses may encourage you to find new sources of income, so in a kind of backhand way, those expenses now may work to your favor because they will make you more assertive about finding more money. Your motivation will be high to make money, for sure. On the day Jupiter and Mars collaborate - August 18 - you may hear some very good news, or see a sales or other financial negotiation go very well!

Travel seems to be very likely now. You may have taken a short trip recently, or will in early August. A long trip may be in the making as you get closer to August 13, plus or minus four days. This is an ideal time for you to board a plane to fly away, for you'll enjoy this trip in an outstanding way. Ideally, you will leave a few days before the full moon, say, August 9 or so, so that you can return no later than August 15. A lot may be coming up for your review on August 16-17, due to the trigger point of the July 1 eclipse being hit by Mars. I would prefer you home by that point, August 16.

I love this full moon because it will send a comforting beam to Saturn - although very wide, not as close as would be ideal, it still indicates that if you have work to do in that distant city, it will have a nice effect on your reputation, and possibly on your future income down the line. (Saturn rules your house of other people's money, including commissions and fees.) Neptune will fall very close to that full moon, so there's a good chance you'll be in the news, say, on TV or interviewed in the press! Your face seems to be "out there," so look your best. Neptune will also help you with a creative or artistic event or presentation.

Not only will travel be coming to a full point at the full moon period August 13, plus or minus four days, there are other areas that may show culmination too. You may have a publishing or broadcasting deal or project coming to fruition, or you may be putting the final touches on your plans to go back to college or grad school now - in fact, you may be moving to campus now. Wonderful!

If your birthday falls on June 11, or within five days of this date, you will benefit the most from this full moon. I am happy to say this, for these Gemini likely had a hard time with the eclipse of June 15, so this full moon could bring good news and relief from some of the stress you've been feeling lately.

If you are in a legal dispute with someone, this same full moon August 13, plus or minus four days, may help negotiations finish up, and this time you may like how things are playing out. Remember - sign papers after the new moon August 28, not mid-month, but you can say your lawyer needs a little time to draw up the agreement. Otherwise you may have to redo the agreement later - waiting will actually improve your outcome.

Now we come to the important new moon, August 28, falling in your house of home and family. It is one of the most glorious, helpful new moons of the year, and it portends a lot, for Mars will come in on November 11 in the same house and energize it until July 3, 2012. This is rapidly becoming a vital area of your life, because come November 11, Mars will enter the same area and energize it brilliantly, not for the typical seven weeks but for a staggering nearly eight months. With such a positive new moon behind you, you can get everything done to your complete satisfaction, even if you have had difficulties doing so in the past. A new moon's energies last a full year, until the next new moon in that part of your chart has time to come back and refresh and renew the energy.

The reason I find this new moon so incredibly special is that the new moon, Sun, and Venus, all in Virgo, will send a glimmering beam to Pluto in your house of finances, and one to Jupiter in your twelfth house of confinement and confidentiality. The link between the new moon and Pluto is logical - if you need money to make your plans a reality, it will likely come to you. Pluto is the planet of wealth, and in your eighth house of other people's money, the tide is flowing in your favor.

Jupiter's position in Taurus, in the twelfth house, has many possible manifestations. The twelfth house is associated with places of confinement, including hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes - even prison. If you have a family member in one of these areas, or if you are, Jupiter's position suggests you will get the best care. If your relative needs a new "home" to live in (or if you want to take your relative home with you), you again will have the right people to help you. The caveat is, of course, that you act AFTER this new moon arrives, August 28. If you can't wait, just keep in mind that you may need a temporary place, and then later, change your mind and find a second, more permanent place.

Jupiter, Pluto, the Sun, new moon, and Venus will all be in compete agreement in earth signs. This says that to find the best outcome, you will need to stay practical, realistic, and objective in all your dealings after the new moon arrives.

You may be moving, renovating, reorganizing, cleaning, or decorating your space with new furniture and accessories, or appliances and electronic items. Or you may be buying, selling, or leasing property. Mercury will turn direct two days before this new moon arrives, so lucky you, you can move forward with vigor.

Get this - the day after the new moon arrives, August 29, Venus will work with Jupiter to create excellent luck with financial questions AND design / artistic ones. You can't do better than this!

Parents are included in the fourth house (where the new moon will be based on August 28), so if you are looking for a way to help a close relative, such as your mother or father, you will be very grateful for options that come up at the new moon. New moons begin a new chapter, and oddly enough, the forth house is also said to be "the end of all matters." The reason it was called this by the ancients is that this house where the Sun is, as it moves through this area, is the house that turns today into yesterday - it is the demarcation between one day and another, for it marks "midnight."

This all means that a long-term situation will now move into a new and different stage. Don't worry, however - this new moon forms a golden triangle of harmony, the best possible aspect, as it works with Jupiter and Pluto. Each is positioned perfectly (mathematically) to work in perfect harmony, and these are very powerful planets! If you need a near-miracle in the home-family area, you are about to get one. Stability and comfort are within reach - at long last the solution is about to appear.

Keep in mind that all the planets at the new moon will be in earth signs, underscoring the need to be practical and realistic above all. Sometimes I will tell you to be visionary and creative, and at other times, more realistic, like now. This may mean you have to weigh different elements to find the right balance.



As you begin August, Mars is now winding down his visit to Gemini, so you've had quite busy, and very possibly, at times, tense, during June and July. You may feel a little weary by now, so don't try to accomplish too much in August. Your ruling planet, Mercury, will be retrograde from August 2 to 26, so decisions you would make now would need to be revised later anyway when you view life through a different prism. Even though the various elements and signposts in your life may look solid in August, in hindsight you will see they were not. For now, hold back until the road ahead becomes clearer.

If you can travel in August, do. You'd gain a new perspective and be able to revitalize your spirit in a big way. Sometime during the first week, you may opt to go to a nearby location, in close in proximity to your home, if you didn't already do so at the end of July. That will be a fun excursion and require very little planning - perfect! Gemini always loves to be spontaneous. Watch August 1 when Venus and Uranus collaborate - it's a great day to be spontaneous.

Later, in the days preceding the full moon, August 13, you may enjoy a longer trip, possibly overseas, or to the opposite coast, possibly to a place near water. Water is indicated because Neptune will be so very prominent at this full moon. You'd return within four days of this full moon, so if you have your choice, leave well before August 13 so that you have time to enjoy yourself, and plan to be back no later than August 15.

The full moon August 13 plus or minus four days may alternatively allow you to finalize plans to go back to college or graduate school. There is another possibility at the full moon August 13, too, in that you may finish up a major deal in publishing or broadcasting. All these types of interests are right up your alley, so you should be happy with the way things go.

On August 16-17, Mars will reach the same mathematical degrees as the eclipse of July 1, so you may see a major change in your income or savings. News may be positive or not - there's no way to know - so keep your antenna up.

At month's end you will begin thinking about your living arrangements. If you've been promising yourself to spruce up your apartment, or had hoped to move, you will have your chance. Whatever you dream, the new moon of August 28 will allow you to follow your heart's desire. Pluto, now in your eighth house of other people's money, will ensure you get the funds you need, whether in the form of a home improvement loan or a mortgage or refinancing plan. Banks and even family members will look kindly on your request and help you get the money you need to get started.

Sketch out your plans, dear Gemini. The new moon of August 28 will arrive with Venus, Pluto, and Jupiter, all in special and rare harmony. A golden triangle will link the planets, indicating you can finally see a long-term dream come true. If you have a home-related project you've hoped to get off the ground, this is your moment to begin, for it has the power to carry you forward for a full year. Mars will be in Cancer all month, starting August 3, an indication you will be spending money, most likely to make your family members more comfortable and your home more stylish.ÿIf you need to help a parent and have been unsure how to proceed, you will find this new moon a blessing. This is why you should travel early in the month - later many exciting things will be going on at home!

Gemini Dates to Note

Your most romantic dates: August 3, 4, 11, 12, 18, 21, 22, and 27 (best day).

Sell a creative idea on August 3.

Mercury will be retrograde August 2 to 26. Mercury rules your sign, so you will feel this. No signing contracts!

The first week you may need to travel to follow up on a conversation you started earlier this year with a bigwig, possibly about a creative project.

More travel is likely to come up at the full moon, August 13, although you will likely be returning from a distant trip on Sunday or Monday. Still, everything will go really well on August 12-13 when on foreign shores.

Writing, publishing, editing, and broadcasting projects could come up near this full moon as well.

Difficult financial days will be August 8 and 11, when Mars and Uranus (first) and later Mars and Pluto will be at odds. Later, Mars will have a row with Saturn, August 25. None of these days would be good for scheduling any kind of financial talks.

Expect changes to or news about your income August 16-17, due to Mars moving over the precise degrees of last month's eclipse (July 1).

August 18 could bring excellent news about your income and salary due to Mars' beam to Jupiter.

The new moon August 28 will allow you to make excellent changes to your home and living situation, and it will be a harbinger of a much bigger trend to start in November.

August 29 brings a lovely beam between Jupiter and Venus - perfect for solving design questions or for financial meetings.


August 10 (this explains some stuff)

You want to share your feelings with a trusted friend, but your harmless disclosure could inadvertently elicit an explosive reaction. You understand the necessity of exercising self-restraint today because you can sense the delicate balance of power. However, you're still not interested in changing your mind now. Unfortunately, your current lack of flexibility might make a difficult situation worse. On the other hand, trying to meet another person halfway could produce mutual benefits.

August 11 (okay fine)

Your thoughts and emotions don't mix well today. You may try to manage your desires in order to fit in socially, but you could grow resentful if you don't say what you feel. Unfortunately, knowing what's best doesn't always mean that you will do the right thing. Instead of acting too quickly, think about the consequences of your actions before blindly following your impulses. You might feel differently tomorrow.


Beware of False Promises

Your ruling planet, Mercury, turns retrograde on August 2, beginning a reversal that lasts until August 26. This doesn't inhibit love, but it can complicate relationships with communication snafus and misunderstandings. With the messenger planet in bold Leo and your chatty 3rd house, this cycle encourages big talk and, in some cases, over-optimism. Be careful about the promises you make and the ones that others make to you since living up to them may be difficult. Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing, and using your verbal gifts to attract people should work well this month. It's just that you may lure someone to you who isn't the person you expected. When you're trying to make a good impression, don't forget to carefully scrutinize the one you're with.


Go to TopMon Aug 1: Testing Conditions
There are likely to be upsets or changes with partners that will colour the course of the day and conflict between you and someone close. If so, try to negotiate peace. It may be that someone close is in the middle of tumultuous events themselves: if so, help them get through as best you can. Burn off any excess feeling by getting stuck into basic domestic tasks. Secure colours are carnation pink and taupe. Lucky numbers are 8 and 35.

Go to TopTue Aug 2: Retreat
Don't worry if you haven't made your bed with hospital corners today; even though the Moon is in critical Virgo and your fourth house of home and family doesn't mean you have to get fussy. If one of your family members starts picking on you, simply retreat to your room or get out of the house for a while. Your mantra for the day is, 'There Is No Such Thing As Perfection!'. Advantageous colours are pale green and pearl grey. Lucky numbers are 14 and 20.

Go to TopWed Aug 3: Mercury Retrograde
Mercury the Messenger, planetary ruler for the sign of the Twins, is now in retrograde motion in Virgo for the next three weeks. There could be confusion or misunderstandings around the home or within the family. Speak clearly and listen carefully when you're talking with loved ones. Something at home may need repairs or servicing. Read more on Mercury retrograde! Focused colours are apple green and gold. Lucky numbers are 31 and 22.

Go to TopThu Aug 4: Recreation And Romance
The Moon shines in Libra and your solar fifth house and this is a day for taking a little well-earned time out for your favourite recreational pursuits. Get out and enjoy yourself, especially with friends or immerse yourself in a creative project. For those of you with family, make the most of time and activities with loved ones. For those devoted to a partner, this is a day for romance. Money matters will be increasingly important in weeks ahead, so keep the plastic in your purse! Communicative colours are electric blue and fire engine red. Lucky numbers are 5 and 25.

Go to TopFri Aug 5: Changing Focus
The day may begin with some ambience and a sense of good fellowship but things will soon change! As the Moon moves into Scorpio and your solar sixth house, concentration on necessary tasks will become the theme. Efficiency is the key today, so don't flit here, there and everywhere as Gemini tends to do. If you change gear at the right time today, you'll get a lot done. Playful colours are bright purple and raspberry. Lucky numbers are 14 and 16.

Go to TopSat Aug 6: Big Decisions
There are important choices or decisions to be made shortly which may involve family, relationships and money. The issue of what you believe in and how far you're prepared to go to express that belief is a crucial one. You may even have to give something up or break ties with someone who's been a fixture in your life. Fortunate colours are bright gold and pale peach. Lucky numbers are 2 and 14.

Go to TopSun Aug 7: Sharp Tongues
There are likely to be verbal clashes today, Gem. You might be determined to take on authority or have your authority challenged in turn. A clash with a family member is in the wind Take care of accidents around the home, especially if you're distracted or preoccupied. Healing colours are deep amethyst and amber. Lucky numbers are 6 and 33.

Go to TopMon Aug 8: What Really Is Important?
Mercury's retro shuffle back into lordly Leo heralds changes in your attitude or beliefs, as he dances with giant Regulus, the mighty healing star. Such changes will occur over time and come as a result of people entering or leaving your life. You'll be involved in new encounters that open your mind or heart. What really is important? Adventurous colours are bright cherry and citrine. Lucky numbers are 9 and 27.

Go to TopTue Aug 9: Inner Urges
You feel the urge to get down to business or get involved in things going on around you today. There is a restlessness in the air that can lead to greater things, as long as you don't go over the top. Your insight is strong at the moment, letting you get to grips with what's going on beneath the skin of those around you. Don't let the spending bug get hold of you today.... Advantageous colours are deep amber and aquamarine. Lucky numbers are 17 and 26.

Go to TopWed Aug 10: Reaping Rewards
Something you've been involved in begins to make itself clear and shows promise for the future. Gauge what's happening, especially in the area of professional matters or responsibilities and assess what you need to do next. You should be able to get a real picture and either keep going or make changes in your approach. Your financial situation will be the guide. Practical colours are charcoal grey and grapefruit. Lucky numbers are 4 and 22.

Go to TopThu Aug 11: Power And Control
There's nothing from the manual that will get you the kind of equilibrium you need. You are forced to question your motives and behaviour as well as analysing the motives of those who have great influence over you. Personal power and control is the object and there is no better place to start than by gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. You have to find your own way and your own solutions. This is freedom and this is responsibility. Favourable colours are plum and avocado. Lucky numbers are 21 and 23.

Go to TopFri Aug 12: Breaking Free
The Moon is weaving through Aquarius and your ninth house now, so you'll be feeling the urge to break with routine and break out. Try something adventurous, even if it's just exotic food. The farther you can get from home, the better you're likely to feel. Consider expanding your horizons: do you need to study or learn something in order to advance your situation or to simply broaden your mind? Expansive colours are coral and cloudy blue. Lucky numbers are 29 and 30.

Go to TopSat Aug 13: Full Moon
It's a tricky Full Moon today as the lovely lunar light blazes forth and the planets as well as everything else go mental. Accident risk is high, especially around the home, or in ventures or adventures with others so take extra care. In the broader sense, you may come to some strong or stunning realizations or revelations about people with whom you're associated. Stimulating colours are brick red and peppermint. Lucky numbers are 9 and 27.

Go to TopSun Aug 14: Rocky Road
The Moon slips her way into Pisces and your solar tenth house, raising merry hell with Mercury and Uranus, so this could be an unsettled day at work. There are peculiar developments and even a bit of conflict as the day unfolds. Dealing with the public could be tricky. Be at your versatile best and you'll cope with most of what goes on. Adventurous colours are emerald green and ruby. Lucky numbers are 18 and 36.
If you say potato on the 1st or 2nd and they swear they heard you say tomato, well, don't fret too much. After all, when it comes to making a salad, a tomato is just as good as a potato. It just means adjusting a little, and being willing to serve an entirely different kind of salad than you'd planned. Get upset about it, though, and the month could be off to a rocky start. Which way would you prefer things to go? After all, it is up to you to set the mood. By the 5th and 6th, you have a real insight, and that feels good. In fact, you could use this insight to help a whole lot of people. So what are you waiting for? Business progresses at its own pace on the 10th and 11th, even if you wish it would move faster. You're feeling social on the 17th and 18th, which means you should get together with friends. You're feeling great and looking downright fantastic on the super successful 22nd and 23rd. Have a ball! Take your time communicating on the 28th and 29th. Ready for romance? It's ready for you on the 30th and 31st.

Year 2011 Career

The key to continued career success lies in your ability to network like it's your job. Being the messenger of the zodiac, this is like breathing for most Gemini's. If you happen to be one of the shyer twins, use the fiery energy of 2011 to put yourself out there. When the planet of fortune and fame enters your sector of goals and friendships, it's up to you to take the initiative. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
A huge shift takes place when Neptune, the planet of illusions and delusions enters your career sector in April for a relatively short stint until August. This is only a preview of what's to come in 2012 and then continue to evolve over the next decade. The best part is that you'll finally feel like you can wed your need for glamour and soul with your professional aims. But the downside is the potential for more confusion when it comes to clearly delineating what exactly you want in the long-term. What mark do you want to make on this big bad world? You're about to discover that this question leads more to a process than a destination.
With the cosmic taskmaster cracking the whip in your creativity sector over the course of the year, you can't help but take your ideas more seriously. In fact the more you honor your myriad artistic talents the sooner you can turn your gifts into a potentially lucrative enterprise. When Jupiter enters your sector of dreams and imagination in June, you'll certainly suffer no shortage of inspiration.

Feel free to judge me. ^.^ I don't care. I need to be careful since I have fumbled so far this month. And this was supposed to be the uneventful one. T_T, 


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