Love & Relationships:

Express yourself, Gemini—and don’t follow a script. While your verbally gifted sign often has a lot to SAY, especially when it comes to love (and theories of love), how often do you just keep it real and speak from the heart, no intellectual overlay required? On September 1, you get an opportunity to do just that, as magnetic Venus forms a conjunction with sultry Mars in Leo, your third house of communication. (Note: This is the second of three such conjunctions between the cosmic lovers in 2015—the first was on February 20 and the next will be on November 2.) The warmth of Leo energy helps infuse your words with passion and genuine care, too. Since alluring Venus is retrograde (backward) during this meeting, a past connection could heat up—possibly even with an old friend. Or, longtime friends could introduce you to someone special. Coupled Twins might rev up the romance by returning to your favorite pastimes as a unit, e.g. hitting a karaoke bar in your 'hood and chatting up all the regulars, or going back to your favorite dive-y dance spot! With assertive Mars in Leo until September 24, you're feeling both feisty and flirty—what a social (and sexy) way to wrap up summer!

Venus has been retrograde since July 25, and on September 6, it finally turns direct (forward) after a challenging romantic cycle. Over the past six weeks, your amorous flight patterns might have been a little…off. This was especially true when it came to communication, since Venus was in Leo and your expressive third house since July 31. Perhaps you thought you finally found that kindred spirit, a perfect pairing of hearts AND minds (a must for intellectual Gemini!), only to have the rug pulled out from under you. Or maybe you just couldn’t get through to the object of your affections, and the misunderstandings felt seriously painful. Venus will stay in Leo until October 8, so use this cosmic boon to patch up any rifts that might have occurred. With assertive Mars also here until September 24, your best bet is to be lovingly direct.

That said, please avoid holding a summit on September 9, when communicator Mercury in Libra, your fifth house of self-expression and passion, forms a tight square to deep-digging Pluto in Capricorn, your eighth house of intimacy, jealousy and intensity. The potential for "epic fail" is written all over THIS cosmic wall! You could find yourself grappling with some raw and even venomous feelings, especially around possession or betrayal. Part of you may want to rush into forever-land with your love, but the green-eyed monster is slowing you down. That's probably your fear talking, Gemini. You can't control your partner (or a potential or past partner, either), but with calculating Pluto on the warpath, you might suddenly find yourself in the midst of a poorly-judged power move—just like your signmate Prince did in his movie Purple Rain—dropping to the ground, writhing and screaming out the lyrics to "Darling Nikki" full steam. Come back, Nikki, come back, indeed. On the flip side, you might feel smothered by someone—but you also don't want them to go TOO far away. Oh, the head trips this day could bring!

Fortunately, some of the intensity around love clears up on September 22, when transformational Pluto goes direct (forward) in Capricorn, your eighth house of soul-merging and perma-bonding. Since mid-April, the powerful planet has been blocking some of your most intense feelings, possibly even prompting an internal inventory, e.g. which hangups belong to YOU and which ones belong to the other person? Now that Pluto is back in full effect, your perspective is restored, and you can refocus your energy on a healthier approach to intimacy. The roots of your control issues may run deep, Gemini—but now, you can literally feel your way to freedom by identifying any lower vibe emotions and questioning where they come from until you find the source. 

The tide is turning in love, anyway—especially on September 17, when communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Libra, your fifth house of romance and passion, AND accountable Saturn reenters Sagittarius, your seventh house of commitments. An old issue (or even lover) could resurface while Mercury is retrograde through October 9. Don’t assume the reappearance of an ex means you’re meant to be together, though. This person might just be a messenger, pointing to inner work that YOU still have to do, or reminding you of a cherished quality you should look for in your future mates. 

Saturn settling in to Sagittarius and your partnership house—until December 2017—is huge news. Sagittarius is your opposite sign, so having the stern planet as far away as possible from your Sun can give you some harsh but important perspective about the way you “do” relationships. You’ll see clearly where you may need to change, express clearer terms of engagement or upgrade your standards. Over the next two years, you will be called to be more responsible to your romantic partner AND yourself in love. If you've been fooling yourself that a certain relationship is meant to go the distance, Saturn's integrity will help reveal whether it's a marathon or a sprint.

While there's nothing to fear about this—Saturn is putting your relationship on a positive and lasting foundation—you may have a period of readjustment. The taskmaster planet is calling for maturity and gravitas, not a relationship that looks great on social media but is fraught with drama IRL. Since Saturn rules experts, you may opt to visit a couple's therapist, or check out resources on improving bona fide communication, like Making Marriage Simple: Ten Truths for Changing the Relationship You Have into the One You Want. Solo Geminis may face your illusions around the glory of the single life. A committed relationship may suddenly seem more appealing, but you'll also be looking at situations and people realistically and NOT through the lens of those (admittedly adorable) rose-colored glasses. Life is not a fairy tale written by Rainbow von Unicorn—but with secure Saturn at the helm, the day-to-day experience of living with your true-blue other half could actually be better!

Later in the month, red-hot Mars enters Virgo, your fourth house of family and roots, from September 24-November 12. This transit kicks off a whole new cycle: Perhaps you're feeling an urgency to advance in a relationship, by either moving in together, meeting the parents or starting a family. At the very least, you may find yourself lobbying for a key swap. You might be attracted to someone who is divorced and/or has kids, or you could get pregnancy news yourself!

On September 25, Mars forms a tight square to serious Saturn in Sagittarius, your seventh house of one-on-one relationships. This influence lasts for a week, and it cautions you to pace yourself emotionally. Don't make the mistake of believing that you ARE your feelings, or that you can't possibly express yourself without having a volcanic eruption. This is about learning how to compromise and share your emotions while also taking responsibility for them so you don’t indiscriminately dump on other people. Proceed one step at a time, instead of going from zero to 60. If a dating prospect wants more than you can give, you may need to be clear about where you're at, rather just going along with their agenda. Coupled Geminis could feel pressured to let down your guard more. Take it easy, and go through the process one step at a time. Find the right balance of showing vulnerability but also making your boundaries and standards clear.