Saturday July 22nd the Sun leaves the emotionally sensitive and protective water sign of Cancer and enters the exuberant and courageous fire sign of Leo. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac provides the means to rectify or redirect the energy of the previous sign. Leo shifts our awareness from the inner realm of feelings and inspires us to radiate our unique, individual spark of light into the world. A fixed sign, Leo uses its will and determination to express itself with joy-filled creativity and lead with pride.
As the Sun enters the sign of Leo it conjoins Mars, lending its vitality and enthusiasm for life to the planet of assertion and action. The fusion of the two planets in Leo is a powerful combination, suggesting profound willfulness and risk-taking, boldly asserting individual needs with courage and bravery. As Mars is the dispositor of Uranus in Aries, actions could become impulsive, rebellious, erratic, and create conflict or harm. Act and lead from a heart-centered place. Have courage and confidence in your convictions. Be aware of your goals when applying your energy. Think things through, and be patient.
Mercury in Leo conjoins the lunar North Node, inviting us to interact and communicate with others from a spiritually higher, heart-centered place of love, rather than from a self-serving ego. Be enthusiastic and speak to inspire and encourage. Lead with respect for the dignity and honor of others. Know that like you, all members of humanity carry the divine spark of life, and are seeking ways to create and express their individuality.
The Moon in Cancer trines retrograde Neptune in Pisces and is opposed by retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. Sensitivities and feelings of vulnerability may be triggered by the continuing unearthing of the corrupt and decayed in institutions and systems we have relied upon. While this may leave us feeling helpless or victimized, we can call on the energy of Leo to be inspired to create a brighter future that uplifts us all.
With the transition in May of the Lunar North Node into the sign of Leo for the next year and a half, we are invited to embrace a heart-centered approach to problems and issues that arise in our world. This month we can align with the Sun’s radiant energy in Leo by celebrating our love for life. Find joy in your individuality. Make heart-felt connections with others. Communicate with self-confidence. Be generous with your gifts. Take action with courage and strength. Practice your leadership skills. Shine your light into the world.