Sun in Leo Horoscopes: Bask in the Rays

Leo

We’re at the midpoint of summer in the Northern Hemisphere as the Sun shifts into Leo on July 22. Many of you will use this time of abundant sunlight to enjoy reunions, festivals, and celebrations; and road trips, and vacations at lakes and beaches. Others will feel drawn to slow down and relax poolside or in the shade with with a good book to read. Mercury’s message to everyone about it’s retrograde period (July 27 – August 18) is: spend time now renewing your energy, live joyfully, and revel in the generous nature of all that surrounds you. The Full Moon lunar eclipse that occurs just after midnight CDT is a metaphorical “last curtain call,” and in the months that follow, there will be a final ending to many things. The eclipse won’t impact everyone to the same degree or in the same areas of life. Those of you with birthdays near July 27 or January 27, will feel this eclipse more. Others may feel it on a more subtle level.

Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”  ~ Hal Borland

Look at the horoscopes below to see what area of life the Leo Sun is lighting up in your life and what the potential is for your month ahead.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) The Leo Sun energizes the place in your horoscope associated with fun, romance, and creativity through August 22. That’s also the area of life where Mercury will turn retrograde for about three weeks, beginning July 27. This creates opportunities for you to review roles you play and ways in which you express yourself and take risks. You may decide to make changes in social groups you’ve been active in. The Leo Sun’s relationships with Jupiter in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius delivers a big dose of yang energy all month long, which tends to ramp up your enthusiasm, passion, and energy. Positive expressions of this, sometimes, irrepressible energy are: self-confidence, adventure-seeking, directness, courage, vitality, and good old-fashioned fun. The flip side, or negative expressions are: arrogance, taking excessive risks, or aggression, loud and obnoxious behavior. Be a student of your own life and let past lessons be your teacher/guide in the present.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) The Leo Sun moves into the place in your horoscope home and the very foundations of your life through August 22. Mercury’s retrograde (Jul 27 – Aug 18) in that place could make previously planned class and family reunions, and vacations at your favorite places, memorable and fun-filled times. A stay-cation is a good option, too. Your sign’s ruler, Venus, is poised to bring you a new love interest, if you are open to that possibility. You may also be inspired to use your creativity now to freshen up your home with either your own or purchased art and decorations. The Sun in Leo is opposing retrograde Mars in Aquarius now—a strong signal that a confrontation with someone is likely, but if you stay mellow, the situation can be resolved easily and peacefully the week of August 5. There’s an abundance of yang energy in the environment all month long, which can feel like too much contrast for an earthy Taurus. Stay on the path of least resistance as much as you can; it’ll help you feel more stable and less resistant to what feels to you like too much of a lot of things.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20) The Leo Sun is in harmony with your Gemini Sun and focusing attention on your community and connections with others through August 22. The Leo Sun inspires gratitude for all that is and generosity to share with those you come in contact with. If you’re planning to travel, plan well ahead and then double check your reservations and traffic conditions if you’re taking a road trip. With Mercury retrograde between July 27 and August 18, there are likely to be some miscommunications or some things that are lost or misplaced—both personal and travel related. While your sign’s ruler, Mercury, is retrograde in Leo, it’s squaring off with Jupiter (in your sixth house of daily habits that affect your well being) and opposing retrograde Mars in your tenth house of advancement and change. You may experience this energy as a push to do more, more, and more, but don’t just agree to something because someone is urging you to, and try not to take on too much for the time being. You won’t notice, until it’s too late, how exhausted you really are. Time will be well spent when you rest and renew yourself.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Resources, assets, and earnings are the focus now as the Leo Sun casts its rays in the place of resources and earnings through August 22. Mercury is right there with the Leo Sun, and it will be in retrograde motion July 22 – August 18. They’re nudging you to take notice and perhaps do some review of your resources. Notice, too, any random thoughts that feel like reminders of the resources—people and things, small and large—that are available to help you reach a goal or fill a desire. Optimism comes easy now due to retrograde Mercury’s beneficial connections to both Venus and Jupiter in mid-August. If you’ve created big plans and long-range goals, but the time never seemed right to follow through, the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter alignment could trigger an urge to splurge on a lavish home remodel or new decor. Your abilgity to see the big picture serves you well, but be sure your bank account and resources are a match to your creative enthusiasm before signing your name on a contract or overspending on a credit card. Better yet, refine you plan now and delay finalizing agreements and payments until later in August or even early September after Mercury is direct again. You may not have all the answers you need before then. In the meantime, nurture yourself. Seemingly trivial pursuits such as reading for amusement or visiting museums can be beneficial for your relationship with your inner you. Relax and enjoy these mid-summer days.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22) Happy birthday to all of you Leos! The cosmos is lining up to help you in any way you desire during your birthday month BUT, and this is a big BUT, you need to pace yourself. There will be a lot going on in both in your relationships and at work. The Leo Sun is opposing retrograde Mars now, and it’s likely that sparks will fly in your close relationships or business-related partnerships. You get to choose your reactions, but “chilling” rather than overreacting to circumstances will give you the best protection from this fiery duo’s confrontation. The July 27 lunar eclipse will initiate a natural release and redistribution of tensions. In the meantime, dealing with the unexpected in the place career and achievements will keep you guessing as the Leo Sun squares Uranus August 4. When the Sun and Uranus are tuned in with an easy trine August 17 – 31, life takes on an exciting new quality. You may receive new insights that help you make changes based on new understanding. On the other hand, if restlessness has you pacing, free yourself from your routine for a few days. Let the restless spirit within express itself playfully and creatively, but be mindful of taking unnecessary risks as this Sun-Uranus energy is accident prone. And while Mercury is retrograde between July 27 and August 18 in your Sun sign, distract yourself from anything that involves permanent changes. You could decide that you want to modify, or even leave behind, a role you’ve been playing. Or you might feel inspired to revamp your personal appearance, get a tattoo or piercing, but wait. You’ll avoid regrets if you postpone major decisions until early September after Mercury is moving direct again. The Full Moon eclipse on July 27 in the place of relationships will challenge you to act with heart-felt courage. Let the Universe know what’s in your heart and then be ready to receive what’s coming to you. This eclipse could bring about endings which will make way for new beginnings. In fact, when retrograde Mercury and the Leo Sun meet up on August 7 – 9, expect ideas and plans for future growth to fill your conversations. Jupiter is involved through a square to the Sun-Mercury combo during the first week of August. This energy can help you succeed if you remember to pace yourself and to say yes only when the commitment feels REALLY right.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) A retreat of some kind may become your highest priority as Mercury and the Sun move through Leo, the place of “what is hidden” in your horoscope. The Leo Sun opposes retrograde Mars in Aquarius, the place associated with health and injuries, until August 2. While it’s in Aquarius, Mars retrograde is the guest of Uranus, the planet that symbolizes social change (and upheaval). This combination may amp up any agitating elements present in your life. It also increases potential for personal injury. If the open road calls you in your near future, wear a helmet (always a good option) if you answer the call on a bicycle or motorcycle. In fact, this is a good time to avoid risks altogether that can lead to injury. Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury, will be retrograde July 27 – August 18, and squaring Jupiter in the place of communication and short-distance travel during the next several weeks. While Mercury applies the brakes, suggesting that you take your time getting involved with new people or things, Jupiter is ready to take a deep dive. You can overdo now and develop an attachment that limits your perspective. Patience is both a virtue and an asset when used to protect your interests. If it’s possible to wait until early September when Mercury is moving direct again to make important decisions, you’re more apt to feel satisfied in the long term. Mercury backs up enough to help you gain new perspective and optimism by August 20. You may find it’s easier then to entertain easy thoughts and enjoy the lighter side of life.

Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Reunions of any kind, especially with old friends, school pals and alumni are highlighted with the Leo Sun and Mercury retrograde in the place of friends, associates, and groups. Double check your plans, reservations, tickets — in fact, anything and everything related to travel. Yes, even the batteries in your devices. Your ruling planet, Venus, is in the place of “what is hidden,” increasing the likelihood that someone or something will show up and mess with your equilibrium. You can’t plan ahead for such events, but you can decide to be intentional in your life. Manage your money wisely to avoid overspending. At the same time, pay attention to “not so subtle” vibes that draw your attention to things you desire to have. The desire for things, people, or dreams that you thought were in the past could become active again. Resist the impulse to be impulsive, though. Good investments require research. Bad investments lead to regret. Retrograde Mercury stalls between August 14 – 20 and allows time for you to reflect and make a new plan, which you can put into effect in early September after Mercury is moving full-speed ahead again. Stay tuned in to your refined intuition and let your creative inspirations lead the way.  Fill up the rest of summer with love and fun in the Sun.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Your home and family are competing for attention even as things heat up in the area of your horoscope associated with achievement and what you’re publicly recognized for. There’s an abundance of positive energy flowing to support actions both at work and at home. There will also be challenges during the Sun in Leo month. Recognition at work may come with a financial reward that you can, in turn, direct toward your home to make improvements or relieve some pressure there if that’s what you want to do. Any increase in activity or responsibility that accompanies recognition for work well done is likely to bring challenges, though, as August gets underway. Some relief comes around August 8, but it’s not over. The good news is that things appear to work out well if you just keep your cool and do your job while not over-extending yourself or your personal resources. Someone who’s older (a male friend or family member) could become your mentor if you recognize the opportunity and then ask. Say yes to offers of help from someone in a group you associate with, as well as to new friendships. Be patient with yourself and others. Things on the home front improve and then become less of an issue by mid August. If you’re thinking about a vacation, try to arrange it for the week of August 19. Check and recheck reservations, tickets, road conditions, flights, etc. Even though Mercury is traveling direct again on the 18th, things could have gotten snarled up during your preparation for the time away.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) The kind of adventures that make dreams come true are on deck for you as the Leo Sun moves through the area in your horoscope that’s associated with travel to distant places, as well as advanced degrees. Mercury will be retrograde in this same area July 27 – August 18, which could cause delays, jumbled or missed communications, lost items, or theft. If you do have travel plans, build some slack time into your schedule so you won’t feel rushed and have time to secure your belongings and important information. In fact, you can apply that advice to big plans of any kind. You won’t be sorry you did. You have an opportunity now to learn a lot about yourself and what’s really important to you. Don’t be surprised if you change you mind about some long-held beliefs. Watch for opportunities that can help your financial bottom line, or add to your resources, IF you are willing to accept a change in your status. You’ll need to ask, or get people to notice you (which won’t be hard to do) in order to receive the rewards, though. There is a solid feeling about changes you make now, because you’ve been preparing for the changes for a while. Your innovative plans are also logical, so keep moving ahead as you’ve planned. You may experience some tension in a valued relationship that will come to some beneficial resolution after August 14. What you value will be in focus when an event or message near August 21 brings up something from the past. It’ll work out fine if you go with the flow.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) The Leo Sun and soon-to-be retrograde Mercury are occupying the area of your horoscope that’s associated with other people’s resources. At the same time, Saturn, the ruler of your Sun sign, is retrograde in the area associated with your personal identity. It’s common to identify with what you own, your possessions. But you may need to remind yourself again that you are not your car, or your furniture, or the balance in your bank account if you find yourself on the other side of an argument about who owns what. On the other hand, you may experience very positive movement now if you’ve been working hard to manage someone else’s resources. You’re not home free, though, and Mercury is retrograde and plowing back through what was recently done or decided upon. Time is on your side at the moment, so be thorough about what you do. This is a good time for travel. Any new experiences now will broaden your thinking. What you thought was one way may actually be quite different and you’re likely to change some of your beliefs because of your new viewpoint. You can also enjoy concerts and trips to an art museum at this time, but use caution if a beautiful artifact or a beautiful person stimulates your imagination to soar to new heights. You could feel strong desires that have a powerful effect on you. Indulge in the fantasy if you must, but resist the urge to commit now.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Mars retrograde in the area of your horoscope that represents you, your identity, and your perspective on the World beyond your front door signifies a time to focus on YOU. However, your attention may actually be on a relationship or partnership (including a business relationship) as the Leo Sun and Mercury travel through that area of your horoscope. It’s likely that you’re noticing someone who is also noticing you now. This is a good time to examine and reevaluate your role in your important relationships. Are your needs being met? Are you doing all that you need to do to ensure those relationships continue on a good trajectory? Mercury will retrograde in Leo between July 27 and August 18, giving you ample time to realign, reinvest, rethink, readjust, reorganize, and so on. Uranus along with Saturn set the tone for the place you call home. With both of these planets retrograde in the weeks ahead, you may experience tension there, especially if something previously unknown comes to light. There’s always a range of possible issues and be anything from powerful encounters with people to something that creates unfavorable living conditions. This influence will be around for awhile so do your best to adjust. You’ll feel freer in the end when you allow the changes to occur. You can experience too much of a good thing and begin to feel stressed throughout the month of August. Be sure you’ve set reasonable expectations for yourself and for others.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) With the entrance of the Leo Sun joining soon-to-be retrograde Mercury in the area of your horoscope that represents work and routines, some of your attention moves to managing those things. But not all of your attention, because there’s also something happening in the area of your one-on-one relationships and partnerships. Check your attitude. Are you seeing things clearly or is there some confusion or feelings of disillusionment or disappointment? It can be difficult to see personal responsibility when things are going other than the way you planned, but are you really being too idealistic or expecting the other person to fulfill some dream or fantasy? It may also be difficult to communicate with that person. Perhaps the best thing to do now is shift your focus back to your work and routines. The Full Moon lunar eclipse will illuminate things that need your attention and bring closure to things that need to be released. You probably won’t have a choice about some things that go away at this time, buy you always have choices about how you feel. Reach for the best feeling as often as possible and then keep moving in that direction. Don’t rule out travel, which could be overseas, and either work-related or for pleasure.

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Life, Fate, and Freewill

fate vs determinism

One of the great, centuries-old debates, which continues among astrologers today, is around the concepts of fate and freewill. Some astrologers believe in a deterministic fate and uphold the notion that we can do nothing to change our fates. Those astrologers believe planets cause events and when there is clear understanding of the planets, based on planetary locations in the zodiac and their relationships to one another, one’s fate can be predicted.

On the other end of the spectrum are astrologers who believe life is partially predetermined and that fate can be mitigated. I’m aligned with this perspective of life here on planet earth.

I’m not satisfied that there is ONE definitive explanation for the role of planets and their interactions and everyone else has it wrong. There was a spectrum of beliefs millennia ago as there is today, and so the discussion continues.

I do believe certain things in life are fated. But we have the ability to make choices and because we can make choices our potentially fated lives can have outcomes that are different from the “predictable” outcome. I’ve watched the 2006 movie Deja Vu several times, and I think it’s the question of whether or not fate can be changed, and if so, how it can be changed, that intrigues me.

A lot of things are predictable, which is a primary reason astrology just works. I’ve observed what I sometimes refer to as apparent “influences” on people and events due to a planet’s location and relationships to other planets in a horoscope chart. But I can’t predict with 100 percent accuracy  how someone will respond to any given influence. An example that validates for me the less deterministic perspective is that of babies who are born within seconds of each other and who then essentially share the same fate if we look only to the stars and planets for an explanation of their individual life outcomes. The Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew, are a lot alike, but they’re also different, as is true of most twins. Twins can have very different life experiences and it’s unlikely their lives will end in the same way or at the same time.

Interestingly, it was after watching the 2016 movie Arrival that my thoughts coalesced about whether the planets and their movements through the heavens are predictive (of fate) or symbolic in nature. In the movie, alien creatures use what look like symbols in their effort to communicate with linguistics professor Louise Banks about the reason 12 spaceships have landed in various locations on earth. The space aliens would project a black cloud-like substance from their “hands” and the substance would converge into different circular shapes. It occurred to me that we arrange and rearrange letters from our 26-letter alphabet in different ways to form words that have meaning. It was only after Banks was able to understand the symbols by learning various associations that she could interpret the message they’d come here to share with humans.

Movies are themselves a visual collection of symbols (images) that represent ideas,  archetypes, concepts, etc., that are combined, moved around, and recombined to create and convey messages.

In the same way that letters in an alphabet are combined and recombined to represent words that represent the variety here on earth, the sun and orbiting planets (as viewed by us based on their position in our zodiac) apply to and separate from a variety of relationships with each other (by conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition) to represent the variety of events in our world. Astrologers are like linguists who provide on-the-spot services to communicate by translating a symbolic language that is not common to both speakers. We’re the interpreters of the symbols that combine in a variety of ways to create greater meaning.

Finally, while I’m more comfortable with the notion that planets do not cause events, I know that they represent events. And understanding what the the planets and their movements represent, or symbolize, can help us understand and make use, through choices, of the meaning, knowledge, and wisdom contained  in the messages.

The Journey Begins

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” … Every sign is affected by the sky’s division into temples; position governs the stars, and endows them with the power to benefit or harm.”
~ Manilius, (c. 10 AD) Astronomica, II v.856

The horoscope, which I define as a diagram of the relative positions of the sun, moon, and planets in the sky at the time of someone’s birth, is used by astrologers to infer characteristics and traits about a person, as well as, a place or an event). This diagram and its twelve divisions is one of four essential components of astrology. The other important components are planets, signs, and aspects. Each of the divisions, commonly referred to as “houses of the horoscope,” has a planet ruler and each house is associated with different areas of one’s life.

This is a “natural chart,” which simply means that the sign of Aries is in the First house position. The First house is always located on the left side in a horoscope and is equivalent to the 9 o’clock position on a clock. From there, the houses are read counterclockwise. The Second house is below the first house and so on around the diagram to the twelfth house.

Aries is located in the First house of a natural chart because it marks the beginning of the astrological year also known as Spring Equinox, which typically falls on March 21. But the equinox can occur a day either side of March 21. This means that in some years, spring may start on March 20 and other years on March 22. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars and its symbol is the Ram. The other houses, planetary rulers, and symbols (in a natural horoscope) are as follows:

  • Second house is ruled by the planet Venus and its symbol is The Bull (April 21 – May 21)
  • Third house is ruled by the planet Mercury and its symbol is The Twins (May 21 – June 21)
  • Fourth house is ruled by the Moon and its symbol is The Crab (June 21 – July 21)
  • Fifth house is ruled by the Sun and its symbol is The Lion (July 21 – August 21)
  • Sixth house is ruled by Mercury and its symbol is The Virgin (August 21 – September 21)
  • Seventh house is also ruled by Venus and its symbol is The Scales (September 21 – October 21)
  • Eighth house is also ruled by Mars and its symbol is The Scorpion (October 21 – November 21)
  • Ninth house is ruled by Jupiter and its symbol is The Archer (November 21 – December 21)
  • Tenth house is ruled by Saturn and its symbol is The Goat (December 21 – January 21)
  • Eleventh house is also ruled by Saturn and its symbol is The Water Bearer (January 21 – February 21)
  • Twelfth house is also ruled by Jupiter and its symbol is The Fish (February 21 – March 21)

There are many ways to go about discussing the horoscope, its houses, planets, and so on. But for this discussion, I want to simply focus on the relationships of the houses (in order) to each other and on giving and receiving. To help you visualize how the activities represented by the twelve houses unfold, it may help to think about a house as an hour on the clock. The 9 o’clock hour is preceded by the 8 o’clock hour and followed by the 10 o’clock hour. Each hour is filled with activities that flow together to create your day-to-day experiences. In other words, what you do at 8 o’clock to prepare for a 9 o’clock meeting will likely have some relationship to what you do at 10 o’clock. Throughout your day, you will give to and receive from all that you do and think about.

In the same way that time, or hours in the day, are associated with the give-and-take of activities, the horoscope houses have specific associations. The primary association of the First house is IDENTITY; it’s how others see you and how you present yourself to the world that constitute your identity. Many factors influence one’s identity, but for this discussion, I’ll keep it basic and say that on a day-to-day basis, how you present yourself will depend on what you do to renew yourself (energy from the twelfth house) and how you give and receive to attract what you value (put into the second house). In other words, personal daily renewal provides energy that in turn is expelled/spent for the purpose of attracting to you what you need (resources) and value.

Other house associations are as follows:

  • Second house — personal resources (what you value and attract to you)
  • Third house — learning and all forms of communication
  • Fourth house — personal foundation (your family of origin and home)
  • Fifth house — creative energy
  • Sixth house — daily routines, habits, and service
  • Seventh house — close relationships and partnerships
  • Eighth house — joint resources from a relationship or partnership
  • Ninth house — beliefs
  • Tenth house — public persona, achievements
  • Eleventh house — hopes and desires, association with friends and groups
  • Twelfth house — renewal

This give-and-take energy flows through all the houses in the horoscope and it flows in both directions (clockwise and counterclockwise). Applying the previous example, you will use the resources that you put in the second house to nourish yourself in ways that help support your renewal (Twelfth house) so you can go out into the world refreshed and ready to interact with friends and associates (Eleventh house) and achieve your goals (Tenth house).

In these ways, and others, all that you are and all that you do are connected.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the Second house and its relationship to attracting what is desired.