Sun in Leo What more can be said about the King of the jungle, that hasn't been said before? Just in case you missed it - Leo is royal, loyal, playful, creative, majestic, and courageous (unless it's his own shadow)! This is the time of year when the lion takes his rightful place on the thrown and reigns over our days between 7/22 - 8/23. The emanating light shines a spotlight on how we individually shine and what makes us do so.... We all know that without the Sun, we'd be nowhere at all. This magical Cosmic Orb infuses life into all living things. This is the time of year, when we feel like playing more, as we seek out more sunshine and indulge in warm weather activities. Under the Leo Sun, we are keenly aware of the people and activities that bring us back to the innocence of childhood. If you lose track of time, or decide to shirk a few responsibilities for another round of golf, this is the joyful essence that abounds now.
Vesta moves out of retrograde August 1. Goddess of the sacred flame. Vesta represents the temple priestesses, the vestal virgins, who held a very high level of power due to their ability to channel (kundalini) sexual energy into sacred healing. How the archetype of Vesta impacts your life is indicated by wherever it's placed in your natal chart. We have been afforded the chance to realign with what truly ignites our passion during this retrograde period that began in May. As we work to cleanse, heal and rejuvenate our mind and body, we naturally feel the overflow on a spiritual level. This time also afforded us an opportunity to look at our beliefs and our personal commitment to daily rituals. We are made increasingly aware, through flashes of insight, our own inner yearnings that point towards maintaining that flame for ourselves first.
Mercury Retrograde (in the sign of Leo) continues until August 19, disrupting communication, computers and travel. Weather impacts transportation by resulting in obstacles and forced delays. When we are aware of Mercury retrograde periods, it's much easier to laugh it off and go with the flow. This is a good time for RE-evaluation, REnewal, REversals, REalignment, or just about anything that begins with RE! Once Mercury goes into direct motion on August 19, it heads back towards it's starting line. By early September, it begins to pick up speed. Mercury retrogrades occur approximately three times a year, for three weeks. During those periods, we are reminded not to set plans in stone or sign important documents. Communication lines are crossed, confusing, cloudy and key pieces of information are often missing.
Marscontinues in retrograde, moving from early Aquarius back into Capricorn. Leading the way are Pluto and Saturn already in Capricorn. There is a feeling of heaviness and imbalance with this set-up. As Mars back-tracks between June 27 - August 27, we may feel as if we're taking three steps forward and two steps back. The mounting frustration can leave us feeling paralyzed and fearful that our plans are not unfolding the way we though they would, or, that we are not able to keep up with material/financial demands. There may even be some undefined sense of doom as disappointment/anger is internalized. Keep in mind that this is temporary and will pass when planets pick up speed this Fall.
Whenever a planet moves from direct motion to retrograde or visa versa, there is a reversal in the way we feel about a particular situation or the way we approach it. Once a planet moves direct, we often change our mind or follow a different trajectory, one we hadn't entertained before, with a heightened sense of purpose and clarity.
Venus moves into Libra, the sign it rules, on August 6. Diplomacy, artistry and material luxury are paramount. Love, beauty and relationships are also more at the forefront while discussions turn towards long term security surround all these topics. As George Carlin once said, "everybody's gotta have a little place for their stuff. That's all life is about. Trying to find a place for your stuff."
New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse - 18˚Leo - August 11 holds a great deal of power, not only because it's a New Moon and offers a brand new canvas to paint our dreams, but it's the third of a series of eclipses within the past month (7/11, 7/27). New Moons are a time to leave something behind and take the road not traveled. The sky is dark when the Sun/Moon stand together and, therefore, this alignment (monthly) encourages us to be courageous and trust that we are protected. This is truly a time to believe in magic. Plant seeds now in an effort to achieve some long range plan. You may even see signs in a short couple of weeks!
There are many planetary influences aspecting this New Moon. As the Sun/Moon align, the planets Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto continue in retrograde motion, causing us to be more reflective as we try to maneuver our journey without steam or the caboose to fuel us. Each of these retrograding planets puts their own spin on things. The fixed star Merak, which is the second larges star in the constellation of the great bear, is at 19˚ Leo conjuncting the Sun/Moon. The fixed stars Dubhe, Algenubi and Alphard are also close by as is the asteroid Pallas Athene who urges us to strategize and figure out a game plan before moving ahead. Pluto and Neptune are also involved with a dynamic astrological set-up called a yod (finger of God) pushing us towards some fated set of circumstances...
Sun in Cancer through July 22 is continuing to keep us on high emotional alert. Staying focused means staying in the NOW. The lunar energy of the Moon, however, influences how our past is filtering down into our psyches and affecting the way we feel. Circumstances surrounding our home, family, mothers/children, nurturing, food and the things we cling to that "feed" our soul. The Moon is the planetary ruler of Cancer and it's influence brings emotions closer to the surface. This isn't just about feeling happy or sad, but the full range of heightened sensitivity we experience from situations moment to moment. The results can either enhance feelings of security or instability. Of course, they'll be a whole lot worse if you're glued to TV or news cycles.
Mars, the planet of action, is currently in the sign of Aquarius. It went into retrograde motion June 27 and remains there until late August. For this period of time there is a strong desire to move forward and make changes in some area of life. Mars retrograde can be troublesome simply because we either don't have the energy to get the job done or plans aren't falling into place the way we had expected. Whatever structures in your life need to be reinforced, modified, corrected, fixed, slow progress is bettern than none at all. Some changes will challenge our security. The Universe is asking us to trust that what happens now is testng stability for the long haul.
VENUS, the planet of love and what we value, moves out of Leo and intoVirgo on July 9 until August 6. This is a difficult combo because of an increased drive for perfection which, on the downside, draws more criticism. This is a perfect time to work on simplification and order. By mid July, the energy is prime for overhauling your diet or doing a cleanse, planning a garage sale or undertaking any large cleaning project. Charitable activities and community organizations are also highlighted.
JUPITER in Scorpio has been in retrograde since March 8. It moves direct on July 10th and catches up to speed by October 6. Look to see where 13˚ - 23˚ Scorpio lands in your natal chart to see how this personally impacts you. There may be more attention on joint assets, wills, sex, death, or some hidden secret. Jupiter, the planet of benevolence stays in Scorpio from Oct 2017 - Nov 2018. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld, who prefers the darker realms and is accustomed to transformation through annihilation. Some of the things that may come to the surface may take us completely by surprise! This is an ongoing process of purification. Whatever effort has been made to suppress compulsions, obsessions and secrets will no longer work. True beneficial change is possible when we are willing to iluminate what lies beneath the surface and embrace all of it - dark and light, with forgiveness and love.
NEPTUNE in Pisces offers a cloak to escape into other worlds like fantasy, music, poetry, or some higher elevated dimension. Some people might even be looking for another dimension or feel like they are living in an alternate one. There are a myriad of avenues that can divert attention from every day drudgery and the more creative the better.
Neptune energy comes with a warning label ~
beware the disguise of pharmaceutical approach drugs, alcohol, or any mind altering substances. These serve to mask symptoms, leading us further into an abyss. It would be wise to really look at alternates; therapy, massages, energy work like reiki, meditation or mindfulness. Find someone healthy that you trust and respect who can offer support when you are feeling stressed.
URANUS in Taurus helps us become more aware of our limitations. It wakes up to what needs to change in order grow. Where do you want to escape because you've just had enough? Taurus is a practical earth sign ruled by Venus. Make the effort to spend more time outside, in nature doing more things that will connect you to our beautiful land.
It's ingress into Taurus mid-May left us all poised on the verge of a new world order with regard to finances, which come under the rulership of Taurus. The strong-arm alliances between Saturn in Capricorn (gov't, institutions) and Pluto (transformation, annihilation) in Capricorn until 2026 indicates a total upheaval in the way in which the global financial markets have operated. International trade, debt, and tariffs will be highlighted as sudden shifts occur in the economy due to hidden shenanigans behind the scene (Scorpio). Banks, businesses, and, yes, even the stock markets, are headed towards some serious changes. It wouldn't be a bad idea to keep some personal resources close at hand to mitigate any major personal upheavals. Financial institutions will be managing their affairs in a much different way over the coming years with Uranus in Taurus. It has recently been noted that we might be headed into the future to a cashless society full of universal credits and restrictions.
Uranus also rules over weather. Taurus covers the realms of Earth. This combo of energy is more unsettling because it brings sudden shifts and changes to weather and meteorological affairs. We might see an increase in sudden storms, seismic activity, fires and other sorts of upsets that come out of the blue and have the capacity to disrupt lives.
As the Moon orbits the Earth, it passes through all 12 signs of the zodiac making up a lunar month. The Void of Course Moon is the period of time right after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters the next sign in sequential order. These periods can last for seconds, minutes or even a day or two. During the periods when there is a Void of Course Moon, we can feel scattered, disconnected and without direction. It is generally best to avoid important decisions, signing documents or beginning new projects and better to stick to routine.
The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and meant as a learning tool for Astrological themes. They are not to be taken as a substitute for any medical treatments. The intention is to share with the reader, knowledge of the stars for contemplation as well as encouraging a thought provoking dialogue.