Lots of Leo!
The month of August is roaring right along with 4 stellar bodies in Leo: the powerful and illuminating Sun of course, the swift and tricky messenger Mercury, the planet of love and beauty Venus, and the stately, paternal, proud Jupiter are all simmering the summer months along here in the northern hemisphere. With all of this dramatic Leonean energy jolting through the psyche, it’s worth it to take stock of what it is and how to work it.
Each one of the 12 signs of the zodiac has a stellar body that it is ruled by or associated with and it just so happens that Leo is ruled by the Sun. When a stellar body is in the sign that it rules it is very strong and it’s influence can usually be felt or recognized pretty easily. With the sign Leo, one might notice such things as playfulness, strength, valor, royalty, drama, friendliness, and the need to be noticed. You may sense yourself fidgeting with these behaviors or noticing it in your loved ones and partners and if this is the case, then you can rest assured that you are in the right place and experiencing something that can be understood.
Here are some of the ways things could play out this month with the stellar bodies that are in Leo:
The Sun: The Sun will be in Leo until the 22nd of August. The Sun illuminates whatever area of the chart it is in; it is the energetic center of that moment. The Sun is the creative energy to self-actualization. There is a need with the Sun to be recognized for what one is essentially attempting to express. Where the Sun is in your chart depends on where and when you were born but here are a few examples: Sun in the 1st House there will be radiance of body and self image, Sun in the 2nd House highlights values and possessions, thinking and communicating will be infused with the Sun in the third house and home, family, ancestors and mothers or fathers will be noticed if the Sun is in the 4th House.
Mercury: Mercury will be in Leo until August 15th. Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun and has a very fast orbit, hence one of the reasons that Mercury is associated with speed, thinking and communication. With Mercury in Leo you may find yourself or others talking much more about, well, themselves…Leo has a fascination with being noticed and recognized for their specialties and deservedly so! We all have things to be proud of, things that we are good at, and as a point of integrity we need to take stock and responsibility for them. Be aware of the bravado that may come your way this month though from others, and be cautious of your own sense of pride. This is the foot-in-mouth scenario to avoid! Those of you with Gemini and Virgo Suns, Moons or rising will particular feel this dynamic
Venus: Venus is the most recent adventurer into Leo arriving in the playful lion’s lair just after midnight here on the west coast and she will remain here until about the 6th of September. Venus in Leo has no traditional strength or debilitation; it is in a sense neutral here. Perhaps that’s because everyone is so busy seeking, displaying, and feeling love/d they’re not noticing anything else? Some places this may be true but there’s certainly many that aren’t experiencing great love (just look at a couple of headlines…). Regardless, those of us able to express love will find it just a bit easier this month, in fact, a caution is in order around overbearing displays that can be understood as less than genuine. One of the lessons or needs of Venus to finding balance and in Leo that would be in the area of self-expression.
Jupiter: This is a more lengthy transit. Jupiter spends about a year in each sign and is felt very strongly when it first enters the sign as you may have noticed in the middle of July. Jupiter, associated with the signs Sagittarius and Pisces has to do with one’s highest aspirations, what one truly believes, and how one has faith. Put it all together and this will be a year of manifesting one’s highest truth; pretty powerful stuff indeed. Leo is a fire sign as is Sagittarius so he can feel pretty good in Leo but it may be a bit overwhelming too. It would be wise to pace yourself in achieving ambitions and easing pressure as enough exists in the current state. Jupiter in Leo requires lots of personal inventory taking so take out the pen and paper and make your lists of assets and liabilities; it will pay in dividends throughout the year.
There’s more to come as well! Venus, the planet of love and beauty joins the Leo party August 12th, so look for relationship matters to boil up in self-determined ways in the near future. Be well and call an astrologer!
Mercury Into Virgo
Mercury, the planet that represents the inner function of communication, thinking, planning, and general data collecting (think the 5 senses—sight, hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting) will change signs on August 15th at 9:44 AM PDT, from Leo to Vigo. Whenever a stellar body changes signs there is a shift; that shift can be subtle or sudden, it all depends on the individual and their circumstances in life. In general, this shift of Mercury into Virgo should offer very positive potential, particularly because this is one of the signs that Mercury rules (the other being Gemini) and where Mercury has the ability to exert a more focused refined affect. Again, much depends on the individual, their modus operandi, and the events surrounding their current circumstances…and of course their free choice…there is (almost) always a choice.
Mercury in Virgo offers the collective the opportunity to communicate with one another in clear, logical, thoughtful, and unselfish ways. In other words this is the time to hammer things out and have those sticky, difficult conversations with loved ones or business partners that you fear will turn emotional. Tune into the tone of Mercury in Virgo from August 15th through September 2nd and get these necessary conversations completed. The mythology of the Virgo constellation relates to the harvest goddesses and fertility. Virgo enables one (all) the ability to discern truths and feed truth, hence, grow and evolve.
As it seems with most things in existence there is a caution. Virgo can tend towards over-analysis, worry, and inertia due to a fixation on picayune details. This can happen due to that very same precision intellect that sees and understands the finest details. In matters of the heart (or not, matters of practical, daily life also) getting bogged down in the details of an affair can lead to despair. If an when you sense this happening, it might be worth it to remember the polarity point of Virgo, Pisces, and it’s lesson to dissolve differences.
Mercury in Virgo is available to everyone, there are no restrictions, however, the potential is greater for some, and accessed uniquely by all dependent on the individual’s chart. Those with Virgo Sun, Rising, or Moon for instance certainly have much potential with this transit as well as one with any planets in Virgo. The way in which it can be utilized is dependent on where Virgo is in your chart, which depends on your birth time, date, and place.
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