July 22nd is the start of Leo season, as the Sun comes home to the sign that it rules. This Leo season will be more special than most, as it's brimming with significant influences.
On July 23rd, Mercury will enter Leo and conjoin the Sun, at 0 degrees.
The Sun plus Mercury can mean an illumination of the facts. It can also point to dramatic (Leo) statements or public announcements. Mercury in Leo must be heard, and Mercury united with Leo's ruler heightens that urgency. This feels like a particularly vocal Leo transit, with declarations, ultimatums and speeches. The Sun and Mercury combines ego with intellect, so it's not detached.
Words will be the delivery system for the ego.
A major aspect within a day or two of the Sun's ingress can define the energy for that solar transit. If you have a birthday from July 23rd to 25th, the Sun/Mercury conjunction will be part of your Solar Return. This will mean an intellectually active year for you; not a year to stay quiet.
Mercury's involvement in Leo has increased significance, due to Venus' Rx station in Virgo (ruled by Mercury) on July 25th, and her reentrance into Leo on July 31st. Virgo will be the point of analysis for Venus' Leo activities, and once she retrogrades into Leo, that analysis (peering under the shiny Leo surface) will increase until Venus Rx unites with Mercury, on August 6th. Mind you, this could also be a moment for big, romantic promises (Jupiter will be nearby). But it's Venus Rx, so there's going to be increased contemplation or effort. If there are promises, they may represent a second try, or a last ditch effort to impress. Plus, Venus/Mercury will square Saturn (at 28 deg Scorpio) from August 5th to 6th, which will definitely put a scratch in Leo's shine. Any fancy declarations will have to be damned good in order to stand up to Saturn's reality check and Venus Rx.
See this post for all the details on Venus' Rx transit.
This Leo season will also feature the end of one Venus cycle, and the start of a new one (on August 15th). See this post for details. And, there will be two lunations crammed into this sign as well. A Full Moon (at 7 deg Aquarius) on July 31st, and a New Moon (at 21 deg Leo) on August 14th. Finally, Mars will join the party as he enters Leo on August 8th.
Overall, from July 22nd to August 3rd, the Leo section of your chart will be cram jammed with beginnings, endings, analysis and action.
Here are the aspects Mercury in Leo will be making:
- Jul 23rd: conjunct the Sun at 0 deg
- Jul 24th: sextile the North Node in Libra/trine the South Node in Aries at 3 deg
- Jul 27th: inconjunct Neptune Rx at 9 deg Pisces
- Jul 29th: inconjunct Pluto Rx at 13 deg Capricorn
- Aug 2nd: trine Uranus Rx at 20 deg Aries and inconjunct Chiron Rx at 20 deg Pisces
- Aug 6th: conjunct Venus Rx at 27 deg, square Saturn in Scorpio at 28 deg
- Aug 7th: conjunct Jupiter at 29 deg, then enters Virgo