The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd at 5:00 PM EDT/2:00 PM PDT. Leo is the sign of pride, recognition, celebration and drama. Leo energy says "Look at me!" because sometimes you have to shine a light on your special talents or purpose. Otherwise known as having an ego, Leo is what keeps us centered within ourselves.
A theme that's often overlooked with this sign is "centre." The Sun is the centre of our solar system and Leo is ruled by the Sun. Sounds simplistic, but this is really the essence of Leo - in the spotlight. When Leo energy is firing on all cylinders there is a certainty in the gut that you've got what it takes. You know you're fab and have something to offer that no one else does. You deserve to be treated like a King/Queen, and that heat radiates outwards and warms those around you (Leo generosity). No one can take that away from you - it would be like another planet nudging the Sun out of orbit.
Distorted Leo lacks that centre. In place of confidence and generosity there is desperation for attention (any attention) and ensuing drama. You look to others to boost your ego, when really you should be receiving their recognition of what you already know.
We all have something to be proud of, and that's what Leo season is about. I understand that when you're at your lowest it can feel impossible to celebrate you. But Leo asks that you find that one thing - it can be anything, as long as it makes you proud. Are you ready to put it out there? Yes, the audience is an essential part of Leo - this sign does not function in isolation. Even introverted Leos (they do exist) need a small infusion of public attention at some point. This is not a weakness - it's simple a quality of the sign, just like Virgo needs order and Sag needs freedom.
The North Node is in Leo until November 6th, 2018. This means the path forward is all about taking pride in your accomplishments and shining a light on what you plan to do. Don't be shy - celebrate yourself! Yes, I knows- this smacks of sugary self-help platitudes. But sometimes you really just have to say "This is what I'm proud of." If you don't recognize you, who will?
Leo is getting some eclipse action: the July 27th Full Moon eclipse in Aquarius (conjunct Mars Rx) emphasizes the South Node (detach from the past) and the August 11th, 2018 New Moon eclipse in Leo conjoins Mercury Rx, emphasizing the North Node. Note the retrograde theme - there's unfinished business that needs to be wrapped up before you can move forward. Mars Rx and the South Node is stepping back in order to detach and Mercury Rx and the North Node is about emphasizing or reviewing the information before you move forward.
Here are the aspects the Leo Sun will make:
- July 25th: trine Chiron Rx (2 deg Aries)
- July 25th: square Uranus (2 deg Taurus)
- July 26th: inconjunct Saturn Rx (3 deg Capricorn)
- July 27th: opposite Mars Rx (4 deg Aquarius)
- July 27th: Full Moon eclipse (4 deg Aquarius)
- July 28th: conjunct the North Node (5 deg)
- Aug 6th: square Jupiter (14 deg Scorpio)
- Aug 7th: conjunct Pallas (14 deg)
- Aug 8th: inconjunct Neptune Rx (15 deg Pisces)
- Aug 8th: conjunct Mercury Rx (16 deg)
- Aug 8th: square Juno (16 deg Taurus)
- Aug 11th: New Moon eclipse (18 deg)
- Aug 11th: inconjunct Pluto Rx (19 deg Capricorn)
- Aug 15th: trine Vesta (22 deg Sagittarius)
- Aug 21st: inconjunct Mars Rx (28 deg Capricorn)
- Aug 23rd: Virgo ingress