July 23nd – August 22nd
It’s Leo season! That means harnessing your confidence and letting that inner sun shine. Whether you have a flare for drama, or could just use a little pep in your step, Leo season will be a welcome reprieve in what has been an astrologically tumultuous year. For a large part of 2020, personal planets Mars, Venus and Mercury have been taking turns having their way with us while going retrograde. Personal planets have been moving faster and closer which tends to affect our moods and day to day life in a more noticeable way. Because of this, they can really wreak havoc and cause all kinds of miscommunication when their orbits turn backwards in retrograde.
2020 in general has been a particularly unique year with multiple slow moving AND fast moving planets in retrograde at any given time. However, we’re happy to report that there are no personal planets in retrograde in August! You may see some forward movement in matters of business, love and just feel like things have a little more momentum this month. That being said, do not wait to make moves if there’s something that you’ve been meaning to get off the ground. For come September, Mars will turn retrograde, followed by Mercury in October, causing delays and widespread misfires. But let us not focus on that, in true Leo form, let us seize the moment!
A New Moon in August
This August, we are being delivered a noon moon in Leo! New moons are the time to take stock in your accomplishments and set your intentions for the next lunar cycle. The sun rules the sign of Leo and will encourage themes of boldness, creativity, self-love, comradery, and theatrics. Anything to stir up a scene is fully on the table, and Leo will give you the extra confidence boost needed to manifest any intentions you set for the new moon! Think about channeling your inner-self and use the energy of Leo season to launch some of your more lofty goals. There’s no better season than Leo to step out.
Leo is ruled by the sun (A Fire Sign)
The ruling planet of Leo is the sun ( how fitting eh? ) which is located at home in the 5th house of the zodiac. The fifth house deals with parties, fun, games, amusement, children, spectacles and popularity. This is in essence everything you need to keep a Leo entertained, after all, everything revolves around the sun, right? Being ruled by the sun, Leo is of course, a fire sign and packs all the punch of a cloudless sky on a hot summers day. The modality is fixed and as such Leo can be stubborn, focused and adverse to change.
Leo season ushers in warm gregarious energy and while they can be egocentric, Leo’s are also known for being generous and loyal. Because of their love of being center stage, Leo’s make for talented and captivating performers and have brought us some of Hollywood’s brightest stars. So when it’s your turn to give that important presentation or sit down for a socially distanced dinner date with that someone you’ve had your eye on, remember that you have all the cosmic energy of Halle Berry and JLo behind you and breathe a little easier.
Themes To Remain Mindful Of
As with any sign, Leo has a shadow side. It’s always advantageous to know how to best utilize the energy and what to be aware of. Being ruled by the sun, power is always at the forefront of Leo’s mind. While we can certainly harness this and use it to our benefit, be mindful of over asserting yourself. Remember that Leo is naturally assertive and pushing too hard can often send the energy in the opposite direction and have an adverse effect. The tendency to be overly self-involved is another trait this sign can exaggerate. If you think in terms of the harsh shine of the sun, symbolically shining it’s light on reality, it’s easy to see where Leo is a “realist.” That being said Leo can see things in terms of black and white, not necessarily in a logical sense, but when it comes to what they believe to be the right and wrong way of doing things. This is where the theme of power struggles can rear it’s ugly head. While we can all use a little confidence boost, we have to remember to take everything into account and not get hung up on he who has the biggest lion’s mane.