A list of what to watch for:
* The breakdown of romantic relationships or affections with others because of a heavy amount of criticism, knit picking, complaints about purity or moral standards (Venus stationing in Virgo)
* Thinking of ourselves as royalty when we’re not aware of the food stuck in our teeth or our bad breath (Venus in fall in Virgo, situated on fixed star Regulus, the heart of the lion)
* Feeling lazy, entitled, infantile, hot or heavy, but pleased with ourselves (Sun in Leo)
* Pride, dignity, ego, destiny, specialness, vanity, jealousy, comparisons, competition, and wish fulfillment (Sun in Leo)
* A change in appearance, values, approach, style, taste, spending habits…purging, simplifying, organizing (Venus about to turn retrograde in Virgo)
* Things bubbling up from the unconscious, the unseen, the taboo, the shadow side (Moon in Scorpio)
* Feeling emotionally heavy, combative, irritable (Mars in Cancer)
* Will power feels weakened (Mars in Cancer)
* A generational stand off, conflict, exchange of values and lessons, rite of passage, (Jupiter square Saturn)
As the Sun has just entered Leo, it’s a great time to refresh on some of the Leonic mythology. One of the simplest ways to understand Leo comes from its seasonal placement, during the middle of summer. Even though the days are shortening, little by little, and the solar year is declining, Leo presents us with the most stable and enduring days of summer. It’s through these mixed qualities that we can understand Leo’s core drive to achieve immortality, or to fulfill a unique sense of destiny or purpose. With the realization of mortality setting in, Leo reminds us that our time here is short and what we make of it will determine our legacy. Leo is like that sense of a god-given mission or sacred duty that we are both bound by, sworn to, and also afraid of…it’s the things we know we must do but are constantly having to find the heart and courage to achieve. There is a sense of drama and grandeur to the Leonic myth, and it can obviously lead to arrogance or vanity, but the greater calling of the Leo or solar myth is in fact heroic. To a certain extent we are here to stand against the idea of our own death, to resist it by completing something that may live beyond the death of our bodies. This is the mid-summer dream. The imagined royalty of the dying king. And we need big hearts to walk its talk. Hearts as big as the sun!
Prayer: Help us to find, listen, and follow our hearts. All the way. No turning back. So that we might contribute our soul’s love to this world, beyond our death.