June 13 – July 9, 2018
Venus represents art and romance, pleasure and beauty. Her transits speak to the heart. The heart beams exuberantly in Leo. Venus, Goddess of Love, is quite at home here. First we learned to save and stabilize, financially and emotionally (Venus in Cancer), and now we can spend freely and lounge in leisure (Leo). The highest manifestation of Venus in Leo is mutual respect and childlike joy.
Leo is a fire sign, like his brothers Aries and Sagittarius. Fire signs are active and forthright in nature. The lion is a zesty beast with plenty of opinions. He is confident and decisive, yet argumentative, stubborn, possessive. He lives by rigid rules which change according to his fickle mood. In the heat of the moment, Leo may say things he doesn’t really mean, then apologize with real remorse. The lion’s heart is open and courageous, yet easily bruised. One of Leo’s faces is the angry child who inflicts pain outwardly to try and make his own pain go away. If you submit to this impulse, the inner child will darken in shades of violent emotion. Capture your angst in creative work!
When the Goddess of Love braids Leo’s mane, we learn the art of appreciation for self and others. The lion needs — as we all do — to feel acknowledged. Though Leo enjoys being pampered, he (usually) returns the favor. Indeed, the emotionally balanced lion gives fivefold what he receives.
Let’s look at Leo from a greater context, as Virgo’s predecessor. Leo prepares us to receive the virgin’s harvest. Virgo is a serious woman. Succumbing to leonine desire is actually a very necessary step before entering Virgo’s domain. It is no secret that Leo likes to indulge. His greatest lesson involves curbing his desires – desire for material possessions, food and drink, vacations, luxuries of all kinds. If he has money, he will spend it. Having said this, I still think it is wise to follow in Leo’s extravagant footsteps so that we may learn to budget our expenses and our hearts. Push until you find the boundary, then retreat humbly.
The first day of Venus in Leo is also the New Moon in Gemini. This is a wonderful way to begin the cycle. However, the following day Venus will square Uranus in Taurus, and this is certainly not auspicious. Prepare for the unexpected, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships. On the summer solstice, Venus strikes again with an opposition to Mars in Aquarius. Watch for conflict and emotional volatility. On June 25, Venus squares Jupiter Retrograde in Scorpio – another difficult influence! Mercury joins her in Leo on June 28, one day after the full moon.
Whether you’re single, lovesick, alone in the woods or melting in a city, you’ll feel Leo’s blaze gushing from your savage soul. Don’t hesitate to channel your most expressive, extroverted self.
While Venus is in Leo, she is an evening star, setting just after the sun each night. When she is an evening star, she is known as Hesperus. Express yourself with art and Leo Yoga. If you were born with Venus in Leo, this is your Venus Return! To find your personal Venus sign, click here.