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July 22 – Aug 23, 2019
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – the Sun is just one planet in your star-soup.
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Heart-deep in the astrological year, we arrive at Leo, king of the zodiac. Leo is ruled by the sun, so the sun is “at home” for this cycle. This is auspicious. Everyone loves Leo season. Due to the literal centrality of the sun in our solar system, we will focus more on ourselves. Nonetheless, the lion holds himself to very high standards and is actually quite self-conscious.
Like all members of the zodiac, Leo has many faces. One face of Leo is the playful child. This is the lion at his most innocent. Then we have Leo the Sun King, ruling with respect and compassion. When balanced, Leo is driven and hardworking, though this may be difficult to imagine if you catch him in lazy cat mode. Imbalanced Leo yearns for a life of endless leisure and luxury. And then there’s Leo the tyrant, a temperamental child, ego run amuck.
The lion does not like to be wrong. He instigates arguments just to win them. This fiery energy will roll in from every corner of the starscape and here we are, soaking it all up. Avoiding conflict entirely is impossible, and yet challenge means evolution so we should never retreat from it. What we can do is learn how to properly channel celestial energy in its highest expression rather than squander it on impulse. This is one of astrology’s greatest gifts. The more we learn about ourselves and the natural rhythms of the universe, the more we learn how to optimize our circumstances. With Leo, for example, the best way to channel this smoldering fire is through dancing, music, art and laughing – this is true really at any time, but especially now. Distract yourself as you would a child.
Let’s talk about Leo’s greatest prowess: will power. For some, will power comes as surely as the sun each morning, and you may very well be a Leo. The ultimate karmic purpose behind incarnation as a Leo is to teach others the secrets of will. Will power is beautiful not just because it propels us into action, but in so doing, it erases our pain and illuminates the fact that pain exists precisely so that it may be overcome.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Leo belongs to the pitta dosha. Pitta individuals are loyal and ambitious. Their character is like the fire element: assertive, active, decisive and determined. Common characteristics of pitta individuals include extroversion, tendency towards high body temperature, strong muscles and sharp, dark eyes. Pitta types should avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, etc), excessive spice and oily/fried foods because these increase internal fire (agni) and therefore make the individual more aggressive and impatient. Try eating cool foods like melon, cucumber, mint, basil and raw foods. There are lots of free, legitimate tests you can take online to determine your dosha. Search for “dosha test” or “prakriti test.” I highly recommend doing this as it is crucial to know which foods are best for you.
At the outset of Leo season, we still have 10 days of Mercury Retrograde left. Fortunately the end of the retrograde cycle takes place in Cancer, not Leo – this is fortunate because it decreases the possibility of angry flare-ups. Venus joins the Leo party on the last weekend in July. Two days later on July 29, the sun squares Uranus in Taurus. This is undoubtedly a strange, unpredictable influence – think of erratic electric currents, sudden heat, tingling in the body, events and sensations which cannot be explained. There is no way to avoid this; we can only approach the day with the mindset that nothing will go as planned but we’ll remain calm and humble no matter what. Uranian influence very effectively detaches us from expectations!
July 31 is the new moon in Leo and last day of Mercury Retrograde – fuck yeah. One week later on the quarter moon of Aug 7, the sun trines Jupiter Retrograde in Sagittarius. This is a restless influence which steals our sleep and wakes us up at the crack of dawn, mind buzzing about the future. Mercury finally comes back to Leo on Aug 11. On Aug 14 we have one of the best days of the cycle: Sun conjunct Venus, goddess of love, beauty, romance, art and pleasure. Mars ditches the sun for Virgo on Aug 17, and then Venus also enters Virgo a few days later on Aug 21. The sun enters Virgo on Aug 23, same day as the quarter moon in Gemini – it’s going to be crazy busy.
Earthlings, whether you feel elated or disappointed, manic or belligerent, smash it all together and set it free, get it out, sing it out. This cycle is about manifestation. What doesn’t come out will sit inside of you and turn gross and rotten (as does bottled anger) or restless (like brilliant ideas left unacknowledged). We stay where we are because we are comfortable, we like things calm and familiar. We fear what our tongues and hands will do if given permission to shake loose their fetters. Who are you to hide from the world? In meditation, focus on the solar plexus and heart chakra – connect the two. Express yourself with noise, color and Leo Yoga.