The past six weeks have been tumultuous, with Mercury retrograde, two eclipses, and more. This month will feel like a respite after that high-energy time. You’re likely still processing what’s shown up for you over the past few weeks. If you had any significant realizations about yourself or your relationships, you might still be determining what changes to make in your life. You can make wiser decisions now that the dust has settled a little, and the overall energy of this month is more relaxed.
The New Moon in Leo on July 31, kicks off the month a day early. It highlights the prominent Leo energy we’ll feel throughout most of the month.
When I think about the sign of Leo, I think about the symbolism of the lion. Recently, our friends returned from an African safari with all of these photos and videos of their adventures. Now, ordinarily, watching vacation videos wouldn’t be my cup of tea! But the videos they captured of lions were so good, and the lions’ behavior fascinated me. They were so playful! It was like watching my two cats when they’re in full play mode, swatting at one another and any feather toy nearby. Now, don’t get me wrong; those lions were fierce, protective, and powerful, too.
Watching these felines in action, I couldn’t help thinking a little more about the sign of Leo. Here are some of my observations:
Leos have a lot of energy. We might call it creative energy, passion, or physical vigor. Unless expressed in productive ways, it can bottle up and turn in on itself, becoming anger or anger’s quiet cousin, depression.
Leos don’t have to try to be powerful. They exude it. Therefore, they command attention, and others recognize them as leaders who stand out. Lions, too, inspire reverence, awe, and fear, from other animals (and people). It’s all in how they carry themselves. So, Leos ought not to feed insecure thoughts or feelings. Own your charisma, brilliance, and power!
Leos are playful! Inside every Leo adult is a little kitten wanting to luxuriate, relax, and play. This quality can be expressed through art or other creative endeavors, as well as by lounging poolside.
Leos love luxury. For lions in the wild, it’s lounging in the shaded grasses on a sunny day. For humans, it can be anything from a spa day to shopping to sharing a good meal with friends.
Leos are loyal, and they are all heart when they feel safe enough in a relationship to express their tender side.
I encourage you to take a few lessons from Leo at the start of the month and let your heart take the lead. Use your creative, life-force energy in productive ways, own your brilliance, luxuriate, and stay loyal to your path.
At the start of the month, we have several planets in Leo, including the Sun, Venus, and Mars. Mercury joins them on August 8. So, choose one of these Leo keywords to be your primary theme and make it your mantra:
The Aquarius Full Moon on August 15 is one of the highlights of the month. The Sun and Venus will be close to one another, and it could be a very romantic day for you fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius). The Aquarius/Leo axis line features themes of sharing your gifts and talents with your community. This day could be a very social one if you try to see yourself as being connected and fostering those connections. The Aquarius Full Moon inspires visions and allows you to see a glimpse of the future. Pay attention to any insights that come up for you at this time. They could lead to exciting change.
On August 17, Mars enters Virgo, and Venus enters Virgo days later on the 21st. The Sun moves into this sign on the 23rd, shifting the overall feel for the month. Now, we’re turning our attention to a new back-to-school schedule, organizing ourselves after vacation, and maybe even taking care of unfinished business around the home. The Virgo vibe draws us inward and asks us what we need to prepare as we move toward the end of the year. What unfinished business do you have? What unrealized 2019 goals? The end of the month is a favorable time to focus on accomplishing at least one of them. The Virgo New Moon on August 30 can help you clarify your intentions and set a definitive action plan.