Can you handle any more drama?? The Sun is now in its own sign, LEO – and you can expect a sensational, solar-powered month ahead, along with a spectacular eclipse or two! On a personal note, it’s time to crawl out of your shell, center your energies, and allow your unique individuality to shine forth. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” (Shakespeare). So….play your role to the max, and allow that divine spark within you to radiate outward!
The Sun is the source of all life and light on this planet; allow this revitalizing force to flow through you – get outdoors, recharge your batteries, and soak up some rays. However, since LEO is a fixed fire sign, be sure to take precautions against sunburns, overheating and physical burnout (and make sure that those candles and campfires are under control, too).
Just as the Sun is the central pulse of our solar system, you, too, are the heartbeat of your personal universe and the source of your own experience And, whatever (and whoever) is revolving around you can provide an accurate reflection of the energy that you’re putting out. What do those in your close orbit tell you about yourself? Are you comfortable with the “I am” that you are projecting, or are there some aspects of your personal identity, self-image or appearance that require reorganization? Are you happy with the life you’re living? Remember that you are both the co-creator and the star of your own drama – and that you have the capacity to rewrite both the script and the characters in it. Let your heart be your guide!
The New Moon in LEO (on July 23 at 7:25 pm PDT) sets the stage for new heights of authentic self-expression. As Robert Louis Stevenson so aptly put it, “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” With Mercury, Mars and the North Node also in LEO as this solar month begins, spirits are high, the energy is up and the life force is vibrant & colorful (especially with the potent Sun/Mars conjunction on August 26). It’s the ideal time to organize parties, ham it up, entertain and be entertained. Get in touch with your inner joy!
On July 25, Mercury leaves the LEO cluster and moves on to industrious VIRGO. From this point on, you’ll want to take a more focused, analytical approach to things ‒ pay closer attention to the details, detoxify your body & spirit, and begin to put your life in order. Clean, sort, file, make lists and clear the decks! Venus finishes its transit of breezy GEMINI with a scintillating sextile to Uranus on July 30 – be open to some real magic!
Once Venus enters nurturing CANCER on July 31, social activities will tend to revolve around food, family & intimate gatherings for the upcoming month. Get out your cookbooks and try out some new recipes – picnics, barbecues & gourmet meals will be on the menu. Plan something special for August 11, when Venus trines Neptune (perhaps a dinner cruise. cooking class or special music event).
Uranus (in ARIES) begins a 5-month retrograde on August 2; keep your plans loose, as life could be unpredictable & erratic around this time. Do your best to relax, maintain your equilibrium and keep your blood pressure under control as the tumultuous Jupiter/Pluto square comes to a head on August 4. The political climate could be quite toxic as this aspect builds, so avoid forcing issues or imposing your opinions or beliefs on others (and vice versa); explore positive & playful outlets for any pent-up mental or emotional stress.
The Full Moon (& Lunar Eclipse) in LEO & AQUARIUS culminates on August 7 at 11:11 am PDT – be prepared for unusual encounters, unexpected changes, sudden separations or amazing flashes of insight. Some long-standing relationship issues may need to be faced; maintain your personal integrity, identity & self- esteem, while at the same time honoring those qualities in others. Keep your ego in check! You could experience a deeper understanding of yourself through feedback from your one-one-one interactions ‒ increased self-awareness awaits!
Mercury turns retrograde on August 12 (until September 4) – utilize this 3½ week period to review, edit, make repairs and go back over things. It’s not advisable to start a new project, business or alliance – or to purchase a vehicle, computer or electronic equipment until after Mercury turns direct. Moon Wobble – a 2-week cycle of instability due to the Sun/North Lunar Node conjunction – will peak on August 16. Take it easy and don’t make rash, impulsive moves until this disruptive energy eases up!
The long-anticipated Total Solar Eclipse (and the rare second New Moon in LEO) will make its grand entrance on August 21 at 11:30 am PDT. This dramatic astronomical event, falling on the auspicious 29th degree of LEO and conjunct the Royal Star Regulus, has fired up worldwide interest and excitement. Eclipses have been a source of fear & fascination since the beginning of time; this particular one ‒ called the Great American Eclipse because its path crosses the entire country from Oregon to South Carolina ‒ has stirred up more than its share of dire predictions regarding the US leadership, extreme weather and earth changes.
From a personal perspective, this Solar Eclipse/New Moon inspires us to stay centered, trust in the universe, and live life fully & confidently. Acknowledge the divinity within yourself and within others – open your heart and let your spirit soar! As Swami Beyondananda so playfully says, “The best way to illuminate the darkness is to make light of it.” SHINE ON!!
©2017 Diane Elizabeth Clarke
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