MONTHLY *SOLAR* GUIDANCE: As the Sun moves in to Leo (7/22 - 8/23), it activates the *Annual* Check-In with your Heart & Authentic Self, are you being true to YOU? and expressing your unique *Light & Brilliance* ~ from the inside out? Leo energy activates your Self-Love/Self-Worth issues. As you discover your unique strengths & gifts, it becomes your responsibility to share them with the Community to which you belong. There is an old idea that "whatever's inside comes out" (especially under external pressures) ... so if you are full of Love & Light, then a generosity of Spirit comes out ... if you are full of Fear & Doubt, then obstacles and blockages come out. What's inside you? in your true heart-of-hearts? Now more than ever, we must be congruent with our Inner & Outer Natures in order to thrive & evolve. If we are "serving two masters" (or incongruent on one or many levels) ~ having the private side of your nature be too drastically different from that which you present to the world ~ then you're going to have challenges, blockages and delays until you get into more alignment. Leo energy teaches us all how to BE it (your Authentic Self), not just "appear" to be it; it asks that you know who you are (and next month, Virgo will perfect it ;-)). What has changed on a *fundamental* level (Cancer/Capricorn ~ personal/professional) for you, that has now made you aware of how vital it is to honor your essential nature (Leo/Sun), so you are able to contribute to the whole (Aquarius/Uranus) in a more useful and delicious way?
Leo time brings us the Mid-Point between Summer & Fall, activating the Gate of Power as well as the annual Pre-Harvest. It is the time of year when we assess what we can preserve and build on, in time to have a good Harvest come Fall Equinox (9/22) that will then carry us to Winter Solstice (12/21). This time is potent, especially for the *Fixed* Family ... LEO *Initiation* ~ AQUARIUS *Integration*~ TAURUS/SCORPIO *Test/Growth*. This time of year, every year, is considered the time of 'pre-harvest' and it is a celebration, as well as an early assessment of all that you, the individual, has been able to create or contribute. It is time to assess and celebrate how far you have come, how much you have manifested and your overall progress for this year so far. This is where you are, at a crossroads or turning point, when depending on your harvest, it is time to plan the next leg of your journey. Using Leo's heart-centered faith & confidence, as well as child-like joy & hope, you will radiate light and magnetize all that you need, desire & deserve!
An added, expanding element is Jupiter moving in to Leo (7/16) for the first time in 12-years!! This will expand & illuminate the lesson of courage, authenticity and deep self-love. When you're connected and truly love your Self, it is easy to give/receive and share/attract LOVE! When you operate from a confident, strong center, rather than insecure ego, you radiate LOVE and magnetize a similar (loving/confident) energy to you. Collectively, when you love and take care of your community, it can come together and create new, innovative structures & institutions which actually serve & support the needs of the people in the here & now. Your community can be free to grow, thrive & prosper, handling each blessing, as well as each challenge, that comes along. Cancer brought us out of the first quadrant of survival issues & basic needs to more of the individuation process (Leo) when we tend to focus more on asserting ourselves and integrating all that we learned in the last quarter. Leo is ruled by the Sun and the Sun represents your Source - your inner Light - and all that you have come to create & contribute to the community (Aquarius). Leo energy helps you expand the concept of who you are and what you are capable of, not to mention the value of the energy & service you provide to the community. Jupiter in Leo will teach us that we can ALL be free, when we ALL do our part.
MONTHLY *LUNAR* GUIDANCE: This month supports purging, purifying & stabilizing on multiple levels. An added, expanding element is Jupiter moving in to Leo (7/16) for the first time in 12-years!! So my Fixed Babies (and the Fixed areas of the rest of our charts) are up for a familiar *evolution* ~ LEO = Self-Love, Magnetism, Courage to be Authentic Self, Rooted/Sourced in the Heart & Radiant Creativity (among many other things and Shadow = ego & looking like something rather than 'being' it). So, while ALL of us will benefit from this infusion of fun, expansive, creative energy, my Fixed Babies will feel it the most intensely. This month's Lunation is our introduction to how it will feel on a *personal* level and the Divinations are AMAZINGLY specific & supportive!! The other thing that this entire year of Jupiter in Leo is activating & awakening us to - has to do with the next Venus Cycle (June 2015), whose theme will be LEO. Again, that will make it *personal* for us and this is preliminary groundwork. Jupiter is going to illuminate & expand ALL Leo concepts for a once-in-12-year Birthing of a New, more Authentic & Heart-Centered, Truth & Story.
The *LEO* New Moon (7/26) is annual *Initiation* of the New YOU! on a core, essential level. It is time to reconnect with your Heart and begin to tap into the courage to live Authentically, here and now. It's time to have 'Faith' in what you personally are here to express, this lifetime. Use this month to connect to a completely NEW way of expressing your true Self and the infinite creativity that wants to come through you. HINT: Start with the Heart! What do you LOVE to experience? to express)?
The *SCORPIO* First Qtr Moon (8/3) which brings the first step ~ up and in to a new level of power for you. You are literally conceiving a New YOU! one that gets an annual makeover this time every year, but add Jupiter and bigger themes, tests & triumphs expand the possibilities in potent ways. Often, to move in new directions, a sacrifice or ending has to happen first. Make sure that your Soul and your Heart are communicating, then the new realms you may soon find yourself working & playing in, will be rich & rewarding. That said, the rewards will be equal to what to you believe you are worth; the sense of passionate purpose will be equal to how authentic & creative you can be, naturally. Scorpio represents Soul Level/Raw Truth, so this week may bring your breaking point, in that, you can no longer continue to 'go along to get along'. You will be forced to honor your Soul Self and take a brave step into the Unknown ... trusting your Heart and your own instincts! A deeper commitment to daily/ongoing (6th House) focus or active practice (Leo Sun) will set you up better, for living the Highest Truth (9th House) of your Soul (Scorpio Moon). This will enable you to express more Light and magnetize more beauty & abundance, and ultimately benefit from Jupiter's 1-year stay.
The Lunar/Sacred Season ~ *LEO* Gate of Power/Cross Qtr (8/7) is about *PRESERVING* what is growing strong, solid, useful and nourishing ... while releasing density, weight & excess to be composted in to something more useful in the season to come. It's a time of gratitude & celebration, in anticipation of the Fall Equinox season of Harvest. Some call this the Pre-Harvest. You can get a jump-start on assessing the year if you've completed your "clearing & releasing" process. If not, this is the final *purge* in preparation for the Harvest Season. Artemis, Goddess of Moon & Hunt is also associated with this Sacred Season and supports us this season to drop deep in to our Hearts (Leo) to connect with what we really love, and renew our dedication to that. It's time to position your Self for an expanded perspective at this time. Explore your options with fresh eyes! Allow your instincts to guide you on your Path and Trust the Divine Feminine within & around you, that She will *contain, nurture and protect* all life, now and always. Artemis reminds us to honor that which sustains us and to always aim your magical arrow at only the most precious dreams, your deepest heart's desire.
The *AQUARIUS* Super Full Moon (8/10) is the second of three in a row, flushing your systems of any residue of your former Self. No matter who you are, we have all been *upgraded* in a sense, rebirthed on multiple levels and we're only now beginning to truly assimilate 'The Shift of 2012' on a personal/individual level. It's time to make the connection between Head & Heart, between your Soul and your Personality and get them congruent, on the same team and working together for your greater good. Jupiter's once-in-12-year addition allows you a huge upgrade to your consciousness. Leo/Aquarius energy/lesson is all about learning who you are as a unique individual and then determining where you can contribute the most, to the collective community ... just be being your Self and loving who you are! This Super Full Moon has added *juju* to help you release anything blocking the full potential of embodying your essential nature and contributing your unique gift to the Collective. It's time to activate your most heart-centered, authentic Self & release all ego-attachment, self-righteousness, denial & rigidity.
You are deeply supported to release all that is no longer "truth" for you, on all levels. Begin the process of integrating these amazing new aspects you've recently discovered (or recovered) about your Self and HONOR who you have worked so hard to become! As you integrate on this new level, your ego may struggle against the shift. These inner urges (the ego) should be handled with strength & firmness, yet NOT repressed & broken or we lose power & potency to survive & make our way in life. As you allow both Spirit & ego to co-exist, assigning them both tasks best suited to their skills (and nature), you will discover your Authentic Self & Unique Gift. Often, we don't express the authenticity that would enable us to create fulfilling lives. It's time to practice being authentic, honoring your nature & sharing your gifts, until it's automatic. You can & will survive all the humiliations & defeats, and ultimately, emerge stronger, more vibrant and alive!
The *TAURUS* Last Qtr Moon (8/17) may bring some results or rewards of your recent labors, but ultimately, it is about evaluating what is sustainable for you, and what is not. Last Qtr Moon pulls your focus inward, to personally *feel* what needs to be further cultivated, and what needs to be released altogether. It's time to question the worth & value of what's in front of you at this time. Will it create more stability or chaos for you? and which would be more useful? It also demands that you do this processing in your BODY, literally, physically. If you've done all of the above Leo Self-Work of rebirthing your identity and who you are in the world, then this is the time to establish the base or foundation of that New YOU. Taurus' aspect of the base has to do with food, sex & money ~ our literal security needs and where any famine may be growing. What are you starving/thirsting/yearning for? Start there and add it to the new identity *brew*. The Guidance below reminds us of the value of balancing & activating the Elements in our lives & bodies (and planet). Essentially, YOU are the center-point, then you have Above & Below, Four Directions & Elements to work with: Fire/South (your spirit), Water/West (your emotions), Wind/East (your intellect), Earth/North (your body).