ASTROLOGY: Leo, Lead From The Heart

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What is happening in the sky this month?

August is here, which means the Sun has moved into one of its favorite signs, Leo! July got off to a bumpy start with Mercury Retrograde, but things have shifted. Hopefully, you cleaned out “that which no longer serves you” last month, and re-evaluated how you communicate your emotions.

So, with no retrogrades or eclipses occurring this month, you should be ready to leave the garbage behind you, and start grabbing the awesome energy in front of you! The grand sextile in Earth and Water at the end of July helped launch us into a more positive era which begins NOW. It is a great month to start something new. It’s all green lights ahead! It’s a fertile, prosperous time.

BUT, you have to go out there and DO something about it. Don’t expect things to just fall into your lap. After all, there is that pesky Pluto square Uranus that’s going to be challenging us for a little bit longer, so it’s up to you to start implementing your plans and making things happen.

Also, don’t expect the social media political arguments about guns and violence and food stamps and healthcare to die down anytime soon. Pluto square Uranus is a volatile energy which is begging us to create healthy, practical, realistic boundaries for us as a society, while simultaneously trying to find a way to protect our independence as individuals, all without being too selfish or disregarding others. The friction it causes amongst us is necessary for our growth as a human race.

Pick your battles wisely, and try not to waste too much energy on unnecessary arguments. You’re not going to change stubborn minds with your words, particularly not with the Sun in fixed Leo, as well as Saturn in the fixed sign of Scorpio. Let the Universe deal with that for now, and try to keep and open heart.

Instead of using words to try to change minds, let your actions speak loudly. This is the month to “be the change you wish to see in the world” and to start creating the life you’ve always wanted for yourself. Leo rules the heart, so let your actions and decisions be guided by your heart. And, in that way, you can influence positive change in those around you, and in the world.

(July 23-August 22)

The New Moon on August 6th is a new beginning for you, Leo. It is an excellent date to start something important. If you have an important message to deliver, wait until after the 9th. It will be easier for you to speak from your heart. Plan a fun adventure the 16th.

(August 23-September 22)

The original meaning of “Virgo” is “A woman who belongs to no man.” So, whether you are male or female, you are nobody’s bitch this month. Your attitudes about romance and relationships are going through a huge transformation right now. Romance could be right around the corner. Just steer clear of anyone with a martyr complex or anyone who is just too impractical, particularly on the 23rd.

(September 23-October 22)

The beginning of this month could be a little rocky for you. You are not in the mood for fighting, negotiating or dealing with over-emotional friends right now. Tap into your empathetic side, but keep healthy boundaries. A new relationship could blossom into something more serious after the 18th.

(October 23-November 21)

It’s hard for Scorpios to “lighten up”, because you are so painfully aware of your vulnerabilities. However, this month, you actually feel less obsessed with doom and gloom and more optimistic than usual. Go with it! The week of the 11th is a great time to put your creative energies to work. Assert yourself to get what you need on the 13th.

(November 22-December 21)

August starts off a little emotional for you, but you are starting to become more comfortable with your sensitive side. The 16th and the 17th are great days to do something spiritually nurturing. Don’t bother trying to do anything practical on the 22nd. Instead, make an appointment with your guru or meditate on a mountain.

(December 22-January 19)

You’re still going through some quite life-changing, humbling experiences this month. Everything is more intense than usual. Hang in there! The Universe is trying to make you a better person. Stop trying to control things you can’t. As long as you have been dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s, you should feel an energetic break after the 25th.

(January 20-February 18)

You’re usually so good at detaching and not letting things get to you, but everyone around you has been so emotional, you’re having a hard time not getting sucked in. Balance is easier to find after the 18th. Keep your third eye open on the 20th.

(February 19-March 20)

Neptune’s children often feel just like a “fish out of water.” But this month, you finally gain recognition for your work and feel like the Big Fish. Everyone is coming to you for spiritual advice, your intuition is flowing, and your inner Goddess/Guru is strong. However, steer clear of those who seem to want to put you down with their words after the 24th. Whatever they have to say is a reflection of them, not you.

(March 21-April 19)

So, you’re a little more emotional and grumpy than usual. Instead of craving an early morning jog, you’re craving an early morning donut. It’s okay. Just relax. Your ruling planet, Mars, moved into moody Cancer. Unless something emotionally stimulates you this month, you really don’t feel like getting off the couch. Just take a break and try to enjoy the sunshine with an ice cream sundae.

(April 20-May 20)

It’s mostly smooth sailing for you this month. The majority of the planets are working in your favor, and you feel more creative and solid than ever! Saturn may be testing your boundaries, but you got this, Taurus! The best days to put your dreams into action are the 8th, 9th, 22nd and 26th. A friendship could possibly turn into a romance on the 17th.

(May 21-June 20)

It’s been slow in the romance area, but things are starting to pick up this month. You are better able to express yourself after the 10th, which could lead to a new romance after the 19th! Your best qualities shine on August 27th and 28th.

(June 21-July 22)

The Moon Goddess is with you all month long! Jupiter is still bestowing all his gifts on you, bringing good luck your way. Just be careful that your emotions don’t cause you to act too impulsively between now and the 25th. Some much needed cash flow comes your way between the 4th and 27th. You feel even more energetic and open-hearted after the 28th.