Long, hot days, temperate, playful nights . . . the grasses turning a golden brown; the light of the Sun is rich, compelling us to play hard and enjoy the last days of summer. August is the month to be like children. Vacation, sleeping in, running around–these are the playful attributes of Leo, whose ruler is the Sun.
Although the Sun officially made its ingress into Leo on the 22nd of July, August is the month that is usually associated with the sign of the Lion in popular astrology. This archetype of Leo, the Sun, and the fifth house (ruled by Leo in the natural Zodiac) finds us feeling extroverted and moving our energy out. We have the desire to create, to play, to express ourselves and be noticed. Leo says, “look at me world” and gives that big MGM roar, just to let us all know that he/she’s arrived. And when Leo arrives, we should give this big cat it’s due, for Leo in its high vibration is warm, generous, noble, an enlightened monarch that gives his entire heart in service to his kingdom. Leo brings a large, exciting presence to the world, a place where the ego is developed and learns to create and execute the dramas of its own design: star, director, producer and writer.
Of course, there can be a shadow to all this heat, and that is when Leo doesn’t feel acknowledged, or the need for being seen and respected moves into the distortion of bossiness, dominance, or narcissism. We’ll want to be aware of the shadow potential during the New Moon in Leo on August 6 (3:51pm MDT at 14 degrees) and as Mercury moves into Leo on August 8, and later as Mars arrives on August 27.
Meanwhile, we’re still dealing with a lot of energy in Cancer–check previous posts for more on the stellium of planets there and the grand water trine. People in my life are feeling pretty worn out emotionally (as am I!), yet it seems we are beginning to feel some relief as more energy becomes available in the fire signs. There are interesting opportunities to affect some healing of our core wounds this week, as Mars and Venus contact Chiron (retrograde in Pisces), and each other. Listen to the audio forecast for more insight about these and other transits!
Have a great week in the Cosmos!