week of August 2-8 2015
Just as the previous sign of Cancer is ruled by the mother-principled Moon, which portrays creation as a nurturing goddess-source from whom all matter springs (cardinal water), august Leo, ruled by the father-principled Sun, sees creation from the view of a distant, fiery sky god (fixed fire) to be revered, if not feared. Leo rules the 5th astrological house, that of co-creation with god, the mantle of which Leo man, the zodiac’s own lion king, willingly dons, embodying entitlement, if not divine right. Let’s just say he assumes authority easily, as author, akin to Arthur, boy-king, like David, taking the central role. The Sun symbol is a dot inside a circle—think Arthur seated center at table. The lion is king… of beasts; David slays Goliath, read: his own giant beastly nature, just as Arthur subdued and civilized the pagan wilds, inside himself. Leo man can be a hot head. There we said it. Little wonder that the shadow side of the sign has spawned those having such dictatorial sway: Napoleon, Mussolini, Castro, Martha Stewart. But seriously, think of the many tyrannical film directors and kings of that industry, those who will make or break others’ careers: Hitchcock (go ask Tippi), Demille, Kubrick (go ask Shelley), David O. Russell (go ask Lily). Huston, Redford, Cameron, Polanski, Penn, M. Night Shayamalan, Kevin Smith. And then there are Leo actors who play god-complexed egoists with a vengeance: Robert Deniro, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matt LeBlanc, Andrew Garfield—probably also that ginger cat, Garfield—Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, Wesley Snipes, David Duchovny, Adam Samberg, Laurence Fishburn, Sam Elliot, Jean Reno, Kevin McKidd, Jeremy Piven and Steve Martin.
Saturn now direct reins in extravagant impulses, lending you an increasingly sober vision. That said, you can now run faster and farther with wild ideas or satisfy far-flung longings. All with goat-sure footing. You’re bent on speeding things along, removing would-be obstacles with sanguine aplomb. Real cronies may’ve been hard to find in your emotional landscape of late; but fresh devotees now emerge from the mist as you glimpse a future of truer friendships. Geographical cures mightn’t work but they surely can’t hurt.
You’re urged to go deeper into existing bonds or to dissolve them. A Grand Trine of the Moon, Mars and Saturn in water challenges you to invest more feeling. This thrills or sends partners running for the hills. Delusions in love dissolve; while your creative visualizations are being realized. As your star rises, people may feel left in the dust. But it’s a trail of glory, and said dust is the nutritious star variety. You’re given to child-like antics by week’s end, while a dash of youthfulness is just what the soul doctor ordered.
You now ease into warrior mode, with Mars trine Saturn, but be still, holding vigil, along with your Mercury-ruled tongue. Delusional fabricants may surround you, so steer clear. Don’t bother getting red-faced, delivering reality checks. Have the presence of mind to just smile and nod when confronted with green-eyed opportunists, grand gesturers or dirty, stinking liars. Yes, you may roll your eyes a bit but that’s it. Creatively, intellectually, you have mountains to move; but patience—you do so one small pebble at a time.
Your mental pathways are being rerouted so to head off would-be pathologies at the pass. With Mercury entering into opposition with Neptune, you are less reactionary and more observational and empathetic. Your new cranial processing system gets tested when sudden plan changes occur, threatening to impact objectives, and in a major way. Remember: nothing is personal and nada can derail you but your own negative thoughts. You may play the victim for five minutes, tops, before you start mining for silver linings.
You may get the sense that things are unraveling, or that devotees on whom you depend are investing emotion elsewhere. Not so. With both the Sun and Pluto unaspected, others simply assume you’re tougher and loads more secure and resilient than you are. They’d never guess your detachment is a defense mechanism designed to protect you from getting too close (because you do bruise so easily). So be clear and air tender feelings, letting others see you care—it’ll make folks more sensitive to your emotions in the future.
You are seeking clarity in a swirling sea of disinformation. Mars trine Saturn slaps on a realistic filter, so you needn’t take anything at face value nor, by the same token, discount any possibility. This proves helpful given hype on new projects or offers being promised you: People will tell tall tales of great opportunity in hopes you’ll invest sweat equity. Uh, no. You’re of the mind that: Too much time making a living, leaves little for living it. Saturn direct will dispel any lingering doubts that you lack desired or required expertise.
Personal bonds may be a source of energy drainage, urging you to channel verve into solo pursuits. A stellium of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus square Saturn determines that your relationships won’t become excuses for not pursuing dreams. You may feel at odds with convention but this is a good thing. It’s no time to play by old rules. Risk-taking is now rewarded. But defer any need for instant gratification. Impatience can be a fatal flaw; so rein it in. You have free license to act according to your highest vision of self.
You may have trouble putting your finger on exactly what you want, or from whence enjoyment or enlightenment should derive. Consider it a lesson in not having to fill some void or unduly stimulate your senses. Embrace a delicious sense of vacuity. The Sun and Pluto unaspected challenges you to voice your lusts for life, without self-imposed clauses or caveats. Abide your unbearable lightness of being until you glimpse a fresh direction. Saturn direct now suffuses you with a renewed sense of purpose and forward momentum.
Mars trine Saturn prescribes living more in your body and less in your mind, which is now made noisy by a stellium of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. Feeling the weight of obligation is your cue to reimagine so-called chores as moving meditations—as you likewise see current struggles as an investment in future success. Avoid deciding who you are, or what you want to be; simply observe whom it is you’re becoming. Fuzzy finances clear up in your favor and cash flows more freely. Don’t let a glut of projects spoil any travel plans.
Saturn direct now provides you with an unapologetic need to recharge and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Sophisticated settings and social posturing seem fatuous; ironically, just as your public persona is enjoying a rise in status. Saturn squaring a stellium of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus gives voice to long squelched opinions that now beg for expression. You can no longer sugar coat or play an assigned role with family or friends. You’re fiercer than ever in your determination to do what you will and live where you want.
You’re awfully persuasive, now, recruiting minions to do your bidding. Having kept a low profile for the most part this year, you now make up for lost time, imposing authority and demanding attention. With Mars entering Leo, you are eager if not desperate to manifest desired outcomes. And you more easily bite the heads off those who question your panoramic vision. You’re more self- assured, as evidenced by a less overt need to convince (yourself and) others of that fact. An estranged or absent figure makes a return.
You step out of the shadows of partners, heroes or mentors. Where you once felt skittish, you now feel sanctioned and, we dare say, spiritually assisted. Neptune opposed Mercury sees that money can, and will, be made in ways that others almost universally label impractical. You build artistic and intellectual muscle now by putting ideas out there, especially if they get shot down. They say it’s the things you don’t do that you regret most, but it’s an adage you won’t put to the test. Fear, you feel, is the opposite of Faith.
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