Week of July 20-26, 2014
In our book Sextrology, the Leo Man chapter is titled The Natural. So many tawny men of the sign are wont to go native, being astrologically designed, like their totem Lion, to easefully roam the great expanses of the planet. They are attracted to cultures and peoples with a primal throb. The lion is born free and stays that way. Like its ruler, the central Sun, the heart-center of the body is governed by the sign of Leo. The beating of the heart is the rhythm of life; and besides boasting many drummers among its number, the sign of Leo breeds men who live life at its own pace or, at least, they believe that they do. For, the zodiac’s king might naturally confuse his own will with that of the divine. He assumes he’s Right. The shadow side of the king, of course, is the tyrant; and anyone acquainted with a Leo man has probably seen it creep in. The golden Leo nature boy abhors artifice and is near maniacal in his embracing of authenticity. He is, by nature, skeptical of phonies or over-sophisticates. Whether he possesses the rugged outdoorsiness of Davy Crockett, the pastoral, bare aesthetic of Thomas Eakins, the natural sweepingness of filmmaker John Huston, the arid no-nonsense of Sundance king Robert Redford, the hempish ways of Woody Harrelson, the prairie rattiness of Garrison Keillor, the vegan crunch of Casey Affleck or the going-nativeness of William Clark, Herman Melville, Cartier-Bresson, Lawrence of Arabia or even Ginger Baker, for that matter, Leo men celebrate the beating of creation’s heart and extol our earthly kingdom and mankind in its most noble natural, state. Some other Leo hunks include the “Conans” Jason Momoa and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Thor” Chris Hemsworth, “Hulk” Eric Bana, and “Avatar” Sam Worthington.
With Mars entering Scorpio, your mental powers peak to near psychic proportion, and nobody escapes being slid under your microscope. You also micromanage, now, to root out dysfunction both at work and at home; although, for you dysfunction means anything done in a way in which you wouldn’t do it. Find the fine line between being helpful and being hunty. In love, errant mates don’t make the cut—even steady buckfuddies are ripe for the heap. And heads up: The Sun passing Jupiter, Thursday, amps all aspects of creative fertility.
Mercury and Venus conjunct opens new dialogues and launches fresh initiatives, while it eases articulation, especially, of radical ideas. It is clarity time for artist Bulls for whom veils of self-doubt and delusion lift. Remain cautiously optimistic and employ patience to sandbag floods of discouragement. Leading to the New Moon, Saturday, enthusiasm mounts with an itch for celebration. But don’t waste fuel on trips to party city. Keep it in the bank to fund an imminent breakthrough. Love finds you wanting, every which way.
Financial concerns now come to the fore. Saturn, direct, trine Mercury shows that recently achieved monetary milestones may’ve left you cold. Extract the lesson from this: It’s time to affirm what truly constitutes value in your life. Experience? And to opt for liberty over basic liquidity as your new definition of luxury. Plan now to venture forth more in future, booking tangible travel tickets, blazing frontiers of learning, or, just a thought, combining mental and geographical expansion. Only you can hold you back.
You can’t hide your altruistic ways. With Saturn direct, opposing the Moon, at this week’s outset, others come to learn of the good deeds you’re doing on the down low. Granted, keeping your white witch ways under wraps has magnified their power. So maintain any covert charity but know this: Channels are being opened to you, both in the material world, where others rally around and champion your causes, and in those of a spiritual nature. If ever you were to believe in being guided by unseen forces, now is the time.
With Uranus retrograde from Tuesday, you don’t want a revolution—you seek revelation. You realize you cannot take half measures in the hatching of most innovative ideas and projects that promote radical change. Not that you need to stage some kind of coup. No heads must roll. But the guard does need changing. Financial instincts are super keen. And Venus trine Mars signals a shift in tone and responsibility in relationships. You’re tempted to impose restrictions as romantic feelings deepen. Keep letting that stuff go.
You see the need to make specific choices, distinguishing a more distinct direction than one taken in the recent past. Saturn now direct says to stop trying to create tipping points. Your success is the steady culmination of past actions. Uh-oh? In truth, you needn’t be so dutiful and reverential to those you think have all the power. The validation and authority you seek are within. Mercury and Venus opposed Pluto points to the need for a love affair with self. Keep focus on you. As a Virgo friend once said: Comparison is violence.
Saturn direct releases a storehouse of energy you’ve stockpiled. To reap full benefit, accept increasing fortune with utter humility. Now is time to define your USP—unique selling point—which is key to long-term success. There is no boon in being multifaceted; it breeds half-baked products, ideas and services. Focus on the one thing. And work it for all its worth. As you narrow your niche, you simplify the equation, adding up to more time and money. Mars leaving Libra, Saturday, is the cosmic equivalent of laying down arms.
Unhitch your wagon from anyone else’s star and tell any cling-ons to yours where to get off. Pluto opposing Mercury and Venus pinpoints how your being part of a collective, corporation, or cult social scene now keeps you down. You not only have the verve to extricate yourself from hives that provide no honey, you realize you are your own best asset. Pursue a singular dream even in the midst of team working. Healing is happening. Forgo activities and events that provide fleeting pleasure and only postpone lasting Joy.
Life seems like a string of if-then contingencies until the Sun transits Jupiter, Thursday. In the process, you learn that being too rigid isn’t productive. Yes, you can have great expectations, but let the universe unfold of its own accord, not to your specifications and and schedule. With Uranus retrograde, you can feel at the whim of random caveats; then bam, synchronic run-ins and so-called coincidences reaffirm your faith in divine order. Quit focusing on what isn’t happening and nurture what is. Let people be who they are.
With Pluto opposing Venus, you’ll feel more empowered putting group aims ahead of your own. Ironically, you garner increasing praise for solo pursuits in the process. Saturn now direct may make it look easy to pull off massive projects—we know the struggle—while camaraderie with others is good on all counts. People are less likely to label you or put you in a box. That’s convenient because you’re now being urged to articulate your personal belief system. It entails forgiveness of others and the eradication of any and all excuses.
You shine more brightly in a firmament of like stars with whom you’re now surrounded. Be inspired by the gifted types in your midst—don’t avoid the obvious by trying not to emulate them. With Uranus retrograde you’re in no danger of being imitative. You know what it is you do best. Others heed your unique voice. In business or artistic work, as ever the twain shall meet, don’t edit yourself, rather, take your space and time to fully express what most needs it. You can make yourself scarce, socially, without utterly isolating.
This week brings a sense of spiritual homecoming. Really and metaphorically, Pisces have been fanned out these past few months; but Saturn direct now points to true north. So accept the callings you hear, whether or not you heed them is another story. As the Sun transits Jupiter this week, it removes, from view at least, many vestiges of the past, inspiring fresh avenues of thought. You ditch worn out rituals along with the same ol’ crowd playing the same ol’ games. You crave new toys and tricks, all entendres intended.
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