Week of July 27-August 2, 2014
Leo woman draws on the complementary archetypes of both the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis (Roman: Diana), and the Goddess of the Hearth, Hestia (Roman:Vesta). The sign of Leo rules the heart; and the Sun, the heart and hearth of the solar system, rules it. Leo women can be most predatory, particularly in public life, fairly stalking their successes; while, in private, they take firm hold of the center around which others draw or revolve. What paradoxically connects the seemingly opposite Artemis and Hestia is that they are both protectors—of the wild and of domestic life, respectively. In Homer’s Iliad, Artemis is referred to as “a lioness amongst women,” and we see in the Leo lion a dual nature of ferocity and maternal affection. Indeed, lions are matriarchal, females of the species being the prime movers of their prides. It’s the same with the human variety. Leo men are typically laid back, lovers of lolling about, while Leo women are fiercely energetic self-starters with (sometimes gappy-toothed) predators’ smiles. Some savage Leo sweethearts: Anna Paquin, Elizabeth Moss, Madonna, Gillian Anderson, Rose Byrne, Vera Farmiga, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale, Kristin Wiig, Iman, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Lynda Carter, Louise Fletcher, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Berkley, Taylor Schilling, Yvonne Strahovski.
In the wake of the New Moon, and with your ruler Mars now direct, try to see yourself as descending from a long line of imaginative, maverick creatives and intellectuals. Indeed, out on a limb—artistically, academically, or in entrepreneurial pursuits—is now the safest place to be. Far from the destructive power of mediocrity, you’re able to nurture a niche that allows for singular expression, while tapping into fresh revenue streams. Mars trine Neptune connects your burningest ambitions with a source of spiritual inspiration.
You feel more at ease, now, with life’s ephemera, acing any psychological tests put before you, with your ruler Venus trining Saturn. Family may converge. In any case, ancient roles are played out (pun intended); but, try as they might, loved ones can’t push your buttons. Right? A solo vocation beckons, one that allows you to make an enduring mark. You percolate where you’d once procrastinated. Funds ease as you prize freedom over possessions. Mercury in Leo, Thursday, eases all communication on the home front.
You now launch a 360-degree plan in your personal evolution as both a creative and a creature of love. Mercury conjunct Sun and Jupiter blesses you with the ability to carve out professional niches and to experience a fine romance, free of static co-dependence. But you must blast your way out of dead ends in career, and challenge yourself to be with those who share your idea of commitment. A friend may seem to be giving you the boot; or maybe it is the kick in the pants you need to learn that friendship is a gift not a given.
With the New Moon you give your brain a rest, settling deeper into your body; while Venus opposing Pluto lends teeth to efforts to stick to any kind of wellness program. The trick is to be less focused on making alterations and more so on appreciating yourself as you are at each moment. Debating whether to kick or cool a questionable habit? Do it. Pluto amps your processes of elimination. The removal of any excesses is way more beneficial and remarkable than usual, as evidenced by an increase of leers on the avenue.
With ruler Sun conjunct Jupiter, you’re plotting next major moves. You should also be recharging batteries, but that looks unlikely, so pace yourself, ease into obligations, as if they’re meditations or exercise. Instincts are sharp regarding new faces on the scene. You may be tempted to censure others for mercenary maneuvers, but try to resist and rise above. Be thankful you’re more conscious about human relationships than the next f/ella. You may be self-absorbed. So? At least you’re not taxing others with your private drama.
Post the New Moon, you’re wont to start something fresh, but now is actually about retooling existing plans, wares and projects, doing what you already do, even louder and prouder. When you’re about to throw in the creative towel, trust there is an audience on the horizon. Push forward with more objectivity about yourself. Be less concerned with what your actions “mean” or how it is you’re seen. You’re moving away from being a collage of others’ influences on you, toward being a uniquely cohesive entity all your own.
You wax philosophical, transforming newly acquired street smarts into high wisdom that sustains you. Loved ones may also turn to you now for guidance; and—news flash—you can be a “go-to” guru while keeping emotional detachment in place. The Sun conjunct Jupiter sees you brim with genius notions. Don’t waste the grace; write everything down. You may not get to some big ideas for eons, but trust that they will keep. The trick is to not be distracted from pursuing the most pressing big idea. You know of which we speak.
At present, you can network your way down a fresh professional path. Just keep reading the signposts pointing to new inroads of opportunity. That’s the collective cosmic message based on myriad planet moves. Stay free and maintain a me-first attitude—do not be emotionally blackmailed into anything that doesn’t sit right in your gut. False prophets have surplus opinions on what you should or should not do. Silence! Make your decision(s). Have a set goal in mind. And praise money-making gigs that pave your way.
There are storms raging inside you, with Jupiter conjunct the Sun. So strive for healthiest detachment from people, places and things. It may feel the opposite is true but remember: Nothing is personal. You lose if you fight affronts with brash retorts. Word all business plans or directives carefully and artfully. It may seem someone is speaking through you. We won’t argue with spiritual guidance. You have the strength, now, to curb consumption and embrace an asceticism your soul desires. Try to love more, and avoid all retaliation.
You know we like positive spin as much as the next sage; but with Pluto opposing Venus, you can admit that there is inequality in your midst. So rage a bit against any outmoded machinery you encounter. Yours are not opinions to be kept to yourself, but wise words for instigating sweeping change. Be most wary of so-called pets smooching your behind. They may be trying to put you off the scent of working you for some kind of freebie. In the wake of the New Moon, you can get back to meditative practices. Do first things first.
Expect enthusiastic reactions to any efforts you put out there. With Uranus T-squaring Venus and Pluto, you enjoy increased scope in response to career or creative schmoozing. And karmically, too, you get instant return on goodly investments. What you focus on magnetizes. So if you fixate on feeling undervalued, alrighty then; if you appreciate your unique talents and beauty, then get ready for your close-up. See life as a lotus unfolding: fully expressive, expansive and not linear. It’s ego and fear of lack that makes you Ascaryius.
You may receive encouraging news with Neptune trine Mars, now direct. Don’t dread some other shoe dropping. Let life meet you half way, materializing hopes and wishes. You may be negotiating living and working in a number of locales, or the wearing of many hats. You can have it all so worry not. Resist crunching numbers as it limits freedom and abundance. But what if…is no way to begin a sentence. Just imagine…is more the way to go. Unless you’ve purposely sown seeds of discord, expect harmony.
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