Welcome to Leo time of year!
This year's time of the Lion could be one for the history books - and no matter what your Sun sign is, YOU are part of this Leo adventure.
The Sun rules Leo, so when Sol moves through this zodiac sign, it lights up that part of your chart with extra special energy that trumpets, "I LOVE being here! I love life!" Here's where you shine - and even show off.
If you're a Leo, the Sun rejoices when it returns home to your star sign. For you personally, the Sun "meets itself" when it reaches the same degree it occupied when you were born, bringing your annual solar return. This day recharges you with solar energies to power your unique ability to shine on for the coming year.
Leo is warm and heartfelt because it's a fire sign that rules the human heart. Lion energy also is creative, often in an innocent, childlike way that warms the hearts of everyone who experiences anything made in the Lion's spirit.
Although Leo treasures its dignity and authority, it loves to kick up its heels and have fun. Picture adults of all ages bringing out the children within themselves, grabbing attention (and a spotlight) for the sheer joy of performing and basking in applause and accolades.
In addition to all these virtues, Leo is a fixed sign, meaning it prefers stability, loyalty, and having control.
That fixed nature also can drive it to try fixing everything from other people to a broken love affair to an art project gone awry. Note that the three other fixed signs - Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius - share these tendencies, expressing them in different elements: earth for Taurus, water for Scorpio, and air for Aquarius.
This fixed sign vibe is complicating Leo time in 2022.
Several other planets are in Leo and other fixed signs right now. All of them are applying pressure to all things fixed and all things Leo, making it hard to carry on in any form of "business as usual."
Here's what's in play:
When planets activate all four zodiac signs of a single mode (whether cardinal, fixed, or mutable), they create a "plus sign" pattern among themselves. It's a "nowhere to hide" pattern that can bring stress and force action and confrontation.
When planets and points are at or around the same degrees in those four signs, they distill these energies, forming what's called a grand cross ("plus sign") or grand square pattern.
When that happens, it's as if you have four people seated at a round table, each jockeying for attention or dominance and pushing each other's buttons. In astrology, this setup creates challenging geometric relationships (or aspects) among the planets involved:
If we're not aware of this "plus sign" setup, emotional (or even physical) explosions can result. On the other hand, airing differences at the cosmic round table can bring exuberant debate and fireworks that light up the sky and clear the air - releasing tension and creating a better climate for cooperation.
These uncomfortable energies are the drivers that push us to evolve, both within ourselves and collectively in how we interact together. Planets opposite each other teach us how to see, interact with, and find common ground with others. Planets squaring each other help us feel what energies or situations are like for other people and bring "turning points" once we integrate the two planets, signs, and houses involved.
All these energies are set to peak over July 31 and August 1.
On those dates, we'll see a stellium (a grouping of planets) in the same degree of Taurus, when Uranus, Mars, and the North Node join up in 18+ degrees of Taurus:
Already, these energies are building toward this stellium. You may feel a sense of destiny or inevitability about what's happening in your life.
Both Mars and Uranus can feel impulsive and explosive, so slow down; Taurus will help you do that - and suggest ways to channel overheated energy. Also, keep your schedule light and flexible and put off major decisions or actions until after the smoke clears.
If your life remains fairly calm, others around you may be experiencing challenges and turning points (or even arguments). Stay out of the fray and keep focused on the peace that Taurus prizes.
All the planetary patterns mentioned so far apply to everyone, all over planet Earth.
How this Leo month affects you personally depends on a few factors:
For more ways to tune in to Leo and all the other fixed signs while zeroing in on your role during this massive month:
. Check out your horoscope for Uranus in Taurus for an idea of how the Taurus stellium on July 31 and August 1 may affect you. Be sure to read for both your Sun sign and your ascendant/rising sign (if you know it).
. See the Leo Time article.
. Review the Leo Guided Meditation.
. See the articles for the other fixed signs: Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
Whatever happens, however you experience this Leo month, remember to stay in your heart.
It's your "coeur" or core - the center of your being. It's also your most powerful point and the way you can overcome anything: through love.
As much as possible, bring all challenges into the shelter of your heart to apply lovingkindness. Steady yourself and your emotions, which will help you transmute any lower expressions of energies and direct them into more positive, constructive channels.
Take a time out out when you need it, and remember to take care of your inner child (and your outer self) with exquisite, loving, and tender good care. Along the way, find opportunities to have fun.
Simple fun like looking at sunsets. Laughing. Playing games and spending time with youngsters. Also, anything joyous and creative - especially if it involves will power and physical activity - will redirect all that Mars and Uranus power into something amazing. (Go on, amaze yourself - AND all of us!)
Most important: keep shining. Leo wants us to share our light, which will go farthest in keeping us all centered in what matters most.
That's also our best chance of transmuting potential explosions into colorful, creative "fireworks of the heart." All the passion, power, and pressure in play can drive us toward some spectacular creative triumphs - and reignite our capacity for love and romance. Let the sunshine guide your way to what brings you the most joy.
Happy, joyous Leo time to you! Enjoy this ride and let's go forth into our better, happier, heart-centered future.