Welcome to Leo season, lovers! This month we continue to straddle the delicate complexities of radical softness, as Venus finally leaves Gemini and moves into sensitive Cancer, and the explosive energetic saga of Mars’ epic transit into Aries, all while enmeshed in the blazing hot Leo sun. You may still be feeling extra sensitive. You may find yourself continuing to sit with anger and grief, unable to move forward in the ways you’ve been hoping to. The relief comes with redirection. Mars will be teaching all of us, over the next six months, the lessons we need individually and collectively on how to transform rage, anger, aggression, and the instinctive sexual urges that drive us passionately forward.
Notice this month where you feel activated, and follow the fire; trace it back to the source, be open to forgiving the past in favor of an uncertain future. Trust the timelines and structures collapsing around you are here to liberate everyone from the false sense of stability provided by institutions that were designed to keep us divided and silent. The more we embrace the concept that power does not exist outside of ourselves, the more we witness the crumbling of these corrupt systems.
Have faith that your body is pointing you in the direction of where you need to go, but that requires inward, quiet reflection to process and integrate, which may seem counter-productive to Leo’s bigger-than-life presence. You know exactly where you need to be: Ground your energy as the sun moves into practical Virgo, on the 23rd. It will subtly assist you on how to show up and be of service in the most helpful ways, while reminding you to make your physical, mental, and sexual health a priority. You are the stability you seek.
Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)
Happy solar return, Leo! People look to you for inspiration and upliftment, helping you to feel special and seen as the natural leader you are. But you may find yourself drained and isolated if you don’t have equal partners to help uplift you in times of need. There may be a part of you that feels like showing your vulnerable side may change the perspective others have of your strength. Now is a perfect time to reset any imbalances with who you are and how you’d like to be perceived. Embracing all parts of yourself allows the right friends and lovers to show up for you in the ways you show up for everyone. Set your birthday intentions to call in equality for the collective, and for yourself. Don’t sacrifice pleasure and connection to be the lone hero—there is enough space for the existence of personal joy and social justice.
Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)
Calm the mental chatter with meditation or breathwork this month, Virgo. When you’re able to quiet your mind, you can tune into hidden subconscious realms. This is how information and ideas flow to you instead of scrambling to make things happen, or overanalyzing the details as you gear up for your birthday season. You may be experiencing an internal reset that requires more sleep and alone time. Listen to your body and pause if that is the message, even if everything else seems to be saying you should be doing otherwise. Try not to feel bad if you need to enact some boundaries and tell people no; your friends and partners who care about you (not just what you do for them) will respect your needs without taking it personally.
Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)
Have fun this month, Libra, but remember to play it safe: We are still in a pandemic. Balancing a social life with social responsibility can leave you secretly frustrated and pleasing no one, especially yourself. Part of you is craving something glamorous and light, while another part of you is filled with anger and sadness surrounding the ongoing battle for human rights and racial equality. How do you honor both sides of yourself? How do you feed your desire for pleasure and show up for the movement? Avoiding extremes helps keep your internal scales in balance, and if you stumble into burnout, your emotions will show you when you’re out of alignment. Listen to them, as they point you toward authentic expression and connection.
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)
Being in control is your favorite position, Scorpio. Channel your rage into your work and you can make some excellent progress creating the foothold of outer security you’ve been searching for while the horizon has been constantly shifting. This is trying to show you (and the rest of us) that the only true security is found within, and you must learn to provide it for yourself. Instead of retreating into yourself as you risk-assess every interaction, remember that everyone is navigating the same uncertain terrain as you. Be open and upfront with your goals and desires to surround yourself with like-minded partners. Accept that while some may have the same vision as you, each has their own path to follow to meet you there. That doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of sharing a deeply meaningful experience with you.
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)
Expansion is your birthright, Sagittarius, even if your travel plans have been restricted. Your focus has shifted, as you find yourself ravenously consuming media content in search of truth. You want to share your knowledge and help others expand, especially those who oppose or refuse to acknowledge racial injustice, prison labor, or the importance of social distancing, to name a few. Naturally outspoken and enthusiastic, this month invites you to use your abundant energy to envision the world you would like to be a part of and spread that message to those who need to hear it—while making sure you’re listening to others as much as you’re talking. Putting your energy into what you’re passionate about will directly affect the quality of your relationships, as you attract what you emit. Notice who is noticing you.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (Dec 22-Jan 20)
This has been a really challenging year for everyone, especially Capricorn placements. This isn’t meant to punish you, but rather to push you to grow in unforeseen ways, beyond your limitations—both real and imagined. Power and control are your greatest assets and also your biggest hindrances: When you put all of your energy into controlling from a limiting belief system, you conspire against the universe, and that will no longer suffice. The world needs you to move out of resistance and into alignment, by transforming your relationship to personal power. You are being asked to surrender your grip and let go of anything you’ve been holding onto: grudges, resentment, beliefs, anger, relationships, and possessions. Clearing space with an open heart can help ease this difficult time. That will ultimately reward you once you’re on the other side.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)
What does partnership mean to you, Aquarius? Know that you do not have to accept what is available if it does not align with what is in your heart. Knowing your worth and claiming every part of yourself with love and compassion attracts the same level of acceptance from lovers and friends. If you feel misunderstood and unseen, chances are you’ll stay in the shadows, feeling separate and resentful, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Embrace your uniqueness and duality, and as you work on embracing the duality you see in the world, keep an open mind to the paradoxes that exist in any given moment. You are a wonderfully complex individual who notices the subtle quirks that make others special. Open yourself up to letting others get to know those parts of you without fear or shame. Connection is yours now and always.
Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)
Prioritize your wellbeing this month, Pisces. Your heart may be feeling heavy and rundown. This is ok; your body needs time to process the intense energy around you. Resist the urge to power through and ignore the messages you’re receiving, as doing so will take a toll on your physical health. Your system is going through an important upgrade, and needs time to integrate and update, so incubate yourself without feeling guilty. Consider how you would like your partners to care for you, and give that to yourself without hesitation. Double down on what brings you joy, pleasure, and relief so that you are available to show up when you are called. When you are working in service to your own mental and physical wellness, you are able to tap into your innate collective healing powers that manifest in ways as unique as you.
Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)
Focus on pleasure and creativity this month, Aries. With your ruler, Mars transiting your sign for the next six months, your relationship with your own power, sexuality, and how you take action is undergoing a transformation. When you find yourself filled with anger, own your feelings with curiosity about what they are trying to tell you. While there is so much uncertainty in the world and within the structures of your life, use this time to build your inner resilience by practicing radical self-acceptance. Consider channeling your rage and frustration into creative activities that promote play and provide comfort to your inner child. Explore your sexuality and what pleasure and intimacy mean for you whether you are partnered or not—it’ll bring a new sense of wholeness that is found within you regardless of what is happening around you.
Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)
Home is where your heart is this month, Taurus. Finding ways to control your life can be difficult when everything is moving so quickly and chaotically. In order to feel safe, focus on the things you can control within your immediate environment. Work with the energy of change by integrating the changes that need to happen within you and within your living space. These shifts go hand in hand, as what happens externally is a direct result of what happens internally. For example, cleaning out your junk drawers and closets to purge the items that you don’t wear that are taking up space, or purging your vocabulary of harmful language—both small actions that have a big impact over time. Find your own way of doing the work; this frees your mind and heart to invite in experiences of greater love and connection.
Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)
Explore your relationship with social media and the effect it has on your mental health this month, Gemini. Your mind is a beautiful machine fueled by information: The more you ingest, the faster it goes. Notice when you feel overloaded and unable to process. Rather than taking on more, step away and focus on clearing your mind in order to refocus on what is yours and what debris has clogged your channel. Set some boundaries for yourself as a means of self-care by turning on timers that alert you when you’ve reached your online limit for the day, or consider shutting off notifications for a few days, and see if this has any effect on how you’re feeling. Use the extra time for being in your body, experiencing and exploring connection to your other pleasure senses as a way to reclaim your joy.
Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)
What is your relationship to the material realm, Cancer? Be aware of emotional spending this month, and what that means for you. Investing in yourself is connected to what you invest your money in. We have a long way to go in terms of undoing the harm of instant gratification at the expense of our environment and the exploitation of human labor. Ask how throw-away culture has affected your sense of self-worth and question how spending is emotionally driven, whether you’re having a bad day or celebrating. Buying something new gives us a sense of renewal and excitement that is short-lived, so explore new ways you can feel that sense of newness and pleasure without contributing to the crumbling culture of haves and have-nots. Your attitude of self-love is the total package.