Leo Horoscope (July 23 - August 22)
Your ruling planet is The Sun.
The plot is thickening, Leo. The time has come, as the Walrus said, to talk of many things; and these are things not normally covered in your pre-existing worldview. A new year and a new mandate await you. You might normally feel as if you are the center of your own universe, apart from the rest of the society that surrounds you, but lately, not so much. You are seeing the world and your role in it with new eyes. You feel more compelled to join up somehow, and although still somewhat on your own terms, enter into a mode of service to the surrounding collective. Even more, through the trials and challenges of this sense of mission you will come to understand your stance much more clearly – and ultimately yourself.
As the month begins, you are riding the wave of intention represented by the recent Christmas Eve New Moon in your sector of service, health and day-to-day concerns; this is what seminal astrologer Dane Rudhyar called the house of the discipleship to your higher self. Logically your health and everyday activities are strengthened most by your being in closer alignment with soul intention. This new month and new year is also quite powerful for you due to this portentous New Moon also lining up with Jupiter in your tenth sector of career and professional life, and also with Uranus in your sector of higher mind. You are fortunate with career goals now, and what is more, you are confident enough to forge new territory with them as well, as represented by the eccentric energy of Uranus in combination. You have been feeling this pull – and seeing the world around you with different eyes – throughout the final half of the previous year. You are therefore starting to make it your very first priority to proceed in concert with soul purpose, taking that consciousness into not only what you say but what you concretely do, and this trend continues with even greater gusto into the first six months of 2012. This period for you is a time to watch everything quite carefully and to pare down to what is really important for you. By the time your birthday rolls around you might hardly be able to recognize your former self. Along the way you might also be forced to confront some inner demons, the ones that guard the gate to your true heart’s desire, and if so you benefit when you can face this challenge head-on. If you can muster up the courage and the single-pointedness to not only confront these dark spaces within you but to accept yourself at all levels, at even the hidden places within you that correspond to early childhood trauma, than you will have taken some significant and very necessary steps toward integration and what you seek: a stronger sense of yourself all the way down to the ground. The Full Moon that comes along late on Sunday evening, January 8th, represents one important confluence of all these energies that surround you now and into the weeks to come. This day and the remainder of the week makes for an excellent time to meditate on where you are currently heading and how to make your stand for a better world, at the very least and in arguably the most important place, within your own mind and heart. You are filled with grace these days and can sense the direction that the cosmos intends for you to be heading in, so that the question is not whether you can perceive it but whether you can heed the call. With the First Quarter Moon of Monday, January 16th, some obstacles might arise to hinder your progress. You are in a meditative space in this particular part of the lunar cycle, reflecting on what has gone before, during the preceding three weeks, and on how to view these events in the light of recent experience. It’s an excellent time to journal. You are attempting to come to some new comprehension that you can carry forward into your next phase, and tapping into some perhaps hitherto unexplored caverns within your psyche in order to do so. Your goal is to enrich your understanding by distilling the wisdom thereby encapsulated into a seed pod for prospective growth. The New Moon of the following weekend, taking place late on Sunday evening, January 22nd, brings important partnerships more firmly into the picture to offer their perspectives for a surprising amalgamation with your own. This is another crux of potent energy and represents a springboard for future stages that have yet to unfold, but whose outline can be discerned during this time of transition.