You are coming into yourself in a new way this month, Leo. You have been on a something of a search for identity over the past month, and forging an expanded sense of purpose over the course of this current one. You are in the midst of a growth spurt in answer to the life-long question of who and what you are, where striving for achievement, and to what end. A touch of the numinous unknown keeps you from being entirely practical about your quest. You find that the final determination must be left to some extent quite mystical and vague. You are having a series of brilliant realizations that entirely alter your preexisting worldview, creating a new mission statement out of the ruins of the old. In the end, it is a matter of right relationship to yourself at deep levels, as well as to trusted partners that share your taste for this ultimate adventure.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
Happy New Year, Leo! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and that you are feeling renewed and ready for a powerful year ahead. This month gets started with the recent ingress of Saturn into Capricorn, which happened just as we passed through the gateway of the winter solstice a few weeks ago. Whenever a planet changes signs in Sun Sign horoscopy it also changes houses. Saturn has thus entered your sixth house to stay for the next two to three years, where the emphasis will be on service, healing, and personal wellness.
The sixth house was traditionally called “bad fortune,” and it was also called “the joy of Mars.” The topics associated with the sixth house broadly represent the everyday misfortunes and suffering that exist in the world, but also with the call to serve others, to heal others or be healed, to learn and grow through humbling experiences, or to fight on behalf of a cause. Broadly speaking, Saturn entering your sixth house for the next several years means that any of these topics might become especially pronounced in your life. Because you are used to shining like the Sun and leading from your heart, you may use that energy over the next few years to help those who are less fortunate than yourself. However, it’s also possible that you may be the one in need of some healing. Saturn entering the sixth can be quite humbling for Leos, as well. Just remember, the strongest and most important Kings and Queens are those who serve a higher purpose. Real transcendence stems from the generosity of your noble heart, which is your highest self!
The first of the month features a Full Moon in your twelfth house. The twelfth house is a house related to loneliness, confusion, and self-destruction. It was also a house traditionally related to imprisonment and hospitals. It may not sound very nice, but the twelfth house has also long been the seedbed for great mystics, artists, and creative genius. So, don’t be alarmed if the month begins with a little melancholy, confusion, or loneliness. You are still only halfway through a year worth of the effects of last August’s solar eclipse. It’s an especially big year for those born under the sign of the Lion, and this kind of transformation seldom occurs without facing our shadows. As the Full Moon comes through to start the month, just remember to listen to the small and quiet voice inside your heart. It’s hard for Lions to ever be small, and yet the most powerful Lions know how to lie down next to the lamb. Be kind to yourself and know that your simple, quiet presence is a healing fountain, both for yourself and others.
On January 6th, Mars will conjoin Jupiter in Scorpio in your fourth house of home and family. This is an invigorating, inspiring, and action-oriented transit. You may find that your family is growing and expanding at this time, or that there is more competition and play with those you love. Your home or property might be growing or changing in important ways, or you might be discovering deeper layers of secret or unconscious material in your home and family, perhaps reaching far back into your ancestral karma. Mars and Jupiter conjoining in the fourth house could also indicate that the topic of beliefs, arguments or debates about beliefs, especially within your home or family or related to your home and family, are important for you this month. Although you are naturally a loyal person, there is nothing that triggers a Leo more than disloyalty or betrayal on the home front. You will wrestle alligators on behalf of those you consider family and you will also turn stone cold on those who betray you. Just remember, it’s your actions in the world that speak the loudest, even louder than your best and most inspired performances.
On January 10th, Mercury will enter Capricorn and immediately conjoin Saturn in your sixth house. Watch for an important message, conversation or piece of news or information around this time. It’s a good time to get solid/grounded advice, or to possibly offer your own honest wisdom or feedback to someone else. It’s a great time to begin any kind of project related to technology, self-healing, or learning, but you should anticipate that the road ahead might involve a steep learning curve. If you find that something is broken or not working during this time, inside or out, consider this the perfect place to try something new.
January 16th is the date of the Capricorn New Moon, also taking place in your sixth house, and in conjunction with Venus. Issues of your workplace, exercise regimens, or health in general could come up for you, now and through to the end of the month.
On January 17th, Venus will enter Aquarius and move into your seventh house of love and relationships. Watch at this time for your social life to become a greater source of happiness and joy, and don’t be surprised if your love life gets a little more interesting and enjoyable. Venus in Aquarius may also challenge you to take a step back in favor of being part of something bigger than yourself, or it might have you enjoying some flirtatious power struggles. You may also find that you are working very hard to be more diplomatic with others at this time and that you are finding new allies as a result.
On January 26th, Mars will enter Sagittarius and move into your fifth house of children, joy, creativity, and recreation. As the month closes you might be feeling a surge of creative enthusiasm or conviction. Mars in the fifth house is a passionate creator. You might be playing hard and working hard at this time. Be careful of not overly indulging or of taking immature risks. Mars in the fifth house is sometimes like a gambler who doesn’t know when to cash out or a party-goer who doesn’t realize they’re about to have one too many. If you have children you may find that they are a little more bold, aggressive, or defiant this month, and it wouldn’t be totally shocking if someone got a winter cold or dinged themselves up while playing a sport.
With the Lunar Eclipse in your sign on the 31st you will be coming into something of an electric charge regarding your sociable self and your connections with others. Relationships with significant persons in your life are greatly emphasized. Remember, this is a year of major personal transformation for you since the solar Eclipse in August. You may need to try on your new identity and it may need some time to stretch out and feel like home. In the meantime, be patient with yourself and trust the process!
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.