Rise and shine, it's Leo time! The Sun is blazing its fiery annual trail through your zodiac sign until August 22, heating up your solo ventures and passion projects. The big day to circle arrives August 2, when the year's only Leo new moon kicks off your personal new year. This is a powerful day to set bold intentions for your biggest dreams and visionary plans. Get clear about what YOU want—and ask the universe to light a path for you. In the coming six months you could turn those hopes into a concrete reality that manifests between now and the February 10 Leo full moon—which will also be a potent game changing eclipse.
Meantime the Leo new moon will form a supportive trine to structured Saturn in Sagittarius, your fifth house of love and creativity. As you assert yourself and make your needs known loud and clear, a relationship could move to the next level. Saturn helps you command the respect you crave by setting clear boundaries. The spotlight could also shine on your talents or artistic ventures today, as prestigious Saturn in your fame sector could bring a big bump to your status and public recognition.
Keep on prepping for your close-up, Leo, because on August 13 Saturn will end a five-month retrograde in Sagittarius that has caused delays and roadblocks around love, self-expression and creative projects. Saturn made its U-Turn on March 25, Maybe you had to go back to the drawing board to polish up your performance or refine your skills. Other duties may have cut into your time, chasing away the muse and interrupting your passion projects. A promising love connection may have stalled or taken longer to get off the ground, perhaps due to your busy work schedule or your own hesitation (which may have been well-founded, it turns out). An old flame could even have resurfaced during this cycle. For coupled Lions, finding quality time together required extra planning. Penciling in sexytime is SO not the Leo way…but with Saturn retrograde, you may have been left with no other choice.
Saturn retrograde likely dished out a few tough lessons of the heart—but not TOO tough, since the ringed planet is making a relatively gentle angle to your Sun. If anything, you're growing and maturing as a person—and that's revealing itself in your style, demeanor and romantic choices. Where once you may have flown off the handle or created an epic scene, you now pause and "give it up to the universe." (Who YOU, Leo, passing on the drama? Yes indeed!) Saturn will remain here until December 2017, slowly but surely stabilizing everything that you're passionate about—be it a love interest or an artistic undertaking.
Now that you've learned all of this, is it time to make a commitment official? On August 18, the Aquarius full moon sweeps into your seventh house of partnerships, putting the spotlight on one specific bond. This could bring a turning point to a business or romantic relationship. Will you go the distance together, part ways or make an important joint decision? Matters today will carry some heft, especially because this full moon is a penumbral eclipse (or "almost-eclipse"), giving it extra gravitas. You need to balance the give and take with some key people in your life, holding them accountable and ensuring that they're 100 percent committed before you invest any more time and energy. On the flip side, if you've been a little too "all about me," this full moon reminds you to check in with other people. Perhaps the Leo Show has started to drag a bit—so pass the spotlight along to someone else and cheer them on!
The wild energy of this month levels out on August 22, when the Sun leaves your sign and moves into Virgo, heating up your second house of work, money and security. Brush those cake crumbs off your couture and get back to business! It's time to turn those birthday goals and wishes into tangible reality. Your practical side makes a major appearance now. Draft an action plan and get cracking!
But don't bite off more than you can chew, Leo. From August 30-September 22, communication planet Mercury will be retrograde in Virgo and your financial second house. You could get all fired up about a project only to have it fizzle out. A promising job prospect could vanish or an unexpected expense could crop up. A new workout or eating routine could be interrupted by scheduling SNAFUs. Mercury retrograde can wreak havoc on interpersonal issues, technology and travel. For you this could happen largely around your work and money, so keep a handle on your budget and simplify your plans. This retrograde phase is a much better time to finish anything you've already got in motion, or to revamp your financial plans so you're clear and on top of your living costs. Back up all your data, especially work projects. Shred those old credit card statements. Eliminate as much chaos from your world as you can now—and keep things light!
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