As the month kicks off you aren't in your normal life-of-the-party mode, Leo, and that's okay. Sure, you may have made grand plans to serve up freshly made guacamole and pomegranate margaritas, but with the Sun (and your energy) retreating into Cancer, your twelfth house of rest, closure and surrender, until July 22, it's time for you to chill. You might be feeling a little out of sorts, craving more solitude than usual under this starmap. Instead of tearing it up with your crew at the beach or at your favorite dive bar, give yourself permission to lay low for a hot minute. Spend some solo time preparing for Leo season (which begins July 22)—tie up loose ends, declutter, catch up on sleep. Under this more spiritual vibe, you might also meditate or ramp up a yoga practice—but hey, if your soul feels soothed by an hours-long binge bender of Orange Is the New Black, then do what you gotta do.
On July 4, endings pave the way for new beginnings when the new moon in Cancer falls in your twelfth house of closure. Sure, that sounds like a contradiction, but life always brings us transitions and this is your annual opportunity to release what no longer serves you. You might extend an olive branch to someone who has stoked your resentful ire, as this new moon forms a supportive trine to compassionate Neptune in Pisces and your intimate eighth house. Healing toxic feelings of jealousy and resentment will set you free. Listen to your instincts, especially those that guide you toward empathy. You may even accept your supporting role in a loved one's life instead of feeling burdened by it. That said, don't slip into denial or codependence. Heal the world, Leo—but don't forget to heal yourself, too.
On July 19, you get a break from ethereal musings and plant your feet on terra firma, as the full moon in Capricorn lights up your practical sixth house. Controlling that which you CAN control is your M.O. The sixth house rules health and fitness, so if you've been hitting the gym hard or focused on some other health-related goal, you could see big results now. Or, you may receive a swift dose of motivation to give some TLC to your body by choosing healthy, high-nutrient fare, like turmeric, and getting more shuteye.
The smallest details come into sharp relief under this analytical full moon, so take advantage of its meticulous influence to revamp your weekly budget or complete a project that requires great focus. Caution: Since the full moon forms a harsh square to unpredictable Uranus in your expansive ninth house, there might be an out-of-left-field development—perhaps a tempting opportunity—that might not be the most pragmatic choice. Or, you could have a blunt exchange with a colleague or someone on your support staff. Staying focused on your common mission can help smooth over any rough edges now. Be mindful of your limits and careful not to take on too much today. You're only one person, Leo—even if you can do the job of many!
Aaaand…you're back: On July 22, the Sun charges into Leo, your first house of self and identity, restoring your solar power and ushering in your birthday season. Wipe the sleep out of your eyes! You've got energy and motivation in spades to make your most personal agendas happen. For the next four weeks, use this cosmic turn to make headway on a passion project or an entrepreneurial venture. You've done plenty for others…and now it’s YOUR time to shine. Stop the autopilot habit of picking up other people's slack. If you don't advance your own interests, who will? Goals you set now will have considerable firepower behind them. So what will it be...a new job, a career change, starting a family, a new way of interacting with others, a revamped sense of confidence? Set your target to some lofty Leonine heights and start making things happen.
But don't jump into anything without really thinking it through, Leo. From July 29-December 29, revolutionary Uranus is retrograde (backward) in Aries, your ninth house of expansion and discovery. This planetary shift happens at approximately this time every year. While you may have an acute case of "fenced in syndrome," it's actually better if you don't pull the impulsive trigger on a mega life change, like say, leaving your stable job to go sit in lotus at an ashram. Life can ALWAYS be exciting, not simply when you're making a big leap. During this five-month period, focus on getting in touch with your higher purpose and filtering any horizon-broadening activities through this lens. This reflective cycle helps you sort the wheat from the chaff. You might even want to make a list of everything you desire in your next grand chapter, right alongside the deal-breakers. Once you've clarified your vision, you'll have an easier time knowing when to pass on something—and when to go for it.
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