08-22-2016 to 08-28-2016
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, Leo, but on Monday, your birthday season ends for another year. Drain those last bottles of bubbles and eat the last nibbles of cake. Your celestial ruler, the radiant Sun, swings into Virgo and your second house of finances and security until September 22, focusing your thoughts on equally important, if totally different, matters. Hopefully you've enjoyed the lion's share of fun during the nonstop celebration that began on July 22, because now you're ready to get back onto terra firma and get down to brass tacks. The grounded Virgo energy helps you master practical matters like financial planning and budgeting. Start by getting a handle on every dollar that comes in and goes out. (You CAN do this! In fact, after a week, you might make a lifelong habit of it.) Do you need to earn more, spend less—or a little of both? If you're eager to make a career change, be systematic about updating your resume, online profiles—including new, stylish photos—and letting the appropriate parties know you're in the market. If you're happy where you are, ask the powers that be what it will take for you to land a promotion. This solar power surge can bring a splash of sophistication and even conservatism to everything you do. (Only those who "need to know" will have a visual on the ink lurking beneath that power suit—outside of the corporate office. If you get our drift.) Have fun striking your own balance between edgy and earthy.
Expect the VERY unexpected on Wednesday, when impulsive Mars collides with restrained Saturn in Sagittarius and your fifth house of passion, romance and fame. Part of you wants to play the carnival queen in the town parade and flirt with everyone who returns your gaze, while the other half of you wants to hunker down in your studio or private space, go offline and work quietly on your magnum opus. There is a middle ground, Leo. You can be a hermitic creative spirit and be VERY out there, too. And if you've earned some bragging rights, this fifth-house energy can help you manage the self-promotion in an honest way. No sense pretending you don't have something to offer, give or present to the world—but you don't have to oversell yourself either. Just spread the word simply and straightforwardly. Focus on what's in it for others; you'll get a more enthusiastic response. In the romance department, keep your strong emotions in check. "Passion" could quickly escalate into possessiveness, making you cling a little too tightly to the object of your affection.
Don't rush to formalize anything on Friday, when foggy Neptune clashes with Mars, blurring the line between love and lust. It'll be way too easy to get swept up in a physical attraction. While there's nothing wrong with that per se, if you're looking for a contender who can go the distance, don't settle for a sprinter. In other words, enjoy the fantasy, Leo, but don't mistake it for reality.
Good financial news comes on Saturday—anything from a winning lottery ticket to a folded-up fifty in your jeans pocket—as the lucky tag team of Venus and Jupiter smash up in your money zone. This could also pave the way to a brighter payday…IF you act now. Talk to the people who sign your checks about a raise, or, if you're a freelancer, research the going rate for your job and increase your fee to what you're actually worth in the marketplace—not what you're willing to settle for. Be diplomatic but firm, and you might actually get more than you asked for.