as first the moon, then the sun, and finally Mercury enter Leo this week. Last month we dealt with security issues and nesting in our home or with our family in order to refill the wells of our own resilience. Now it’s party time.
Leo season is a time to shine; we all become temporary adolescents. Playfulness calls us to rebuild our balance by celebrating life, by soaking up the arts, music, and all other forms of creative expression. It’s a wonderful time to develop a flirtation or renew the flirtation within a long-standing partnership. We heal now through Leo panache and Aquarian gatherings like arts in the park, opera, and political rallies.
We also may deal with the adolescent qualities of self-absorption and bravado, along with drama that leaves us wondering if it’s really necessary. Leo is generous and compassionate but does not encourage natural empathy. Once we see a problem, we want to help; the problem will be to see.
We really won’t feel like sticking to the work schedule as the weekend begins under a waxing Leo moon. Unknown factors can test our judgment as the sun challenges Neptune, but we can safely escape into the arts.
As both the moon and Venus enter more industrious Virgo late on Saturday, they help us get a little work done. If we have projects to organize for the next season, the next few days are useful. But let’s watch a tendency to worry too much or to obsess over small things. Let the healing powers of Virgo infuse the fun of Leo and refill the wells.
FRIDAY, JULY 17: After a sleepy morning, it’s a day of sensitivity and preparation. Excitement grows for any out-of-the-ordinary event. In late afternoon we’re easily distracted and it’s easy to leave things undone; pay attention. Later our escapist urge grows; we can feed that side with art, music, and a moment far away. Be careful later tonight, as our impulse control and judgment can underwhelm.
SATURDAY, JULY 18: Party early, and get down to work later. Let’s indulge ourselves on this generous, easy morning as the moon conjuncts Jupiter. The mood becomes more focused, workmanlike, and intelligent later as the moon squares Saturn and both Venus and the moon enter industrious Virgo. Be open to mind-blowing information.
SUNDAY, JULY 19: Although we may want to spend the morning tending to our healing, urgent chores are pressing. Lists help, as our nervous systems dance, and we can get easily distracted. If we take time out in midafternoon, we’ll be more efficient later.
MONDAY, JULY 20: Keep a sense of humor this morning. Catch up, hammer down details, and make overtures for the year ahead as the moon sextiles Mercury this busy day. Things may take longer than planned midday; don’t take it out on one another.
TUESDAY, JULY 21: Get rolling today as the sun trines Saturn. Our work efforts can fall into place if we respect our cohorts. Feelings grow a little sensitive during the day; prioritize connection and leave details alone as the moon enters friendlier Libra. Grow good memories together tonight, and store those up.
WE HEAD INTO HIGH SUMMER SEASON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22: Have a fair-minded discussion about a gentle negotiation as Mercury trines Saturn under a gentle Libra moon. We’re more ready to be egalitarian in our decisions. The mood shifts tonight, and we may want to act out as the sun enters Leo and the moon squares Mars.
THURSDAY, JULY 23: After an unsettled morning, Mercury enters Leo and conjuncts the sun. We need to tell our stories. It becomes so important to feel seen and heard that we can have moments of social awkwardness. The moon enters Scorpio tonight and brings out our stubborn streak.