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this week is en­cour­age some­one to tell his or her story. This morn­ing, the sun joins Mer­cury and Venus in ex­pres­sive Leo. Think of the Cow­ardly Lion in The

Wiz­ard of Oz. He is warm, gen­er­ous, demon­stra­tive, at the cen­ter of ev­ery­thing, and de­fined him­self in the re­flec­tions of oth­ers’ eyes. There is a rea­son why so many arts and mu­sic fes­ti­vals abound dur­ing the month of Leo.

Un­der this lineup, we can have trou­ble dis­cern­ing be­tween drama and melo­drama or may need to act out our feel­ings in order to ex­press our ur­gency or quiet depths within. We can make moun­tains out of mole­hills. This po­ten­tial for histri­on­ics can be tricky while we’re al­ready so in­un­dated with dra­matic events un­fold­ing around the globe.

The Leo align­ment of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to let go of this last month’s Cance­rian self-pro­tec­tive, clan­nish edge, and in­stead, to ex­press the warmth and gen­eros­ity we need to heal — or it can bring events so wild we wouldn’t be­lieve it in a movie. We humans have the choice.

Para­dox­i­cally, Leo also asks us to come back to our­selves. It can be heal­ing to put our­selves in the cen­ter, but we need to do it con­sciously, rather than be­come obliv­i­ous to oth­ers’ needs.

This sum­mer’s big chal­lenges are not over. Mars in Scor­pio, un­til Aug. 2, gives us fo­cus but pro­motes re­sent­ment and a ruth­less self­pro­tec­tion. Restric­tive Saturn squares in­tu­itive, spir­i­tual Nep­tune through early Septem­ber and chal­lenges our faith and imag­i­na­tion. Mo­men­tum will build next week as the moon en­ters ac­tive Aries on Sun­day and forms a dy­namic trine with Saturn, Mer­cury, and Venus on Mon­day. It’s im­por­tant to vote for what we want by putting our en­ergy to­ward a just, boun­ti­ful, and peace­ful world.

FRI­DAY, JULY 22: Our hearts are close to the sur­face. Fin­ish re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the af­ter­noon. En­gage ac­tive imag­i­na­tion tonight; arts, sto­ries, or a good movie can help us re­con­nect within.

SATUR­DAY, JULY 23: Morn­ing brings a soft, melan­cholic edge. Find com­fort­able ways to use the heart. Help some­one feel happy or cared for, and feel the abun­dance re­turn. Af­ter­noon is emo­tional, if some­times sleepy. Tonight brings the po­ten­tial for a heal­ing mo­ment.

SUN­DAY, JULY 24: What­ever we do, we have to do it our way as the moon en­ters Aries this morn­ing. We’ll speak up and feel a fresh im­pe­tus this af­ter­noon. Let’s make sure it’s in a good di­rec­tion.

MON­DAY, JULY 25: We may see more prob­lems than an­swers this morn­ing, but that changes quickly; peo­ple stay re­ac­tive but be­come more so­lu­tionori­ented mid­day. A lot of emo­tional fuel pools; strike a match with care. Late night can sharpen im­pa­tient edges.

TUES­DAY, JULY 26: The moon en­ters solid, tac­tile Tau­rus this af­ter­noon and squares the sun, and we can en­trench our­selves in the ham­mock or in our po­lit­i­cal views. Let’s make sure we like where we plant our­selves in body, mind, and spirit.

WED­NES­DAY, JULY 27: It’s a good day to cat­alyze change or change our minds. We’re more open-minded and ex­ploratory as men­tal Mer­cury trines cu­ri­ous Uranus. We also need to feel cared for in tan­gi­ble ways: Check in on one an­other and make sure ev­ery­one’s OK.

THURS­DAY, JULY 28: Ar­gu­men­ta­tive cross­winds and mi­nor ac­ci­dents are pos­si­ble this morn­ing as the moon op­poses ac­tive Mars. Stay safe. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion im­proves later as the moon en­ters ver­bal Gem­ini; laugh about ear­lier grumpi­ness.

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