As the Sun moves in to Leo (7/22 - 8/22), it activates the *Annual* Check-In with your Heart & Authentic Self, are you being true to YOU? and expressing your unique *Light & Brilliance* from the inside out? Leo energy activates your Self-Love/Self-Worth issues. As you discover your unique strengths & gifts, it becomes your responsibility to share them with the Community to which you belong. There is an old idea that "whatever's inside comes out" (especially under external pressures) ... so if you are full of Love & Light, then a generosity of Spirit comes out ... if you are full of Fear & Doubt, then obstacles and blockages come out. What's inside you? in your true *heart-of-hearts*? Now more than ever, we must be *congruent* with our Inner & Outer Natures in order to thrive and evolve. If we are "serving two masters" (or incongruent on one or many levels) ~ having the private side of your nature be too drastically different from that which you present to the world ~ then you're going to have challenges, blockages and delays until you get into more alignment.
Leo energy teaches us all how to BE it (your Authentic Self), not just "appear" to be it; it asks that you know who you are (and next month, Virgo will perfect it ;-)). What has changed on a *fundamental* level (Cancer/Capricorn ~ personal/professional) for you, that has now made you aware of how vital it is to honor your essential nature (Leo/Sun), so you are able to contribute to the whole (Aquarius/Uranus) in a more useful and delicious way?
Leo time brings us the Mid-Point between Summer & Fall, activating the Gate of Power as well as the annual Pre-Harvest. It is the time of year when we assess what we can preserve and build on, in time to have a good Fall Equinox (9/22) and carry us to Winter Solstice (12/21). This time is potent, especially for the *Fixed* Family ... LEO *Initiation* ~ AQUARIUS *Integration* ~ TAURUS/SCORPIO *Test/Growth*. This time of year, every year, is considered the time of 'pre-harvest' and it is a celebration, as well as an early assessment of all that you, the individual, has been able to create or contribute. It is time to assess and celebrate how far you have come, how much you have manifested and your overall progress for this year so far. This is where you are, at a crossroads or turning point, when depending on your harvest, it is time to plan the next leg of your journey. Using Leo's heart-centered faith & confidence, as well as child-like joy & hope, you will radiate light and magnetize all that you need, desire & deserve!
One final note, Saturn is crucial to factor in, especially for the Fixed Family. As the Sun moves through Leo/Aquarius and Taurus/Scorpio, it will directly engage Saturn in a way that is 'teaching' the lesson of Scorpio power (among other things), as well as illuminating what power you personally have access to. This is an opportunity to create new definitions to match your new reality. There is support to address deeper, Soul Level issues that may be unconsciously sabotaging your efforts. If you ignore or suppress your Soul's urgings, things happen in life that bring you right to that life-or-death edge to see what you'll choose (Saturn Tests). By the same token, those who have done the work of responsibly grounding power, strengthening the roots and allowing new life to be seeded and grow, will benefit greatly by all the additional Water Energy flowing via the planets. This is a deeply auspicious time and you are a conduit!
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