Midsummer Horoscopes ~ LEO

So here we are.

At 11:30 am PST, Saturday July 30th, the Moon and Sun converged into a New Moon in the fire sign of Leo ~ giving us a new cycle of growth over the next 30 days. Leo is a sign concerned with POWER. It's a fixed sign, which means it can stubbornly refuse to budge from it's position. Also, Leo seeks the limelight - it's the sign most associated with theater. I saw it playing out in Washington all last week.
It's interesting that this debt ceiling debate is happening now. Leo is the sign of the wise and gentle ruler who leads with his or her heart. The leader who puts the concerns of the people above all else. But instead our country is being held hostage by power plays and greed.

I was happy to hear about the religious leaders that gathered on Capitol Hill to pray on Friday! They were arrested of course. They gathered to protest cuts to programs that would help the poor:

From the NY Times:  "Religious and civic leaders from around the country were arrested in the U.S. Capitol today in an act of civil disobedience to protest drastic cuts contained in a Republican bill now before the House. The leaders first met with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree before Pingree escorted them to the Capitol Rotunda, where they were arrested while praying.
After the arrest, Pingree spoke on the House floor, saying that the religious and civic leaders who had been arrested were speaking for working class families.
"They were praying for the millions of Americans who don't have high priced lobbyists to protect them," Pingree said.  "They were praying for the families who find it harder and harder to afford basics like groceries and heat and gas for their cars--not the millionaires and big oil companies whose tax breaks are protected in this bill."

Anyhow, enough politics and onto the New Moon! The next two weeks will be a great time to let your light shine and be creative. Some of your plans might be delayed though due to the Mercury Retrograde beginning Tuesday. The Mercury Retrograde lasts from August 2nd through August 26th.

I will look at the Sun's position and where the coming Mercury Retrograde will be traveling in your chart. Your Sun sign is important, but be sure and read the horoscope for your Rising sign too! If you don't know your rising sign (also called the ascendant), you can figure it out on the Free Horoscopes link at astro.com.

Aries:  The Ram 
The New Moon shines in your House of Romance! It's twice as lucky for love since Venus is there too. Opportunities come through socializing. If you're unattached you might find a new love this week. Personal insights come through your romantic relationships OR creative endeavors! The Mercury Retrograde might bring old lovers back into your life, but it's usually to clear the air and get some resolution. 

Taurus:   The Bull
You will receive insight and positive direction regarding your home life over the next few weeks. The Sun and Venus (a fabulous duo) are joining you in the places where you spend most of your time. Look for fortunate circumstances and harmonious social opportunities occurring in your home life and community. The only smudge on your plans is the Mercury Retrograde in the same area. The luck still exists it just might need some negotiation or coaxing.

Gemini:  The Twins 
It's all about communication and learning for you this month. Your self expression will be in full bloom over the next several weeks. People will be receptive to your ideas, but remember to listen to others as well. Mercury (your ruler) is going Retrograde in the same spot, giving your path some twists and turns. Follow truth and reality and you'll be fine. Be honest, clear and truthful in negotiations with people this month. 

Cancer:  The Crab 
We're going to call you Lucky for the next few weeks! The Sun and Venus are traveling through your Money House bringing all kinds of opportunities your way! With Mars in Cancer you'll have the energy to pursue them. You will end this month on a financial high note. Mercury Retrograde is occurring this month in the same area, so keep negotiations very clear - double check the fine print.

Leo:  The Lion 
How are you feeling this weekend? Are you having a personal revolution? The New Moon is shining on YOU like a spotlight! This is your time to shine in the spotlight, so make the most of it. Perhaps some insights are coming up about identity. You're the birthday kid so make some wishes. Whatever you want CAN HAPPEN, so try to set a positive tone for the next year.

Virgo:  The Virgin 
The Sun is traveling through your House of Self Undoing for the next few weeks. This could bring revelations on how you've REALLY outgrown some of your habits. Are you ready to make some deep changes? It's high time to let go of things that no longer serve you, so you can experience a rebirth when your birthday comes around next month. Also, your ruler Mercury is going Retrograde starting August 2nd so give yourself some time for reflection and contemplation. 

Libra:  The Scales 
The New Moon in Leo is lighting up your House of Friendships. This placement brings fortunate opportunities through your social circle and community. Mercury Retrograde is there too, so be clear in your communications ~ misunderstandings are likely. Focus this month on being in reality and speaking your truth to people close to you.  

Scorpio:  The Scorpion 
Did you get some GREAT news on Friday regarding your Career? There's a lot of activity going on in that corner of the sky right now. The New Moon has landed in your Career House, and the Sun and Venus will be traveling through there until the end of August. This is a lucky placement which draws opportunity and good fortune your way. Mercury Retrograde is in the same place though, so double check the fine print.

Sagittarius:  The Archer 
It's time for your Summer vacation! The Sun and Venus are traveling through your House of Travel and Perspective for the next few weeks. This is what Sagittarians do all the time anyway, so it will be a great month. Some deep insights regarding your inner self are showing up. It's a great time to set some personal goals! Travel, philosophy and education are also highlighted. 

Capricorn:  The Sea Goat 
The New Moon in Leo lights up your House of Other People's Money. New information brings positive movement regarding debts, loans or real estate. You also have Mars (Big Energy) traveling through your House of Partnership. If difficulties come up in a relationship, wait until you've both calmed down to work it out. Mars can bring storms of emotion, but also the willingness to work out problems. 

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer 
The month of August is a very romantic month for Aquarians. The New Moon has landed in your House of Partnerships, and the Sun and Venus will travel through there for the next few weeks. It's an auspicious time to meet someone special, or deepen an already established relationship. With the Mercury Retrograde be sure and lock up any business negotiations since August might be unpredictable. 

Pisces:  The Fish  
The New Moon lights up your House of Work and Health, offering some insight into how you meet expenses each month. Good fortune will appear in your financial life. Also, pay attention to your habits. Get enough sleep, good food and exercise. Back to the basics! With Mercury Retrograde here, make sure communications are clear and well thought out in the work place.