Leo Season has arrived, bringing a burst of bright, bold energy much appreciated after Cancer’s watery reign.
With Lughnasadh just around the corner, Leo’s Sun-ruled fixed fire personality compliments the merry-meet of the bonfire-blessed harvest, a midway between the Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. July 28th’s New Moon in Leo ripens with potential intention setting for the season ahead. Renewal around what we love and enjoy and energy to stand up for justice are prime themes. Abundant with positive aspects, opportunities may arise, self-confidence may get a boost and projects are prime for tending to. The same day, Jupiter will turn retrograde until November 23rd. Retrogrades are not uncommon for the King planet’s massive orbit; luckily, when this ruler of Abundance and Luck goes Rx, we are granted a rich window for inner growth to shine through.
However, with limiting Saturn Rx in Aquarius and wounded healer Chiron Rx in Aries, not to mention Pluto Rx and Neptune Rx, if we ignore the aforementioned gifts of Leo and Jupiter, we may spend the rest of August more dazed and confused than soaking up the rays of the remaining sun-filled days. Being objective about situations balanced by letting yourself acknowledge uncomfortable growth, especially around being perceived, is no easy feat but in the long term rewarding. As long as we aren’t attaching ourselves to negative self-talk (that ends up just as self-indulgent as self-obsession), we can learn, grow, and be in this world without holding ourselves back from the glow up. Don’t stand in your own way, honey!
After all, Leo’s bravery and boldness can also be met with a Big Ego. As Chani says best, Leo has a notorious negative side that’s sometimes lent to a bad reputation: “Obsessed with being seen, acknowledged and appreciated, Leo can appear as an obnoxious, needy, dangerous disaster. Leo gone wrong demands our gaze, derails dinner parties with its tantrums and shuts out everyone else from the spotlight.” When focused on healing and justice, Leo is quite the Leader and always has the gusto to right wrongs. Aspects of activism and collectives of care will hopefully see this extra jolt of Leo inspiration, who can be a “guiding light… most valuable when it is collective so be conscious of when you advocate too much for the individual without acknowledging the power of the community.” (Source: Astrology for Authentic Activism)
For as many jabs that are made regarding cross-analysis of behavior and general emo-vom, I’m truly a believer of the powers of self-love and self-acceptance, which includes some degree of deprogramming social structures of “cringe” and criticism and disregarding blind honor of hierarchies that don’t really matter in the long run. Honesty about your needs and who you really are underneath it all is a most powerful practice to recommit to in the enveloping Leo New Moon magick.
We are super happy to be promoting The Most Wuthering Heights Day ATL on our favorite Leo’s birthday July 30th at Candler Park. Kate Bush fans will join together to dance the iconic number by the British art-pop Goddess. The group will also be fundraising for Feminist Center:
“This year we’d like to give participants the option to not only have fun, but also help to raise money for Feminist Womens Health Center, a reproductive health, rights and justice organization. For over 43 years, FWHC has been providing safe, compassionate and affordable abortion and reproductive healthcare to our community in Georgia and across the Southern states to all who need it without judgment. They are a Black led, locally-based, non-profit organization in Georgia that directly provides reproductive health services, while also protecting and promoting reproductive rights and justice through organizing and advocacy. Participation in our event is free and open to the public, but we’d love for you to consider a donation of $25, $50, or $100 (or more!) to help FWHC continue their critical work. They are a grassroots organization and their work would not be possible without supporters like you!”
You can donate through EventBrite here: http://wutheringatl22.eventbrite.com
BookwormThe Moon Sign Guide: An Astrological Look at Your Inner Life by Annabel Gat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Moon signs don’t get as much love as they should! Especially as I age and get to know myself more, I find my Moon sign to be prominent in the rhyme and reason behind my emotions. I love that this book breaks down so many aspects of our lives as they relate to our Moon signs. The illustrations and layout are aesthetically above and beyond, but the descriptions are anything but bite-sized cliches. Annabel Gat has ensured each chapter is well-rounded with information, bound to surprise and delight.