Today we’ll talk about the time of Leo, 23 July – 22 August, in 2011. I’ll tell you a bit about what will be going on astrologically, and what I think it will mean for us all.
This will be halfway through the year, right in the middle of Summer. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the great giver of life, so Leo energy is sunny, happy, outgoing and extending. Leo, or Lion, is king of the jungle, and Leo has the dignity and nobility of royalty. Especially when it comes to taking care of his subjects. There’s a generous quality to Leo energy, and as long as there is appreciation and applause, all is well.
The first few days of Leo, 2011 are peaceful and quiet. On 28 July Venus enters Leo, and it’s time to party again. When Venus is in a fire sign like Leo, she just lights up the whole place. Venus loves to play hostess, to socialize and make folks happy. There’s no better sign to do that in than warm and giving Leo. Get out and play with your friends, make sure you show your appreciation for all the Leos in your life—birthday parties are a great way to do that. On the 30th of July there’s a New Moon in Leo, so you can begin a cycle of upfull energy and happy times.
A few days later, Mercury will station retrograde in Virgo, on 2 August. We all know the Mercury retrograde drill—re-think, re-evaluate, re-connect. With Mercury in Virgo we’d better go back over budgets, contracts, plans, etc. Don’t sign anything, and try not to purchase anything large or electronic. On 3 August, Mars moves into Cancer. Mars isn’t all that happy in Cancer. Mars is firey and impatient, Cancer is watery and willing to go with the flow. The best way to work with this energy is to allow yourself to be more spontaneous, and see how much you actually get done when you’re going with the current instead of against it.
The very next day, on 4 August, 2011, Neptune will station retrograde in Aquarius. Neptune’s been in Aquarius since 1998, so we’re fairly well used to the energy of foggy thinking and trying to connect with each other from a high perspective. Neptune going forward can be about illusion, delusion, and denial, so when he goes backwards, we have a strange ability to see through illusion and use our increased sensitivity. With Venus in happy Leo, this Neptune retrograde period could be a good time to re-evaluate relationships, especially those of a large, connected nature, like citizenship or religious affiliations. The veils might be lifted, and with all the Leo and Venus energy happening, the outcome could be beneficial and even lovely.
On 13 August, 2011 the Full Moon will be in Aquarius, shining her magical light on issues of problem solving for the community. A good time for activists to network and get together. Just before the Sun leaves Leo on the 23rd, Venus dashes ahead into Virgo on the 21st of August. Venus is much more practical and detail oriented in Virgo. Not so much about partying as investing and checking out the value of those antiques in the attic.
So, a happy 4 weeks or so when the Sun will be in Leo in 2011. Enjoy the Summertime!