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ASTROLOGY FORECAST (July 18 - 24, 2023)
VENUS goes retrograde in Leo on 7/22 until 9/3. This leaves Venus in Leo for a long time this year, because of the retrograde interval - 4 months. This transit has been assisted by stelliums involving several planets and asteroids. That situation continues. This time the stellium in Leo consists of the Sun, Venus, and Lilith. The focus of Venus for a Leo retrograde is in relationships and finances. Particularly, how does that express itself with Leo traits? You may reexamine the way in which you apply power, dignity, love, self-love, and sovereignty to your Venus traits of beauty, love, relationships and finances. Venus is a personal planet with a beneficial nature. The retrograde in Leo might ask you if you are behaving in a noble manner? The Sun and Lilith stellium with Venus may ask you if the actions you are taking are helping you find a renewed inner balance between the masculine and feminine?
The Sun moves into Fire sign Leo on 7/22. Leo traits are powerful. This energy exhibits great confidence, leadership qualities, willpower, and regal bearing.The energy comes to everyone through the Sun's effectiveness in Leo, the sign it rules. If wielded intelligently, Leo energy can build up the effectiveness of any group.
If you feel overwhelmed with the Leo energy at any time during its transit there is a method to safely dissipate the energy. If you feel pressure building you may take a deep breath and let it out in several puffs of breath. Be mindful to expel the energy in a direction that does not point at anyone in particular in case they are not in an optimum time to receive such energy. Those who can use it will draw it to themselves, consciously or unconsciously.
There is also a "catalyst" effect that is less well known. Leo birth natives can bring out the best abilities of those they are around, even if they say nothing. It is an initiatory force. Just as the Sun shines down on everyone, so too can Leo energy.
Our Sun rules the zodiac sign Leo. It is also called "Helios", and is bringing through energies and coded messages from the Great Central Sun. This Sun is thought to be the Sun at the center of the intersection between the spirit and physical planes. It is the physical white fire Godhead. This is the total eclipse alignment our Sun and the Milky Way Galaxy reached with the Great Central Sun on 12/21/12 that ushered us into the next Baktun, or Mayan long count.
Leo energy is available to you. Receptivity to those coded messages will benefit you greatly. You need not perceive with your conscious mind alone. In fact, you will probably get much better results at this point in time if you feel with your heart in what way the energies may be able to help you. Every part of your soul expression will observe this energy if you are willing.
There are other latent possibilities for Leo energy. I believe most of us know of the alignment of the Egyptian Sphinx with the constellation Leo. There is also an extensive spiritual and mystical connection in Egypt to the feline energy by many of the Goddesses. Alchemy, healing, and some of the mystery schools have powerful feline, feminine energy.
Many Goddesses are associated with other feline qualities that the Leo energy can also be connected to now in addition to the lone male lion depicting power and leadership. I mentioned last month that the Leo lion constellation is directly facing the Cancer crab stars in the sky. The motherhood and community energies of Cancer are well expressed within the Pride, a female group of lions and their young. This can be an expression of group energy that will utilize its power to assist many at the same time. The power of the individual may now include the greater good of the entire group in its best expression. This is a blending of zodiac energies that can be possible in the new Aquarian Age.
Dignity, flexibility, grace, self love, strength, and sovereignty are all Leo traits.
Sovereignty is worth further exploration. We all live our lives in our own personal holograms. We create our own reality with our core beliefs and habitual thoughts. The outside world responds to our thoughts and actions. There is, perhaps, no better Astrological sign to express this self creation and assurance than Leo. Contained within the constellation's stars is the Royal Star Regulus. Regulus is associated with the crown chakra. We will visit this star again next month.
Allow Leo to help you believe in your own Sovereignty, and then use that to be of service in the ways you are best suited to offer.
Asteroid CHIRON stations retrograde in Aries on 7/23 until 12/23/23. This 5 month time may be able to help you greatly! Chiron is referred to as, "The Wounded Healer." The beneficial action is to present the deepest wounds for consideration and healing. In Aries it is personal. These will be your wounds and your self esteem that can come out of this retrograde in much better shape than ever by the end. Chiron has been performing this service while it's been in Aries. How the retrograde may be different is that you may be able to rethink your methods and come to different solutions that will serve you better. Self love is the aspiration here.
May you find it!
(July 25 - 31, 2023)
PLUTO squares the North Node of the Moon in the last week. This is another way to move along on your path toward soul growth if you take advantage of the opportunity. Pluto will present you with steps you may have skipped or glossed over from previous incarnations. You will most likely have had instances earlier in this life that illustrate the issues for you. Remember our previous discussions about Pluto. It offers redemption and transformation. Do not be afraid of it. It may not be easy, but these are steps we all must take at some point. Now is the time. The energy supports you. Aries is about exciting new ventures and Pluto in Capricorn is helping clean up your foundation for the departure from this sign in 2024 for the rest of all of our lifetimes. Now is the time!
MERCURY enters Virgo on 7/28 until 10/22. This will be a long transit due to a retrograde interval in August. This is a very strong placement for Mercury. It both rules Virgo and is exalted in this sign. Excellent organization and communication skills in precise detail can be enjoyed here. You may find ways to explain obscure concepts. We all may see new inventions gain expression during this time.
Beginning in July we have four(4) times when the planets will be forming what is called a YOD, or Finger of God chart pattern. It is very powerful. The dates in 2023 when these will be forming are:
7/26/23 - Pluto/Neptune and
10/03/23 - (2 YODS)
Neptune and Mars/Uranus
Neptune and Mars/Venus
10/14/23 - Jupiter and
10/24/23 - Uranus and
They are before and after the second pair of Eclipses. They are potential triggers of major events, or they portend great changes beginning. There was a YOD formation present on or around the December 2012 alignment of our Sun with the Great Central Sun.
On 7/26 the planets forming the YOD are Pluto sextile Neptune and Mercury conjunct Venus, with Lilith within the outer range of that conjunction.
The aspect is a large isosceles triangle with the planets sextile to each other forming the base. The opposite end is the apex planet forming the point. It is rare and powerful. When it is in a natal chart it speaks to ancestral patterns present for generations going unaddressed. The individual is tasked with attempting to break the pattern.
Our 4 YOD aspects coming up are in a transit chart. It is no less powerful. It speaks to planetary and cultural patterns that need attention. The fact that they are sandwiched around Solar and Lunar Eclipses is even more significant. We may be in for a big shake up. It may lead to great change. Most will likely consider the changes to be for the better.
This first YOD has Mercury, Venus, and Lilith at the apex position all conjunct in Leo. This would indicate the changes may concern female power and expression in our society. Perhaps these will be changes that will bring females and their contributions into a more active role in our cultures.
One of the base planets, Pluto in Capricorn, has been discussed a great deal. Finalizing our reunion with, and transformation of, the shadows is preeminent. The second base planet is Neptune in Pisces. That adds an excellent chance to bring wonderful new dreams into our lives. Neptune rules Pisces and this is a combination that enhances dreams, mysticism, and futuristic endeavors.
This aspect will almost assuredly create a noticeable shift. We should all benefit from whatever comes into being. The nature of the changes and their timing remains to be decided. We can all participate in ways that seem appropriate. Progress that you achieve in your personal life benefits everyone. Don't underestimate your contribution. May we be guided and blessed.