The Sun enters Leo on July 22. The Sun rules Leo, so it is in its greatest power now. The qualities that we consider to be solar are at their peak: light and heat. On the spiritual level, light is wisdom and heat is love. Love/wisdom is the essential nature of life.

Leo is a fixed fire sign, which manifests as spiritual love. This intensely passionate sign embodies the joy of life, the inner state of being that we experience as happiness. This happiness is not derived from the outer world, but from being consciously connected with the inner aspects of our being. It is very self-validating and lets us know that we are all right with life and the world.

The Sun in Leo expresses as the principle of creative love. Our culture and civilization is the result of our creative expression. The love part of this equation is what is often missing in our endeavors. We need to make sure that we are passionate about what we do or we will miss the mark. To live the fullest potential of Leo, we must follow our bliss.  Now is a great time to do this.

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Leo also rules children. The joy and happiness of Leo manifests naturally in children. Their innocent playful encounters with life should remind us of an attitude that is precious. They experience a magical awe and wonder that would be beneficial to revive in ourselves as adults. Leo rules hobbies and recreation as well, those personal creative expressions that help us stay connected to our true selves. If you are able to follow your bliss within the context of your profession, so much the better.

There are also two lunar eclipses and one total solar eclipse in the next month. These celestial phenomena are intensifying the solar and lunar influences to a significant degree. The first lunar eclipse was on July 7 in Capricorn 15 degrees. The total solar eclipse is on July 21 in Cancer 29 degrees and is focused on Asia and the South Pacific. This is followed by another lunar eclipse on August 6 in Aquarius 13 degrees. Eclipses usually occur in pairs about every six months. The fact that we are having three within a month tends to indicate that there are significant energetic changes ahead. Hold onto our hat!

Aries (March 21-April 19): You are at the height of your game this month. You have a very real elevated feeling. This is an excellent time to make plans for the future as new, positive opportunities are unfolding that need to be incorporated into your plans. Dynamic communication of these ideas in group situations brings support from unexpected sources. This is a good month.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Work and career are the focus for you this month. You can let go of some old inhibiting fear-based patterns that have held you back. You are tuned into a very inspiring idea that you need to follow through on. There is a need for you to move beyond your fears. Do not succumb to impatience.

Gemini (May 21-June 21): There are public speaking opportunities for you now. This is a very social month, and your charm and communication skills are in the foreground. You should be the center of attention. Take advantage of these situations to express your ideas. They are needed now.

Cancer (June 22-July 22): Make sure that you have a lively and interesting social calendar this month. It is important that you mix with friends and are involved in group situations. You will feel a new sense of self-validation unfolding and improved self-esteem. There is a new feeling of power and leadership that wants to find expression.

Leo (July 23-August 22): This is your month to shine. It is important that you reconnect with the joy of life, so make sure that you play and have some fun. Throw a party, lighten up and let down your hair. Interaction with friends and partners can prove rewarding. A new sense of freedom and liberation wants to lift you to new heights.

Virgo (August 23-September 22): You still feel a heavy sense of responsibility and seriousness about life that is difficult to shake. Concerns about love and money dominate your awareness. Behind all this is a process of unfolding a new, more authentic sense of self. There is a need for you to take your life in hand. Get re-organized and establish new positive habit patterns.

Libra (September 23-October 23): Career and money dominate your attention this month. You need to look at your fears surrounding finances and actively address them. Where partners are involved in shared financial situations, their issues also need to be addressed. There are excellent opportunities for you to make more money if you are creative.

Scorpio (October 24-November 21): Both domestic and foreign travel is supported now, for both business and pleasure. There is an additional area of emphasis that includes travel for family reasons. If you are traveling with a partner, there could be some volatile issues that come up. Take care.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): You feel restless this month and motivated to go to new places and do new, interesting things. The pursuit of pleasure should be an important item for you now. Music, dance and theater can bring you a sense of renewal and regeneration. This is a good month for you.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): You feel somewhat down and depressed. It is difficult for you to lighten up, but that is what you need to do. Play and have fun. Make a point of doing those things that bring you joy. Recreation is really needed now. It would also be a good idea to get a health checkup and make sure everything is okay.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): There are numerous opportunities for you at work now. The future looks bright. Apply your innate creative abilities and you will achieve excellent results. There is an idea out there that shows the way to the future. You can bring it out. This is a good month.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Relationship is in the spotlight for you now. There is an element of emotional volatility that is rather intense and needs to be dealt with at this time. Home and family issues may be involved. The situation can be resolved peacefully and happily if you set correct boundaries.

~ Robert Ayres is a Truckee resident and internationally known astrologer with 40 years of experience. He can be contacted for personal consultations at 530-550-1118.

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