2017 Leo Astrology:
23 July – 22 August
Up to the Challenge
Although 2017 might get off to a difficult start, Leos are up to the challenge. Of course, revolutionary Uranus in your 9th house of culture and travel continues to chafe against trans formative Pluto in your 6th house of health and service, suggesting that you may need to find better ways to handle daily stress. It might be time to try natural forms of regular stress relief, such as aromatherapy or yoga. Acupuncture may also be something you want to explore as you look for non-chemical ways to relieve pain and tension. The New Moon in Capricorn on January 11th connects with powerful Pluto, communicative Mercury, and affectionate Venus in your 6th house of fitness, inspiring you to commit to a new health routine that slowly but surely will bring a glow back to your skin and a sparkle to your eyes. Don’t forget to include regular pampering such as massage therapy and relaxing baths. Treat yourself well!
The first half of the year will find you supported by good friends as jolly Jupiter moves through lively Gemini and your 11th house of friends and associates. This is a great time to network and establish connections that will last for years to come. It’s also a fabulous time to work with others towards the greater good. May should be an especially eventful and fortunate month… singles among you may fall in love, and in general there is a sense of good will and cooperation. Spiritual Jupiter activates your 12th house of karma after June 26th, giving you an opportunity to heal old wounds. Jupiter transiting the 12th house acts as a guardian angel on your journey, and will deliver what you need, just when you need it. Spend the second half of the year reflecting upon your spiritual journey over the past 12 years or so, because once Jupiter enters your sign in 2017, you will begin a new cycle. Let go of old fears and hurts and allow yourself to see the bigger picture. Despite your struggles in life, there is still far more joy ahead than sorrow!
Saturn moving through Scorpio and your 4th house of home and family will place heavy responsibilities on you for the next two years or so, and there is just no getting around it. Some of you may be taking care of an aging parent or other family member who needs your support, while others may be facing their own eventual decline. Challenges and obstacles related to your physical dwelling are also likely, making this a year of much needed repairs and maintenance. Fortunately, regenerative Pluto makes a positive aspect to Saturn from your 6th house of duties and methods, giving you the strength and support you need to make it through with ease. It may be that your family is helping you with your own domestic crisis or health needs, and by working together and supporting each other you can find joy in simple things. You and your family can emerge from this transit stronger and wiser. In every life, a little rain must fall, but it sure is nice to have someone help you hold the umbrella.
The year begins on a sentimental note as Venus in Sagittarius warms up your 5th house of love and romance. If you can get away for a few days with your sweetheart, by all means do so. The Goddess of Love moves into your 6th house of health and duty on January 9th and meets up with Pluto, Lord of Beginnings and Endings, on January 17th. It’s time to clean out your wardrobe and commit to improved personal health routines! You have spent a great deal of time caring for others and it is important for you to care for yourself, so don’t put it off any longer. Loving yourself is just as important as loving anyone else. Venus moves into ingenious Aquarius and your 7th house of marriage and partnerships on February 2nd, helping you to reconnect with your most significant other. However, as Venus squares Saturn around February 11th, you may find problems at home are keeping you from relaxing and enjoying life. Singles among you may find a lasting relationship with someone from your circle of friends, so be open to introductions. Partnered Lions will enjoy a renaissance of their love… why not avoid the crowds and plan a romantic night out the weekend after Valentine’s Day?
Venus swims into Pisces and your 8th house of sex, death, and taxes on February 26th, joining forces with mystical Neptune. Your relationships may take on a more spiritual tone now, and sex could be downright otherworldly. Joint finances could benefit from this transit, but be careful you don’t have rose colored glasses on. When Venus and Neptune combine, practicality tends to fly out the window. You’ll be ready for a change of pace when Venus enters creative Aries and your 9th house of culture and higher education on March 22nd. This is also a lovely time to travel and possibly find romance along the way! The first two weeks of April will give you chance to expand your horizons. Singles may find that a romance with a beautiful stranger is intriguing, while partnered Leos will enjoy going on an adventure together. Get outside and have some fun!
On April 15th, Venus moves into steady Taurus and your 10th house of career and reputation, making you the public’s darling. This is also a great time to bring someone home to meet your parents or to meet someone else’s parents for the first time. Flirting with the boss is also favored now, just be sure you know company policy regarding inter-office dating! By the time Venus moves into Gemini and your 11th house of friends and associates on May 9th, you’ll be ready to celebrate with your favorite pals. This is quite possibly the luckiest month of the year for you, as jolly Jupiter blends with lovely Venus to bring you good fortune, especially related to the groups you belong to. However, you’ll need to slow down after June 3rd, when Venus moves into Cancer and your 12th house of secrets and solitude. Traditionally, this is a time of secret affairs and clandestine activity, but in modern times it often signifies working behind the scenes in a charitable way. You will find that helping others less fortunate than you are is very rewarding, and you may prefer serving on the soup line to partying on the social scene now. Venus blends well with karmic Saturn and spiritual Neptune during this transit, adding a sense of wisdom and healing to your encounters with others behind the scenes. By June 27th, Venus moves into glamorous Leo and your 1st house of personality and appearance, making you the belle of the ball wherever you go.
After July 22nd, Venus enters practical Virgo and your 2nd house of personal finances, helping you to get your business in order. This can be a great time to shop as you are likely to choose items that reflect your values and give you pleasure for many years to come. Those of you in sales or who are self-employed will find that it’s much easier to sell yourself now. People are interested in what you have to offer! By August 16th, Venus enters lovely Libra and shines in your 3rd house of communication, making your words sweet as honey. Words of encouragement and affection flow easily now, so don’t hesitate to make someone’s day by saying something kind. Relationships with neighbors and siblings are also improved now. When was the last time you sat and had a good chat over coffee and pastries? Affectionate Venus moves into Scorpio and your 4th house of home and family on September 11th, bringing a little joy to you and your family. Take the time to beautify your surroundings, however humble they might be, so that you can appreciate quiet moments at home with your loved ones.
You’ll feel light on your feet again once Venus enters optimistic Sagittarius and your 5th house of pleasure and creativity on October 7th, reminding you of how you find joy in life. Get back in touch with your inner child and let yourself play… you’ve been acting like a responsible adult for far too long. This is a great time for romance, whether it’s with someone new or you want to fall in love all over again with a long-time partner. Just be careful not to wine and dine too much, because once Venus returns to practical Capricorn in your 6th house of health and service after November 5th, you may find yourself dealing with the same issues you had to handle back in January. The 6th house also represents work routines and environment, and Venus’s presence here will improve your relationships at work. If you are romantically involved with a coworker, remember that Pluto is involved and don’t take the relationship lightly. Because Venus turns retrograde on December 21st, she will remain in your 6th house until March 2014, giving you months to consider your relationships to those you serve, those who serve you, and those you serve with.
Responsible Saturn in your 4th house of home and family sets the tone for your domestic life this year, so you can expect it to be somewhat sobering. Saturn teaches us lessons through hard work and obstacles overcome, making it somewhat unpopular with many. However, Saturn also brings great rewards, both materially and spiritually, once we have refined ourselves under his tutelage. The months of April and November will be especially significant for you on the home front, as well as for all the other areas the 4th house represents. Some of you may be contemplating a big move, while others are dealing with family arrangements that may have people moving into or out of your home as needed. In the end, home is where the heart is, so take comfort in knowing that there is always plenty of love around you!
Pluto in your 6th house of health and fitness for the next several years hints at an ongoing transformation, and by the end of the transit you could be in the best health of your life. The 6th house represents your skills (which might need revamping), how organized you are (which might need tweaking), and how you care for others, among other things. Some of you may become involved with home health care, either as a new career or out of necessity for a family member. The most important thing for you to remember this year is that you cannot hold old tightly to keep everything the same… change is coming and the best thing you can do is go with the natural flow and transform gracefully. Make managing your own stress a priority so that you don’t break yourself down over the course of the year. Trust the process and let go of your fears.
As mentioned previously, Pluto’s presence in your 6th house suggests you could be entering a career in the health field, whether out of personal interest or necessity. Pluto is also involved with detective work and criminology, making these potential careers for you to explore. Pluto deals with death and dying, so don’t rule out hospice programs and mortuaries as you consider your career options. Planetary energies indicate that your finances should stay relatively stable, with the biggest drain being costs related to your home and family. Stick to frugal practices so that you will have all you need to move forward and possibly even invest for the future. Reduce, reuse, and recycle should be your mantra!
What does Mercury Retrograde hold for you this year? You can expect Mercury to go retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During retrogrades, you can expect miss communication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It’s often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year’s Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
February 23rd-March 17th, Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 8th House
This Retrograde may feel like the movie Groundhog Day as Mercury went retrograde in your 8th house around the same time last year! During this cycle, you’ll be more likely to appreciate the opportunity it gives you to think about sex, death, and rebirth. Some of you may have distinctly psychic experiences at this time, including dreams that bring messages and advice from your grandparents. Matters related to wills, insurance, and taxes could also come up, so be sure to go over the paperwork carefully. The good news is, after you have had time to reflect and research necessary matters, Mercury will turn direct and you can finally make some progress.
Your personal New Moon occurs on August 6th, giving you a fresh start as you celebrate your own Personal New Year. Many of you have been working very hard recently and are due for a little pampering, so be sure to include plenty of rest and relaxation in your plans. Some of you are beginning a brand new stage in your life, so don’t be shy when you make your grand entrance! Make a wish and trust that a sunny new day is right around the corner.
Your Full Moon happens on January 27th and represents the culmination of what began back in August 2012. Events that happened and choices you made around your last birthday are now beginning to bear fruit, for better or for worse. Your closest relationships have an important role to play in everything that happens now, and you will need your mate, best friend, or partner to be supportive and understanding. Express yourself openly and honestly, and celebrate your successes while planning for what still lies ahead.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2017:
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th may bring to light an issue related to your home, family, or parents that has been developing for some time. This should come as no surprise because it is all part of the natural progression of life, but that doesn’t make living through it any easier. With somber Saturn involved, you may be dealing with a need for greater discipline and structure in the way you do things. Organize your life so that you can carry the load as easily as possible, and schedule your time so that you have the opportunity to see to it that your own needs are met each day.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th may signal the beginning of a new career or change in social status for you. You’ll appreciate the opportunity to reinvent yourself, much like Leo legend Madonna seems to do every few years. The 10th house can also represent your parent of the opposite sex, and you may find yourself coming to a greater understanding of your parents and grandparents before you. This can be a great new start for you, so move forward boldly!
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25th activates your 5th house of love and creativity, and could even signal a new romance for some of you. After all, your life should never be all work and no play! This is potentially a very creative, passionate time for you. Some may even be welcoming a new child into the family! Gather your loved ones around and celebrate all the joy there is to be found in life. You might even find happiness tastes even sweeter after having to work so hard recently.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 18th may be the most unpredictable of the year, as it combines with erratic Uranus in your 9th house of beliefs and culture. The 9th house can mean what ‘we’ believe rather than just what you believe, and it may be that you are no longer going along with the party line. This may come as a surprise to some people in your life, especially in-laws and relatives at a distance! Whatever you do, try to remain calm as the Moon and Uranus are in challenging aspect with expansive Jupiter in your 12th house of secrets and solitude. This too shall pass.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3rd activates 4th house of home and family and is a preview to events that could occur during the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th. By now you’ve probably heard enough about the heavy responsibilities that Saturn will bring your way during this long transit, and hopefully at this point you have everything well in hand. The great thing about astrology is that it can verify that yes, this is only a season, and is simply part of the natural cycle of your life (or lives, if you factor in reincarnation!). The good news is that Saturn is slowly but surely making you wiser and stronger in everything you do.
Leo, the Lion – Description and Personality
With proud Leo as your star sign, the Sun blazed in a masculine sign on your birthday. The Sun in astrology stands for our essential nature, the true stamp of our character. The fifth sign of the Zodiac, Leo is ruled by the life-giving Sun, the lord of our solar system. A fixed (strong and solid) sign, Leo governs will and authority. It is a fire sign, which means Leo people are grand, confident and generous, although you tend to be egocentric and can be somewhat overbearing.
The Sun, the ruler of our inner nature, is enthroned in Leo, the sign of its own house, or rulership. This energy is thoroughly regal, the lion being the king of beasts, for proud Leo regards himself as the natural centre of attention – and confidently expects others to step back and pay homage when his bushy mane is displayed in the limelight…
Glamorous Leo enjoys a thoroughgoing love of life and all its pleasures. As the Sun bestows light and life without favour, the benefactor of every living thing on this earth, so you, genial host and natural entertainer, get inordinate pleasure from helping others enjoy life as much as you do.
Enthusiasm, generosity and your sunny disposition inspires the affection of many friends and admirers, while turning those with less popular personalities green with envy. Though full of ambition and enthusiasm, Leo has to admit to a lazy streak and, given the opportunity, will take the easy way out, especially when a situation offers little fun or glory. This is something lazy, luxurious Leo needs to watch.
Determined Leo, a fixed sign, can be rather stubborn and resistant to imposed changes. In many ways this is a plus, for it gives you the stamina to accomplish things in life, due to your tenacity. You can stick with projects when other more easily distracted souls lose concentration or interest. This stubbornness, which you prefer to think of as consistency and determination, is, however, dictated more often than not by your ego.
It is easy for pleasure-loving Leo to become addicted to rich food, and as the cat gets older you find yourself putting on weight. Your gregarious nature makes it hard to enjoy or stick to boring, solitary physical fitness routines, but you may not mind dressing up in flashy gym outfits and joining an exercise class. Dancing, swimming, and tennis are your favourites, though you are quite keen on sports of all kinds.
Playing to the grandstand when starring on the field is an everpresent temptation, but perhaps you ought to remember, in team sports even the king of beasts is still supposed to be part of a team. Arts and crafts, theatre groups, philanthropic societies and religious organizations attract your interest and participation.
Leo rules the back and heart, so people with Leo active in their charts are subject to over-exertion, general problems with stress in the back and ailments of the heart. You have a strong constitution and can usually overcome your problems, many of which are of your own making, due to overindulgence.
Best colours are gold, royal purple, and orange. Leo rules metallic gold, and your birthstone is the sardonyx. An appropriate representative of Leo’s versatile, creative personality, the intriguing sardonyx is a variety of agate that exists in many colours and can be cut in many ways. One of the special ways it is used is in making cameos. Flowers for Leo include the showy dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold, sunflower, and heliotrope.