On Tuesday July 22nd, our Sun will return home to fiery Leo! Astrologers believe the characteristics we ascribe to the Sun (warm, extroverted, masculine, generous and friendly) are immensely similar to the characteristics ascribed to Leo (creative, outgoing, and idealistic). Our natal Sun sign describes what stimulates our ego and how our psyches are expressed. For Leo, the ego is best expressed via creative recreational/entertainment/leisure activities, hobbies, sports, children and romance. Although not an Earth sign, Leo enjoys indulgence of the physical kind and this easy-going attitude always manages to draw others into their fold. This is much different from the recent Sun in Cancer transit: whose psyche thrives not in social activities but in the private life of the domestic sphere.
As a Fire sign, the Lion is optimistic, forward-thinking and possesses enough confidence for all the other 11 signs combined. The enthusiasm of Leo is hard to trap and extremely contagious to those around them. Leo has a larger than life attitude and when the Sun returns home, the energy is grandiose and over-the-top. I mean, have you ever met a Leo who wasn’t dramatic ? Exactly, because mellow Lions don’t exist. In fact, Leo is larger than life itself (at least in their heads anyway) and moves throughout their own personal lives as if they are actors on a stage. As a result, this Sun in Leo transition encourages us to think big and dream even bigger! The true core of Leo emerges when they are able to creatively express themselves —they are either extremely artistic (via fashion, make-up, dance, drama & theatre, arts &crafts, painting, drawing, decorating, writing, etc.) or extremely athletic (via sports, fitness training, etc.). This confidence in their abilities can occasionally be misinterpreted by others as arrogance or self-centeredness. Contrary to popular belief, many Leos are actually self-conscious: well aware of the opinions people hold about them (even if they pretend to be oblivious or nonchalant). Subsequently, the Sun in Leo for the next four weeks prompts us to pay a bit more attention to each outfit we throw on, the car we drive or even the way we wear our hair! Leos are constantly performing wherever they go; so, the true star in us will emerge from a deep slumber.
In terms of modality, Leo is considered a Fixed sign (along with Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius). In a literal sense, when the Sun passes through these four, it signals expansion of a season (after the initiation under a Cardinal sign and right before the transformation of a Mutable). In this case, Fixed Leo expands the summer season (commenced by Cardinal Cancer and evolved by Mutable Virgo) . From an astrological perspective, Fixed signs are persistent, willful and tenacious. Those in this quadrant can become effortlessly fixed (pun intended) on an idea, a person, a place, or a feeling and stick with it. One could also read this as being stubborn—which many Leos are. Fixed signs don’t move when others want them to, they tend to move when they feel like it. The naturally jovial and social quality of the sign can often mislead one to image Lions as lazy and selfish; in truth, when motivated, Lions possess deep reserves of concentration and willpower. Essentially, they are tough to start but harder to stop once in motion. Ultimately, our Sun in Leo progression encourages us to be steady, dedicated and extremely loyal. Negatively, we must watch for behaving bossily, selfishly and ridiculously arrogantly with others.
Our Sun in Leo transition is immensely beneficial for those with a Sun sign and/or Ascendant sign in Leo. The next four weeks are all about you: this is your time to shine brightly. The world seems to understand you and speaks your language fluently.
The Sun in Leo transition redirects those with a Sun sign and/or Ascendant sign in Aquarius to consider how companionable they are and how they can improve their ability to connect with a significant other. As the Sun moves through your polar opposite, your ego is drawn towards compromising with a business or romantic partner.
Those with a Sun sign and/or Ascendant sign in Aries, Gemini, Libra, and Sagittarius may find this Sun in Leo change to be quite favorable as the extroverted and free-spirited nature of Leo blends well with the gregarious mannerisms of Fire and Air signs.
Lastly, those with a Sun sign and/or Ascendant sign in Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces may be a bit uncomfortable with this astral progression. The Earth and Water family express their true core through emotional and material security: two things not highly prioritized by Leo. The gregarious and energetic characteristics of Leo isn’t easily projected by these signs.