Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Each year, right around your birthday, a whole new astrological cycle begins. It’s called your Solar Return, the moment the sun returns to the same degree it was at the time of your birth. Each year brings new insights and experiences, and at your Solar Return, you receive clues as to what those might be. Your birthday season this year started in the period between two eclipses, an intense time for everyone because of heightened emotions and poignant realizations. The intentions you set or changes you implement at this time foreshadow circumstances that will unfold throughout the upcoming twelve months.

When the sun is in your sign, it illuminates possibilities for you. It’s your time to shine. If you have been thinking of starting a creative project or promoting a crowdsourcing campaign, the solar eclipse on August 11 could be a perfect time. Stretch outside of your comfort zone, and let go of any fears. You have a bit more charisma to help you attract the right helpful people into your life who can assist in realizing your goals.

Finances could change for you at the end of the month, especially at the time of the full moon on August 26. You could have new strategies for saving, investing, or paying off debt.

With several planets retrograde at the beginning of the month, you might be sentimental about simpler times in your life. Nostalgia can awaken suppressed emotions from the past and could even help rekindle feelings you’ve had for another person. Before you reconnect with someone from your past, make sure you are clear about what best serves you. If a relationship was unhealthy, though you could hope things have changed for the better, you might want to test it out first before going back in. You do not need to reawaken drama in your life. Often retrogrades help us come full circle with hindsight, allowing us to make choices we could have made the first time. This is part of a bigger healing process. On August 18, Mercury stations direct, allowing you to have clarity about both the past and present.

Your love life may have been inconsistent over the past month, with Mars retrograde in your seventh house of relationships. You might have come to a definitive point of change in your love life, either diving in deeper or creating distance between you and a partner. Even if you’re single, you may now have fresh insights about how to manifest love. After August 27, the intensity subsides, leaving you with a clear path forward.

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