Leo – July 23 – August 23
2019 Overview

The sun rules your sign and its daily motion is beyond the scope of this book. However, pay close attention to when transiting planets are aspecting – forming angles to – your sun sign. Included in the monthly roundups is information about what the inner, faster -moving planets are doing each month (Mercury, Venus, Mars), which planets are retrograde, and when the slower-moving planets change signs or turn retrograde. You’ll also find information about the solar and lunar eclipses this year.
Be sure to look over the Mercury retrograde sections in the introductions to the three years and follow the general guidelines on how to navigate these periods more successfully.

January 2019
Tense at times, but imaginative

Welcome to 2019! January holds some pleasant surprises, but first let’s talk about the two eclipses this month that may cause you to feel unsettled.

The solar eclipse in Capricorn on January 5 should bring in new opportunities in your career and daily work area. But because the eclipse is in an earth sign – and Leo is a fire sign – you may not be comfortable with the energy. Also, Pluto is only five degrees away from the eclipse’s degree, and that can create power issues between you and someone else. That said, though, the opportunities should please you. You might be promoted, change jobs, hire new employees, or bring in new clients. If you’re self-employed and work in the arts, your imagination will be stimulated by Neptune’s favorable angle to this eclipse degree.

The lunar eclipse on the 21st is the one that may give you trouble. It’s in your sign and may trigger emotional responses to criticism or remarks made by someone in your work environment. Just don’t overreact. You sometimes take remarks too personally and the remark probably wasn’t intended that way! On or around the date of this eclipse, you may feel as if your creativity has been “eclipsed” in some way and that could lead to your emotional turmoil. Your creativity hasn’t actually been eclipsed, though, Leo. You’re still the dynamo.

Now, on to the rest of the month. On the 4th, Mercury joins Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn and from then until January 24, you’re focused on a particular project at work or on some facet of your career. With this much earth energy at your disposal, you’re practical, efficient, organized, and probably have a strategy laid out to achieve your goal in a particular time frame. The Capricorn element confers a singular, goal-directed vision.
On the 6th, Uranus turns direct in Aries. Now you can once again enjoy the edgy energy of this planet, which causes stuff to happen. Between now and March 6, when Uranus enters Taurus and your career area, you may travel overseas, be involved in publishing or higher education, or even audition for a part in a movie or TV show. Whatever occurs during the rest of Uranus’s journey through Aries, will be sudden, unexpected.

On the 7th, Venus enters Sagittarius and until February 3, you enjoy one of the most romantic and creative periods for you all year. The only other time like this will happen between April 20 and May 15, when Venus transits Aries. During this period, life is exciting and enjoyable. Your creative adrenaline burns brightly and your muse is in attendance 24/7. If your creative work is your passion, then you may be working longer hours and loving it. On the romantic front, you and your partner re-discover why you’re together and may take off for a few days for an adventure. If you’re not involved with anyone when this transit begins, you may be by the time it ends.

Mercury enters Aquarius on January 24 and between then and February 10, your attention is on partnerships. You and your personal partner may work together on a freelance project or, at the least, discuss how you might do this successfully. Aquarius is your opposite sign and with Mercury here, your ideas are unique, unusual.

At a Glance
January 4 – Mercury into Capricorn
January 5 – solar eclipse in Capricorn
January 6 – Uranus turns direct in Aries
January 7 – Venus into Sagittarius
January 21 – lunar eclipse in Leo
January 24 – Mercury into Aquarius

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