7/23 - 8/22
A hopeful Leo is a happy Leo, so this month you should be downright ecstatic, as several planets traverse Aries, your freewheeling, optimistic ninth house. For the first three weeks of April, youre feeling exhilarated by new ideas, people and places. Bitten by the travel bug, you may just find yourself poring over Kayak.com for great deals to Buenos Aries, Berlin or Bora Borapretty much any locale could match your horizon-expanding mission. Of course, nothing broadens your mind like learning, and you may be just as happy locked in your library, burning through metaphysical books of mastering a new language with Rosetta Stone.
If you cant seem to get onto a world is my oyster kick, be proactive. Sign up for a thought-provoking class or convince a friend to join you on a yoga retreat. A perfect day for taking a mind-blowing leap is on the April 10 Aries new moon, when five planets will be in this wanderlust-stoking part of your chart. Fresh perspectives (not to mention adventurous, culinary excursions) await, so dont bother debating the shoulds versus the should nots. Just go for it.
Living large will help counterbalance the heaviness that sinks in on April 12, when plumb-the-depths Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your sixth house of health and service, until September 19. During this five-month period, you may need to address a lurking-below-the-surface matter that has been affecting your physical, mental or emotional health (or, if the stressor is big enoughall of the above). Or, you could be pressed into service as the unofficial nurse for a friend, family member or pet in need. No matter how much TLC you want to provide, dont forget to stay on top of your own health. You could need to revamp your own diet and exercise habits now. (For some feel good tips, check out Kris Carrs Crazy Sexy Diet: http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1599218011.)
Pluck stressful influences from your daily environment and strip away everything that causes you unnecessary angst. Yes, this could mean hiding those annoying Facebook status updates from someone you were never friendly with in the first place. These seemingly minor toxic effects can take a cumulative toll, so dont things under the proverbial rug. Since the sixth house also rules helpful people, there could be a significant changing of the guard with the people you rely on, such as your babysitter, landscaper, accountant or another service provider over the spring and summer. Transformational Plutos presence will burn off any dead wood, so any shifts now are definitely for the best, even if they cause a short-term breakdown.
On April 25, the Scorpio lunar eclipse shines its high beams into the most personal sector of your chart: your fourth house of home and family. Eclipses bring change, and you may experience a sudden shift in your family dynamics or home life. If youve had housing issues on your radar, you may find the perfect, sun-drenched abode and need to act fast. Or you could finally sell a house thats been wilting on the market for months. Since the fourth house rules nurturing and female relatives, you could have issues with your mother, aunt, sister or a significant woman in your life. At the root of any dustups could very well be your ability to nurture yourself, Leo, so take a well-deserved break from playing caretaker to anyone but numero uno. A pregnancy is also possible, perhaps even one you didnt plan foror you could hear news of one out of the blue.
What seems like a sweeping development at months end has actually been building momentum since the November 13, 2012 Scorpio solar eclipse, making this the culmination of an important six-month cycle. With maturity planet Saturn also in penetrating Scorpio, you may need to buck up and take on a serious new role in your household. If youve been acting the free-spirited ingnue, you might realize your power as a strong, responsible adult, looking out for the younger or less capable members of your brood. Or perhaps your family has been financially supporting you and its 321cutoff time. You may become acutely aware of the invisible purse and apron strings attached to this arrangement, too, which now feel more confining than supportive. Dont get stuck in a dependent rut. The eclipse prompts you to prove just how self-reliant you are.
Viva la difference! With magnetic Venus and hot-blooded Mars moving through your worldly, free-spireid ninth house, April delivers some fresh adventures in romance. Maybe you meet a hottie from a different background with an intriguingly different lens on the world. (Suddenly, you really grasp the benefits of Spanish siesta and 10:00 p.m. paella dinners.) If youre traveling, you might find yourself embroiled in a flirty vacation romance, possibly even meeting someone in the adjoining airplane seat. Though this wouldnt be the first time you chatted up a stranger while a flight attendant parrots the oxygen mask and floatation device script, sparks could definitely fly now at 10,000 feet. (If only airplane seats came with a Do Not Disturb sign)
Coupled Leos might plan an exotic getaway together, to a locale where you can expand their cultural horizons. Or, if you have time and budget constraints, you can sign up for a workshop or attend a mind-expanding lecture. Perhaps you enroll in a Mandarin class together and then explore your citys Chinatown together, trying out your budding skills at a local restaurant or shop. When it comes to love this month, youre stimulated by the wider world, with all its colors, sounds and landscape of possibility. So even if you opt for a foreign film over your usual Girls reruns, well, thats a step in the right direction.
Your laissez-faire ways could wane after April 15, when love planet Venus enters steady Taurus, your tenth house of long-term planning. Sure, seizing the day (and dancing on tables past sunrise) might be de rigeur for your fun-loving sign, but that doesnt mean you dont care about your future. Loyal Leos want to grow old AND stay young togetherand if thats too tall an order for your current beau, you might need to show em the door. Or, if you think they just need a little encouragement in the right, celebratory direction, grab their hand and drag them out onto the glittering dance floor with you. (What? They didnt realize you carry your own disco ball?) Once they glimpse the sunny possibilities and sip the Leo Kool-Aid, they might voluntarily shed their uptight and risk-averse waysat least while the music is playing. (Cue up this tune by your Leo sister Joan As Policewoman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKEc8EN1p-I to get the party started.)
Coupled Leos might forego the late night parties and dive into pressing issues, like, say, how youre going to pay for your childs college education. Under this influence, youre keen on the long view of things: how are your investments looking? Can you restructure current debt? Is your retirement account sufficient for the post-work life of your dreams? Pull out your glasses and start poring over paperwork, perhaps tapping a trusted financial advisor for expert advice.
Feeling sluggish? Now is not the time to chalk up those off afternoons to a passing mood or too many Swedish fish. With regenerative Pluto moving retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your sixth house of health and service, you may need to dig a little deeper, dealing with a matter that doesnt have a ready diagnosis. Another issue could be lurking below the surface and wreaking havoc on your physical, mental and emotional health. Since karmic Plutos presence can bring up intense clues in your dreams, dont ignore hints or messages in your nocturnal wanderings, whether they deal directly with a physical or emotional issue. Pluto also rules hidden information, so if you have a nagging feeling that something is not right, demand a second opinion or seek out a new doctor, until you feel entirely reassured.
One Leo we know has a history of colon cancer in her family, and when her GI was dismissive of her abnormal colonoscopy, she asked him how he might feel if he saw her name in the obituaries next year (talk about drama-loving Leo meeting macabre Pluto!). Happy ending alert: she found someone she was more comfortable with, who helped her address the underlying issue and now has a clean bill of health.
Even if you dont have physical issues, you may decide to revamp your health on a deep, holistic level. As much as you may want to just get back to planning your parents 50th wedding anniversary or rocking out in your dance studio, this is prime time to delve deeper into the whole mind-body-soul connection. You can no longer deny that your beliefs have a profound effect on your overall wellness. For a primer, may we recommend Louise Hays classic book, You Can Heal Your Life: http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1401926525.
Paging Florence Nightingale! Since your sixth house rules service, you may find that during this five-month stretch, youre suddenly the unofficial nurse for a friend, family member or pet who needs your loving attention. While youre happy to deliver chicken soup and run errands when needed, make sure you carve out some personal time for yourself, especially since you have a tendency to give until you dont even remember your own name. Even with your great reserves of goodwill, bright cheer and sunny energy, there are limits. You, Leo, have limits. Your personal worth is not dependent upon how well you fulfill others needs, and you dont want to lock yourself into a resentful corner. Alternatively, if youve been light on the giving, penetrating Pluto doing backstrokes in your house of service could reconnect you with your volunteering spirit. Perhaps you can run an afterschool performance workshop for girls in your hood, or you can help a charity organize their big gala.
The month ends with an intense April 25 lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your fourth house of home and family, putting your domestic life in the spotlight. If youve wanted to switch residences, you could move to a new place or buy a second property. Or, there could be other change-ups in your family structure, i.e. your sister has been the stalwart supporter of your ailing mother, but now her job requires more attention, so you pick up some of the slack. Or maybe your partner wants more quality time with the kids, which coincides nicely with your mounting responsibilities on the job. You could end up taking on a new role in the household, perhaps becoming more active in tracking your share of the bills, not to mention responsible for the overall cost of living. (We can already see you squinting in disbelief at your cable bill.) With mature Saturn here, you may have to take care of a sick or elderly relative (possibly echoing with Pluto in your sixth house and the service influence). Whether its an aunt who needs your empathetic ear or a grandmother whos recovering from surgery, a female family member could figure into eclipse events. On a happier note, since the fourth house rules motherhood, a pregnancy or news of one is definitely possible.
A word of caution: things could take on an unexpected, topsy-turvy momentum, since eclipses tend to bring unplanned events. Look back to mid-November, when the Scorpio new moon solar eclipse sparked the situation that is reaching a potent culmination now. Perhaps youre an apartment dweller who learns that your landlord is selling the building and youll need to move out of your cherished abode, the one in which you fell in love, had a baby or just spent some serious quality time developing your rose garden. While this news might feel like an unspeakable blow, you may soon see the silver lining. Perhaps an even better place becomes available, or you realize that this is the perfect time to explore home ownershipor to make a big leap and relocate to another city altogether.
Show me the money, Leo! Your sign has a strong career emphasis all month, but for the first three weeks, a swell of planets cluster in fiery Aries, your risk-taking, enterprising ninth house. Youre dreaming biglike, private jet big. Youre jazzed by grand ideas, sweeping visions and even an entrepreneurial venture. Freedom is your siren song, so youre eager to follow the golden thread of whatever project or endeavor feels like your true calling now. The April 10 Aries new moon helps to shatter any self-imposed ceilings you might have, too. On this day, a stunning five planets are in this part of your chart, delivering opportunity and inspiration in droves.
Perhaps a promising educational opportunity crosses your transom, as you find a course or degree program that seems perfectly tailored to your unique interests, i.e. a comedic actor looking to study the societal role of laughter. Or maybe you receive an invitation to travel overseas and participate in a project that will forever alter your perspective. (Check out the inspiring work of American Viola Vaughn, who started a thriving girls school in Senegal, following the untimely deaths of her husband and daughter: http://10000girls.wordpress.com/people/violavaughn/.) With so many planets in this ready-to-leap part of your chart, no adventure seems too lofty. If even a millimeter of self-doubt creeps in, return to the famous words of fellow Leo Henry Ford: Whether you think you can or you cant, youre right.
Later in the month, youre ready to solidify your high-flying dreams, as the essential Sun moves into Taurus, your tenth house of professional recognition, on April 19. Your breezy attitude gives way to a more businesslike demeanor now. In the earlier part of the month, you had inspiration in spades, but now you may need to exchange your broad scope for some pragmatic prioritizing. You cant, say, meet with ten clients in a day. (We know you have above-average energy, Leo, but not even you can sustain this much action.) Pick one or two key goals and map out a solid action plan, so that the steps from Point A to Point B are crystal clear. You may decide to whip up an org chart, to see what kind of staffing your grand venture will require. If youre craving more stability, you could decide to pursue a steadier gig or paycheck. (Sure, you like dramatic twists and allbut not when it comes to your finances and especially not your ability to splurge on a little bling every now and then.) Stay tuned: on May 9, a Taurus solar eclipse set you down a whole new career path.
In fact, you could already feel some hints of the goosebump-inducing news thats on its way to your door. The April 25 lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your domestic fourth house, could bring an unexpected offer to relocate for work, via an offer for either you or a family member. Perhaps you didnt see this one coming, but in reality, this situation has been brewing since the November 13, 2012 Scorpio solar (new moon) eclipse. The April 25 eclipse is an important finale to the six-month cycle that started in the fall.
While dramatic shifts are nice and all, in the meantime, youre wondering, Um, can we get a little help around here? From April 12 to September 19, shadowy Pluto goes retrograde (backward) in your sixth house of organization and service, causing you to look at your entire support system differently. Before you roll your eyes, remember, theres nothing boring about an assistant going AWOL or a babysitter whos more interested in texting her boyfriend than keeping an eye on your kid. During this five-month cycle, youre called upon to revamp the way you do business from the inside out. If youre a Leo whos addicted to self-sufficiencyperhaps to the point of matrydomswallow your leonine pride and hire some qualified interns, assistants and service providers.
While you do appreciate being right, you cant be the only competent person in the room. There are other ways to feel important, like, say, by simply affirming your inherent worth. As you well know, that momentary ego boost fizzles fast, especially when your shiny Louboutins are still parked under your desk at 9:00pm, as you finish up your cubicle mates half-assed power pointand hes out partying on the eve of the big presentation, leaving you to clean up the mess. Say it with us, Leo, No. More.
Of course, with introspective Pluto holding up a magnifying mirror to your stubborn ways, you wont want to shoot the messenger. While you may be seething with (frankly, unhealthy) resentment, retrace your steps. Has Ill just do it or Its fine, Ill take care of it become a self-destructive refrain for you? Your capable ways can be either an asset or a detriment, and subconscious Pluto retrograde makes it very clear where you stand on the spectrum. You cant spend another frustrated evening at the office (or at home, where you insist on handling everything, much to your spouses chagrin). So now is the time to be firm and assertive about your needsbefore you either burn out or bail out!
Since Pluto can also rule peoples shadow sides, you could discover that a person you depended on is, well, not so dependableand might even be doing something shady. Check behind the scenes. Ask whats going on, just to be crystal clear. You can even say (in your cheery way), I just want to make sure were on the same page here When it comes to your own security, take extra precautions. Password protect and add other measures. (See this handy New York Times article on choosing a password as strong as Fort Knox: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/technology/personaltech/how-to-devise-passwords-that-drive-hackers-away.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.) And whatever you do, definitely, definitely dont use the office secretary as your go-to therapist. While youre unloading about the cheating cad you caught at the tanning salon or the needy client who insisted you have an 11:00 nightcap at her hotel, your eager confidante is scheming about how she can use all this new information to bond with your in-house rival. Who needs a Melrose Place redux when your life is full of this much intrigue? (Good thing your office doesnt have a poolwww.youtube.com/watch?v=p78cTGAX5m8) This spring and summer, keep your most intimate cards closer to your chest. (And keep your own therapist on speed dial, if need be.)