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After what felt like a really long transit through the emotionally charged waters of Cancer, the Sun returned home and entered the fixed fire sign of Leo on Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:36 am eastern. The shift from a focus on feelings and initiating them to standing up and out in all our glory is evident in the collective. No matter what your personal astrological energy the Sun leaving and entering a sign is energy we all feel. So what does Leo Season 2020 have in store for us all?

Some of us may still be a little tired from our emotional outbursts in Cancer Season.

Considering how close the start of Leo Season is to the second New Moon in Cancer of 2020 there is some residual essence of the Sun and Moon’s meetup still at work; primarily the opposition of the luminaries to Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and Pallas all retrograde in Capricorn and a quincunx to the South Node in Sagittarius. I described this as:

While the leftover energies of Cancer season and the last New Moon in Cancer wane, the Season of the Lion roars in with the Sun highlighting Leo themes like:

  • Leadership
  • Self-Expression
  • Playfulness
  • Courageousness
  • Pompousness
  • Creativity
  • Vitality
  • Bossiness
  • Childishness
  • Pride
  • Inflated Ego
  • Theatrics
  • Cheerfulness
  • Drama
  • Unconditional Love
  • Self-Centeredness
  • Childlike Wonder
  • Warmth
  • Benevolence
  • Laziness
  • Conceit
  • Magnanimity
  • Determination
  • Passion

As a fixed sign, Leo energy is better at maintaining and enduring than it is at initiating or changing. Leo Season gives a nod to the benefits and the downfalls of staying fixed- stubbornness, tenacity, unrelenting spirit, and a never-give-up attitude. We get to use this energy to bring out the very best or the very worst in our self-expression.

Since the Sun is Leo’s ruling planet, it is no wonder that we often hear people speak of Leos as thinking everything revolves around them, as all the planets revolve around the Sun. When the Sun returns home to Leo it isn’t just those who are Leo Suns that are predisposed to this behavior. The Sun represents our vitality, ego, self-expression, and is like a beacon of light we’re all drawn to. During Leo Season the call to being Sun-centered and thus self-centered is strong for the collective as a whole. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Centering on self doesn’t have to mean you’re an unbelievably pompous asshole that doesn’t care about others. The positive qualities of the Sun and Leo are at your disposal to use as well, however, it is up to you to choose how you use this energy.

You’ll be able to see clearly who uses this energy wrong.

Leo Season is a time when egos are typically on display for all to see. Considering restrictions due to COVID-19, most interactions are taking place online. I guarantee social media will be full of Leo behavior. Take a look back at the keywords I listed for Leo and be on the lookout for them to emerge and be embodied in full force while the Sun is in Leo. They’ll particularly be pronounced during two periods- when the Sun in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus and when it trines Mars in Aries.

Sun Square Uranus: Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius, which represents sudden change, electricity, innovation, rebelliousness, and revolution will square the Sun at 7:12 am eastern on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020. Uranus is currently in the fixed earth sign of Taurus giving it an essence of electricity striking firm earth. Taurus, the sign of the bull, is stubborn and dislikes change. Paired up with Uranus the energy is one of being pushed put of one’s comfort zone suddenly. Bulls (Taurus) don’t want to move but Uranus is like a cattle prod delivering an electric shock to force movement. This is the energy the Sun will “square up” against.

The Sun accepts Uranus’ challenge to meet outside to box.

So how does this energy play out in the collective? Well, with our egos all out to play with the Sun in Leo the challenge from Uranus in Taurus can manifest as feeling a tension building up as if we’re on edge and on the verge of exploding. This can show itself with anger bursting out of nowhere, particularly when we feel our individuality, pride, and self-expression are challenged. Awareness of the potential this transit has to make us “pop off” is key so that we can curb our own explosive behavior and also understand what may be stirring up the fireworks in others. These “pop offs” have the potential to do severe damage (imagine the aftermath of an earthquake) so be careful not to explode on people you won’t be able to reconcile with afterward.

If you like your job or relationship and want to remain in them hide under your proverbial desk and wait the quake out. Thank me later.

That push out of our comfort zones I referred to will also be strongly accentuated. While this may sound like a bad thing, I just want to remind you that growth only happens when we are uncomfortable. We need discomfort to foster change. Under this transit sudden disruptions to value systems, sense of self-worth, and even appearance are very likely. The key is to view the process as a positive one that is giving you a serious push to break bad habits, free yourself from old routines that no longer serve you, and reground yourself into healthy behaviors that help you shine your brightest.

While this aspect is a big deal and will be felt strongly many days before and after it is exact, it is only the opening act to what I feel is the main event this Leo Season- the Sun in Leo trine Mars in Aries.

Sun Trine Mars: Sunday, August 16th, 2020

I mean, the title of this article is Leo Season: The Lion Approaches The Ram, so it has to be significant, right?

The Sun home in Leo will trine Mars home in Aries on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 at 9:31 am aligning the cardinal and fixed fire signs in the most perfect expression of their energies. Fire is spirited and action-oriented. Leo’s fire burns steady while Aries’ fire burns quickly. These two coming into an aspect of agreeance with the Sun (ego/self-expression) and Mars (will/agression) will lead to heat of epic proportions. This song comes to mind when I think of this pairing:

The Sun in Leo is the King and Mars in Aries is the warrior; the lion and the ram. The approach of the Sun to Mars is a build up felt through the majority of Leo season that culminates towards the end of this Sun-ruled season. As the Sun illuminates what it interacts with, fiery Mars is given a tenacious boost heating it up even more.

Mars represents will, assertion, and aggression. It is how we take a stand, how we fight and how we fuck. Its 6 month long stay in its home sign of Aries promises an influx of Martian themes but its trine with the hot and steady Leo Sun offers flare ups regarding the following:

  • Lust
  • Assertiveness
  • Passion
  • Machismo
  • Animal-Instinct
  • Violence
  • Libido
  • Force
  • Action
  • Rage
  • Sex Drive
  • Initiative
  • Willpower
  • Competitiveness
  • Drive
  • Physical Energy
  • Masculinity

Refer back to the Leo/Sun keywords earlier in the article and the Mars/Aries keywords above. To gain an understanding of how this Sun trine Mars aspect can play out, let’s try out a few sentences to describe it.

My <insert Sun/Leo keyword> can help to fuel my <inset Mars/Aries keyword>.

  1. My creativity can help to fuel my assertiveness.
  2. My inflated ego can help to fuel my anger.
  3. My warmth can help to fuel my passion.
  4. My childishness can help to fuel my rage.
  5. My determination can help to fuel my initiative.

I just gave a few examples, but notice how some work positively while others work negatively. Try writing out your own sentences in this format. What comes up for you?

The key during this aspect is to remain in awareness of the energies at play and to choose the higher vibrations of those energies in word and deed. A failure to do so will lead to your ego running unchecked and on steroids insisting that it be seen and heard. As both Uranus’ and Mars’ meetups with the Sun occur on Sun days, there’s an even stronger pronouncement of Sun/Leo energy reminding us to hold our egos in check.

Don’t make anyone have to look at you with the Frida face. Check yourself and your ego!

As we make our way closer to the Leo Sun’s square with Uranus and its trine to Mars it’s important that we remember to embody the playfulness and loving qualities that Leo energy possesses. Doing so will make the lion’s approach and subsequent meet-up with the ram that much more productive and manageable. Happy Leo Season, loves!

Need help understanding how Leo energy will impact your chart? Schedule a reading with me and I’ll help you to understand how you can best use this energy based on your natal chart.

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