All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. ~William Shakespeare
Leo, the actor and artist of the zodiac seeks expression out in the world. Ruled by the Sun, it seeks to shine its light brightly upon everything in its path as it beams creativity and a zest for the drama of life. We associate Leo with children as unfiltered purity of self-expression is the ultimate goal and source of satisfaction. As we are all creative individuals, the Leo in us is where we can draw upon our playful and youthful vibrancy. As this is the 2nd fire sign in the zodiac, it does best when there is an audience or reflection that can catch the flow of passionate play. For part of Leo’s greatest joy is “lighting up” those around them. Love, the warm sensation that makes one’s heart skip a beat, is part of Leo’s master plan. Love of self is the first seed of energy and through its vibration carries that love to all it touches. If Leo does not have a way to unleash its fiery expressive impulses, it will create and make drama. Drama can lead to stress and exhaustion and a cycle of solar ‘flare ups’ which while utilizing the energy, is not the best strategy to satisfy the Leo’s playful heart.
With this New Moon we have a close connection with Venus, the goddess of Love. Venus is retrograde or flowing in a reverse direction leading to energy turning inward. This is an excellent opportunity to shine that Leonine love to one’s self. Self-love is powerful and essential for being able to shine your love light on another. Self-love allows one to feel satiated, satisfied, content and at peace. Many struggle with loving the self as we are quick to criticize ourselves and feel that we are “flawed” or undeserving of love. Truth be told, we emanate from pure love and are created from love, the energy that supported our very call into existence. As many spiritual teachings will proclaim “Nothing is real but love”.
The planet Uranus is lending a hand in “awakening” ourselves to love. Uranus in Aries offers a fresh perspective, a detachment from the minutia to a cosmic vision of our genius potential. He advises us to rely on our instinctive knowing and have the courage to blaze our own trail, appreciating our unique offerings and cherishing that we are not all the same, but different flecks of a rich tapestry, coming together to make beautiful masterpiece.