The Sun left watery Cancer for fiery Leo a few minutes before 6 a.m. Chicago time on Tuesday, July 22. It remains in the sign of the Lion until August 22, giving us a full month to explore our creativity, bring out our playful inner child, and seek our heart’s desire.
All these aspects of Leo point to the higher truth this sign represents. Creativity comes from the Divine, and we serve on Earth as its channels in order to express our uniqueness, help others, and uplift the world. Also, no matter our age, we forever remain children of the Divine; regardless of our earthly parents, our true parent remains the divine Mother-Father from whom we came to be. In addition, Leo rules the heart, that enduring symbol of love and the powerful center within each of us that allows us to attune with our true spiritual nature.
Another clue to Leo’s significance comes from its ruler, the Sun, that great, fiery symbol of the Divine that bestows its blazing light on all creation. Just as the Sun shines generously for all, the Leo part within each of us longs to give freely and abundantly and to love fully and unconditionally.
This morning, Leo’s connections with the heart brought to mind the ancient Egyptian goddess Ma’at, whose name means truth and who personifies the order that came out of the primordial chaos. According to Egyptian beliefs, every person came face to face with Ma’at after death, when she weighed the individual’s soul against a white feather.
During our time on Earth, our work consists in making our hearts light and pure enough to balance perfectly with a single feather. To reach that goal, we must refrain from destructive behaviors and negative thoughts so we don’t make our hearts heavy with guilt and shame. At the same time, we need to engage in constructive behaviors and positive thoughts that fill our hearts with joy.
The Sun’s passage through Leo is a wonderful opportunity to pay particular attention to our hearts…not simply eating healthfully to care for our physical hearts, but nurturing our emotional hearts. That means doing what makes us happy—what makes our hearts sing. It also means protecting our inner child when necessary and letting that little one out to play. Most of all, it means giving ourselves the gift of laughter as often as possible, for a good laugh lessens life’s often considerable burdens and makes our hearts light.