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Happy Birthday Leo!

Doubt is a killer.
You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.

~ Jennifer Lopez: July 24, 1969 (Sun and Ascendant in Leo)

The Sun moved into its own sign of Leo at 11:56 this morning (Eastern time), just hours ahead of the full Thunder Moon, the first of two Full Moons during this sign – a sort of astrological Blue Moon.

Leo does love to get noticed, and this is a rare way to do it!

The famed Lions, so the tradition goes, are “on” 24 hours a day, showing off and behaving like the sexy superstars they often are. Of course, there really is more to Leo than this cartoonish version.

While it is true that, as astrologer Jon Cainer admits, Leos can be a bit over-the-top, and subtlety often escapes them, they are also very human, imperfect, and even (sometimes) downright insecure. It’s just that they sometimes have trouble believing they are as frail as the rest of us, so it is difficult to show their vulnerable side.

Leo is ruled by the Sun – so they can’t help but shine, and leadership is as natural to the healthy Leo as air. Characteristically, Leos are warmhearted, very creative, outgoing, and bubbling with enthusiasm.

They positively purr in the limelight and love a touch (or more!) of drama. However, they must guard against their shadow side of unbridled ego and being, as Dana Gerhardt writes, “energetic show-offs, always grabbing center stage.”

If they can tame their tendency to distracting theatrics and open their generous, beautiful spirits, they can be unstoppable.

For Everyone When the Sun is in Leo (July 22 – Aug. 22)

The Sun’s annual return to its home sign is a time to explore and joyfully come to life with courage, daring, and panache. Taking risks of expression and creativity mean you have to reveal your true self, and that’s exactly the point.

Dana writes, “This is the month to see life through the eyes of a child. Children live in the moment; having fun is their primary goal. Especially when they’re feeling safe and seen, their hearts are wide open—to the joy of being an energetic being in a magical world.”

With the Sun now in the sign of Leo, this is also a perfect time for all of us to be more open in what we show to the world. Turn up the volume on your self-confidence, expand your visibility, and polish up your image. Celebrate who you are and share it with the world.

Get outside. Soak up some sunshine. Take a break from living in your head and be more playful. Now is the time to let the lion-heartedness within you, no matter what your Sun sign is, open up and dance!


Do you have a friend or loved one with a Leo Birthday (between July 22 and August 22)? Or maybe you are a stouthearted Lion who is longing to make this upcoming birthday year a roaring success!

Why not join my Birthday Club? Treat yourself (or your Leo friends) to a full year of discovery, playfulness, and new insights (a perfect choice for the splendid Lion, who loves tailor-made treats that will help them to shine in bold, unique ways).

All the details are here!

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  • July 22, 2013, 4:01 pm mel

    “Imagine my surprise when years later when I discovered I had a Leo Moon. It was hidden in my chart’s Twelfth House closet, where what the psyche rejects is held. My dislike of Leo was my own deficiency: I was blocked in expressing its spirit. Perhaps I paid a steep price for being too kingly in a past life. As a child, whenever I won a school election or an award, I wanted to crawl out of my skin when my mother (the stand-in for my Leo Moon) dramatically ooohed and ahhed, calling me “The Big Cheese.” I wanted attention, but when I got it, I squirmed. And so in later years, when I saw others soaking up the spotlight, I considered their exhibitions shameful.” (Dana Gerhardt)

    As Carl Gustav Jung (a Leo sun) said it :
    “Who looks inside, awakens.”

  • July 22, 2013, 5:13 pm Beth

    Yes!! I loved that, too, Mel! VERY insightful!