HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEO (JUL 21 – AUG 20)

There’s an unmistakably regal air to Solar Leos. These are dignified–even noble–folk. Leos have a reputation for being conceited, but think again. Leos do feel important, but this generally takes the form of wanting to change the world in some way–to make the world a better place. They are generally motivated by affection for people, and often have big dreams and plans to make people happy.

Generally, Leos are hard-working. After all, they are attracted to the good things in life, and they know they have to work to get them. It is sometimes difficult to imagine Leos as go-getters if you happen to catch them in one of their languid moods. These people can sleep in, laze around, and luxuriate for long periods of time. However, when they do get to work, they do it with intensity and determination. In this way, they are not unlike their symbol, the lion.

The worst thing you can do to a Leo is accuse them of bad intentions. Displaying behavior that makes them think you don’t appreciate them runs a close second. These happy, jovial people become mighty hurt when others don’t see them for their noble intentions.

Loyal, and sometimes rather traditional, Leos are, after all, a fixed sign. They’ll hold on to situations and people for a very long time before they give up. There is an unmistakable idealism to Leo’s view of the world and the people in it. Often, Leos have a very noble inner code that they answer to. Although on the surface, Leos appear rather confident, they can actually be some of the most humble souls around. They are the first to blame themselves when something goes wrong. Once again, it’s the Leonine self-importance at work, and this characteristic works in unexpected ways. Instead of being the conceited, self-absorbed show-offs of reputation, they are usually very self-aware, self-conscious, and, yes, even humble.

Saturn, the great teacher, continues his journey through Aquarius this year, bringing his wisdom, structure, and discipline to your seventh house of partnership and commitment. Consider this your graduate work, your master’s degree, in the art and skill of long, healthy relationships. Some of the lessons you encounter may be difficult, but the most important thing you can do is face whatever comes head-on. Even if you try to make a run for it, you won’t get very far, so you might as well roll your sleeves up and settle in for the duration. In doing so, you are perfectly positioned for the rewards that come from your willingness to grow, mature, and learn the lessons required of you. Saturn goes retrograde from June 14 through October 23, at which point you’ll have the opportunity to reflect upon, review your decisions and actions, and adjust anything that needs adjusting. The rewards that follow your effort and hard work are reflected in Jupiter’s transit through your eighth house of intimacy.

As Jupiter in Pisces moves through your eighth house of deep connection, intimacy, shared resources, and hidden mysteries, you experience the positive results of the effort and hard work you’ve invested in learning about commitment and deep partnership. You may experience a love you’ve never known before, especially as Jupiter conjuncts Neptune on April 12. This is a heart-expanding transit as well as a deeply spiritual one and you will want and need to express your feelings. The one caveat is that you can be overly optimistic under the influence of these planets, so make sure your affections and demonstrations are welcome, otherwise, you could end up disappointed. Jupiter moves into Aries and your ninth house of adventure from May 10 through October 27, so if you’re wanting to travel and explore the world, this is the ideal window of time for that.

Uranus in Taurus oversees your career, success, and achievement this year as he holds court in your tenth house. Unexpected opportunities arise and new directions beckon, and you will be hard-pressed not to take advantage of them. Uranus goes retrograde on August 24 and stays that way through the end of the year, giving you the opportunity to reflect on your professional life and make any adjustments necessary for staying on or getting back on track if you’ve strayed. Pluto in Capricorn anchors your sixth house of employment, making transformation the name of the game. Let go of what no longer suits you and have the faith and courage necessary to take steps toward what your heart longs to do.

Creativity and self-care are important, and you may tend to overlook them this year with everything else demanding your attention. Refuse to allow that to happen, as the joy that comes from creative expression and the well-being that comes from self-love are essential for being able to enjoy the blessings that fill your life.