Sun enters Leo for its annual visit from 22nd of July to 23rd of August, signaling a time to listen to your heart, which is ruled by both Sun and Leo. (See Astrology and your Body)
Leo is dramatic, creative proud, playful, generous, and outgoing – the trusting child within us all. The astrological Sun symbolises life, spirit, vitality and light. Both symbolise natural authority and fatherhood.
Put the two together and it’s time to open up our hearts, let our innermost light shine forth, and allow every part of our being to relax and open up like a flower, safe in the knowledge that we are loved.
Sun in Leo and Deep Summer
The Sun is right at home in Leo - its domicile sign. Think about the time of year – July-August – in western astrology, when Sun enters Leo. In the northern hemisphere, this is deep summer, when the sun is at its brightest and hottest in the sky! End of July to end of August is the quintessential holiday period in our western culture, when businesses slow down, schools are out and things proceed at a less demanding pace. Not in the mood for work, it’s our annual time to be big kids, and to go out and play! You know the feeling, when you lie in the sun and every fibre in your being can relax, unwind and just be? That is the feeling of the Sun in Leo.
It is no surprise that people flock to hot places for a bit of sun in the summer, or storm the parks when the sun makes an appearance in the UK. We need a bit of sun and warmth to remain in good physical and mental health, just like we need the air that we breathe. Naturally, just as we cannot sit in the Sun for too long without getting parched and burned, we cannot stay in that pure solar, childlike space all the time without becoming hardened and tyrannical. But soaking up the solar rays at regular periods is essential for our health and vitality. It renews our faith and optimism and feeling happy, in turn, puts us in the mood for fun, love and romance, as we rediscover the urge to express what’s in our hearts. This is what Leo is all about and there is no better time for it than when the Sun returns to its home-sign. It is prime time to get in touch with our life-force and the divine spark within.
Natal Sun in Leo
Leos - people born with natal Sun in Leo - carry this innate joie de vivre in their very cells. They know that they were born to live life to the max, love, play and express themselves with abandon. It is when these natural impulses get stunted and denied early on, that the less attractive Leo attributes of vanity, tyranny, megalomania, selfishness and excessive pride manifest in an effort to access the power of the Sun.
Everyone has Sun somewhere in their birth-chart and we all have Leo somewhere too, whether we identify with the creative and authoritative Leo qualities or not. We all need to experience ourselves as special and we are all subject to the vices of selfishness and pride.
This is the time of year to reconnect with Leo in our own charts, rediscover our own specialness and vitality and address any places that have hardened because the light has not been allowed to reach them. Similarly, it is a good time to see where our natural life-force has been blocked leading us to become brittle, unbending or dictatorial because of fear of rejection or hurt pride. This is the time of year to heal our hearts and tend to the eternal flame within.
Good things to do with Sun in Leo
- Play, have fun, relax and enjoy the sun-shine
- Spend time with children, let your inner child out and act with childlike abandon
- Add drama and colour to your life: accessorise, get a new hairstyle or catch a show – something opulent and dramatic
- Open up your heart. Tell someone you love them
- Take a chance; go after your heart’s desire
- Express yourself creatively and showcase your talents: paint, sing, dance, act, go on stage
- Attend glamorous events, be the life of the party or even better throw a party yourself
- Be generous, make a grand gesture and lavishly treat someone you love (including yourself)
- Stand up tall: correct your posture, tend to your back, have a massage or backial.
- Take on a leadership role, or mix with VIP's and learn from them.
- Spend time with your dad and meditate on fatherhood
- Be honest and act honourably. Be bold, brave and true!
- Do what you love
- Build your confidence and give yourself credit
- Check your ego: examine where you are being attention-seeking, self-centred, childish or vain
- Here are some practices you can try with Sun in Leo:
- Do exercises that strengthen your core muscles, back and abdomen
- Go on a ‘rampage of appreciation’: Make a list of all the good things in your life / all the things you love about a special someone / your achievements and talents
- Meditate on your Heart: Close your eyes, relax and imagine a flower emerging out of the fertile soil of your heart. See it grow and bloom. Admire its life, delicacy and beauty. What kind of flower is it? What are its colours and shapes? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? Does it have a message for you?
- Meditate on your Solar Plexus: Close your eyes and relax. In your mind’s eye, imagine you have your own personal sun within, right in your solar plexus. Imagine it bright, warm, comfortable and strong and see its rays radiating outward and bringing light and warmth to every part of your being. Feel the radiance, vitality and buoyancy this brings. Let the light reach dark places and blow away any cobwebs. Imagine your body brimming with life and your own light shining forth stemming from the divine spark deep within your heart.
Sun in Leo through the Signs
Check your Sun-Sign and Ascendant below, to see in which house the Sun’s annual passage through Leo (each 23rd July to 23rd August) shines a light in your own life. (Find out more about the 12 houses in astrology)
Deep summer is all about fun, love and romance for you, dear Aries, as Sun in Leo falls in your 5th house – Leo’s natural house. This intensifies your desire to be playful and introduce some dramatic flair in your life. You may feel particularly creative and eager to take a risk and this is a good time to embark on a creative project. Children may feature prominently in this period and you can enjoy some memorable times with them. With Leo naturally in your 5th house, these are the activities that make you feel at your best, so enjoy this time to the max!
Deep summer is all about home and family for you dear Taurus. It is often a time with lots of drama and activity in your home and family life, also a time where you can really reconnect with your natural roots and draw out nourishment for the year to come. You can benefit from spending time alone or with loved ones, as well as tending to and beautifying your home and inviting people over. With Leo in your natural 4th house, these activities strengthen you and nourish you at the deepest level, so go for it!
Deep summer is a particularly busy time for you dear Gemini, as Sun in Leo falls in your 3rd house with which you have a natural affinity. This time of year is filled with communications, comings and goings and movement of all kinds for you, often with a large dollop of drama and pizzaz. Learning new things and connecting with people from all walks of life is a fantastic way to enjoy this period, as is writing, speaking, or even trading. Leo falls in your 3rd house natally and these are the activities where you are truly at your best!
Deep summer is all about developing and showcasing your talents, making money and introducing greater financial security in your life, dear Cancer. It is a good time to take a closer look at your values and consider what matters most. It is also a good time to do things that increase your self-worth. You might find that your spending increases too, or that you have an urge to splurge, speculate and add some dramatic flair to your financial management. With Leo in your natural second house, making money should be one of your favourite pastimes in any case, and this is the time to show what you’re really worth!
Happy Birthday, dear Leo! Deep summer is your time of the year - the time when you are the star of the show! This is your time to shine, have fun and take matters in your own hands. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the midst of all the drama too! Love and romance feature highly this period and you can successfully pursue any objective close to your heart, as nobody can resist your natural power and authority. Now is a great time to tend to your appearance and don a look to wow others! Sun in Leo is in your natural 1st house of personality, making the whole show revolve around you...and this, of course, is when Leo feels at its best!
Deep summer is the one time of the year for you, dear Virgo, when you can retreat from the hustle and bustle, ponder life and recharge your batteries. Don’t let yourself be drawn into drama that is not of your doing. Bring down the shutters, go on a retreat and have some alone time, where you can meditate, recuperate and clear away any junk in preparation for the more frantic pace of your own birthday month. Now is also a good time for you to work quietly behind the scenes on a project you love. With Leo in your natural 12th house, doing so feels natural to you in any case. But equally important with Leo in your 12th house is to regularly retreat to de-clutter and fine-tune your delicately honed system, for that is what allows life to flow back in your veins. Don’t hesitate to take it!
Deep summer is all about socialising and connecting with friends for you dear Libra. With Leo in your natural 11th house, these kinds of activities truly allow you to shine. Now is also the best time to join a club or work with others on a collective endeavour. Given Leo’s propensity for drama, it might also be a time for a bit of flair in your friendships! Sun in Leo might also be a period when new dreams are born and you can really think about what you want to stand for in your life. This is the perfect moment for you to set forth in pursuit of your vision!
Deep summer puts you straight into the spotlight, dear Scorpio. Where other signs might fall off the radar and indulge in some quiet down-time, this period has the tendency to put you in charge, letting your natural authority shine forth. Now is a good time to set new goals and think about the direction you want your life to take. You might experience professional success now too and gain the respect of others. At worst, this period might create some very public dramas, as it is difficult for you to keep things out of the public eye, now. But it can also bring success, honour and titles. And, with Leo in your natural 10th house, Scorpio loves to be on top and in control, so just relax and enjoy being top dog!
For you, deep summer is all about travel – both in mind or body – dear Sagittarius! The desire to expand your horizons is in your very soul and with Leo falling in your natural 9th house - the house of Sagittarius - this is where you shine without hardly exerting any effort! This period is all about broadening your vistas through travel, education, publishing, broadcasting and all kinds of boundary-crossing mediums. You could successfully launch a book, blog or show now, visit foreign cultures or address a legal matter. This is also a good time to revisit your philosophy of life and ponder deeper questions. You love these activities anyway, so deep summer should find you right in your element!
Deep summer is the most private and sexiest time of year for you dear Capricorn, even if not always the most comfortable! With Sun in your 8th house, it may often be a time of crisis and change, or a time when you are dramatically occupied with matters revolving around shared resources, the division of property, taxes, pensions, loans and grants. With Sun in Leo to help you, you might often find that these have a favourable outcome at this time. The hottest part of summer may also be a time of great intensity and passion and of annual transformation and change for you, asking you to trust life and helping you uncover hidden mastery and power you did not know you had. With Leo in your natural 8th house, the masterful handling of power is where Capricorn feels at its best, so jump in with both feet and embrace it all!
Deep summer is all about relationships for you, dear Aquarius. The spotlight falls on partnerships of all kinds – whether business, personal or marriage – and it is a great time to focus on your significant other, or even hire an agent or act on behalf of another yourself. You might also find that there is increased drama in your relationships during this period and that you have to defer to others more than usual, reacting rather than taking the reins yourself. With Leo in your natural 7th house, it may well be that you are at your best when you link up with a partner – preferably one with a strong and admirable personality! Time to let others take the lead and set the pace!
For you, dear Pisces, deep summer is all about tending to your health, bodily needs and to the nitty-gritty of life. Pisces loves the sea, so maybe soaking up the sea-air is what heals your body and recharges your batteries. This is a great time to work productively and set a good routine for yourself, where you can really experience the power of daily rituals. Even the most mundane daily actions can become rituals if done with the proper conscious attention and you Pisces, being a highly spiritual and imaginative sign, are excellently suited for seeing the divine presence in things mundane. With Leo in your natural 6th house, it may well be that this is where true happiness lies for a Pisces. So apply your imaginative consciousness and make the most of life’s simple pleasures!