Mercury in Leo: Jump into the Sandbox!
On the 14th of July Mercury moves into the sign of Leo, to stay until July 30th. Time to jump into the sandbox and let the world be your playground!
Communications planet Mercury rules the mind, words, ideas, communications, learning and daily interactions. Leo’s style is playful, dramatic, entertaining, childlike, proud and boisterous. Put the two together and you get drama, entertainment, grand gestures…and frequent occurrences of the personal pronoun.
Mercury in Leo perceives the world as a direct outpour of its thoughts and ideas. To quote a famous Mercury in Leo:
"Imagination governs the world" (Napoleon Bonaparte).
So, use your mind creatively and see what happens!
How to make the most of Mercury in Leo
To make the most of this transit, keep a romantic and playful attitude. This way you can avoid the pitfalls of taking things too personally or making mountains out of molehills. Mercury will tour Leo in the last two weeks of July (14th-30th). During this time…
Focus on Love and Romance!
Leo rules love and romance so lay your cards on the table and let someone know how you feel! Use grand romantic gestures: a candle-lit dinner, an expensive restaurant, a romantic getaway in the lap of luxury, a luscious bubble-bath followed by a back massage, an outing to the opera, a poem, song or card that you have made yourself, dark chocolate and champagne... Anything that goes out on a limb and says it big – don’t be shy! To quote another famous Mercury in Leo: Life is full of risks anyway. Why not take them? ---Lindsay Lohan
Leo also rules creativity. Why not try your hand at an expressive medium – whether this is writing, painting, music or some other form of story-telling? Write a book-outline, pour out your heart in song, or paint something in bold and colourful brush-strokes. Who knows? Later, when the planets start moving through Virgo, you may want to develop your ideas, work out the details and get down to the nitty-gritty. Or, you might find yourself concerned with mundane things once more. For now, let your creativity flow out unhampered!
No less than three US presidents have Mercury in Leo alongside other famous political leaders including Napoleon, Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro! Mercury in Leo sweeps others with the warmth and hope of its words, giving the gift of popularity. This does wonders for leadership (and salesmanship), so use this time to win others over to your cause! You may be forgiven the odd tall tale or two, much as a child would be, as long as your heart is in the right place. You can even get away with blunders (witness George W. Bush and his ‘Bushisms’) as long as your words are entertaining! Mercury in Leo is a time to perform and showcase your talents. So go on, tell a story and win people’s hearts! Ideas capture the imagination at this time. If you are generous of mind and heart, others will be generous in return.
Enjoy the Entertainment!
After the sulking, manipulative and hyper-emotional communications of Mercury in Cancer, it is time for some much-needed entertainment! It is not what you know but who you know with Mercury in Leo. And it is not about the facts – it’s about how much you can entertain others with them... This is a very frequent position with famous actors and artists too, the perfect arena for Mercury in Leo’s creative, intuitive and dramatic turn of mind. In the Leonine mind, an idea is not worth having unless you put it out there for the world to see. Applause and approval are essential to communication now, as speech is geared more towards getting a reaction than it is toward making a logical point. So indulge in your sense of drama!
Navigate Big Egos…
Detachment is hard to come by during this transit. People’s opinions are tied up with their ego and if you reject someone’s view, they might take it as an attack on their very person. People are unlikely to change their views if their sense of identity is tied up with these. So, try to treat conversations with respect. Best keep communications in the realm of vision and make-believe, where they are happiest. Flattery can now get you further than it normally would. A sense of humour can get you a long way too – as long as it is not at someone else’s expense.
Enjoy the gift of a positive mind-set and don’t be afraid to push forward with your ideas now! Leo is a fixed fire sign and with Mercury there, the mind is constantly aflame, never giving up or accepting defeat. It is guided by strong self-belief and a childlike view of the self as the creative centre of the Universe. Nothing is considered impossible with Mercury in Leo. If you can think it, you can achieve it! And if at first you don't succeed, try-try again. That’s the wisdom of the Leonine mind... So, take a playful attitude to your problems, think up some fantastical solutions and never mind the ‘how’! The whole world is your playground and Mercury in Leo is eager to jump in and give things a go. To quote a couple more famous Leonine Mercuries:
"It always seems impossible until it’s done." (Nelson Mandela)
"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over." (Richard Branson)
“Yes We Can!” (Barak Obama)
Natal Mercury in Leo
If you have Mercury in Leo in your birth-chart, then your mind is passionate and imaginative, perceiving everything in bold and dramatic brush-strokes. You much prefer the romantic world of storytelling to a bunch of mundane and lifeless facts. You have the ability to entertain others with your theatrical style and you are good at holding the spotlight and bringing ideas to life, which wins you popularity. You much prefer to learn through experience than to endlessly pore over dry data. You are bold and straightforward in thought and word, even if you occasionally embellish the facts for dramatic effect! The downside? You hog the spotlight, make all conversation revolve around you, tell some tall tales and are so identified with your ideas that you take personal offence if they are shot down! The upshot? You have a powerful creative mind and - above all - the attitude of a winner!
During this transit of Mercury through Leo, we all get a taste of what it is like to have a Leonine mind...
Famous Personalities with Mercury in Leo
- Napoléon Bonaparte, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, François Hollande
- Andy Warhol, Roman Polanski, Ernest Hemingway, Goethe, Frida Kahlo, Tim Burton
- Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Ringo Star
- Richard Branson
- Roger Federer, Mike Tyson
- Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Lindsey Lohan, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Daniel Radcliffe, Charlize Theron, Sylvester Stalone, Antonio Banderas, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Patrick Swayze, Robin Williams
- Jackie Kennedy-Onassis