Jupiter has been welcomed into your sign by a spectacular New Moon. Mars in Scorpio is lighting a fire underneath you and looks like it’s challenging you to get free of your emotional comfort zones or discomfort zones — whichever the case may be. In any event, be aware of the fear that might hold you back from fully expressing yourself or from taking advantage of the fact that you carry immense protection right now, as well as charm, charisma and a sense of potential.
The astrology of the moment shifts gear this month as the Sun and Jupiter ingress Leo, with Mercury and Venus soon to follow. This fixed fire sign fuels our creative expression and sense of vitality, urging us to get out there and play. In this week’s edition, Eric takes an in-depth look at the defining characteristics of Leo the Lion.
The correct response to any insecurity or inner emotional conflict is vulnerability. It’s not your feelings that would hurt you — it’s your response to them. You seem to be working through some titanic questions about yourself, and exploring emotional territory that seems at once entirely new and strangely familiar.
You have every advantage leaning in your favor, yet you may still feel insecure. In the past you might have worried about bad things happening, not having enough or whether you could take care of the people you’re responsible for. Insecurity 2.0 is about wondering whether you have what it takes to live up to your own potential.
Is there a spiritual lesson to be learned from all the turmoil we are seeing in the world? In this edition, Eric looks at the astrology of the moment and how it reflects the brutal current events of our times. With things like technology and social media bringing international news to our immediate attention, it can be difficult not to feel helpless and overwhelmed. Eric describes the opportunity for cultivating inner sensitivity and compassionate action as a means to evolution.
As the Sun makes its way into Leo (Tuesday at 5:41 pm EDT or 21:41 UTC), we are again confronted with a painful world situation — the loss of another Malaysia Airlines jet in the war zone in Ukraine, the latest recurrence of a vicious war between Hamas and the Israelis and the situation in Iraq and Syria that has temporarily faded into the background.
There remains the ongoing puzzle of how you translate what you feel into words. Anyone who has been friends with a dog knows that it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. With humans, what you say is as meaningful as how you say it, and this often translates to the feeling behind the message. That is also the challenge — actually feeling when you speak, and aligning your emotions with your words. It’s worth stepping up to that one.
As Jupiter and the Sun move toward a conjunction in creative Leo, Eric delves into the theme of self-esteem. He explores the guilt and shame that inhibits our full expression, particularly the shadow material surrounding sexuality in our culture, and offers down-to-earth guidance to encourage confidence and develop a healthy self-perception.