Leo season horoscopes are here! Ruled by the Sun…we hope they’ll help you shine your brightest (and we love to hear how Birthdate Co. brings the light your way!)
Leo Season: July 23rd-August 22nd
This season wants you to review your creations, Aries, and you’re putting your whole heart into it. Remember that creativity isn’t a competition; it’s a gift to your inner child. An ideal day to check in with this journey is August 13th, when Venus will connect with the Sun. What have you been learning about romance lately? And how have your passions been fueled (or sidetracked) because of it? There's nothing stopping you from relishing in childlike wonder this season. If an old lesson resurfaces, take yourself out for an ice cream cone and celebrate the sweetness of knowing better now.
Family is where your heart is this season, Taurus, and you might be particularly nostalgic. Review old photo albums and display your best memories. Because of the Venus retrograde, though, it's not a time to redecorate. Maybe tape up a variety of paint chips instead, and let yourself imagine the vibe of many different options. When Pluto squares the Lunar Nodes on July 28th, you could have a revolutionary new design idea anyway- so best to not commit earlier in the season. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 1st will take some of the pressure off at home, and re-route you to your career.
Old friends might be your new favorite thing this season, Gemini. You’re excited to share dramatic stories with your favorite people, just don’t get caught in the middle of any of them! Hungry for activity around your local neighborhood because of Venus Rx, you might decide to revisiting some of your old favorite haunts. If you have a hunch about checking out an old restaurant or museum you used to love- don't hesitate! The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 1st will remind you that as fun as your local community can be, though, here's a whole wide world out there. Honor any wisdom traditions you've been studying and thank them for everything you've learned.
You might be ruled by the Moon, dear Crab, but this season you’re set to shine like the Sun. If you want to create new revenue streams, reinvest your heart first. The Venus retrograde all season long will be asking you to get clear about your values...down to where they show up on your balance sheet. Notice where you've invested, literally and figuratively, and make any course corrections necessary to realign you with what you hold dear. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 1st will have the people that love supporting you on center stage. Pay attention to the people that are always in your corner offering support.
This season (your season!) there’s no question that you’re center-stage, Leo. Reacquaint yourself with your personal style and don’t be afraid to try something new. Though Venus is retrograde- nothing can rain on your parade. Rather, think of this time as a moment to reflect on all the different ways you've shown up in the world- particularly over the past 8 years. You're in a personal renaissance now...and though similar lessons could resurface, you've learned how to make the choices that align with your higher self. When the Full Moon in Aquarius rolls around on August 1st, your committed partnerships are also set to recognize all that personal growth. Keep shining!
Quality time might look a lot like alone time this season, Virgo. Remember that “checking out" can actually be an effective way to check back in. Review your dreams. The Venus retrograde, specifically, is asking you to reflect on the importance of rest. As someone who is fed by supporting others' wellbeing- this is a moment to recognize the importance of your own. Your intuition will be a supportive tool in this journey- make a list of all the ways trusting yourself has worked out in the past, so you can be encouraged to continue. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 1st will spotlight the wellbeing of your human form, which will reflect all your emotional work.
You’re set to redefine what community means to you this season, Libra. Don’t be afraid to let go of the status quo and shine in the group the only way you know how. Friends are the name of the game for you this Venus retrograde, and you're likely setting out to establish entirely new relationships. Whether it's starting up a collective of likeminded people because the one you want to join doesn't exist- or attending an information session at an organization you've always found interesting...putting yourself out there will remind you of what you bring to the table. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 1st will highlight your unique contributions to the whole.
It might be time for a switch up at work this season, Scorpio. If it’s high time for a change, remember your worth and start preparations for the center stage you crave. This Venus retrograde is nothing to fear- but it will spur you to face your fears around shakeups in your career. Whether you need to strike out on your own, or if there's someone you've always been dying to work with...gather your resources and maybe send a few inquiry emails. While things might not be fully ready to shift into high gear, you're setting the stage now. The Aquarius Full Moon on August 1st will remind you that your home life reflects your public life, and vice versa. Ensure your foundations are stable and supportive.
Your typical modes of transportation might have expired this season, Sagittarius, and you’re looking for a new path forward. Notice the philosophies that light you up. Venus retrograde isn't meant to cause harm or create unnecessary road closures, but it will remind you that if something is under-construction, it might be more fruitful to go a different direction for awhile. Trust your detours and if they're familiar ones, know that you've already figured out how to get back to center. The Aquarius Full Moon on August 1st will bring dear friends to your aid. If you've been looking at things too big picture, they will serve to remind you of the little details that make it all worthwhile.
This season is a time of great transformation for you, Capricorn. Rebirth is at your fingertips, so embrace the silver linings of release while you prepare for a new chapter. Reflecting on the endings that occurred for you 8 years ago will be especially supportive at this time. Has anything been resurrected? Or perhaps something that died back then has created the fertile soil for what you're cooking up next. This journey will remind you that resources are never wasted- just perhaps reallocated. The Aquarius Full Moon will highlight your personal finances- you've earned your pat on the back.
“Commitment” is not a word you take lightly- now, or ever, Aquarius, and old paramours might be trying to circle back this season. Decide who is worth your time. Venus retrograde isn't simply about old relationships returning...but for you, this time, it is likely to be the most central storyline. Ultimately, this is about your values. Are they mirrored by your most important one on one connections? If not, it's time to release them, while the ones that withstand this litmus test should be celebrated with serious applause. The Full Moon on August 1st, in your home sign, will highlight everything that you personally bring to the party. Don't sell yourself short.
New habits are finding their way to you this season, Pisces, and embracing them will improve your health. Show up exuberantly to the tasks at hand and vitality will follow. Venus retrograde isn't a favorite time for anyone, but it's here to teach us something- or perhaps just remind us of something we already know. For you, these gentle nudges are likely related to your daily routine. From making that dentist appointment to getting your car washed regularly, it's the little things that add up to support your overall well-being. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 1st will grant you the permission to retreat from the to-do list for awhile and relax for a job well done.
Erin River Sunday is the Lead Astrologer for Birthdate Co., you can find more info on her here.
A little more about Leo Season…
Keywords: Authentic, Heart-Centered, Bold, Creative, Loyal
- Planetary/Luminary ruler: The Sun
- Modality: Fixed
- Element: Fire
- Symbol: The Lion
- Famous Archetypes: Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, Carl Jung, Barack Obama
Leo energy rules our painters and our poets, our playwrights and our performers. It’s about showing up in the world wholeheartedly and unapologetically- which leads to an abundance of charisma. Leo is like a bonfire…sizzling and show stopping, the center of the stage that keeps everyone warm and entertained.
And this year, with Venus also retrograde in Leo…we’re set to re-familiarize ourselves with our inherent creative drives. It’s a time to reflect on what our inner child once craved more than anything else, and with some bravery, to honor it. While making any permanent Venusian changes might be ill-advised, trying on different hats (literally!) will encourage this energy to sing.
With the Sun as the ruler of the season, the next several weeks are a time of remembering that no one shines in exactly the same way. The world needs each and every one of our unique hot takes and there’s no time like the present to shout them to the rooftops.
Journal prompts to connect with Leo energy:
- What did you want to “be” when you were little? Why?
- How does the word “creativity” make you feel? When was the last time you were creative?
- What relationships (intimate and otherwise) help you shine your brightest?
- Who are the people/places/things that help you feel most like yourself?
2023 Leo Season Highlights
- Saturday, July 22nd: Venus stations Retrograde
- Saturday, July 22nd: Sun enters Leo
- Sunday, July 23rd: Chiron stations retrograde
- Friday, July 28th: Pluto squares Lunar Nodes
- Friday, July 28th: Mercury enters Virgo
- Tuesday, August 1st: Full Moon in Aquarius
- Sunday, August 13th: Venus Cazimi
- Wednesday, August 16th: New Moon in Leo
If you'd like to dig a bit deeper and are familiar with your birth chart, check out which house Leo rules. That's where your energy will be focused throughout Leo Season! And if you're unfamiliar with your chart but curious to learn more, we’ve got a book for that.
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