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This month the sun travels through Leo, having entered this regal sign on the 23rd of last month, and will head into Virgo on Aug. 22. So be sure to exalt all the Leos in your life! The new moon on Aug. 5 will be also be in Leo and the full moon on the 19th will be in Aquarius—asking all of us to consider the issues of self-exaltation and how, when we are truly ourselves, we have the greatest gifts to offer the tribe.

Mercury continues moving retrograde in Leo for the first half of the month, turning direct on the 16th—time well spent in reflection. Venus spends the first half of the month in Virgo and then heads on into Libra, honoring self-containment as the key to healthy relationships.

Mars entered Taurus at the end of last month and will be journeying through this sign of earthly pleasures until February. Jupiter continues its travels through Libra, asking us to look for doors that open up now into worlds that hold more powerful mirrors. Saturn has just left Cancer, where it spent the last two years—which explains our recent collective urge to nest and create safe, nurturing homes. It now enters Leo, where it will remain until September 2007. What will the structures be that will sustain more authentic versions of who we really are? The comet Chiron, the wounded healer, moves retrograde into Capricorn on Aug. 1, asking us again to respect the knowledge gained through surviving our deepest hardships.

Uranus is retrograde in Pisces. Neptune is retrograde in Aquarius. And Pluto is retrograde in Sagittarius—introspection continues to be the name of the game!

Famous Leos include Madonna and Fidel Castro.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)—Hey Leo, you're on fire! As you look out over the year ahead, you realize your endless creative resources are still accessible to you. Use them! You are in heaven when you feel the freedom to be boundless. Give yourself the space to lay out a totally empowering vision for this next cycle. You are magnificent and everyone else must simply adore you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—The alchemist in you is alive and well, Virgo. The beauty of the focus and purity of your intent is that you are adept in the realms of creation. All you need is the lack of interference that comes from stability and self-containment. You find more of that now. Your dreams are your guide as you enter greater realms of possibilities.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—You do best now when you tune out everything and stay focused on your own beliefs as the goal ahead. You teach others in deeper ways when you stay true to yourself. This is the great teaching that Libras can bring to those in their lives. When you achieve balance while staying centered and unmoving, you grow in your power to honor the deeper parts of others. And they do, too.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—You turn your focus now to more earthly things, Scorpio. You look out at the world and you feel how you have a place there. Your depth is wanted and desperately needed and when you are able to feel this as true, you find that you can see ways for you to participate more fully in your own happy creations.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—You step back now to reassess and contemplate, Sag. You know that personal integration is key to teaching complex things. Give yourself the space you need apart from everyone else. In that solitude, everything becomes crystal clear. You feel peace and you reenter life centered again.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—Hey, Capricorn, you know when you are loved. You know, too, when you are respected and this gives you a great sense of pleasure. There are people in your life now who are able to truly love you for all that you are. Being taken seriously and being given respect are delicious experiences for you. You drink it in with great appreciation and satisfaction.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—Who rules your world, Aquarius? Now you rise to the occasion and claim the validity of a greater reality. We all must expand if we are to inhabit this world in a more healthy way. Shutting down who we are and how we feel is what lies at the root of shadow that looms all around us. So, hey, step up and show us how to honor creating a more holistic life for us all!

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)—Your connection to the spiritual source of your own origin and larger history becomes a channel of light into this world. You are masterful in the ways of the spirit and, as you live tuned into your own soul, you elevate everyone. Keep up the good work!

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)—Trust yourself, Aries. Your sense of direction is not really up for consideration. You know where you are and where you are going because you are so connected to your own inner guidance. What is natural to you is a mystery to most. No matter what is going on around you, you must keep on trusting yourself and rest assured that the choices you have made so far are right on.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20)—You are pushed to clear your mind now, Taurus. You are compelled to advance yourself and find that, as you do, you are met with obstacles. But the obstacles are all in your mind! Not to underestimate the power of those thought-forms forced upon us that are limiting—but know that you are strong enough now to rid yourself of beliefs that were never truly yours to begin with.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—Past efforts pay off now, Gemini. Your job is to simply be open and receptive to gain. Take a deep breath and allow yourself to have more of what you need in your life. You deserve all the good that is offered to you. That is all that you are asked to do—to know that you are worthy.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—You find yourself in the flow, Cancer. You are able to give and receive freely. As you offer things to those who are in need, you find you are tuned into that reality and become more deeply aware of how there are those in this world who wish to give to you as well. Who needs you now? Knowing the vulnerability that comes from needing help from others has made want to give.

Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City (click here to see some of her glass work). She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com.


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