This is some good news. The sun is now in his rulership, and Mercury is at the heart of the Sun. Also, even though Venus is stationing in her fall in Virgo, she is situated on the fixed star Regulus, the heart of the lion. Jupiter is approaching and soon they will be together again as they were several weeks ago. Though we still have a ways to go before we're out of the woods with some of the summer's most difficult transits, this is good news. Here's a few reasons we have to be excited:
* The Sun moving into Leo provides tremendous strength to all growth oriented endeavors. It helps us integrate and find sanity in the mix of everything else around us that might be proving more difficult or chaotic. The Sun is at the center, just like the heart is at the center, just like in stillness truth finds us in the center. The sun can do what it needs to do with much more swiftness when situated in its home sign.
All matters of confidence, authority, courage, decision, and belief come from the strong heart. Right now a strength of our own may be enhanced by the strength of a heart much bigger. Where there is a will there is a way, especially when it's the will of heaven (as the I Ching says).
* Mercury at the heart of the Sun augurs supreme confidence on part of both the authority and his/her diplomat, messenger, words, or decrees. The heart of the Sun is the golden seal on an envelope we might find in our inbox, mailbox, or through an unexpected development of some kind. Sometimes the power of the truth is so amazing that even if the truth isn't the one we wanted to hear, or even if its something we dread, it can immediately set us free, or fill us with something good.
* Venus on the heart of the lion, though in her fall, is also a story about things working out exactly because of the dignity of our heart, rather than the weakness of our position or the stuckness of our problems. Again, confidence and self belief can overcome doubts and fears, or setbacks and nagging flaws.
Confidence will be restored as Venus eventually goes backward toward Jupiter again, and both culminate near the heart of the lion.
Both will be square to Saturn. Death. Betrayal. Shadow material. Setbacks. Stubbornness. But then Saturn is turning direct too...the lesson learned. The heart receives the vision. Gains the confidence to make the changes needed. The torch is passed from one generation to the next. A rite of passage accomplished. A new stage of development achieved.
These things are coming our way right now, even though we still have a ways to go.
The first quarter tonight will emphasize the Leo/Scorpio dilemma. Mars and the Sun. Challenge and belief. Darkness and faith. But also depth, death, and the ego's need for transformation. The same themes present in our Jupiter/Saturn square. The same themes that are demanding a change of heart before anything is accomplished.
Prayer: Help me find the faith that I am, the courage that I know, and the strength of a heart bigger than mine alone.