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Mercury in Leo ~ July 17 to Aug. 2, 2009

True to his reputation as the fastest moving planet in the zodiac, Mercury swiftly leaves the sensitive Cancerian waters for the Lion's magnanimous fortitude. After his two-week stint in Cancer, Mercury enters Leo on July 17 at 7:07 p.m. Eastern, where he remains until August 2.

Mercury governs our mental activities, way of communicating, and how we move from one place to another. The zodiac sign Leo is ruled by the Sun and is bold, courageous, loyal, dramatic, social, confident, and generous.

In Leo, our minds are enthusiastic, our communication marked with a flare for theatrics, our interactions warm and filled with fun, our form that of a leader, and our temperament stubborn. During this short period, we are encouraged to think without limitations, speak decisively, be collaborative with creative projects, and write with the brilliance of a sunny Leo. Be persuasive without force. Be authoritative, but not opinionated. Be a leader minus the inflated ego. Remain prideful without being pretentious. Let's become bigger than we are and set our sights ... our standards high.

While Mercury is in Leo, he will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • July 18 ~ Mercury quincunx Pluto. Our thoughts may be preoccupied with our responsibilities, limitations, or tasks to be done. Expressing our thoughts and ideas may be difficult as what comes out of our mouths may not actually be what we truly mean; and, on the flip side, our interpretation of what we hear may be influenced by our own preconceived notions or concerns. During this aspect, it's best to adjust our perception and attitude to one of openness and receptivity instead of stubbornness and fault-finding.
  • July 20 ~ Mercury sextile Mars. Our actions supported by our notions. With Mars in Gemini, our energies may be a bit scattered. Allow Leo-Mercury to focus our thoughts and outline a well-planned set of action items for Mars to carry out. In our interactions, we're lively, imaginative, light, and fun.
  • July 22 ~ Moon conjunct Mercury. Our deepest desires fill our minds. Today, let's harness the Leonine energy and move toward our objectives with passion and without compromise.
  • July 30 & 31 ~ Mercury oppose Jupiter, Chiron & Neptune; and quincunx Uranus. Being pragmatic may be challenging. Our minds are busy and restless. Expect the unexpected. Discerning "truth" may elude us as we seek balance between what we perceive as true and what in actuality are truths. The key is balance. Continue to work towards it and clarity will follow. Those born between February 12 to 17, March 13 to 18, May 13 to 18, August 16 to 21, and November 15 to 20 may feel the influence of this alignment more strongly.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Leo. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Leo zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting your solar and/or natal house/s.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 4th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 11th houses
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 6th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart by clicking here (opens a new window) for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a personalized reading.

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