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Mercury in Leo ~ July 2/3 to 28, 2011

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Mercury rises from the deep waters of Cancer to begin his transit in courageous Leo starting July 2nd at 10:38 p.m PDT / July 3rd at 1:38 a.m. EDT until July 28th. 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 brave, bold, loyal, dramatic, social, confident, and generous.

In Cancer, our minds/thoughts are concerned with others' well-being, we are sensitive to our intuitive abilities, and are aware that there is more than reason or logic to consider when making a decision. 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.

Mercury in Leo encourages us 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.

This year, Mercury's transit in Leo is preceded by New Moon/Solar Eclipse (renewals) and influenced by hopeful Jupiter (opportunities) alignments with Chiron (healing) and Pluto (transformation). If you happen to find yourself "stuck" or lacking direction, allow Mercury's confidence in Leo to help you reconnect with your deepest desires and spark love/creativity/passion within yourself that propels your decision-making to mirror your true self. With the help of the new moon phase and Jupiter sextile Chiron/Pluto, release the old, eliminate what's unnecessary, purge what no longer serves, and replace them with openness to welcome/receive what is divinely yours.

How might Mercury's transit in Leo influence your world? Look to the Leo-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the sign with the house cusp/s 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's transit in those houses.
  • 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 house
  • 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 at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

Are you celebrating a birthday? Schedule a session for a Solar Return (birthdays) or 3-Chart Package Reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months). Or you might consider giving a loved one the gift of insight.

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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