Happy Birthday to all the Leos!

Happy birthday Leo darlings! The sun is in your sign, so you get a discount on readings.

Leos get 30% off readings with code COURAGE.

This offer is valid until August 22, 2017. Only valid for clients with sun in Leo. One special offer per client, good for one-time use. Offers cannot be combined.

Leo New Moon: HEAT

The moon is new at 0.44 degrees Leo on Sunday, July 23 at 5:46 AM EST.

We're in the middle of a heat wave here in Brooklyn. I'm a Northern girl; I don't do well in the heat. Some of you who live in hotter places may not think 93 degrees is a big deal, but I'm spending my days with the shades pulled and the air conditioning on full blast. Last weekend my husband and I escaped the heat to visit Coney Island at night, where the ocean breeze and a cold drink made us feel like ourselves again.

Leo season, which begins officially on Saturday, ushers in the Dog Days of summer. The Dog Days were named in ancient times for the rise of fixed star Sirius, the "Dog Star," which is actually located at 14 Cancer, but becomes visible in the night sky in late July. Ancient cultures had various dates for this span of time, but for the most part, late July and August were considered the hottest part of summer. This is the part of the year ruled by the Sun. Leo's days are hot and sultry. They make it impossible to work. The only thing to do is relax. People take time off to visit the beach, swim in the pool, or just go to the movies. Leo season is all about fun and play.

Sunday's new moon is paired with fiery Mars in a fire sign. It's also at 0 degrees, a critical degree, making this lunation intensely Leo. Incidentally, it happens to be on Sunday, the day of the sun, which rules Leo. This one will be HOT. Hot like a summer fling, or hot like a flare of anger? It depends on what you do with this. Either way, there's a lot of energy packed into this lunar cycle.

Mars entered Leo first, this morning. Since Mars represents drive and action, Mars in Leo is driven to be the star of the show. Mars here is exceptionally passionate, confident, and youthful. The house of your chart containing Leo is suddenly turbo-charged when Mars arrives here. It turns on the heat in that area of your life. For example, if Leo is in the second house, the house of income and self-worth, you could feel much more confident and use that amped-up self-worth to go after bigger and better rewards. The warning here is that Mars in Leo can be overbearing and egotistical. You can access your vitality and confidence and still respect other people's needs.

Then on Sunday, the new moon meets Mars, at the critical 0 degree point. Planets at 0 degrees of any sign intensify the qualities of that sign. In Leo, these are creativity, playfulness, talent, confidence, generosity, and warmth. Shadow qualities include egotism, selfishness, immaturity, and too much pride. Any and all of this will be enhanced for you on Sunday. But you have a choice about what you do with this. Which energies will you access?

0 degrees also offers a clean slate and a fresh start. It's the very beginning, the opening of the Fool's Journey, and it carries with it the energy of fresh adventures. Think carefully about what you will choose to begin. You might write down your new moon wishes, or create a ritual to put your intentions in motion. Candles, red, and other fiery symbols work well for this particular cycle. I hope you find the daring and confidence to go after what you want!

Dear Rebel: Connections in a Past Life

Dear Rebel,

I’ve met someone with a lot of planets in Taurus, which is my twelfth house. Does this mean we have a past life connection?

Thank you,

L

Read my answer to L

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Baddie Winkle's Uranus Return

Source: Baddie's photo spread in Stylist Magazine

Source: Baddie's photo spread in Stylist Magazine

Baddie Winkle came on the Instagram scene in 2014. Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle was 85 when her granddaughter helped her post a photo of herself wearing her great-granddaughter's clothes to Twitter. Rihanna followed her, and the rest is history. Now Baddie is a world-famous Insta star, posting photos of herself in bright, colorful outfits with the bio "stealing your man since 1928."

This is my favorite current example of a Uranus Return working out brilliantly.

Uranus takes approximately 84 years to move through all 12 signs of the zodiac, which means that he finally returns to his position in your natal chart when you're about 84 years old.

The other major Uranus transit is what we call the mid-life crisis. Around age 42, Uranus opposes the natal Uranus, causing people to re-evaluate their priorities and sometimes act out in surprising ways. When people go through a Uranus opposition, they're shedding some of the fears that have kept them from living to their full authenticity. They're realizing that if they're going to have the life they want, they have to go get it NOW! People who have already been living their truth may still find that they have a sudden inspiration to do something surprising. People who do their mid-life crisis well have either already stopped caring about what other people think, or the Uranus opposition is when they fully stop worrying about it.

By the age of 84 and the Uranus return, one hopes, there really are no fucks left to give. And that's when an octogenarian can make an unbelievable breakthrough, living brilliantly and teaching the rest of us how to live. The full genius of one's individuality, shed of conventional expectations, can now shine through.

This is Baddie Winkle's solar chart. I don't know her time of birth, so we don't have her rising sign. If she was born between midnight and 1:16 AM, Venus was at 29 Cancer. Based on her fashion personality, I'm inclined to believe she has Venus in Leo though!

From 2012 - 2014, Uranus was making passes over Baddie's natal Uranus at 7 Aries. It was most intense for her in the two years prior to becoming a social media star, but the transit was still in orb of her natal Uranus in 2014. It's often at the end of a transit, or just after, that we see the external results of the inner changes.

She's a Cancer woman with Lilith exactly trine her sun. A fiery Uranus trines her Leo Venus and Sagittarius Saturn. She says she's always been a rebel. I love that she's a Cancer, because so much of her internet fame and personality has to do with her family. With Uranus in Aries, and that Leo moon and Venus, I'm not surprised that she says she was always a fashion risk taker! She speaks in Stylist about the importance of staying young at heart. I think that's her Leo moon + Uranus return lesson for the rest of us. She's radically ageless. Her other Uranus return lesson? If someone says bad things about you, pray for those basics and keep doing you.

December 2014 is also when Saturn entered Sagittarius, beginning Baddie's THIRD Saturn return. She has of course done an amazing job of this too, spinning her Instagram popularity into contracts with two major cosmetic lines, a clothing brand, a Smirnoff commercial, a red carpet appearance, and a book deal. Structuring and sustaining that wild, rather lucky career of the Instagram influencer.

Notice she's on a throne wearing a crown in her book cover? LEO MOON. Bow down.

What else do you see in Baddie's chart? Feel free to add in the comments!