Monthly Readings for Leo Sun, Moon & Rising

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for September 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Venus has been retrograde in your sign for the past six weeks, a somewhat rare event with special meaning now. The message of this aspect is to be who you are, and never to “play a role.” Then, you would be doing this in a world where just about everyone else is playing a role, or worse, pretending they are doing so. Under these conditions, it’s more challenging to be real, because suddenly you’re aware of how many get so far by feigning: the sensation is of vulnerability. Yet to be real at all times — that is, to be the same person with your mother or your cousin or your neighbor as you are with the president, or having a drink with Taylor Swift — is a superpower. And that is integrity. Integrity means you are integrated; that all of your seeming parts relate to all of your other seeming parts. This is a form of strength for which there is no substitute. The result is that you can be art, rather than be an artist; be writing rather than be a writer; be the world rather than be a traveler; and every other form of embodied existence. This way of being will make some people jealous and it always has. Being a person of integrity, you do not care.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for August 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Venus retrograde in your birth sign is one of the most beneficial transits you’ve had in a long time. It’s about learning how to work hand-in-glove with your most important goals, but also embody something deeper: the role you are called to play in society, whatever it may be. But role is the incorrect sense of meaning if this transit is embraced fully; it’s more like the full expression of your calling. This is often difficult, as competing interests and the feeling of “not really being that thing” are often factors. For example, nearly all artists and writers go through a phase of learning how to say, “I am an artist” when queried by someone, what do you do? Slowly, most learn how to respond without any hesitation, awkwardness, or feeling like a phony. Now take that a few levels deeper. The planet associated with your highest aspirations, your sense of purpose, and your reputation — Venus — is making an extended visit to your sign or rising sign. You’re connecting with something you know to be true about yourself. This is a settling-in process, which wants to be directed inward before it’s directed outward. Be humbly who you aspire to be, day by day.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for July 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — With Jupiter and Uranus going across the midheaven angle of your solar chart, you’re likely to be on a winning streak. You are visible and recognized. This is an excellent time to build your reputation though working for genuine accomplishments (not merely being seen). Yet borrowing a phrase, the question of your charts is more about what you can do for your country than what your country can do for you.

You can do plenty, though there’s currently a trend in the world luring you (and everyone else) to hold back as much as you can. A mean spirit is permeating the social and political environments, and yet you have the capacity to respond with kindness. People are looking to you for an example of how to conduct themselves, especially when there are ethical gray areas involved.

So, what you say and do matters more than you think. One way to consider the theme here is “how we use our power.” First you have to know what it is, and then you would respond to situations where you can have an influence. There will be many, and some of them will be a pretty good fit. Perfection is not necessary.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for June 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Jupiter is summoning you upward, toward new goals, a bigger vision for your professional life. This involves wanting more recognition for what you do. However, I would draw a line between recognition and reputation. It may seem subtle, but someone giving you an award (recognition) is different from your clients or customers counting on you to do an excellent job (reputation).

You now have the benefit of a yearlong transit of the “greater benefic” Jupiter moving through your house of reputation and responsibility (Jupiter in Taurus, your solar 10th house). You could easily capitalize on this, and I suggest that you do. It’s one of those indicators of many potential advantages and of good luck generally.  However, if you take this setup and add your own intent, effort and the desire to be impeccable at what you do, you will see a much greater return. Those are the qualities that would motivate you to learn and develop your craft.

You thrive on substance and depth, though these are values that are being wiped away from the new world as it is emerging. So it can seem pointless to make so much effort. Stating this differently, and please note that I am speaking from a personal value here, seeking fame for its own sake is a dangerous activity. The real work of the 10th house is gradually becoming known for what you’re good at, because you’re good at it. For that to work, you must have a personal investment in what you’re doing. This entirely obviates any form of “fame for its own sake,” which is most of what well-known people are known for. Many factors indicate that you are due for a rise in profile, though this comes from the ground up rather than from the top down.

“Vibrant Canopies.” Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for May 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You’re undergoing a series of shakeups and shakedowns in your professional life, and while that is happening, you would be wise to stay in close contact with the people you report to, and to whom you are responsible.

Be impeccable in your communications, and respect the chain of command. If you cannot do that with happiness and a clear conscience, you may have the wrong job. Events early in the month will help you confirm whether a situation is working for you or not. One good thing about the world right now is how many people are looking for reliable, knowledgeable help. This is bad news for those who take no pride in their work product, but good news for you.

Still, honoring communication is essential, and I suggest you take up the entire burden of that task. Jupiter’s arrival in the professional and reputation angle of your chart will magnify everything: your assets as much as your weaknesses. This is why you must be devoted to working out any issues you may have, especially with authority. You can only be your own boss, or be equal to others, to the extent that you can hold up your end of any commitment — which means on mutual terms.

That all said, Jupiter is about to spend a year in one of the most solid, productive angles of your chart. Yet before you jump on any possibilities, go through a soul-searching process where you invest the time and thought, and figure out what is right for you. Get as many new experiences as you can. It’s possible that one year from now your professional life will look and feel very different than it does today. Let that work out slowly, carefully and in the tangible, physical world.

“Inner Voice of Passion.” Painting by Lanvi Nguyen.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for April 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Do you have a conscious vision for yourself? You are being summoned to tune into precisely that. I recognize that it’s hard to have hope or faith in the times we are living in. The difference between 2019 and today is that there seems to be a lot less potential, far less flexibility, and an odd sense that people just don’t seem to care about much. You cannot let what those muggles may think influence you or how you live. There is one thing you have that many people lack, despite any appearances to the contrary. And that thing is meaning. You know your life is relevant, even if that’s on your own terms (that’s what meaning is). You know you have a purpose, even if you aren’t sure what it may be; that inner awareness is what counts. At the moment, however, the future is a massive reservoir of potential, and much of that is potential for self-discovery. It’s good that you like this, and that you think it’s possible. It has a way of driving your whole existence, though to live in harmony on Earth it helps to connect your self-discovery process to something tangible you do in the world. Both are necessary, and the principle of Dharma suggests you keep them in the same place. You can also bring one to the other. For you, it’s possible to make every action support your self-actualization process in some way. Bring your curiosity and your creativity to every task, project or activity. Your freedom is in your potential; that in turn is released by your ability to make decisions. And those are always about being right where you are, and making observations about your situation and your environment. Here is a key, courtesy of a fortune cookie: Be humbly who you aspire to be; be resolutely who you are.

“Expansive Freedom.” Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for March 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Your astrology at the moment is a glorious creative endeavor, as if you are your own art project. Yet art is rarely created by happiness; it’s often the psyche’s response to challenges, struggle and pain. Be grateful that you have ways to express and transform your experiences and turn them into something that you learn from, and into something beautiful, and in this way experience growth and self-actualization.

Because Pluto is coming to your relationship angle later this month, you will need to use every method of remaining grounded in yourself, and in your inner life. Pluto will place emphasis on high-potency situations with others, and for those to work, you must know and honor who you are. That is a commitment — your first commitment — and it’s also a skill that must be maintained on an ongoing basis. There is another significant long-range transit that will have a more immediate effect, which is Saturn entering Pisces, another important relationship house in your chart. This is going to help you get clear in your commitments of all kinds. It will also help you tidy up certain boundary issues to which you may not have given a name.

You may feel like you have to make significant changes on short notice, though really, all you need is to tune up your affinity for truth. Saturn in Pisces will guide you to the inevitable conclusion that you cannot kid yourself, or keep yourself in the fog, about any intimate partnership situation. This includes your approach to long term relationships. There must be tangible, solid mutual ground that you share. This involves a cooperative relationship with Saturn’s most valuable role, the reality principle. In our world today, that would be special.

“Aquarius Into Pisces. Expression No.003.” Mixed-Medium Art by Lanvi Nguyen.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for February 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — To feel alive, to relate to others, to succeed in any meaningful way, you must be uncompromisingly yourself. This is too difficult for most people, who are accustomed to pruning, scaling and shaping their personalities for the benefit of others. The ego above all else wants to be seen as acceptable. And so little is considered such; at some point, everything is objectionable. If you altered your personality in just one little way for everyone who wants you to conform to their expectations, you would be about as alive as an ancient Egyptian mummy. Yet the art of being yourself also involves a set of skills that help you get along with people and relate to them on their own terms. We have to play by different rules in different environments. Working in a bank is different from working in a festival office; a dog walker’s schedule may be a little more relaxed than that of a city editor. Part of being yourself is doing just that in a diversity of settings, without compromising your integrity. This involves cultivating flexibility and adaptability, while also standing up for yourself when you need to. That would include being a master of collaboration and of timing, when it comes to working with others. Just because someone is a rockstar doesn’t mean it’s OK to get to the show late. A lot of people are counting on you to have your act together, onstage and offstage. You can be yourself at full strength only if you are true, correct and ethical. Hey, that’s a fantastic deal!

“Mapping Grounds.” Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for January 2023 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) —  Keep your focus on professional priorities. It’s important to get time among friends for the holiday season, but make sure you stay three drinks behind the crowd at all times, and think about what you have to do the next day. You will have time to pause and reflect soon enough, though work is calling you — the kind of work that matters. You do need balance in your life, though that’s as much about maintaining your commitment to your wellbeing in the many ways you know how to do that, most of which are personal and do not involve other people, or any of the usual social forms of recreation. I suggest making sure you’re present at work-related functions and that you understand you’re in an informal leadership role (regardless of your job title or official authority). You set the example for others, which includes reminding them through your presence that work ethics are an essential part of life, especially now, in our time when things seem to be falling apart. Many people have decided that they don’t care and that nothing matters. You are unlikely to have come to any such conclusion, and there are others with similar feelings who need you as a point of orientation. 

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