Leo rules leadership (and always has – thus the lion’s association with royalty, and the symbolism of the Lion King). This week puts leaders and leadership firmly on the global radar, thanks to Mercury’s entry into Leo on Thursday 31st July. Shortly after this, we have a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction on Saturday 2nd August. From Barack Obama to the British Royal Family (and all former first families, like the Clintons) it’s time to focus squarely on issues like elections, and inherited thrones. We only see a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Leo like this, once every twelve years. All those Presidents, Kings, Queens and Prime Ministers are on our list.
Aries: 28 July-3 August
Aries, you can leave your DNA behind to those who come after you. Alternatively you can leave the stamp of your personality and influence. Who inherits the legacy of your character, anyway? That’s the big question for the weekend, no matter if you are thinking in terms of children and godchildren, or focussing on a younger generation for an entirely different reason. You are certainly right to be optimistic. Saturday’s conjunction between Jupiter and Mercury translates as ‘mind expansion’ and for the first time in years, you are in a position to think big (and walk your talk) about those born 20 years or more after you; those who are your natural heirs.
Taurus: 28 July-3 August
Taurus, these aspects in your horoscope are like a snowball, gathering speed and layers as the days roll past. I am sure you were already feeling quite hopeful about your house, apartment, family, household, home town and/or homeland anyway. That notion of belonging to a place, or to a clan (or tribe) has been happily on your radar for around a fortnight now. What comes to pass around Saturday is just the confirmation. You can relax in your newfound optimism. Whatever is rolling in your life is not an illusion. The more you build this (anything from a new kitchen to the relationship with your mother) the more it grows…and grows…
Gemini: 28 July-3 August
It’s unusual to see your ruler Mercury in conjunction with Jupiter, the symbol of abundance, growth, hope and expansion. It’s even more unusual to see these two planets in the area of your horoscope associated with websites, books, multimedia, the written word, the spoken word and so on. All you really have to do, is what comes naturally! Once you find the medium that is right for you, the message follows – and quel message. You have something really substantial and rewarding on your hands, no matter if you are clasping a pencil, or you have your hands on a computer mouse – or a microphone stand. Keep up the momentum. This will be big.
Cancer: 28 July-3 August
Now, you must talk facts and figures, and try to get everything confirmed with as much discussion as possible. The money, the house, the business, the apartment or the precious possessions can be couched in pure mathematical terms. Of course this is about numbers, at the end of the day. What is more meaningful, though, is the soul satisfaction you must now feel at this incredible new story in your life, which has been gathering momentum ever since Jupiter changed signs in the middle of July. Once Mercury also changes signs on Thursday 31st July the signatures or handshake agreement is surely just a matter of time. The nice thing about this cycle is that you can use money, to make money. Alternatively you can trade on ‘cash in kind’ no matter if it’s a Picasso or a rare Sex Pistols single.
Leo: 28 July-3 August
You are now officially inhabiting The Wonderful World of Me and this is far easier for you, than the rather odd situation you were in throughout 2013 and 2014, when you were practically the Invisible Woman or Invisible Man. Mercury enters Leo, your own sign, on Thursday at 11.45pm in London. From that point forward, you can unashamedly focus your mind on your reputation, personal appearance, profile, face and name. One would expect the news, paperwork, conversation or digital discussion this weekend to mark a milestone for the ‘me’ issues. You are quite right to want more – and to be more. The only issue is the timeless nature of the internet. See yourself as others see you, before you open your mouth, put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. Haughty is not your best look.
Virgo: 28 July-3 August
Virgo, by this time next year you will be marvelling at how much you achieved out of sight, behind the scenes, or operating in secret. It’s very tempting to be modest at the moment and allow others to take the attention and limelight. Alternatively you may be longing to pursue hush-hush matters of a classified nature. Some Virgoans are just relishing the idea of taking time out, alone, to submerge and inhabit an intoxicating inner world. However you play this transit, the forthcoming Mercury-Jupiter conjunction is the only excuse you need to seal the deal. You may be articulating this to an audience of one (yourself) or to a confidante; in any case your mind appears to be made up after Saturday. You are more than happy to spend the rest of 2015 far, far below the radar.
Libra: 28 July-3 August
Libra, towards the end of June a group project, team venture or tribal commitment slid back onto your radar. It may have been the European Union, a charity project, the Conservative Party or a weight loss club. It may have been the Girl Guides, a Led Zeppelin tribute band or a school reunion. All I can say, from looking at your chart, is that you were right to sniff the air, pick up the scent, and follow the rose-strewn pathway. There is so much for you to gain from this circle of people that you may well be prepared to drop everything, just to hang with the group. People power is a reality. It moves mountains. It also moves you emotionally, because at heart, you are an air sign and you circulate, in a breezy fashion. This is what energises you. By the weekend, you must commit yourself, even if it’s just a verbal promise. So much more will come from these friends – and they are true friends – not Facebook faces.
Scorpio: 28 July-3 August
It is quite remarkable to see Mercury conjunct Jupiter on the midheaven of your chart. I have not seen this pattern for over a decade and I am sure you have felt the momentous nature of August, almost as soon as you entered July. You certainly have good reason to be optimistic. The mood is expansive, hopeful and very much about thinking big; thinking small just isn’t relevant any more. It is common for a Jupiter transit like this to manifest in particular people and organisations, in which case you must be dealing with those who take a lofty view of the world, from extravagant heights. The key to your week is the news, signatures or discussions around Saturday. Nothing succeeds like success, and the wave you catch now is something you can surf all the way to 2015. Enjoy the ride.
Sagittarius: 28 July-3 August
Your ruling planet Jupiter makes a rare conjunction with Mercury this weekend, in an area of your horoscope which is also associated with Jupiter and Sagittarius in the natural zodiac. It is known as the Ninth House and in old astrological textbooks it is associated with long sea voyages. These days, we associate it with long-haul flights and of course, the internet, where you can cross thousands of miles in your mind with single mouse-click. Almost as soon as Mercury changes signs on Thursday you will become aware of the epic nature of the discussion or agreement to come, this weekend. There is no news like good news, and this is very good news indeed. Even if the ‘epic sea voyage’ is intellectual (it involves teaching or studying) you will feel like Magellan. Sometimes the voyage is spiritual or religious in nature; that can also change your life for the better. A book? A website? Emigration? Anything is possible.
Capricorn: 28 July-3 August
Well, Capricorn, you can now make the most of what the universe is giving you, and then use what you have to accumulate more. There is nothing wrong with the natural flow of abundance, and the smart money is on letting the cash circulate – at least once the discussion, paperwork or signatures are out of the way, from this weekend. Sometimes the gains you make on a Jupiter-Mercury conjunction are channelled through property, or precious possessions, or business assets (money on paper). However you play it, you are now in a wonderful position. You can take the raw materials and do so much more. It’s rather like having a bumper crop in the orchard and taking it as far as you can go – not only to market, but also into the pantry, and back into the garden for 2015 delights. Astrology is just life gardening. This is about an asset, or about money rather than apples – but the principle is exactly the same.
Aquarius: 28 July-3 August
Aquarius, you are about to experience a thunderbolt – and rather a good one - which will utterly change the way you see a former, current or potential partner. The world is about to become a bigger and better place, and this important man – or crucial woman – is the agent of change. What you hear, read or discuss close to this weekend is the turning point, and it really is time you relaxed into the new atmosphere of hope and optimism. Frankly, nothing else will do, because unless you are proactive and positive, you are not going to feel the full benefit of what this cycle can do for you, emotionally, spiritually, sexually or psychologically. The Seventh House, where we find Jupiter this week, is also about your great enemy, rival or opponent. How very peculiar that someone like this can actually benefit you - but it is absolutely true – this cloud on two legs is basically one big, fat silver lining waiting to happen.
Pisces: 28 July-3 August
Pisces, although I will be in London by the time you read this, I am actually writing it in Melbourne, the home of the Eight Hour Movement. There is even a statue commemorating this famous victory for working people, who demanded a 24 hour day composed of 8 hours to work, 8 hours to rest and 8 hours to play. It sounds like an advertisement for a Mars Bar, but your horoscope this week has nothing to do with Mars and everything to do with Jupiter. The planet Jupiter is about expansion, growth, optimism and empire-building, and as the weekend draws closer, you will be in a position to have your own Eight Hour Movement and pursue something so much better and bigger. This applies no matter if you work for yourself, work for a corporation, or are engaged in full-time study or voluntary roles. The missing jigsaw piece is your body – and your relationship with your physical self. Time to build a new picture.
Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.