Tag Archives: Leo

Artwork by Emily Winfield Martin

This week is a busy one! It might be like a three ring circus. The good thing about a three ring circus is that there is always something going on and that increases your chances of seeing something you like.

Tomorrow the Sun travels into Libra whose ruler Venus, is in Leo- this all trines Uranus in Aries! That is a lot of sun lovingly balanced and fired up for a big surprise that might just be liberating.

Consider the ring with all the clowns coming out of the little car. It is funny, but it is kind of scary too. So much of one thing can be a little deceptive. How do all those clowns fit in that little car anyway? Hmm, there might be something fishy going on.

As the week moves on, this theme may grow into the shadow aspects. Think of the magician sawing the beautiful woman in half. It is disturbing and yet you peak.  Things aren’t always what they seem to be and without all the information it can be hard to decide what is right. Would telling the truth spoil the secret? Would you say it is fair to call the bearded lady a freak, if she simply suffers from a hormonal imbalance? Is it false advertisement? Who is manipulating who?

And to top it all of, in the center ring and for the grand finale, at nearly the strike of midnight we have Mars, Saturn, Neptune AND full Supermoon lunar eclipse in Aries. This week spills into next week with a spot light on what might be the harsh realities of the past.

There is a theme here this week and it provides you a good opportunity to get a lot swept out from under the rug. Let yourself take a bit of shelter in the audience. Watch how the tricks are done. Mind being too eager to get up in front of the crowd. And definitely don’t turn your back on the lions. See if you can do all that and still have fun at the circus!


I hope you did your best to relax and enjoy over the last few days, because you are about to take the frontlines. The work is upon us a bit faster than I anticipated, and I am writing this morning to tell you, “It’s here!” This energy is akin to the sound of bamboo in a fire. It sounds a definite “BAM!” and without any warning.

The new moon in Leo is a firecracker of a new moon. The coming pace will be fast and will make no time for the wishy-washy. This is all about you, your creativity, and your power. Remember that creativity has little to do with the fundamentals of scrap booking (not that there is anything wrong with scrap booking) and more to do with the desire to create. Translation: make your own life. Or as someone once may have said to you, “It’s time to get your butt in gear.”

Over the next few days, stay grounded in the trust that you have purpose here. Let that trust motivate you to discover how to act in your purpose. Let that trust help you “see” the “work” you are here to do. It is okay in the next few days to see yourself at the center of the universe, as long as you remember that at the center you have tremendous pull.

Get clear about what you are doing in the next few days. It will make doing all the easier. There is no sitting this one out.

As always be guided by the words “respect the space, you are a steward of the universe.”

Want to know more about how to do this? Schedule an appointment at


We all know how tough it has been. Things may begin to look brighter and feel looser if you can loosen up a bit. Sometimes this is easier said then done. It is like the doctor says, “Relax now and you’ll just feel a little pinch.” Who wants to relax in order to feel a pinch!

This week will be less painful, although you may still feel the sting of entitlement. Are you feeling like a Queen yourself or feeling the chafe of a royal pain? Venus and Jupiter are in Leo so somebody is bound to feel pretty special. If you fancy yourself Queen for the day, go with the flow. Trust that you are special regardless of what the cards hold. You might find time to appreciate the kingdom. And if someone around you thinks of her/himself as the Royal Mother, you might be flexible. Thank your knees for their enduring strength and flexibility and bow lightly to the royal highness. No deep knee bends- just a nod of self-affirmation for your ability to play well with others.


With Valentine’s Day coming up on Friday, and paired with a full moon in Leo and Venus conjunct with Pluto in Capricorn, you might feel there is not enough love or money to go around. Leo likes things over the top and creative, but with Venus (love and money) conjunct Pluto (painful and surprising) in Capricorn (deprivation and business minded), the creative Leo might lean into the energies of Pluto and Capricorn. What was meant to be, might become something else. My two cents? Plan thoughtfully and tend the creative energy mindfully. Fortunately, this planetary aspect will pass.

What may be more lasting are your beliefs about love. What do you believe about love?

The matter of love comes up frequently in my private practice. It is not only a matter of Eros or romantic love; it is a matter of the deeper, more spiritual sense of true love. Like what the Greeks termed “Agape” and what the bible references as “unconditional.” It is inclusive of Philia, love that Aristotle described as between family, friends, and lovers, and includes Storge, as described by ancient texts as the natural affection expressed in forgiveness of other’s tyrancies.

It may be helpful to understand your own definition and belief about love. It is interesting that when one is asked, love is often a difficult thing to define. What becomes even more apparent are the conditions that we often place on love and the willingness to measure it in degrees: like the idea that an interchange between people might be considered loving, if it is the best someone can do. But how is it love if it falls short? Isn’t the very definition of love lofty and inspired? It may be true that given one’s life experiences, it is difficult to express and accept love, but that doesn’t make the interchange loving. It simply sheds light on the reason that someone may not be able to participate in a loving interchange.

Here are some definitions of love that have been shared with me:

Love is making someone feel comfortable.
Love is helping someone to be the best they want to be.
Love is helping someone to be the best they can be.
Love is teaching someone how to get along in the world.
Love is doing things for others.
Love is sacrificing for others.
Love is sharing your life with others.
Love is making a commitment to trust others.
Love is helping others through difficult times.

What is your definition of love? Do you believe it is expressed in reciprocity? What is the frequency that it is experienced to qualify for love? Is it sometimes? Is it greater than most of the time? Is it all the time? And then notice what those you love might believe about love.

If you believe that love is making someone feel comfortable and the person with whom you are in a loving relationship believes that love is sharing your life with others, the two of you may find it difficult to understand the other’s perspective on loving. You may feel hurt when you are suffering and you seek comfort from someone who believes love is sharing one’s life with another. Your partner may be bewildered at your need for comfort. Your partner may think, “We are in this together. Isn’t that enough?” If I believe that love is helping someone be the best they want to be and the one I love believes that love is sacrificing for others, he may be very disappointed when I attempt to help him follow his dream instead of financing it.

While these examples illustrate differences in beliefs, they may be bridgeable as long as both parties share the same values. With honest conversation, it is possible that a new definition of love can guide couples, families, and dear friends to a deeper, richer relationship that provides all members a more profound experience of love.

But sometimes, a difference in the definition of love can illuminate great differences in deep values and beliefs. If you were not raised with a solid foundation of unconditional love you might live in uncertainty and insecurity about the meaning of love. Without a solid foundation, it is hard to have a balanced frame of reference and you may easily overlook unloving behavior in the name of love. Ideas about love like “I love you so much it hurts” or “I hurt you because I love you” can become confusing. Clarifying your ideas about love can assist you in learning how to love and receive love in a way that is not only healing, but motivating.

The bottom line here is that love, by nature, is a shared experience. If all parties involved are have the capacity of free will, then it is reasonable to expect that their independent definitions of love support a shared definition of love that feels good greater than 50% of the time.

You owe it to yourself to experience love, because it is reciprocal. When you have been loved you can love and there may not be any human experience as profoundly life-altering as that. What might that mean to the world? “Imagine”, as John Lennon said. This, the retort to Tina Turner’s inquiry, “What’s love got to do with it?”

February 10, 2014


You may have noticed it has been tough lately. The energy has been tight and at times very pressured. It has been a roller coaster of this, this year, and it looks like it will be faithful to this pattern right up until we close 2013.

It helps to remember that life is changing and shifting all the time. And so, despite the pattern of 2013, there have been and will be breaks in it. Eventually it will evolve into something else, as nothing is forever.

Mars leaves Cancer for Leo today. This is an improvement as Mars functions well in a Fire sign. However, it’ll be squared by Saturn in Scorpio.

The combination of Mars and Saturn has a frightful reputation in astrology. It can be thought as a signature of cruelty.

To fare well this week, focus hard on getting past whatever is blocking you. Push back against the pressure thoughtfully or you run the risk of it bulldozing right over you.

This is a good week to hold your fire unless you’re really up for a battle. Be sure you are up for this, as if you do get involved in a conflict, the damage could be extensive.

Breathe. Keep your feet on the ground. Pay attention to the things that matter to you. Consider staying clear of the rest. Remember where you are headed. Make decisions in your best interest!

If you would like to learn more, make an appointment with me at