The Full Moon perfects at 22°Aquarius24’ at 5:29am PST on Thursday, August 15th. Leo and Aquarius sit on what I call the polarity of character. They define what it means to be unique. To harness charisma in whatever which way our karma wants to direct it. Aquarius and Leo teach us that to meet any standard of special, we must question convention. We must locate our inner genius, our extraordinary creativity and our immense strength. Leo pushes art to its extremities. Aquarius is the cracked scientist whose ideas instigate essential explosions and accordingly, brilliant discoveries. Aquarius understands that logic has its limits and madness is a method. The ultimate anarchist, Aquarius’ character is fiercely independent while it surveys the entire circulatory system. In this approach, Aquarius trusts each individual to develop their own response-ability. 

These horoscopes are written to help you move through the rest of Leo season with your character in mind. They are designed to help you have a conversation with whatever seemingly inescapable box you might be occupying. They are purposefully bizarre and avoidant of quick fixes. They are intended to queer your consciousness, supply you with stamina and romance you into weird revolution. 

If you know your rising sign and your sun sign, read both. If you only know your sun sign, that's okay too. If you like, you can read your moon sign for good measure. Horoscopes and forecasts are meant to be read as inspiration. The impact of planetary forces on our lives is more immense than we can see and a horoscope's level of resonance can vary from week to week. I suggest revisiting this page as often as you like while tasting the writing of a few other astrologers. Note which voices uplift your spirit. As always, take what you like and leave the rest. If you find support here, consider making a contribution.

horoscope for aries and aries rising

Making art will not stop the apocalypse but it is an antidote to urgency. Loving doesn’t mean never being alone but if you practice it, it will warm whatever path you wander. No community comes without its crises and compromises. A magnum opus is unlikely made without help. Romance rarely begins and ends in one day. Collaborate with time. Request the support of space. When you are frustrated, find awe for the thread that ties you to a myriad of others. Remember that you are not the only one weaving and woven in the great tapestry of life.

horoscope for taurus and taurus rising

It is relatively recent that humans anchored their homes in a single place. To recognize that you might be on stolen land is to realize an ancient shift in consciousness that made land a possession rather than a partner. Make a pilgrimage with your inner nomad, where the destination is not a place but a worldview. Home is wherever you can witness the Sun. The stars are iterations of ancestors. We look up at the sky and take comfort in the twinkle of their eyes but the speed of light teaches us that each of them shines from a different moment in the deep past. How can we, right now in time, speak to something so old, to lights that may be out but somehow flash together before us? Rise to meet the past. Your future is not set, nor is it material; it is other-worldly. 

horoscope for gemini and gemini rising

Gurus are known for their infinite wisdom. Quoted often. Cited repetitively for brilliance that takes less than ten seconds to deliver. We admire the way their words wax-poetic yet we pay little attention to the pauses that stretch far longer than their sage sentences. It is a divine challenge to articulate hope. Near impossible to do more than gesture at a definition of faith. Spend more time observing universal truths than you do speaking them. You are a word-witch Gemini. You will begin to master this skill when you give space for your words to land. 

horoscope for cancer and cancer rising

The second noble truth of Buddhism teaches that desire and ignorance are the cause of all suffering. Even when we get the thing we want, we are at risk of losing it. In this, we desire the one thing that will never be possible: for things to stay the same. Desire denotes lack. The more we miss something, the more desire swells. The more attention we give to our desire, the more power it holds as it speaks, tugging like high tide, urging and persuading us to act on secondary desires, strategies the mind sets up like dangerous detours on the road to freedom. Yet, when we do not own our desires, we cannot lose them. So removing desire is not a practice of elimination, but of illumination and sorting. Of listening. Of turning the volume knob up and down on the switchboard of our wishes. Find peace as you play this music. Share it.

horoscope for leo and leo rising

What would the Sun be without the sky? What purpose has light, other than to illuminate? Space is seemingly invisible, yet light, in various quantities, has the power to change our perception of it. The Sun does not change, but the Earth might present itself as an obstacle. When this happens, we rely upon the Moon for visibility. Obstacles are opportunities. To change course. To shift our consciousness. To become queerly enlightened. When you are in your own way, pay attention to the ones who receive your brilliance. Concern yourself with the curious likenesses you see in them. Your kith will reflect to you when your light has dimmed. Your kin will burn when you grow too hot. Inspect individuals without agenda. Notice nuances. Remember that when you see something you like in another, this is an act of recognition. Witness yourself in the grace of your own light.

horoscope for virgo and virgo rising

The element earth draws lines that help us witness magic. When the lines are crisp and fine enough, we trust that what they establish is real. What happens when we eliminate the borders? Do the two sides of the line still touch each other? The edge indicates not only what is inside the box, but also what the box is incapable of defining. The limit of light is a blurred line. The glow of dawn approaches before the Sun rises in the east. Dusk settles after the Sun has fallen. What happens when you stretch out the edge of your own container? Notice that anywhere you hurt is a place where you have been touched. To notice a wound is to prepare for healing. Mattering is an act of containing that attempts to denote importance. Matter is not a question of visibility, but of perception. When you say “I matter”, you give way to the edges of yourself and all that lies beyond them.

horoscope for libra and libra rising

What can we create that carries no consequences? What can we divine that is not already sacred? How do we secure the stamina to fight for a future that dissolves faster each time we attempt to advance? What romance does not grow when it is shared? This is not about what you can make more of, it is about what you can make space for. Or maybe it is about what you already have space for. Or maybe it is space that needs to cleared. Needs time to rest in the relief of not being overstuffed. Needs to collapse, gratefully into the vast expanse of possibility. In this place you might begin to hear what the heart really wants. This is not fulfilling hopes and dreams, but it is affirming that you have them. This is the art of appreciation.


horoscope for scorpio and scorpio rising

We conceal elements of ourselves as a form of protection. To have the sign of Leo at the top of your chart, is to only show yourself to the world when you wear the skin of the Nemean lion. Is to allow the public to put you on a pedestal of exhaustive expectation. Is to play the hero; to display resilience and extraordinary strength in the face of scores of suffering. Yet your chart also contains a deep and private well. A reservoir of hope for humanity. Sincerity with your emotions is imperative. When you are joyous, allow yourself the pleasure of a smile. When you are sorrowful, permit your shoulders to hang at rest. Reveal your warmth. Revel in the humility of your human-ness. Peel off your protection, and with it, the expectation to be anything other than who you are.


horoscope for sagittarius and sagittarius rising

What happens when you learn that your solutions are contingent upon other problems? When you align with your solitary truths, can you bear the weight of their limitations? To be right all the time means often to be alone. Remember that your talent shines not when you have all the answers, but when you ask profound questions. It is not easy to carry a colossal inquiry. In a world that demands definition, it takes greater conviction to continue exploring than to settle in specifics. More than that, it takes community. Practice asking without requiring answers. Release any agenda for an explanation. A solution is not the opposite of a problem. Perhaps, there is not even a formula that is practical. When you can tug yourself far enough away from your habitual logic, the invisible will present itself. Admiring what you can’t see is an antidote to the fear of what you don’t know.

horoscope for capricorn and capricorn rising

Many stare longingly at the magnificent heights your sign is able to reach. The key to Capricorn’s success is not a focus on great altitude. While others stand in awe at the crowns of redwoods, you must turn your gaze toward the roots. You must notice how far they reach, where they split, where they are fresh and where they are rotten. And yet, the foundation of your prosperity is not even found in the limits of your buried limbs. It is in the quality of your soil. In the conditions of the light that blankets you. In the character of the water that creeps to meet your edges somewhere that is invisible to the masses. You do not have to take bold action. You need only sense heart and courage in your environment. Wealth is not a point, but an ecosystem.

horoscope for aquarius and aquarius rising

The world is strangely specific. In the anthropocene, we occupy an incessant state of organizing, strategizing, forcing the world to conform to human thought. To be “other” is to be distinct from. And yet, this separation also implies connection. Our need to differentiate stems not from difference, but from likeness. When we hear someone utter the term “other”, we often assume that the other is also a human. Remember that we can be one and many at the same time. When someone says “we are one”, they are not erasing your uniqueness, but elevating it. When someone says “we are not the same” they are also illuminating that you are connected through an innate divinity. Othering is a practice of lighting up the channel of connection. When you are upset with an other and you struggle to love them, offer your love to the channel. Love the part of you that is plugged in. Sacredness is not a fixed state. It is a current that flows through self to somewhere.

horoscope for pisces and pisces rising

“Create a ritual for waiting.” Bayo Akomolafe says “the way isn’t forward, it’s awkward.” This is distinct from moving backward. If you are a fish in a school that swims upstream, your task is not to swim in the opposite direction. It is simply to tread water. This is how you develop response-ability. Watch where everyone else is going without giving into the compulsion to follow or defy. Notice the way the current feels against your skin when you are not trying to get anywhere. Then notice that the current too, is alive. In this observation, you become humble. Only when you are quiet enough to hear the universe speak, can you converse with it. Hold your smallness in tandem with the vastness of the world. In this recognition, your true agency emerges and you begin to have a say in the stories that map themselves out beyond the material.

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