Leo the Lion in 2005
Landmark Year for the Lions
This is a landmark year for you Lions as Saturn, the measurer
of effort, finally leaves your solar twelfth house and enters
your sign. This marks a significant cyclical change that can
send you forward into a new era of your life. However, this
won't occur until mid July so there's still a little time
left to grow and explore your inner reaches before those paws
of yours reach out into the world to find what you want and
Until then, there's excitement aplenty and lots of talk. Jupiter,
lord of fortune, is in Libra until October. Excitement, communications
and ideas abound. You're in a learning phase with activities
or business. There may be travel because of work or study
commitments. There will be opportune meetings as you find
yourselves among new and interesting people. This is a time
to learn, grow and flourish. Travel, good fortune or advancement
could come to siblings. Some of you will find inspiration
in the ideas and company of others. You may mix with people
of standing in the community. Academics or professional people
may be among your associates. People from overseas and influences
from other cultures and foreign climes may enter your sphere.
On October 26th, Jupiter moves to Scorpio, opening the door
to change in domestic and emotional life.
With Uranus moving through Pisces as the year begins, you
hunger with new intensity. Sex, money and the hidden side
of life and human behaviour may fascinate. Learn about yourself
and the world as you find a new focus. Some of you will become
interested with the workings of the psyche. Dive in and see
what you can learn. Be careful you don't end up entwined in
other people's business with no way out though, for you may
be tempted to go too far with everything you're drawn to.
It's important to plumb new depths and reach new heights but
you'll also need to work out when to stop. Some of you may
be drawn to study matters esoteric or occult. Many of you
will find you are gripped by new insights about people and
life. Some will begin a new path with regard to career and
life direction. New interests and practices with money could
see you prepared to take financial risks for gain or a new
lifestyle could see your attitude to money changing altogether.
Love and Money
With Mars, Mercury, Venus and Pluto in Sagittarius and
your solar fifth house, the Lion may be a pleasure seeker
this year. However, there are big moves in the Heavens that
will affect partnership matters. They will require a great
deal of you, much more than just the search for pleasure
Firstly, Chiron the wounded healer moves to Aquarius and
your solar seventh house on February 21st. He travels there
until August 1st then returns to your house of health till
December 6th when he establishes himself in your partnership
house. This move presages a new era of learning about partners
Singles will be bound for romantic encounters over these
next years though they may be with unusual people, ones
who go against the type you might see for yourselves. This
can be a most beneficial time as long as you're prepared
to move past the simple 'lust and bust' encounter or the
'waiting for Ms/Mr Right' and develop a strong working relationship
with another human being.
Those in a partnership will find themselves in a new phase
of relating. You will need new tools or methods to alter
the bond you have with your loved one and understand it
more deeply. You will feel moved to work on your relationship
or have it work for you in a new and different way. You
may choose new activities or new practices that set your
lives together on a new course. This may be anything from
involvement with common interest groups to tantric yoga.
For both, a partner may become a teacher and a key to new
self-understanding. Some of you may undertake therapy or
a healing journey to get the best from your partnership
potential or situation. Health issues may affect a partner
or close associate. Shared health concerns could lead to
a new partnership regime. Your relationship with your partner
may change because of a changed financial picture or a new
partner may change the financial situation.
Saturn, measurer of effort, calls you to a new cosmic dance
on July 16th as he moves to your sign, a dance where self-determination
and self-responsibility have real meaning. Serious endeavour
and dealings with authoritative bodies or people are your
milestones. Some of you may take on new partnership duties
while others may have to carry burdens alone because partners
or associates step back or choose a new direction. Some
of you may feel isolated because of work or conditions.
It may be hard to delegate or get others to pull their weight.
Some of you may take a heavier than usual load while others
may find yourselves separated from familiar people or points
of reference and 'go it alone'.
There may be a rise in status for some, one that will ask
for more than you've had to give before. As sobering as
this sounds, there are rewards for sustained effort in doing
what's required or setting new directions. Though there
is an emphasis on completing old or outstanding matters,
this period nonetheless marks the start of an era. Step
into it, undeterred by what must be done and you can set
patterns and structures that will carry you into the future.
In the overall, this new era will see you become a new and
different person with regard to your function and role in
On Christmas Eve, Venus the goddess turns retrograde in
Aquarius and your house of partnership. There may be changes
or interruptions in relations with partners and close associates.
You might find that a partner or associate from the past
will come back into your life. There may be outstanding
matters between you to be dealt with or it may simply be
you can take pleasure in an old friendship renewed. Some
of you may find you have to deal with close friends or people
connected with your own partner. Be accommodating if that's
what's required. If you've any outstanding money matters
connected with partners or close associates, use this time
to sort them out. Someone close may have problems with money.
Some of you may have to deal with changeable people, especially
women. Others may find they are separated from a partner
or associate for a time. Use this time to conduct a review
of relationships in your life. View matters with detachment.
Home and Family
On October 26th, Jupiter, lord of fortune moves to Scorpio
and your solar fourth house. There will be changes in the
wind with regard to emotional and domestic life. There may
be home improvements for some. For others, there may be
a relocation, one that could take you overseas. Some will
find that housing conditions improve or change dramatically.
Family or emotional matters may be linked with overseas
connections or travel. Some may find that people of status,
such as foreign visitors, academics or professional people
become part of domestic life. There may be intensity in
their demeanour or experience. You may be driven by a strong
desire to know more or to do more with your life.
There may be strong feelings or a high emotional state at
the home. Sexuality and your sex life could be powerful
issues. For some, there will simply be a 'larger than life'
feel to the goings on in the domicile. You may have to make
powerful or determining decisions about emotional or domestic
life. These may mark the end of cycle. Good fortune may
come from proper attention to domestic matters. At times,
the atmosphere will be charged and there could be strong
words and high emotion. Be careful of decision-making in
mid December as Jupiter squares retrograde Saturn. There
may be conflicting paths to take or contradictory advice.
Go within to find guidance. Delay important decisions.
Work and Health
Chiron the wounded healer is still in Capricorn and your
solar sixth house till February 21st and then again from
August 1st until December 6th. If you haven't begun a new
regime with health, then it's crucial that you do so during
these times. Change your work habits or patterns. Change
your diet and exercise routine. Start with something new
or different in any or all of these areas. Bring a different
rhythm to daily life and healthcare practice. After Saturn
enters your sign on July 16th, this will become more important
as new tasks or responsibilities will ask for strong endeavour.
From here and for the next two years, you will need to take
full responsibility for health and wellbeing, keeping up
a regime that fits you for the authority or effort to which
you are called. Health will be a crucial building block
in success with new endeavours.
Seek a change of work that brings something more stimulating
or enjoyable. If you lack the confidence to stretch yourself
or try something new, look within to discover the root of
any fears or lack of confidence. It may be you will discover
that someone in authority from your past has instilled a
fear in you in early in life. This is a time to lay such
ghosts to rest by taking strong action.
On July 16th, Saturn moves to your sign, marking the start
of a period when it is crucial for you to step up and prove
yourself, to yourself as much as to others. Take authority
and responsibility for who you are and what you do. Take
on the big challenge. Shoulder the burdens of those close
to you who need your effort, help or support. This may sometimes
seem a lonely road even though others are around you for
you will have to bear the load yourself or deal with things
in a new and independent manner. You may be following a
'long term' plan or carrying an important task through to
the end. You may carve a path for yourself or set out in
a new direction. Rely on your instincts and your own inner
guidance. Develop of sense of 'knowing' what you have to
do and just get on and do it. You may be less inclined to
talk or disclose to others your plans or feelings are during
this period. This is a time to look ahead three years, five
years, seven years and begin to shape the place you want
to be then through your efforts in the moment.
Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times
a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds
a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect
arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and
communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function
of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component
failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency
we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde
phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as
putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial
documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury
is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them
again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently
show where problems might lie and help us with damage control
or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these
times! What you think you've said and what others have understood
will often prove to be two different things.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle begins on March 20th in
the sign of Aries and your solar ninth house. There may
be change or delay with travel or study. There may be confusion
or just a catch-up with in-laws. There could be a change
in the bigger picture of your life or you may be wondering
just where to go from here. There may be unexpected of difficult
dealings with people overseas. This cycle comes to an end
on April 12th.
The messenger's second reverse motion phase comes in your
own sign, beginning on July 23rd. Watch for minor accidents
or upsets at this time. You may find yourself uncertain
or confused in communications with partners or close associates.
You may come back to a situation or a person from your past.
You may not be sure what you want to do from here. You may
need to reflect on things and conduct a life review. This
is not a good time for the 'press ahead at all costs' decision.
This cycle comes to an end on August 16th.
Mercury's final retrograde phase begins on November 14th
in Sagittarius and your solar fifth house. There may be
problems or communication difficulties with romantic situations.
This is not a good time for gambling or speculative ventures.
There may be issues with children. There may be a block
or delay with creative projects. Social engagements or lifestyle
matters may not work out as planned. If you're involved
with physical or athletic pursuits, take care with safety
or injury. This cycle ends on December 4th.
Your Full Moon comes on January 25th, part of a taut configuration
of cardinal signs. Change is written here and you may choose
to separate from something or someone. Or vice-versa, someone
or something may break from your company. There may be an
end to an important life cycle. This may concern where you're
headed and help to leave an unwelcome influence behind.
There may be family connections involved in this.
Your New Moon comes on August 5th, carrying tension from
retrograde Mercury and mystic Neptune. There may be concerns
or confusion with partners or close associates. You may
need to put new patterns in place to deal with a partnership
situation. You may need to talk something through with a
partner or close associate. You may not even be sure what
you want to say. There may be an opportunity of some kind
that will affect or alter the state of your relationship.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the
end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction
or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which
the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun may affect work,
direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses
of the Moon may affect matters of home, family and emotions
as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect
There is a Solar Eclipse on April 8th at the New Moon in
Aries and your solar ninth house. There may be a changes
or endings with overseas connections. Communications may
change the picture or the absence of a communication may
be a concern. Relations with in-laws may be affected. There
could be a development with studies or legal matters. Travel
plans may be changed if an overseas destination is involved.
April 24th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in the
sign of Scorpio and your solar fourth house. There may be
a change or an ending with regard to domestic or emotional
matters. Someone may leave the family home. You may make
changes with your home or find a new home. There may be
a change or an end of cycle with family members. This could
affect your partner or partnership situation in some way.
You may learn more about yourself and the responsibilities
you need to take.
There is a Solar Eclipse on October 3rd at the New Moon
in Libra and your solar third house. A cycle of contact
or communication may be interrupted or come to an end. There
may be changes with your thinking or your business contacts.
Relationships with siblings may be interrupted or changed.
There may be changes or an ending with education or a learning
process. Daily travel plans or routines may be altered.
A Lunar Eclipse comes on October 17th at the Full Moon in
Aries and your solar ninth house. This is an emotional time.
There may be unexpected communications that change the picture
of where your life is going. There may be changes or interruptions
with study or travel plans. Someone may arrive or depart
unexpectedly. There may be change or an ending in relationships
with siblings or in-laws.
On October 1st, warrior Mars turns retrograde in Taurus
and your solar tenth house. As Mars move backwards, there
may be delays or obstructions. There can be frustration
with taking action or initiative and hidden anger may also
be an issue. You may hit hurdles with career matters, your
relations with authority or the status that you have. You
may have difficult dealings with people in authority or
those connected with your career, especially males. You
may encounter anger with an older family member or a boss.
Negotiate. Take things slowly rather than trying to overwhelm
opposition. You may feel as if you are going backwards but
don't try to forge ahead at all costs. Step back. Review
your situation and your action style and begin again. Climbing
a mountain consists of a series of individual steps, each
one well considered. Safety and health concerns could be
high, especially in the first fortnight of November. Partners
or close associates may be involved. Watch decision-making
in mid December. Don't act in haste. Mars moves forward
on Dec 10th.