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Finding Your Personal Brand Of Love During Leo Season.

 

What sets my heart aflame?

Who is the artist within me that I want to give birth to?

How can I add more color and sparkle to my life?

These are some stellar reflections that may stir our soul during Leo Season, when the Sun is in the sign of art, heart and beauty. This year, Leo Season occurs from July 22 to August 23.

As Leo rules the heart, we’re pulled towards wanting to source our expressions, actions and feelings from the vital alembic of love during this time. Joy becomes our GPS, an inner compass from which we orient.

We can connect with greater playfulness and reconnect with our inner child. And while this can fuel our exuberance, it can also have us revisiting those prickly spots that have come along for the ride since we were younger. So keep an extra dose of tenderness and self-compassion in your proverbial backpack for those just-in-case times.

During these weeks, our life becomes a canvas upon which we can paint the visions and inspirations that live within, casting them out with flair, fun, and perhaps a bit of Leonine fanfare. We’re drawn to art, whether making it or witnessing it, as a vehicle to stir and enliven our soul.

Like its planetary ruler, the Sun, Leo may magnetize people towards wanting to be the center of their personal solar systems. This can allow for the installation of healthy self-esteem for those who often shirk behind the curtains of visibility, and yet it may also engender an overemphasis of a look at me inclination for others.

During the month when the Sun is in Leo, the sign of the Sun God, we may find ourselves embarking on our own personal hero/ine’s journey. We’re off on an adventure of self-discovery, the path of which could possible involve a necessary-for-growth obstacle or two, and yet one that leads to a sense of victory that allows us to return transformed.

We’re drawn to beam the hue of bravery that allows us to stand out from the crowd, to be more than ordinary, to own our extra-ordinariness. And yet, as we’re pulled to shine, we want to do so in a dignified manner, maintaining a sense of Leonine royalty, for fear of embarrassing ourselves or tarnishing how people see us.

The Full and New Moon during Leo Season can help us to further tap into the opportunities for evolving that abound.

Occurring on July 31, the Full Moon features the Moon in the socially oriented sign of Aquarius. Themes may revolve around individuals and their relationship to the collective.

We are drawn to find that tricky balance point where we can confidently support a group mission while at the same time feeling recognized for the special unique contribution we feel that only we can make.

The New Moon graces us on August 14, and with that, we have the ability to embark on a fresh chapter of a creative pursuit. Whether it’s a new art project or just infusing your everyday life with more art, plant a seed of intention of what you want to inspire.

The Leo New Moon provides us an opportunity to shine, to give birth to our visions of how we want to express and experience more heartfelt love and joy.

Looking for some extra support and encouragement as you radiate through Leo Season? Here are four flower essences* that align with the sign of the times.

Borage: Leo energy inspires us to live through our hearts, expressing warmth to those around us. Yet, sometimes being openhearted can be challenging if we’re also connecting to grief and sorrow, which could cast pallor over our hearts.

If you want help fortifying your emotional courage to radiate love, notably when you’re feeling disheartened, try Borage flower essence.

Buttercup: When you need some support stoking the inner flame of self-value,Buttercup flower essence may be of benefit. It’s especially good for periods when we are judging ourselves by external markers of success that, in turn, degrade our sense of self-worth.

It helps shift the source of light from the locus of the unreliable external to the eternally-sustaining internal.

Indian Paintbrush: Sometimes when we connect to the inner muse, and artistic inspiration flows through us, we can create with abandon. Yet other times the stream of creativity seems to be blocked and it’s challenging to rouse the physical energy we need to support our artistic endeavors.

For times when you need to fill the well of creativity that sources from your body and the physical world, try Indian Paintbrush flower essence.

Sunflower: With Leo ruling the Sun, this season allows us the ability to harness our inner solar fire. If our alliance with our masculine side is not in harmony, low self-esteem or heightened self-glory can manifest, dimming the luminescence of our powerful self-expression, our ability to radiate our essential self.

Sunflower flower essence bolsters internal solar energy, allowing us to radiate a healthier and more balanced sense of I.

* Flower essences are natural elixirs that work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.

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StephanieGailingAs a wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing weaves together astrology, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness and her new Stellar LookBook series, Stephanie counsels clients, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed flower essence elixirs. You can find more about her and her work at her website.

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