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Today is:
July 6, 2008

*Planting Day

Today’s Coffee Thoughts: Night Light
Today’s Tarot Card: Knight of Wands
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Quiet Time

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
1st Quarter Waxing in Leo, Void of Course @ 5:04 a.m., Moon Enters Virgo @ 6:04 a.m.

Waxing Moon: From New Moon to Full Moon is the ideal time to do magic to draw things to you.

Moon in Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, to central ideas or institutions, away from connections with others and emotional needs.

Moon Void-of-Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rarely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

Moon in Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focus on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.

Source for the above information, excluding divinatory cards & coffee thoughts: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Cancer, “The Crab”

Due to time limits, I’m referencing the same source I used yesterday… because I liked it! *smiles* Click Here to read more about Cancer influences.

 

— ran out of time before I could do this morning’s horoscope… time to go to work!

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Today is:
July 5, 2008

*Neither planting or harvest day

Today’s Coffee Thoughts: Time Warp
Today’s Tarot Card: Knight of Pentacles
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Financial Flow, Inverted

Saturday:
Governed by Saturn – longevity, endings, homes

Colors:
brown, gray, blue, indigo, black

The Moon:
First Quarter waxing in Leo

Waxing Moon: From New Moon to Full Moon is the ideal time to do magic to draw things to you.

Moon in Leo: Draws emphasis to the Self, to central ideas or institutions, away from connections with others and emotional needs.

Source for the above information, excluding divinatory cards and coffee thoughts: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Cancer, “The Crab”

This month’s Sign: Cancer (June 20th to July 22nd)
Date & Time of Suns Entry (also the Summer Solstice): June 20th, 2008 at 4:59 pm PDT, 5:59 pm MDT, 6:59 pm CDT, 7:59 pm EDT
Type: A water, cardinal sign
Planetary Ruler: The Moon
Areas of Body Ruled: Breasts, stomach, solar plexus
Key Phrase: I feel and thus establish
Symbols: The crab

What is ruled by Cancer? Home, family, children, our heritage and roots, where we feel we belong, the need to feel secure, what is familiar to us, our emotions.

This information is for all signs of the Zodiac.
There are two primary reasons for this:
One is that whatever is going on in the skies Astrologically affects us all, all of the time.
Two is that we each have all twelve signs somewhere in our natal chart and
so the current focus on the sign of Cancer activates that area.
The following information explains how the current emphasis
on Cancer may affect you personally and ways to work with this influence.

CANCER ENERGIES & KEYWORDS
The Sun entering Cancer is also the first day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere (and the first day of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere). This marks a time to celebrate the light and warmth that nature and the life force provides. This is a season of growth resulting in fruition in the Fall. While this is generally associated with planting gardens and crops, it also applies to any ventures, ideas and/or projects. The seeds planted in the Winter/Spring now take hold and begin to bloom.

One of the lessons now is to continue to tend to and
nurture those things that are at the stage of growth just prior to harvest,
and to rejoice in the realization and fulfillment of our past efforts.

Cancer is an emotional and impressionable sign, and during this time of the year, you can often feel ultra sensitive, even if we are not a Cancer (remember, we all have the sign of Cancer—and all the 12 signs—influencing our chart somewhere). The Moon, the ruling “planet” for Cancer, is the fastest-moving object in the skies. Hence, Cancer is changeable, moody at times and fluid in nature. It is a time that while we (all) may feel more sensitive and emotional we can also learn to be more open, caring and receptive. We increase our capacity for nurturance and our ability to receive~from ourselves, our families, our friends and from life. This sign more than any other influences our ability to feel at ease and safe in the world.

During this time we long to belong.

The four weeks of strong Cancerian influences (6/20 to 7/22), we are often nostalgic and flooded with memories that may evoke strong emotions. To understand this aspect of our nature, we must go into our feeling and emotional realms. Being watery in nature (the Moon, being the ruler of Cancer, greatly influences the tides), we need to ebb and flow with these rhythms. And to try not to have agendas about the form, structure or the outcome our emotional experiences may take. The trick is to keep the inner tides moving, allowing whatever comes up and then not be attached to that, awaiting the next wave of feeling to move through you.

Some other areas that may get your attention or focus during this month are:

your childhood and foundations; your early impressions.
generations and generational issues and dynamics
your genetics and lineage. (You can learn a lot about your emotional natures if you look at the patterns laid by those before you in your lineage.) ….. (read more)

Source for information on Cancer influences: StarPathways.com

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Someone who’s usually warm gets a lot chillier today– don’t take it personally.

Overview
Now is the time to make your move — you’ve got all the confidence you need and you might find that all it takes is a little extra bluster to see you through. Things could get really interesting today.

Daily Extended
Are you feeling a frosty chill from someone who’s usually warm and sweet? Ask them if something is wrong today, and if they tell you ‘nothing,’ then don’t push it. Respect their boundaries and assume that if they wanted to talk to you about something, they just missed a perfect opportunity to do so. Don’t spend too much time thinking about why they’re different, today. You will have too much of your own stuff to deal with. You can’t pry things out of people.

Daily Flirt:
You’re filled with amazing energy, and if you’ve been putting anything off for later, now is the time to take care of it. You know you’ll do fine, and that’s all you really need to make it work.

Daily Couples:
Sure, the celebrity magazines are fun to read, but lately your own love life is just as interesting. Enjoy a romantic evening out on the town tonight, and when anyone asks for details, tell them you don’t kiss and tell.

Daily Singles:
Today your willpower feels like it’s constantly being tested. Show some self-restraint as you try to dazzle others. Even though your conversational skills astound your friends, you might not get the same reaction from new people.

Career & Finance
You may not be Picasso but you should have more confidence than you do when it comes to being creative. Glorify your ability to think and express yourself in your own unique way.

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When I first began this blog and was focusing on the “Know Thyself” category, one of my first posts was Seeing the Signs: The Cat and the Rat. This post provided an astrological profile for my Leo birth sign, as well as that of Chinese Astrology as I was born in the Year of the Rat (1972).  But tonight, I remembered an old blog, logged in to it, found another “Know Thyself” category that included my Moon Sign.

While my sun sign is Leo and I was born in the Year of the Rat, my moon sign is Aries. The following entry is taken from the book “Moon Signs” by Sasha Fenton and Jonathan Dee.

 

Moon in Aries 

You are a quick thinker, talker and large-scale planner, but you may need help with specific details. Lunar Ariens are often starters rather than runners, so you may be happier as an executive rather than as an ordinary worker. You may be a tough go-getter, but your confidence can evaporate quickly and you need the support and admiration of others.

Women with this Moon placement may value a career highly. You can be enthusiastic, headstrong and freedom-loving, unable to accept restrictions or unnecessary discipline. Your love life may be stormy, either because you are changeable and easily bored or because you are unwilling to compromise. However, you are probably honest and don’t try to manipulate others.

Moon in Aries people can be deft and dextrous, so your excellent co-ordination could make you successful at many sports.

The Moon is a ‘watery’ planet, and when it is in a fire sign emotions can be expressed quickly and easily. Moon Ariens can therefore display a hot temper, although you usually cool down quickly and rarely sulk. It may be hard to get you to listen to others, as you tend to see everything from your own point of view, concentrating on your own emotional needs rather than those of others.

One problem that seems to afflict those with the Moon in Aries is that of having a domineering or difficult parent, and the years from adolescence to independence are often characterized by shouting matches.

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Today is:
June 24, 2008

*Planting Day
(Hmm… since the moon is waning which means things going away, and the fairies suggested a break from the mundane, how ’bout if I plant the seed for a vacation!! *smiles*)

Today’s Fairy Oracle: Vacation
Today’s Tarot Card: Four of Cups

Tuesday:
Governed by Mars – passion, courage, aggression, protection

Colors:
red, white, black, gray, maroon, scarlet

The Moon:
3rd quarter waning in Pisces

Waning Moon: Waning, from Full Moon to New Moon, is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Pisces: The focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition, and psychic impressions. A good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities.

Source for the above information, excluding divinatory cards: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Cancer, “The Crab”

Modality: Cardinal
Element: Water
Ruler: the Moon
Season: Summer
4th Sign of Zodiac
Metal: Silver
Stone: Pearl, Opal
Color: White, Yellow
Anatomy: Breasts, stomach
Keywords: gentle, conservative, feeling, nurturing, defensive, contemplative.

Comparison with the Cancer symbol, the Crab:
A crab is able to walk or run sideways. Similarly, Cancer natives can sometimes “move about” in life, in a figurative sense, in an indirect manner. The crab’s body is covered by a carapace (shell). Cancer natives are self-protective and sensitive, and often retreat into themselves when hurt. Crabs are able to resist changes in the environment, thereby protecting themselves from hostile elements in various habitats. Similarly, Cancer natives are thought to avoid too much change, and to be on the defensive. Crabs have “complex behavior patterns” (1). The inner world of Cancer natives is thought to be rather quirky and complex. Some crabs “conceal themselves by decorating their bodies with plants and animals” (2). Cancer natives tend to try to blend in with their environments, preferring not to make a big splash in life.

Cancer’s glyph, or symbol, may represent the breasts as a symbol of the nurturing qualities of the sign.

Sun in Cancer

(The Sun is in Cancer from June 21-22 to July 22-23, depending on the year).
Sun in Cancer natives have a strong survival instinct. They are protective of those they care about, and of themselves too. They are often quite reticent about sharing their inner selves to the rest of the world, and are often caught up in reminisce.

Cancers have a reputation for moodiness, although this trait is most evident when the Moon is in Cancer. Cancer needs roots. They resist change to an extent, and concern themselves about being secure and safe in most everything they do.

Cancers can be quite intrigued by objects with history attached to them — antiques, photos, souvenirs, and the like.

Cancer is a very sensitive sign, and they don’t always appreciate it when you are blunt with them. Their reactions to hurt will depend on how thick a shell they have developed. Most Cancers react by withdrawing or retreating. Some have developed an ability to manipulate others to get what they want. They avoid direct confrontations almost as a rule.

Cancers are, in fact, quite yielding and soft when you have them in the right mood. They are one of the more hospitable signs of the zodiac. Sure, they can be touchy and indirect, but they are also very dependable, caring souls.

(Source & further learning)

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
You’re creative, so why not create something? Make a gift for a special person.

Overview
Keep your hands on your wallet today — it’s not a good time to make purchases, especially with others. If you’ve got to get something, then see if you can go it alone for the time being.

Daily Extended
Overview
You are a very creative person, so why not create something today? You don’t have to paint a painting or create a typical type of artwork — baking cookies, putting together a new outfit, or even making a mixed CD are all great ways to express yourself in a unique way. Create something for someone you care about and give them your creation as a gift — they’ll appreciate the extra effort and thoughtfulness, and they’ll love showing you their gratitude.

Daily Flirt:
You need to chill out about money today, because it’s just not going to get any better until other people start to do what they need to do — and you can’t make them! It’s a good time to walk away from the table.

Daily Couples:
A comment that you meant as a joke gets taken the wrong way by your loved one. Don’t try to convince them that you were only kidding. Just say you’re sorry and carry on.

Daily Singles:
Things may not be crystal clear when it comes to matters of the heart. But that’s half the fun. If you could predict future relationships would you ever go out of the house again?

Career & Finance
All that glitters is not gold, that much you know. But just what do you value, besides money? Do some research before you have any financial dealings, to make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for.

(Horoscope Source)

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Today is:
June 22, 2008 (*)

Today’s Fairy Oracle: Stand Your Ground
Today’s Tarot Card: King of Swords

*Harvest Day:
Gather the rewards of the seeds planted and work done, both physically and spiritually.

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
3rd Quarter waning in Aquarius

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Aquarius: Rebellious energy. Time to break habits and make abrupt change. Personal freedom and individuality are the focus.

(Source for above information, excluding divinatory cards: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008 )

The Sun:
Cancer

With a Cancer Sun, you are a somewhat complex character – kind, diplomatic, sympathetic, highly sensitive and deeply emotional, yet very defensive, protective and at times quite unforgiving – unable to forget even a minor slight. You possess a powerful imagination, and on occasions, you bring a touch of genius into the more profound affairs of life, to your and everyone else’s surprise! Comfort, pleasure and relaxation are all found in your own little retreat, the home and family. Instinctive, maternal/paternal nurturing qualities make you an excellent parent and home-maker. With a sense of sound economy, you also have talent for business, but your changeable nature suggests that partnership of some form is safer than go-it-alone enterprises. Hitting one of your frequent emotional lows could precipitate disaster, having no obligation to a second party. To develop your personality to its fullest potential, the main task is one of keeping the outlook free of morbidity, and preventing depletion of emotional energy through wrong thinking. You need to cultivate a positive mental outlook. Likely occupations are nautical professions and work connected with the sea, institutional work, businesses and professions dealing with liquids, or professional occupations to do with religion. (Source)

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
Where did all of your patience go? Try to bring it back by living in the moment.

Overview
The situation keeps changing underneath you, but you can adapt and change right along with it. Keep an open mind and make sure that you are thinking at least one step ahead for most of the day.

Daily Extended
Today will go by much slower than you would like — it’s tonight or tomorrow that’s where you really want to be! But you will have to wait, and there is no getting around it. Where did all of your patience go? You can bring it back by trying to focus on living in the moment. Try to focus on what you’re doing today and time will go a little bit faster. Spending all your energy thinking about the future is telling the universe that you don’t appreciate what you have — and that’s not true, is it?

Daily Flirt:
Things aren’t going to change much today — so you need to change around them if you want to feel right. Fortunately for you, that’s not so hard, thanks to your great, adaptable energy.

Daily Couples:
Sometimes you need to set personal gain aside and focus on what’s best for your relationship. Working together with your partner, you can achieve a balance that will leave you both happy.

Daily Singles:
Don’t let pride get in the way of saying sorry to someone you’d rather not lose. Ruining a potentially great relationship isn’t worth being right all the time. Learn to let things go.

Career & Finance:
You’ve learned that going up the chain of command leads to serious ego clashes, not to mention power struggles. So go laterally. There are plenty of coworkers on your level that can help you to the top.

(Source)

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Today is:
June 19, 2008

*Planting Day

Moon in Capricorn, waning:: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Onions, Radish, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Angelica, Borage, Calabrese, Caraway, Cauliflowers, Wormwood (Source)

*Note: as the moon is waning, this is also an excellent time for pruning and weeding gardens – both physically and spiritually.

Today’s Fairy Oracle: Letting Go, Inverted
Today’s Tarot Card: Five of Swords, Inverted

Thursday:
Governed by Jupiter – expansion, money, prosperity, generosity

Colors:
green, turquoise, white, purple, crimson

The Moon:
3rd Quarter Waning in Capricorn

Waning Moon: Waning, from Full Moon to New Moon, is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Capricorn: Develops strong structure. Focus on traditions, responsibilities, and obligations. A good time to set boundaries and rules.

The Sun:
Gemini, The Twins

Here’s what I’ve learned about Gemini Energy thus far:

June 13

June 12

June 10

June 9

June 8

June 7

*Note to Self: What I’d actually like to do is to re-read all of these sources, consult a few more, then write my own understanding of Gemini influences.  It’s one thing to scout, copy, and paste – but it’s a new way of understanding to chew it up, swallow it down, and regurgitate it in my own way.  I’d like to do this with each month’s signs, actually, and add a new page to The Road Home for Zodiac.  Of course, whether or not I’ll have the time, energy, or creative flow to accomplish this is another thing entirely… but the idea is here and I’ve written it down.

Other Planetary Influences:
Mercury Direct @ 9:31 a.m. US Central

Mercury’s direct station is usually the most difficult day of the whole retrograde, and this day may be especially difficult with the Sun and Venus at a standoff with the Moon and Pluto. Not only will Mercury bring miscommunications, Internet problems, and travel problems around that day, there will also be lots jealousy and fear in our minds. Some could be rather passionate around this time, and sex could be a driving force. (source)

The influences of Mercury Direct are also dependent on where Mercury is in your chart. This source offers information on finding Mercury’s location in your natal chart, and understanding how it influences you at this time. Here’s what mine said:

7/31 to 8/29 3 Arms, Communications, & Letters

Third House

The missing letter somehow arrives. The forgotten phone call is made. A misplaced (and crucial) file is found. Something lost is found here, and that lost something deals with communications, transportation, or accounting. You’ll be glad to get the piece of the cover, unless you are the one that intentionally hid it. -)

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie
In everything you do today, your enthusiasm will bubble up and make everyone smile.

Overview
Take in as much information as you can today, because your decision-making process is wholly dependent on what you know. You may want to defer action until as late in the day as possible.

Daily Extended
In everything you do today, your enthusiasm will bubble up and pour all over everyone who is around you. You will be a ‘happiness’ contagion! Spreading smiles is something you’ll do without any extra effort, and it will create a chain reaction of cheerfulness that will make people want to listen to you. This is a wonderful day for a party or any other type of group situation where good vibes are helpful. You can be the center of all the fun — if you let yourself.

Daily Flirt:
You have to act like a parent today, listening to everyone tell their sides of the story before making up your mind. It could get a little tedious after a while, but you know it’s the right thing to do.

Daily Couples:
What you see as sharing your excitement over your relationship, your friends might view as bragging. Keep in mind that while they’re happy for you, they don’t want to hear all the details!

Daily Singles:
Your resourcefulness helps put your back on track when it comes to looking for the ideal dating situation. Whether you’re on the prowl at the gym or looking at more than melons n the produce isle, you’re ready for love.

Career & Finance
All the potential in the world won’t help you if you can’t stay focused. Listen to your flittering and flickering thoughts, then concentrate.

(source)

Other sources used for today’s influences: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

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Today is:
June 8, 2008
(neither planting or harvest day)

Today’s Tarot Card: Two of Wands
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Miracle Healing

Sunday: Governed by the Sun – healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection (see the connection between the day’s energies and the day’s tarot and fairy??)

Colors: yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
1st quarter waxing in Leo, void-of-course at 10:40 a.m. US Central, enters Virgo at 9:01 p.m.

Waxing Moon: Waxing, from New Moon to Full Moon, is the ideal time to do magic to draw things to you.

Moon in Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, to central ideas or institutions, away from connections with others and emotional needs.

Void-of-Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign, it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begin when the Moon is void-of-course rarely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned. (NOTE: This is why I waited until the moon’s position shifted before contacting the lender on my house!)

Moon in Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focus on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.

( Source for above information: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008 )

The Sun:
Gemini
May 22 – June 21

The Principle of Learning

Element-Air
Quality-Mutable
Symbol-The Twins
Sun Sign Dates– May 22 to June 21
Planetary Ruler-Mercury
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Third House

Geminis enjoy a variety of interests. They are usually very curious and open minded. Gemini likes different people, places, things and experiences. This makes them very versatile people. Gemini likes the smorgasbord of life. A little of this, a little of that. They want to try and taste it all. Can you see why they’ve earned the reputation for being so changeable? This not to say that a Gemini will never master anything. They will. But, the rest of us can only wonder how they find the time to get their fingers into so many different pies. It’s because Gemini has a low loyalty quotient for anything they’ve already tried. If they took everything to great depth, this would narrow the playing field too much.

As an Air sign Gemini is not cut out for the heavy side of life. Others view this trait as too fickle; their worst trait. Gemini is also capable of more than one so-called “loyalty”.
Gemini is expressive and clever. Gemini loves to share any new found knowledge. Gemini can become easily bored if things become too routine. They get restless if there is nothing new to stimulate their mind. If a project is seen as too boring they have hard time disciplining themselves to finish it. They thrive on change and they need lots of mental cookies to chew on.

Gemini energy can be likened to that of a chameleon in some respects. They can change colors depending on what the occasion calls for. A neat talent, really. Their wide variety of experiences allows them to be able to identify with several different viewpoints. They actually understand the Buddhist because they tried meditation once. They can really relate to the Hindu because they didn’t eat meat for a whole week. See how this works? This is the famous Gemini dual nature playing itself out. Gemini teaches us to open our minds and explore the world around us-ever searching for new knowledge and experiences.

Pure Gemini energy is….
* changeable
* capable of more than one loyalty
* fickle
* curious about life
* wants to learn a little about everything
* open-minded
* very communicative
* easily bored
* a mental approach
* a youthful attitude

(Source for Gemini information: http://www.skyviewzone.com/astrology/geminisign.htm

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie:
You might find yourself in an introverted mood — listen to your inner thoughts.

Overview:
You’ve reached a new height — though can see new peaks and challenges ahead, so life shouldn’t get too boring. It may be a good time to take a rest and enjoy the view while waiting for others to catch up.

Daily Extended:
Today you might find yourself in an introverted mood as the day gets started — you won’t be too interested in connecting with other people until later on in the day when you’re feeling more confident. You’ve got to ask yourself what you want out of one of your newer relationships, and in order to find the answer, you need to think. No one else can tell you what you want — asking people what they think about your situation will only confuse you, so don’t bother. (Damn if that doesn’t hit the nail right on the head!!)

Daily Flirt:
Your gigantic heart is beating like a kick drum today, and while it might be distracting for a bit, you can tell that it’s a beacon to all the right people. Help those who can’t help themselves!

Daily Couples:
The love you feel for your sweetie is almost overwhelming at times, and you feel like making a grand gesture to express how you feel. Have fun, and remember it’s the feeling behind it, not the money you spend.

Daily Singles:
Do you have dating strategy or are you simply winging it? Even though it’s fun to not know what might happen next, you should at least have a few backup plans just in case.

Career & Finance:
You don’t call yourself lion-hearted for nothing. Your view of yourself as courageous can be overblown at times, but today it’s really valid. Flexing your muscles will bring plenty of glory.

Source for Horoscope: Yahoo Astrology

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I was born on August 10, 1972 – A Leo, through and through, born in the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac.

A growl, a roar, a purr…
What will you provoke from me?
a Queen, a Beast, the cat’s meow
A Lion I was born to be…

Understanding Leo:

The Principle of Personal Recognition

Element-Fire
Quality-Fixed
Symbol-The Lion
Sun Sign Dates-July 24 to August 23
Planetary Ruler-Sun
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Fifth House

Leo came into the world with an instinctive feel for creating dramatic scenarios. Leo likes the spotlight. Can you ignore the Sun? Will Leo let you ignore them? The answer is- not likely! Pure Leo energy enjoys being the center of attention and they are very self-expressive. Even those who do not want to be in front of an audience will often find other ways to shine. Like dressing or behaving in what can be considered a flamboyant manner. They love things done in a grand style. Leo is generous. It feeds their sizable egos to be able to spread what they have around. They want you be impressed. They are proud. They want recognition more than almost anything else. If they want to pick up the tab at the restaurant-let them do it. If a generous, warm-hearted, show-off rubs you the wrong way then you’ll only be able to take Leo in small doses. If all of the above sounds refreshingly fun, then buddy up to a Leo. Leo needs to be the boss.

They have an aura of “the authority” that surrounds them. They like to use this too. Leo wrote the book on how to be willful. Boy are they ever! Try to budge one. Try coaxing a Lion to sit on your lap. They know how the world should function. They hang onto their views because they absolutely hate to be wrong. Opinionated? Extremely. Still, there is something of a kid in Leo and they really do care about your opinion of them. They are a fun-loving fire sign with a big heart and loyal companionship to offer those who understand and appreciate them for what they are. Leo teaches us to like ourselves and the world will follow.

Pure Leo energy is…
* an instinctive feel for creating drama
* being the center of attention
* very self expressive
* a natural feel for being in positions of authority
* warmly affectionate
* can be generous
* a lot of pride
* a strong will
* not backing down from a particular stance

(Source)

 

A bit more on Leo:

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. The sign of Leo is the lion and you will find Leos very dominant and powerful. Like the king of the beasts, they have a majestic way about themselves. They like to be in command of their own kingdom, be it big or small. But, Leos are also loving, often being referred to by many astrologers as “eternal children” because Leos love to live in the moment and are quick to give affection.

Born Leaders

Because they like to dominant, you can find Leos at the center of any party, taking command. Self-confident, Leos are like Aries in that they are born leaders. Leos are truly in their element when allowed to take command of a situation. Like the mighty lion, Leos make good leaders because they like to think big and act big – often in terms that would scare others. But the Leos rarely have problems with their daring moves because of their courageous attitudes.

Leos are idealistic in their views as they are highly intelligent and are often philosophical. They often cling to what more liberal thinkers might see as outdated thinking because of their devotion. Leos also have no problem in cutting to the chase of the matter – a great quality for a leader, but rarely found. They strive under dire conditions, determined to make the best of things. Because of all of these traits, their subordinates are usually quite loyal. Their ability to give love is as great as their need to be the center of attention.

Born Entertainers

Leos also have a flair for the dramatics, so they are also born entertainers. Their natural creativeness and magnetism attract others to them and they truly enjoy being the focal point of any situation.

Another trait Leos have that makes them good entertainers is that they will not settle for second best. That headstrongness that it takes to tenaciously pursue a career in the arts is a trait of which most Leos have. Image is very important to Leos as well, which fits right into the lifestyle of an entertainer. Actors are often accused of having big egos and a Leo’s huge ego craves both attention and adoration.

Weaknesses

Of course, with all the greatness of each sign, there must also be weaknesses and the Leo is no exception. At times, their dominance and confidence can be seen more as arrogance and conceit. They may use deceit to appear as something they are not if they feel they are not held in high enough regard.

The importance of image can be seen as self-centeredness, their love and demand for power and recognition can often be overbearing, and a Leo’s love for excitement and doing things in a really big manner can lead them to loathe the ordinariness of every day life.

Parts of the Body Ruled By Leos

Back, spine, and the heart – Leos often suffer from back pain and spine ailments. These can be caused by exertion or emotional stress.

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Year of the Rat:

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

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Much, much more on the Rat…

The Rat

 

 

   

The Rat
Being born a Rat is nothing to be ashamed of. In China, the Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising person. It is deemed an honor to be born in the Year of the Rat and it is considered a privilege to be associated with a Rat. Rats know exactly where to find solutions and can take care of themselves and others without problems. They use their instinctive sense of observation to help others in times of need and are among the most fit of all the Animal signs to survive most any situation.

Years of the Rat
First in the cycle, Rat Years begin the sequence and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Rat year actually begins.

The Sign of the Rat
Being born under this sign determines many talents, as well as other characteristics that may not be so commendable. Rats are very lively and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. They can be calm and perceptive, but sometimes their brains can cause a mental restlessness, tempting them to take on too much, only to discover they are unable to meet their commitments. Rats are blessed with one of the best intellects going. Add to their intelligence a curiosity and a bright imagination, and they seem as sharp as a needle.

The sign of the Rat is the first sign in the cycle giving Rat people exude great leadership qualities and are good at taking the lead. They don’t mind a lot of responsibility and they demonstrate a strong presence that other people respect. For those with the Rat nature, status and monetary satisfaction are the greatest motivation.

RAT FACTS:
People born in the Year of the Rat share certain characteristics. The Rat sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the sign of the Rat. First in order, Chinese name-SHU, sign of charm
Hour-11pm-12:59am Month-December
Western Counterpart-Sagittarius

CHARACTERISTICS
Smart, Magnetic, Well-liked, Affable, Quick-witted, Surreptitious, Selfish, Protective, Calculating

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Rat Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE WATER RAT 1912 AND 1972
Being guided by the Water element means these Rats have a knack for influencing people. With their strong intellectual powers and great insight, they are also great puzzle solvers. They are quick to understand others and are incredibly practical people. Rats apply their talents to their everyday lives, making them obliging, generous and compassionate to other people. Generally, they are liked and respected by everyone. Like all Rats, however, they can be determined to seek their own gain, and will not mind using these talents to achieve it – though generally without losing anyone’s respect in doing so.

Health and home
RAT HEALTH
The affect of the sign of the Rat is energetic, and demonstrates enough endurance to fight most any sickness. Yet, all Rats tend to be tense, full of nervous energy, petulant and prone to stress. Rats also harbor a bit of aggression; yet, they are usually able to control it. Yoga would benefit Rats by calming their aggressive natures and helping them manage stress.

AT HOME WITH THE RAT

Rats make good homemakers who are always willing to do household chores. Rats are not usually interested in keeping up with the times, and it doesn’t matter to them whether or not their furnishings are in style. What does matter is that their home is a refuge expressing warmth, comfort and vogue. Light blue is their color of choice for home decor. Because this is a sign of acquisition, the Rat person’s house is presumably bursting with various knick-knacks collected over the years. Most Rats are cheerful, domesticated individuals who find happiness at home with their family.

Career and finance
THE RAT ON THE JOB
The Chinese say others should always listen to the advice of the Rat. Because of their intellect and observatory powers, Rat people possess prudence and perception. They can anticipate problems, and are always able to see the big picture. They can hone in on issues at hand and make measurable judgments. These skills, combined with their sense of aspiration also make them clever operators. Status, money, title, and recognition are important to the Rat. They have keen senses of observation that allow them to foresee upcoming business opportunities as well as potential occupational problems. The Rat makes a better boss than an employee and, although motivated, they can be pinned down by routines. Rats work better in flexible situations where they can be freely creative.

MONEY AND THE RAT
Cunning and thrifty, Rats have a knack with money and are apt to save for rainy days. When capable, the Rat is a great money saver, and in strapped times he knows how to make something out of nothing or how to turn make things advantageous for himself. Although few Rats suffer financially, the Chinese have a proverb: They who pile up grain hoards have much to lose.

RAT CAREERS
Those born in the Year of the Rat also share the same kinds of goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Rat are listed below:

RATS MAKE EXCELLENT:
Writers, Broadcasters, Actors, Advisors, Counselors, Lawyers, Politicians, Designers, Engineers, Managers, Directors, Administrators, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Stand-up Comedians, Researchers, Historians, Race Car Drivers

CONGENIAL BUSINESS PARTNERS
Whether Rats are compatible with their business partners depends on whether their signs are harmonious or antagonistic to those of their partners. Considering the congruity of their own characters and the characters of their business colleagues can also be very useful.

Rats Ruled By Benefit From Are Antagonistic to
Metal Earth Dragons Fire Sheep
Water Metal Rabbits Earth Horses
Wood Water Monkeys Metal Snakes
Fire Wood Oxen Water Rats
Earth Fire Pigs Wood Roosters

Leisurely activities and pleasures
LIKES AND DISLIKES
Since Rats are born under the same Animal sign, they often share likes and dislikes. Following are similar likes and dislikes of the Rats personality:
Rats Like:
Color Preference: Light-Blue
Gems and Stones: Diamond, Amethyst, Garnet
Suitable Gifts: car accessories, art books, gym memberships, geographical maps
Hobbies and Pastimes: Interior design, playing basketball, crafts, painting
Rats’ Dislike: Doing without things they want, strict time keeping, any routines, being at the end of the line

THE RAT VACATION
Travel delights the Rat personality and ignites his curiosity. Sunbathing is not the ideal way for a Rat to spend his vacation. Rats are adventurers. They want to explore, examine, visit and party during their time off. They want to try new foods, find new sights and experience the culture of the area they are visiting. And, of course, if they can come home with an exotic souvenir to add to their collection their vacation will have been an instant success.

FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
Generally friendly and sociable, the Rat is one of the extroverts of the Animal Zodiac. Often, the Rat is lively and genial, and has a special gift for easing the minds of others. It is not surprising that Rats have a lot of friends. They are great speakers and intriguing conversationalists, and can generally find something to say on just about any topic or subject. Of course, there is always that renowned Rat lure that allows them to charm the pants off of people! To the people they love, Rats can be amazingly charitable, popular and supportive, and will go out of their way to be certain their loved ones are content. On the other hand, if the Rat does not like someone, he is considered fair game and can be used to achieve any and all of the Rat’s desires. At the end of the day, though, the Rat is a loyal friend and will be there for his companions through thick and thin.

Compatible Friends: Dragons and Monkeys
Mortal Enemy: Horses

RAT PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Rat parents are dedicated to their children. They encompass their little ones with love and attention and enjoy watching their offspring grow and experience the world. When their children are small they brood a great deal over them. Rats become concerned if their babies don’t develop as quickly as other children. They anguish over whether or not they are raising their youngsters correctly. With the mental capacity to pick things up easily, Rats tend to get agitated with people who are not quite as quick-witted as they are. No wonder this trait could lead to conflict between Rat parents and their children should any of their children be late bloomers or harbor learning disabilities. Overall, Rats are indulgent parents who don’t like denying their youngsters of things they want, and the children soon learn how to wrap their parents around their little fingers.

THE RAT INFANT AND CHILD
Rat babies love to be loved and cuddled. When they are young, Rat babies tend to depend tremendously on their parents, but later in life they develop natural leadership qualities. During their baby years, Rats mature slowly, but gain momentum as they become toddlers. Eventually, they begin to exhibit active mentalities, so, in the early years, plenty of sleep is necessary. In school, the young Rats are eager to learn. It is then, too, that Rats begin collecting things, and like to fill their bedrooms with pebbles, shells and keepsakes of every kind. Generally, young Rats are smart little people who are artistic and literary students. They are well-rounded and many of them do well in sports, too. Being born in the first sign of the Chinese horoscope motivates these children to be pioneers and gives them a need to be first in line.

RAT PARENT/CHILD KINSHIPS
Some parents click immediately with their children and others find they will never have a close relationship no matter how hard they try to make it happen. Following are the compatibility ratings between Rat parents and their children.

Lovers and partners

Rats are beautiful people with magnetic personalities. The Rat himself can’t help but notice the admiration he receives from others. If the Chinese say there are few poor Rats, there are an even fewer number who are not sexually stimulating- especially as young people. Rat people are romantic, and are always happier to have someone to share with.

RAT ENRAPTURE
One of the Rat’s greatest assets is his charm. Rats can melt hearts with their smiles. Add that to their coquettish personalities and you can easily see how they conquer the hearts of others. And, since Rats love to go out, they have plenty of chances to meet potential suitors or future partners. An annoying quirk of some Rats is they have a difficult time severing ties with former lovers. Obviously, this can pose potential conflicts for the Rat and his new lover and can even endanger his ability to develop new relationships. When the Rat finally settles down with Mr. or Ms. Right, he will find a sincere satisfaction in the intimacy of the partnership.

A RAT’S PARTNER
Although Rats like to be in the driver’s seat, they do need partners who can keep up with their active lifestyles. Chinese horoscopes are very specific about which partnerships have the potential to be successful in love and in business. Yet, though destiny can point us in the right direction, we must still make efforts to maintain loving relationships. Following is a brief description of how a Rat will affect a relationship with other Animal signs.

PARTNERS IN LOVE
Rat*Rat
This is a prosperous partnership, especially in a business atmosphere. These two are bound to compete!
Rat*Ox
Very sexually enticing, yet likely to fail at marriage.
Rat*Tiger
Potential for great companionship, but you will have some major disputes.
Rat*Rabbit
Rats think Rabbits are boring. Rabbits love to be out and about. You will only frustrate each other.
Rat*Dragon
A solid, caring partnership. You value each other and get along very well.
Rat*Snake
Work on your differences and you could learn something form each other.
Rat*Horse
Don’t even think about it.
Rat*Sheep
If you both try hard and make great efforts, you will survive.
Rat*Monkey
You share similar goals and will make a great match.
Rat*Rooster
It’s just not worth it…there are too many conflicts.
Rat*Dog
Rats think Dogs are tiresome, but you have the potential to be a good match for each other.
Rat*Pig
Uphill, downhill, uphill…you love each other intensely, but keep an eye on your checkbooks!

EAST MEETS WEST
LEONINE RAT
The Leonine Rat is a mystical personality, dynamic and responsive. In addition to enthusiasm, high ethical standards and wise decision-making guarantee this Rat will be successful.

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Maybe later I’ll incorporate my moon sign as well.  I’ll be doing more work in the future on astrological correspondences, etc.

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