The Future Has Several Names ~ July 18th-24th, 2016

This week, the Sun will make its transition from Cancer into Leo, (it’s sign of rulership) where both Mercury and Venus are also transiting. After the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 19th, the tone and tint of your days will begin to shimmer and glow a little more.

“Venus Verticordia” (“Venus the Changer of Hearts”) by Dante Gabriel


The season of Cancer will linger on until Friday, leaving you several days to softly weave intricate layers of memory, knitting a grandiose narrative together. This narrative will become quite useful to you as the the Sun transitions into Leo.

When the Sun moves into Leo, there will be a natural tendency to overtly regard yourself as being the beloved hero of your own dramatic tale. This is because Leo’s great work is to master the art of persona, breathing life into hollow masks and engendering the birth of genuine character.


Latin for “to each his own mask”


Therefore, during this season, the sensation of feeling like an actor on the world stage will become more greatly pronounced. Let the extra radiance become an ostentatious display of your natural ecstasy and enthusiasm. This is a time to live with spirit!

As you begin to live through a more stylized character, use some of this warm light to envision your future!  What do you see for yourself?


Storming The Bastille by Jules David


Before you settle on an answer, consider what Victor Hugo once wrote in his classic Romantic novel, Les Misérables.

“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.”

Let the Sun in Leo make you feel valiant, healing your heart and mind of its self-doubts and it’s trepidations. Remember that…

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”

Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is a novel that by most standards can be accused of being overly sentimental and exaggerated. Yet its timbre is a perfect description of the transition between sentimental Cancer and the fires of Leonic passion!

Les Misérables was written from Hugo’s honest interpretation of things as they were. Thus, it is a piece of literature with real character, weaving and unravelling the personal, political, philosophical and religious.



Les Misérables is set during one of the most tempestuous times in history, the period of the French Revolution and its unfortunate extension into Napoleonic rule. The causes for the revolution were complex, but simply stated, it was born from the clash between the strengthening values of Individualism and the myriad of social injustices that erupted from aristocratic corruption.



Marie Antoinette in Life and in Death


The resonance of this story remains strong because the abuses of power that Hugo details are still quite familiar today. As historical fiction, Les Miserables entwines fantasy and fact to make a valiant attempt to offer an explanation for the chaos of his Age.

In Les Misérables, Hugo envisions the arc of history and the human character as a fluctuation between revolution and restoration, transgression and salvation.

“This light of history is pitiless; it has a strange and divine quality that, luminous as it is, and precisely because it is luminous, often casts a shadow just where we saw a radiance; out of the same man it makes two different phantoms, and the one attacks and punishes the other, the darkness of the despot struggles with the splendor of the captain. . .Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.”

This week, you may take inspiration from Victor Hugo’s agonies, knowing that even the most tumultuous times in history can serve as the birthplace for greatness. This week, you may cast off your curated post-modern tastes and the mind-numbing soliloquy of critique that follows.



Instead be moved only by the pulse of your beating-bleeding heart, that lives on, no matter what your triumphs or your struggles.

Monday/Tuesday: The Soul Dilates

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

The beginning of the week brings the Full Moon in Capricorn as well as a trine between Mercury in Leo and Saturn in Sagittarius. The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19th, 2016 will inspire you to explore the role of sovereign over your own life. The season of Cancer has most likely imbued you with a more lingering sense of living history which brings a new range and depth of emotionality.

Both the Sun and the Moon will be in aspect to Mars in Scorpio, summoning forth the most transformative forces within your spirit. The long suffocating weeds will finally break through the concrete!


St. Michael Defeating the Devil


Therefore, if there is fear and despair in your life which is holding you back from evolving, you will be called to face these fears and assert your authority over the direction of your life. The Full Moon in Capricorn is a perfect night to banish the demons that keep you bound to an underdeveloped mind, body and soul.

There will also be a fiery trine between Mercury in Leo and Saturn in Sagittarius, which will be excellent for handling any level of sustained mental focus or concentration. Memorize some lines from a great poem or play and recite them with grace.

If you have been tangled up in disorganized thinking, use the beginning of the week to settle your mind and focus on solutions. If you have been struggling to speak with authority, consider this transit to be an excellent time to find that confident voice that has been eluding you.

Wednesday/Thursday: Love Still More


detail from Dante’s Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice by Dante Gabriel Rosetti

“You who suffer because you love, love still more.

To die of love, is to live by it.”

The middle of the week brings the last fragrant days of Cancer which are best spent in enjoyment of anything which is beautiful and comforting. Some stability of mind has been influenced by Mercury’s aspect to Saturn already, but on Wednesday, transiting Venus in Leo will also trine Saturn. This makes a perfect moment to swear an oath or make a vow which comes straight from your heart.

“When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.”

The most obvious form of this expression is within intimate romantic relationships, but Venus does not necessitate that. The exuberant spirit of Venus in Leo is made solemn and courageous in this trine to Saturn, so this is an ideal day to make a sincere promise to yourself or to anyone that you hold dear. All human relationships and expressions of love can be made better by this trine. Knowing that the intentions set now will have long-lasting positive results, consider the power of your words carefully and invest them wisely.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Love, Soar!

Zephyr carries Psyche down from the Mountain by Henry Justice Ford


On Friday, the Sun moves into Leo, lighting up your horizons with luminous golden rays! The exuberant wisdom of Leo teaches the simple truth that for as long as you shall live, the sun will always set upon your sorrows and rise upon your joy!

“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.”

During Leo season, the flames of self-expression are lit up and your actions will become motivated by the dramatic stories that you created for yourself during Cancer season.


Andy Warhol Self-Portrait


Therefore, this weekend is the perfect moment to appreciate the great purpose you have found in your life thus far. Consider that you will be living out a story no matter what you do, so you might as well make an effort to interpret your life with a little extra autobiographical flair!

Your sense of character, story and motivation is essential! No matter how small or insignificant you may believe yourself to be, you must still perform the art of living! Even if you are listless and uninspired, let this time in summer inspire a radiant presentation of a life well lived!


“Self-portrait” by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1790)

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”