The sun is shining, summer has arrived and we’re all feeling a shift in energy. But there’s more to it than weather. That shift you feel is a result of the Sun, moving from sign-to-sign as it does throughout the year until it has made a full cycle around the zodiac.
You might be wondering – what does that mean and how does it affect me?
Well, each sign of the zodiac has its own element and qualities. You hear about these when you read a description of your zodiac sign. But these affect more than just our personality traits. When the Sun settles in a sign, which it does for around 30 days, it illuminates the qualities of that sign. So, tracking the Sun’s movements throughout the year can help you sync up with those qualities, empowering you to take actions that are perfectly aligned with the energy the Sun is highlighting.
Why are the Sun’s movements so important?
In astrology, the Sun is considered the life-giver, the most powerful source of energy. Wherever it shines gets all its fire, heat and illumination. So, as it moves through the zodiac, it’s presence in each sign produces a significant change in energy for us all here on Earth.
Right now, the Sun is in the sign of Cancer until July 22nd. Then it will move into Leo for the second half of the month, giving us very different energies to work with in July.
And here’s the best part - no matter what sign you are, you can benefit from choosing actions that align with these energies for optimum results and productivity.
In this blog post, we’ll explore exactly how to do that as the Sun moves from the sign of Cancer into Leo.
What does it mean when the Sun is in Cancer?
Cancer is a water sign. All water signs are known for their intuitive, emotional and sensitive natures. When the Sun is in a water sign, these qualities are illuminated, making for a heavier-feeling month tinged with emotion. So, if you do find yourself feeling a little prickly at the start of July, know that it’s natural and plenty of other people will be feeling these same.
And it’s just temporary – we’re on our way into the more light-hearted, playful energy of Leo – but more on that later!
What to do during Cancer season
Cancer is a cardinal sign. Like Aries, Libra and Capricorn, these signs are known for initiation. The inspired cardinal signs come up with the ideas, while the focused fixed signs – Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio, are the developers and planners. Then we have the mutable signs – Pisces, Virgo and Gemini, who help to adapt and navigate any changes that arise.
With the Sun sailing through a cardinal sign, the first half of July is ideal for getting all your ducks in a row. Write down all your ideas or review goals you may have set at the start of the year – do you still feel the same about them? Explore that, and if these are still things that you want, now’s the time to start thinking about how you might want to approach these goals.
Where do you want to be by this time next year? This is an ideal month to start making headway on the plans that will get you there. Share your dreams and ideas with others and see how they can help you.
Work through your emotions
Up until mid-July, you might find yourself feeling more sensitive and needing lots of time to recharge. This is not a bad thing! In fact – this could be just what you need to create positive change this month.
Cardinal energy combined with the emotional nature of water energy makes this an ideal time to channel any heavy feelings into something productive. Whether that means getting your frustrations out with some physical activity from sweaty workouts to calming yoga sessions, or bringing your feelings to life through painting or song-writing – this is a time to express yourself and let your creativity run wild and free.
Focus on healing
Cancer represents the place we call home in astrology, and that is probably where you’ll be happiest for the first half of the month. This a great time to reorganise your space and make it feel extra homey. Process all the feelings and emotions with healing baths and meditation rituals. Enjoy plenty of hearty, home-cooked meals. There are so many ways to heal at home!
Looking for a new abode? This is also a great time to step up the search or move in if you’ve already found your dream dwellings.
Leo season blazes in from the 22nd July
As the Sun moves into Leo on the 22nd, you will quickly feel the energy shift as we move from cardinal energy to fixed, and water energy to fire.
What does it mean when the sun is in Leo?
The sign of Leo is associated with playfulness, fun, rest, children... and sometimes a little drama! Anything you do that relates to these things will go smoothly this month. From planning relaxing trips away, to fun nights out or even expanding your family or devoting extra time to any children in your life, the Sun gives you a big green light to pursue these activities.
The real focus from mid-July to mid-August as the Sun shines in Leo is rest and relaxation. So, don’t feel guilty about putting your feet up and taking plenty of time to yourself!
How to use Leo energy
Play, relax and relax some more! What do you really love to do? Now is the time to explore that. Go and see a show, dance, sing, or treat yourself to an indulgent spa day - whatever you find fun and anything that makes you feel good should be on your to-do list this month.
After the rocky road of Cancer season that you will have spent working through emotions, healing wounds and planning for your future – this is the time to let it all go and take a well-deserved break.
It’s no coincidence that Leo season falls during the summer holidays.
Leo season puts the focus on self-love
While Cancer is ruled by the Moon, Leo is ruled by the Sun.
So, mid-July is when the Sun arrives ‘home’ in astrology – meaning that its energies can be expressed perfectly. You can mirror this cosmic occurrence by returning home to yourself. What makes you truly happy? Think about that and do the things that come up when you ask yourself that question.
Leo is a sign that is known for their confidence, so embracing self-love is key in July. Why not write yourself a love letter to remind you of what’s great about you?
Think about the sun and its bright light that shines and captivates us all. How can you channel that bright light you have within yourself? Put a focus on confidence-building, whether that is through a fresh new look, starting a fitness routine or building a skill. Do one thing you can be proud of yourself for this month as you embrace the lighter, brighter energy of Leo season.
Most importantly, enjoy the summer and soak it all in! Now that you know how to work with the astrological energies of July, you have all the knowledge you need to make this the best summer yet.
Written by Spiritually Empowered