Astrologer Laura Craig

Mercury Enters Leo

Odilon Redon “Icarus”

July 27 - August 11, 2021

Mercury in Leo is a bright and shiny penny. It is a prince, a doll, a clown, a cub or a kitten. It is also a hothead. Transit-wise, this is a fast flight, a quick glow-up, for earth’s cadet, who is traveling through Leo for only two weeks. Since stationing direct back in June, he has been following in the footsteps of the Sun, gaining in speed and audacity, and getting closer and closer to the fiery source, like winged Icarus or Phaeton with his chariot. As he scorches through the purifying flames next week, he also steers into the infamous Saturn-Uranus square, and may learn a thing or two about hubris, heedlessness and over-confidence. But under Leo’s aegis, no doubt he will make a graceful recovery, dignity intact, and will continue apace for the next two months, until retrograde time comes again.

As the messenger moves from Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon Mother, into the sign ruled by the Solar King, our minds and mouths, our conversations and opinions, our thoughts, prayers and musings—our mercurial functions, in other words—take on a more outward, direct quality. It’s as if the words written in the privacy of Cancer’s diary now find themselves published in a memoir, or splashed across the headlines. And as transiting temperatures (and tempers) rise, our hearts beat harder and faster, and things may burn to be expressed. We might experience moments of inspiration or revelation, if also bouts of navel gazing. What we say carries a sense of importance. We become curious about ourselves. What is the inner child saying? Who do you look up to, or aspire to be like? What is your inheritance? What is coursing through your blood? And how are you best served to claim your divine right to be your unique and beautiful self?

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