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2020 has no doubt been full of surprises – some good, and others just outright weird. So as we shift from the water-ruled Cancer season that had us all pretty deep in our feelings, the bright sun in Leo is here to dry our tears with its bold and daring fire from July 22 to August 22. 

The good news is, in an exclusive interview with astrologer Ehime Ora, they tell me that there’s a lot to look forward to in this confident and action-packed month. 

“It’s going to be important to appreciate life and to show who you really are authentically,” Ora says. “If you’re thinking of starting a new hobby, it’s a good idea to start now.” 

Ora says that Mars will reside in Aries this Leo season, and will be for the rest of the year. Aries, which also is a fire sign like Leo, is aggressive and will make us want to be more active during this month the astrologer says.

“If you’re thinking of starting a new hobby, it’s a good idea to start now.” 

And with this active energy mixed with the sun in Leo’s boldness, we might see it manifesting within the bedroom. Ora says that another baby boom could be on the way this Leo season and more of us will be swiping on dating apps than before. It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty exciting time, I’m not gonna lie.

Despite this, Ora warns the zodiac not to become too reckless and says that while getting it on, protection is still incredibly important even though the energy of this month might make us feel otherwise.

“Leo season is all about drama and we’ll see that unfold in many different ways,” Ora says. They predict one of these ways being seen within the entertainment industry with scandals that will likely come forward.

How much weirder can things possibly get in 2020 though? Kanye West is already running for president. I guess we’ll see.

As for the specifics of what the four elements of the zodiac can expect, I interviewed astrologer Tess Lee, who stated that other fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) will experience a period of reckoning and coming clean during this month. They advise fire signs to be dynamic when making decisions. 

How much weirder can things possibly get in 2020, though?

“This is not a time where you want to hold back,” Lee advises. “You want to be transparent with the people around you. You want to tell your truth.”

But these commanding signs shouldn’t have a hard time being loud and expressing themselves.

For water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), Lee says that positive gains are underway this month, but that they’ll have to put in the work and prepare for them themselves. 

“It’s about really making a plan for yourself,” they tell me. “It doesn’t have to be immediate, but Leo season is a good time to start thinking about the things that are going to happen throughout this year.”

Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are in for movement and adaptation this month, Lee says. 

Fire is compatible with air energy and for that reason, Lee doesn’t see this being a hard month but says that they should expect a lot of changes. And although change may be uncomfortable for these three idealistic signs, Lee says that this will be a good time for growth. 

“Learning to adapt through changed circumstances will ultimately be a test of resiliency,” Lee says. “This is a time for them to move through issues of self-worth and appearance.” 

As a fellow superficial Libra myself who’s moving to a new state across the country next month, this one hit home.

And Earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo) have a month of investigating their true desires and focusing on passions that they may have put aside. 

Lee tells me that these three tactical signs might benefit from questioning places within themselves that they may have been silent about or abandoned like their sexuality

Analyzing just about anything is in the Earth signs’ very being, though. Lee says that they should get creative and dig deep with these natural skills.

But although the zodiac and each element have many things to look forward to during this summer season, astrologer Courtney Lawrence, also known as The Bougie Psychic, says that there are certain things that we should avoid too.

She warns us all not to become too carried away with this month’s overconfidence and passionate energy. 

You may take risks that aren’t necessarily smart to take. Such as, feeling really awesome and doing a backflip into the pool…only to land yourself in the ER,” she says. “You’ve never done a backflip before. You were just excited for people to watch you. That was a dumb decision.”

Lawrence also says that the fire energy of the month will have us more moody and explosive than ever. With this notoriously angry sign, she says that expressing our thoughts and laying out how we feel is much needed for a smooth-sailing Leo season. 

And both astrologers Ora and Lee, unfortunately, foresee an uptick in COVID-19 cases for this month’s future. 

“In Cancer, we were okay being at home and being emotional, but Leo season is about acknowledgment and we really can’t be seen truly if we’re at home,” Ora says.

I, for one, have felt pretty restless myself while staying indoors during the pandemic’s quarantine and I know that I’m not alone. This feeling will only increase as Mars resides in Aries.

So in order to safely process this, Lawrence recommends that we embody creativity, utilize social media, and challenge ourselves to shine on our own without the need to show it off. 

“The sun doesn’t stop shining because it’s night time, we just can’t see it,” Lawrence says. “Learning how to self validate & not need others’ approval will help your sunshine grow bigger and brighter, and then, once quarantine lifts, you’ll be able to support your own shine even if other people find you to be too bright.” 

For Earth signs, get creative and dig deep with your natural skills.

As for a key date in the zodiac, The Bougie Psychic tells me that on August 3 there will be a full moon in Aquarius that will prompt societal reflection and an overall reality check on values. It will bring us back down from the self-absorbed cloud that Leo oftentimes puts us on and allow us to focus on others.

Hopefully, this community-focused Aquarian full moon will affect the decision-makers of the world who are in power as international conversations about individualism, civil rights, and inequality have flared up in full force this year.

So, yeah, there’s a lot going on this month for all of us.

But no matter what element our sign is or where the planets are, each astrologer told me that we all have the tools to make this Leo season monumental.

If we play our cards right during this fiery month of activity, we’ll all be just fine.

A graphic design that displays three different cards. The two cards on the outside show the zodiac wheel. The card in the middle reads "LEO" on it with a lion tusk and sunbeams surrounding it. A banner that reads "HAPPY LEO SEASON" is displayed at the bottom of the picture. Graphic design by Aryanna Diaz
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