Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Welcome to Leo Season! In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re at the height of Summer, and we’re feeling the warmth and power of the Sun’s life-giving energy.
Leo is represented by the male lion, and the group of lions that he rules over is called a “pride”. This captures the essence of Leo: majestic, proud, and king.
The energy of Leo gives us the courage we need to be bold and stand strong in the face of fear. When we’re facing seemingly insurmountable tasks, Leo energy can light a fire in our hearts, allowing us to charge forward bravely.
Leo rules the heart and back, as well as the blood and spleen. Leo people are typically gifted with amazing upper body strength and physical endurance; however, these are also the parts of their bodies that they need to pay particular attention to, as any injuries or ailments are likely to appear here.
Yoga & Fitness for Leo Season
Leo Season reminds us to stand tall and proud, and since Leo rules the back and heart, yoga asanas that focus on opening and strengthening the chest and back are particularly beneficial during this time. These include:
- Chest Expansion (Hands interlaced behind the back)
- Upward Facing Dog
- Cobra and Cobra variations
- Bow Pose and variations
- Dancer Pose
Crystals for Leo Season
The bright, powerful energy of Leo is further enhanced by stones like Citrine, Orange Calcite, Yellow Jasper, and Sunstone. Citrine in particular, is excellent for transmuting negative vibrations and keeping your aura clear – a perfect ally for brave pursuits.
To balance overactive Leo energy, choose stones like Selenite, Blue Lace Agate, Rose Quartz, and Moonstone.
Essential Oils for Leo Season
If Leo had an essential oil diffuser blend, it would smell citrusy and SPICY! Oils such as Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Bergamot, and Grapefruit are all wonderful for bringing the bright, fiery energy of Leo to life.
To ease the aches and pains in the Leo areas of the upper back and shoulders, make a blend that incorporates Peppermint, Black Pepper, or Eucalyptus.
Leo, with the Element of Fire, heralds the beginning of a new Elemental Quarter, and the beginning of a new period of change within the year. Allow the fire of Leo to transform you into the highest expression of yourself – one that you would be proud to display to others.
May you be brave, bold, and lion-hearted!
Image Credit: Francesco de Tommaso