German American’s Guide to Leo Season: July 23-August 22
We’ve entered Leo season, ruled by the SUN! Time to soak it up! And let your inner light shine bright! Leo is all about self-expression, so it’s a great time to try experimenting with sharing a little more of yourself with the world! This is a season that can feel like the last harrah before we inch into fall, so after nesting during Cancer season, it really is time to get out there, put on some sunscreen, and get some sun on you!
July 28 brings the Leo New Moon–a great time to set intentions around your creativity, how you allow yourself to be seen in the world or in your field, and how you’re tending to your closest relationships.
Jupiter begins its retrograde on July 29, headed back through the early degrees of Aries to Pisces. Put a pin in whatever you started to get inspired about in May–it’s not ending or going away, but going back to the editing process, to be refined. We’ll see Jupiter move back into Aries on December 20th, where it will stay until May 17, 2023, which will be an opportunity to put into place any inspiring ideas you had in May 2022.
On August 1, Mars meets up with Uranus–this happens once every two years, and could mean that something unexpected or exciting happens, especially if you have Taurus or Scorpio planets! No matter your sign, be gentle with yourself and others today, and try to go with the flow of whatever happens.
August 11 brings the Leo Full Moon, with the Moon in Aquarius. This is a great time to celebrate your community, and all the ways you contribute to your community as an individual. An Aquarius Moon invites us to celebrate the weird parts of ourselves and how the unique parts of ourselves and others can be a strength.
How Leo season might show up for you:
- You might be feeling like you need to soak up the end of summer, and you’re right! Leo is ruled by the Sun, so the more you can get the Sun on your skin, the better! Time to bottle this feeling of summer to last you through the year. Leo is fixed fire, so this is eternal flame energy–check in with your internal pilot light and see what it needs to keep going through the colder months.
- You could be feeling optimistic, happy, content–all Leo vibes!
- Leo rules pleasure, fun, things we do just to feel good without reaching towards any goal. This is a great month to lounge in a hammock, reading the dumbest book you can find, giggle with your friends, just waste time, which isn’t wasting actually.
Ways to work with the energy of Leo season:
- If you work with tarot, put the Sun card on your altar, and invite in all its optimistic, sunny energy.
- Wear orange or yellow and literally try to embody the sun!
- On Sundays (Leo’s day), carve out some time to do something creative that you’ll share with your friends–play some music together, make a craft, do something fun and funny.
- Prioritize your creativity and pleasure this season!
Dirndl designs for Leo season:
- Leo’s an audacious and exuberant, likewise, the Zodiac Dirndl in Leo has a bold animal print velvet burn-out apron with yellow ribbons.
- The corresponding colors for the bodice are shades of gold, red and orange.
- To channel the generous, yet strong energy and summer vibes of Leo, the fabric choices are leather, velvet and satin.
- Similarly, for the Moon Rising Dirndl in Leo, the apron ribbon colors are striking and powerful shades of gold and red.
Food & drink for Leo season
To get in the Leo spirit (pun intended), you can whip up this infused liqueur with Leo and Sun-ruled herbs:
- 3 ¼ c (1 fifth or 750 ml) vodka (80-100 proof)
- Zest of 6 oranges
- ¼ c fresh rosemary leaves, crushed
- ½ c honey
- ½ c simple syrup
Combine the vodka, orange zest, rosemary and honey in a half-gallon jar and stir. Seal the jar and put in a cool, dark cabinet until it smells very orangey, about 3-5 days. Strain the mixture into a clean jar and stir in the simple syrup. Combine with sparkle water!
- ½ c water
- ½ c sugar
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Orange juice
- Sparkle water
- Sprigs of rosemary to garnish
Make the simple syrup by combining the water + 3 sprigs fresh rosemary in a small saucepan until the water starts to boil. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for ½ an hour to steep. Strain the rosemary out.
Combine the orange juice with simple syrup and sparkle water over ice–adjust the simple syrup to taste. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary and drink!
Nothing says summer like “Grillparty”! If you are up for the challenge here is a made from scratch recipe for German Bratwurst. Channel that Leo creativity and boldness to try this recipe from the Daring Groument.
Another (and far easier to make) dish for a grillparty is a classic Gurkensalat or German cucumber salad. Here is recipe from the Blond Cook.
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika