Hello, footloose and fancy-free! For the first three weeks of June, the Sun blazes through Gemini, your eleventh house of group activity and teamwork. Kick off the summer season with some alfresco fun, whether you're mingling for business or catching up with your 50 closest friends. With go-getter Mars also in Gemini all month, it's a great time for networking or launching an exciting collaborative project. On June 8, a Gemini new moon brings a five-star opportunity for making valuable connections or kicking off an energizing team effort.
While your nonstop social schedule might exhaust other zodiac signs, festive Leos actually gain energy from being around people—especially the inspiring, unconventional thinkers you're likely to meet now. Grab a siesta whenever you can, since you might not get a break until June 21, when the Sun moves into Cancer, your sleepy twelfth house of rest and endings. Until then, mix and mingle away.
Another reason to let the good times roll? June marks the final month of expansive Jupiter's yearlong visit to Gemini. Jupiter has been here since June 11, 2012, growing your circles of influence—perhaps even globally through technology or social media. Under Jupiter's spell, fortuitous new friendships and alliances have flocked to you. Perhaps these contacts opened your eyes to a soul-stirring cause or offered a clear, cutting-edge pathway to make a difference for all of humanity. It may sound lofty, but in fact, these folks showed you just how important it is to believe in your dreams—and to have a tribe to support you.
On June 25, benefic Jupiter departs buoyant Gemini for Cancer, your behind-the-scenes twelfth house, where it will stay until July 16, 2014. This cosmic shift could very well feel like you're at a raging party—booty-shaking grooves pumping—and the DJ downshifts to slow jams without warning. Screeeech! Of course, that needle coming off the record could be just on time. Could it be that YOU, reveler of all revelers, have (finally) run out of steam? After a year of crowd-surfing, crowdsourcing and being perpetually on the town, Jupiter now prompts you to turn inward and remember what your wise inner voice sounds like. This cycle will be creative, spiritual and healing, sort of like going into a cozy cocoon to prepare for your rebirth next July, when happy-go-lucky Jupiter enters Leo for a year, kicking off a brand new 12-year life cycle.
But before the grand new beginnings, your responsibilities await. Over the next year, you may need to offer your sympathetic shoulder for a friend or relative in need, or maybe to roll up your sleeves and set some painstaking groundwork before you can launch a big project. Some Leos just need to just do whatever it takes to put a halt to their controlling instincts. Instead of always running the show, learn how receive and accept support. Just because you CAN do it all doesn't mean you should.
For clues as to how Jupiter's visit to your muted twelfth-house influence will affect you, think back to July 2001-August 2002, when Jupiter was last in Cancer. Focus on closure, completing unfinished business and possibly mourning a loss or hurt that's still unhealed. We know—it's not fun to face the inevitability of endings or making a tough but essential transition. Yet, the more you fight it, the more exhausted you'll be. Truth is, you just don't have all those remarkable energy stores at your disposal under this Jupiter transit. In fact, you may find that you need more sleep than usual in the next year, so honor your body's need for well-deserved rest. Becoming judicious about where you place your efforts is key.
Jupiter's big lesson? To teach you the art of allowing and surrender. The strong-arm approach will not only exhaust you, it will also block out the divine guidance that's oh-so-eager to be heard. Under this transit, universal "magic" abounds. Follow the serendipities and soul callings, and you'll absolutely love the results: Many Leos will meet a soul mate, get pregnant, or fall deeper in love with the ones they're with. Often, letting go is more about what you're making room for than what you're waving to in the rearview mirror. Sure, "The Secret" is way-old news, but for a little inspiration on how the Law of Attraction helped Oprah, watch her Larry King interview about magnetizing her role in "The Color Purple": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0wYxh-akZs. Perhaps it's time to dust off your copy of this much-hyped little tome again.
You can also be proactive about boosting your energy. On June 23, a Capricorn full moon lights up your sixth house of health and wellness. This is an excellent time for a checkup, with your GP, your dentist or a holistic health practitioner. If you haven't been hitting the gym lately, don your sneakers and visit a trainer. This is the time to recommit to your overall wellness and vitality. Got a bad habit to kick? Whatever your vices—limiting beliefs, a cheese-fry addiction, chain-smoking, martini-swilling—now is the time to banish 'em! You'll be grateful for the boost in vitality in the year ahead anyhow.
An oft-overlooked part of the health equation is unfinished business. From June 26-July 19, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Cancer, prompting you to catalogue what needs closure. Old friends you thought were neatly tucked away with all your other sepia-toned memories could resurface. If there's anything left unsaid, now is the time to speak your truth. If possible, avoid traveling during this three-week phase, since Mercury retrogrades often wreak havoc with train schedules, traffic and other unforeseen bumps in the literal and figurative road. Avoid signing important contracts, as you may not have the necessary facts to make a sound decision. The messenger planet doing backstrokes also warns of communications gone awry, so if you have to say something important, check and double check that email. And whenever in doubt, clarify—Mercury can make us overlook key details, so go over everything with a fine-tooth comb.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Your love life could take a nostalgic turn this month, or it could be as clear as mud. You may be feeling murky about a current paramour, or just kind of "meh" about the general state of affairs. Venus is in Cancer, your twelfth house of closure and rest, from June 2-26. Single Leos might just want to take a dating sabbatical, as recommended by love guru Patti Stanger in her book "Become Your Own Matchmaker" (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1416597719). Your options (and interest) brighten once Venus bursts into Leo on June 26. Or, if you're in need of a sexy reboot, read "The Mojo Makeover: Four Weeks to a Sexier You" by Booty Parlor creator Dana Myers (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/B004KW8KNI).
The twelfth house does rule fantasy, so don't rule out a windswept affair or a meeting that feels like kismet. Speaking of deja vu, a former flame could be on your mind this month, especially when Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Cancer on June 26. While it may feel weird to pine for a love who's been MIA since "Friends" was still filming new episodes, you might always have wondered if this person was "the one who got away." You now have a chance to look beyond the drama-rama and heal whatever underlying issues are binding you to this particular person. Root into your own heart as you delve through thorny issues, including forgiveness. This helping of introspection will eventually lead you to knowing your own heart fully. As fellow Leo Carl Jung once said, "Your vision will only become clear when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."
Adding some amorous spice to your love life, sultry Mars is blazing through Gemini all month, firing up your eleventh house of platonic connections. You could have some sizzling chemistry with a friend, perhaps a connection that strikes out of the blue. If you don't start locking lips with a friend, you might tap your circle for blind-date setups. Your peeps know and love all of you (not just the OK Cupid profile version), so who better to make a quality love connection? Since the eleventh house rules group activity, coupled Leos might bring back the attraction by doing fun, lighthearted things with their partner, like going to a sports event, having a mimosa-laden brunch or rallying everyone for a DIY donut tour, like this merry band: http://adamwade.com/humor/donutpalooza_1/.
These quirky pleasures can be a nice balance to the fog of confusion that might roll in on June 7, when illusory Neptune turns retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your eighth house of intimacy. Neptune rules fantasy, so this cycle could reveal where you may have been living in the clouds with regard to a close relationship. Have you mistaken mind-blowing (temporary) lust for undying love? Are you having a hard time committing, or pinning down your sweetie? We all have a "wound" of some kind, Leo. Everyone has worn those enticing "love goggles" at some point…but denial ain't the river you want to be kayaking down this summer. Our current obsession is with learning "attachment styles," a psychological concept that beautifully bottom-lines how we all operate in love (as either secure, anxious or avoidant). Required reading for lovelorn Leos this month is "Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love" (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1585429139) by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller.
On June 25, lucky Jupiter barrels into Cancer, your twelfth house, until July 2014, kicking off a soul-searching year in love. What's holding you back from feeling truly, madly, deeply? This is an excellent year for therapy or energy work, any reflective activity that will help you excise old blocks and outworn baggage standing in the way of being close with someone. During this yearlong phase, you could be reminded, over and over, that you have a swell of support at your disposal, whether you call them angels, goddesses or even your higher, capital-"S" self. With all this protection, avoid the endless mire of heartbreak and "give your heart a break" a la your Leo sister Demi Lovato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zfzka5VwRc.
MONEY & CAREER
Ever wish you could pull a "Cheers" and head to a place where everyone knows your name? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MIVVVP_Nto. The Sun, Jupiter and Mars spend much of June in Gemini, your eleventh house of networking, making you a meet-and-greet machine. Don't passively wait for a golden opportunity to expand your contact list, Leo. Accept the random invites to happy hours and getting-to-know-you soirées. Heck, even a pal's last-minute invite to a BBQ could yield potential work down the line. Since the eleventh house also rules technology, this is prime time to expand your digital presence or launch an online venture, especially at the June 8 Gemini new moon. Spiff up those social media profiles, and upgrade from Instagram "selfies" to meaningful images that promote your core values. Instead of spending mind-numbing hours staring at your Facebook feed, take theses 21st century tools into your own hands, signing up for Hootsuite, Tweetreach and Squarespace: http://www.squarespace.com/. When it comes to looking after your bottom line, a little bit of tech savvy can go a long way.
Speaking of security, your attention turns to your finances on June 7, when slip-through-your-fingers Neptune turns retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your eighth house of joint resources, debts and real estate, where it will stay until November 12. During this five-month stretch, you could do some serious soul-searching around your finances. Perhaps a once-latent desire to live near the ocean feels urgent, and you begin looking at places on the water or some other healing setting. You'll also become more sensitive to the link between money and karma. Perhaps it's not enough to give the panhandler your spare change every now and then; you could find yourself in the mood to get more involved with charity or non-profit work. Who knows? Perhaps this is the birthday season that you'll forego all gifts and ask pals to make donations in your name to a worthy cause, like Charity Water: https://www.charitywater.org. However your generosity manifests, don't miss the chance to get a tax write-off for your donations.
The month ends with fortuitous Jupiter moving into Cancer, your twelfth house of closure, until July 2014. In the coming year, it's important to tie up loose ends and lay groundwork for new ventures. As much as your flamboyant sign digs the spotlight, this is a year of reckoning. Plant the seeds and clear the decks for a splashy launch next year, when Jupiter arrives in Leo. Until then, perhaps you need to take a serious time out, going underground to study, soul search or prepare for your next big venture. This may feel frustrating at times, because you're ready to DO this! The more patience you have during this chill cycle, however, the stronger your preparation will be for the big debut. If you're targeting, say, the Webby awards or the New York Times bestseller list, handle due diligence now, and you'll give your sky-high dreams a solid foundation.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Need some pep in your step? If you're battling energy dips and mid-afternoon Snickers cravings, the June 23 full moon in Capricorn, your sixth house of vitality and wellness, will get you back on track. As you know, Leo, feeling good in your body and soul is pretty darn important. Take a midyear health and fitness inventory: Where have you been slacking? Are you opting for fried, frozen or takeout dinners because you're too busy to get to the produce aisle and stock up on your leafy greens? Have you been talking more about doing reps at the gym than actually donning your workout gear and breaking a sweat? Now is the time to set new, do-able goals for muscle toning, weight loss, vitamin-taking and even kinder self-talk, since our beliefs have a direct impact on our health. (For an eye-opening read on the matter, check out Dr. Lissa Rankin's "Mind Over Medicine": http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1401939988.) When you meet your objectives, don't forget to give yourself a gold star, perhaps in the form of a massage or spa day. This is a great time to make a lasting change and implement new routines, especially if you get doctor's orders of any kind.
Your health-mindedness deepens on June 25, when optimistic Jupiter begins a yearlong visit to Cancer, your twelfth house of healing. Yep, this could feel like an extended therapy sesh (both physical and emotional). Think back to July 2001-August 2002, when Jupiter last visited this part of your chart. Similar themes of recovery, rest and internal processing might be revisited. Since the twelfth house rules sleep and rest, you may need more shut-eye than ever. Since your subconscious will be stimulated, expect to have some fascinating and symbolic dreams. In fact, you might accomplish more with your head on your pillow, or via meditation, than in your active waking hours. Make sure your bed is extra comfy, as there could be many a Sunday morning you just feel like lounging, agenda-free. Don't be alarmed if you suddenly miss your alarm (or need one, since many Leos wake up with their ruler, the Sun, automatically).
To make the most of this soul-soothing year, dip into retreats, alternative healing modalities and even past life regression. If you've dealt with a loss, you may feel comforted by author Anita Moorjani's near-death revelations in "Dying to Be Me" (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1401937519). This book provided incredible solace for us after losing a dear friend last year. You may be playing "nurse" to a loved one in need; if that's the case, be mindful to take care of yourself too. You can't support others on an empty tank, Leo. Allowing yourself to receive support is also vital now. This is different from receiving help, because it's a circular transaction rather than an uneven power exchange, where one person is strong and the other is weak. Leos often get entangled in these imbalanced types of relationships, so think twice before refusing a genuine (not to mention needed) show of solidarity.
Soul-searching alert: There may be moments when you feel lost or overall disengaged from your life, since Jupiter in the trippy twelfth house can be quite surreal. A surefire way to get (needlessly) upset is to force your agenda. You don't have to ditch your dreams, just release control over the "how." Besides, micromanaging every last detail of your life, including your spirituality, means you're not letting the universe prove it has your back. Trust, Leo. You're in a critical gestation period where nothing earth-shattering is happening externally, but you're planting critical seeds. The goal is surrender, Leo, and learning what, exactly, that means.