This is a series in which I am attempting to combine the outer planets and Sun-sign astrology to predict the next 2 years for each of the signs (see my posts of 4 Feb and 6 Feb.) If you think this analysis works for any of the people you know in those signs, please let me know.
Pluto is moving from your solar 5th to 6th Houses, so it is time to put to use all those talents which so characterise you and which you have spent so long developing. The Leo Barack Obama is a good case in point. We can all see he is very talented. But people want to see him tried and tested before they can feel fully confident in him. They want to see his talent and charisma come down to earth and into practical policies, “This is what I would do if I was President, and that is what I would do.” So this is the transitionary point at which he now stands as Pluto enters his 6th, and in their own way it is where all Leos stand this year. It is no longer enough to be liked and admired for the wonderful, unique, talented person you are: it is time to develop more of the practical skills necessary to use those talents, it is time to think more in terms of how you can be of practical service to the community. Not because you ‘ought’ to, but because you want to, because you will feel more fulfilled if you do.
And this period of working and developing more skills might well involve directly and unconditionally helping other people. Neptune is in your 7th House of relationship. And you may do this literally or, for example, artistically.
In the case of Obama, I think one way this Neptune in the 7th is coming out is in people feeling they have a strong individual relationship with him, even though they don’t, and a deep perception of what a profound person he seems to be – that, like the Republican leader a few years ago, he has been sent by God, he is an old soul come to save the USA and therefore the world at a critical moment in history. That sort of guff.
So Leos watch out – you have the charisma to have this effect on people, particularly while Neptune remains in your solar 7th, but do not encourage it. It is tempting as a Leo to grandstand. Yes, you can do some really good stuff. But just do the work, don’t talk it up, don’t announce its ‘significance’. Pluto in the 6th wants humility of you. People will come to see just how good you are, and how much you help others. But let it creep up on them, then they will appreciate you for the right reasons.
And with Uranus in the 8th, this compassion and transparency to other people that Neptune is giving you can lead to sudden insights, you can grasp why people are like they are, the hidden conditionings that are driving them, their secrets, and also insights into your own dark places and family conditionings.
For Barack Obama, I think it indicates an unexpected (Uranus) shadow side (8th) to him. He is seen so strongly as a figure of light by many people, and there is always a shadow side to this phenomenon. I know I’m coming across as quite critical of the man. I think there could be a lot of good stuff that he does. But there is also this big shadow thing being created, just like with Bush. It’s almost as though in people’s understandable longing to get away from Bush, they are doing the same thing on the other end of the political spectrum. Bush is the shadow, Obama is the light, and they go together. Bush is demonised by the same people who are worshipping Obama. Pluto in Sagittarius is having one last laugh.
Anyway, back to Leos generally. Saturn is in your 2nd House of values, talents and money. So this is giving a similar message to Pluto in the 6th. It is time to see what your talents, what you, are worth in the marketplace, what people are prepared to pay for you. Beneath the swagger, Leos can lack grounded confidence in themselves, confidence based on actual achievement. So what is being got at here is not about surrender to Mammon, but the sort of confidence that comes from putting your abilities to work, and seeing them earn you money.
This is a sort of initiation that a lot of talented people have to go through. It’s not about developing a skill – say a lawyer or a plumber – which you do to earn a living, but where it’s usually not a passion, and where you in a deeper sense are not on the line. What I’m talking about is the ‘you’ in a deeper sense, with all its richness and insight and passion and vulnerability, exposing itself to the world, testing itself in the world. This is not an easy thing to do, but it makes your gifts real and allows them to develop.
So for Leos the next 2 years are about bringing the transformative currents from the 6th, 7th and 8th Houses – the skills and ability to work hard, the unconditional desire to help others, the insights that come with that – and putting them out there so that you and others can see their worth. It is a sort of incarnation from Leo the child with potentials, to Leo the adult with self-knowledge and self-confidence.