Temple Astrolog: Fire in the Sky

There is a lot of Leo energy from the stars right now. Mercury (communication) Venus (relationships, magick, value), the Sun (self), Juno (partnership), and Mars (will). It’s like the whole sky is roaring like a Lion. But what is it saying? And how do you live with a Lion?

Leo is the second of the fire signs. Here the instinctual and direct energy of fire is maturing, but it is not there yet, reaching full maturity in the last fiery sign of Sagittarius. Fire is demanding, direct, confrontational, and sometimes difficult to meet up with, but it is not manipulating or holding on to things a long time. Yes, it can be blunt and childish and sometimes we can get burned by fire, but there is no ill intent. That is one of the reasons that it is easy to forgive a Leo.

Leo at its best can teach us how to roar, be courageous, dare to stand in the light, and play with our gifts. At its worst, we demand all the light to shine on us and truly believe that “there can only be One” and of course that one is Me!

When we are fully diving into our creative space, the rest of the world disappears. We lose time, forget to eat, we get high on the creative energy, and all we want to do is to stay there and give birth to what we are working on. It’s like living in your own universe, close to the Sun and with all the brilliant colors shining on you. In many ways it’s like being in love, but you are having a love affair with the creative powers of the Universe.

It’s a wonderful feeling, but we must also be aware not to get lost. Around our bubble there is another life going on, and if we are not careful then suddenly the world around us has moved on without us noticing. This is a balancing act for all creative people. How to be in our creative universe, giving birth to great things, and at the same time being present in our relationships and the life around us.

In the Tarot card Lust we can see a woman with a Lion. She can hold the creative and passionate energy of Leo and help to make that power usable. In the same way we can work with energy of earthly Virgo to ground the powers of creativity. Take a break to eat, go out in the forest and ground yourself, play with your kids, have a Swedish “fika” with your friends. Afterwards you will return to your creative project with fresh eyes and a heart filled with human love and a feeling of centeredness.

With all of these planets in Leo we can get a lot of creative work done, but the Sun and Venus conjunction can also create a romantic bubble, so we’ll do best to keep an eye open on what is going on in the world around us.

Watch out for stubbornness and violence

The asteroid Vesta is in the sign of Taurus. Vesta is holding a flame of dedication and in Taurus she can be very dedicated and holding on hard to what she wants to protect. Being dedicated and protective can be a good thing, but it is also the same thing that can motivate someone abusive and violent. Right now Vesta is getting fuel from a square to Juno (relationships) and Mars (will, drive) in Leo. Both Taurus and Leo are fixed signs and do not easily change opinion or direction.

This influence is increasing and around the 15th of August. Then the Sun and Venus in Leo (with Juno and Mars close by) is in exact conjunction to Vesta in Taurus. It cools down a bit with Mars entering Virgo on August 18th and around the 26th the stellium in Leo has moved into the sign of Virgo.

This transit creates is a very tense situation with a lot of fire and I do hope that it will not manifest in forest fires or other harmful situations!

The need to have a strategic plan

What we can do during this fiery transit is call upon higher will and make a higher perspective available. Like many times lately we can get assistance from Pallas Athena positioned in the sign of Libra. She makes a sextile to Venus, Sun, Juno, and Mars in Leo. She also reminds us to have a strategic plan. If we want changes to last we need a plan and we need to follow up with more than actions in the moment (Leo). It is easy to get lost in emotions and the passion of the moment, but with the help of Pallas Athena we can take that energy and direct it towards long-lasting goals with laws and regulations (Libra) for the good of all and the generations to come.

A magickal snow globe & the power to cool things down

If you live in a place with too much heat and too many conflicts you can work with cooling stones in your crystal grid. Light blue stones like blue calcite, larimar, and blue aragonite have a cooling and calming effect. Just like there is a spectrum of fire between warmth and burning, there is a spectrum between cooling winds and ice, so there is a magickal span before putting something or someone in the freezer and freezing the situation. Symbolically speaking that span of magick would be snow.

If you want to you can get a snow globe (“snö glob” as we say in Swedish) and magickally charge it to cool things down. Surround it with cooling and calming stones and herbs when you are not using it. (You can also decorate the snow globe with the runes Hagalaz and Isa, but then be careful not to use it too much as the hail rune can be very transformative and ice freezes things solid, and you just want to cool them down.)

When things get overheated, shake the globe. Of course there may be more and deeper work to do to resolve the issue or conflict, but it may surprise you what a bit of snow magick can do to create a higher and more balanced perspective, especially when the world of Lions are on fire.


Karin Ugander is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and Psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is a high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program.

You can find Karin Ugander at Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial

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