Those who are born under the fiery, fixed sign of Leo (born between July 23 and August 22) are widely known for their showmanship, creativity, and leadership. Ruled by the Sun, the very core of our solar system, Leos tend to take the center-stage and can even have their own gravitational field. But when are you the adored rock star of the Zodiac, or just being an obnoxious attention-hogger? It’s fun to have your own fan base, but do you know when to share the spotlight with others?

Leo, when you’re at your best. . .
. . . you’re one of the most magnanimous member of the Zodiac. No one can throw a party like you–you are a natural host/ess and can make anyone feel welcomed. Since you can shine like the Sun, that means everyone can’t take their eyes off of you. You take to leadership like a fish to water, and can serve as a guiding light for those to follow. You also exude confidence–whether you actually have it or not. Know the expression “Fake it until you make it?” There’s some Leo logic right there. You also have a great talent for finding the talent in others. Therefore, you make an ideal motivational coach, and can help others find their own confidence and strengths. Nobody can build up someone else’s self-esteem like a Leo!

. . . and at your worst. . .
I’ve already mentioned that your ruling planet is at the center of our solar system. That seems like an important position–and it is. However, sometimes being at the very center means that it’s easy to forget that there are others out there. Sometimes when you shine so brightly, you cast a shadow over everyone else. This may make you feel justified in your own ‘brightness,’ but be careful of devolving into a rampant narcissist. Yes, people DO notice you, and they DO follow you, but you are not the only one with something to offer in this universe. Also, there is a fine line between having star quality, and just desperate showboating. If you place yourself in the center of attention all of the time, people may actually start feeling more drained by you than dazzled.

Handling your Cancer nature
Every Leo has a performative, creative side to their personality. For you to really shine in life (and maintain your sanity) you need to find an outlet for performance. Perhaps you were born to be on the stage, have your own YouTube channel, write a blog, or anything that gets you SEEN somehow. Also, once you have found your platform, make sure to share it with others. Be generous with the spotlight! And here’s another tip for being a great performer–learn how to play to your audience, meaning: learn to listen to others. The more good feedback you get and integrate into your leadership/performance, the more your audience will grow and grow. And how rewarding is that for you, Leo!

Clueing others in about you
There are some important things that every Leo needs from others people. Leos have a social nature, and they can really give and give the same way that the Sun gives and gives its light to Earth every day. But if all of that giving goes unappreciated, than a Leo can feel quite depressed. There are mature ways to tell others that you need appreciation for all that you do for them. And when you finally get some, than you will be a very bright, and happy Leo! Another thing that Leos need from others is to be treated with respect and dignity. Even the quiet Leos out there (and there are a few!) can have a rather dignified presence. If you find others laughing at your expense or not taking you seriously enough, speak up for yourself. Respecting yourself is the first step to getting others to respect you.

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In my previous article about Ceres, the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, I argued that Ceres fits very well as a ruler of Taurus. If Ceres does rule Taurus, then Scorpio is its sign of detriment. In this article I continue by describing why this is a good fit.

Taurus and Scorpio are opposites
Obviously, a planet that rules a sign will find its detriment in the sign opposing the one it rules, because of the opposite nature of the signs. Taurus is sensuality, while Scorpio is sexuality. Taurus represents slow, gradual pleasure while Scorpio represents orgasmic intensity. Taurus owns; Scorpio shares. Taurus maintains separateness; Scorpio merges. Taurus represents life; Scorpio represents death. Taurus rejects change while Scorpio attracts it. Clearly then, if Taurus is a pure expression of Ceres nature, expressed in the form of a zodiac sign, then Scorpio is its polar opposite and gives Ceres very little scope for her true expression.

Ceres in Scorpio financially
“What’s mine is mine; what’s yours is mine” might be the motto of Ceres in Scorpio. This placement of Ceres can be ultra possessive—with a little Watery boundarilessness thrown in. In Scorpio, Ceres can feel moved to share—then resent the results. A native with Ceres in Scorpio might feel that their own money must come from others, but resent the dependency and its other costs (some of which may be emotional). Another tendency for Ceres in Scorpio natives is to experience financial “deaths and rebirths.” This means that sometimes situations emerge which drain one’s whole, hard-earned financial reserve in one staggering blow, requiring a rising from the financial ashes. As Nietzsche put it, “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” and these natives need to learn to smell change coming and submit to it without a fight before disaster strikes. A habit of lingering in a state of pain for the sake of financial stability is too costly for these people, as resentment will lead to self-sabotage which will force a change that may seem beyond one’s control but actually was unconsciously self-created. Do not allow bitterness, resentment and hatred to nest in your heart. And stay away from financially lucrative arrangements that bear an intolerable emotional price tag.

A difficult placement for mothering
Ceres is the Earth Mother, also known as Mother Nature, one of two mother archetypes in the chart (the other being the Moon) and placement of Ceres in Scorpio can intensify the mother/child connection, leading to a hyper-bonded relationship that can feel codependent or entangled at times. This can manifest as a mother who possesses, overprotects or engulfs the child or delivers TMI (“too much information”) about her life as an adult. Things no child wants to know about a parent. If an individual with Ceres in Scorpio did experience this kind of mothering as a child, it may be difficult not to pass on this kind of parenting as an adult. If you have this placement, beware of smothering your child or oversharing adult experiences that your child is too young to understand.

Ceres in Scorpio is difficult but not impossible
It’s my firm belief that every planet in your chart is on a mission to bring something good into your life. A detriment position is hard on a planet because the sign opposite to its own sign gives the planet an extremely narrow scope of expression. Narrow but not impossible You might even argue that a planet’s detriment position constitutes a powerful life lesson and therefore yields richer human experience than a more “easy” placement. Certainly, a Ceres-in-Scorpio person can face many lessons about unattachment and self-reliance. What’s most difficult is that those lessons tend to come the hard way—by having the things you rely on most be wrenched away, just when you were feeling safe. At times it may even seem like an undeserved cosmic punishment.

Ceres in Scorpio can have a restlessness that’s counterintuitive for this Fixed planet in a Fixed sign—always pressing for satisfaction and satiation, but needing extremes in order for satisfaction to register—extreme wealth, extreme affection, extreme stability and safety—which means that relaxed enjoyment is hard to come by. More always seems to be needed and yet the wolf of fear remains at the door, perpetually howling.

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