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LEO: THE LION, “I WANT!”

| JULY 22 – AUGUST 23 | Color = Yellow | Tone E Major |

LEO SYMBOL
The Leo symbol is usually the mane or tail of the lion. The symbols can be used interchangeably. Most leos are known for having hair that in some way resembles a mane. Usually very think and dramatic hair and cat-like eyes.

LEO'S RULING PLANET
Leo is ruled by THE SUN! In astrology, the word “planet” is used to identify the celestial body each zodiac sign receives the most influence from. The Sun represents the will, ego, consciousness and is associated with the “ring” finger used in marriage, which has been shown to be connected to the heart. In addition to ruling the heart, the Sun is the reason why Leo is associated with the powerful energy of the solar plexus chakra.

LEO MYTH
There are many myths associated with Leo. The most well known is the first of Hercules’s 12 Labors: To kill the Nemean Lion. It was very difficult for Hercules to kill the Lion because its arrows could not penetrate the Lion’s fur which was said to be as strong as gold. Athena advised Hercules to use the lions own claws to skin him after he was victorious. Among the constellations, the Lion was considered the crowning star of Jupiter (Zeus) and Juno (Hera) with the quadruple star system, Regulus at its head.

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LEO NEGATIVE TRAITS:

  • Pompous

  • Bossy

  • Dogmatic

  • Impatient

  • Patronizing

  • Interfering

  • Intolerant

  • Judgmental

LEO POSITIVE TRAITS:

  • Love the Limelight

  • Generous

  • Broad-Minded

  • Courageous

  • Passionate

  • Creative and Enthusiastic

  • Warmhearted

  • Faithful and loving

  • Expansive

  • Assertive

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Leo is the 5th sign of the zodiac ruled by the Sun. Physically it is related to the heart and back and the ring finger. It is said to have a masculine nature, and is therefore more extrovert in its energy. As a Fire sign, Leo is connected with the principle of identity, action and change. Leo the Lion/Lioness is also classed as a Fixed sign. 

Male/Day/Positive

The day and night model of the zodiac is based on the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Different Zodiac Signs are visible at night or day depending on where you live on earth.

Modality Fixed
The three modes of the elements:

  • Cardinal (Initiation)

  • Fixed (Stability)

  • Mutable (Dynamic)

Element Fire

Fire is creative and action oriented. This element is associated with the TETRAHEDRON among the Platonic Solids!

Leo Decan I 0º -10º

Jul 22 to 31

Leo decan 1 is ruled by Saturn in the Chaldean system and the Sun (Leo triplicity). The sun shimmers through the constellations of the Great Bear, the Crab and the Great Ship from July 23 to August 2. This section of the zodiac contains most of Sidereal Cancer, known as the Gate Of Man, where souls entered into incarnation. Directly opposite in Capricorn is where we find the Gate of Souls where the man leaves his physical body. In the heart of constellation Cancer is the location of the beehive cluster which resembles a little star nursery. This is an industrious zone though, and with Saturn ruling this decan we find a strong work ethic, family pride and a dutiful spirit.

Leo decan 1 are extremely dedicated to their field of endeavor. Some may pursue a career for the sole reason of achieving high status. They need to be seen as the boss, the leader of the pack or the queen bee. They do not like to play the role of the underling. However, they will doff their hat and play the loyal servant if they have to, anything to get up the ladder. Watch your back though Caesar, these folk are trying on your crown when you are not looking. The biggest problem for this decan is coveting what others have.

Leo decan 1 can be overly defensive. If threatened, the sidereal Cancer shell can harden into Saturn armour. This is when the famous Leo pride only intensifies its resolve never to show their vulnerable soft core. Encased in that hard skull though is an incredible brain. The Egyptians saw the crab as their sacred scarab beetle. If you look at the Beetle from above it resembles a brain. It represents the path to enlightenment in that it balances the right and left hemispheres. Leo decan 1 has equal amounts of logic and intuition and they use this to create practical objects that are also beautiful. Everything they create is built to last, has a solid foundation and their craftsmanship is second to none…

The tarot card associated with this decan is the 5 of wands. “The Five of Wands tears up the rule books … and begins to write its own. Its energy explodes, the Wands splitting in several directions all at once. It is unclear what is happening and where it all will end. Drama, mayhem and chaos will rule the day. Expect the unexpected for that is the only thing that can be relied on… Fire likes to travel and expand. It does not like to be held back or restricted. It is a positive forward-flowing energy that thrives on momentum and enthusiasm.” ~ Teachmetarot. 

(Javon had not finished this part with the decans so credit is given to https://darkstarastrology.com/leo-decan-1/)

Leo Decan II 10º-20º

Aug 1 to 10

Leo decan 2 is ruled by Jupiter in both systems. (Sagittarius Triplicity). The sun blazes through the lynx, the watersnake, the lion’s mouth, the great bear, the crab and the great ship from August 3 – 12. You can see straight away that these are a different breed of cat from the sedate and Saturnian Leo decan 1. In this decan, Jupiter gives Leo even more fire and the influence of the defensive crab is replaced by the overtly passionate water-snake. There is less of the religious influence too, for the energy is primal, spontaneous and uncensored. This does not mean these people aren’t spiritual, it’s just that they don’t like bowing down to a Guru, or following established paths to enlightenment. These pioneers will always prefer the road less traveled.

Jupiter ruling here will, of course, exaggerate their bad traits as well as their good. And let’s face it, with a big cat, these traits are going to be extreme one way or the other. Leo is known as the dramatic sign, so here we will certainly get full-blown theatrics. These folk, are typically mouthy. So they are outspoken, fearless in their reasoning and dive into debates with gusto. Combining Zeus with the Lion King and you get someone who relishes power and very happy to give orders. Of course, they will be accused of being bossy, but at the same time, they are wonderful at organizing when most people can’t be bothered.

You can always rely on them to cut the crap out of any chaos while other signs may just faff-about politely, not wanting to appear rude. Leo decan 2 does ‘tough-love’ extraordinarily well, but sometimes make enemies because of this. The roaring mouth of the lion does not sugarcoat, and you may be left with an embarrassing love-bite if you been fool enough to put your delicate neck within mauling distance.The tarot card associated with this decan is the six of wands. This card is about victory. A great deal of passion is being put into focusing on a particular person or goal. Confidence and self-esteem are high and fits well with Leo decan 2’s general proud demeanor and very healthy ego. Karmically these Lions have earned their reward.In their life “The answer is Yes.  Success is yours. You have won…..it suggests Victory in whatever it is you are pursuing or fighting for.  However, it will only be as a result of hard work, stamina, tenacity and strong determination on your part.  If you are prepared to put in the effort then you shall be rewarded well.  There is no need to battle anymore and it is time to start building for the future.” ~ Teachmetarot

(Javon had not finished this part with the decans so credit is given to https://darkstarastrology.com/leo-decan-2/)

Leo Decan III 20º-30º

Aug 11 to 21

Leo decan 3 is ruled by Mars in both systems (Aries triplicity). The Sun lords it over the constellations of the Lion, the Great Bear, the Little Bear, the Mariners Compass and the Watersnake from August 13 to 22. This is the Lion’s domain, Leo decan 3 is the most stereotypical Leo of them all. The new generation will lose Regulus to Virgo, so they may be a tad less bombastic, but not by much. There are still plenty of stars left in the shimmering Lion.

The main theme with Leo Decan 3 is their belief in the divine right of kings.. ie: themselves. They are always right, their rule is absolute, any challenge to their authority is seen as a betrayal. Loyalty, loyalty and more loyalty, this is the number one demand of their loved ones. In return for their devotion to you, (and by golly they are devoted), they expect you to defend the values of the pride to the nth degree. Any deviation is a sign of rebellion and must be crushed. Leo decan 3 will give you the strong leadership you desire, but only if you submit to their authority 100%.

Less ego-driven signs have a hard time with Leo decan 3 and may feel eclipsed by them at times. It is quite awe-inspiring to watch just how confident and regal these people are in their dealings with everyday life. Even if it plainly obvious that they are actually wrong about something, their self-belief is so strong that they can convince themselves and others that they are actually right. Barefaced cheek and arrogance they are often accused of.

Another trait is bitchiness, but oh how they are entertaining with it! They take this ability to cut someone dead with a one-liner to a high art form. Again this is quite awesome, but extremely painful if you find yourself in their firing line. Bottom line, the lion is a man-eating beast. It can be bitterly cruel when threatened. You really want these folk on your side for they will fight and defend you until they have spilt their last drop of blood. Blood is a big thing with them, blood ties, bloody-mindedness, blood boiling in their veins and they don’t squirm at the sight of it either.

The negative side of these Lions is cruelty and vengeance since the malefic Mars pushes an already fiery Leo decan 3 to the very limit. They often don’t know when to give up, rather like the Black Knight sketch in Monty Python & The Holy Grail. Even as a stump with a head, he is still yelling ‘Come on then! I’ll bite your legs off’. There are some very strong women in the native’s line-up. Margaret Thatcher literally ‘The Iron Lady’ has Mars here. These formidable lionesses go out on the hunt and bring home the bacon while their male counterparts sleep all day, waking only for sex and to bark orders. Stalking…that is another trait of this sector.

The tarot card associated with this decan is the seven of wands. This is a card of giving it your all and of competitiveness. The keywords certainly fit well with Mars ruled Leo decan 3. “Rivalry, Competition, Territory, Maintaining Power/Control, Staying at The Top, Resolve, Leader, Power, Control, Principles, Taking The Higher Ground, Holding Your Own, Strong Personality, Assertive, Being Certain/Convinced, Being Forceful… Defensive/Aggressive, Under Attack, Fighting…” Interestingly even gossip is in there which can be a theme here with the poison that flies out of Alfard’s neck.

Karmically this can be a lifetime when “when you must stand up for yourself and not let others take advantage of you….” those who are more confident will have “bright burning ambition. It suggests that you are going after what you want and are prepared to fight your way to the top. Your personality is strong and forthright and you are very confident in your approach. Your convictions are strong too and you believe passionately in what you are doing. Make sure to pace yourself. You do not want to burn out before you reach the finish line.” ~ Teachmetarot

(Javon had not finished this part with the decans so credit is given to https://darkstarastrology.com/leo-decan-3/)

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Any planets placed here in a natal chart will have a stabilizing effect, conserving and building individual character through self-expression. There is a strong creative manifestation and self-expression connected with the sign – planets placed in Leo act in a dramatic way and need to experienced themselves reflected in their surroundings. Any planets, dwarf planets or asteroids in this house, are influenced by Leo. Leos are excellent in the arts and with children.

When planets are expressed negatively in this sign there will often be pride, narcissism and self-importance. When expressed positively there is a warmth and joy in being, and a playful, romantic nature. This sign is associated with children, charisma and entertainment. Planets in Leo act with authority and power, exerting and compelling influence on others. Greater balance can be attained if the capacity to see oneself objectively is cultivated.

Leo's day of the week is Sunday (Day of the SUN)
Leo's star is Regulus.
Leo is associated with ArchAngel Michael, Apollo, Sekhmet, Bastet, San Miguel, Heru (Horus), Mithra, security and police forces.

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House 5 Creativity Self-Expression

Creativity, children, romance, entertainment, self-expression and leadership. Ruled by the Sun.
Element is Fire, Modality is Fixed.

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