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Today we celebrate the royal sign of Leo and explore the shining qualities of this dynamic, playful, loving, powerful Fire sign that represents the principle of Solar Fire, one of the three cosmic fires pervading our solar system. We all have this "kingly" or "queenly"a noble quality in our charts, the area where we are the law, the light, and the center of power holding court in our personal solar system. Leo shows us the way to center ourselves in our Higher Law.
August is the heart of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the heart of Winter for our Brothers and Sisters "down under." For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it's a time when a maximum of Solar force helps us continue our creative work begun in the sign of Cancer. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this is also the case, despite the lack of Solar Force.
So in the Northern Hemisphere, this month expands the externalizing self-gathering and consolidating that Summer symbolizes, stabilizing the life force in Leo, the sign of Fixed Fire. In the Southern Hemisphere, you’re looking at a period of stabilizing the heart Fire after the depth of self-preservation that Cancer represents in your Winter.
I opened the door to a new way of viewing the signs relative to the season for the two hemispheres in the article The Mirroring of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Year Cycles in Astrology. If you're down under, please reference the concepts put forth there, since Leo in the Southern Hemisphere consolidates the decisions of Cancer (the heart of Winter) into new forms of natural self-expression. You might say this begins the "warming up" of your Winter, which will lead into the practical adjustments and preparations in Virgo for your Spring.
We decide some things in Cancer that allow us to re-integrate our personalities toward self-gathering of what we need to ensure us our supply. These all show as new ways of life, self-expression, and enjoyment of how we are connected to doing our being naturally in Leo. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are now in a period of extending our enthusiasms and spontaneity – thus a time of traveling, celebration, vacation, and family involvements before the return of more practical matters in September, the time of Virgo, the harvester.
This period indicates dramatic combustions that force us to release old patterns and demonstrate new ones more appropriate to who we really are. Find a larger vision, new friends, new goals and ambitions, and if there is a sense of frustration, decrease egoism and be more inspired and flexible.
Beware of excessive pride or jealousy in self or others, and remember that each being is the center of their own Solar system. As a rule two different Suns in too close a proximity usually generate sunspots, Solar flare-ups, and turn everything within range a little crispy. However, when our Sun is shining at its best, we overcome any tendencies to make things sterile and bring forth the natural fruitfulness in all things and circumstances.
August is usually dominated by the Fire sign energies of Leo. We all got a huge re-set of our royal Leo potential during the year Jupiter was in Leo from July 2014 through August 2015, and each year for the next 11 years we’ll power up a variation of that potential each time any of the inner planets transit Leo.
This year that energy was renewed when Mars led the parade of inner planets through Leo beginning June 11, followed by Venus when it entered Leo on June 22. Their conjunction at 20 Leo in mid-July will show effects wherever it fell in our charts for a long time to come. The Sun joined the party on July 22, just after Venus left Leo. Mercury joined the Leo celebration July 27, while Mars left on July 29. Mercury left Leo on August 11, and the Sun will enter Virgo on August 22. That means in 2021 we’ll have had Leo in play for over 10 weeks.
When the Sun is in Leo it is the main final dispositor of any other planets in Leo. This year Leo energies are concentrated in early July, and early August. This year Leo does a sort of tag-team, with Venus and Mars taking the front end and the Sun and Mercury taking the back end, so enjoy the sunshine while you can!
Now let’s get back to our celebration of the Sun in Leo! When the Sun spotlights Leo, we are shown the light in this phase of the twelve-step evolutionary process that was started in Aries, stabilized in Taurus, expanded in Gemini, and consolidated in Cancer. The process is now undergoing a fundamental combustion showing as a creative projection of that energy, preparing for the practical refinements and adjustments when the Sun enters Virgo.
Every time the Sun rolls through a sign it illuminates and vitalizes the energies set into motion when the outer planets last occupied that sign. For example, every year between 2003 and 2014 we renewed the “Light of Jupiter” from its transit of Leo between August 2002-August 2003. Now each year as the Sun transits Leo we renew the “Light of Jupiter” we were shown between July 2014 and August 2015, and renew our vision of how those expanded energies could manifest for this long cycle lasting until 2026.
This also means we’ve begun a new expansion of the Leo structures and lessons we learned from Saturn in Leo (2005-2007), and this month powers up those lessons and the current promises and opportunities due to the Sun vitalizing those structures and opportunities. This of course affects any planets we may have in Leo.
Leo is symbolically associated with the Lion, a sign representing the regal, self-sufficient, magnificent ruler of their own domain, fierce, quick, sensitive, and noble. The more evolved Leos demonstrate the wisdom-power of the little cats, sent by Bastet, the Great Cat of ancient Egypt, to teach humanity how to serve the Divine Order through all its local manifestations in our house cats. In the year cycle we can now use the needs and decisions we discovered and made in Cancer to act creatively on our own behalf.
We now know what we care about, and can act decisively on that. In our Leo experience each year we renew our connectedness with life, on the basis of the Cancer experience where we found stability and emotional identification with our widened vision of ambition or worldly service begun in Aquarius, the sign showing us how Leo exteriorizes. This was deepened in Pisces, glimpsed and communicated in Aries, concretized and anchored in Taurus and incorporating new ideas and information in Gemini.
Mythologically, Leo is the sign of the King/Queen, the ruling nobility of that which shines eternally, the central force of light and heat in any fixed field of activity. This function is the direct representative of that which bestows life, the central order of any given "realm." It also is the Orphan, in that the ruler has no one to defer to, no one who can make the decisions that must be made about the order of things, the laws of the system.
Leo is where the buck stops and starts, and as such symbolizes the Divine Power of Spiritual force used to curse or bless, destroy or allow. In the wisdom-tradition, it is said that there are good Kings and Queens, as well as bad ones. Historically, we have Arthur as the symbol of the good King that blesses the knights to embrace their holy quests, and Herod as the symbol of the bad King, one who would destroy all life that might someday challenge his hegemony.
Leo, when freed of the traps of pride, inflexibility, egocentrism, sulking, vanity, arrogance, and dictatorial childishness, demonstrate a magnanimous dignity and authority that is fearless, courageous, honorable, humble, devoted, and self-sacrificing. This is a playful sign, and can be the best of companions when among their loyalists. Sometimes oblivious to threats (as they will not even deign to acknowledge them!), they are fierce in protecting their own.
They are loyal, and expect it in return. And, like the mother lion whose cubs are threatened, they will fight to the death to protect their offspring, both literal and figurative. They are the embodiment of love incarnate, and when well adjusted, show as powerful leaders, friends to all, and a force majeure in anything they are involved in. They are capable of becoming world leaders who change their world forever through their light and power.
Think Helena P. Blavatsky, aka "HPB," who brought the Eastern Wisdom to the Western world, founded the world-wide theosophical movement, and is revered as a saint in parts of Asia for the restoration of Buddhism. A voluminous writer of books and translator of the legendary Tibetan text Voice of the Silence, she gave the world Isis Unveiled which shredded the traditional western accounts about religion and philosophy, as well as the awe-inspiring volumes of The Secret Doctrine, a miracle translation work of ancient historical chronicles outlining the "cosmogenesis" and "anthropogenesis" for our solar system and Earth.
In it are the foundations of all we know about creation mythologies, the powers latent in the human vehicle, auras, chakras, the seven planes of our known existence, and Mu and Atlantis, to name just a few subjects covered. It is the source material for anyone who would understand humanity's awesome Spiritual nature and heritage. The other founder of the Theosophical Society was also a Leo, Henry Steel Olcott. Besides this gift to the world, he was renowned as a man of absolute integrity who cleaned up several corrupt departments in the American government and a highly respected author of many spiritual works.
An interesting pair of world-altering Leos puts the spotlight on King Louis XVI and Napoleon. The former was the last king, executed in the Reign of Terror. A few years later another Leo, Napoleon, became the Emperor of France and ended an old world order while ushered in a new era for Europe, the Americas, and even the rule of law itself. Napoleonic Law is somewhat different than other kinds of law, and is still a force in the world today.
American Presidents include Bill Clinton, Herbert Hoover, Benjamin Harrison, and the first obviously multi-racial president, Barack Obama. Female political forces of the 20th century include such figures as First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Roselyn Carter and the political matriarch Rose Kennedy.
Leo potentate Henry Ford created an idea, an empire, and his name is ubiquitous even to this day. Other political heavyweights include Davy Crockett, Fidel Castro, Simon Bolivar, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Bradley, Felipe Calderon, Benito Mussolini, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), also a noted author.
In the movies, we have magnificent examples of the dramatic and creative quality Leo brings to each project. Our stellar sign features directors who have ruled the screen: Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, Peter Bogdanovich, Norman Jewison, Melvin Van Peebles, Blake Edwards, John Derek, Betty Thomas, John Landis, James Cameron, as well as heavyweight producers Cecil B. DeMille, Norman Lear, M. Night Shyamalan, and movie mogul Sam Goldwyn.
Among legendary actors and actresses in theater and movies, Leos make up a list for all time that includes Mae West, William Powell, Gene Kelly, Bob Mitchum, "cowardly lion" Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Jason Robards Jr., Keenan Wynn, Ethel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Myrna Loy, Peter O'Toole, Robert Shaw, Jane Wyatt, Maureen O'Hara, Shelly Winters, Mike Connors, Rhonda Fleming, Chief Dan George, Louise Fletcher, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Esther Williams, Arlene Dahl, Jack Weston, Dom DeLuise, Patrick Swayze, and Rory Calhoun.
Contemporary Leo ladies of the silver screen include some of the best! Featured are Halle Berry, Jill St. John, Catherine Bell, Hilary Swank, Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Paquin, Geraldine Chaplin, Leslie Ann Warren, Audrey Tautou, Melanie Griffith, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Carole Bouquet, Kate Beckinsale, Summer Glau, Kajol, Dominique Swain, Sridevi, and Vivica Fox.
Modern male cinematic shining stars include Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Daniel Radcliffe, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Antonio Banderas, Ben Affleck, Sean Penn, Steve Martin, Steve Carell, Richard Armitage, Ed Norton, Billy Bob Thornton, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Kevin Spacey, Peter Bagdanovich, Sam Eliot, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Worthington, Jean Reno, Timothy Hutton, Michael Biehn, Keith Carradine, Brad Renfro, Eric Bana, Ian McDiarmid, George Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Christian Slater.
Leos who graced our homes through television include legends Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Gracie Allen, Fess Parker, Ted Cassidy, Connie Stevens, and Mike Douglas. Others include Bert Convy, Arthur Treacher, Estelle Getty, Ruth Buzzi, Robert Culp, Carroll O'Connor, Susan St. James, Mike Connors, Martin Mull, Jay North, and Jerry Van Dyke.
Modern television personalities include David Spade, Denis Leary, Kim Cattrall, Rosanna Arquette, Cindy Williams, Valerie Harper, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Maureen McCormick, John Stamos, Loni Anderson, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Donnie Wahlberg, Marlon Wayans, Kyra Sedgwick, Adam Arkin, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempest Bledsoe, Delta Burke, Peter Gallagher, Hayden Panettiere, Charisma Carpenter, Sally Struthers, Victoria Jackson, Donny Most, and television journalists Peter Jennings, Linda Ellerbee, Connie Chung, and Christopher Cuomo.
In the world of music we have such timeless shining stars as composer Claude DeBussy, early jazz masters Louie Armstrong, Rudy Vallee, Count Basie, and George Shearing, and bluesmen John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Albert Castiglia, Mike Bloomfield, and Robert Cray.
The list continues with the folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, the great Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, Herb Reed, Ron Holden, Luther Dixon, “Daddy G” Gene Barge, Jimmy Webb, television theme music producer and musical director of the Grammys Jack Elliott, (Yes, two Leo legends with the same name!) Ronnie Spector, Bobby Hatfield, Ginger Baker, Dale Hawkins, Doris Coley, Paul Anka, Sonny West, Buck Owens, Mel Tillis, Judy Craig, BJ Thomas, Joe Tex, Dave “Baby” Cortez, Sky Saxon, Jimmy Dean, Jim Reeves, Dobie Gray, Darlene Love, Richard Wright, Isaac Hayes, David Marks, Joe Chambers, Dan Fogleberg, Hank Cochran, and five phenomenal pickers, pedal steel wizard Sneaky Pete Kleinow, the legendary James Burton, Rick Derringer, Mark Knopfler, and Dead shaman Jerry Garcia. A special nod goes out to the creator of MAD Twists Rock n’ Roll, Sam Bobrick, and one of the legendary producers of all time, Denny Cordell.
Other Leos at the top of their game doing their royal musical thang include Guitar master Eric Johnson, Mick Jagger, Tom Johnston, John Hiatt, Verdine White, Jackie DeShannon, Founder of Jethro Tull Ian Anderson, and his bandmate for the Aqualung and Thick As A Brick era, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, David Crosby, Geddy Lee, the amazing Scott Matthews, John Gorka, Robert Plant, Kris Kristofferson, and Dino Danelli.
More musical Leos? Kevin Cadogan, Lee Rocker, Mark Hallman, Cameron McGill, Kenny Rogers, Adam Yauch, James Hetfield, Daniel Jones, Merseybeat pioneer Billy J Kramer, William Sievers, Brian Rading, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Adam Duritz, Gary Loizzo, Sean Bonniwell, Roy Hay, Billy Joe Shaver, Verne Godshen, Brad Hargreaves, Josh Golden, Arion Salazar, Joe Jonas, Juanes, Danger Mouse, Carl Giammarese, Howie Dorough, Bill Berry, Martin Gore, Dhani Lennevald, and major guitarists Dave "the Edge" Evans and Slash.
Lovely Leo ladies of the modern musical realm include Whitney Houston, Madonna, Emily Robison, Tori Amos, Maurine McGovern, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Bush, Michelle Williams, Vanessa Carlton, Vanessa Amorosi, and Tammin.
Leo poets include Petrarch, John Dryden, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Tennyson, Rupert Brooke, Ogden Nash, Charles Bukowski, and Stanley Kunitz. Stellar artists feature Maxfield Parrish, Aubrey Beardsley, Gary Larson, Jim Davis, Schim Schimmel, and Andy Warhol.
In literature we have such luminaries as Sir Walter Scott, Alexandre Dumas, Alexis de Tocqueville, Emily Bronte, Herman Melville, George Bernard Shaw, Carl Jung, Guy de Maupassant, Dorothy Parker, Beatrix Potter, H.P. Lovecraft, James Baldwin, Raymond Chandler, Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, Zelda Fitzgerald, J.K. Rowling, Alex Haley, Jacquie Small, X.J. Kennedy, and Garrison Keilor.
Other Leos who made their mark on our world for all time: Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark), Neil Armstrong (first man on the Moon), Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek), Alexander Calder, Jean Piaget, and Karl Menninger. Add to this eclectic bunch trick shooter Annie Oakley, seminal Afro-American figure Marcus Garvey, the legendary Ralph Bunche (co-founder of the UN and first black to win the Nobel Peace Prize), Godfather of the Summer of Love and Bay Area music Chet Helms, John Scopes of "monkey trial" fame, paleontologist Louis Leakey, Apple founder Steve Wozniak, chef Julia Child, designer Rudi Gernreich, and Alex Trebek.
More famous Leos include sports stars Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Lamont "Showboat" Robinson of the Harlem Globetrotters, Peggy Fleming, Evonne Goolagong, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Hulk Hogan, Walter Payton, Yankees coach Casey Stengel, Rocky Colavito, Carl Yastrzemski, and steroid kings Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and A-Rod.
Unique historical figures feature WWI spy Mata Hari, Marine General, author of War is a Racket, and true hero who smashed a Republican fascist plot to take over the US govt Smedley Butler, fashion mavens Martha Stewart, Dino DeLaurentis, Yves Saint Laurent, Rudi Gernreich, and Coco Chanel, Paul Taylor, mind-science guru Jose Silva, aviation pioneers Orville Wright and Amelia Earhart, Dag Hammarskjold, first Secretary General of the UN, humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, and extraordinary comedians Stan Freberg and Firesign Theater founder Phil Proctor, two of the funniest guys who ever made us laugh. A special happy goes out to two Lady Leos whose names shall remain anonymous, including my favorite reading specialist and a relative who has brought me great happiness. Another special happy goes out to three Leo men whose names shall also remain anonymous, including my favorite yoga instructor, my favorite coffee importer and distributor, and my favorite civil engineer.
In the world of astrology we find four greats in Alan Leo, Max Heindel, Llewellyn George, and Sydney Omarr, and in the spiritual world we have the amazing Sri Aurobindo. (I have Leo rising, so is it any surprise that at one time or another I've studied the works of all of the above?!)
I found an amazing Leo chart, if true. There's a site that claims the Virgin Mary was born August 5, 21 BC, in Jerusalem with 10Cap57 as the Asc. And yes, it is true that she is celebrated on September 8 by the churches, but that only dates from the 6th Century.
Finally, a big happy Leo birthday to The 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, the first broadcast of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, the first underwater telegraph cable, NASA, the international cities of Bath, Berlin, Blackpool, Bombay, Bristol, Damascus, Jerusalem, Portsmouth, Prague, Rome, and US cities Miami, Montpelier, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Albany, Warwick, and Charleston. The states of Colorado, Missouri, New York, and Hawaii are under the sign of Leo, as are the nations of India, France, Madagascar, and Italy. Tanti Auguri, and en vino veritas!
(As usual, we have more musical birthdays to come, and I’ll change the links in here at some point.)
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with written permission from Robert Wilkinson. Copying this article to other blogs is strictly prohibited. It is copyright protected.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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