Happy Birthday, leo. Leo is the sign of friendship and fun, of children, games and self-identity through what one creates. Leo’s hair is a mane rising up from regal high forehead. The lion appears on the arms (logo) of many royal houses. Richard the Lionhearted re-captured the Holy Land.
The heart, center of our life force, is overseen by Leo. The opposite of Leo is Aquarius, the circulatory system. Leo is the center (the heart) where all energy flows and lifeforce (blood) emanates. Leo is courageous, the lord of the jungle. Leo, the fifth sign and Labor, is fixed fire. Like a flame, Leo burns bright for a while. Later their fire burns low, an ebb and flow of life energy In the Old Testament, Leo is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In the New Testament, the Christians were thrown to the lions (symbol of power in Rome). The fish (Pisces) later subdued and caged the lions. It’s written the Sun rose in Leo at the world’s creation. Egyptians worshiped the Leo Sun when Sirius, blue star of Initiation, appeared in the sky and the Nile rose. Egyptian temples were decorated with the lion or cat. In China, the Leo constellation is the Yellow Dragon with the royal star Regulus. The Buddha loved the lion and often rested on his right side like the lion. In the esoteric book “Labors of Hercules”, is the Nemean Lion, divine and from the moon (humanity's past to be left behind). Hercules’s Fifth Labor was (is) to destroy that past (the lion) and to keep the lion’s hide (spiritual protection) as armor (used for the remaining seven labors). The lion and Hercules, now stars in the heavens, signify humanity’s different tasks and stages of awareness. Everyone has Leo in their astrology charts. Everyone is royal.
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Aug 2–8, 2012 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
Do you feel divided between four ways, standing in the middle wondering which paths to pursue next? There are several past issues that need tending to, and closure before you will know how to proceed. They are being presented to you now so observe, assess, ponder, pray and have the intention to carefully and kindly complete all things unfinished. Then the next page turns.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Maintain the trajectory into the future even though pressures and people pull you back. The new realities must be brought forth and each sign has the responsibility for a facet of that diamond. As Taurus you have the illumination needed for others to understand the plans and purposes of the new era. You have land to buy, a model to construct, a community to build, expansions to bring forth so that many will be saved.
Gemini May 22–June 20
You experience confusion when you don’t stand directly in the center of all realities. You must do this to observe both sides in order to create a triangle of synthesis, you at the apex. There are two paths outlined for you. Knowledge creates thought, which creates symbols, which reveal revelations so Right Choice can occur. Ponder upon the seven-pointed, six-pointed, five-pointed stars and a triangle and the Cross. Again.
Cancer June 21–July 20
A fusion and synthesis are occurring between what you were taught and what you now know and seek. Money is a concern. It will always be available. With others are you harsh, possibly critical? Careful. You may not realize your tone of impatience. The homeopath Aconite neutralizes impatience (an excess of electrical energy). At times you feel like a rainstorm.
Leo July 21–August 22
It’s possible that thoughts and feelings from previous relationships are being remembered. It’s possible there could be anger about the ways your parents raised you which influenced your behavior in adult relationships. It’s good to ask what you learned in each relationship. And to ask, “Did I give enough?” There’s still time. Everyone is learning from everyone else, all the time. Your self-identity changes.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Tend to finances and ask for assistance if puzzled. Embrace the future by investing money in supplies to sustain you and others for two years. Plan on others joining you. When ongoing self-critical beliefs occur heartache results. It’s important to know the difference between good and evil, dispassion and intrusion. It’s best to use words of praise, which neutralizes mental and emotional illusions and distortions.
Libra September 23–October 22
Something profound, transformative and new has been occurring at home affecting the foundations of your life. By autumn you’ll know more. Good things are coming about in your professional life. Is family visiting or are you missing family? Are you thinking about and able to travel? Tend with care and kindness to all relationships. Your group sustains, nourishes and fortifies you. But someone’s left out.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
It may feel that you need to structure your surroundings so that nothing is left to chance. Also you want to nurture and build an even growing participation in a social sphere. You wonder what to do with your money as you are offered two choices. One grows, one dims. How do you decide which to choose? Which is more sustainable?
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
It’s time for something new in terms of relationships. Is it also time to travel somewhere you’ve been before to assess it with new eyes. Do be aware of how much work you’ve done, how hard and where you are today. In the next 18 months your usual ways of thinking and interpreting will change. Your creativity will change, too. Some of this is already occurring. Is it topsy-turvy at home with life tumbling about?
Capricorn December 21–January 20
You asked for a playful column. I see why. Pluto in your first house of self-identity. Everything about your life is deep and profound and you need someone else to make the jokes freeing you from the Plutonian depths. Let’s not talk about money. You have enough. You don’t have enough. In between is a childhood wound. You desire to transform all environments. There is a prayer that turns your abode into a shrine.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
There’s a new reality in your life as the old realities tumble after. Perhaps you grew up with little or enough money. Either gave you have a certain lens concerning money. And here we are today, the monetary world collapsing. Don’t be fearful. From the ashes emerge great opportunities. Ponder upon priorities considering the world situation. What must (can) you do now? You’ll come to true answers.
Pisces February 19–March 20
Things feel very complex. In your state of solitude all expectations are surfacing, informing you they must be forgotten. Disappointments, sadnesses and unrealized hopes, leading to despair, can actually make us ill. It’s important to be aware of this. Then see a holistic doctor who does astrology with homeopathy. Deep, deeper to deepest layers will be uncovered. In safety. The new psychology.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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