THE SIGN OF LEO AND THE ARCHETYPE OF THE LION KING
As we move toward the middle of summer, the planets start transiting into Leo. Mars moves into Leo first on August 8th and then Venus on August 16th and the Sun on August 17th and then Mercury on August 26th. Our article may be relevant if you are Leo rising, Leo Sun (born August 17-Sept. 16th or Leo Moon or if you have a large cluster of planets in Leo.
In Christian mythology, the Lion is the symbol of the Divine King and those of you familiar with the Chronicle of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis, the Lion represents the Divine King and Christ. While we often think of Sun and career and status with Leo we have to remember that it is very connected to the Divine. Vedic mythology connects Leo to Prajapati, the title give to Lord Brahma and to Jupiter and indirectly it means the Lord of Consciousness and leaders of the new age and announcers of new cycles of evolution.
The 5th sign of the zodiac is connected mystically to the five-pointed star that represents the Divine child holding the hand of the Father in heaven but eager to jump into the material realm of earthly manifestation and hence Leos are always torn between material success and the quest to return to the Divine. The balancing act here is between quest for fame and ego gratification but the real need is to renounce the material and move toward spiritual freedom and liberation.
Leos are born leaders and often become successful lawyers, diplomats and politicians but they are likely to be crafty and cunning and deceitful if the Sun is poorly placed and can be selfish in their ambitious quests. If he Sun is weak they may become too lusty. They are deep lovers of philosophy, they have strong voices and good articulation and are fond of non-vegetarian food.
If you have planets in Leo, it shows what we like to know and what we naturally learn and read and what we excel in. For example, Mars in Leo may lead people to study the art of war, combat, debate and sports.
Leos have problems with the air element or Vayu and hence Saturn and Rahu need to be strong or strengthened in their charts. Increasing the water element and cooling off the heat with swimming is essential and not doing intense aerobic energy like running is important to make sure the air element does not get out of balance.
Archetypically, the king needs good servants to be successful and hence needs a good relationship with Saturn and yet Leos have the most difficulty with Saturn. Health and longevity can be an issue if Saturn and Rahu are not well-placed in the natal birth chart.
If the Sun is afflicted or the 1st house is afflicted, Leos also have to deal with vanity, arrogance, boasting, condescension, domineering, having problems with subordinates, power hunger, and letting career take over their lives and create imbalances.
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PART 2: PLANETARY RELATIONSHIPS FOR LEOS
Saturn owns the 7th house for Leos and marriage is not an easy experience with Aquarius, the 7th house lord co-owned by enemies Rahu and Saturn. Saturn challenges the royal authority and if Leo are not careful, their partners can enjoy humiliating them or bringing the royal ego to earth
Jupiter can be a good planet for Leo but it also rules the negative 8th house, there can sometime cause problems or create unexpected experiences. Still if the Sun is well-placed in a Jupiter sign, it has a strong benefic influence for joy and enthusiasm and rapture.
The Moon is a difficult planet for Leo as it owns the 12th house and can create loneliness and isolation and a feeling of not being understood. This can lead to emotional stress and mental suffering.
Mars is the best planet for Leo owning the 9th and 4th houses and is Raj Yogakaraka but the 9th house has a Badaka relationship which can create problems with religion, Gurus and father figures particularly if malefics impact Aries or Mars in the chart. Still the Sun gets exalted in the auspicious 9th house and will give a person strength and the ability to be wise, a strong and spiritual leader. With Mars owning the 4th and 9th houses, they often have a strong relationship with their parents but will be better at fathering than mothering and need to harmonize their masculine and feminine sides of their personality.
The Sun when strong in a Leo chart creates a person not easy to get along with as they tend to dominate and many will have problems with this. The King archetype in Jungian psychology innate has people wanting to knock the king with his strong ego off the throne and it is no wonder our Leo President in the United States, Donald Trump is always fighting for his life in this way.
If the Sun is in Libra, it will bring a lack of confidence and wanting to always do things in partnership and prone to getting into affairs in the relationship sign of Libra. Personalities may be more pushy and egocentric and this makes relationship energy difficult to manage.
Mercury is considered a neutral planet for the Sun owning the 2nd and 11th houses of Gemini and Virgo emphasizing money and material gains in their life. Mercury represents the Prince that serves the king but the son is always wanting to undermine his father’s authority and hence Mercury and the Sun can have a challenging relationship if Mercury is poorly placed as in Pisces where inconsistent income can plague Leos.
Venus owns the 3rd and 10th houses and brings luxury and sexual and professional energies to Leos but is not considered a good planet. The 3rd house is a house of carnal and primary desire and it can tempt Leos in the workplace as the archetype of the king is used to access to his harem.
Jupiter owns the 5th and 8th houses for Leos and is considered a benefic but can sometimes bring 8th house problems but often just generates a mystical mind deeply keen into research. The 5th and 8th house connection may create financial astrologers or people interested in speculation using occult means. Still Jupiter always anoints Leos with the ability to think big and is always a blessing..
SUMMER TRANSITS IN LEO:
The Sun is unafflicted in Leo in transit mostly rekindling leadership, ambition, courage, status, sharp intelligence and brilliance. Mars in Leo will be very close to the Sun and may create too much impatience, ego, domination and overheating. Venus in Leo will also be too close to the Sun creating self-absortion, and passions that turn into arguments and problems with reproduction. Mercury in Leo can create brilliance and inspired speaking and writing. We will write more about the combustion of Venus and Mars late in the month.
Special thanks to Bepin Behari and Sam Geppi and Andrew Foss and Sanjay Rath for their insights into the sign.
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