LEO, THE GLORY OF THE SUN
In the Beginning, there were four. Four signs that early man could use to discern the start of each season. In ancient times, the spring the sun rose in the vicinity of Taurus at the equinox, Leo at midsummer, Scorpio at the fall equinox, and Aquarius at the winter solstice. These have become our “Fixed Signs.”
It was the ancient Babylonians who printed the first records of the stars in cuneiform on clay tablets. The lion represented the strength of the midsummer sun, the king, and of war carried out during good weather. Eclipses, comets, a darkening of stars, or planets in Leo could predict either good fortune or danger to livestock or even kings and country.
Ancient Egyptians revered the time of the lion for it heralded the return of the life-giving Nile Flood. This was the time of their new year. Between the old year and the new was a dangerous period and people used spells and rituals to Sekhmet, the lion goddess, to turn the raging heat into a benevolent time of water.
The Greeks believed this stellar lion was the same beast killed by Hercules and placed by the Goddess, Hera, in the heavens. Why the lion and not Hercules? The Greeks placed their monsters in the sky such as Cancer’s Crab (another victim of Hercules). Perhaps Hera was appalled by the warring, savage nature of men and took pity on her creatures they destroyed.
Lions have many admirable qualities. Remember, the following traits are not only for those who were born from July 22nd to August 22nd. They apply to you, too, if you have your moon and/or planets in Leo or your fifth house.
Leos are natural Kings of the Zodiac much like how their “planet,” the Sun, is king of our solar system. Like royalty, they thrive on being the main attraction and reward their doting subtracts extravagantly. But watch out! Wound a lion’s pride and while they are normally not vindictive, they’ll exile you from their glorious realm.
Many creative performers are Leos. Would you believe Bert Lahr who played the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz was a Leo? So are Amy Adams and Patrick Swayze. Notice how all three sport lush reddish or auburn hair. That color is typical for Leos.
Leos LOVE animals. Not only do they usually have many pets, but often have jobs as veterinarians or trainers. For example, my husband and I both have our moons in Leo. We have five cats. And ALL of them are spoiled.
If you have your sun, planets, or fifth house activity in Leo (or just long for more FIRE energy to get you moving), the following are great stones to wear. Tiger eye is best--so vibrant and energizing. Some tiger/lion eyes are green, not orange. Sparkling peridot is the traditional birthstone. Rubies, tiger-eye, carnelian, red agate, amber, chrysoberyl, fire opal, and sunstone, are great for lions as well as other red, orange, and yellow stones.
Just remember to mount them in gold to receive the full glory of Leo’s solar power.