by Cindy Fadoir
Leo is the second Zodiac sign of the Summer season, so it is no surprise that the “planet” ruling Leo is the Sun, shining most powerfully this time of year, a fiery life force, the center of all. Being in the “center” of the Summer season means Leo is a fixed sign and as symbolized by the proud Lion protecting their lair, they are determined, unchanging, standing royally firm to their beliefs and opinions. Being of the fire element makes Leo intuitive, enthusiastic and passionate.
Our astrology training continues this month with the fifth sign of the Zodiac experience. Now in the teenage phase of the zodiac journey, Leo roars “I will” as they proceed to claim their territory preparing for adulthood. As many teenagers, their inner doubt is veiled by outer vanity or cockiness. Their actual shyness is offset by a confident demeanor and air of superiority. They might appear lazy and withdrawn, but are actually gathering solar energy for or just relaxing after a big hunt. Their above average intellect can result in appearing as know-it-alls.
Like the midday sun, Leo knows how to light up a room with their “sunny dispositions”, proving they are deserving of worship. Leos take prided in parenting their children well, expecting their children to excel and follow in their royal footsteps. Leo children need discipline to reign in their tendency for drama. Like the big hunt, Leos love to shop, as they appreciate and acquire larger and grander objects of status. Leos live life large and fortunately, they are ambitious enough to provide well for selves and family. They desire genuine compliments and truthful flattery, and know a lie when they hear one. They can be deeply hurt by criticism, especially Leo cubs, if not delivered with affection and humor. Firm beliefs developed in childhood are often held onto throughout life.
Leos rule the theater, dramatics and love being the center of attention and are natural actors. Leos rule children and playfulness. They are generous, trusting and loyal friends, expecting loyalty in return. Their fixed quality make them good organizers, giving Leos a sense of needed control over their lives, which can sometimes lead to bossiness.
Leo Sun signs stand out in a crowd with their luxurious manes of hair styled to impress, graceful walk, commanding stance, resonant voices, body generous and shapely. Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis is a great example of the Leo royal essence.
The sign of Leo rules the heart which, like the Sun to our solar system, is a central and powerful life force of each human body. Leo also rules the spine and spinal cord, another important command center of the human body.
Additional Leo traits are encouraging, intuitive, egocentric, naïve, dignified, bombastic, snobbish, arrogant, leadership, charisma, promiscuous, air of royalty, lacking humility, impulsive.
The Moon relates to how we express our emotions, needs, and what makes us feel secure. When the Moon appears in Leo, need for recognition, generosity and affection are heightened. The need to be admired, to “shine,” might be so great as to cause melodramatic behavior like overreacting and excessive vanity. The Leo leadership influence may result in being controlling, dogmatic or bossy.
Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. With Mercury in Leo, excellent planning and organizational skills are present. Powers of optimism and good communication are also available, although boastfulness, prejudice and self-centeredness are possible.
Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. When Venus aligns with Leo, a demanding, enthusiastic and faithful personality emerges. Gains may occur through investment and speculation. Luxury is valued. Seeks strong personalities as partners.
Mars relates to our physical stamina and sex drive, and how we use energy. The Mars in Leo shows up in having a great love of life and a full, rewarding sex life. This pairing is dramatically assertive resulting in quick tempers and attraction to power.
Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and how we express our intellect. When Jupiter appears in Leo, beliefs are dramatized and big impressions are made. Gains may occur through overseas trips connected to education, sports or diplomatic issues.
Saturn is an expression of how we deal with authority and cope with serious issues personally, spiritually and societally. Saturn in the sign of Leo results in limited creative outlets, misplaced loyalty, and a serious, less enthusiastic view of life. Self-centeredness and ambition may cause problems with authority.
Uranus relates to how we manifest personal individuality and humanitarian freedom, and where we experience change. Uranus in Leo pursues power, leadership, charisma and drama. Arrogance could result and standards are recreated to fit self. Creativity may be developed through a hobby allowing original ideas to flourish, especially if universal in nature.
Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuitive capacity, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. Neptune has not appeared in Leo since 1915 through 1929, covering the time of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, silent films and ultimately the start of the Great Depression. The events of this time all showed the dramatic flair of Leo and the mass emotional influence of Neptune. Neptune will next appear in Leo in the year 2079. With the watery Neptune in the fiery sign of Leo, a generation is influenced to be artistically bold and originally creative, though dramatic self-expression could lead to being overly egotistical.
Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. When Pluto aligned with Leo in 1937 through 1957, the desire for individualized self as apart from the collective was increased, domination and power are highlighted. The “me generation” was born, World War II occurs, the United Nations were formed. Individuals work extremely well for the common good but can become power hungry.
Next month, we will continue our experience by entering the earthy, Mercury-ruled world of Virgo, the Maiden. Until then, may the heavens be clear and the sun shine proudly.
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