— George Bernard Shaw
(Sun ☉ in Leo ♌)
The Sun ☉ comes home to its domicile in the loving, exuberant, and expressive fixed fire sign of Leo ♌ at 5:01 am CDT on July 22. As we emerge from the imaginative, watery, and introspective depths of preceding sign Cancer ♋, the sign of the lion helps to bring our revelations derived from introversion and self reflection into the light to be created, seen, and recognized. For this reason, Leo is the sign of self expression and is traditionally described by the keywords, I Will.
The Sun’s transit through Cancer compelled me to quietly sit with myself in self reflection in order to reconnect with my true sense of self.
“The emerging self is given a supportive container through 4th house (Cancer) home and family. When the emotional life is thus nurtured, power gathers. There is energy to create. Or procreate. There is enthusiasm for life. One is vibrant and radiant.”
An abundance of great performers, artists, and actors and musicians are propelled by the creative and self expressive fuel provided by Leonine placements.
The most common mythological story of Leo derives from the twelve labors of Hercules. The first of which was to slay the Nemean Lion, a ferocious creature with claws sharper than swords and impenetrable fur.
“Hercules can only succeed by summoning the entire strength of his being, the full magnitude of his inner will and fixed, determined spirit. His conquest becomes a testimony to the power of mind over matter, the individual’s capacity to move heaven and earth and attain the unattainable through the process of connecting with the heart of one’s being and giving full reign to the creative force that resides, mainly dormant, within.”
Leo♌, the Sun ☉, and House V – Ego, Creation, and Self Expression
The Sun in astrology primarily represents our ego, vitality, and basic identity. If you weren’t aware already, the Zodiac sign that you have most likely identified with all of your life is determined by the placement of the Sun in your natal chart.
“The Sun is so important in the chart, that the happiest people on this earth are those who identify (without over-identifying) with the Sun’s expression. Though one might think that the traits of their Sun would come easy to them, the truth is, the Sun shows what we are learning to be.”
This brings up a valid point. Proper astrology is not fatalistic or a tool used to stereotype individuals. As someone who has read many charts, it is true that happier people seem much more aligned with the qualities of their Sun. As a Taurus, I have striven to develop a solid sense of self-worth through utilizing my innate talents and abilities and it is true that this has made me incredibly happy.
“The Sun has star quality. It says ‘I am here!’ It needs to express itself dynamically. It wants to feel special. It wants to love and be loved.”
For Leo, creativity and self expression are key. The Sun is the center of our galaxy, infusing our planet with life-sustaining energy and archaically reached the height of its ascent in the constellation of Leo. In this way, many Leo’s possess the ability to bring life and animation to situations they come into contact with. Therefore, I want to propose an alternate set of keywords for Leo, “I Create“.
As a fire sign, Leo has great ability to inspire. However, the negative expressions of Leonine energy can result in dramatic, dogmatic, attention seeking, or egotistical ways.
Leo is also linked with House V in a natal chart, the house of ‘joy and spontaneous self-expression, risk-taking, creativity, children, and love.’ The bold of loving nature of the sign associates it with the heart, spine, and blood. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most loyal signs with one of the largest hearts, oftentimes known by their romantic, or fun-loving natures while many often have an affinity for children.
“There is usually no shortage of romantic candidates drawn to their vibrant and charismatic appeal and young love can be intensely passionate. Like all the fire signs, Leos are idealistic and don’t hold back from expressing their passion. They are extremely responsive to romantic attention, which is very gratifying to their ever-hungry ego, and as such they can suffer from rash romantic liaisons that are impetuous and unsuitable on a long term basis.”
Leo ♌ vs. Aquarius ♒ – Personal Vs. Collective Empowerment
Limitations are not something that Leo’s easily deal with in general. Yet, restrictions can serve a very valuable lesson to the individuation of Leo and it is where they begin to experience the energy of opposite sign Aquarius ♒.
“The importance of self-limitation is a lesson that ought to be driven home to all young Leos, but their lack of natural talent in this area is part of the downside of having a colourful attitude towards living life to the fullest.”
There was a point where Saturn ♄ was the traditional ruler of Aquarius. Because Saturn was once the last known planet of our solar system, it is associated with laws and limitations. The basic function of a law is to protect society, and this is where Aquarius derives its associations with groups and humanitarian concerns. Although Aquarians can also be quite eccentric, innovative, and even rebellious, the core principle that drives them is oftentimes more intellectual with a basic desire to become an accepted member of society while maintaining their sense of individuality and freedom. House XI is the Aquarius house and sits opposite House V in a natal chart.
“It (House XI) balances self-centeredness. It will reprimand an out-of-touch ego that disturbs the group and threatens the integrity of the whole. The 11th asks us to be ourselves – but within social reason. If the group likes us enough to applaud our creations, our ego will win the love and appreciation it craves. Yet if we pursue fame and prestige alone, we will eventually lose the self we first expressed so boldly. The challenge of the 5th is to remain an individual.”
It’s no wonder that I learned the value of creativity from my mother. Born under the 1950’s conjunction of Pluto and the Sun, she was a dynamically expressive woman who carried the voice of the Pluto in Leo generation, a group associated with the grand theme of self-empowerment. The fierceness of her convictions were immense. She taught me to stand up for myself which proved to be a valuable lesson for my easygoing Cancer rising, Taurus Sun, and Virgo Moon. When I find myself in a less vibrant mood, it’s inspiring to remember her strength.
In addition, my mother always nurtured my creative spirit. I remember many nights where she stayed up late to help me with creative projects and teaching me how to draw. She wrote poetry, which was a passion that I similarly came to embrace. Lastly, my mother loved more fiercely than anyone I’ve ever known. But it wasn’t until later in life that I realized the true extent of her Leonine love, will, and loyalty to her children that was complimented by a protective Mars in Cancer. I believe that this was what carried us through our many hardships.
She used to say, “No one will love you as much as your mother does.” I wasn’t always connected to this fact but it resonates in her absence. It is a great demonstration of what fuels Leo; the act of love. These lessons of love, determination, lightheartedness, and self are healthy and powerful teachings that we can take from Leo.
“Without a healthy ego, we could never face such fears. Ego supplies the confidence and courage to take risks, create art, take up roller blading at fifty-five, or fall in love. Ego is the spark that keeps our passion burning.”
When we express our own unique individuality in respect to others, love others, and connect with our youthful, creative spirit we can open unfathomable doors that truly can bring us happiness!
Famous Leos via CafeAstrology
Ben Affleck (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Sandra Bullock (Sun and Mercury in Leo), J. C. Chasez of N’Sync, David Duchovny, Jonathon Frakes (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Leo), Whitney Houston (Sun and Venus in Leo), Peter O’Toole (Sun and Moon in Leo), Jennifer Lopez (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Leo), Madonna (Sun and Venus in Leo), Robert Plant, George Bernard Shaw (Sun and Venus in Leo), Martin Sheen (Sun, Moon, and Mars in Leo), Kevin Spacey (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Christian Slater
Justin Broadrick of Jesu was born on born August 15, 1976 under the fixed fire sign of Leo ♌