Leo ♌ Ingress – Create Yourself

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

— 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.”

Leo The Strength of Love

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 ♌

Notes:

  1. Leo The Lion Skyscript.
  2. The Sun Cafe Astrology
  3. Leo Cafe Astrology
  4. The Fifth House Astrodienst
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Cancer ♋ Ingress – Home, Hearth, and Heritage

“I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.”

Pearl S. Buck (Sun ☉, Mercury ☿, and Venus ♀ in Cancer ♋)

The Sun ☉ returns to the introverted, mysterious, and private cardinal water sign of Cancer ♋ at 6:09pm CDT on June 20, 2012 signifying the start of the 2012 summer solstice! Each time the Sun moves into a cardinal sign, we experience a change of seasons. (Aries= Spring, Cancer= Summer, Libra= Fall, Capricorn= Winter). Similarly, people with an abundance of cardinal energy possess an urge to constantly initiate. For Cancer, motivation explodes from emotional convictions and a threatened sense of security. The airy and objective visions of preceding sign, Gemini, turn to subjective memories laced with vivid emotions in Cancer. As the first of the emotionally oriented water signs, the sign of the crab represents the process of navigating the inner workings of ourselves, and is characterized by the keywords, I Feel.

Skyscript tells us:

“In ancient astrology the condition of ‘moistness’ was viewed as the capacity to release emotions and connect with other beings. Moisture blurs the boundaries that define us as distinct individuals, allowing empathy, sympathy and a shared experience of personal or collective events…When we become too emotional the natural reaction is to release the ‘excess of water’ through the shedding of tears.”

There’s a fairly comical section of Mapping the Psyche that speaks of twelve people representing each sign of the zodiac waiting for waiting for a late bus. Of course, everyone is made up of the energies of different signs. However, the words chosen to describe the archetype of Cancer while waiting for the bus are among the funniest, but also the saddest.

“Cancer on the other hand, feels personally let down, and can be thrown into despair and a curious depression by the late arrival of the bus.Retreating into her shell, she remembers clearly what it felt like in her childhood when her mother was late picking her up from school. Her stomach churns at the memory, and she remembers clearly the feeling of abandonment as she waited, all alone, in the deserted playground at the end of the school day. How typical it is that, while she is always there for other people, she can’t rely on anyone else being there for her.”

The depiction of Cancer at the bus stop is a parody of the sign’s acute awareness of the past. Here is a sign that vividly retains memories and feelings, and does not easily bury slights against them. Despite Cancer’s connection to the emotions, you are not likely to always see natives of this sign wear their heart on their sleeves! Like the crab, they tend to contain their true emotional selves tightly wrapped within their shell. You can typically discern an evolved Cancerian by their gentle, sympathetic, imaginative, nurturing, contemplative, intuitive, nostalgic, and protective nature. At worst, the sign borders on being self-absorbed, insecure, irrational, defensive, overly conservative, and moody.

Cancer is one of the fainter constellations in the sky and also faces backwards, indicating the sign’s attachment to the past and common affinity for history and heritage. Furthermore, the constellation stems from the mythology of Hercules as he battled Hydra. Hera, sent a giant crab to assist Hydra, but Hercules smashed and killed it with his foot. In honor of the crab, Hera placed its likeness in the stars. As someone possessing Cancerian energy (Cancer Ascendant) I have always thought that this myth was very lame.

I stumbled upon an alternate interpretation of the mythology of Cancer derived from the Scriptures of Delphi. In this version, a giant crab named Crios was guardian to Poseidon’s sea nymphs and sustained serious injuries from destroying a giant squid that threatened their safety. Poseidon celebrated the crab by creating the constellation of Cancer. I like the alternative myth because it represents the trademark protective nature of Cancer, and its willingness to always fight for the underdog. Therefore, I propose another set of keywords for the sign, “I Protect“. Have you ever seen a mother fight for their child? This is Cancerian energy at work and also why this sign is associated with the concept of family. Threatening the home of, or people close to the heart of a Cancerian is certainly the quickest path to experience their wrath.

Cancer , the Moon , and House IV – Internally Focused

The Moon is the fastest moving and most complex of the 10 planets used in modern western astrology, and its constant phase changes are reflective of our emotions, habits, and instincts. Oftentimes Luna is also indicative of how a person perceives their mother, and the relationship that natives of this sign have with their mothers is often of great importance. As one of only two traditional planets associated with feminine energy (Venus being the other), the Moon and Cancer are linked to the breasts and stomach. Lunar people are often imaginative, creative, intuitive, private, sentimental, introspective and protective. CafeAstrology describes the Moon as ‘a mediator between the inner world and the outer world.’

Grant Lewi in Astrology for the Millions eloquently describes the nature of the Moon in astrology:

“Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears” are the thoughts of your Moon’s nature. The wordless ecstasy, the mute sorrow, the secret dream, the esoteric picture of yourself that you can’t get across to the world, or which the world doesn’t comprehend or value – these are the products of the Moon in your horoscope.”

Figuring out oneself is no simple process, and the nature of this water sign is known for a similar level of complexity. House IV is also known as the Nadir or Imum Colei, and is one of the four important angles of a natal chart. Basic astrology books will tell you that this is the house of beginnings and endings, and indicative of one parent, but the primary function of House IV serves as the internal and external foundation from which we journey away from, and ultimately return to. The realm of the fourth is distinctly separate from who we are in the face of the public, and is oftentimes difficult to put into words.

Native Sun in House IV, Dana Gerhardt, writes:

“Fourth house territory is what you find when, late at night, you close your eyes. It’s what you encounter when you’re all alone in the dark. Planets here lie beneath your surface. They are as deeply private as those in the opposite 10th are inescapably public…

Your family will be there, in your memories. Your ancestors will be there, in the rhythmic pulse of your blood. Your home will be there, as the secure base that allows you to connect with your innermost self. But you’ll discover even greater mysteries. In the 4th you’ll find your spirit center, your life source, your inner country of renewal. There will be times when you need to recreate yourself – and you’ll do this by descending into the 4th house first.”

In a more recognizable sense, House IV can provide insight into a person’s family or domestic environment. People with planets here often possess a great desire for security and are inclined towards providing a pleasant domestic environment, such as through cooking.

Cancer vs. Capricorn – Public Vs. Private Self

If you’ve ever been close to a Cancer or someone born with the Sun in House IV, you have most likely experienced their inclination towards privacy. Like the ebb and flow of the tides they are sometimes inconstant, disappearing to engage in periods of introversion and self reflection. Some may even tend towards being shy and awkward. Opposite sign, Capricorn is characterized by a healthy sense of ambition and the associated House X represents our public identity and career. Consequently, Capricorns may sometimes tend towards rigidity and emotional suppression. In relationships, this pair of opposites tends to polarize, resulting in the Cancerian becoming increasingly emotional while the Capricorn becomes more withdrawn.

Astrologer Hiroki Niizato explains:

“Cancer values emotional safety and comfort above all else, and will rush to the rescue if we’re feeling hurt or lonely. It will do whatever it takes in order to make us feel comfortable and loved (often drawing from experience of what has worked in the past to remove emotional discomfort.)

Capricorn values discipline and self-sufficiency more than emotional comfort. It does not like emotional vulnerability, and might even consider it to be weak in some way. It would rather show us how to become stronger and more skilled so that we can take care of ourselves better in future.”

Ascendant in Cancer – Ebb and Flow

I was born under the influence of a Cancer ascendant and I must admit that the is one of the more difficult ascendants to explain because it is so subjective and linked to facets of ourselves that often can’t be put into exact words. Sometimes it is a tidal wave of emotions, memories, and impressions. Other times, it’s the perfect extrasensory guiding tool providing helpful charisma and allowing one to find favor and common ground with people from all walks of life.

Stars Like You has one of the better descriptions of the Cancer ascendant that I’ve read online:

“With Cancer rising, self-realization comes through a sophisticated attunement to the feeling nature. You need to make sense of life through your senses and emotions. You will be gifted with strong intuitions, and even a psychic sensibility. You are likely to be extremely sensitive to the world around you and may need to recognize, and own, emotional realities. This means acknowledging your sensitivity, accepting your strong desire to nurture and support others, and recognizing how this sensitivity may mean that you tend to take on too much from the environment in which you find yourself, or become overly responsible for what others are feeling.

Although I possess disdain for the word sensitivity when used to describe Cancer and Pisces, I definitely feel that the Cancer ascendant produces a native who is very emotional, intuitive, and nostalgic. In the case of Cancer, the aforementioned sensitivity to stimuli is often properly contained within a “shell”. However, during those rare days on which I feel somewhat emotionally volatile on the inside, I remind myself to purge these emotions, usually through music or writing. Thus, the act of catharsis is incredibly important for those with an abundance of Cancerian energy due to the sign’s tendency to retain memories and emotions. Also, I can’t think of anything that motivates me more than when my convictions are birthed from powerful emotions!

Famous Cancerians via CafeAstrology

Bill Cosby, Dan Akryod, Princess Diana, Nelson Madela, Pamela Anderson, Kevin Bacon, Beck (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Mel Brooks, George Bush Jr., Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Cancer), Vin Diesel (Sun and Mercury in Cancer), Harrison Ford (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Cancer), Woody Guthrie (Sun and Moon in Cancer), Jessica Hahn, Tom Hanks, Anjelica Huston (Sun and Mars in Cancer), Ann Landers, Juliette Lewis (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Cancer), Richard Lewis, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love (Sun and Moon in Cancer), Tobey Maguire, Princess Diana, Carlos Santana, Fred Savage (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Cancer), Jimmy Smits, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Montel Williams, Robin Williams (Sun and Moon in Cancer)

Jesse Lacey of Brand New was born on born July 10, 1978 under the cardinal water sign of Cancer ♋