The Sun in Leo

Element: Fire
Quality: Fixed
Polarity: Yang (positive, male)
Ruling Planet: Sun
House: 5th
Symbol: The Lion

Psychological Need: To create and express oneself

Best Quality: Kindness (generosity)

Downside: domination, arrogance, autocracy, cruelty, overbearing, vanity, ostentatious, false pride

Keywords: affection, nobility, generosity, loyalty, dignity, leadership, radiant, vitality, authority, will, power

Leo Season is upon us once again, bringing with it an opportunity to reflect upon our own uniqueness, individuality, and purpose. The noble sign of Leo is associated with warmth, creativity, play, children, the heart, role-play, acting and Royalty. It is Leo which governs the roles we play in society, throughout our lives and it is in Leo that we walk the path of Self-realization, which begins with the development of the ego and in order to fulfill Divine purpose, we need a well-defined ego. The challenge is to cultivate a mature ego that recognizes the distinction between individuality and separation.

Leo’s deeper spiritual purpose is to express Divine Will through realization of Self as an individual. In Leo we individuate, but we can never separate from the rest of humanity, for that isn’t possible. Each of us is an individual ray of light that, just like the rays of the Sun, is never separate from the light of the Divine.

In understanding the planetary ruler ship of Leo, it is important to consider the fullness of our own Being. To really comprehend the role of the Sun in relation to human evolution, we need to begin experiencing ourselves as far greater than just our physical form. In the process of the evolution of consciousness, we are really expanding our perception so that we become aware of that which already is.

The Leo archetype, embodies the solar, masculine principle, exuding the confident energy of the Sun. The Sun does not change shape or go through phases. There are no nuances in the direct rays of the Sun. The Sun exhibits the qualities of the masculine polarity unchangeable, unalterable and consistent. When we meditate on the Sun, we experience the concentrated, causative and transformation power that it majestically delivers through its awe inspiring luminescence. Life on Earth depends upon the warmth and light of the Sun for survival. Leos path is to learn from the Sun. Like the Sun, Leo is inherently powerful. But like all archetypes, Leo must discover and activate its pure essence. Leo is confronted with life experiences that help it find its inner strength, courage, and confidence and use these attributes to face life’s challenges.

For the Leo archetype to reach its highest expression and joy, it must experience the warmth and compassion of the heart and the light of consciousness. Leos path to achieve these goals, directs us though many phases of awakening.

The Expression of Leo as follows:

Leo Rising (Ascendant in Leo):

People with Leo rising tend to be generous, proud, emotional, romantic, extroverted, vain, egotistical, courageous, sentimental, self-confident, showy, and want to shine and be successful in wherever they go and whatever they do. They like to “rule” and have homage paid to them for their “royal” nature. You like to take risks and can sometimes be foolhardy, but you definitely have a zest for living. The worst thing someone can do to you is to hurt your pride or be unappreciative of you. You wear your heart on your sleeve in matters of love and you need a partner you can be proud of – and you want them to be proud of you. You are faithful to and protective of those you love. You can be quick-tempered, but you tend to not stay angry for long. You like to play the kingly role and have a sense of drama surrounding you. You are a ham. You like being the center of attention and will do things just to get that attention. You can be stubborn in a sunny sort of way. Your roar is worse than your bite. If your pride is hurt or your dignity is trampled on, then watch out, because you can forgive, but you don’t forget. You enjoy sports and out-of-doors activity. Your vitality and spirit are strong except if your heart is broken in love. Your need for love and affection is very great and you need to feel appreciated. If frustrated, you lose your desire for living.

Spiritual lesson to learn: Humility. The Sun rules Leo so the Sun will be important in your chart. Spiritual lesson to learn: Discernment (distinguish boundaries). The Moon rules Cancer so the Moon will be important in your chart.

Sun in Leo:

Leo sun natives are dignified, courageous, affectionate, powerful, generous, playful, optimistic, ambitious, loyal, and cheerful. On the negative side, though, they can be quite demanding, intolerant, domineering, lazy, closed-minded, and self-centered. They choose to do things that give them wide scope for creativity, organizing, and leadership. Although appearing strong on the outside, most Leos are inwardly sensitive and their feelings are easily hurt. When this occurs, they can turn on the object of their affection, when their pride is hurt.

Leo natives have a decided flair for the dramatic and they enjoy telling stories, being the center of attention, having a good time, and running the show. Mean and cruel acts are generally beneath them, but they do not hesitate to use force when needed. No matter what their actions, they always have the belief that whatever they do is for the other person’s benefit.

If a Leo is angered, he immediately goes into his kingly role, “mounting his throne” and quickly putting the opposition or challenger in their proper place. Leos literally roar at people when they are angry. But once their tirade is over, they forgive and forget and never hold a grudge.

At their best, Leos are affectionate, cheerful, optimistic people who can be counted on to bring sunshine into other people’s lives. They are exceptionally generous. Money appears to slip through their fingers as if it were grains of sand. And, like the sand, they have no idea where it has gone.

Leos usually have vitality and good health, with strong recuperative powers. When they are ill, they have a tendency to run high fevers. They are seldom depressed, but when they are, they are devastated. Fortunately, their resilient powers are excellent, so they are soon sunny and happy again, unless their heart has been broken. That is the one thing a Leo has difficulty in overcoming. This can actually lead to physical troubles with their own heart.
Leos need to admire their marriage partner. If they don’t, the marriage may not last very long. In the end, Leos need to feel appreciated.

Moon in Leo:

If you have the Moon in Leo, you are warm, generous, and loving in your affections and you bring out great devotion and loyalty in your loved ones. You want to be worshiped and adored like the king or queen you feel you are. You want and need a partner you can be proud of and your own pride is very important to you. You cannot love someone you don’t respect and aren’t proud of. It is important to you that you feel recognized and appreciated. Your feelings get hurt when you feel ignored. You dislike emotional games and dishonesty. You are popular, generous, dignified, loyal and ambitious and have a persevering, penetrating mind with leadership and creative ability. You dramatize the events in your life and your feelings. On the negative side, you may be ego-oriented, vain and/or ostentatious with a tendency to wear your heart on your sleeve.

Compiled w love by:

Katherine Mongiello

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