"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." —George Bernard Shaw, born July 26, 1856
The ruler of Leo is the Sun. The glyph is generally thought to represent the tail of the lion. In ancient Dionysian mysteries it was considered to be a phallus. It can also symbolize the heat or creative energy of the Sun. On entering the sign Leo, the Sun is said to exemplify cosmic splendor. The meaning attached to this seems to be that both the good and bad characteristics associated with Leo are perpetual. Through the ages, Leo has signified the coming of the high growing season and thus reflects the abundant generosity of life. In this aspect Leo is seen as the ordained provider. A role which many astrological lions would take on quite willingly.
The Leo is a dominant, spontaneous, creative and extroverted character. They possess grace, dignity and an expansive personality. The lion is king of the animal kingdom, and an appropriate symbol for Leo who tends to dominate his environment. Ambitious, courageous, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident are all words that describe Leo traits.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use! Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are — One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. From: Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, born August 6, 1809
Leos were born to lead and are most effective when in a position of command. Leos are straightforward, uncomplicated individuals who know what they want and pursue it with enthusiasm and a creative spirit. Leos possess a strong positive nature and don't shrink from adverse circumstances. They are not easily daunted, and will persist through the most formidable circumstances.
Leos are proud people, with an idealistic and humane nature. They are basically outgoing, happy, kind and generous. Self expressive, intelligent and broad minded, they are philosophically inclined. They tend to be stubborn, and will hold onto a belief, or stick to a course of action through thick or thin. They are direct and to the point and lead with their emotions.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." —Mae West, born August 17, 1893
Because of their positive nature, Leos tend to expect the best, and when things don't turn out as they had expected, they react immediately and badly. Quick tempered, blunt and nasty when they have been affronted, they are deeply hurt by malice or hostility. Although, they may suffer from short bouts of depression when life doesn't meet their expectations, they bounce back quickly and move on with their normal cheerful and demonstrative nature. Leo walks forward always, head held proudly and face turned towards the sun.
Of all the planets within our solar system, Mercury is nearest to the Sun. There is a direct correspondence to this fact in the mapping of an individual's birth chart. With the exception of the Moon, Mercury revolves through the zodiac faster than any other planet; yet its proximity to the Sun insures that its placement will always be near to or on par with the subject's Solar sign.
It is likely that you will be able to determine where Mercury was at the time of your birth without consulting an astrologer. By reading the three potential profiles, it is often uncanny how clearly one of them will fit to us. I thought you would enjoy trying this out for yourself. You can explore the three positions of Mercury through the following links:
Mercury in Cancer Mercury in Leo Mercury in Virgo
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Leos like to live on a grand scale. First class is the only way to go and luxury is comfort. In professional life, they do well in a career where there is room at the top. In the political arena, they keep going until they reach a powerful position in government. In business, you can find Leos in the president or chairman's office or on the Board of Directors.
"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
—Bill Clinton, born August 19, 1946
Leos always strive for a position of leadership. They are excellent organizers, managers and leaders. Many of them go into business for themselves. They are ambitious by nature, and prefer to take charge and delegate. Leos possess a strong creative and dramatic bend, and you will find many in the theater and film industry. They become stars of stage or screen, talented musicians, or well known painters. Whatever they choose, it will usually be in the lime lite, first row, center stage.
In personal relationships, Leo is open, sincere, genuine, trusting and generous. Although outgoing, spontaneous, warm-hearted and straight forward, a tragic flaw in Leo is gullibility. They are too trusting and generous to people they like and love.
"Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down." —Danielle Steel, born August 14, 1947
Leos are not great judges of character and are inclined to treat those close to them as if they were perfect beings incapable of wrongdoing. Because no one can possibly live up to this kind of expectation, Leo is often and devastatingly disappointed. They do recover quickly however, and may have numerous love affairs. Their love of pleasure and beauty, and their expectation of perfection often drives them from one attractive partner to another.
TO THE MOON Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless Among the stars that have a different birth,— And ever changing, like a joyless eye That finds no object worth its constancy? —Percy Bysshe Shelly, born August 4, 1792
Leo, a fire sign, is fill of optimism and enthusiasm, they are outgoing and exuberant individuals who love people and company. Fiercely loyal to those they love, Leos are also fiercely possessive, but in a manner based upon respect not control. In all significant relationships, Leo commits and settles in for the long pull. They expect, from the beginning, that this firm commitment is reflected in equal measure by their partners. When this trust is breached, Leo is deeply wounded and greatly offended. Proud and unyielding, Leos love their own freedom and do not put up with restraints of any kind. They are truly at their finest when the object of their attention shows appreciation of these qualities by reflecting freedom and self respect within their own life. Like lions in the wild, Leos know instinctively that royal blood flows through their veins. Recognize and praise this native nobility and your lion will treat you like a King or a Queen, for that is exactly how Leo perceives a mate.
"Leo the Lion, is Lion in France, Löwe in Germany, and Leone in Italy. In Anglo-Norman times it was Leun. In Greek and Roman myth this was respectively Λέωυ and Leo, representing the Nemean Lion with his slayer Hercules, the poet's Nemeaeus; Nemaes Alumnus; Nemees Terror and Nemeaeum Monstrum. But the Romans commonly know it as Leo, Ovid writing Herculeus Leo and Vilentus Leo.
The Egyptian king Necepsos, and his philosopher Petosiris, taught that at the Creation the sun rose near Denebola; and hence Leo was Domicilium Solis, the emblem of fire and heat, and, in astrology, the House of the Sun, governing the human heart and reigning in modern days over Bohemia, France, Italy, and the cities of Bath and Bristol in England and the American Philadelphia. In ancient times Manilius wrote of it as ruling over Armenia, Bithynia, Cappadocia, Macedon and Phrygia. It was a fortunate sign, with red and green as its colors; and, according to Ampelius, was in charge of the wind."
—Richard Hinckley Allen; Star-Names and Their Meanings, 1899
Mythology is closely interwoven with Astrology. Despite all that we do not know about the origins of either lore it is certain that starwatching began with passion on humanity's first night beneath the open sky. Somewhere in time, shapes were perceived, figures imagined, names given and stories were told about the densely populated tapestry of the heavens. All elder cultures throughout the world developed tales of the constellations which over time were imbued with meaning to explain various phenomena of our existence within the cosmos.
Mythology in general is far more than a collection of "make believe" fantasies created by primitive societies to explain away what they could not understand. The role of Myth in a society was to set the abstract complexities of Nature within a context of story that the human mind could comprehend. Wondering long on what keeps the world from falling through space or whether the dawn will follow night is a costly distraction when there is hunting to do and crops to tend. Story sets cosmic ideas in a scale we can relate to, human scale, which establishes a sense of accord and instills a faith that all is well with the universe.
Astrology and Mythology serve a similar function in this regard. We benefit from Astrology not so much as a tool of fortune-telling but as a directional guide to understanding who we are individually and what our unique role ought to be in this life. As Carl Jung stated, Astrology claims only that we each possess the qualities of the year and of the season in which we were born. To discern just what those qualities are ... is as fascinating to each of us as the night sky.Image at right : Egyptian Lion Goddess, Sekhmet.
To our ancestors, the qualities of the Lion were associated with rulership and divinity. Wherever this animal was encountered, its characteristics were attributed to gods and goddesses. For many cultures, the symbol of a lion serves as a guardian. Lion figures stand fast against darkness and evil intent in the doorways of palaces, temples, and in the rituals of the Chinese New Year. It is not hard to recognize some of these same attributes in those born under the Sun sign of Leo.
In Greek mythology, the constellation of Leo is explained through the tale of Hercules and the Nemean lion. More than a lion, this beast was the sibling of the infamous Sphinx whom Oedipus encounters. The creature had terrorized the countryside for years and all weapons were useless against it. Hercules was sent to kill the beast by Hera; as an illegitimate son of Zeus the goddess hated him and hoped for his failure. Hercules, however, proved successful in defeating the Nemean Lion, literaly wearing his victory by making a cloak and helmut from the creature's hide. In honor of this great feat, Zeus set the form of the fearsome Lion in the night sky.
"Love of power and command are the prevailing characteristics of Leo people; they live in a world of their own creation, and nothing seems too great for their ideality. Being full of faith they accomplish and achieve by persistent determination; to them their will is law. When developed they carry with them the most harmonious vibrations of the twelve signs, and have the power to soothe and heal. This sign prompts the higher emotions and gives love of honesty and a higher morality. Their passional nature is keen and ardent, all the feelings coming direct from the heart."
Alan Leo, born August 7, 1860
... and though long ages should elapse, and leave our wrongs unredressed, yet, shipmates and world-mates! let us never forget, that, Whoever afflict us, whatever surround, Life is a voyage that's homeward-bound! —Herman Melville, born August 1, 1819