Symbol – The Lion
Higher Mantra – ‘I am That and That am I”
Lower Mantra – ‘Let other forms exist, I rule.’
Traditional ruler – Sun
Esoteric Ruler – Sun veiling Neptune
Rays – 1 and 5
Leo is quite different in its expression of fire. For one thing, it is fixed fire, so it is much less dynamic in its expression than Aries. While Aries rushes forth, Leo will measure things up. In saying that, the energy of Leo is backed by the Sun itself, so the impact is very powerful. Having the fire fixed means it doesn’t burn too rapidly, or too wildly as in Sagittarius but it literally burns strong and true.
No wonder Leo is said to be dramatic and cannot be missed. Like the Sun shining its brilliance, Leos can exude all the warmth, love and power that the Sun possesses, but in a human form. You always know when there is someone with strong Leo energy around you, they literally light up a room for everyone in there.
Leo the sign, is about leadership. It has very much been associated with the Lion as the king of the jungle. Past kings were rulers over others, often selfishly, with cruelty and the taking of what they wanted. The needs for kings and queens have diminished on Earth, partly as we no longer need to be told what to do. We need to find self-leadership, from inside and direct from our Souls. This is why the sign of Leo is so important, as it teaches us self-leadership, being an example to others, an inspiration, not a dominant force.
Of course, not all Leo traits are wonderful. The ability to be overly dramatic, self-focussed and over the top are things they can suffer from. Being in the centre stage all the time, with the personality needing to be the centre of it all, like the ruling Sun, is something that can and needs to be worked on.
Once it has though, Leo’s can take on the amazing abilities of Neptune, which is said to influence on the Esoteric level, through the Sun. Here Leo will use their incredible abilities as leaders and custodians of light to shine forth for others.
Remember we all have Leo in our chart somewhere, even if it is just ruling a house or an area in your life. If you happen to have the Sun in Leo , then you will identify with this energy the strongest, as it is your point of identification. You live it!
If your Moon is in Leo, then your emotional nature will be like this, fiery, powerful and strong. If your ascendant is in Leo (only known with a correct birth time), then your physical and etheric body will be hard to miss. Often you will have a big mane of hair, like a Lion. You will command a strong physical presence and cannot go unnoticed.
The next article will be on Sagittarius.