Find out more about your sign and current influences in your life by checking your current planetary transits with interpretations for each sign.
The Lion…July 23 to August 22
Leo your element is Fire and your quality is fixed. You are the ‘shining one’ of the Fire signs, ruled by the Sun, creative and dramatic - the Fire sign most suited for centre stage, artistic and confident. The Fire element means you are an intuitive type motivated by your enthusiasms and inspirations, ever needing a creative outlet.
As the ‘fixed’ Fire sign you hold strongly to your creative ideas and self image, which is why you are sometimes also known for pride and arrogance. This need not be the case; you just know what you like and what you want. You learn with maturity how to hold to these in a graceful and charming manner. You are most happy when you are acknowledged by others, for your creative contributions and when you are surrounded by your group or ‘pride of lions’. You like to snooze lazy Leo style in the sun but are ever ready to pounce on a new idea. As the fifth sign your key phrase is: “I create”.
SUN: Planet of Radiant Vitality
Your Planetary Ruler
As the Sun’s own sign a sense of presence and strong personal awareness is the way your Fire flames. Hot and passionate by nature, ancient Arabic says of Leo, that you are “of hot and dry nature (igneous). Its angel is generous; he holds the keys of the future world”. (Mystical Astrology According to Ibn ‘Arabi) The Sun is the planet of radiance and being a shining light for others is definitely your most satisfying role, if you can achieve it. In the body Leo rules the heart, spinal chord, blood circulation, spleen and vital forces. Your vitality burns brightest when you link your creativity with others, through a leadership role or in a position which affords you a degree of autonomy. You don’t like taking orders and you hate small-mindedness since you yourself like to take the larger view of things. Ever ready to expand and develop an idea, there is no distance between the spark and the flaming up of your fire. You can also go from still to action mode in the blink of an eye, Lion like. Rarely able to resist a chance to be with your ‘playmates’ and clan, you are capable of burning out by an overload of activities. The right balance of play, rest and work is what stops you from burnout and keeps you healthy and happy.
There are many Sun gods throughout mythology and one of the most well known is Apollo. Like all other solar heroes the Greek God Apollo is depicted as beautiful and golden-haired, radiant and charming, armed with shining arrows. His role was to pull the Sun across the sky with his golden chariot and as he travelled everything below on earth was revealed to him. He never hesitated to use his arrows, sometimes for good, sometimes for evil. This was dictated by his mood at the time. The sun’s natural affinity for the dawn is described by two of his well-known love affairs. The first was his love for Coronis, the dawn goddess, who despite his love was killed by one of his bright arrows. In a similar fashion, dawn must be dispersed by the rising sun. In keeping with the sun’s image as the restorer of life, they nonetheless had an offspring, the famed healer Aesclepius, whose curative powers were a source of marvel. His name is still revered today. Apollo also fell in love with Daphne, the personification of the morning dew. She too was killed by the sun god’s fiery beam, just as the dew vanishes when the sun rises. As a Leo you too are prone to acting like a force of nature and firing off hard words or pouncing away to the pet parlour, if dignity is hurt or the whim takes you. Yet your lovable side is radiantly irresistible, making you a most romantic sign – at times.
Sun represents the strength of the human heart and the light of creative impulse. His special message for Leo is to shine as brightly and generously as possible, regardless of the response of others.
Metal: Gold, ruled by the Sun.
Colours: Gold, orange and sunflower yellow.
Herbs for Health: Cook with bay leaves or rub the oil into aching joints or bruises. Use borage leaves in drinks, salads and as a tea; use chamomile and dandelion root as a tea.
Foods for Health: Eggs, cabbage, oranges, fruit, vegetables and raisins.
Flower: All golden and deep yellow flowers, particularly the sunflower, marigold and dandelion.
Scents: Orange blossom.
You can find out more about the current planetary influences specific to your sign if you check the Current Planetary Transits Astrological Interpretations.
Sometimes miss spelled as Lio.