The sun is now travelling through the starry backdrop of Leo. The Sun rules Leo, and it shines most brightly when it is here in its happy zodiac home. The long, hot days of August are a peak of solar energy here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun is our star, and its light and warmth are the source of all life in our solar system, giving the Sun paramount astrological importance. The power and centrality of the Sun is why simple Sun Sign astrology can be so accurate in delineating our basic personality. We are all star seeds, made of the same light stuff, but each of us is radiating from a slightly different angle. You can think of our Sun as a lens or filter channeling the divine light that makes us up into this dimension. Each of the different star clusters that are aligned with the Sun when we are born provide a different twist to the cosmic energy that the Sun funnels into existence, giving us all our unique personalities.
In the chakras, the Sun is associated with the 3rd chakra, which is centered on the big bundle of nerves known as the solar plexus. The 3rd chakra is associated with our mental body and ego identity. So the placement of the Sun shows what we identify with, the personal preferences that form the basic elements of our personality. The Sun is fire energy, making Leo primarily a spiritual energy. Fire is the element that can transform most rapidly. It blazes brightly, and excites all the other elements to accelerate their own processes and pick up the pace of changing their states.
The Sun and Leo are associated with creativity and play, and if you look around, you will see great displays of creative brilliance during this time. Summer Festivals like Burning Man exemplify this outpouring of creative intensity. Leo brings us summer fun and summer love. It is the last gasp of play and vacation before the serious and practical back to school energy of Virgo takes hold.
Like the Sun, Leo’s like to share their light with the world, and they have no trouble being in the spotlight. So this is a great time for all of us to reach for the stars and increase our creative self-expression. We can look to our Leo friends for inspiration on how to do that. Their fire can lead us into a healthier state of ego fulfillment, that joyful state of universal co-creation the human potential movement dubbed “self-actualization”.
Not surprisingly, the astrological Age of Leo, which took place between 10,500 and 8500 BC was actually a peak of human creativity and technological achievement. Cosmic author Graham Hancock, makes a very compelling case that the height of Atlantean culture took place around this time. Many megalithic structures mirror the skies of that specific time period.
The greatest evidence we have for some ancient, technologically advanced civilization are the megalithic wonders of the Giza Plateau, the main pyramids of which are aligned to the belt stars of the constellation Orion. The entry to the whole Giza complex is aligned with the star Regulus. It is the brightest star in Leo, and the one that forms the heart of the Lion. In 10,500 BC, the beginning of the Age of Leo, the Giza Sphinx was looking out at the stars of Leo at sunrise on the Spring Equinox. Geologist Robert Schoch has argued that because of the extensive water weathering patterns on the Sphinx, the Sphinx must be at least as old as 10,500BC. And if you study the incredible precision of the Giza Pyramid, as mechanical engineer Christopher Dunn has, you will quickly come to the conclusion that it could only have been constructed by a much more technologically advanced culture than mainstream historians claim. Christopher has spent many years meticulously documenting all of the evidence for advanced granite machining in the construction of the Giza plateau and I would encourage you to check out his books and theories.
It seems as though the wheels have been coming off with a lot of emotionally driven reactive conflicts breaking out during Cancer. These situations are likely to intensify in the fires of Leo, as its individualistic consciousness doesn’t lend itself well to compromise or surrender. Leo is a fixed fire, and it can be relentless in the pursuit of its personal agenda. In the legend of Atlantis, the fall of their great civilization was precipitated by pride, which fits well with egotistical shadow side of Leo. Let your creative energy shine, but keep an eye on the wily power games of your ego. Let yourself shine bright, but know that the creative force that flows through you is above and beyond your ego and don’t get attached to it or try to control it.
July 31st – Wild Ride – There are two competing astrological influences right now creating some wild tension in the fire signs. The Sun in Leo is trine to Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Leo is Trine to Uranus in Aries. Because both of these trines involve fire energy there may be a lot more flare ups of anger and frustration. here is also a lot of energy and motivation to make changes happen. The core energies are diametrically opposed, Saturn wants things to stay the same, while Uranus desperately wants things to change. This tension is easily seen between political movements that want to shake up the status quo are clashing with movements that want to protect and preserve it. Because Leo is fixed fire, the resentments and anger this tension generates may make it difficult for the parties involved to change their positions and come to some sort of unified understanding. Leo is not the most likely time for people to surrender their egos or come together in unity. So try to find ways to cool down when things get too overheated. Collectively, we are learning the lessons of Virgo right now, which involve lots of communication. If we can set Piscean hyperbole aside, we can use our mental energy creatively to figure out practical and rational solutions to our common problems.
Aug 4th - Suffering is Optional – There is a tense T-square pattern going on right now that is inviting us to give up our fantasies and come down to reality. Mercury and the Moon are in Virgo are conjoined to the collective north node, opposing Neptune in Pisces, and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius. This is a classic clash between faith and facts, between ideology and practical realities. We are all learning how to be more rational and analytical and to engage in critical thinking when it comes to our beliefs. Virgo is a pinprick of clear thinking that can burst bubbles of irrational exuberance and hubris. If we can embrace the wisdom of Virgo and be willing to adjust our ideas when presented with new information, we will figure out how to fix our problems and avoid lots of needless suffering. If we cling irrationally to faith and ideology, even when it is diametrically opposed to basic concrete realities and clearly not accomplishing what we want to achieve, we will endure much suffering and become martyrs for our causes. This energy is inviting us to cultivate a detached curiosity, to challenge and examine some of our entrenched ideas and revise them as needed. The Buddhists have a term “skillful means” that fits with the kind of Virgo tinkering we are being asked to engage in. Ask yourself if your current approaches to ideological and religious conflict are really skillful means towards unification and resolution. If not, now is a chance to change course and try a different approach.
Aug 21st – Fighting it out – Mars in Sagittarius has moved up to join Saturn in squaring off with Neptune in Pisces, intensifying the ideological divides that opened up during the T-square. Mars is the god of war, so we will likely see a rise in ideological violence and religious extremism during this time. Saturn loves to be in control, and Neptune often has irrational and extreme beliefs. Their square involves the two most religious and ideological signs, Sagittarius and Pisces. Adding Mars to that dangerous mix could certainly result in more bullying and violence motivated by fringe ideas. So be extra careful to avoid the topics of politics or religion if you want to avoid getting in a fight. If you do choose to wade into these fiery waters, and engage in debate with others on those topics, know that you are dealing with energies that are irrational and emotional at their core. This is old stuff that we are learning to move away from, the core energies of the astrological age of Pisces that drove us into Inquisitions and Crusades. It is impossible for these hateful ideologies to persist when they are examined in the clear light of conscious awareness, but sometimes it takes a lot of patience and kindness to coax that enlightenment into unfolding. If you have Virgo energies, now is a time when you can share your mental clarity and help us banish these dark old demons. Try not to act rashly on assumptions. Try to stay open minded, and have authentic dialog and practice deep empathetic listening. If we can do that, we can relax the fists and avoid some of the potential negative manifestations of this transit.