Leo Wears a Lion’s Skin

Esoteric Astrology as news for week of Aug. 17, 2016

Each of the 12 Labors (zodiacal signs and Gates) of Hercules is a story about the soul and the personality. Each sign describes a different relationship between the two. In Cancer, the personality (“dark light of matter”) awaited the light of the Soul. In Leo, the Soul appears and must learn to overcome the strong personality (wild lion laying devastation to the land).

Leo is the fifth gate, labor and task for Hercules. He is to overcome the Nemean Lion (personality). The people are afraid. Hercules is courageous, strong and brave—Leo qualities. There are two lions in the story. One is the kingly lion, Hercules himelf (the Soul). The other is the animal lion (the personality). The animal lion (uncontrolled personality) is “destroying the countryside” (life of the human).

And so Hercules goes on his way, passing through the fifth gate, alone and unafraid. Eventually he hears the “Lion’s roar in all the land, especially in the evening air.” He comes upon a cave, and upon entering it faces the fierce lion whose breath is fiery hot. Hercules grasps the lion by the throat, until all the lion’s roars of hate subside. And Hercules overcomes the lion with his great courage, strength and act of will.

And the great Teacher, looking on, said to Hercules, “The lion is dead, Hercules, but lions and serpents must be slain again and again. You have done well. Rest now. For gate six (Virgo) opens soon.” In labor six, Hercules steps upon the shores of a great sea where no men can be found. Only a queen and her temple of virgins. Hercules wears a lion’s skin. It informs the Teachers he is ready for testing and training. The Sun enters Virgo Monday.

ARIES: You may struggle mentally to maintain equilibrium between desires and what is actually possible. It’s good to study the subject of sacrifice—the first law of the Soul. At the center of sacrifice is Love. A paradox. Love and sacrifice both come from the heart. We’re on Earth because we sacrificed to be here. You may feel that you’ve become a fiery warrior. Spiritual warriors always win.

TAURUS: You assess all relationships in terms of value. You must also assess what you value and the values you offer others. Often you sense that there is more you can give. Always you begin with intentions for goodwill, which creates right relations. You offer the goodness of yourself in relationships. You know love isn’t a feeling.

GEMINI: Tend to all things great, small and necessary in daily life. Observe all habits, agendas, and how you serve your world. We evolve step-by-step, beginning by tending to our physical, then emotional, then mental bodies. Then we progress to the Soul. Each day, brood, as a Soul, upon the service for the coming day. Emotions are then calmed. The full moon shines on you.

CANCER: You reassess goals and aspirations for the next two months. Earth (soil, trees, plants) is very important for your well-being. Make sure you’re out and about in the Sun and nature—the most balanced kingdom. Its radiations strengthen your heart and mind, and refocus your enthusiasm (“filled with God”), allowing calm practicality to emerge. Where is your garden and are the devas your companions?  

LEO: Ponder upon how you want to be seen, known and recognized in the world. Consider your identity as one that is helping to build the new culture and civilization. Leos are to nurture the new era at its foundational stages because Leos are leaders. Begin to share with everyone your thoughts, ideas, resources and discoveries. Cultivate all creative gifts. Leo’s talents must move from self to the community called humanity.

VIRGO: You’re coming into a new self-identity. It is filled with thoughts of goodness. It’s important to tend to the home. Its value is now and in the future. A certain set of teachings holds possibilities for greater love and wisdom. This study allows you to enter into the life stream of humanity through understanding of the mysteries. Uranus asks if you’re studying astrology seriously yet?

LIBRA: It’s a spiritual practice, especially in Leo, to realize that you are valuable. Is this consideration difficult? If so make lists of all of your gifts, abilities, talents, kindnesses, good deeds, thoughts, ideas, plans, and givings. There you find value. Place the lists on your wall, reading them each day. This knowledge balances you. It’s the beginning of your self-identity as a Goodwill server for humanity.

SCORPIO: Things, stars, people, sometimes go into hiding—especially you. Or you find someone else hiding away and make their acquaintance. There’s actually someone in your life who is very valuable to you. They’re knowledgeable and have the skills needed for your next creative stages. They are concerned with humanity’s future. Call forth all your resources, using them to help others. Then you begin to come out of hiding.

SAGITTARIUS: Life becomes subtler, slightly different, feelings of compassion awaken. Tend to debts and then give (tithe) to charity. Example of giving to those in need: St. Jude’s Hospital; Doctors Without Borders; UNESCO; American Red Cross, Heifer Project. These are difficult financial times. The spiritual law is that what we give is returned tenfold. When we give to others our life is cared for. You need care.

CAPRICORN: Things seem transformative at times, restricted at other times. Then joy comes from the garden through the door. Along with these “moods” a new identity is occurring. This identity is new to yourself. The river of life is gliding you downstream into new territories. Each day you help bring forth the new culture and civilization. What interests you about this? What do you think is your part?

AQUARIUS: You see the need for nourishment of self and others. One source of nourishment is financial security in terms of home and land. Visualize a home on vast amounts of land. Include a workspace for the arts, cottages, gardens, trees, ponds, communal kitchen. See friends and loved ones close by. Work daily on this through visualization. Draw and paint it. Talk about it. These are the first anchorings of your dream.

PISCES: A return to previous, perhaps put-aside creative work allows you to reaffirm its importance in your life. There’s a renewed fire in the mind, calling you to two things: Laughter with a sense of play, much missed in your life since childhood. And a new level of creative work reflecting who you are now and who you are becoming. All parts of you yearn for a close spiritual community. It will appear in its right timing. In paradise.

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Risa is the founder of the Esoteric Astrological Institute and a writer, teacher, esoteric astrologer and counselor. She writes of the new culture and civilization, religion, art, literature, history and the New Group of World Servers. Risa envisions creating an Aquarian community village, the New Sharing Society, a garden and 'lighted house" for humanity, with schools for all ages, including an Arts & Astrology College, where everyone learns astrology as the language of understanding. She also has a masters degree in Psychology and does occasional readings.
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