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Proud Leo claims
the centre stage of life
Sun ruled sun blessed
Strong ardent loyal
Whose noble heart emits
the vital flame
of Love

By Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Leo

The Personality proclaims its keyword: I rule because I am
The Soul proclaims its keyword: I am that and that am I.

Rulers for Leo
Exoteric Ruler:
Sun under the Second Ray of Love Wisdom
Esoteric Ruler:
Neptune under the Sixth Ray of Idealism and Devotion
Hierarchical Ruler: Uranus under the Seventh Ray of  Ceremonial Order or Magic


Happy birthday to all the Leos who celebrate their birthdays between July 23 and August 23. Leo rules the fifth house, which represents, creativity, children and romance. It is one of the three fire signs along with Aries and Sagittarius. It is one of the three fixed signs – the others being Aquarius and Scorpio. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and marks the hottest astrological month in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the heat of Leo’s Sun which ripens the fruit produced during the period of Cancer. Like the sign Leo the heat is constant and intense. There are biblical references to Leo. In the Old Testament the tribe of Judah is ruled by Leo. There are many examples of the cat deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Egyptian King Necepsos claimed that at the Creation of the world, the Sun rose in Leo near the star of Denebola. According to Alan Oken in his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Pliny, the Roman philosopher relates that the Egyptians worshipped this constellation because the Nile rose when the Sun entered the stars.

Hathor, the daughter of the Sun god Ra, was a dual aspected goddess. As well as being the gentle celestial cow, she had a dark side as Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess, who wreaked havoc and bloodshed on those who dared to dissent against her father’s rule. The two lion deities, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, are depicted as guarding the gate to the shadow world. The lion is the emblem of spiritual power and wisdom. It is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. Buddha is said to have had a pet lion which was endowed with miraculous powers, and when the Great Teacher’s death was upon him, he chose to lay down ‘on his right side after the manner of a lion.’ The imperial lion was a symbol of the power of Rome. The feeding of the Christians to the lions symbolised the might of Rome overcoming and devouring any enemy of the state. Richard the Lion Hearted of England was renowned for his ambition to recapture the holy land from the Muslims (by slaying as many of them as possible) under the newly baptised banner of the ‘Lion of Christ.’

The Constellation of Leo

Unlike the faint constellation of Cancer, Leo is a very bright and easily identifiable constellation, in keeping with Leo’s regal demeanour. It lies between Cancer in the West and Virgo in the East and is best seen, in the Northern Hemisphere, in the late winter and early spring. Leo’s body is rectangular which culminates in a triangle of the Lion’s hindquarters. He is often depicted in a crouching position, ready to pounce. His tail is extremely long and curved, the tip of which is the brightest star in the hind triangle, Denebola.The distinguishing feature of the lion is his mane, which resembles a huge inverted question mark or a giant sickle. The point of the question mark is the exceptionally bright star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. Regulus, meaning the little King, the Ruler or the Lawgiver, is one of the four royal stars. The constellation Leo has in it ninety-five stars, two of them of the first magnitude. Its Egyptian name meant ‘a pouring out’, the Nile giving its full irrigation at that season. There are three constellations associated with Leo – Hydra, the serpent, Crater, the cup, and Corvus, the raven. In the zodiac of Denderah, Leo and the three attendant constellations are pictured as forming one great sign, for the lion is seen as treading on the serpent. Corvus, the raven, is perched on the lion’s shoulder, while below is a plumed female figure, holding out two cups, the cup of experience and of suffering.

Sun, the Ruler of Leo

Just as the Sun is considered as the centre of our galaxy, in the same way, the heart is the central pulse of one’s being. Examining the glyph for Leo, it reveals that the first open circle is the vein leading to the main coronary chamber. The second open circle is the artery which takes the newly pumped blood from the heart so that it may be distributed by the circulatory system to the rest of the body. Thus Leo, like its ruler, the Sun, is the centre, the vortex to which all energy must flow and from all life-force emanates. Just as the Moon represents the feminine principle, and the mother in the birth chart, the Sun represents the masculine principle, the authority figure, creativity and the father in the birth chart. The glyph for the Sun signifies the emanation of light. The circle is the circle for infinity and the dot in the middle is the point of Light which is sent forth as the fount from which the Light comes. The Sun is the generator of life. Astrologers refer to the Sun as Individuality i.e. it is the essence of man and represents his Spirit, signifying that atom of divinity within each being. We gain some insight into the esoteric meaning of Leo by examining the fifth labour of Hercules by Alice Bailey.

The Role of Leo – the Fifth Labour of Hercules

Hercules and the Nemean Lion

In the book, The Labours of Hercules, Alice Bailey relates the test for Leo in the fifth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ teacher tells the hero that he must kill the Nemean lion that is devastating the countryside, killing the inhabitants, and causing great fear. Hercules succeeds in killing the lion by blocking one of the openings to the cave where the lion was, and killing it with his bare hands, much to the acclaim of the people who are once again able to till their lands without fear. Alice Bailey elaborates on the esoteric meaning of the number five which represents the five-pointed star, a symbol of humanity, of the individual who becomes aware of himself as the Self. In Leo, Father-spirit and Mother-matter meet in the individual whose union produces the soul or Self. Hercules symbolises the aspirant, the lion of Judah, who has to slay the lion of his personality, which in the case of Leo is pride and arrogance. Therefore, the Nemean lion symbolises the powerful personality running wild and menacing the peace of the countryside. Esoterically, the cave with its two openings symbolises the pituitary gland with its two lobes. The frontal or ante-pituitary is the seat of the rational mind, while the post-pituitary is the seat of the emotional, imaginative nature. The cave opening which Hercules blocks corresponds to the opening of the personal emotions, the post-pituitary. He enters by the cave opening represented by the ante-pituitary, enabling the subduing of the lion of personality by the higher mind.

The Leo Hall of Fame

Leos are attracted to positions of power like a moth to a flame. Leo has its share of dictators such as Napoleon, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro and Simon Bolivar.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother

Leo is well represented in the British royal family – the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and the Princess Royal, Princess Anne were all born under the sign of Leo. Other Leos who hold or have held positions of power include Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzeneggar,  former Prime Minister John Howard, and the former treasurer, Peter Costello.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis with her love of fashion, luxury and power is the epitome of Leo.

Leos, being ruled by the fifth house of creativity, are attracted to the screen and stage, including Robert Mitcham, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Antonio Banderas,

Dustin Hoffman

JonathonRhys-Myers, Julian McMahon, Eric Bana, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez,

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, Michelle Williams, Audrey Tatou, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Swayze, Roman Polanski and Mick Jagger.

Movie moguls are also well represented in the sign of Leo such as Cecil B. De Mille, Dino De Laurentis, Jack L. Warner, Alfred Hitchcock, and Samuel Goldwyn with the roaring MGM lion. Both T.E. Lawrence, ‘the uncrowned King of Arabia’, and Peter O’Toole who portrayed him are Leos.

Writers of note include Percy Bysshe Shelley and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Bronte, JK Rowling. Mme Helena Blavatsky and Dorothy Parker. Bindi Irwin the extroverted

Mme Helena Blavatsky

daughter of the late Steve Irwin illustrates the Leo’s ease before the cameras. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, who coined the word,’ individuation’, was a Leo.

Leo Health and Anatomy

Physiologically, Leo rules the heart. Vanda Sawtell in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, states that the cell salt for Leo is Mag. phos. which acts upon the motor nerves. Through the sensory nerves we feel pain or sensation, and response to the sensation received through these nerves results in motion or action. It is no coincidence that the Sanskrit root for Magnesium is mag., which means to love, giving it Divine connotations. Mag. phos. is the great anti-pain salt, and is indicated in all cases of cramp and spasm, or where application of heat brings relief. Headaches, neuralgias, earache, spasmodic twitching of eyes or limbs, menstrual colic, convulsions, and all heart troubles are aided by this cell salt. Mag. phos. helps one to let go and relax. Vanda Sawtell claims that the best medicine for Leos is love, peace, and harmony. They need plenty of water, sleep, deep breathing, also recreation and entertainment. With their generous natures and broad outlook they are not suited to occupations requiring petty details. They are capable of rising to positions of trust and responsibility.

The colours for Leo are gold, yellows, royal blue and red. They also respond well to the regal purple which cools their fiery temperament. Leo rules metallic gold, the royal metal. The gemstones for Leo are yellow topaz and yellow sapphire. Healing aromas include basil, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, neroIi and rosemary. Flowers and herbs include dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold and sunflower. Homeopathic remedy is chamomilla which is indicated for treatment of colds and fevers and easing digestion and tension. Bach flower essences recommended include vine for bossiness and inflexibility and chicory for possessiveness and attention seeking behaviour. The healing musical note for Leo is E.

Re the Leo diet more vegetables and less meat is recommended to calm their fiery natures. They should avoid meats that are heating such as beef, turkey and lamb. Vegetables that contain iron such as spinach, kale and wheat grass are beneficial. Blue fruits such as grapes, berries are recommended. Nuts, raisins and lentils are also beneficial for the Leo diet.

Overview for Leo for 2014

Good news for Leo! Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and abundance moves into your sign on 17 July 2014 imbuing you with optimism bringing you opportunities for expansion and growth. The karmic North Node, a total lunar eclipse and Mars will activate your 3rd house of communications  so it is vital that you schedule activities such as meditation, yoga or martial arts to calm the monkey mind. The third house also rules the immediate environment, neighbours and siblings and short distance travel so you need to avoid conflict with relatives and neighbours. The Full Moon Eclipse of 15 April could bring to a head so any issues will need to be resolved.


An eclipse  on 29 April in your career and status sector highlights this area and brings clarity re professional choices. It will allow a release of tension as you let go of outmoded career paths and launch yourself into more authentic career options. Mercury’s presence here from 24 April to 7 May facilitates communication and networking. Venus follows close oon the heels of Mercury gracing your career sector with her presence from 30 May to 23 June bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health

Pluto, the planet of deep transformation, continues its passage in your work and health sector which can disrupt work routines and challenge your health. Therefore, it is important to maintain good health regimes, sufficient sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. With Pluto moving through this sector you should not take any illness at face value. Poor health at this time is Pluto’s way of alerting us that you need to redress the imbalance in your life. Pluto brings to conscious awareness what is grumbling beneath the surface. If you are stubbornly holding down a job that makes you discontented then Pluto’s role may cause you to lose your job so that you are forced to let go and seek more fulfilling work. You may find that the routine is punishing or that your colleagues are bullying you or scapegoating you. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in Pluto is demanding that you surrender and move on rather than hang onto a job that no longer serves any purpose in your life.


Mercury, the ruler of commerce activates your finance sector from 16 August to 2 September making it an excellent time to review your financial commitments. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence  from 6 – 29 September. Neptune, the planet of losses continues its sojourn through your 8th house of other people’s money, making it imperative that you read all contracts carefully and keep your taxes up to date. Neptune’s lesson is one of non attachement so you need to let go of any attachments to the material world.


The most active period where love and romance are concerned occurs in the early part of 2014. Gracious Venus, curious Mercury and radiant Sun all pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 12 – 31 January encourages communication and networking. The Sun’s rays here from 21 January to 18 February encourage your love of luxury and adulation which is second nature to the Leo. Venus the planet of love graces your love sector with her presence from 6 March to 5 April 2014 which sets the tone for your love life as one of affection and romance.

Home and Family

The main players influencing your domestic sector during 2014 are serious Saturn, mercantile Mercury. gracious Venus and a solar eclipse. Serious Saturn continues its two and a half years’ sojourn in your domestic sector, bringing you more responsibility in your home and family. It will also give you an opportunity to restructure your living arrangements such as renovating or moving house or downsizing. Saturn brings a reality check as you have to set limits, time and boundaries with your loved ones as they demand more of your time. Positively, there can be a new spirit of maturity in family relationships. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 1 – 28 November making it an ideal time to organise tradespeople. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 24 October to 16 November bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children

Venus pays visits to your solar 5th house of creativity and children from 17 December 2012 to 10 December 2014 inspiring your creativity and bringing fun and pleasure into your activities with children and your romantic escapades. The Sun radiates in your creativity sector from 23 November to 21 December adding impetus to your creative urges. You may take up a hobby or just indulge your inner child. However you choose to express this energy you pleasure, fun and luxury are the name of the game. Mercury’s presence there from 29 November to 17 December facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study

There is a lot of celstial activity in your travel and study zone in 2014 with the presence of the karmic South Node, Uranus and.  the occurrence of a full Moon Eclipse. Exciting and unpredictable Uranus continues to activate your 9th house of study, travel and adventure. Jupiter activates Uranus from 17 February to 6 March 2014 making your desire for freedom paramount. This would be an ideal time to just pack your bags and escape on a journey to some exotic location or to enrol in some unusual study to satisfy your yearnings for something exciting in your life. With Venus’s influence here from 4 – 29 May making it a perfect time for that holiday romance. The full Moon Eclipse on 8 October which could bring tensions to the surface with issues to be resolved.


Venus and Mercury activate you social sector. Mercury will pay 2 visits here from  8 – 29 May and then again from 18 June to 13 July giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from  24 June to 18 July adding to your charm and charisma promoting harmonious connections with your friends and associates. Spending time with your women friends or espousing women’s issues will be a priority now.


Jupiter continues its sojourn in your 12th house of karma and reincarnation until 17 July 2014 affording you time to explore the deeper meaning of life. Part of Jupiter’s visit here will be in retrograde motion from the beginning of 2014 until 7 March making it an ideal time to review spiritual issues. Sun, Mercury and Venus also pay visits here in June and July making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.