July Astromusings – Happy Birthday Leos, Eclipse Cycle, Retrograde Mercury

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

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

(c) 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.

Happy birthday to all the Leos who celebrate their birthdays between July 23 and August 22. 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.

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

Dustin Hoffman

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

World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Enchanted" - Arrivals

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, and JK Rowling at Harry Potter premiereJK Rowling who is currently enjoying the limelight with the premiere of her latest Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mme Helena Blavatsky and Dorothy Parker. Bindi Irwin the extroverted

Mme Blavatsky

daughter of the late Steve Irwin illustrates the Leo’s ease before the cameras. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung,images Carl 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 2018
The karmic North Node is in your sign of Leo and there will be two eclipses in your sign of Leo – the first being a total lunar eclipse occurring on 31 January and the second is a solar total eclipse on 11 August 2018. Uranus the planet of sudden change has moved into your career and goals sector

Career
Your career is activated by unpredictable Uranus bringing opportunities for change and innovation in your career. You may be drawn to careers in astrology, healing, science or IT. Mercury’s presence here from 14 – 29 May facilitates communication and networking. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 1-24 April bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health
Pluto and Saturn are in your work and health sector. 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. Saturn, the Lord of Karma, will also be in your career sector until December 2020. This will bring hard work and responsibility in this area of your life. Part of Saturn’s passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 18 April to 5 September making it an ideal time to reconsider your plans or take extra to assess options before taking action.

Finances
Mercury, the ruler of commerce, will pay an extended visit to your finance sector from 7 – 22 September. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 11 July to 6 August.  Neptune, the planet of losses, continues its sojourn here making it imperative that you read all contracts carefully and keep your taxes up to date. Neptune’s lesson is one of non attachment so any attachments to the material world can be tenuous.

Relationships
Your relationship and partnership sector is highlighted being activated by the presence of the karmic South Node and two eclipses as well as dynamic Mars. The first eclipse is a solar partial eclipse which occurs on 15 February and the second is a total lunar eclipse which occurs here on 27 July. Feisty Mars pays two visits to your relationship sector from 17 May to 13 August and then again from 13 September to 15 November. Gracious Venus, curious Mercury also pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 1-18 February encourages communication and networking. Gentle Venus’s presence here from 18 January to 10 February promotes love and harmony in your primary relationships.

Home and Family
The main players influencing your domestic sector during 2018 are lucky Jupiter, quicksilver Mercury and gentle Venus. Jupiter will remain here until 8 November 2018. Jupiter’s presence here could see additions to your family or renovating your home or using your home as a base for study. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 11 – 31 October making it an ideal time to communicate and network with family members and organise tradespeople. Venus will pay two visits to your domestic sector the first being from  from 10 September to 31 October and then again from 3 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children
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, pleasure, fun and luxury are the name of the game. Mercury’s presence there from 1 November 2018 to 5 January 2019 facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study
Venus’s presence here from 7 – 31 April makes it a perfect time for that holiday romance. Quicksilver Mercury’s presence here from 7 April to 13 May facilitates communicating and networking. Chiron, the wounded healer, is also moving through your travel and study sector.

Friendships
Venus and Mercury activate you social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from  7 – 21 June giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from  6 – 31 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.

Spirituality
Your spirituality sector is highlighted by a solar partial eclipse on 13 July.  Mercury and Venus pay visits here in May and June,  making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.

New Moon in Leo 13 July, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 28 July, Solar Eclipse Supermoon 11 Aug
The New Moon occurs at 20 Cancer 41 on 13 July 12.47 pm AEST Sydney time. The New Moon marks the beginning of an entire new cycle of activity. It is a time to sow seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon phase. Being in the sign of Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon it will bring emotional intensity, especially with transiting Pluto opposing the New Moon. A mitigating factor will be that dreamy Neptune is making a nice trine to the New Moon. This will be a precursor to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on 28 July and then the Solar Eclipse Supermoon in Leo on 11 August.

Putin Trump cartoonTrump Putin cartoon 2Trump Putin cartoon 3Trump Putin cartoon 4Trump Putin cartoon 5Trump Putin cartoon 6Merkel stares down Trump at the G7 summitTrump Trudeau cartoonDuring an eclipse cycle things come to head and this eclipse cycle with Trump’s performance on the world stage has been no exception to this rule. On the very eve of the July 13 eclipse Mueller issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officer in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign.

In a short time Trump has managed to insult all his allies including Justin Trudeau of Canada, Angela Merkel and Theresa May. He has trashed all alliances, NATO, the EU, the WTO and Theresa May’s handling of Brexit while cosying up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin supporting Putin against his own intelligence community over Russian cyber attacks in the 2016 US elections causing outrage and accusations of actions beyond high crimes and misdemeanours and into the realm of treason from the former CIA Director, John Brennan.

In fact in an interview on CNN by Christiane Amanpour Richard A Clarke, former US National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, went so far as to say that Trump’s behaviour left him no alternative but to draw the conclusion that Trump is a ‘controlled asset’ explaining that is the term we use in the intelligence community when we have someone in another government who for whatever reason does what we want them to do because we are bribing them or we have something on them that is what is called a ‘controlled asset’. So strong was the outcry including from many Republicans that he had to backpedal claiming he misspoke. Meanwhile in Moscow they are popping champagne corks claiming the summit a great success while the Finnish media has characterised the summit as Trump 0 Putin 1.

Richard A. Clarke claimed that there is a great danger that the relations between the US and Russia will be even worse than during the Cold War. Clarke quoted Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, who said the lights are blinking red – it’s like pre 9/11 the Russians are doing things like cyber attacks on our power grid. Clarke explained Coats meant two things: 1. attacks on our infrastructure and 2. their ongoing attempts to affect our election system to affect the votes.

Trump witch hunt cartoon

Trump's bromance with Putin

From Russia with Love

President Trump has warned special counsel Robert Mueller against investigating his family’s finances including its links with Russian oligarchs which would involve Trump’s taxes taking it beyond the scope of the probe into ties between his administration and Russia in an interview with the New York Times in July 2017, he is seeing if his lawyers can undercut the extent of the investigation by Robert Mueller. He has also asked his lawyers about a possible presidential pardon for himself and his inner circle.

Just as I was about to conclude this post the bombshell news broke that Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to the White House in the Northern autumn not long before the US mid term elections. The White House made this announcement without informing the Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence was caught unawares when a journalist informed him of Trump’s decision on national television. The normally circumspect James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence in a interview on CNN said the following of Coats’ situation “I would resign in a heartbeat, particularly after being publicly thrown under the bus, internationally thrown under the bus by the president.” When questioned further Clapper added, “I think that I would have felt so irrelevant and so ineffective that I would leave, but that’s me. And that is a very individual personal decision.”

 

 

 

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Trouble with Brexit
Theresa May & Boris Johnson cartoonTrouble has been brewing in the UK with both Cabinet members David Davis, Brexit minister, and Boris Johnson, the foreign minister, resigning in protest over Theresa May’s plans to seek a ‘soft Brexit’ in talks with the EU. Brexiteers say this approach gives away too many concessions to Brussels and represents a betrayal of the EU referendum vote.

Rescue of Thai Boys Trapped in Cave
Thai Boys trapped in caveThai Boys in hospitalThai Boys freedDr Richard HarrisThe event that captured the whole world’s attention during the eclipse was the dramatic rescue of the Wild Boars, the Thai soccer team of twelve boys and their coach who kept them calm through teaching them to meditate. First there were fears that they would never be found after many days’ searching until John Volanthan, one of two experienced British cave divers, discovered them all alive in the far recesses of Tham Luang Cave. That discovery triggered the rescue effort that brought to safety via a three day diving mission, organised by Thai Navy SEALs and a global team of cave-diving experts. It was the one feelgood outcome amongst a plethora of negative news stories. There were two poignant events, the first one being the death of Saman Kunan, the Thai Navy Seal who cut short his holiday to join in the rescue mission and the other was the sad news of the passing of his father that greeted Dr Richard Harris, a key figure in pulling off the daring rescue, just as he emerged from the cave.

The Symbolism of the Cave
Myths abound with stories centred around caves. Rescues from caves project a strong archetypal image.

Theseus and the Minotaur
An ancient Greek myth that comes to mind is The Minotaur where the hero or initiate, Theseus, has to slay the monster, the Minotaur. He is led out of the cave by the beautiful Ariadne who symbolises the power of the feminine wisdom.

Hecate
Another allusion to the cave myth is embodied in the later incarnation of the Greek Hecate. Queen of Witches and Mistress of the Crossroads. Hecate’s association with caves links her to the liminal – the link between the Upper world and the Underworld of Hades, the realm of Pluto or Hades. Hecate, the torch bearer, guides Demeter, the mother of Persephone. Esoterically it involves an initiation for the hero or heroine.

The Wheel of Fortune and the Role of the Three Moirai in the Cave
In Liz Greene’s mythic tarot The Wheel of Fortune card portrays three women, the three Fates or Moirai in a dark cave. The three Fates wove the thread of a human life in the secret darkness of their cave. The youngest Fate, Clotho who represents the Crescent Moon was the Spinner spinning thread from a golden spindle and Lachesis the Full Moon is a handsome mature woman, the Measurer, measuring a length of thread between her hands while Atropos the old woman, whose name means ‘she who cannot be avoided’ is the Cutter, holding a pair of shears. The cave represents the womb from which life springs or the tomb to which it returns

The Myth of Tham Luang Non – the Reclining Lady’s Big Cave
There is also a myth associated with the cave in which the boys and their soccer coach were trapped. In Buddhist Thailand, the relationship between human and cave is one that involves domestication. Caves are thought to harbour a special kind of substance-like power, which may be accumulated by the virtuous men who dare to enter them. Ascetic religious practitioners such as monks and hermits carry out these practices. By meditating inside a cave, they tame the wild side of such power, transforming it into something that is beneficial to society. The shrines and offerings that can be seen inside caves throughout the kingdom are precisely meant to appease the spirits of whoever managed to domesticate that power, in exchange for their protection.

Tham Luang Nang Non—literally, “the reclining lady’s big cave”—is inhabited by the spirit of a princess from the ancient local kingdom of Chiang Rung. Myth has it that the princess was impregnated by a commoner and that she sought refuge inside the cave while running away from her father, the king, who disapproved of her lover. Her plan was to rest inside the cave until her lover returned with some food, but the man was killed by the king’s soldiers. As a result the princess stabbed herself to death. Her blood became the Mae Nam Mae Sai river, her reclining body becoming the Doi Nang Non mountain. She is now the guardian spirit (jao thi) of the cave—an obvious allusion to her own genitalia—and visitors are advised to worship her before venturing inside, or risk being killed by floods.

The Power of Prayer and Positive Thought
With people around the world praying for the safe return of the twelve boys and their coach the power of the collective good will was realised with the torrential rain holding off until the rescue mission was completed. Not long after they had all been rescued one the pipes burst causing the cave to flood. The rescuers escaped just in time.

Statelessness of Three Boys and Their Coach
Another issue which came to light was the fact that three members of the team, as well as their coach, are stateless ethnic minorities. UNHCR estimates that at least 440,000 people are stateless in Thailand, yet the actual figure is thought to be around 3 million. Of the stateless Wild Boars, the most background information is known about the coach Ekkapol Chantawong, who is a member of the ethnic Shan minority. Born in Myanmar and orphaned at a young age, he entered the monkhood in Thailand for nearly a decade, a common option for orphans without financial support.

Another Boar, Adul Sam-on, 14, was brought to Thailand by his parents at age 6 from the conflict-ridden Myanmar territory of Wa, in the hope of an education. Many reports have stated that Adul’s grasp of English was crucial to communications between rescue divers and the trapped soccer players. Little information has been reported about the backgrounds of the other two stateless players, Pornchai Kamluang and Mongkhol Boonpiam; however, it has been reported that the three boys all have Thai ID cards, granting them some basic rights. The coach, however, has no legal status.

 

Super Saturday By-elections coincide with Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Susan Lamb with Bill ShortenRebekha Sharkie & Georgina DownerJustine Keay & Bill ShortenMeanwhile closer to home in Australia we are gearing up for Super Saturday on 28 July which involves 5 by-elections brought about by the dual citizenship fiasco. This coincides with the next eclipse on 28 July, the Full Moon lunar eclipse. There is a fixed T square between Sun, Mars and Uranus which is a very volatile combination.  The five seats up for grabs are Longman in Qld held by Labor’s Susan Lamb, Braddon in Tasmania held by Labor’s Justine Keay, Mayo in South Australia held by the Independent and former Nxt senator, Rebekha Sharkie, Fremantle held by Labor’s Josh Wilson and Perth formerly held by Labor’s Tim Hammond the only one who was not caught up in the dual citizenship fiasco but resigned for family reasons. A lot is at stake for the two major parties, especially Labor with the two Labor seats of Braddon and Longman hanging in the balance under Bill Shorten who reassured everyone that Labor had a rigorous vetting process.

 Total Lunar Eclipse July 2018Mercury Stations Retrograde and Mars Turns Direct
Mercury, the planet of communication, stations retrograde for the second time this year in Leo on 26 July. This could cause confusion, misunderstandings and delays, especially with regard the results of the by-elections. Mercury stations retrograde at 23 degrees Leo 27 turning direct on 19 August at 11 degrees Leo 12. Dynamic Mars stations direct on 28 August inspiring new motivations and objectives.

My Personal Experience of the Recent Eclipse – A Burst Hot Water Tank Floods My Carpet
I was holding my breath wondering what catastrophe would befall me when I realised that the recent New Moon Solar Eclipse was not only conjuncting my natal Sun Mercury in the 8th house but also was opposed by transiting Pluto on 13 July 2 days before my birthday. My birthday celebrations went unmarred by any cataclysmic event but the impact of an eclipse does not necessarily occur on the day of the eclipse as the effects of an eclipse are ongoing. However, on the afternoon of 18 July I was sitting writing this blog post when I heard a loud bang. I looked up thinking that something must have fallen off my bookshelf but saw nothing so I continued working on my post. It was only after I stood up and went to walk into the bathroom that I saw that the carpet was saturated and realised with horror that the hot water tank inside my built-in wardrobe had burst causing the water to inundate the carpet of my main room. The positive aspect about Pluto transits is that it promises rebirth. My old hot water tank was taken away and a new hot water tank was installed outside on the balcony out of harm’s way. The hot water tap expelled all the dirty water out of the old pipes. The carpet cleaning team sucked out all the excess moisture, shampooed and deodorised the carpet and used a antibactericide followed by a drying process with 4 machines blowing the carpet dry. While the whole process was an ordeal the final outcome which involved purging and purification brought about a a rebirth and sense of renewal.

 

Sources
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Mythic Tarot Book: A New Approach to the Tarot Cards by Juliet Sharman-Burke & Liz Greene

 

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June Astromusings -The Mars Factor, New Moon in Gemini

Mission to MarsThe fascination for the red planet Mars has long been in the collective unconscious of us Earthlings. There have been many missions to Mars some failures and some successes. Since 1996, Mars exploration has undergone a Renaissance, with data from four orbiters and four landed missions developing a revolutionary new view of Mars as an Earth-like world with a complex geologic history. Richard Branson-and-Virgin-GalacticThe British entrepreneur, Richard Branson,  described the future of American spaceflight, saying that people will eventually settle on Mars — and he hopes to be one of the first.  Branson isn’t alone in dreams of life on Mars. SpaceX is also developing a reusable orbital launch system that would make spaceflight affordable and permanent Mars settlement a reality.

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus book The book Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus written Men are From Mars Women are from Venus Broadway showby relationship counsellor, John Gray Ph.D proved popular in the self help category. This publication led to further books on this topic, board games and a Broadway show of the same name etc. However, it could be argued that this is a bit too simplistic as Dr Carl Jung would describe the masculine principle, Mars, as the woman’s animus, and the feminine principle, Venus, as the man’s anima. Both sexes are capable of assertiveness, anger and aggression as well as being harmonious and loving. It may be that women are conditioned to be more placating and less assertive but it doesn’t necessarily preclude assertiveness or aggression in their nature.

Poor old Mars has had a bit of a bad press going back to Hellenistic astrology where Mars along with Saturn were classed as ‘malefics’ i.e. the baddies. However, it depends how one uses one’s Mars energy whether it is constructively or destructively channelled. I have been thinking a lot about Mars energy lately with the anger exploding on an individual and collective level. We have the collective anger that the Machiavellian Donald Trump is tapping into and exploiting in the US presidential primaries, the prevalence of mass shootings in the US, the recent election in the Philippines of President Rodrigo Duterte who supports killing journalists and criminals, the Paris riots over Hollande’s proposed workplace reforms, the collective outrage against the gang rape of the teenage girl in Brazil, not to mention the scourge of global terrorism and closer to home the ugly clashes between pro and anti refugees in Melbourne and the rage against the Baird government’s forced council mergers and the WestConnex etc.

It is no accident that Mars energy is currently so prevalent as Mars was conjunct the last powerful Full Moon in Sagittarius. It has now retrograded back into volatile Scorpio. Mars energy is quite complex and we only have to study the mythology of Mars and Aries to gain an insight into it. Aries glyphAries’ ruling planet Mars, or Greek Ares is the God of War. In its highest aspect Mars serves as the vehicle of new outpourings of energy into the material world, which, if used constructively can bring advancement to humanity.

Mars ancient glyph 2The ancient glyph for Mars, a circle with a cross on top, represents the sceptre, the symbol of authority and royalty. It is Venus turned on its head.Mars glyph The second glyph that is currently used  is an image of the shield and lance as well as depicting the erect phallus, a symbol of virility and procreative powers. In the Roman Pantheon Mars was accorded great honours. Mars was second only to Jupiter-Zeus, The Romans attributed many positive qualities to Mars. He was the great god of Nature, a giver of fertility, a protector of fields and herds, as well as a general inspiration to all new projects and ideas. It was in his honour that the Romans dedicated their first month, March, which coincides with the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere.

Positive Attribute of Mars
Let us examine the positive attributes of Mars. Apart from representing aggression and anger, Mars can represent nobility, courage, heroism, daring, invincibility, stamina, enterprise and physical courage as expressed by the exploits of ancient heroes such as Hercules, Theseus and Jason etc. Aries rules the head so it also symbolises ideals. In alchemy Mars is equated with sulphur and was often referred to as the wolf. Romulus & RemusThere is an interesting synchronicity with Mars being the father of the twins, Romulus and Remus who were suckled by a she-wolf and raised by shepherds and who grew up to found the city of Rome. In the alchemical context sulphur represents the aggressive instinct, the primal life force, the bestial aspect before it is subject to those transformative forces which will result in humanisation. Each of the planets represent a different stage of our personal development. In its raw force Mars represents the ‘terrible twos’ stage with tantrums like volcanic eruptions.

Donald Trump, Sandra Fluke, Megyn Kelly, Hillary ClintonThe Mars Factor in Donald Trumps’s natal chart
It is interesting to note that Mars is one of the most prominent planets in Donald Trump’s natal chart with Mars in fiery Leo placed in the first house of ego ruled by Aries. Trump is notorious for his dummy spits, arrogance and narcissistic behaviour so characterisic of unevolved fire sign energy.

In its destructive mode as expressed by Donald Trump, Mars energy can be crude, cruel, insensitive, petulant, combative, bullying, violent and egotistical. He has offended women, the disabled, Latinos, blacks, Muslims, American Indians, journalists, other politicians to name but a few. His behaviour is reminiscent of the schoolyard bully where the Mars energy runs rampant with absolutely no filter. He belittles his political opponents, taunting them with derogatory adjectives such as ‘little’ Marco for Marco Rubio and ‘crooked’ Hillary for Hillary Clinton and ‘Pocahontas’ for Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Trump would be what Liz Greene refers to on her section on Mars in the book The Inner Planets the ‘Berserker’ of Teutonic version of Mars, drunk on the wine of combat.

Trump rally violence in New MexicoWe have seen the recent riots at his rallies in New Mexico and Santiago. Trump’s use of Mars is divisive and polarising pitting one side against the other, threatening to build a wall between America and Mexico – a symbol of his own inner divisiveness.

French blockadeRiots in France against labour reforms
Meanwhile in France three months of student and union-led protests against Hollande’s Socialist government labour reforms have descended into violent clashes between demonstrators and police around the country. Unions have threatened to disrupt transport for the millions of visitors to the Euro 2016 football championship which kicks off across France on June 10. The contentious issue around these reforms will give employers more flexibility to hire and fire.

Protest against council mergersMeanwhile at home in Sydney about 200 protesters, angry at the NSW Government’s decision to merge Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils into one entity, and the WestConnex project drowned out Inner West Council administrator Richard Pearson during the meeting at Petersham on Tuesday night.

Anti Iskam protest in MelbourneIn Melbourne last weekend there were ugly clashes between pro refugee and anti refugee protesters. Police used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne.

The 3 Hs – Hopelessness, Helplessness and Hostility
However we choose to express our anger individually or collectively, psychologists all talk about the 3 Hs – hopelessness, helplessness and hostility. There is a sense of powerlessness that often accompanies our angry outbursts. I know for myself I have Mars conjunct my natal Moon representing emotions in Gemini in the 6th house of work and health. I find that the I can blow off steam by venting my anger verbally. It might be in the form of yelling expletives at politicians on TV whose views and policies don’t concur with my own. Having Mars in the house of health I can suffer from inflammations, digestive or gynaecological problems. I find that practising martial arts provides a good outlet for expressing my Mars energy.

Martian Heroines in Mythology and History
Both mythology and history abound with Martian heroines. In mythology there are  the Amazons, Egyptian Sekhmet, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Pallas Athena etc. In history we have such

Boadicea

Queen Boadicea

feminine role models as Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc and Boadicea to name but a few. As Liz Greene acknowledges the expression of Mars may be more basic, urgent and literal for men. Traditionally, the channelling of Mars energy for women, the ‘fairer sex’, has been limited and circumscribed. Women have to learn to channel the Mars energy constructively and even if they do so can still be labelled as ball breakers or bitches etc.

Psychologists refer to natural root aggression which endows us with the will to unfold more of who we are and grow into our full potential. Healthy aggression leads to independence, autonomy and individuality. It is more dangerous to suppress our drives and aggression as it can lead to passive aggression, sexual dysfunction, illnesses such as migraines and gastro-intestinal problems as well as depression.

The suppression of the natural Mars energy can play havoc in intimate relationships if one partner denies their Mars energy the other partner may act it out for them. There can be covert Mars energy showing up as the passive aggressive, the hen-pecked husband, the woman playing the role of victim or martyr. Liz Greene refers to the trio of closeness, dependency and anger when we are close to someone we are likely to project our unresolved infantile complexes onto them.

Rosie BattyDomestic and Family Violence
When we look at the alarming occurrence of family or domestic violence in Australia and across the world we can begin to see how vital it is for both men and women to have a healthy constructive outlet for their Mars energy. Statistics show two women are murdered by their partners every week in Australia. There are many initiatives set up now to rehabilitate and re-educate men on how to handle their anger. We all need to take responsibility for our anger. As Dr Carl Jung theorised we are often both repelled and fascinated by our own shadow contents. Many people are attracted to violent movies and video games. According to Jung people who commit murders, atrocities, rapes etc. are carrying out the collective rage. This may be unpalatable to some but it is worth giving it some consideration.

New Moon In Gemini
There is a New Moon in Gemini 4/5 June. It will be at 14 degrees 53 on 5 June at 12.59.31 am Sydney time. This New Moon will be conjunct Venus forming a grand mutable cross with Jupiter in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. This could be chaotic energy making it difficult to handle. However, the grand trine in Earth with Jupiter, Pluto and Mercury should help to bring some stability and balance to the more chaotic energy of the grand mutable cross.

Sources
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

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Leo

Design by Sue Robertson

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.

Career

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.

Finances

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.

Relationships

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.

Friendships

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.

Spirituality

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.