July 23rd to August 22nd
Leo – The Lion
Leo the 5th house of the zodiac
Ruled by: The Sun
Both the Egyptians and the Babylonians worshiped the Sun. The Egyptians and Persian royalty kept lions as pets.
The Egyptians solar goddess was Sekmet, the Lion-headed Goddess who scorches the earth in the summer months and amplifies the fury and anger of Leo.
Apollo, the Greek Sun God, has a famous statue at Delphi engraved with the words “Man Know thy self”.
Hercules and the Lion – Myth Symbolizing the fight to Attain Inner Strength. The Greeks identified Leo with Hercules and the lion. The Goddess Hera had sent the Lion from the Moon to plague Hercules. The Hero had to fight the Lion with his bare hands.
An old man directs him to the Lion’s lair. Hercules then shoots the Lion with an arrow which finds its mark, but Hera intervenes and the arrow bends and does not kill the lion. So Hercules goes after the lion hiding in a cave with two mouths. Hercules blocks one entrance, and then goes in the other side and in the darkness kills the Lion with his bare hands. He then wears the skin as proof of his own strength.
Representing the Spiritual Quest of Leo’s
Parsifal was raised by his mother. Parsifal meets 5 knights and decides to venture further afield, and become a knight himself. He leaves his mother without so much as a goodbye and she dies of grief. He fights with one of the knights – kills him and then wears his armor. He then meets a beautiful lady who initiates him in the art of love. Parsifal leaves again without much thought and carries on with his travels.
He then sees a beautiful black swan and kills it for the sheer hell of it. Parsifal travels on and comes to a river that has no apparent way of crossing. This is his major quest in life, and a fisherman crosses his path and shows him the way. When he gets to the other side he finds a castle and the land in ruins. Parsifal has a vision. He sees two maidens. One carries a silver platter, which contains the four elements, the other maiden carries the golden grail, which is embedded with precious stones.
Parsifal doesn’t know what to make of this and simply goes to sleep – only to wake in the morning to be told that he has missed a major opportunity.
Parsifal then leaves the kingdom, and ventures on his travels once more. He has not reached maturity, and needs more experience in life to realise his potential, his individual self, but also to cultivate compassion.
When Parsifal returns to the castle he comes across the same vision but this time asks the question “Who does the Holy Grail serve?” Instantly the land is restored to its original beauty. The sick King is Parsifal’s grandfather and is healed. Parsifal takes his rightful place and becomes the King and everything is how it should be.
Parsifal finds a father figure and the King is contented and healed. The main underlining issue with the quest which Parcifal undertakes is the search for the missing father who wasn’t around in his formative years. It is this area of his life which must be satisfied. He does find his father but it is his spiritual father.
The king and the maiden whom he meets on his journey are all part of himself, the sexual aspect of him that needs to be initiated. This is their first venture. The search for love. The knight and the swan which he kills without compassion is yet another.
Ruling Astrological Entity The Sun
Helios was the Greek god of the Sun. Helios drove a chariot pulled by four horses across the sky. Another god of a solar nature is Apollo, the god of the Sun, light, and purity.
Apollo was handsome, honest, strong, intelligent, played the lyre and wrote poetry.
Apollo was generally magnanimous, good, and reasonable, but he did occasionally display characteristics that were not always virtuous and pure, as when he and Artemis killed the children of Niobe, queen of Thebes, when she boasted that she was superior to the mother of Apollo and Artemis, Leto.
Artemis was a virgin huntress, strong and independent.
Astrologically, the Sun brings qualities into clear and present manifestation. The Sun strives to manifest its potential clearly and directly, and Apollo is an appropriate symbolic representation of this because he was able to self-actualise himself to an extraordinary degree in a balanced manner.
However, pride can destroy the Sun’s potential for achieving excellence, and pride was also Apollo’s weakness.