Leo is the sign which rules how we express and project our Intent into the world. In the astroshamanic circle Leo is placed midway between the South and West Directions. Through the alignment to Leo we playfully learn to connect with our Intent and radiate our unique creative ways.
The Leo cycle is a time of exposure, of standing in the light of the Sun and being on stage, releasing timidity and gleaming out one’s potential. It is about claiming your veritable Intent and confidently exalting your authentic solar Function in the world, regardless of whether this may appear as arrogant or preposterous.
This solar Function does not refer to the perception of consensus reality. It refers to your spontaneous nature as it was originally conceived. It merely expresses who you are and have always been.
To human separated perception, including that derived from spiritual conditioning, taking on and expressing your true power is the embodiment of megalomania and an act devoid of humility.
Yet, as A Course in Miracles reads, “the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.”[i]
Leo is concerned with the appearance rather than the content. This means that what I display outward is more important than what I believe it is happening in my self-consciousness. If I fully embrace my ecstatic vision, and exhibit it with enthusiasm and trust, no matter what seems to occur at an inner level, this is the message that I will deliver to the environment.
In this sense Leo is a master in the art of acting, which is indeed one of the basic pillars of the Western shamanic traditions. Leo governs the unbending resolution to accomplish your highest aspirations.
Hence, when Leo is shining in the sky there are major opportunities to boost your confidence in the areas that are truly significant for you, to face life with creativity and power.
[i] A Course in Miracles, Workbook, p. 102.
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Image: 'Two lion cubs at play', by William Walls