The Leo is the sign of love, leadership and creation. It has aspects of myth, concentration, and paternity, it relates to reputation, branding, luxury, dominance and control. It expresses the cosmological aspect of the sun. The sun defines the space around it and accordingly the planets revolve around it in repeating endless fashion. The Leo stands out across history ever since Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Madonna, Bill Clinton, Shimon Peres, and Obama who are only a few of the many famous Leos throughout the years.
From an astrological view of polarity and completing opposites, the Leo is a sort of Spiritual answer to its polar sign, Aquarius. It represents something in the collective-personal soul trying to stop the speed, the disconnection, the plotless quantum leap and aloofness of the Aquarius’ aspects. The Leo becomes the plot, leader, creator, artist, famous brand.
The Leo is something definitive that seems clear and concrete to humans. It activates concentration and dominance, control and love, and so stops the relations and relativity that are insufferable to us humans in the era of Aquarius (See post about technology, speed and acceleration in this blog).
The dynamics of the polarity and tension of completing opposites was represented using the figure of the Sphinx, next to the Pyramids in Egypt. The Sphinx has the face of a man (Aquarius) and the body of a lion. This is an Egyptian astrological insight from 4,5000 years ago. The times of the Egyptians occurred in the era of the Taurus, which the polar Scorpio’s aspect of death responded to in the mummies and the rebirth of Pharaoh – a demigod – and his return to the sun. The Pyramids are where it all happened. The Pharaoh is a terrestrial representation of an omnipotent king, the one who all worship, in the zodiac cross of Aquarius-Leo-Taurus-Scorpio. In these, the Aquarius is a representation of the astrological cosmic insight of the Egyptians.
The Leo holds inside it the polarity of the Aquarius, the aspect of the Sphinx which comes through in the authority of the sign, for example the Aquarius television that represents a sort of control center, the world of theater and entertainment of the Leo becomes its center which is show business. The message of television: ‘the entire world’s a stage’. In the US presidential campaign of 1986 Reagan delivered great punch lines and even told a joke to the crowd, and was picked as the leader of the free world in the era of television. Reagan himself claimed that politics is just like show business – a good performance. Reagan was in his past a movie actor. So was Arnold Schwarzenegger (30.7.1947) who became governor of California. Reagan, Schwarzenegger and now billionaire celebrity Donald Trump are an expression for the need of the public to ascend celebrities to positions of power, our need of a Leo. To be a Leo means to hold love, leadership and identity in one package. To have a strong, definitive and clear identity, one must love the people and receive love back. Love if so is a mechanism of identity, a sort of totalistic direction in relationships. In astrological terms it is a closure of cosmic space, something of the Aquarius. Now there is something clear and solid, a one dimensional aspect – love. In the dynamics of the polarity, the thought comes up that Leo Love is a confirmation of identity. What makes us doubt this is unclear. We must reaffirm it every once in a while.
The astrological geometry turns the dynamics of the completing opposites of the Sphinx into a circle, where Leo – Aquarius – Leo and Aquarius turn linear motion into circular motion. As love and identity bloom from the dyad of the opposite signs, a need for disconnection and space rises. This need derives from not wanting a too defining and clear identity. The fact that we as humans wish to own a clear identity, holds within it its contrary: the Aquarius need to depart from a limiting identity – a sort of freedom and escape from ourselves by experiencing solitude. The Sphinx represents a powerful energy field that comes across also at the level of the group and the system. We will also translate it to the dynamics of the mob, which is relevant to our current Aquarius era. The Sphinx is a proof to what the Egyptian Pharaohs realized, and it is that the soul and human psychology have a geometry that allows us to observe it and understand its rule-set: turning linearity that is temporary into circular repetition that is eternal. In other words, the paradox and the tenseness of the polarity hold within themselves an eternity and a psychological ability to be both in the present and to be able to see into the eternal future. It is a sort of mathematical-geometrical necessity in the zodiac cycle. We close the Aquarius distance with Leo love, depart into solitude and return again to love and identity, and so on in a cycle. In cosmic view it is a translation of sun-universe universe-sun. We are in a cosmic paradox realized by the dilemma of the Sphinx for a personality process: To bring near in order to push away, and vice versa.
We need to be distant not any less than we need to be close. These two factors would not exist for long by themselves, as they reaffirm each other. “If you love somebody, set them free”, is a line written by Sting. Love is accompanied by the need for disconnect. The latter hides the need for love. Love is identity – Disconnect and space free us from a clear and defined identity. To note, a feeling of lacking identity gives us a need for identity. Only a clear and defined identity brings the need for disconnect. Psychologists will say that a sort of anxiety drives love. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre refers to the paradox of love in his book “Being and Nothingness” (1943). In his approach, the existential world is built upon love for another. Finding ourselves in love, we completely turn what we love to void, and that is because of our need for total dominance, once it is ours it no longer exists. So, when Othello loves Desdemona and sees her as his property, how can he make her his, when she’s still a free human? Stripping her of her will means nullifying her identity until there’s nothing left of Desdemona besides a body, and then who is there left to love? In Sartre approach we are involved not only in the mathematical-geometrical translation of the zodiac cycles for matters about soul and psychological aspects, but also Einstein’s thoughts allowing the connection of matter and energy, for that is the famous equation E=mc2. So, as Desdemona’s soul empties and only her body remains, without the Sphinx aspect, then we not only end up with the paradox of eternity in the disconnect-reconnect cycle but also add an additional pair of completing opposites which are energy and matter. We end up with a translation and an implementation of Einstein’s physical relativity to the human soul.
The famous director Leo Alfred Hitchcock (13.8.1899) also presented this astrological thinking in the movie “Vertigo” (1958) when Scottie, an officer on leave, kisses a woman and by revolving the camera around them the couple becomes the center of the world, Scottie’s neck takes over the screen and the woman disappears – she stops existing during the hug. In this scene by Hitchcock there are no longer two but one. The love of the Leo will always eliminate one of the two, and furthermore, the elimination of the woman also eliminates the man, as the relationship is no longer balanced.