"We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born,” said Leo native C. G. Jung (July 26). “Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." It is useful to remember this when we talk about astrology, as some astrologers claim a lot more, as do Leo natives, confidently positioned between the more timid signs of Cancer and Virgo.
One useful point of departure is the first two summer Full Moons in the Celtic-Druidic calendar. Cancer is the Claiming Moon, and Leo is the Dispute Moon. What was being claimed, and what was the dispute about? The women, of course, as anybody in any matriarchal culture knows. The June Full Moon is the Dyad Moon, when each year’s new marriages were consecrated. In the next lunar cycle suitors made their pitches to the mothers of young women, claiming their intended brides for the following spring. And when the same nubile prize was desired by more than one suitor, there were, naturally, disputes among young men, and fights would break out in the hot Dog Days of August, but had to be resolved before the Virgo Harvest Moon in September required peace and teamwork.
The lion, symbol of this sign, roars it all. Just as the lion is the king of his domain, and Leo’s ruler, the Sun, is the lord and center of his solar system, Leos do tend to feel that the world revolves around them, and to seek rulership in their professional and personal lives. This is understandable. At their best Leos are creative, generous and accomplished natural leaders. Some tend and seek to be impactful on the world, though not always in the manner of Napoleon Bonaparte (Aug. 15), Benito Mussolini (July 29), Fidel Castro (Aug. 13) and Hugo Chavez (July 28). The Leo type is strong-willed, confident and often charismatic, even if less so than Bill Clinton (Aug. 19) and Barack Obama (Aug. 4). As one expects from lions, Leos often have a dignified, even regal quality. They do not so much go after anything as call it and expect it to appear. Thus Leos are highly attractive, and physical beauty is only a part of their genius in drawing what they want toward themselves.
If a Cancer’s world revolves around her home, a Leo’s revolves around himself. Leo is, after all, ruled by the Sun, and can easily act that way. This is why Leos seem arrogant and presumptuous – at least to those who have not yet seen that a Leo’s high self-esteem is no mere vanity, but is based on a belief that the world would be a much better place if his views prevailed. “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” said Percy Bysshe Shelley (Aug. 4). And the imperious nature of Coco Chanel (Aug. 19) -- "How many cares one loses,” she said, “when one decides not to be something but to be someone” – can seem less insufferable when one considers that her personal mission was to create such exquisite beauty that she might actually succeed in ridding the world of her arch-enemy, vulgarity.
The Leo nature is inherently dramatic, often self-dramatizing, and tends to look at the world in dramatic terms, as Alfred Hitchcock (Aug. 13) did in saying, “Drama is like life with the dull bits cut out.” So Aug. 17, when both Robert De Niro and Sean Penn were born, is a typical day in Leo month, and the rest is stocked with such characters as Peter O’Toole (Aug. 2), Dustin Hoffman (Aug. 8) and Mick Jagger (July 26), who shares this day with another theatrical type: George Bernard Shaw, who said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.”
This creative emphasis is one key to the Leo personality, as this 5th sign of the zodiac relates to the 5th house of children and all other expressions of one’s creativity. Like the mid-summer Sun, under which the crops grown in the northern hemisphere ripen toward the harvest, Leo tends not only to be creative himself, but to inspire creativity in others. One of the outstanding examples of this type is Stanley Kubrick, another July 26 Leo, who got the best from his actors and everyone else, chose to craft big projects lovingly rather than crank out a new film every year, worked with high intensity and determination once he got started – the Leo tempo is languid rather than slow -- and moved from LA to London in order to maintain complete control of his creative work.
Leo is a fixed sign, with all that that implies in loyalty and a persistence that is dogged rather than stubborn, and preferences that are traditional rather than merely conservative, as Taurus tends to be. Leo will stick with a person or project longer than anyone else, except possibly Scorpio; the down side is that Leo can take forever to see flaws and problems that have long been obvious to everyone else. A Leo boss or mate can demand much, but at his or her noble best, deserves and earns it.
Want to know how the year ahead affects people born in your sign? Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for thirty-three years. He is the author of Dance of the Moon, and his new book Surfing Aquarius will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in September. He lives in Peru, and does astrology and astrocartography readings for people all over the world by phone and Skype. You can reach him at 51 – 984 – 155622, email firstname.lastname@example.org. His astrology web page is Dan Furst Astrology Web Page.