Since the morning of Saturday 22, the Sun began transiting the sidereal area which is identified with the image of the King of the Jungle. It is the time when the solar condition is best expressed in the northern hemisphere, the central lapse of the summer period, when the heat is felt more and the daylight lasts the longest in that half of the planet.
A few hours later, after having entered into the new sign, the Sun made an exact conjunction with the Moon, a phenomenon also known as New Moon. The synchronization of our two luminaries in the first degree of Leo grants more intensity to the astral confluence, which also involves Mars, the impulsive one.
This year’s transit of the Sun through Leo begins and ends with two new moons. No double lunation had taken place in this zodiacal sign since the ones occurring 19 years ago (July-August 1998), the second one of which – eclipse included- took place in alignment with Regulus; such as will happen within a month.
On the night of the coming Wednesday 26, the Sun and Mars will coincide in the same zodiacal point (4º Leo). Mars’ combative inclination joins the Sun’s impetuous strength. Both of them will be imbued with the dominant spirit of the feline beast. Although meeting regularly every two years, they had not shared the same space in Leo since when they did do so on August 10, 2002.
In the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, the passage of the Sun through Leo’s constellation was thought of as having to do with the growth of the Nile. A force superior to the habitual one was attributed to the Sun and, for this reason it was granted the regency of that zodiacal sign. Leo is thought of as being the King of all signs, and the Sign of the kings.
Each one of the four constellations the Sun passes through in the central section of the climatic stations includes a first-magnitude star: Aldebaran (Taurus), Regulus (Leo), Antares (Scorpio) and Fomalhaut (Aquarius). They constitute the ends of the beams of a great cross that dominates the Celestial vault. Each one of those stars endows the constellation it belongs to with a specific guiding quality.
Leo’s dominant star is Regulus, little king, also known as Lion’s Heart. It represents the center from where all the power and brightness —typical of this zone of the sky— radiates. The Sun will conclude its internship in its own sign within a month, aligned with said star, having deployed the power of its royalty.
Those born during this time of the year usually behave with great personality: they are noble, loyal, intense, creative, proud, imposing, very strong, courageous, convincing and leading. No wonder, then, that many of the characters who have excelled in the fields of art, culture, sports, militia or politics were born under the influence of a wild beast as remarkable as the lion. Such is the case, for example, of Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Simón Bolívar, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, Hugo Chavez or Barack Obama.
The Lion’s month has begun this week with lively strength: the energy of action and combat flowing. The New Moon, Sun-Mars’ conjunction, and Mercury’s change —towards a long stay— into Virgo, ahead of its next retrograde movement, are some of the signs making us think that the brave lion will be deploying its combative character and its eagerness to dominate. An infusion of serenity, sanity and patience can help placate the aggressive and violent attitudes expressed in the stellar and earthly environment.
“A menos pensamiento, pensamiento más tiránico y absorbente.” - Miguel de Unamuno