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The Personality is developed from Aries to Virgo; the Soul is developed from Virgo to Pisces.




ZODIAC ENERGY:  LEO                                            SYMBOL:  The Lion/Lioness




ELEMENT:  FIRE                                        QUALITY:  Fixed/Masculine or Positive

Masculine signs are Positive; Feminine signs are Negative.


As a positive fixed, LEO is interested in values and ideas.



PERSONALITY LEVEL:  SUN             SOUL LEVEL:  SUN (Kathleen Burt says NEPTUNE)




RULES:  LEO rules the 5th house----------Aquarius rules the 11th house


RAYS:  1ST RAY of Will/Power – AND – 5th RAY of Concrete Knowledge


BASIC SOUL PURPOSES:  This incarnation is a search for wholeness within Self, the developing of a strong sense of unique individuality, the knowledge of Self as a Part of the Whole.  LEO’s inherent creativity is to flow from the well of self-awareness in an individualized form.  LEO is to be all he can be. 

          QUALITY TO OVERCOME:  The desire for the external throne.

          LESSON TO LEARN:  Self-mastery (sitting on the “inner throne”) is the road to

                             success and fulfillment.

          MOTIVATED BY:  The need for love and dominion.





          MOST COMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Aries & Sagittarius

          COMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Gemini, Libra, & Aquarius

          INCOMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Those of water & earth elements – often compatible

                   Ascendant energies will largely overcome incompatibility.

          NEUTRAL:  LEO

                             An intimate relationship with another LEO means inability to recharge each other’s energy field.  There is a tendency to blend and “act as one element.”  Unless there are other strong energizing elements present, there can be a slow starvation of the nervous system.  Conflict need not be present.

                             Attraction to others attuned to an element one lacks usually does not form the basis for a lasting relationship.  One or both end up saying, “We are too different.”

                             Relationships can be either “too intense” or “devitalizing” according to the energy combinations of both persons.  A strong reason for knowing the Soul Maps of those with whom you have close personal relationships.  We can work positively with what we know.

                             Sleeping together merges the energy fields and can dramatically affect each person’s state of health for good or ill.  If in an intimate relationship with a neutral or incompatible Sun Sign, sleeping in separate beds/bedrooms can be very beneficial (Stephen Arroyo, Astrology, Psychology, & the Four Elements)


EVOLUTIONARY SPIRAL:  (According to Alan Oken, Soul-Centered Astrology) – as we grow holistically, we spiral upward from Personality-Centered >>> Awakening to Soul-Personality relationship >>> Soul-Centered Individual.


Totally Personality-Centered Level – LEO, at this level, demonstrates the need to dominate his environment by the sheer weight of his personality.  He is full of himself with no real understanding of how to dip into his well of creativity.  There is evident a distinct inability to make any lasting impact.  Most often, LEO feels a tremendous need for attention.  He seeks this attention through showing off his material possessions, on which he bases his self-esteem.  His home and children are important because they reflect what he possesses.  LEO needs to be admired, to be a “shining star.”  Children represent his physical continuity.  LEO views the collective Whole as those who gather around him.  LEO is so insecure and immature that he constantly strives to dominate the collective.  He wants to dictate. 


Awakening to the Soul-Personality relationship – at this stage, LEO develops an increasing awareness of how to be creatively self-expressive.  He still needs to make a mark on his environment, but is beginning to move beyond the instinctual use of will into an expanded awareness that continuity of purpose is needed to be effective.  With this new awareness, he moves beyond simply being an entity on the planet and begins to realize self as a co-creator of and within his environment.  LEO’s struggle is now how “to get out of the way.”  He is still attached to the personality and believes his ego is “the doer, the creator, the one to whom others are responsible.”  He has not yet grasped the concept of “transcendental” in which he is to act as a conscious vehicle for the creative Will-To-Be.  There is a tremendous need to orient self to the greater Whole.  The lesson is one of relationship to the collective.  This relationship requires a greater degree of integration and assimilation of the personality into the larger will of the group.  At this level, LEO is able to blend his personality with a group experience without feeling his self-integration process is threatened.


          Soul-Centered Individual – at this stage, LEO is focused on important factors.  1) The Will-to-Illumine – signifying a deep urge toward self-knowledge, self-awareness, and the development of a positive intellect, so that he can fire the minds of others.  This Will-to-Illumine is the expression of the 5th RAY that LEO channels.  2) The Will-to-Rule – signifying a desire to achieve control over his personality, the urge toward self-mastery and soul control.  This Will-to-Rule is an expression of the 1st RAY.  On the soul-centered level, the will to illumine and to rule emanate from the soul.  LEO is now an individual able to inspire the group of which he is a member.  He will play a central role in the group—inspiring them toward a cohesive purpose and the expression of the creative fires that keep the group moving forward.  LEO becomes a conscious vehicle for the creative will of the group.  LEO no longer views self as “the center’; he is now an integrated, fixed expression of the collective will. 

                   Alice Bailey states, “The only truly self-conscious person is the [one] who is aware of purpose, of a self-directed life and of a developed and definite life plan and program.”  The truly self-conscious individual is aware of one’s own life plan and how it fits into the greater Plan.  LEO has now reached that stage—the soul-centered stage of consecration of individuality.  Now LEO is prepared to rule as a conscious extension of Divine Will. 

                   Kathleen Burt believes NEPTUNE IS THE SOUL LEVEL RULER OF LEO because NEPTUNE’s task is to create situations in which ego control is surrendered.  Attuning to NEPTUNE’s mystical qualities, healing with music, and love of service to others can mellow LEO’s fiery nature.



          The "I WILL, THEREFORE I AM" sign is regal in nature, persistently optimistic, very generous, ambitious, loyal, and affectionate.  LEO enjoys work that allows him to be creative, to organize, and to be recognized and praised.  LEO needs positive reinforcement.  He is both ruler and entertainer.  LEO is intensely emotional, courageous, cheerful, and can usually be counted on to bring sunshine into the lives of others.  He has a pronounced flair for drama, loves the theater, arts, and sports.  He likes to visualize broad schemes and to take the leadership role in achieving them.  LEO is a hard worker, with the desire for a position that allows him to express his enthusiasm and to become deeply involved.  There is good vitality and health, with strong recuperative powers.  Even if depressed, LEO is resilient and will soon return to his sunny self.  LEO is romantic, spontaneous, and wants a mate in life.  The personal quest for emotional fulfillment is a major issue for LEO.  LEO wants to give love and happiness to their loved ones; however, he must have a mate whom he can admire and respect.  LEO loves to have a good time.  LEO must be creative.  LEO is the leader.  LEO desires to be all he can be.  He is independent and not afraid to take risks.  If he makes a mistake, he will accept his share of the responsibility.  LEO has magnetism; he stands apart from the crowd.  The soul-centered LEO will exhibit a magical quality; he will be seen as an uncommon person—realized, illumined, or to some, even divine.  In the Aquarian Age, royalty will be the spiritual aristocrat who functions from the heart and soul in real simplicity.  LEO’s destiny is a high one—his greatest gift to the world is an understanding heart.  He is to become divine compassion.


NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS:  (Remember that as you focus on developing your positive characteristics, the negative ones tend to disappear.  Those who express in negative ways are frustrated, consciously or unconsciously, because they are not being who they truly are.)

          Believing that it is for the other person’s good, LEO likes to organize everyone’s life.  He is demanding, can be intolerant, domineering, lazy, and self-centered.  There can be a tendency to run high fevers.  LEO is seldom depressed, but when he is, he is devastated.  LEO’s most frustrating trait is closed-mindedness.  No amount of emotional or intellectual appeal will change his mind.  LEO must mull over any new idea in private and cannot be pushed.

          “Timid LEO” can have a real struggle before he finally emerges into the open and finds his creative self and the courage to express it.

          LEO’s greatest stumbling block is authority.  He has great difficulty delegating authority to others—he will give it with one hand, take it away with the other.  For this reason, many LEOs die of a heart attack early in life.  Because his solar power can create or destroy, LEO has to live wisely or pay a heavy price.  His faults can be as large as his virtues. 


A LEO INCARNATION is an important one, for it offers the opportunity to both develop the ego and to surrender the ego to the Self.  This task is vital to the positive ongoing nature of Soul unfoldment.  LEO cannot learn to merge with the Whole until he has awakened to his own unique role as the Part.  For this reason, LEO must go through a stage of development in which he is focused on self/ego.  Creative self-expression is vital to this process.  LEO’s task is self-mastery; LEO’s quest is for Wholeness.



Be sure to check your chart to see what your Ascendant is.


          The zodiac energy on the ASCENDANT is the energy that the public beholds.  We also look at the world through our ASCENDANT.  LEO ASCENDANT, on the mundane level, sees a world that is his dominion filled with his subjects.  However, LEO (of all signs) cannot live for self alone.

          In soul-centered astrology, the ASCENDANT indicates the soul’s purpose in physical incarnation.

          LEO ASCENDANT reveals that the soul is to be activated through the 1st RAY of Will/Power and the 5th RAY of Concrete Knowledge.  LEO ASCENDANT is learning to become impersonal and detached, while (at the same time) offering compassion and understanding to the world.  LEO ASCENDANT’s honesty, directness, and dependability allow him to be used as a channel of power.  But, LEO ASCENDANT is never to think of self as the source of that power.  LEO ASCENDANT is a great dreamer and possesses the power to make his dreams come true.  He is a romantic and longs for the lioness who will stand tall beside him.

          LEO ASCENDANT is to use the 1st RAY of Will/Power as one who leads.  His personal will and power are to be surrendered to Divine Will & Power.  The function of the 1st RAY is the application of the Finger of God as a directing and forceful work in bringing about the manifestation of divinity within all things.  LEO ASCENDANT is to act as a catalyst breaking up old forms so that new ones come into being.  LEO ASCENDANT is to channel the 5th RAY energy by expressing Love/Wisdom through the intellect.  The 5th RAY seeks to know the Mind of God and to bring its abstract concepts into the physical world in concrete form—in ways that the average person can comprehend.  LEO ASCENDANT is to learn to use his inspired, divine ideas in such a way that his inner life is served and the outer, creative form becomes an expression of those ideas.  LEO ASCENDANT is to make his contributions to society through his own creative self-expression.

          THE HOUSE IN WHICH THE SUN (and NEPTUNE according to K. Burt) IS FOUND will indicate the areas of life’s experiences where the lessons of the 1st & 5th RAYS will tend to manifest.  Since the SUN CHANNELS THE 2ND RAY OF LOVE/WISDOM, many of the lessons will involve learning the art of unconditional love for others and the use of wisdom (integrated knowledge) as LEO ASCENDANT assumes his roles of leadership.  LEO ASCENDANT & SUN IN LEO will experience many conditions that make them feel invisible, so that the ego can be tempered and brought under control.  Direct attacks on areas of life that are ego-controlled will occur for the same reason.



Be sure to check your chart to see where your Moon is located.


          The MOON reveals the personality as it is displayed in our reactions to the events within our daily lives.  It also reveals much that is hidden within our subconscious minds.

          On the soul-centered level, the MOON reveals habit patterns that must be overcome or transformed in order to advance in spiritual maturity.  This struggle to overcome the negative tendencies revealed by the MOON is the “cross” we bear (Alan Oken).  The MOON reminds us of the negative habit patterns formed in prior incarnations that created the karma we brought into this lifetime.

          MOON IN LEO indicates that soul growth will occur as the individual learns surrender of the ego to the Self.  In prior lifetimes, LEO MOON has used his leadership roles for selfish purposes rather than to serve the group’s good.  He has used his powerful solar energy to dominate and to assert his own will.  LEO MOON has been intolerant of others.  LEO MOON’s goal has been to be in the limelight, to seek applause, to attract followers—all to feed the ego’s desires.  LEO MOON failed to seek the illumination of his soul, neglected to master self.  Instead, LEO MOON has behaved as if he is the God.

          LEO MOON (and LEO SUN/ASCENDANT) often has a karmic relationship with the father, usually in the form of lack of parental support during the individuation process.  The father has been “giant-like” in his behavior toward the LEO child.  Frequently there is emotional separation and difficulty in being heard by the father.

          LEO MOON is learning self-mastery and placing the ego under the dominion of his soul.  He is learning to be creatively self-expressive in ways that enhance the conditions of the greater Whole—of which he is to know he is a Part.  LEO MOON is learning to be a channel for God’s creative power to flow through him.




HEALTH & WELL BEING:  The LEO/AQUARIUS POLARITIES work together to bring a positive regulation of energy flow within the physical body. 

          Achieving a balance between the qualities of LEO & AQUARIUS, thereby transforming negative habit patterns, will assist in maintaining good health.   For examples, achieving a balance between:

                   LEO’s focus on self – and – AQUARIUS’ focus on the group/world.

                   LEO’s attachment – and – AQUARIUS’ detachment.

                   LEO’s warm, personal orientation – and – AQUARIUS’  cool, impersonal orientation.

                   LEO’s closed-mindedness – and – AQUARIUS’ universal, open-mindedness.

                   LEO’s search for love for self – and – AQUARIUS’s love of the many.


Failure to recharge one’s Sun Sign energy results in depletion, irritability, and increased vulnerability to physical and emotional dis-eases.  The element of one’s Sun Sign is the fuel needed to feel alive.  It is the source of vitality and power, the resource for coping with stress and challenges. 

          LEO  recharges by:  1) Close associations with other fire element signs:  ARIES & SAGITTARIUS.  2) Work and/or exercise that is physically demanding and active.  3) Inspirational and promotional type work geared toward a goal.  4) Regular, vigorous exercise in sunlight.  LEO needs to be outdoors, soaking in the radiant fire from the Sun.  LEO feels as if he’s dying if forced to remain inside for long periods of time.  To do so can actually have serious psychological consequences. 


CONFLICT RESOLUTION:  LEO responds to situations with intensity and takes impulsive, direct action in the solving of a problem.  Fire energy attempts to overpower the obstacles, to burn them up or scare them away through a display of his powerful force.

          Never insult LEO.  Always leave room for the Lion to save face.  Never embarrass LEO in front of others.  LEO has particular problems with Scorpio, due to Scorpio’s indirect tactics.  LEO has difficulty forgiving one who betrays him.  On the other hand, LEO can usually rage and roar, then forget it.     


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