Leo is perhaps most famously known through its characterisation as the lion killed by the classical warrior Hercules. The king of the beasts is terrorizing the village folk and Hercules is called to kill this terrible predator. Hercules trails the lion up hill and down dale, but the cunning creature constantly evades him until Hercules realises he must face the lion in its own lair. This is risky because once in the lion’s den Hercules will be trapped and the fight will be to the death.
Being a pledged disciple however, Hercules does not shrink from fear and faces the beast head-on. They circle and snarl, tear and rip until finally Hercules uses his legendary strength and skilful intellect to grasp the beast by its neck strangling the life from it. He then returns to the village wearing, with great humility, the lion’s skin around his shoulders. This tale tells us that to defeat the negative, destructive beast within, we must track it to its hiding place or our own desire-mind. There we must squarely face our fears and taking them by the throat, squeeze the life from them.
The throat centre is the source of our lower mind’s often destructive and hurtful thought, words and actions. Combined with an unredeemed solar plexus we are always thinking and acting fuelled with desire for personal satisfaction. If we choose to battle this form of our dweller, we won’t get out alive unless we win, and to defeat the lion of our personality we must call on the strength and power of our soul. There are two sides to the sign Leo as there are for all signs.
We can again characterise this sign in the form of the tawny-maned lion Aslan in C. S. Lewis’ tales of this same beast as a Christ figure or the Will-To-Good. Aslan summoned four children to the land of Narnia, to help him battle the wicked witch who was trying to dumb-down and control the creatures living there. At first frightened by their littleness in the face of such a task, the children gradually learned through the trial and error of their little lion or personality-self, to become more than they ever dreamed possible. With the power of Aslan’s belief in them, the children defeated the wickedness threatening the land. Through ordeal and great sacrifice, the children evolved into a better version of themselves and their task completed, they returned to their own land now well equipped to serve and save. [click to continue…]
Monday 28 July 2014
When I think of the sign of Leo I’m often reminded of the tawny-maned lion ‘Aslan’ from C.S. Lewis’ stories of four children in the land of Narnia. Aslan was Lewis’ metaphor for the Christ consciousness – love of all, kindness, patience, gentleness, inclusiveness, selflessness, focus on the highest good of the greatest number, intelligence in action and wisdom, yet also great power, strength of will, belief and fortitude.
Could we discuss the Aslan-type figure as a metaphor for the type of person or group of people the world now needs to lead it, ‘out of darkness into light’? Is this the new group of world servers talked about by Alice Bailey?
As a unit of energies we can see this group providing all the qualities we need in those who should govern us. The individuals and groups serving the world may be working on their own projects yet they can be seen as one in consciousness. Combining their different methods and aims they look like a rainbow of colours together forming a perfect light which when focussed by one overriding purpose – of planetary and human betterment – gives us a Christ or Aslan-type leader. Could we be witnessing the emerging prototype of a new form of world governance by the spiritual groups acting as one mind, heart and will?
Put aside all prejudices — think freely. Be not downcast but full of hope. Flee not from life, but walk the path of salvation. Nicholas Roerich
Cancer rules our birth from the realm of the soul which is free from illusion, into this world of glamour and maya, pain, suffering and escapism. It all sounds a bit dismal when you think of it like this, especially as we appear to have no knowledge of this process. But what we do know is that we can change this from an unconscious act into one of lighted understanding. We have choice – do we identify ourselves with all these illusions and continue the wheel of rebirth, or do we set to work to unchain ourselves?
To misquote Nietzsche, we’re all free but we keep putting ourselves in chains. While the Sun transits Cancer we can utilise the energies of this constellation to see more clearly the chains that bind us. To do this we start with the mother and the home, two ideas, along with birth, attributed to Cancer.
It can be said that we’re all like children chained to the apron strings of the Great Mother Nature. Bounteous, sacrificial and beautiful in her role as giver of life to our body, she is also the possessive, over-protective mother who tries to hold us close to her ample bosom promising endless sustenance if we don’t threaten her dominance.
Our task is to cut these luxurious apron strings that bind us to her, but not out of anger or rejection, but with a loving understanding that this is the best and only way. Difficult as this is due to our closeness to this great being – she is us and we are her – it is something we all must do. It’s a slow process done over lifetimes of practicing dispassion, detachment and discrimination. We can perhaps help ourselves by asking: ‘What am I hanging onto in my life that I once needed and served me well, but is now only a form of bondage?
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