Leo-Aquarius: Power, Purpose, and the Path of Self Realization (Part 1)


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In part 1 of a two-part article  LCM’s Soul Astrologer Ruth Hadikin  explores why balancing the Leo-Aquarius polarity is important for our Soul's journey...



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an actors life for me…

Thus sang “Honest John” The Fox, and his accomplice The Cat, in Disney’s movie as Pinnochio sets off on his epic journey to become a real boy. As the Soul continues it’s journey through the 12 Zodiac signs, the story of Pinnochio is symbolic of the Soul’s experience in Leo and the higher purpose of Leo: the search for the Real Self.

The sign of Leo is associated with acting, drama, theater, creativity, children, warmth, humor, the heart, generosity, play, parties, entertainment, performing, kings, queens, royalty, nobility and …ego. Leo is associated with ego more than any other sign of the Zodiac, and that is understandable given the significance of Leo’s journey.  Understanding ego is key to understanding the spiritual path of Leo-Aquarius.

Fire signs are about Mastery of Action, and Fixed signs are all about stability, so as the Fixed Fire sign we look to Leo to bring stability in action. Your Leo friend is nothing if not reliable: integrity and loyalty are among their highest values. If a Leo has got your back you know you’re covered.  Welcome to the noble and regal sign of Leo, symbolically represented by the Lion.

The brightest star in the constellation of Leo is ‘regulus’1 known to the ancients as the ruler, regulator or ‘lawgiver,’ and ‘The Heart of the Lion’. The Leo Soul understands the deepest mysteries of the human heart; the significance of Universal Law; the important role that humanity plays as a ‘pacemaker’ in the Heart of our Solar System and, more importantly, that  Divine Law is very different from man-made law. The fully-integrated Leo ‘rules’ through heart-centered leadership, and their ability to be a ‘regulator’ of Divine Law: right expression of Divine Will and Purpose.

Does that mean that every Leo we meet nobly speaks in accord with Divine Law? Alas, no! Before Leo becomes truly regal we must meet and transcend the ‘actor’: the Leo personality.


Understanding Ego

Deepak Chopra once described ego as “the mask we wear to meet the outside world”. Our ego is not who we really are, but is an illusion created by our personality and character traits. It is a composite of all the learned behaviors, mannerisms, skills, customs, beliefs and values that we have accumulated in this and countless past lives.

The term ‘socialization’ refers to the process by which we learn the values, norms and beliefs of the group or society to which we belong. It is a process of conditioning, and we internalize it to such a degree that we ‘become’ it. Unwittingly, we get ‘lost’ behind the masks we wear, and in the roles we play, truly believing that is who we are. In this way our man-made society defines us, and we become ‘typecast’ (a theatrical term for being identified with, and lost in, the role you are playing). As a result of this process we each have an idea about who we are. This idea of our self is our ego.


“Noblesse Oblige”

Noblesse oblige is a French term originally used to describe the obligations of nobility. Figuratively speaking this is the concept that:

One must act in a fashion that conforms to one's position,

and with the reputation that one has earned”.

- Wikipedia

In other words, now that society has given us an idea of who we are, there are obligations and duties that come as part of the role. Therein lies the ego-trap of Leo. Leo tends to become identified with the action: believing you are what you do. At this level Leo is self-conscious: pre-occupied with his role, actions, reputation and behavior. He becomes so lost in the many masks he has to wear, each with their own particular set of duties and responsibilities, that he loses sight of his true Self. A King is not free to do as he pleases: he is imprisoned in his role, bound by obligation and duty. This Lion is in a cage.

A very strong sense of duty, obligation and loyalty can imprison Leo in a pattern of continuously meeting man-made obligations which distract him from seeking out and discovering the inner truth of his Being. Unlike Pinnochio, many worldly Leo’s become so lost in the unending obligations of their roles, that life passes them by until there is no time left for them to go on their own Great Adventure: the inner journey to your Real Self.


Who Am I, Really?

Whether your role is manager, CEO, unemployed, driver, Fire Officer, coach, pilot, teacher, actor, soldier, Mother, Father, friend, gang member, brother, sister, husband, wife, writer, editor, son, daughter, prisoner, homeless, junkie, dealer, addict, doctor, nurse etc., sooner or later you will lose it – because roles are never permanent. They are not who you are.

Losing your role, or position in society, can bring a feeling of being insignificant: a sense that you have lost your ‘self’ and don’t know ‘who you are anymore’. This ‘existential neurosis’, in which you question your self and the purpose of your existence, is your wake-up call to set off like Pinnochio to search for that which is real within you. To discover who you really are, when you are not in a role,  you need the group consciousness of your opposite sign Aquarius. LCM


In part two we see how Leo’s opposite sign Aquarius has the key to the cage – setting the Lion free by leading Leo to his inner truth, power and significance.

1.An interesting article on Regulus “The Lawgiver” can be found here: http://www.souledout.org/cosmology/highlights/regulushighlights/regulushighlights.html

This post is an excerpt from Ruth's book "Soul Astrology: How Your Rising Sign Reveals Your Soul Path and Life Purpose" Click HERE to read more and/or order a copy.

Key Points:

  • Leo is the sign of heart-centered warmth, generosity, loyalty and Will.

  • The spiritual path of Leo is one of Self-realization leading to creative expression of Divine Will and Purpose

  • The ego-trap for the Leo personality lies in being defined by your actions - limited by roles, obligations and the expectations of others.

  • The key to the liberation of Leo lies in the group consciousness of Aquarius


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Ruth Hadikin

Ruth Hadikin

Ruth Hadikin is Associate Editor and website admin. for Life Coaching Magazine.   She is author of "The Bullying Culture" and "Effective Coaching in Healthcare" and has written articles for many professional journals including the Coaching Corner series for "The Practising Midwife" magazine.

She is a Soul Path Astrologer and Coach and writes regularly for LCM's "Living Soul Astrology" section. Get a 25% discount on a soul astrology report from Ruth for your birthday with LCM's special Birthday Offer! Subscribe to Ruth's newsletter and get "Your Essential Guide To Soul Astrology" free! Her latest book is "Soul Astrology: How Your Rising Sign Reveals Your Soul Path and Life Purpose" read more and/or order your copy at http://SoulAstrologyBook.com
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