Tarot for Tuesday

Today We are talking about LEO in Tarot!

With the iconic Leo season running from July 22 – August 23 we feel the warm light of the sun on our faces after a period of relaxing in the shadows. Where Cancer was pulling us inward to explore our vulnerabilities and emotions, Leo urges us to explore outwardly.

This fixed fire sign is playful, confident, energetic and will bring us all a little boost to our confidence.

Fun loving Leo season could help to put a smile on all of our faces after a collectively challenging year.

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 The Sign Leo the Lion, the Strength and Sun CardsOn July 22, the Sun enters Leo, the sign of the zodiac associated with the strength card of the tarot. Leo is, of course, the lion, an animal whose image and myth permeates Western culture. Leo, with its majesty and golden mane, is ruled by the Sun, associated with the tarot card of the same name.Both Leo and the Sun partake of the element fire, one of the four elements of Greek philosophy first proposed by Empedocles around 450 BC in his poem On Nature. The suit of wands depicts typical scenes requiring enterprise, courage and daring as suggested by the element fire.The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot’s strength card shows a beautiful maiden stooping over a lion, whose jaws she gently but firmly holds shut. Having subdued the beast, she leads it with a chain of flowers. Could this be the origin of “flower power” in the 60s? In older tarot decks, the strength card is called fortitude; and in place of the woman, the Greek hero Herakles grapples with the savage beast.The Lion (Leo) in the Myth of Herakles (Hercules)Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek hero Herakles, who was the product of a love affair between Zeus and a beautiful mortal, Alcmene. The mother of Herakles slept with Zeus while her husband was away. Zeus named his new son Herakles, after his legitimate wife Hera. Needless to say, Hera was royally piqued and vowed her revenge.Hera waited until Herakles became a husband, a warrior and the father of two lovely children. She then cast a spell to drive Herakles insane. In a psychotic state, Herakles murdered his wife and children. He was found guilty by reason of temporary insanity and received a sentence of twelve years of servitude, during which he would have to perform twelve nearly impossible labors.Herakles’ first labor was to kill the invincible lion of Nemea. He had some experience as a lion hunter, having slain his first feline as a lad of eighteen. The Nemean lion was so fierce, however, that the usual weapons of war were of no avail, and hunter’s arrows simply bounced off its hide. Herakles finally cornered the Nemean lion in a cave and choked it to death with his bare hands. That’s fortitude.Androcles and the LionAnother tale about a lion in a cave comes from ancient Rome. Androcles was a slave in Africa at the time of Tiberius and Caligula. He hid inside a cave to escape a cruel master, and there he confronted a lion who was limping and in pain because of a large thorn in its paw. Androcles removed the thorn and nursed the lion’s wound. Later Androcles was captured and thrown to the lions in the coliseum. As luck would have it, Androcles confronted his old feline friend who, instead of devouring him, caressed him for all of Rome to see. Both Androcles and the lion were then freed. George Bernard Shaw, who wrote the play Androcles and the Lion, was born on July 26, 1856, with his Sun conjunct Venus in Leo in his Third House of writing, so it’s easy to see where the inspiration for this play may have originated.The Lion and ChristianitySaint Jerome, the patron saint of students, was a fourth century scholar and Father of the Christian Church. As part of his religious calling he spent two years in the desert as a hermit (another of the major aranca cards) searching for enlightenment, strength and inner peace. Presumably, one day a lion entered the monastery, terrifying all the monks except for Saint Jerome who had found his inner strength as a hermit. Jerome saw that the lion had a large thorn in its paw. Like Androcles before him, Jerome performed a similar act of kindness and tamed the savage beast.Another powerful tie to Christianity is an ancient myth that links the lion to the resurrection of Christ. In this legend, the lion’s whelp, or in some versions of the story, three of its offspring, are born dead. After three days, the father lion breathes on the dead offspring and brings them back to life.Questions Posed by the Strength CardWhen the strength card appears in a tarot reading, we ask ourselves how we are using our inner strength. Like Herakles, do we need to make amends for some “insane” action on our part? Are we being true to our inner selves? Do we have the courage of our convictions? Are we letting the Sun shine within? Are we using brute force when gentle persuasion would do? As a math professor of mine used to ask students who offered complex proofs for simple theorems, “Are you trying to dig a cellar with an atom bomb?”Tarot Meditations While the Sun is in LeoThis is an excellent time to meditate on the tarot’s strength and sun cards, as well as the suit of wands of the minor arcana. Study their images, look for their interconnections and reflect on how they relate to your inner and outer life this summer.

STRENGTH

So, when most people think of a tarot card associated with Leo, its strength. There’s literally a lion on this card. It’s about being brave, strong, confident. All of the qualities we associate with Leos. When this card shows up in your reading, it’s time to roar. 

THE SUN

This is a card of the summertime and it captures Leo’s sunny nature. Leo is ruled by the Sun. The Sun is about vacations, barbecues, going to the beach, and relaxing. It’s about pure joy. This card can also mean enlightenment. You are getting clarity about something, something is dawning on you. 

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

This is one of the luckiest cards in the deck.  It’s associated with the 4 fixed signs… Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio. Leo, and all the fixed signs, can be a bit stubborn, a bit inflexible. And The Wheel of Fortune is about sweeping change you cannot avoid. It’s associated with fate, destiny, good luck, good fortune, and divine timing. If this card appears in your tarot reading, expect some positive developments. 

THE WORLD 

Like The Wheel of Fortune, The World is represented by the 4 fixed signs. And, as a reminder, the fixed signs are Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, and Aquarius.This card  is about becoming more worldly, leveling up in your life, and maybe even becoming a world traveler. It’s also the end of an era. The world symbolizes the end of The Fool’s journey and becoming smarter. It’s the last card in the Major Arcana.

FIVE OF WANDS

Leo is known to be a competitive sign, and the five of Wands captures this quality. The five of Wands is about conflict, fighting for what you want and maybe even competing with others. I commonly see this card show up if you are trying to get a promotion, or get ahead at work. It can even show up as a romantic rival in a love reading. Leos don’t back down in a competition.

SIX OF WANDS

 This is one of the most Leo cards in the deck. It’s all about success, a victory. This is about being noticed by others for your achievement. I think of it as literally taking a victory lap. Leos love to win. 

SEVEN OF WANDS

The Seven of Wands is definitely a conflict card. The Seven of Wands is about fighting for what you want. Leos are usually not shy and quiet. As I mentioned earlier, Leos won’t back down from a fight. They are willing to stand up for themselves, defend themselves when necessary. 

QUEEN OF WANDS

There are so many Leo associations with this card. A black cat, reminiscent of a lion, lounges at the Queen of Wands’ feet. Sunflowers, surround the Queen of Wands, which is Leo’s flower. The Queen of Wands is powerful, social, well spoken. She oozes confidence.  I can’t think of a more Leo card.

Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac, is a fire sign. That fieriness can be seen in their passion, resolve, approach to conflict and communication style. Ever the showman, Leo was made to shimmer and shine as they live their best life, by their own rules. This can sometimes mean that Leo personalities hog the spotlight or step on some toes, but it’s not done with malice.

Leo is represented by the lion—a very simple graphic meant to resemble a Lion and its mane and spine—sometimes paired with two halves of a heart. This depicts Leo’s deep relationship to their emotions and connection to feelings. Your quintessential Leo is run by the heart, and not the head—sometimes to their detriment. Big sentiments are a classic Leo characteristic, including bravery, vanity, romance and, yes, drama. But Leo is as loyal as they come, with a protectiveness that runs deep as blood.

If you are astrologically conscientious, you can probably discern a Leo within moments of meeting one. Without a doubt, they have an unmistakable vibe that pulls others into their orbit like a magnet. Leo is the life of every party, the one singing loudest at karaoke, the flashiest dresser and the boldest, most sexy of mates.

At their worst, Leo can be “arrogant, greedy, sloppy, coldhearted, jealous, aggressive and vain.” The AstroTwins share: “Leo energy can cause us to upstage those around us, forgetting that each and every person is a valuable member to a team.” For the most part, however, these bold souls shine in both friendships and romance with their enthusiasm, natural warmth, and fidelity. “Leo energy leaves others awakened and revitalized in an empowering way,” say the AstroTwins.

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