Welcome to Leo season! Our fixed fire sign, this archetype is here to invite you to step into your courage, be seen in your truest essence, and stand in your power.
Whether you have Leo placements in your birth chart or not, we’re all feeling into this energy during this season. In this blog, I’ll be sharing what Leo is all about, the planetary and tarot associations of Leo and how to understand Leo in your chart.
LEO ENERGY + RULING PLANET
Generous and warm, the archetype of Leo invites us to express our most radiant selves, embody courage, and stand in our power. Never one to be a wallflower, Leo energy knows how to take up space and be seen in the center of attention.
The Sun’s bright influence on this sign lends it a radiance that has the ability to warm everyone around us. Take a moment to call to mind the feeling of sun on skin and breathe into it – notice the warmth, the richness, the joy the sun can bring us. Leo can bring forth those things within us, as well.
At its most soul-centered level, Leo is a heart-centered leader, understanding that fully embodying the essence of your heart gives others permission to do the same. As a fire sign, Leo brings a natural charisma, warmth, and passion to the world – reminding us how good it feels to be lit up by what we love.
All signs have a shadow energy and expression, and in its shadow Leo can tend towards self-absorption and narcissism. But when fully integrated with its polar sign, air sign Aquarius, Leo learns to unite the individual (Leo) with the group (Aquarius). At a soul-centered level, Leo understands the oneness of us all as a human community, and uses its gifts for that greater good.
LEO IN THE TAROT
In the tarot, Leo is associated with Strength, the King of Wands, and the Sun.
Ruled by Leo, the Strength archetype in the classic Pamela Colman Smith Rider Waite tarot deck depicts a soft human gently holding open the mouth of a lion. Strength reminds us of our sacred inner power, a power grounded in trust, surrender, and love – in contrast to the more action-oriented and even violence-based depictions of strength we’re used to seeing.
The Sun card, ruled by – you guessed it – the Sun, brings forward themes of freedom, confidence, inner child healing, emerging from shadow to be seen fully in the light. As the ruler of the 5th house of children and creativity, Leo can help us heal our inner children through creation, play, and vulnerability.
The King of Wands, fixed fire in the court cards in my tarot practice, embodies that heart-centered Leo leadership I spoke of above. All of the Kings are masters of their element – as the master of fire, the King of Wands exudes warmth, confidence, and passion.
UNDERSTANDING LEO IN YOUR CHART
To understand Leo in your chart, you’ll want to look at a couple of pieces:
- Any planets in Leo
- The house that Leo rules in your chart. Whatever house Leo rules indicates the area of life where you are meant to radiate love and express yourself fully.
- Your 5th house. The 5th house is the Leo house. The sign that rules your 5th house can add another layer indicating how Leo themes show up in your life.
Another way to understand Leo energy in your life could be to ask your oracle or tarot deck: how is Leo energy showing up in my life right now?
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About Eryn Johnson
Eryn Johnson is a breathwork facilitator, tarot reader, and Reiki Master based in Fishtown, Philadelphia. She is also the host of the Living Open podcast for mystics and seekers, a storytelling tool here to help facilitate soul evolution. The foundation of her work is energetic and based on the belief that there's nothing wrong with you- we are simply programmed from a young age to forget the truth of who we are. She uses energy work, storytelling, and breathwork to guide you back to you - your heart, your power, your magic. Find her work at www.living-open.com and @erynj_ on Instagram.