A Chemist Conducts An Experiment For His Students; Alchemy
This symbol shows a man using natural law for his own purposes- to test a theory and give instruction to the next generation. The ego is referenced in the masculine (and the soul in the feminine) and the man is in his laboratory- a closed environment. This is the Divine masculine in action: co-creating in harmony with Divine law, providing an example, practicing alchemy.
Our potential on the spiritual path and in practicing the esoteric arts is limited if we are not willing to test a theory. Attempting to use natural law to our own end is the basis of all progress and we cannot use what we do not comprehend. This symbol emphasizes the scientific method: controlled variables, procedures that students can replicate, an expected outcome. Even if the experiment fails we’ve learned something about what doesn’t work.
A Volunteer Church Choir Singing Religious Hymns; Togetherness
A group of people have come together willingly, out of a desire to participate in and serve the collective. They observe a religious tradition that unites them within a set of norms and ideals that reflect their shared values. They each lend their voices to the group message in harmony. The individual circumstances and opinions that separate them are set aside in this moment of group unity. In my personal practice this symbol represents the state of being when our individual goals are serving the higher good of the collective.
The Storm Ended, All Nature Rejoices In Brilliant Sunshine; The Power And Joy of New Beginnings
The storm has passed and peace reigns. This is the universal experience of exaltation after crisis- the Divine’s answer to our desire to overcome hardship and darkness. In this place we are free to create, to dream and love again.
A Pageant, With Its Spectacular Floats, Moves Along A Street Crowded With Cheering People; Demonstration
This is the pageantry and social power that Leo is known for; rallying the crowds around a common ideal with presence and charisma. A public demonstration of influence. The symbol represents our ability to gain the support of our communities and harness social capital to further our goals. The evolved Leo has won this social support with intentions for the highest good of all involved. Leo’s shadow side lacks substance beneath the showmanship; its motives are self-serving.
At this halfway point in the Sun’s journey through Leo, with the Lion’s Gate opening tomorrow, now is an excellent time to examine the motives behind our social behavior. Are we serving our pride and love of our reputation, or are we truly serving the highest good of the collective? It is also an excellent time to demonstrate our understanding of the lessons we’ve been working with in this season.
A Human Soul Seeking Opportunities For Outward Manifestation; Let the Soul Manifest
Here we’ve reached the entire point of the spiritual search: to allow the soul its rightful place in the world. We heal family karma and societal conditioning, we seek the Face of God, we pray, we create, we meditate. All of these things give us the discernment, courage and inspiration to co-create with the Divine. Whenever we encounter this symbol we know that the time has come to move forward into our purpose and calling without concerning ourselves with the opinions and limitations of others.
We are always free to do this in some measure but we behave like animals who have grown so accustomed to a fence that we stay within its boundaries even when the barrier is removed. The soul will never let us have peace within the safety of our comfort zone. It wants to move freely and it will continue to push us in the direction of sovereignty until it is satisfied.
An Old Sea Captain Rocking Himself On The Porch Of His Cottage; Quiet Recollection
This is the natural progression of the last two symbols; children at play, adults socializing, and a retired captain remembering a life well lived. The rocking chair mimics the rhythm of the boat at sea but he’s on his own front porch. In that peace and silence he’s free to contemplate the experiences of life with the perspective of hindsight. His consciousness has matured and he is freed, to an extent, from the influence of the subconscious. Water is symbolic of the emotional body and subconscious mind- he has retired and returned to dry land.
In my personal practice this is a sign to recall similar situations from the past to gain deeper insight into my present circumstances. Quiet recollection usually reveals an energetic dynamic I didn’t see in previous cycles or haven’t related to the current situation. In this way we can access mature consciousness- by examining with detached contemplation what occurred before.
An Evening Party Of Adults On A Lawn Illumined By Fancy Lanterns; Sophistication
Rudhyar wasn’t much of a fan of lawn parties, but this is where social power is conferred. Evening is a liminal space, neither light nor dark, and the lanterns are a man-made light. These adults are taking a break from their work to relax and socialize- a necessary function of a civilized society. All progress is made through this drive to cultivate and improve our surroundings. Sophistication is a necessary step in spiritual and social development.
In my personal practice this symbol usually represents singing to whatever comes up on shuffle; a musical prayer session to receive Divine messages, clear my throat chakra and raise Kundalini through the central channel.
Children Play On A Swing Hanging From The Branches Of A Huge Oak Tree; Spontaneous Activity of An Innocent Mind
This symbol represents the Divine child, held and sheltered by his spiritual tradition and the masters who came before him. There he is free to swing, to play, to dream. This is the “beginner’s mind” of Zen and the “becoming like a little child” of the Gospel. Where the movements of men and women are strategic and calculated, the children are not bound to norms and expectations. They are free to move with the whims of imagination and inspiration.
The Spirit uses this symbol to show me when my own methods and ideas have gotten in my way. She calls me to freedom and assures me that if I relax, if I allow myself to play, I will intuitively move towards the state of being I’ve been chasing.
Early Morning Dew Sparkles As Sunlight Floods The Field; Transfiguration
This symbol represents the joy and relief of dawn after the dark night. What fell on the grass in the pre-dawn hours as a blanket of cold mist reflects the beauty of the sun as it rises. Water represents the emotional body; the light illuminates the dewdrops until they evaporate. In this moment they coexist and reward us with their beauty. So it is with the end of the dark night- the poignancy of our feelings turned into countless tiny diamonds by the light flooding our energy field. Leo is a masculine sign; it rules the will but the will is ruled by the heart.
The dark night ends when the energy that has flowed from the crown chakra down into the heart starts to move through the lower chakras, the first of which is the solar plexus- the center of the will. When we are moved from the heart to co-create in service to the Divine the dark night is finally over.
Glass Blowers Shape Beautiful Vases With Their Controlled Breathing; Creative Intensity
Here we see breath and fire producing beautiful works of art. Emotional intensity and creative inspiration transform matter into something that is both useful and desirable. Leo is associated with the Strength card from the tarot and here we see why: raw power is harnessed by self-discipline to produce mastery.