the Ordinary Wheel
22nd to August 22nd
the word said:
Let other forms exist, I am because I am
Jupiter July 22nd to August 1st
Sun August 1st to 11th
Mars August 11th to 22nd
read the prefatory material before investigating your own Decanate
Stage, as proper assignment is required. i.e., your birth date
does not indicate the stage of development, rather,
you must employ a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness
(point of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or another,
One: Physical Man
22nd to August 1st
backwards upon the Wheel of Life as it rolls onwards into form the
sign of Leo is entered via Jupiter in the first decan, the Sun in
the second and Mars in the third.
Jupiter the physical body and response apparatus of Lion-man is
progressively prepared, adjusted, aligned and correctly oriented.
Through the applied stimulation of Jupiter the active physical form
steadily improves and becomes more responsive to contact with the
Jupiter's aid the soul is enabled to unfold the capacity to experience
and fulfil its physical desires and gain control over its animal
body. It bestows the gift of great sensitivity, but in this lower
phase this is definitely a sensitivity to the instinctual desires
of the physical body.
soul develops the physical mechanism here through the satisfaction
of all forms of selfish animal desire. This applied stimulation
leads to the cultivation of a separative spirit, and in due course
what emerges is a self-sufficient person increasingly aware of his
or her individuality. Their attitude becomes emphatic and dynamic,
leading in the initial phase to the pronounced egocentric consciousness
of the selfish intelligent human animal. In the early stage the
incarnated Lion is not multi-talented and has yet to unfold the
qualities of a wise builder, leader or ruler on the physical plane.
the physically well-developed Lion—pocket edition or giant—appears
with all features in symmetrical proportion. Having drawn themselves
up to full stature, they can appear Apollo-like in physical presence.
There is something attractive, magnetic, royal—even glorious—in
the primitive active expression and motion of Lion-man. Movement
is proud, bold, with back straight and head held high. The brow
is brave and clear. The eyebrows are well arched, while the eyes
with an over-bold expression are large, round, and wide-open. The
complexion and skin glows with vitality and health, clear, rosy
and lucid, with a sometimes florid color. The forehead is high and
wide with the cranium neither too long nor broad, while the youthful-looking
face has a characteristic cubbishness about it. Like the mane of
its totem, the hair is one of the chief physical features and in
the best cases is beautiful, luxuriant, full, thick, often untamable
sometimes the Lion in this decan is completely bald. Negative or
recessive physical traits give a grossness or heaviness of feature,
resembling a bulldog more than a lion. The physical constitution
is very 'Roman' in appearance—that is short, stout, heavy,
with quite some solidity. Or sometimes the recessive type has a
very small and often weak body. In either case the characteristic
expression of the degenerate Jupiterian face appears the opposite
of the clear and rosy active type and is visibly sapped of its strength,
weakened, dark, flushed, shriveled, pinched or wizened.
Lion-king by nature is exceedingly lazy until aroused. Immobility,
lack of dynamism, indulgence, idleness and procrastination are outstanding
negative features of the recessive Lion. Lounging at poolside or
beach soaking up the rays of the Sun is often preferred to more
types do not venture forth and really enjoy themselves or seek to
meet challenges or take risks. Their only skill is in delegation
of disagreeable duties and the evasion of difficult talks. In fact
they are totally incapable of looking after themselves, let alone
anyone else. The recessive Jupiterian type is not inclined to extend
themselves for anything or anybody, and hardly sets an inspiring
example. Passive types desire above all else to rest on a comfortable
throne or a well-cushioned seat. An innate ability to control inevitably
gives the passive Leo type a belief that their destiny is determined
and all they have to do is simply to be. Their refusal to change
or take action leads to a futile existence.
physical development is delayed or slowed through weakness and over-sensitivity,
being too fearful to 'seize the moment'. A lack of clear focus and
an inability to estimate relative values produces an indiscriminative
intellect which makes a mountain out of a mole hill or is prone
to suggest with real vacuity that nothing matters very much.
task of the soul initially, is to stimulate the activity of its
vital physical organs and to balance their overall organized function.
In time this body type becomes highly developed and exceedingly
well balanced in function, possessing tremendous recuperative power.
The physical constitution is exceedingly robust in all respects,
especially in relation to tone, tenacity and strength of muscles
and nerves. In most cases the youthful elegant body settles down
towards the end of its growing period into a robust full-bodied
Jupiterian type. Yet the physical vitality being so enormous and
spontaneous, there is a predominant danger that the Lion when excited
by the chase of prey, can easily be drawn to exaggerated effort
and thus put undue strain upon the power of the heart.
beneficent power of Jupiter in the first decan guarantees to the
soul the eventual successful satisfaction of materialistic ambition,
lower desire and selfish personality power. Longing for material
gain and recognition is intense, as is the power to build for selfish
ends. Thus the Leo type is regarded as one of the most materialistic
in the zodiac in-as-much as selfish desire for possession of material
objectives is especially potent and the display of a acquisitive
spirit violently controls. Everything the Lion has must be the best
in the world and they ever put their needs, desires and feelings
first. All questions are solely based on consideration of selfish
material advantage. Everything and everyone revolves around the
individual point of view while all time, thought and deed is consecrated
to personal interest.
primitive Lion possesses an unquenchable thirst for personal glory
and an absurd ambition for positions of responsibility and authority
which they are as yet, incapable of fulfilling with any degree of
success. Attacking their enemies or rivals from behind, they select
the weakest opponents and strike at their most unguarded and vulnerable
moments. They possess an insatiable appetite for excessive amounts
of flattery from those who exhibit abject dependence, and they shower
favor upon those who are useful to them. Excessive judgment, misplaced
faith, over-affection, devotion and favoritism lead to many blunders
in the choice of friends and to disaster in love affairs.
therefore are generally numerous and unfortunate. Believing themselves
to be extraordinarily romantic and creatively prolific, Lions always
eventually succeed in making themselves conspicuous in all sorts
of ridiculous ways. Submissive and devoted partners or lovers after
life in the Lion's lair, not infrequently wish to usurp the throne.
love to over-do, over-eat, brag, boast, gloat and show-off. They
have an exaggerated capacity for vanity and self-admiration. Superficially
they appear kind, good-humored, agreeable and considerate, but behind
their behavior is the desire to retain popularity, to be well-liked
or better yet, well-loved. They are self-satisfied, self-loving,
self-centered and easily pleased with themselves. They are placidly
convinced they are the center of admiration wherever they go, and
believe that no man or woman can possibly resist their attentions.
They love to occupy the center of the stage. An instinctive and
highly acute sensitivity to danger is ever focused on their own
vulnerability rather than upon the feelings and needs of others.
Alone, without the support of the clan or 'pride' the Lion feels
fearful and unprotected.
undeveloped, the Leo man or woman is highly isolating and separative,
rejecting people based upon status, position, precedent, habit or
social tradition. Preoccupied with appearance and the preservation
of outer patterns of social, racial, religious or personal convention,
they are inclined towards formalism and superficiality. They can
be real sticklers for etiquette and think they know what everyone
else should do and how they are supposed to act. They are always
armed with some piece of advice, some reprimand; and often they
simply give orders.
unevolved Lions contrive to convince themselves of the illusion
of rulership by assuming airs of self-importance and lording it
over their inferiors and juniors. In the social 'pecking order'
of their community they look down upon those of lesser rank. They
are totally identified with rank and position and look for outer
signs of a person's acceptability. They look for homage and tokens
of respect. Those who are not so forthcoming are kept at a distance.
This is the natural way for a Leo man or woman to boost and inflate
the value of the little self. Locked into unchanging personal protocol
and seeking to control, impose upon and administer others, they
provoke warfare by attempting to force conformity to rigidly given
orders which violate the rights of other people. They misapply their
version of law and order which stifles individual creativity, personal
spontaneity, surprise and any form of idiosyncratic behavior. They
are too assured of their position and believe they are doing things
properly when in actuality they are only standardizing and reducing
opportunity for the individualistic expression of others.
inclined to relocation, travel or migration, and intolerant of the
outside influence of other groups or clans, each Lion proudly and
fiercely maintains their own territorial integrity.
highly evolved Leo personality on the other hand, has learned tact
and a respectful understanding of the nature of the people or circumstances
being directed. The Lion is loyal, devoted, loving and kind. Others
come to them when they are in need of advice, help or support. Self-reliance
grows out of a sense of responsibility for others and a willingness
to trust based upon understanding, accurate character assessment
and estimation of strengths. Truly successful and advanced Lions
are friendly, outgoing, likeable, caring, concerned and well-developed
an integrated Leo personality demonstrates a skillful ability to
blend, fuse, unify, amalgamate, organize, administrate and manage.
Exhibiting a well-developed team spirit, the advanced personality
can skillfully coordinate various tasks through a unique combination
of personal teaching skills, charm, magnetism, warmth, conviction,
inspiration, leadership, erudite knowledge, practical efficiency
and social finesse.
is done with flair and with a natural sense of the dramatic. Prestige,
dignity and command are all part of the demeanor and contribute
effectively to the expression of a colorful personality. No special
action is needed to attract the attention of everyone, and holding
a focus for the group is their forté.
Two: Emotional Man
1st to 11th
the emotional stage the Lion though physically developed, is profoundly
unconscious of self-identity, so now must undergo a period of inner
emotional processing and sentient development.
in mind that it is the power of the Sun which enables the incarnated
human soul to go forth and occultly touch that which is desired.
This is the basis of all sense of awareness and the cause of progressive
emotional growth. Now at the second stage the Lion's life is richly
colored and embellished with ordinary glamour, attachments and illusions.
This is necessary before they can hope to know not only themselves,
but also their fellow men.
is only the attainment of a self-centered attitude which makes a
person an individual, and that is the goal of this step. Initially
however, Lions believe that they are fully self-conscious when in
reality they are only just becoming conscious of themselves as the
dramatic center of their own little world. The task here is to develop
lower self-awareness through sensitivity to their own desires, wishes
and personal will.
emotionally polarized Leo subject is not yet aware of a conscious
self-purpose, cannot formulate a definite life-plan or articulate
a life program. At this early stage of development they do not yet
live a truly self-directed life, being motivated only by unconscious
selfish desire in some particular subconscious form. Like the rising
Sun, although accompanied by an exaggerated sense of dignity, Lions
instinctively desire above all else to rise to some impressive and
the rays of the Sun the aspiring emotional type loves the luxury
of 'first class' living, loves to dress expensively and spend freely
on fun and pleasure. They thrive on the drama of a life lived in
the throes of passion. Control of the emotional body is not possible
at the early stage, for the waves that rise upon the stormy seas
of life often engulf the Lion, blocking out the rays of the Sun
and rendering life seemingly futile and devoid of emotion or feeling.
goal of the soul is emotional mastery, and it is a paramount task
in this decan to work towards this attainment through experimentation
and life experience. The emotional highs and lows that come with
victories and defeats or gains and losses produce their desired
effects and serve to fully round out the life. In time an aloof
and intensely self-aware and self-focused personality emerges with
an air of dignity, stateliness, command, control, superiority and
the pronounced tendency to shine, to show off, to display.
the personality stage of emotional growth the Lion loves to collect
and acquire. A highly ambitious and selfish desire for possession
of material objects is ever present along with a wild, vociferous,
violently possessive and jealous spirit. Glamorous designer clothes,
cars, expensive art, jewelry and so on, are collected often in incredible
profusion. The applied stimulation of the Sun greatly actuates the
wish life and sways the colorful imagination of Lion in this decan.
Often the field of acquisition is extremely specific and defined,
but guarded territorially and completely colored by personal loyalty
immature Lion with reckless courage seeks to attain the spotlight
and shine at the center of attention. As self-approval and conscience
are more important than approbation, it is most necessary for them
to do what they believe is right and fit. Certainly Lions want to
be liked and admired by others, but they dislike repetition, bore
easily and will not tolerate being forced into any compromising
Lion is therefore capable of sacrificing public approval to express
their own ideals. They will fight if need be to defend their personal
ideals. Like the Nemean Lion of Herculean fame (LOH), they can at
times be ferocious, devouring, mean and cruel beyond belief, displaying
the most terrifying spirit imaginable. Personal approval is expressed
loudly and whole-heartedly, while displeasure is intimated without
hesitation or circumlocution and certainly with sufficient deterrent
to prevent recurrence. With fearful trembling, others crouch behind
this stage there is no attempt to comprehend the basis of any opposing
ideals because the understanding is blinded by emphatic identification
with personal emotion. In due course, new fields of opportunity
and adventure open before them. The personality must eventually
develop and emerge no longer conditioned by exclusive personal idealisms.
the recessive type the emotional temperament is indolent, lazy,
impetuous and inconsistent. They are unable to perceive the right
use of their inherent sensitivities, are incapable of self-discipline,
lack vision, are profoundly unaware of reality, have little understanding
of motivating impulses, and are entrapped by a confused sentimentality
and by severe personal bias. Therefore the larger human issues escape
the attention of the emotionally polarized Lion.
emotionally mature Lions become ever more aware of the effects they
are having on other people. A generosity of spirit and a nobility
of feeling as a consequence become suitably demonstrated and admirably
expressed. As the Sun rules the heart, the emotionally developed
Lion is ever ready to aid a friend. They are appreciated for their
innate helpfulness and kindness as well as their boundless love
and affection. This is especially so when they have the opportunity
to repay old kindnesses or favors they have received. Lions are
also splendid hosts and display a truly regal hospitality towards
guests and even at times towards strangers. They are distinguished
by a constant consideration for others. Along with gracious manners,
gentleness and kindness, the power of forgiveness comes to light
in them. The qualities of loyalty, dedication and devotion come
to the forefront in the advanced emotional disposition.
the Sun they shed warmth and light as the benefactor of all living
creatures. The emotionally mature Lion is filled with a basic creative
happiness, a love of life, and seeks to share the stream of life
with loved ones, family, and with those they contact in their field
of work and creative expression. Thus their personal life finds
its creative fulfilment on the emotional and physical planes. At
the high point of soul development and sentient growth, they realize
that they are in fact the active, creative agent of their own life-plan.
the final analysis, the goal of the second step is for the Lion
to stand in the center and rule, using all the strengths of the
integrated personality consciousness. The power of the Sun enables
them to build with tremendous radiant power, a solid outer foundation
for the personal ego; the "hidden point" of light of the
lower self emerges. (EA 332) The self-centered Lion turns upon himself,
revolves upon his own axis, consecrating all to personal comfort
and happiness. Sensitivity is exclusively turned towards the conditioning
impacts from the environment and the wishes of the lower or personal
in mind that any process of personality decentralization can only
begin in earnest upon the Reverse Wheel. The process of reorientation,
reversal and redirection of thought ultimately leads lifetimes later,
to the revelation of higher Self consciousness and the subsequent
potent release of the Lion as a positive contributory agent in the
universal group Life.
Three: Mental Man
11th to 22nd
of the herd of mass human consciousness in due course of time, will
emerge the self-sufficient man, the Lion of "Self Assertion,"
(EA 293) endowed with the flaming Martian gift of true lion-heartedness,
fearlessness, courage and bravery. As an outer sensitivity to the
environment has now been arduously developed, the Lion of certitude
becomes increasingly aware of a pronounced egocentric consciousness,
along with an innate ability to rule and control with real personal
fosters the will to rule as well as an intellectual positivity which
impels a driving experimental urge towards self-perception and self-knowledge.
Desiring place and position, the intelligent Lion ambitiously displays
his or her arsenal of selfish powers. Lion souls at the rudimentary
mental stage must begin to achieve self-mastery, self-rule and control
of their personalities for good or evil. Very little can stand in
the way when the Martian mind has formulated a particular plan or
course of action.
the peak of the mental period of development, direction, purpose
and plan inform all activities. The fiery Leo mental type is happiest
when in a position of authority and responsibility, naturally loves
to illumine others but also to dominate them, and is quick to criticize
and punish. Lions become very anxious to put everyone in their place
and keep them there.
a doubt the Lion can be the most disagreeable person under whom
to work or serve. The uncontrollable urge to dominate produces an
ever-growing isolated attitude. An insufferable ego arrogance and
ridiculous spells of vanity accompany the nascent display of the
powerful mind of the provocatively challenged Leo. If crossed, the
mental type is cold, dismissive, and grants no recognition to the
in the early stages of mental growth what comes to the forefront
is a vain, conceited personality, unconcerned about anybody else,
with a lack of self-esteem and totally self-absorbed. Individual
one-pointed self-interest is the outstanding quality bestowed. In
the early stages of mental development Lions are convinced they
are really self-conscious when they are only actually swayed by
desire. Mars with unrelenting personal zest and zeal propels the
imaginative mind of the Lion to new heights of self-satisfaction
and self-appreciation. Tenderness, humility, tolerance and patience
and a spirit of sympathy are not developed until late in the progress
of this decan. To begin with, everything is taken unequally and
always with the most intense brand of personal feeling. The qualities
of serenity, balance, purity, common sense, tolerance and self-sacrifice
are non-existent. Eventually though, selfishness, centralization
and individual unity will be achieved by the highly perceptive personality
in process of becoming a truly integrated Lion.
of the personality is the chief characteristic regardless of gender.
The separative and highly individualistic Lion has an intensely
arrogant and unrestrained capacity to see no other point of view
except their own. They only achieve peace of mind when they get
their own way, take the lead or take charge.
male and female portray strong Martian mental characteristics with
an abundant and dramatic display of dominance and assertion. To
keep control they will use extreme measures extending to exile,
torture, imprisonment and in criminal cases, even murder. The Mars-inspired
ruler can be so often especially hard, cold, cruel, arrogant, prideful
and dictatorial. They truly excel in imposing their will and desires
filled with enthusiasm the fiery Leo mind is incapable of moderation,
cannot rest, and will literally overwork and burn itself out. This
is an identical situation to the mental temperament of the sign
Scorpio wherein Mars also rules the mental decan.
the Scorpion and the Lion in these decans are easily enflamed into
ferocious fury and wrath. An unforgiving temper remains a lifelong
problem. They also exhibit a tendency toward harsh criticism, narrowness,
lack of reverence and extreme prejudice. Strongly mentally isolated,
they exercise their rights as they see them and fight to defend
Martian desire stimulates the naturally commanding and warlike nature.
The possibility of danger, adventure and excitement seem to ennoble
the ambition. As soldiers, when aroused in battle they fight like
one possessed. When opposed effectively in a situation where they
have no back-up resources, the Lion under Mars will choose to die
fighting—a heroic death. Advanced Leos experience both the
vision and actualization of greatness, resulting in landmark attainments.
have a keen intellect, wielding the power to know and define. Eventually
attaining great precision in thought and action along with the acquisition
of great stores of knowledge, they gain mastery over every factual
detail of their large-scale plans. As the mind possesses keen powers
of observation on the physical plane, it is quick to spot any inconsistencies.
With an acute ability to communicate ideas, nothing escapes the
attention in spite of vast accumulations of data. Mental stimulation
is food for the soul. New developments in the chosen field are never
ignored. Great mental pride is associated with the intellect and
its ability to collect facts and render interpretation.
Martian-inspired mind possesses the natural ability to seek recognition
and will usually eventually receive acclaim no matter what the field,
due to their forceful strength of mind and character. Within the
chosen field of thought the advanced Leo mind is one that the world
cannot ignore. It can with great prowess delve deeply into hidden
matters and is especially perceptive of psychic levels, the occult
and the subconscious. The depth of personality insight and mental
acumen commands respect. The use of the mind as a projective tool
is enhanced by a marked ability to collate facts and express ideas
in easily communicable form. A wonderfully accomplished ability
to write and speak intensifies the dramatic quality. A sense of
performance, pomp, ceremony and drama is exhibited throughout the
Lion under Mars has an intensively active, dominating, imposing,
impressive and decisive mind. There is great clarity of thought
and firmness of opinion. They have a natural mental certainty, assurance
and conviction. This decan type has mental endurance, one-pointedness,
concentration, the gift of synthesis, academic independence, and
is gifted with map-making ability and a capacity to quickly outline
the main facts. The successful mental type is known for a focused
single-mindedness. The potential for critical destructive thinking
is always there however, and the inevitable mental assault can be
for good or evil.
fail to impact the Lion because they are so sure of their own truth.
Sometimes they may be self-righteous. They will lay down their life
for the objects of their conquest but will not lift a finger to
help those outside of their immediate sympathies. They are subject
to selfish and jealous love, partiality, self-deception, superstition
and a decided tendency of over-dependence on others. Their mental
assertion of their individual point of view is limited by a strict
one-pointed self focus, full of facts but wearisome, pedantic, highly
personal and over-idealized.
detached and impersonal, the evolved Leo mental type, without circuitous
meanderings, efficiently organizes the mental processes, knowing
how to best prioritize thought and therefore teach, guide and lead.
The necessity for clear thinking and the elimination of destructive
thought becomes increasingly apparent. Eventually the energy of
thought is utilized for the good of all and for the furthering of
evolution and not for selfish ends. They use their ability to separate
the true from the false and to learn the meaning of illusion.
an emphatic Martian-inspired egocentric consciousness is forged.
The Lion does allow himself to be imposed upon, often fails to take
action, refuses to change and brooks no interference from others.
They know innately that they are the rulers of their own life and
destiny. If anyone should try to impose discipline upon the Lion
they will meet with revolt and rebellion. The key benchmark trait
of the mature Lion mind is the ability to remain uninfluenced and
maintain its personal freedom from outside pressures or control.
When truly advanced, the Lion rules the environment and life events
with deliberation, drawing out of circumstances that which is required.
are the born leaders in every public career and any walk of life.
Demonstrating strength of will, a strong sense of purpose and dynamic
power, they require from others self-sacrifice, utter loyalty and
total adherence to their every command.
advanced Lion can be counted on to defend the weak and fight oppression;
fearless of consequences they are truly electric and dynamic leaders.
Multitudes of respected and well-known people seek the advice of
the Lion in this decan and appreciate his profound perceptions and
powers of analysis. Hence the mentally advanced Lion is excellent
in negotiations and diplomacy. They possess the perseverance, uprightness,
power, strength and courage to lead, direct, govern, initiate, centralize,
inspire, arouse and persuade.
are instinctively devoted to beauty and naturally possess great
productive skill. As artists they love strong contrasts and masses
of color, vivid, luminous and bold. Their sculptures are full of
life and their music arousing. As communicators, writers, orators
or preachers they are brilliant, knowledgeable, outspoken, emphatic,
full of fire, but tend to be long-winded. When more accomplished
they become trenchant in thought and speech.
self-conscious awareness is achieved by the mentally polarized Leo
and the resources of the material world or the form side of life
have been properly examined, mastered and exhausted, the cycle of
advanced personality integration accelerates with ferocious rapidity.
This process of psycho-synthesis occurs just prior to the technique
of fusion that will be applied by the soul during the next cycle
of soul growth undertaken on the Reverse Wheel during the treading
of the Path.
is the beneficent influence of Mars which serves to fuse the component
parts of the self-conscious man preparatory to the emergence of
the unified, fused, decentralized, group conscious Lion-man. The
cycle of what is termed the 'Probationary Path' is then entered
and the would-be candidates for initiation begin to prepare themselves
for an interlude of inner reorientation and a transition period
of subjective reversal upon the Great Wheel of Life. At this penultimate
pivotal spiritual step comes the shift of attention away from the
purely material, limited or individually-defined selfish interests
of the personality to group requirements, and from the attained
point of consciousness of the "one at the center" to the
greater environing group. (DINAI 442)
requirement is sensitivity to the higher Self as the prime-conditioning
factor instead of sensitivity to the environment. Having reached
full self-consciousness, personality effectiveness and mental integration,
the Path of the Lion now proceeds directly to the burning ground.
purificatory Path of the burning ground must be trodden before the
door of Initiation can be reached, entered and passed through. Then
the newly abstracted Lion emerges on the other side a liberated
Observer, detached from the material side of life but utilizing
it. The world of small affairs is successfully converted into the
greater world of meaning. Thus begins the cycle of release of the
true or inner-self through prolific creative contribution and outpouring
within the chosen field of knowledge.
the sign of Leo Hercules the Sun god, the archetypical disciple,
performs the labor that is best-known historically—the slaying
of the Nemean lion. This heroic act has always been associated with
Hercules, though it is important to note that this famous labor
has no relation to the lion's skin that Hercules always wore. This
was the skin of the lion that he slew before he began his twelve
Sun sign labors and which was his first great act of service. (LOH
100) What is the symbolic meaning?
the act of killing and skinning the Lion (the animal man or personality)
the disciple demonstrates that he is ready to begin the Reverse
Wheel cycle of soul testing and training. He must prepare and fittingly
gird himself in the lion’s skin because now commences the
long protracted period of tests and trials of the soul.