Leo decan 2 is ruled by Jupiter. The sun blazes through the lynx, the watersnake, the lion’s mouth, the great bear, the crab and the great ship from August 3 – 12.
You can see straight away that these are a different breed of cat from the sedate and Saturnian Leo decan 1. Jupiter gives it more fire and the influence of the defensive crab is replaced by the overtly passionate water-snake. We also have less of the religious influence too. The energy is primal, spontaneous and uncensored. This does not mean these people aren’t spiritual, it’s just that they don’t like bowing down to a Guru, or following established paths to enlightenment. These pioneers will always prefer the road less traveled.
Jupiter ruling here will of course exaggerate their bad traits as well as their good. And let’s face it, with a big cat, these traits are going to be extreme one way or the other. Leo is known as the dramatic sign, so here we will certainly get full-blown theatrics. These folk, are typically mouthy. So they are outspoken, fearless in their reasoning and dive into debates with gusto. Combining Zeus with the Lion King and you get someone who relishes power and very happy to give orders. Of course they will be accused of being bossy, but at the same time they are wonderful at organizing, when most people can’t be bothered. You can always rely them to cut the crap out of the chaos, while other signs may just faff-about politely, not wanting to appear rude. Leo decan 2 does tough love extraordinarily well, but sometimes make enemies because of this. The roaring mouth of the lion does not sugarcoat, and you may be left with an embarrassing love-bite if you been fool enough to put your delicate neck within mauling distance.
These golden maned lions have the healthiest egos in the Zodiac. But of course there’s always the risk of excess. Their pride can go to their heads, the crown becomes gigantic, and the weight finally causes them to topple from their lofty position. This usually comes from their greed, they have a ferocious appetite and sometimes just don’t know when to stop. Eventually just like King Midas, some of them do learn their lesson. With Leo decan 2, they either become super-obsessed with riches, status and being at the helm of a powerful dynasty or they go totally the other way. Hence they can really despise the upper-classes and overt displays of wealth. Some become committed socialists while others just renounce materialism and end up living a very frugal life. Snobbery in all its forms is very apparent, be it intellectual, inverted, or just a plain aversion to low-class living. This status-obsession demon, maybe the biggest dragon they have to slay.
Leo decan 2 maybe attracted to spiritual practices that help them avoid attachment, whether it is to people or material objects. They can go through phases of feast or famine; even literally through their intake of food, drunk or drugs. Leo decan 2 can never be accused of being mean even in their famine stage. They throw the most lavish parties, give generously to charity and pamper their loved ones. It can be tough getting these lions to invest in your business, as they are great hagglers. However they have an unlimited budget when it comes to their own kids, who will be spoilt rotten. Leo decan 2 must watch out that their offspring don’t just become an extension of their empire, ie; the money that they lavish onto them is for something that the children themselves want, and not just because they have to blend in with the rest of their gilt-edged family.
Leo Decan 2 Fixed Stars
Leo 11º 51’ ~ Alpha Lynx in the tail of the Lynx 3.3
Leo 12º 21’ ~ Epsilon Hydra in the Watersnake 3.4
Leo 13º 12’ ~ Zeta Hydra in the Watersnake 3.3
Leo 13º 19’ ~ Kochab in Ursa Minor the front right hip of the little Bear 2.2
Leo 13º 38’ ~ Acubens in the left arm of Cancer the Crab 4.3
Leo 15º 12’ ~ Dubhe on the back of Ursa Minor the Great bear 2.0
Leo 17º 52’ ~ Alterf in the open mouth of the Lion 4.5
Leo 18º 33’ ~ Naos on the deck of the Stern in Argos the Great ship 2.3
Leo 19º 26’ ~ Merak in the flank of Ursa Major the Great Bear 2.4
Zeta and Epsilon Hydra are the brightest two of the four Hydra stars that fall into this decan. The slippery serpent Robson says “is said to give an emotional and passionate nature, threatened by great troubles.” This water serpent had nine heads “Hercules found that if he cut off one of the heads, two new heads grew back: hence some evils are spoken of as “many headed hydras”.” The only way to stop the heads re-growing, was to burn them at the stump. So “The expression “hydra-headed” refers to a weed or trouble that is very difficult to get rid of.” You can see that this adds to the great drama, magnification and the tenaciousness of Leo decan 2. In their life there will be many battles with this Hydra within and without. Leo’s great courage and resilience may have formed as a result of these battles over time.
The Lynx is practically invisible as a constellation. Legend has it that this cat was originally King Lyncus who was turned into a bobcat by Ceres because “he refused to teach the arts of agriculture to his people” It seems the arrogant King was rather jealous of the grain goddess’s power over nature, so he killed her greatest and most respected farmer. Lynx are associated with great sight and luminous eyes. Well you would need great sight to see this constellation, as it is so faint. This was King Lyncus punishment, not being able to shine. Lynx are also loners too.
Kochab is bright red star located in baby bear, Ursa Minor who graces the sky next to his mother Ursa Major. Both constellations hang onto the poles by their long stretched out tails. Ursa Minor is Arcas, son of Jupiter, yet another animal-baby as a result of Jupiter’s impropriety with his mother Callisto. Both were turned into bears, and placed in the heavens to protect them from the wrath of Jupiter’s wife Juno. To add to the soap opera, some say Ursa minor is Cynosura, the nymph who actually raised Jupiter.. In the end we are not sure if Ursa Minor is Jupiter’s mother or son. Huh?! It’s not surprising then the poor, confused little pup “ is said to give indifference and improvidence of spirit, and to lead to many troubles.”
Hercules, and Juno are referenced again through Acubens in constellation Cancer. Juno rewarded the crab with a place in the heavens for biting Hercules foot while he attempted to slay the Hydra. There seems to be a vengeful theme coming up in this decan. The Lion can bite back extremely hard if it feels it has been disrespected. Acubens seems to support this. At it’s very worse this star “gives activity, malevolence and poison, making its natives liars and criminals.” Eric Morse shows it better side “a generally more positive quality to read from Acubens, is that of a sharp intellect and ease of coming to grips with problems, for which one might earn public renown. But, again there is the note of doing this under pressure of others demanding ‘from behind’.”
Dubhe and Merak are famous for being the Alpha and Beta stars in the Great Bear, Ursa Major. They are is easily seen in the sky as the front two stars of the Big Dipper, or the Plough that are contained within the body of the Bear. Robson sees Dubhe as “destructive” and says Merak can love “command and domination”. 1st century Astrologer Manilus shows how these qualities in a positive light and I don’t believe the energy is always destructive. Rather it tames those that could be destructive; “he will dispel the fury of the tiger, training it to become a peaceful animal, whilst all the other beasts which molest the earth with their savageness he will join in friendship to himself ”. Looks like someone who can tame problem children and civilise those who are usually wild and unruly. Here we find Leo’s guiding, leadership qualities, since the bears are so close to the celestial pole. “motionless itself, it yet sees everything spinning about it. The top of the axis is occupied by constellations well known to hapless mariners, guiding them over the measureless deep in their search for gain.”
Patient Lion Tamers
Bernadette Brady says the constellation Ursa Major gives “Insight, persistence, endurance and passive strength….It is the strength of patience, and the use of time to calmly solve problems rather than to take dynamic action” . There can be the odd situation then where the fiery Leo histrionics happen all around the subject. Yet there they are, doing their motionless polestar thing in the centre, not a hair blown out of place. In the end this Leo decan 2’s eerie calmness freaks others out so much, that they finally stop their commotion. Alterf in the Lions open mouth makes me think of the strength card in the tarot where the female holds open the jaws of the lion, but comes to no harm. This echos the taming theme we had from Ursa Major. But it reminds us there can be a savage side to this decan for those that have not evolved past their basic instincts. Lastly, Naos is found in the stern of the Great ship Argos, Naos is a term used to describe an inner chamber inside a church or sacred place, which would contain a religious icon. These noble Lions have tamed, organised and civilised your whole life for you. Now on your knees and give them due worship, if you want to keep these cats purring. You know their shadow can be particularly beastly.
Leo Decan 2 Celebrities
Sun: Barack Obama, Fidel Castro, Mata Hari, Andy Warhol, John Merrick (Elephant Man), Alexander Fleming, Percy Shelley, Alfred Tennyson, Whitney Houston, Melanie Griffith, Dustin Hoffman, Antonio Banderas, Barbara Windsor, Eddie Fisher, Mark Knofler, Samantha Ronson, Lucille Ball, Mary Decker, George VI Of The UK, Newman/Woodward Davison, Pierre/Marie Curie Davison.
Moon: Queen Elizabeth II, Paul McCartney, Oscar Wilde, Nero, Neil Kinnock, Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd, Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand, Brian Jones, Martin Sheen, Marilyn Manson, Katie Holmes, Karen Carpenter, Jason Connery, Evel Knievel, Brian Eno, Sonny Bono, Michael Bolton, Miami Cannibal Attack 2012, Theo Van Gogh, Nancy Mitford, Elena Ford, Mia Zapata, Jean Genet, Martha Graham.
Ascendant: Galileo, Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Mohammed Ali, Prince Andrew, Joseph Goebbels, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Rutger Hauer, Robert Downey Jr, Glenn Close, Agnetha Faltskog, Tina Turner, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Nick Dagan-Best, Keith Haring, Holly Johnson, Giorgio Armani, Tony Hancock, Shirley Conran, Alan Whicker, Sean Lennon, Newman/Woodward Davison.