Leo Decan 1 ~ Jul 23 to Aug 2 2016. The weekly horoscope runs as an Egyptian week, ie 10 days. It will start as the Sun moves into a new decan and looks at what fixed stars it hits during the decanate week. The star interpretations are written for those born with their Sun on that degree, but the general mood of the day will carry that flavour too. Leo Decan 1’s wonderful intuition is a great back-up when science cannot explain it for them. This is because they have a hotline to the wisdom of their ancestors through the star cluster in the heart of Cancer. Leo in general is supposed to have prophetic ability and I think this comes from this past/future connection. Bringing up the new generation and leaving a legacy to them is hugely important to Leo decan 1. They are very proud of their roots and ancestry. Feeling part of a continuum in history and preserving family traditions and talents seem to be a theme with this decan.
Stately Elevators & Busy Bees
Sun enters Leo at 5.30am EDT, 10.30am BST
Leo 2º 48’ ~ Talitha in the front paw of Ursa Major the Great Bear 3.0*
Talitha in the bear means ‘daughter of the assembly’. Robson gives no meaning for it, but it is associated with a bible story where Jesus is called to revive a dying girl. Jesus says “Talitha arise”, so this star can bring healing and compassion along with Ursa Minor’s other protective, nurturing traits. This side of Leo decan 1 is less obvious, since the natives of the constellation of Cancer are actually keen merchants and do not generally have the Sun sign Cancers sensitive, nurturing qualities.
Leo 4º 15’ ~ Al Tarf in the southern hind foot of Cancer the Crab 3.8
Al Tarf resides in the Crabs foot. Manilus says of the Cancer constellation that it gives “skill in making profits; he enables a man to carry his investment of foreign merchandise from city to city and, …to search out under foreign skies fresh sources of gain, and from the high price of his goods to amass sudden wealth.…His is a shrewd nature, and he is ready to fight for his profits.”  Al Tarf is sometimes translated as the Glance of the Lions eye, for the Arabs constellation Leo was much larger and comprised of gifted Spica in Virgo and even some of Gemini. One can imagine that “glance of a Lion” could easily overpower a business rival.
Leo 6º 02’ ~ Azmidiske in Puppis of Argo the Great Ship 3.5
Azmidiske is found in the stern of Argo. This great ship is “said to give prosperity in trade and voyages, and strength of mind and spirit.” The Puppis is the stern at the back of the ship where in antiquity you would find gorgeous elaborate woodwork. Leo decan 1 have a great appreciation for beauty and the arts. The Latin word Puppis means “a doll or small image, the Romans and other ancient seafaring peoples had a small sacred idol or image affixed to the stern, where the deity it represented could watch over the vessel” Often these protectors were beasts and frequently they were indeed depicted as Lions. Of course it is common to see lion statues grace the gateways to the houses of the nouveau riche. We are definitely getting a strong protective lioness theme here. The Great mother bear of Ursa Major symbolizes quiet, female strength that only turns violent if she has to defend her cubs.
Leo 7º 20’ ~ Praesaepe in the Beehive Cluster in Cancer the Crab 3.7
Leo 7º 32’ ~ Asellus Borealis the Northern Donkey In Cancer the Crab 4.7
The stars of the constellation of Cancer are all quite dim, but the star cluster Praesaepe in the heart of the crab, M44, is a striking feature. It is known as the Beehive Cluster because it contains a swarm of forty-plus stars which are visible to the naked eye as a dust cloud. Praesaepe also means crib, stable or enclosure, and indeed surrounding this cluster are two donkeys. There are some incredibly negative interpretations for this sacred birthing place however. Early 20th century astrologers seem to focus on the grasping, shifty, sideways gate of the Crab and the fact it is a mere animal. And as usual anything with a spiritual connection seems to bring in addiction problems too; Ebertin says of the crustacean “One can observe a craving for and abuse of stimulants, luxury foodstuffs, narcotic, drugs and heavy smoking.” 
Robson maintains Praesaepe “causes disease, disgrace, adventure, insolence, wantonness, brutality, blindness” But he doesn’t forget the busy beehive connection, so he then adds it gives “industry, order and fecundity; and makes its natives fortunate though liable to loss through others, and the founders of large businesses.” Robson brands anyone with the Sun Praesaepe as having an “Evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), murderer or murdered, blows, stabs (operations nowadays for blows, stabs, wounds), serious accidents, shooting, execution, banishment, imprisonment…..” Since Praesaepe is a nebulae, the orb is strictly under 1º, the birthdays above might not be accurate if you are born before 1950 and remember there is always a high vibration alternative.
A more positive take is that the blindness found in nebulae and clusters can also be inner vision and the ability to “see” into other dimensions. In ancient times this ‘Blindness’ was probably short-sightedness. Which would’ve been a real handicap before the invention of glasses. Here is an interesting interpretation for both the beehive and the asses from Ebertin; “the Chinese gave this group of stars in Cancer the name “the spirit of the ancestors” and were of the opinion that if conjunct the Moon they would have peculiar experiences with the realms of the dead.” 
Leo 8º 43’ ~ Asellus Australis the Southern Donkey in Cancer the Crab 4.2
The stars Asellus Borealis and Asellus Australis guard the beehive crib in the preceding degree. “ This might be the origin, as seen in nativity pictures of the birth of Christ, of the positioning of a donkey always behind the manger” [2.] Since the Cancer constellation of is thought to be the gate of men, this interpretation of Praesaepe being the crib and birthplace of Christ is entirely appropriate.