Leo Decan 1 ~ Jul 23 to Aug 2 (0º -10º)

Leo Decan 1 ~ Fixed Stars

Leo 2º 48’ ~ Talitha in the front paw of Ursa Major the Great Bear 3.0*
Leo 4º 15’ ~ Al Tarf in the southern hind foot of Cancer the Crab 3.8
Leo 6º 02’ ~ Azmidiske in Puppis of Argo the Great Ship 3.5
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
Leo 8º 43’ ~ Asellus Australis the Southern Donkey in Cancer the Crab 4.2
*Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.

Leo Decan 1 ~ General Meaning

Leo decan 1 is ruled by Saturn in the Chaldean system and the Sun (Leo triplicity). The sun shimmers through the constellations of the Great Bear, the Crab and the Great Ship from July 23 to August 2. This section of the zodiac contains most of Sidereal Cancer, known as the Gate Of Man, where souls entered into incarnation. Directly opposite in Capricorn is where we find the Gate of Souls where the man leaves his physical body. In the heart of constellation Cancer is the location of the beehive cluster which resembles a little star nursery. This is an industrious zone though, and with Saturn ruling this decan we find a strong work ethic, family pride and a dutiful spirit.

Leo decan 1 are extremely dedicated to their field of endeavor. Some may pursue a career for the sole reason of achieving high status. They need to be seen as the boss, the leader of the pack or the queen bee. They do not like to play the role of the underling. However, they will doff their hat and play the loyal servant if they have to, anything to get up the ladder. Watch your back though Caesar, these folk are trying on your crown when you are not looking. The biggest problem for this decan is coveting what others have.

Stately Elevators & Busy Bees

Leo decan 1 can be overly defensive. If threatened, the sidereal Cancer shell can harden into Saturn armour. This is when the famous Leo pride only intensifies its resolve never to show their vulnerable soft core. Encased in that hard skull though is an incredible brain. The Egyptians saw the crab as their sacred scarab beetle. If you look at the Beetle from above it resembles a brain. It represents the path to enlightenment in that it balances the right and left hemispheres. Leo decan 1 has equal amounts of logic and intuition and they use this to create practical objects that are also beautiful. Everything they create is built to last, has a solid foundation and their craftsmanship is second to none…

The tarot card associated with this decan is the 5 of wands. “The Five of Wands tears up the rule books … and begins to write its own. Its energy explodes, the Wands splitting in several directions all at once. It is unclear what is happening and where it all will end. Drama, mayhem and chaos will rule the day. Expect the unexpected for that is the only thing that can be relied on… Fire likes to travel and expand. It does not like to be held back or restricted. It is a positive forward-flowing energy that thrives on momentum and enthusiasm.” ~ Teachmetarot.  You can clearly see the dramatic and boisterous energy of Leo depicted in this card. The competitiveness and struggle of Saturn ruling this decan are also evident too….

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Praesaepe 7º ~ “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, shipwreck, execution, banishment, imprisonment, sharp diseases, fevers, hemorrhage, lawsuits, danger of death from fire, iron or stones, injuries to the face, wounds, bad eyes, and if in an angle blindness.” [4]
Aselli 7º/8º ~ ” Blows, stabs (operations nowadays), serious accidents, shooting, shipwreck, beheading, hanging, murderer or murdered, violent fevers, danger of fire, disgrace and imprisonment. [6a]
Asellus Borealis 7º ~ “ Favorable for dealing with the public and influential people, business success.” [6]
Asellus Australis 8º ~ “ Unfavorable for dealing with the public and influential people, trouble in business.” [6c]

The star interpretation does no favours for the Sun in this decan, but that is because it is a nebula and for some reason, these nebulae were deemed to be extremely problematic by the ancients. This is probably because they are difficult to see without a telescope. Therefore in order to ‘read’ these nebulae, one is forced to use the other senses. If naturally intuitive then all is well and good, but if not, there is dependence on another’s sight. This leaves one very vulnerable to both good or bad influences. The need to be one’s own sovereign is paramount then as is having people around you that you can trust. As you can see this position did not prevent fame and fortune for some of the natives below. There are also a high proportion of astrologers and visionary writers too. We cannot forget that the Sun is very strong in the sign that it rules, plus this is also the most Leo decan of Leo.

Here the Sun has great authority. The strength of its rays really is like the super trouper spotlight, whose brightness is such that you have to be very confident to step under it. With this position, one is challenged as to whether you can bear the spotlight’s luminosity. Some find that it is too much for them and they will run for the shadows. This contradiction is probably why there are mixed fortunes with this star. It seems that it is all or nothing, bright light or dark shade with no in between. This is a very focused position also, so when these people are in their creative mode there is no stopping them. Sun Leo 1 can be very prolific for a time, as if they are channeling inspiration from their ancestors, but then burn out fairly quickly. Remember the Chinese called Praesaepe, ‘The spirit of the ancestors’ so there can be a very close connection with one’s ancestral line. These ancestors could also offer some kind of protection too, which is often very much needed! After their creative bursts, these natives need to make sure they get adequate rest because it is through sleep deprivation that they can make very silly and sometimes dangerous mistakes.

SUN LEO 1 EXAMPLES: Carl Jung, Stanley Kubrick, Aldous Huxley, Benito Mussolini, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Monica Lewinsky, Henry Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Amelia Earhart, Kevin Spacey, Helen Mirren, Sandra Bullock, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Hilary Swank, Daniel Radcliffe, J.K Rowling, Wes Craven, Wesley Snipes, Mick Jagger, Kate Bush, Martin Gore, Jennifer Lopez, George Bernard Shaw, Emily Bronte, Beatrix Potter, Zelda Fitzgerald, George Grosz, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Brown, Alan Whicker, Demetra George, Gwen Plumb, Jessica Adams, Mystic Meg.

1. Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 4, p.235.
2 & 3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.47 & p.44
4. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1933 p.188.
5. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.44.
6a & 6b. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1933 p.142. P143, p.144.
7. The 36 Decans. Austin Coppock. p122.

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