Guardian Planet: Sun
House: 5th House / Succedent
Lunar Mansions: 10th Mansion, 11th Mansion, + 12th Mansion
Solar Gemstone: Citrine
Tarot: Strength, The Sun, 5 of Wands (7/22 - 8/1), 6 of Wands (8/2 - 8/11), 7 of Wands (8/12 - 8/22), Knight of Wands
Tissue State: Hot/Excitation, Dry/Atrophy
Body Systems: Chest, spine, and upper back. Dorsal region of the back and spine including nerves and specifically the second dorsal vertebra. Marrow of the spine. Heart, vena cava, and aorta. Myelin sheaths. Cardiac system. Circulation and distribution of nutrients and vital energy through the blood. Radius, ulna, wrists, and forearm. Constructive forces of the body.
Imbalances + Diseases: Cardiac complaints including palpitations, heart disease, enlargement of the heart, hypertension, weak circulation, and a nervous heart. Heartburn. Painful and violent fevers. Vertigo and dizziness during fevers. Convulsions. Plagues and jaundice. Eye strain, inflammation, soreness, and diseases. Backache, spine complaints, scoliosis, diseases of the spine and myelin sheaths. Injuries to the back and spine. Pain in the ribs. Heatstroke and sunburn. Dehydration. Stroke. Alcoholism. Anaemia, thin blood, and blood disorders. Eruptive skin complaints. Epidemic and plague diseases. Hardening of the arteries (particularly due to dryness). Measles, shingles, and meningitis. Diseases arising from excess pleasure, indulgence, and amusement. Overexertion and overstimulation. Fear of love and being loved in return. Taking up too much space. Excess or overbearing passion. Patronizing, dogmatic, and arrogant. Inability to perform their stories truthfully. Fixity and stubbornness.
Disease Degrees: 1 degree: left coronary artery; 2 degrees: aorta; 3 degrees: right coronary artery; 4 degrees: left carotid artery; 5 degrees: right carotid artery, hair; 6 degrees: entrance of pulmonary artery, eyesight; 7 degrees: anemia, fevers, left coronary vein; 8 degrees: inferior vena cava, hearing, anemia, fevers, burns; 9 degrees: superior vena cava, alcoholism, burns, bladder imbalances; 10 degrees: jugular vein, bladder imbalances; 11 degrees: subclavian veins; 12 degrees: vertebral column; 13 degrees: right ventricle of the heart, rheumatic fever; 14 degrees: left ventricle of the heart; 15 degrees: right atrium; 16 degrees: left atrium; 17 degrees: right auricle; 18 degrees: right cardiac activity, azimene; 19 degrees: ventricular septum, spine; 20 degrees: mitral valve; 21 degrees: left atrium; 22 degrees: left auricle, appendicitis; 23 degrees: left auricle, appendicitis, rheumatism; 24 degrees: papillary muscles, rheumatism; 25 degrees: pericardium, abscess, alcoholism, poisoning, drowning, asphyxiation; 26 degrees: myocardium, poisoning, drowning, asphyxiation, goiter; 27 degrees: chordae tendinae, azimene, goiter, poisoning, drowning, asphyxiation, goiter; 28 degrees: chordae tendinae, azimene, neuritis, poisoning, drowning, asphyxiation; 29 degrees: neuritis; 30 degrees: back.
Remedies for Imbalanced and/or Weakened Leo: Learning before doing or assuming leadership. Sharing and creating supportive space for others. Cooling and moistening herbs. Cooling sedatives. Water-rich herbs. Cardiotonics. Water therapy.
Gifts of Leo: Willpower and the ability to say what you need. Confidence and charisma. An enthusiastic generosity that is contagious. Strengthening and taking care of inherent vitality.
Rituals of Leo: Sacred theatre and performance. Success and prosperity charms. Promotion and acknowledgement. Fire and sun rituals.
Leo Guardian Herbs: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), St. Joan’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rue (Ruta graveolens), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Angelica (Angelica archangelica), Linden (Tilia europea).
Leo Remedy Herbs: Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Cleavers (Galium aparine), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Rose (Rosa damascena), Lemon (Citrus x limon).
Flower + Gem Essences: St. Joan’s Wort, Vervain, Aloe Vera, Goldenrod, Gold.
The Sun in Leo
Leo Suns are bright and radiant! Which makes a lot of sense considering that Leo’s Guardian “planet” is the Sun. Self-expression and the recognition of their expression is a central to their identity. They know themselves through their performance and when wisely attuned, the gift of Leo is revealing that we are all performing, so why not choose what role we want to play? It’s time to write your own lines, the lion tells us. Bigger is often better in the world of Leo and they don’t always have an inner voice nagging them about “too much of a good thing.” What is that, the lion asks.
Where Leo folk fall into trouble is when they allow their pride to trip them up. When they mistake confidence for competence. Many a lion can get carried away with the need for being the center of attention that they forgo the effort it might take to earn being paid attention to in the ways they want. Sometimes Leo folk are perceived to lack emotional maturity. While there are Leo folk who do need to spend time developing themselves emotionally, many possess a child-like enthusiasm and emotional clarity that resists overcomplicating everything. If you’re in love, be in love! If you’re angry, be angry! Yet, emotionally complicated situations are a fact of life and can become confusing, aggravating, and defeating to Leo folk and their companions. Understanding that embracing complexity does not mean they will jeopardize their purity of expression is an important lesson for Leo folk to learn. Then, their theatre begins to take on the gifts of sacred expression and their stories become timeless.
Within a medical astrology perspective, Leo are one of the most inherently vital signs of the zodiac. Yet, it is very important for Leo folk to not spend all of their energy in the wildness of youth, but learn how to temper their energetic output in a way that will keep them vital until the end of their days. They are a fixed fire sign which means that they burn hot which can very easily lead to burnout. Physically, Leo folk need to be very mindful of drinking lots of pure, fresh water to keep their inner heat from burning them up from the inside out (and prevent the all too common imbalance of dehydration). The gifts of Leo is a spirit of generosity so big that is might just change the world. Leo folk help us to connect with our innate will, our truest desires, and to find the confidence we need to actually go after our dreams.
Leo Guardian Herbs