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THE LEO ANIMAL
AUG 10-SEP 15
Image by John Vernon Lord
"What immortal hand or eye can frame thy fearful symmetry?" asked William Blake, when faced with the nature of the cat. Leo is nature in the raw, nature as ruler, natural law and the natural self. Leo makes its own rules, lives by its own nature, which is to terrify the rest of us.
All heart, all natural
Leos are the living advertisement of their own prerogative. You can’t separate fixed-sign Leos from what they feel because Leo IS what it feels. Leo lives by instinct. There is no artifice, no evolution, only the heart and the moment. Leos abide by no law except the law of the jungle.
The Leo ego is the beating heart. Leos speak from the heart—it aggrandizes them. Behind the display, though, is a puzzlement. Leos cultivate a heart-felt selfishness, the big ego: what’s best for them is also best for everybody! They think through themselves. They assume the rest of the world would be just as satisfied with the basic elemental aspects of life as the Leo. Why prevaricate? The complexity and purpose of human sacrifice, guilt, anxiety or perspicacity escapes them. The heart allows Leos to live only in the moment; the human memory is suppressed because it harms their egos, and reduces the single-mindedness that they need for the hunt.
The law of the jungle [source]
SEX AND THE LEO
The two domains of Leo are sex and the ego. Sex is domination, the kill. Sex with a Leo can involve biting and scratching; Leos can have sex with their enemies, or survive off masturbation for years, since love in the human sense doesn’t enter into it, at all.
NBA star and 13 sign Leo Wilt Chamberlain claims to have had sex with thousands of women, none of whom he gave a damn about. For the mechanical Lothario Leo like this, mere mating is the overweening obligation and quantity is the only yardstick. Leos are at their most fierce during sex and when outraged; the two extremes surrounding a life otherwise dominated by sloth and submission. The normal state of Leo is torpid transference, and they can only be engaged when angry or horny. The Leo likes to scare their prey, to terrify their enemies. They often have the same effect on their lovers.
Sidereal Leo and bad-boy actor and activist Sean Penn is an example of the hot-headed, hungry Leo personality type, where out-of-control is normal.
Two Leo sex symbols
The Symbol and the Cat
Leo is sexy the way a cat is sexy; supine, sensual, presumptive, selfish. Leo people can be unconsciously sexy, and then intentionally sexy. The Leo in lust makes their feelings know, without ambiguity. They growl, purr, preen and prance, tails waving, as if under the spell of their own special brand of sexual fierceness. MORE
FLIGHT OR FLIGHT
There’s only two options for a Leo: win or lose; life or death. Male Leos live short fast lives unless they’re careful. They expire along with their usefulness. Celebrity buffoon Gene Simmons is an example of the has-been unconsciously ridiculous Leo. On the other hand, octogenarian actor Sean Connery has a lasting impact and grows in stature. Female Leos fare better than men through cooperation and community, and, as a result, can delay the inevitable for as long as possible. Forever young and sexually active women Jacqueline Bisset or Kim Cattrall are examples of well-preserved female Leos living their erotic mantras well into old age.
The Leo merely refines the objectification of what he or she has always been. Musical greats Michael Jackson and Charlie Parker were both Leos who never separated from their music or from the images of themselves that their music created. Both maintained the essence of themselves until their own demons tracked them down and ate them like hyenas do lions in the wild.
A Leo life can be quite simple. Like the life of a predator, it can be brutal or beautiful, depending on how you look at it. Leo is an animal. Don’t look for human characteristics in Leo, they aren’t there. To think Leos are human is misplaced anthropomorphism. Others may transcend their animalness: Aries, the ram, through action; Taurus the bull, through possessions; Sagittarius the centaur through idealism; but Leo does not deviate. Leo is nature in the raw.
"Leo isn’t just an animal, Leo is the king of the animals—putting itself above all others, and taking the best for itself. For each of its narrow feeding roles, the Leo excels. First we have the image of the huntress, Diana, with spear, sitting on the throne with her pet lions alongside her. Then Leo eats, rapaciously and ravenously; food is the prize. Then Leo wants sex, prowling for pheromonal females. Then Leo sleeps, reverently supplying its tremendous ego with the energy it needs to resuscitate.
Men and women Leos differ in important ways; The male Leo dominates; displays his libido, assumes rulership of the pride, defends the pride. What the male Leo does is kill. Anything or anybody that trespasses on his territory, or threatens his reign, including any male, even the cubs of other lions. The female Leo is the lifeline of the DNA, the center and creator of the pride, who provides food, suckles the cubs, organizes the females into a hunting posse, and is the mainstay of the Leo society. Male Leos are expendable and interchangeable, they come and go according to their ascending or waning power, and their ability to kill enemies. Females remain, persist and collectively build for the future as a group and a family. She passes the power on to the next strongest female."
From The Book of Leo
The Sun gives Leo birthright to rule. The Sun is what enthrones Leo; the Sun makes a Leo feel good, feel alive. The lack of Sunshine will have the opposite effect. Leos trapped in the dark, or in rainy weather start to deflate and decay until the Sun comes out. Pity the Leo in solitary confinement, or who lives in a geographical location where a six-month night is a yearly occurrence. The result of sun-deprivation for all humans is unrelenting depression; but Leos feel it far worse. Vitamin A&D is one way to last through a gloomy sunless day.
Black Leos vs
Dave Chappelle dispatched himself to Africa, and then to his rural farm in Pennsylvania, to escape being "captured"--and corrupted--by the men-in-suits at Comedy Central. He fled what he judged to be a media-coup d'etat of his comic genius; they wanted to homogenize his satire and make him a Disney character, like they did to Eddie Murphy. They were, in his words, laughing at him and not with him.
Fellow Leo with the same birthday Gangster Dontae Morris stood his ground in a shoot-out with two police officers, and killed them both. He was an assassin and enforcer for his family of drug dealers, and now his life is forfeit; he's in a Southern jail awaiting trial; his best hope is life imprisonment and perhaps a rare (and improbable) second chance to help people. MORE
What's a King without
The real Leo strength comes from the complex society of lions—the most socialized and therefore the most successful predator community. However, it’s primarily the FEMALE that gives the group its strength and cohesion. It’s the raising of cubs that make survival and propagation possible. Male and female roles must combine to promote the interests of the pride, although male Leos are often brainless and impetuous. In the wild, male lions often kill or exile their possible competition, and that can even include their own male cubs. MORE
The End of Leo Ego
For Leos to live a long life, they need to control the one thing they crave the most: fat. The Leo wants to live off of burning fat, but unfortunately, fat starves the brain. Glucose is the only food the brain can use, and a high fat diet will starve the Leo brain, and also clog the heart and veins. The Leo heart must be fat-free to work properly. Any problem with the heart will drain the life out of a Leo, fast. Fats track Leos like a Father Time ready to cut them out of the pride; there’s a limit to the largess of life for the predator. The laws of the jungle are the same for everybody. Unless Leos can learn to save their heart from fat—which actually causes them to become hard-hearted—they will descend from the hunter to the hunted as a matter of course, and meet with a similarly grisly and untimely end. But it doesn't have to be that way. The Healthy Leo Cat
Napoleon was a Leo. Learn from him.
Before and after the Leo ego.
Comparison of the Zodiac systems
Aries Mar 21 - April 20 April 15 - May 15 April 19 - May 13 Taurus April 21 - May 20 May 16 - June 15 May 14 - June 19 Gemini May 21 - June 20 June 16 - July 15 June 20 - July 20 Cancer June 21 - July 21 July 16 - Aug 15 July 21 - Aug 9 Leo July 22 Aug 22 Aug 16 - Sep 15 Aug 10 – Sep 15 Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Sep 16 - Oct 15 Sept 16 – Oct 30 Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Oct 16 - Nov 15 Oct 31– Nov 22 Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Nov 16 - Dec 15 Nov 23 – Nov 29 Ophiuchus NA NA Nov 30 – Dec 17 Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Dec 16 - Jan 14 Dec 18– Jan 18 Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 15 - Feb 14 Jan 19 – Feb 15 Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 15 - Mar 14 Feb 16– Mar 11 Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20 Mar 15 - April 14 Mar 12 – April 18