SUN IS IN LEO
AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 15

Montage of cats By Hiroko Sakai

The LEO CAT

THE LEO CONSTELLATION

Regulus – α Leonis (Alpha Leonis)

Regulus is a four-star system composed of two pairs of stars. Regulus A is a spectroscopic binary star composed of a blue-white main sequence star and a companion star which cannot be resolved, but is believed to be a white dwarf.

The primary star of Regulus A is a young star, only a few million years old, and has 3.5 times the mass of the Sun.

Alpha Leonis is the closest bright star to the ecliptic. Because it lies so close to it, it is regularly occulted by the Moon and, rarely, by Mercury and Venus.

In the northern hemisphere, Regulus is best seen in the evening in the late winter and spring. The only time of year when the star can’t be seen is for a month on either side of August 22, when it lies too close to the Sun.

The star’s name, Regulus, means “little king” or “prince” in Latin. The star’s Greek name, Basiliscos, had the same meaning. The Arabic name for the star is Qalb al-Asad, which means “the heart of the lion.”

Denebola – β Leonis (Beta Leonis)

Denebola has 75% more mass than the Sun, 173% of the solar radius, and is 12 times more luminous. It is classified as a Delta Scuti variable, which means that its brightness varies slightly over a period of a few hours. Denebola exhibits variations in luminosity of 0.025 magnitudes about ten times a day.

Beta Leonis is a relatively young star. Its estimated age is less than 400 million years. Denebola also exhibits a strong infrared excess, which suggests that it may have a circumstellar debris disk of dust in its orbit.

The star belongs to the IC 2391 supercluster, a stellar association whose member stars share a common motion through space, but are not gravitationally bound. Other stars that belong to this association are Alpha Pictoris in the constellationPictor, Beta Canis Minoris in the constellation Canis Minor, and the stars in the open cluster IC 2391, also known as the Omicron Velorum Cluster, located in theconstellation Vela.

The name Denebola comes from the Arabic ðanab al-asad, which means “the lion’s tail.”

 

THE LEO PRIDE

 

THE LEO FIRE

Leo according to Cyril Fagan

• They just glow like sunshine! Sincere, among the warmest and most loyal of friends. Must love and be loved.
• Much affection and warmth to give. Give and accept love in its purest form -- only demands from you what you can give.
• Express their needs matter-of-factly – as though they were assumed, their "Divine Right."
• Lusty sex drives, much fun and play (not always deadly serious). Kittens in the bedroom. Considerate, gentle lovers.
• Kindergarten complex. Oriented to childhood. Takes child-like delight in what has been accomplished.
• Low profile on their accomplishments. The major point of their bragging is never what they have done, but why. (Need others to understand where they were coming from.)
• Casual dignity, not noisy or flagrant.
• Font of simple elegance. Nice things on a non-ostentatious level.
• Natural flair in mannerisms. Tend to be somehow colorful (dress, speech, etc.).
• Adds a flavor of nobility (regality) to the scene.
• Centricity is required. Desires satellites, holds court. Can be a delightful centerpiece!
• Naturals in positions of authority. Dependable. Divine Right to rule.
• Dislikes a plebeian feeling. Detests weakness in self and others (including hero worshiping tag-alongs). Proud. Self-aware and self-oriented.
• Competitive.
• Not intimidated or awed by power or authority. Prolific in argument (until Leo feels there is no reason to continue; "What's the use?")
• Dislikes hypocrisy and wastefulness. Deeply moral.
• Rarely agnostic or atheistic. Strong faith in Creator and After-life. Rarely profane (though can be willingly obscene).
• In constant search of the meaningful. When normal avenues fail, gravitates to a deeper level of meaning.
• Purity-conscious and perfection-sensitive. Pedantic, precision-conscious, capacity for splitting hairs.
• Weaker Leos seem like lower-form Cancers. Natural regality, when distorted, becomes over-bearingness and they need continual adoration.
• Wants few children, but heirs are well cared for.
• As a parent: Love own children much and often fails to see their faults. Demands respect, wants own efforts appreciated. Strict but magnanimous (emotionally & materially).
• Paternalistic. Can take talent under own wing & develop it.
• Very concerned with improving the lot of their fellows. Relate to people as people, not as members of the masses (in contrast to Aquarius).
• Concerned with getting things done...
• Always futilely trying to get his life in order. Thousands of little pieces of paper with notes....

 


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