Leo: Summer Fire of the Zodiac

leone150.jpgBetween July and August, in the Mediterranean area where Astrology has evolved, when nature reaches the height of its cyclic seasonal force, the Sun is to be seen moving along the ecliptic through the noble sign of Leo. This sign belongs to the element of Fire and is ruled by the Sun. It is the time of year in which temperatures reach their maximum, the blazing sun tormenting all to the point that those who can go away on holiday, in search of more pleasant climes. Nature is in full bloom, crops are nearing their harvest, and with them comes the summer dances and festivals, as in the thousand stories by the Leonine, Guy de Maupassant.

Virgo and its Ascendants!

Vergine453.jpgAs well as giving us the Sun sign, the astrological chart also gives us the Ascendant. The Sun symbolises the reality of the individual. The ancestral, genetic heritage and education are instead expressed by the Ascendant. The Ascendant can be any one of the twelve signs, found by looking at the Eastern horizon at the moment of birth. If the birth was around sunrise, for example, the Sun and Ascendant are likely to share the same sign; the opposite is true for a birth around sunset (e.g. Sun Virgo-Ascendant Pisces). The tale of Alexander the Great's birth illustrates the importance of the time of birth. While in labour his mother asked the astrologer’s advice and was told that if she wanted her son to be famous for all eternity then to hold on until midday, the hour of kings.

Myths of the Sign

Vergine431.jpgDemeter is the main figure in the myth proposed for Virgo by the academics of psychological astrology. She was the mother of the beautiful nubile Persephone (or Proserpine). One day, while the young girl was in a beautiful green meadow, and noticing the freshly blooming flowers, stooped to pick them (they appear to be narcissus). In that instant Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, who for a long time had been fascinated by her, appeared before her and opened up the very ground below her feet and, driving a twelve black horsed carriage, kidnapped Persephone to make her his bride.

Mercury, Ruler of Virgo

Mercurio96.jpgMercury, the messenger of the gods is given rulership of both Gemini and Virgo. This was because there are twelve signs and the ancients knew of only seven planets. To be precise, the Virgo Mercury was considered nocturnal while that of Gemini diurnal, highlighting their different personalities. While Gemini’s Mercury is defined as  “puer aeternus”, a Peter Pan figure that is forever young, the ancients defined the Virgoan Mercury as “senex et puer”, an old soul that remains however eternally childlike, perhaps because of their inner lack of security.