Cancer and Leo – Catch up time!

This is just a quick note to let anyone interested know that I am very aware that I have missed Cancer and Leo. The past couple of months have been amazingly busy which is the good news! Readings and reports are constant and the astrology classes have taken off in very gratifying ways! Our time has come!! Please go to my Events page to see both past and upcoming events. We DO have a busy calendar!!

Because of that, I am dropping in the writings from a couple of my weekly astrology columns in here, rather than creating something new. I will not say whether or not I will get “back on track” later, because perhaps this is my track! It’s good news! What I would love is interaction, however. So if you’d like to discuss the signs or esoteric astrology in general, please feel free to write comments and I will make sure that I respond in good order. Thank you for your interest!

CANCER: CancerDistort

              “Sir, I believe in astrology because I have studied the subject. You do not, because you have not!” Sir Isaac Newton in response to Astronomer, Edmund Halley who ridiculed Newton’s belief in astrology

After a more than usual dramatic entrance last week (full moon summer solstice) we are now well ensconced in the month of Cancer. This is a good time of the year for Cancer to rule as it is a little slower moving and more relaxed than some of the signs. “The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” is an apt idea for this sign. Cancer rules sleeping and dreaming and of course it is a water sign. Nearly everyone loves to get to the water in the summertime, and “hazy” implies water even in the air around us, or smoke if in Taos! This is a great time to pay attention to your dreams, start a dream journal and begin to recognize the symbolism that our higher self uses in its attempts to communicate with us via dreams, meditations and visions.

Cancer also rules the mother and the home, both traditionally and esoterically. On an esoteric level we raise the meanings to the global mother, the one who cares for anything helpless or that which can’t care for, or stand up for itself, like babies and the geriatric, animals and planet earth itself. As the sign of mass consciousness, it is all about relating to and serving all of humanity. Home becomes the spiritual home in esoteric astrology. Seeking and recognizing where, or even more importantly, what the spiritual home is, is the goal of this sign. You might be unclear about this however, as well as other things, because this is also the sign of confusion, mists and fogs, those things which can create illusion, another thing Cancer rules.

LEO: Leo Distort

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha

This week (of July 20), we move into the season of Leo, the sign of love. The sun is the planetary ruler of Leo and thus this is its favorite and strongest season. Need anyone question the strength of the sun in late July and early August? Need anyone question the strength of the role that love plays in our lives? While summer may seem to be a great time for falling in love, the higher meaning of love in esoteric astrology is unconditional love, that which we all strive for and that which some people even think they can do. True unconditional love is unattached to emotion, to the need for approval or the expectation of a returned love. It is the pure form of love which includes everything that is. It recognizes that all of creation comes from the Source and therefore, We are all One. As Dr. Douglas Baker states in Esoteric Astrology, “The true self-expression of Leo is in love, not the passionate, sentimental kind, but pure goodness of heart towards all. We call it, ‘good will.’” So important is Leo, the Sun and Love that we will continue this discussion next week.
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” Galileo Galilei

As we have discussed before, when we move from traditional astrology into esoteric astrology planetary rulers change. An even higher form of astrology than esoteric exists, called hierarchical astrology. Very few people on the planet resonate to that astrology yet, but by the end of the Age of Aquarius we expect it to come into full play. Only the Sun and Leo maintain their partnership through all 3 stages of evolving astrology. The strength of this continuing partnership is based on the continuing evolution of the Sun itself, the master planet of our solar system.

Traditional astrology is based mostly on the Sun sign, the sign the Sun appears to be passing through on the day of your birth. Esoteric astrology however, is based on the rising sign as most important, the first indicator of your Soul’s Purpose. We consider the Sun sign your personality, or the vehicle through which your Soul chose to manifest its purpose in this lifetime. The Sun sign is where the sense of identity, or ego is represented. Because the Sun is often surrounded by a conglomeration of other planets (the closer ones like Mercury, Vulcan and Venus, especially) these may be in the same sign as the Sun, creating an even more powerful personality. As a male, activating force the Sun can be a dominating factor in a horoscope. Depending upon how the Sun is placed in a horoscope, it can use those planets surrounding him to radiate his will and purpose. This month, all of our personalities shine just a little brighter.


Featured Sign – Leo

 Leo BlogWorrell-Spiral-Circle of Life


Leo is all about Love, the Heart and the Circle of Life. SO many things come to mind when I think of the Circle of Life, thanks to my Native American training and affection. What a Universe that Idea encompasses! My artist friend, Bill Worrell gains much of his inspiration for artwork like the Spiral above from the petroglyphs and pictographs found on cave walls the world over. On a recent trip to Tibet, I discovered that it really is the world over. Similar images are found on the Roof of the World as well as in the caves of our lowest deserts here in America, transcending cultural differences in favor of our human similarities. Indigenous people recognized that life is not linear, as modern day society tends to think, but circular.

Leo – a Fire Sign – is about all things circular, including our very breathing, the pumping of our rich, red blood, Life – Death – Life again; the never endingness of it all. . . Fire and Air – the winged ones, circling together all come to life in Brenda Heim’s painting below. I am fortunate enough to be an owner of both of these remarkable pieces of art. They touch me so deeply, evoking such visceral response that it can take my breath away . . . but never fear . . . it will cycle back again. 🙂

Heim-Persimmon Swallow-Circle of Life

With artwork like this feeding my Soul on a daily basis, I can face just about anything in the world. I encourage you to find those pieces which nurture you. They are priceless in one’s life.

“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles and tries to be round. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours . . . Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”  — Black Elk, Oglala Sioux holy man