Leo

Leo, the fifth sign, is the politician, natural born leader, the proud and mighty lion. From the mythological tales, Leo is the king, ruling alongside Cancer, the queen. Leo natives have an air of importance about them, they like to be the center of attention and people usually like them because they can be very charismatic. Although it would be best not to offend them, their pride gets hurt easily and they do not respond well to criticism. Leos, having the Sun as its ruler, can develop a strong ego, they can be self centered and even vain. They are well suited for politics, working with government and often do well at sports.

Why vedic astrology?

Vedic astrology, as a system, is based on fixed signs of the zodiac, unlike the tropical (solar) zodiac, which is tied to the equinoxes. What does this mean? Well, I’m no astronomer, but my understanding of it is that the tropical zodiac was initially aligned so that the first sign, Aries, matched the vernal (spring) equinox, while the sidereal system kept those separate. The equinox and the first degree of Aries no longer align when observing the sidereal zodiac. This is due to the precession of the earth which results in a shift of one degree every 72 years, which may not sound like a big deal, but at present there’s a difference of 23 degrees between tropical and sidereal Aries. When you say ‘the Moon is in Aries’, it’s visible in the sign of Aries in the sidereal zodiac. Just as the equinoxes are pin points for the tropical zodiac, the fixed signs were originally the foundation of the sidereal system. They are both ‘right’, but in different ways… Or rather, should be used for different things.

I chose the vedic and/or sidereal system because that resonated well with me, someone else might think differently. If you have a western birth chart, the positions I mention might have to be adjusted accordngly, although in sometimes – as is the case for my partner who has the Sun in the sign of Gemini both ‘sidereally’ and ‘tropically’ – they may coincide if the degree span of 23° still happen to fall within the same sign, which is 30 degrees. However, the exact position is still necessary to get the right Nakshatra (lunar mansion) and Navamsa chart (relates to your partner) and so on… I hope this all made some sense! Also, this is my understanding of it, any errors are my own!

Cosmic greetings, RoseAnna