Usually with Leonine energy, we think of proud playfulness, openhearted generosity, and confident charm. But sometimes, it can all go wrong.
The ruler of Leo is the Sun, which can be equated with the Ego – that part of your personality that maintains the balance between impulses (‘id’) and conscience (‘superego’). When balance is achieved, you have the unruffled self-assurance so often associated with Leo. Actually, you’d expect nothing else. Leo is ‘fixed fire’. The Leonine ego must come to terms with itself by turning not to the world outside, but instead to within.
Yet after such intense soul-searching, it’s imperative to share your hard-won wisdom with your fellow man. Most spiritual traditions emphasis this final leg of the Self’s journey as the most important. This makes perfect sense as Leo’s balancing energy is to be found in its opposite -Aquarius -the epitome of social responsibility and the egalitarian ideal.
But when the ego fails to find balance, the result is complete self-obsession and an unattractive insensitivity to the wider world.
Today’s Sabian less is not just for Leo, but also for everyone. Individuality is key to human happiness. But without balance, the exact opposite is attained. Hence we find the image of this Sabian Symbol – a negative, perverse satisfaction in the neglect of self.