3 Scenarios for Leo
When Leo is found in a certain house, we can expect one or more of the following experiences, depending on how much you’re able to express your true self without fear or shame:
1) Experience of Personal Significance – You feel like a rock star in that area of life: people love and honor you for who you are, and you love expressing this part (defined by the house) of yourself to others. You will most likely be elevated somehow in others’ eyes, in this life area.
2) Experience of Insignificance – You feel like you’re nothing, no good, and nobody in this area – or at the least, not enough. This is a negative extreme of Leo, where the self image was somehow damaged in the psyche, and now you’re afraid to show yourself or be who you are.
3) Experience of Arrogance – You feel very strong or significant in this life area: in fact, you feel like you’re better than others in general – so you pass judgment on others, etc, and pride goes before the fall (i.e. you go back to the state described in #2). This is another extreme, which is most likely an overcompensation for feeling insignificant underneath.
A Personal Example about Personal Significance, Pride, Joy etc.:
I have Pisces Rising and Leo in the 6th house of health, work and service. Besides astrology I’m quite involved in a volunteer activity and is on a board of an international nonprofit organization. The good thing was, the service gave me so much sense of significance, meaning and purpose in my life, and I felt loved and honored by others that I worked with.
The catch was that I was feeling rather full of myself (although I was unconscious of it at the time,) and it was affecting my relationships in a negative way, especially with the people I worked with.
Regarding this my life coach told me once: “You look like you’re trying to get your own worth out of this important position – but it doesn’t work like that.” Ouch. And she was right – in truth my self worth at the time was so low that I needed the outer prop (a significant position in an organization, in this case) to feel good about myself.
Once I’ve got in touch with the underlying lack of self acceptance, I realized that I was out of balance. I had to be able to feel good about myself regardless of what I did or what position I had. So I began working on myself some more, and things have improved.
It’s this kind of issues around personal significance (or the lack of it) that we tend to experience in the Leo houses (we can make a similar case for the house occupied by the Sun, Leo’s ruler.)
Leo Through the 12 Houses
Let’s briefly take Leo through the Houses, keeping the 3 scenarios in mind:
Leo in 1st House (self image): Here we may need to start from feeling more or less “I’m no good,” especially if the Sun is under stress via aspects. The goal is to reach a state of deep self love & acceptance, which leads to authentic (and therefore courageous) self expression in relationships.
Leo in 2nd House (possessions): Here we may feel genuine (or false) pride in our possessions – our material accomplishments as well as spouses become a source of deep personal significance. Everything you own will reflect who you are and how you feel about yourself – in the best scenario, this means you’ll derive pure joy from your possessions. In the worse scenario, you identify with your material props, so you’re never sure whether people love you or your possessions.
Leo in 3rd House (communication): At best we’re authentic communicators that can reach the hearts of an admiring audience. There is a gift of communication (note that commonly Gemini rising coincides with this placement.)
A problematic experience in the early life may delay this development, however – it’s possible for you to start out feeling less intelligent than others, thereby making you feel shy about speaking up or trusting your own mind.
Leo in the 4th House (Home, Family): You may be the star within your own home – the household revolves around you, and everyone knows you’re the one in charge. You may be quite proud of how you keep your home.
If the early home environment was hostile to healthy self expression, then one’s home becomes a place of healing, retracing steps and dealing with the unfinished businesses of childhood.
Leo in the 5th House (Play, Love Affair): You may have others’ attention, love and respect through your athletic ability, as well as your sexual prowess. Later you may take delight in your own children’s growth, or in coaching younger people.
A blocked expression (the feeling of insignificance) here suggests deep hurt around self expression, the body, and sexual confidence. Arrogance about or overdependence on one’s sexual attractiveness could be masking similar anxieties about one’s core self image.
Leo in the 6th House (Work, Health, Service): (See above) You may derive personal significance through health, service or your work. You might be the health expert, or the person everyone looks up to in your workplace. If you feel insignificant, you might turn into a workaholic in order to feel some sense of worth. If you try to overcompensate, then you could become a tyrant at the workplace.
Leo in the 7th House (Relationship, Public): You may feel your best when expressing yourself to the public in some way – the public love and honor you for being authentic. If you feel insignificant, then you become dependent on others’ approval in relationships in order to feel worthy.
Leo in the 8th House (Other’s Possessions): One possibility here is that personal significance is achieved through people’s trust in you. You may be in a position to add considerable value to others’ wealth, health, or well being.
Another possibility is that you feel immensely proud of your partner’s possessions, or what the two of you have purchased/accomplished together (like a dream home). We can also add the dimensions of occult, alternative healing and psychology as possible pathways to achieve significance and authentic self expression.
Leo in the 9th House (Philosophy, Higher Ed, Internationalism): Personal significance is experienced through expanding the mind and mingling with other cultures. If you feel insignificant, you may try to get your worth out of credentials (e.g. doctorates, MBA etc.) Spirituality may become an important source of personal significance.
Leo in the 10th House (Career): In the best scenario, you are the shining star within your organization, perhaps even the head of your own business. If you feel insignificant in your career, chances are that you aren’t expressing your true self at work, for whatever reason. A job title can’t give you self worth, but meaningful work can help a great deal. If you lose balance, you may use your position of authority to feel superior to others – this is a dark road.
Leo in the 11th House (Friends): You feel super among groups of people, and have lots of like minded friends. You’re a star in the social community (note that Libra rising is common with this position.) If you feel insignificant, then you become desparate for your friends’ approval.
Leo in the 12th House (Secrets, Self Undoing): This may be that you experience personal significance in ways that are not obvious to others. Much of your work may be done behind the scenes, but still give you plenty of satisfaction. Spirituality is a possible expression of this – the experience is completely internal. In the internet age, a famous virtual identity is also a possibility.
In summary, we can’t experience true feelings of personal significance through what we do or have – rather, we’ve got to start feel better about ourselves right now in order to start shining our light. The house signified by Leo points out which life area is most likely highlighted in this quest.