Leo is Latin for lion. In today’s horoscope reading of the ancient zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Leo to find love, good luck, health, and gain insight on your personality through your kundli.
But did the ancients read Leo this way?
What did it mean originally?
Be Warned! Answering this will open up your horoscope in unexpected ways- embarking you on a different journey then you intended when just checking your horoscope sign…
We explored the ancient Jyotish, and having examined the ancient Kundali’s from Virgo to Cancer, we conclude with Leo, or Simha.
Astrology of the Leo Constellation
Observe this picture of the star constellation that forms Leo. Can you see anything resembling a lion in the stars?
Even if we connect the stars in Leo with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ a lion.
Here is a National Geographic poster of the zodiac, showing Leo in the Northern Hemisphere.
How did people first come up with a Lion from this? But Leo goes back as far as we know in human history.
As with all the other zodiac constellations, the image of Leo is not obvious from within the constellation itself. Rather, the idea of a lion came first. The first astrologers then overlaid the image through astrology onto the stars as a sign. The ancients could point out the Leo constellation to their children and tell them the story associated with Leo.
Why? What did it mean to the ancients?
Leo in Zodiac Constellations
Here are some common astrology images of Leo.
Observe the Dendera Temple Zodiac of Egypt with Leo circled in red.
Leo in the Ancient Story
We saw that the Bible states that the Creator made the constellations. He designed the zodiac images to tell His Story through 12 constellations. The first humans taught them to their descendants to instruct them regarding this Plan.
Leo concludes the Story. So even if you are ‘not’ a Leo in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient astrological story of Leo is worth knowing.
Ancient meaning of Leo
In the Old Testament, Jacob gave this prophecy of the tribe of Judah
You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.Genesis 49:9-10
Jacob declared that a ruler will come, a ‘he’ pictured as a lion. His rule would include ‘the nations’ and he would come from the tribe of Judah of Israel. Jesus, anointed as the Christ, came from the tribe of Judah. But he did not pick up the ruler’s ‘scepter’. He saved that for his Next Coming when he will come and rule like a Lion. This is what Leo pictured from the earliest times.
Future revealing of Leo
Looking to this coming, the writings describe the Lion as one opening the sacred scroll.
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”Revelation 5: 1-5
The Lion triumphed over his enemy at his first coming and so now is able to open seals that usher in the End. We see this in the ancient Zodiac by noting Leo over his enemy Hydra the Serpent.
The Conclusion of the Zodiac Story
The intent behind Leo’s struggle with the Serpent was not simply to defeat him, but to rule. The writings picture the rule of the Lion with these words.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.Revelation 21:1-7
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.Revelation 21:22-27
The Zodiac Signs fulfilled
In this vision, we see the fulfillment and completion of the Ancient Zodiac Story. We see the Bride and her Husband; God and his children – the double-sided picture image in Gemini. We see the river of water – promised in Aquarius. The old order of death – pictured by the bands around Pisces – is no more. The Lamb is there – pictured in Aries, and the resurrected people – pictured with Cancer – live with Him. The scales of Libra are now balanced since ‘nothing impure will ever enter’. We see the Kings of all the nations there as well, ruling under the authority of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Christ – beginning as the seed of Virgo, and at the End revealed as the Lion.
The Ransom required in the Zodiac Story
But why did the Lion not simply destroy Satan the serpent at the very beginning? Why go through all the Zodiac chapters? When Jesus faced his adversary Scorpio he marked that hour with
Now is the hour for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.John 12:31
The prince of this world, Satan, was using us as human shields. When confronted with a powerful military force terrorists will often take cover behind civilians. This creates a dilemma for the police in that they might kill the civilians while they take out the terrorists. When Satan succeeded in tempting Adam he created a human shield for himself. Satan knew that The Creator is absolutely just and if he punished sin then, to be righteous in his judgment, he must judge all sin. If God destroyed Satan, then Satan (which means The Accuser) could simply accuse us of our own wrongdoing, requiring that we be destroyed along with him. To look at it in another way, our disobedience brought us into Satan’s legal control. If God destroyed him then He would have to also destroy us because Satan caught us in his disobedience to Divine Rule.
So we needed ransoming from Satan’s demand that any punishment given to him must also come upon us. We needed someone to ransom us from sin. The Gospel explains it like this:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.Ephesians 2:1-3
Ransom achieved at the Cross
In his sacrifice pictured in Capricorn Jesus took that wrath upon himself. He paid the ransom so we could go free
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.Ephesian 2: 4-9
God did not intend judgment for people. He prepared it for Satan, His adversary (Devil means ‘adversary’). But if he destroyed the devil for his rebellion then He must do the same for others also guilty.
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.Matthew 25:41
This is why Jesus achieved a great victory at the cross. He freed us from the legal right that Satan had over us. He can now strike Satan without having to also strike us. But we must choose to take this escape from Satan’s dominion. Leo is currently holding back from striking the serpent so that people can escape from that Judgment.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9
This is why we find ourselves today still waiting for the final strike against Satan, pictured in Sagittarius, and still waiting for the final Judgment, pictured in Taurus. But the writings warn us.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.2 Peter 3: 10
The Leo Horoscope
Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and means the marking (skopus) of special hours or times. The Writings mark The Leo hour (horo) in the following way.
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour (horo) has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.Romans 13:11
This declares that we are like people sleeping in a building that is burning up. We need to wake up! At this hour (horo).
Because when the roaring lion comes He will strike and destroy that ancient serpent and all who are in his legal dominion. Destruction stares us in the face.
Your Leo Reading
You can apply the Leo Horoscope reading in this way
Leo tells you that yes, there are scoffers who, scoff and following their own evil desires. They say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that God will judge and destroy everything in this world.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of person ought you be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise you need to look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation for you and those around you. Since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.
Learn the basis of the Ancient Jyotisha Astrology here. Read from its beginning at Virgo.
Deeper into Leo
But to go deeper into the written story of Leo: