Leo, The Fifth House: The Gift

“Moreover, he flayed me a prime ox-hide to hold the ways of the roaring winds, which he shut up in the hide as in a sack—for Jove had made him captain over the winds, and he could stir or still each one of them according to his own pleasure. He put the sack in the ship and bound the mouth so tightly with a silver thread that not even a breath of a side-wind could blow from any quarter. The West wind which was fair for us did he alone let blow as it chose; but it all came to nothing, for we were lost through our own folly.”

Leo, the pounding heart of the Universe is the gift of Life which have been bestowed upon us by our ancestors. We are now on this Earth thanks to millions before us. What do we do with this gift ? How do we use this gift bound tightly with a silver thread, the thread of the Moon ?

Leo is the stage where we express our spirit. He is the natural leader for he always leads with a generous heart and cares about those under his shiny wings. He is the light from the heart center, giving life to cold Earth and warming everything he touches. Creativity is the core principle of Leo. A Leo persona will always find ways to put forth a performance that honestly and truly expresses his very spirit. Only those who are able to recieve and honour his divine light will be allowed to stay around him.

In the Fifth House we are given our gifts. These gifts are what we truly need in order to be able to reach our destination: our own self. Wind is spirit. As the Lord of the Winds, King Aeolus gives Odysseus the gift of winds (Spirit) which will take him home. Odysseus uses this gift conciously and manages to bring his ship very close to Ithaca.

Fifth House trines the Ascendant. It is easy and effortless to transfer the energies in the Fifth House to the First House: our life and world. Thus Fifth House was named the House of Good Luck by ancient astrologers. Here lies our gifts and creativity. Utilizing our creative urge with measure and instruction leads us home. Yet it does not always go as planned. Doubt, worry, distrust, envy and fear take their toll:

“We got so close in that we could see the stubble fires burning, and I, being then dead beat, fell into a light sleep, for I had never let the rudder out of my own hands, that we might get home the faster. On this the men fell to talking among themselves, and said I was bringing back gold and silver in the sack that Aeolus had given me.”

Letting envy and distrust lead their actions, these men loose the sac and let the uncontrolled winds raise a storm in which the ship get lost. The storm throws them back to the island of Aeoli. Doubt and fear transformed the gift into a curse. They are no longer welcome in the island of Aeoli and they are exiled.

Fifth House is where we find our freely given gift. Yet how we use them, what we make of them determine the outcome. Are you wise and faithful enough to trust your heart ? Are you strong enough tol et your spirit guide you or do you surrender to fear ?

Fifth House is where we feel a little more lucky, we convince ourselves to take some risk sor spend a little more for entertaintment and a good time with friends. Gambling, theatres, acting and all stage performances fall into this place. Romantic love is also found in the Fifth House, along with children and all that we create.

Leo is the most generous of the Twelve Signs. King Aeolus’ gift of generousity almost let the ships home. We have to recognize, respect and honour the generousity of Life and all those who came before us. Otherwise we are lost to fear and worry. Gifts of the King cannot be handled without measure and paying attention. We must be concious of our actions and underlying motivations. Only the one who beard te virtues can honour this gift with gratitude and reverence; that is how we come home.

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