Specific Expressions of
Venus in Leo
Venus in Leo for the Undeveloped or Average Man
1. Venus in Leo—Personal
When (upon the Mutable Cross) the natural magnetism of Venus
combines with the accentuated ahamkara principle of Leo, much attention
is given to making the self as attractive as possible. The person seeks
to be personally magnetic, drawing upon the desire and attention of
others, in order to reinforce the lower personal ego—the sense
of personal selfhood, the sense of really “being someone”.
2. Venus in Leo—Love
of Display, Ostentation:
For the undeveloped or average person, this position inclines
to the love of ornamentation and adornment (often gaudy and “loud”)—whatever
will call attention to the little self. The ‘radiance’ of
jewelry is, on this lower turn of the spiral, substituted for the radiance
of selfhood, individuality, character, etc. Such behavior is commonly
known as the “desire to shine”. It produces the “dazzling
personality” which masquerades as the real identity (which, thus
far, is undiscovered and unexpressed).
3. Venus in Leo—Fashion:
Venus in Leo represents personal beauty. Fashionable, stylish
clothing “catches the eye”, making ‘everyone’
“take notice”. All eyes follow the one who dresses beautifully.
Again, the personality-center is flattered, stimulated, validated, made
to feel more secure. Fashion becomes a means of self-definition, magnetizing
attention, and thus feeding the lower ego and its sense of self-importance.
4. Venus in Leo—Personal
Love and the Love of Being Loved:
Venus is the planet of love and beauty, and Leo is associated
with love and love-affairs (considering such love as the opportunity
for the full expression of selfhood). Personal love is self-exalting,
enhancing both the sensitivity to beauty and the sense of “I-ness”.
Such love is more the “love of being loved” than the selfless
love of the heart; it satisfies various personal desires—for recognition,
for pleasure, for companionship, for absorbing interest (which reduces
stress). Love at this level of expression flatters the lower ego, making
it feel special and important.
5. Venus in Leo—Vanity
and Love of Flattery:
Venus is the “mirror” and lower Leo inclines towards
self-admiration. Self-image looms overly large within the field of consciousness.
Good appearance, as a means of ego-reinforcement, becomes all important.
The Venusian mind is captured by the ahamkara principle, and the sense
of selfhood is invested entirely in the form.
6. Venus in Leo—the
Eyes are on the Personal Self:
One of the first principles of discipleship training is to
“take the eyes off the little personal self”. At first this
is not easy for the person with an accentuated Venus in Leo. Historically,
Venus and Leo together were instrumental in the emergence of “reflective
consciousness”—individualization. Through individualization,
animal man was able to recognize himself as a distinct existence within
the field of numberless moving forms. Within his field of consciousness,
he isolated a familiar object (his body, with its sensations, feelings
and emotions). The self-center was born. The growth of the personal
ego, the “I-center” is evolutionarily necessary, and, necessarily,
will be sustained for millions of years. Eventually, however, decentralization
must develop, if personal consciousness is to become group consciousness.
Ahamkara, however, is stubborn, repeatedly attracting consciousness
towards the self-center. For the Venus in Leo person upon the Mutable
Cross, this pattern of excessive self-awareness is characteristic. It
represents a constant referencing of the identity (and usually a very
superficial part of that identity) in order to promote a sense of personal
security. Behind this behavior is the fear of a “loss of self”.
7. Venus in Leo—
This is a term of endearment directly related to the Venus
in Leo energies. Venus rules all things sweet, attractive and appealing;
Leo rules the heart and the heart center. A “sweetheart”
is a totally attractive loved-one—just what the Venus in Leo person
hopes to become, and just the kind to whom the Venus in Leo person hopes
to relate. ‘Love’ among “sweethearts” brings
the lower self into its fullest state of self-expression and self-enjoyment.
8. Venus in Leo—Spontaneous
Saturn (the energy which restrains) is weakened in Leo (unless
its very deep, Shamballic connection to this sign is considered). Leo
people do not like to “hold back” their expression. Venus,
before it becomes a mental indicator, is associated with the preferences
and evaluative feeling function (“like and dislike”) of
the astral body. Venus-in-Leo people desire the pleasurable, unrestrained
release of feeling and emotion.
9. Venus in Leo—Personal
This can be a light-hearted combination with a sunny disposition.
Superficially, Venus inclines towards the love of pleasure, and Leo
towards exuberant, free expression. This can simply mean loving to be
in harmonious company where one can “be entirely oneself”.
10. Venus in Leo—Emphasis
upon the “Pleasure Principle”:
Pleasure is unrestrained expression which maximally enhances
the power and harmony of that which expresses. Every system in nature
seeks to be more and more fully itself, without interference. Venus
in Leo seeks total harmony (Venus) within the ‘self-system’
(Leo). This is pleasure, and comes precisely from doing exactly and
uninhibitedly what one loves to do—without interference. Such
people simply love to “enjoy themselves”.
11. Venus in Leo—Association
with the Very First Phases of Intelligence:
Tthe Implantation of the Spark of Mind: Venus in Leo describes the very
earliest phases of the coming of the Lords of the Flame. The first,
faint flickers of self-consciousness occur under these influences. Leo
is the sign, not only of individuality, but of individualization. Venus,
of course, relates to the Solar Angel and to that part of the Solar
Angel which was “put down” upon the higher mental plane
and even to that depth of immersion we call the physical human brain.
in Leo for the Advanced Man
1. Venus in Leo—Focused
the fifth ray, as does Leo. Both are strongly involved in the individualization
process—the birth of self-consciousness and mind. Leo, further,
is associated with the process of “concentration” in the
process of meditation; thus, Leo is a centralizing influence. Venus
is centripetal (compared to Mars’ ‘centrifugality’)
thus, also, drawing to the center. Under this combination, the advanced
man gathers his mental forces, concentrates them, and focuses them upon
whatever must be clarified and illumined. There is much self-consciousness
in the use of the mind, and the man knows just what he is thinking.
2. Venus in Leo—Spontaneous
Joyfulness in Expression:
The natural, exuberant expressiveness of Leo and the qualities
of love and appreciation characteristic of Venus, combine as spontaneous,
joyful, self-expression. The personality becomes increasingly radiatory
and magnetic, attractive and expressive—increasingly an instrument
for expressing happiness and well-being.
3. Venus in Leo—Beginning
the Process of Thinking within the Heart:
Leo and Venus are both associated with mind and heart. For
the advanced man, thought is easily concentrated under this influence;
the capacity to enter the identity of others also begins to grow. Venus
is contemplative, which means that it understands as if from within.
Leo rules both the isolated self, and its relinquishment in favor of
a higher Self which includes the selves of others. This inclusiveness
is a function of the heart center with which, again, both Leo and Venus
can be associated—Leo, directly, and Venus, indirectly. To think
within the heart is to think in the context of unitive relationship
while the magnetism of the heart is at work. This process begins in
the life of the advanced human being, continues with greater force in
the life of the disciple and comes to fruition in the life of the initiate.
4. Venus in Leo—Warm-Heartedness:
This combination easily expresses warmth of heart (although
much will depend upon the predominating rays). Warmth will be less likely
when the fifth ray is strongly accented and more likely under the second
ray. The ray of the individual will draw forth differing ray potentials
from the combination. Venus confers affection and love—Leo, expression
and display. The expected result (all things being equal)—a loving,
warm-hearted display of affection.
5. Venus in Leo—Impressive,
Venus represents the treasures and abilities stored within
the causal body; Leo represents the need to express these abilities.
This manifests first as the “talented individual”, the one
who is “gifted” and rich in qualities. Under this combination,
these abilities shine forth for all to see. When ego is strong (and
“advanced” human beings frequently have a strong ego) this
can lead to “showiness” and self-conscious display. In any
case, one’s talents, gifts and light are not “hidden under
6. Venus in Leo—Heart’s
Desires Align Increasingly with Soul Desires:
Although desires, per se, are of the solar plexus, the heart
and solar plexus are directly related. The heart, per se, is an “impersonal”
organ, conduces to group consciousness, and does not desire selfishly.
For practical purposes, however, we can name one’s most meaningful
desires, the “heart’s desires”, because these desires
are found at the core of our personal functioning. Venus in Leo has
a personal meaning, as we have discussed, but also a definite resonance
with the Solar Angel and the causal body. Increasingly the desires of
the personality are lifted into the brilliant light of Venus and Leo,
and, thus, re-oriented to serve the heart and soul. This is, of course,
consummated on the Path of Initiation.
in Leo for the Disciple/Initiate
1. Venus in Leo—a
Powerful Combination for the Expression of Soul Light:
Venus expresses the fifth ray and the second ray—the
two rays of greatest luminosity. Leo expresses the “Will to Illumine”,
transmits the fifth ray, and is associated with the second divine aspect
(Consciousness) (EA 194) Further, Leo expresses the “Light of
the Soul” (EA 293, 329) Under this combination (for the Disciple/Initiate),
soul light is intense
2. Venus in Leo—Luminous
Leo inclines towards progressive self-awareness. Venus governs
“reflective consciousness” (the one who is conscious realizes
the he is conscious): this realization makes self-awareness possible.
The light generated by this luminous combination is shed upon the S/self
and its processes, which are clearly revealed in that light.
3. Venus in Leo—Strong
Powers of Concentration; a Mind that can Focus the Light:
Venus is the “burning glass” which focusses light
into an intense, potentially ‘ignitive’ beam. In the process
of meditation, Leo rules the stage of concentration. Thus, concentration
and focus are conferred by both influences. Under Venus in Leo, soul
light readily illumines the mind, which focusses that light into a concentrated
stream for purposes of revelation and discovery within the three lower
worlds. This combination is one of those which leads to the development
of a “mind held steady in the light”.
4. Venus in Leo—Dissipation
of Glamor through the Light of the Soul:
The fifth ray (so pronounced in this combination) is extremely
useful in the Technique of Light for the dissipation of glamor. The
soul-inspired, illumined mentality is positive to the glamorous and
5. Venus in Leo—the
Union of Heart and Mind:
unique among planets for a balanced emphasis of heart and mind. Leo,
too, emphasizes both the heart and mind (as well as the will). Together,
these two influences work for the union of the second and third aspects
of divinity—the love-wisdom aspect, and the mental aspect.
6. Venus in Leo—a
Link between the Ajna Center and the Heart Center:
The ajna center is the center of expression for the integrated
personality, and the heart center (among others) for the soul. Although
zodiacal signs have a pervasive effect on many centers, Leo is especially
associated with the heart center and Venus with the ajna center. Thus
it can be seen how this combination is useful in integrating soul and
personality. Leo represents both the dominant personality and the potentially
dominant soul. The dominant personality can be thought of as relating
to the Mars in Leo; the dominant soul (dominant and powerful because
of its irresistible magnetism) as relating to Venus in Leo. It is as
if Venus acts a bridge between the higher Leo soul function and the
lower Leo personality function.
7. Venus in Leo—Rendering
the Light and Love of the Soul Visible; the Display of Soul Values and
With this combination we have, potentially, a magnificent
display of the full radiant potential of the soul through the personality.
This display is a blend of all that is stunning and beautiful. The soul-in-manifestation
8. Venus in Leo—Dramatization
of Soul Life:
Under the influence of Venus in Leo we have the possibility
of the full dramatization of the life of the soul through the personality.
The soul becomes both the playwright and the actor, and the personality—the
role. Life becomes an exciting and beautiful performance—an arresting
example for those spectators who “look on”.
9. Venus in Leo—Epitomizes
the Solar Angels (the “Hearts of Fiery Love”):
This combination strongly emphasizes the nature and mission
of the Solar Angels. The Solar Angels came from and return to the “Heart
of the Sun”, and Venus (as well as the Venus chain of the Earth
scheme, and the Venus globe of the Earth chain) plays a significant
role in impulsing their coming and determining their mission on earth.
The Solar Angels are “Hearts
of Fiery Love”; although their Hierarchy is ruled by Capricorn
(the tenth sign—double five), the connection of their Hierarchy
(the fifth manifested Hierarchy) to the fifth ray of Venus and to the
fifth ray of Leo (the fifth sign and ruler of the fiery heart) can readily
be seen. Significantly, the initial entry of these fiery Angels (under
Venusian inspiration) into the process of human evolution occurred during
a precessional period when the Sun was in Leo. (cf. EA 64)
10. Venus in Leo—the
Attainment of Causal Consciousness and a Measure of Solar Angelic Consciousness:
Both Venus and Leo are intimately related to the causal body.
Under the influence of Venus, the causal body serves as the repository
of all higher earth-garnered values. Under Leo, the causal body is the
solar home of the higher Self. Under the influence of Venus in Leo,
the Solar Angel (and its instrument of expression—the causal body)
become a luminous presence in the consciousness of the personality.
There is a tendency, not only to focus the mind steadily in the light
of the soul, but to raise the focus of consciousness until it can polarized
itself within the causal body. Personal consciousness becomes transpersonal
consciousness. The meditator enters the realm of the fifth kingdom.
11. Venus in Leo—Soul
Identity Perceived as the Real Identity:
As causal consciousness grows, there is a refocussing of the
sense of identity. No longer does the disciple/initiate identify as
a personality. The focus of identity centers ‘above’ the
personality, upon the higher mental plane (which is the true domain
of Venus—planet of the soul). The second phase of the Leonian
influence (the “Revealing Point”) emerges. (cf. EA 332)
The disciple knows he is the higher Self.
12. Venus in Leo—Strong
Expression of Soul Magnetism:
The soul is inherently attractive. The Sun (a symbol of the
soul) is actually a magnet. There is an irresistible magnetism which
comes from beauty of soul. Though Venus in Leo can represent strictly
personal magnetism upon the Mutable Cross, upon the Fixed Cross, it
should represent the magnetism of the soul functioning through the personality.
The beauty and luminosity of soul life demonstrate under the influence
of this combination. Many may be attracted to the resultant light and
love, inspired, thereby, to live a soul-inspired life. The disciple’s
own personal consciousness is attracted to the source of loving luminosity
within him. He is magnetized by the soul/Solar Angel and no longer seeks
to be released from this magnetism.
13. Venus in Leo—Luminous
Auric Display; Luminous Vestments
There is something splendid about this combination. Venus
in Leo is a symbol of the solarization of the personal life. (Venus
in Capricorn is another such symbol—associated with a, perhaps,
still higher degree of solarization). Under Venus in Leo, the entire
aura becomes luminous in response to the causal luminosity promoted
by this combination of influences. The causal body is the “Temple
From another perspective,
the glorious display of the fully developed causal body is “Solomon
[the Solar Man] in all His glory” (to which the Christ referred
when speaking of the “lilies of the field”—“Not
Solomon in all His glory was arrayed as one of these.” Venus in
Leo, then, is the “Robe of Glory” which means, at the very
least, the fully resplendent causal vehicle. How interesting that, on
a lower turn of the spiral, this combination is associated with outer
raiment, with all that is beautiful in clothing. We might say that the
right use by the disciple/initiate of the Venus in Leo energy helps
him “put on his robe of glory”.
This combination can move
the disciple or initiate towards transfiguration, and may even be useful
beyond that point—for the causal body is not destroyed until the
fourth initiation, and grows in glory until that point. One can even
see the applicability of this energy to the fifth initiation, which
may very well involve the brilliant, revelatory energy of the fifth
sign, Leo. There is no easy way to limit a specific astrological combination
to only a certain level of functioning. Certain processes at certain
levels may be most characteristic of a given combination, but possibilities
for the combination’s usefulness exist both before and after its
most characteristic level of application. The splendid vehicle - the
robe of glory because Venus has everything to do with that which is
14. Venus in Leo—the
Full Flowering of the Egoic Lotus:
The egoic lotus is a flower. A fully evolved human being is
“in full flower”, which means that the egoic lotus has fully
unfolded, or flowered. Leo, sympathetically, rules “sun flowers”,
and, certainly, the egoic lotus is a kind of “sun flower”
upon the higher mental plane. Venus, too, relates closely to the process
of flowering. Venus is the planet most associated with the vegetable
kingdom, and relates most to the beautiful, colorful, fragrant flowers
there to be found—and to the essences of these flowers. Flower
essences definitely fall under the generic rulership of Venus.
15. Venus in Leo—Definite
Association with the Fifth Petal of the Egoic Lotus:
Venus transmits the fifth ray. Leo is the fifth sign and also
transmits the fifth ray. As a combination, Venus in Leo powerfully emphasizes
the number five, and thus has numerical affinity with the fifth petal
of the egoic lotus within the causal body. “The Ego [Solar Angel]
takes no active interest in the development until the second petal in
the second series is beginning to open.” (TCF 543) This second
petal in the second series is, of course, the fifth petal. (see also
TCF 738, 757, 907) When subjective soul research becomes possible, it
would be interesting to see the degree to which a Venus in Leo position
is involved in the stimulation, organization and unfoldment of the fifth
16. Venus in Leo—Specific
Leo rules the true identity of the human entity (though Gemini
may actually confer the name). Venus in Leo stands for the essence (Venus)
of identity (Leo). The soul name, the soul note, the soul color—these
sound forth, these radiate—clearly and accurately (fifth ray),
revealing exactly who one is as a soul.
17. Venus in Leo—a
Symbol of the Early “God-Kings”:
The early God Kings (Leo), were Venusian Beings (Venus). At
least They were from those aspects of our Earth scheme most en rapport
with Venus and named after Her. They brought all manner of enlightenment
and culture to infant humanity. They generously bestowed upon that early
race the gifts of the solar realms. Venus in Leo is the symbol of those
times when the Venusian Gods walked among men. In modern times, it represents
the possibility that many members of today’s humanity can become
like “God-Kings” to a future infant human race requiring
18. Venus in Leo—Related
to the Ajna Center as a Focus for Identity:
Venus rules the ajna center; Leo stands for the integrated
personality, and the ajna center is the center of direction for the
integrated personality. Therefore, Leo must have a strong influence
upon the ajna center.
The fact that many people
wear jewelry on their forehead, is a symbol of the forehead as a point
of identity. The perfectly formed jewel symbolizes what might be called
the ‘crystal of identity’. Each identity (archetypally)
is like a perfectly formed jewel—different from every other such.
The ajna center (the one center predominantly influenced by the fifth
ray—again Venus and Leo) is instrumental in defining identity,
for the fifth ray separates the self from the not-self, thus defining
Further, identity is related
to quality. According to garnered and organized quality is the pattern
of identity known. Such quality is the province of Venus. Differences
in quality-patterns account for differences in identity. The ajna center
determines which choices are made in the gathering of quality. One is
harvesting quality and thus building identity with every choice that
is made. Choice (within the personality of the disciple/initiate) is
made at the bi-polar ajna center. Venus, ruler of the ajna center, is
the discernment which guides choice. Discernment depends upon the sense
of values—again ruled by Venus.