I believe the lesson that Leo goddesses teach is that power must be wielded with a great sense of responsibility. Leo also teaches the principle of dominion, and whether we have a kingdom or a kitchen we are meant to rule with grace and wisdom. We can call upon these archetypes of feminine power when we need strength and courage. They can also teach us to be aware of when we are using our energies in an unhealthy manner, warning us to intend only good.
Sekhmet is an Egyptian solar goddess who is usually depicted with a leonine head and the body of a human woman. She wielded tremendous power, which could harm or heal, depending how it was directed. She offers a profound lesson about motives and intentions. The cat goddess Bast is Sekhmet’s more benign aspect. Bast was revered in the form of an Egyptian sand cat, believed to be the precursor of modern domestic felines, and was a mother figure whose grand temple at Bubastis was once the capital of ancient Egypt. The Great Sphinx of Egypt is another lion, which I believe was originally a lioness, as all the representations of sphinxes in Egypt and Greece were female. In metaphysical literature, the Sphinx is a guardian of secrets and ancient wisdom. The wisdom of the Sphinx is stated as: to know, to will, to dare, and to be silent.
Budhi Pallien is a goddess from northeastern India whose form is a great tigress. She is honored by the jungle people who imagine her roaming in remote places. She is a cunning shape shifter and is believed to be a powerful protector of her wild jungle and the animals who live there.
Leo goddesses are solar, and in addition to serpents, also include dragons and feline deities. Python was an aspect of the Great Goddess in the form of a giant serpent. She lived beneath the ground at the great oracle and pilgrimage site of Delphi, in what is now Greece, where her priestesses, who delivered prophecies, were called Pythia. Scholars have speculated that serpent venom could have been used to induce altered states of consciousness. Another fiery Leo goddess is Pele of Hawaii. She is still honored by the indigenous people of these Pacific islands. Some say a figure clothed in red can sometimes be seen dancing on the rim of a volcanic crater. Pele’s anger is mighty and can cause a volcanic eruption, so those who acknowledge her respect her power. Pele has much to teach us about anger, both righteous and inappropriate.
Gayatri is a Hindu goddess who is thought to be a hymn made visible, and her song is a poem that is among the most revered Hindu chants, the Gayatri mantra, also used to perform the Salute to the Sun. Amaterasu is a famous Shinto sun goddess of Japan. Her myth tells the story of the cyclical decline and increase of the Sun’s light, and she is usually pictured with a serpent on her arm. Call upon the Leo goddesses of courage, strength and light as you move through the time of the year that is ruled by the Sun.
Based on and excerpts from Goddesses for Every Day © 2010 by Julie Loar. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com
About The Author: Julie Loar is the multiple award-winning author of six books and dozens of articles. She has a BS in Psychology, has done postgraduate work, and has been certified in numerous professional training and development programs. Julie was a Human Resources executive in two major corporations, and an independent training consultant, working with large companies. Her latest book, Goddesses For Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom & Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World, (available at Satiama) has won three national awards. Her popular astrology feature appears in ATLANTIS RISING magazine, and she is a featured contributor on John Edward’s web site, InfiniteQuest.com where she has her own internet TV show. She has traveled to sacred sites around the world, researching the material for her books and teachings. Each year she leads a sacred journey to Egypt. Visit her at http://www.julieloar.com