The axis of Aquarius and Leo focuses on using the uniqueness in the self in order to be able to offer that to humanity versus being the special unit that builds its own tribe. Aquarius, ruled by the different planet of Uranus marches to the beat of its own drum and seeks out that which is beyond the status quo in order to affect change that leads to a greater awareness for humanity. Leo, ruled by the Sun, places itself at the center where the focus is on building oneself up, learning about what is special about oneself, and creating a little tribe of people who are special to oneself. Along the axis, there is a key similarity based on noting that which is different or special about the self to either share this uniqueness/specialness with humanity like Aquarius or to bring that specialness to the self and keep it close to the home like Leo. This particular axis provides the chance to understand what makes us “unique” and “special” so that we may offer this to ourselves and to others.
The Zodiac Axis
The Zodiac axis encompasses all 12 zodiac signs which include their oppositions. It is through this axis that there is the opportunity to achieve wholeness by integrating the qualities and characteristics of the opposing sign. Below is an overview of the zodiac axis.
Taurus (2nd house and earth)——-Scorpio (8th house and water)
Gemini (3rd house and air)——–Sagittarius (9th house and fire)
Cancer (4th house and water)——–Capricorn (10th house and earth)
Leo (5th house and fire)———Aquarius (11th house and air)
Virgo (6th house and earth)——–Pisces (12th house and water)
The Aquarius-Leo Axis
The Aquarius and Leo axis, as well as the 5th and 11th houses, represent how we take what is special and unique about ourselves and apply it to the development of the self. With this axis, we are guided to consider what makes us unique (Aquarius) or special (Leo). Then, we are asked to consider how we will apply this uniqueness/specialness. With Aquarius, there is a desire to acknowledge what makes one unique and to step outside the box of the status quo for the self in order to affect the masses/humanity. With Leo, the specialness makes the individual the center where ego development and use of the creative faculty is expressed and shared with others.
Aquarius energy moves to the beat of its own drum due to the unique orbit of its ruling planet, Uranus. Uranus is the only planet that moves along the elliptical north to south while the rest of the planets move east to west. Due to this “odd” path, Aquarius seeks that which is out of the box and different. It does not desire to be the same as everyone else. This detachment from the sameness of others allows it to see ahead in ways that others cannot. It also can cause Aquarius to become a bit “high-minded” thinking that it is far beyond the masses due to its unique insights and visions. As an air sign, Aquarius is not emotional but rather leads by the intellect making it easy to not get caught up in the feelings of everything when making assessments and deciding what is most beneficial for the self and society as a whole. Aquarius sets itself apart which can make it appear to be aloof and cold to those that want to get close. It always seems that the brilliance of Aquarius is just out of reach for the ones that want to be close. Perhaps this is the way Aquarius wants it for there is the saying that Aquarius loves humankind but isn’t too fond of people.
Operating at an elevated level, Aquarius learns to channel its contrarian energy in effective ways that help to produce positive change for itself and the greater good. The rebellious nature of Aquarius has a direction that is meaningful and goes beyond just being different for the sake of being different. Since the mind is not focused on being different for the sake of it, Aquarius is able to receive the mental downloads and brilliant sparks of insight that it can use to progress itself as well as assist humanity in its path forward whether it be through some type of social cause or through technological advances that provide an innovative leap forward for humanity. The once aloof rebel has found its niche by applying the uniqueness of itself to the betterment of mankind.
Leo is the king of the jungle. It is the quintessential star. The sun around which all the planets orbit. Leo energy is often associated with a level of self-focus that some would call egocentric. The ego is the identity we create for ourselves. However, it is important to remember that it is merely the identity and not the essence of who we are. Leo seeks to center itself which allows it to focus on building its own core and identity. This energy is used in creative expression from being the “star” to having children. The birth process in and of itself is creative, and what is more related to the self than creating a “mini” version of oneself by having children. Because Leo sets itself as the center, there is a desire to be revered. Thus, Leo creates an experience where it can receive the adulation that it desires. Think of the royals and the peasants. Leo is the royal that appears to be out of touch with the masses while at the same time seeking the very attention of the masses in which it sets itself apart.
Elevated Leo energy understands that we all have something special to offer. The position of being centered does not make one better than others…particularly when Leo acknowledges that it in fact desires the attention it receives from the others. A key lesson for Leo is learning to operate consciously from the heart space. It is by doing this that Leo is able to move beyond the position of merely being the center and use its light to offer warmth to others…like the sun. The ego identity will always be there as one can never really get rid of the ego. Leo simply learns to temper it in return for sharing its light either with those closest to it or via a creative expression that encourages others to shine their own light and become their own respective center for themselves.
Integrating the Aquarius-Leo Axis
Aquarius and Leo both have something to offer the masses, but each must both get out of their own way. For Aquarius, it is the contrarian nature that pushes others away and causes more separatism than humanitarian unity. For Leo, it is the shift away from solely focusing on seeking reverence to feed the ego to using creative energy from the heart space to inspire others to seek and share their own light.
In seeking balance through the axis, Aquarius learns from Leo the importance of warmth and connectivity…something that Aquarius is not very good at given its aloof nature. The genius of Aquarius learns that it can only go so far if it is not willing to bring its uniqueness to the masses. Aquarius is not separate from the masses, and while it is okay to love humanity, it is important for Aquarius to realize that actual people make up the humanity that it seeks to help with its innovations and insights. The people matter and Aquarius learns through Leo that bringing the mind down to the heart space allows for greater connectivity to the masses it desires to reach. On a personal level, it also helps Aquarius face the uncomfortable feelings of “being close” to others as the mind is often used as a means of keeping distant. Exploring the heart space allows Aquarius to connect with others from a sincere place.
Leo learns from Aquarius the importance of belonging to the masses and being part of the community. While Leo may set itself apart, it is hard to do so when you need the masses to feed the desire to be special. Aquarius shows Leo that it is not above the masses but instead it is a part of the masses and requires its energy to be centered…because even the sun needs the planets that orbit around it as much as the planets need the light and warmth of the sun’s glow. The relationship is reciprocal where Leo eventually learns that being a king or queen with starving peasants is no fun at all. It is much better to have a kingdom where everyone can be prosperous and bountiful. The masses will in return appreciate the generosity of Leo and provide it with the adoration it desires from a sincere place…the heart.