in my last post i talked about how cancer energy is a kind of holding space for possibility
a nurturance of possibility.
leos, i think, embody that creative potential that comes from emotional security. a core tenet of attachment theory is that once a child has a secure enough bond, they feel more free to take risks, to explore, to try out different things. knowing you have a safe base to return to, it's easier to draw on courage.
brene brown talks a lot about courage, and its root in the heart (coeur). i think for people to be courageous, and take risks, there needs to be something there -- like heart fuel (?). juice. trust in something, somewhere.
other transitions from water to fire tell similar stories: from universal love (pisces) grows a spark of life (aries). pisces is the nebula, old dust, old wisdom, the ocean, primordial soup, and aries is the rebirth of that into a kind of singular being. whatever it is that created the first bacteria, whatever is behind the cambrian explosion, is that kind of aries energy, moving with full intention towards aliveness.
(pisces mum is goddess of the sea ; aries daughter is wilful sea baby)
from the dark night of the soul, emotional difficulty, intimacy and transformation (scorpio), comes renewed hope, self-expansion, spiritual trust and optimism (sagittarius). etc!
creativity, warmth, excitement, energy = built from bonds and connection. and i think that undermines the individualism that can be swept up with the ideals that fire signs represent, especially in capitalist patriarchal colonial whatevers. the ideal of the singular "hero", neglecting how they have been made, fed, clothed, held by connection.
part of how i like to orient myself to astrology is thinking about how the signs are relational. none are completely distinct -- they are formed through contradiction (oppositions), friction (squares), flow (trines) and resonance (sextiles). so much influences a particular expression of a sign -- it could be histories, transits, context, movement. there are so many stories! and so many ways of understanding. if you use astrology, what about it helps you? what is fun about it? what about it is soothing, or energising, or grounding? sometimes it's nice to keep that in mind.