The Lion’s Gate refers to the height of what have been known since antiquity as “the dog days”, which refers to the return of the Canis Major constellation to the night skies.
The “dog days” take place from July through to September and were associated with times of madness and bad luck.
At present, Sirius will rise roughly around dawn, and due to its position will seem more than 20 times brighter in the sky than usual. As we move into autumn, he, together with Orion, will rise earlier and earlier, and dominate the eastern sky roughly until the end of the year.
In ancient Egypt, this rising coincided with the alignment of the stars of Orion’s belt over the Pyramids of Giza. As this all takes place in the time of Leo, it is referred to as the Lion’s Gate and demonstrates the importance of the stars as well as the planets in astrology.
The Sun is in the 12th house, which is the house of the hidden, the forgotten, it shines its light there, into the dark and dusty corners of the collective, showing that hidden information is coming to light over the next six weeks. Mercury, representing information and communication, is also in this house and makes a positive aspect to the Moon conjunct Chiron in Aries in the 8th house. What is coming to light is necessary for a new start to occur. Although it will be painful for many, it is like lancing a boil and has to take place for healing to begin.
Mars in Aries, but in the 9th house, makes a challenging aspect to the Capricorn stellium of Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn. The wrath of Mars will be openly expressed as this information unfolds but it will be by and large channelled into seeking justice in a fair way for all concerned. The destruction and havoc that can be associated with this placement will largely be tempered by its 9th house position, which focuses on the bigger picture.
The deep state, represented by the Capricorn stellium, will still draw strength, as they have done for most of the year, from Neptune in Pisces. All year this placement has allowed them to operate under a cloak/Neptunian fog – so it is no coincidence that we have had the Covid-19 lockdown this year, keeping everything closed down and covered up. The wearing of masks is also a sign of this.
The stars of Orion’s belt – Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak – are in Gemini in the 11th house and are conjunct the North Node/Dragon’s head. This is a positive sign. The information we will receive, either individually or collectively, will be important for this period (8-12 August), so take heed, especially if you are a Gemini or Aquarius. Orion’s belt makes a positive aspect to Mars, suggesting that the masculine aspect is well supported and using intelligence as well as networking is going to be important going forward.
They also make a positive aspect to the ascendant, suggesting a more positive time is just beginning. Sirius, the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation, is in Cancer, deep in the 11th house. Venus is right in the middle of Orion’s belt and Sirius, so there is a beautiful balance between male and female energy in this chart.
Venus accompanies Orion and his dog as they return to support humanity through the coming winter. They are with us as we battle with Typhon (the Capricorn stellium).