Brad Kronen’s Welcome to the Zodiac Series – Leo

Renowned  astrologer Brad Kronen presents the archived recordings from his “Welcome to the Zodiac“(WTZ) series, a group of 12 introductory lectures originally broadcasted on blogtalkradio.com, each dedicated to one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac.  In each show, Brad explains everything you’d ever want or needed to know about those particular residents of that cosmic wheel of the Universe otherwise known as the signs of the Zodiac.  Not only are the basic personality traits associated with each sign thoroughly discussed in easy to understand language, Brad also relays detailed aspects to each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac most never knew existed, such as their origin along with the variety of everyday things assigned to them such as a sign’s  – tree, flower, spice, animal, foodstuff, dedicated cities throughout the globe, as well as famous personalities born beneath each sign and how their personas reflect the nature of the particular sign each celebrity was born under.  Accompanying every WTZ show is a formal announcement which opens with three choice quotes said by three famous personalities born beneath that show’s highlighted sign. The series also has a “WTZ Icon” for every show, an image chosen by Brad which captures each sign’s overall essence, as well as a “WTZ Song”, a piece of music chosen by Brad which he considers to be that sign’s unofficial “anthem”.

So join the first astrologer on reality TV and author of the 21st century guide to astrology and relationships “Love in the Stars” on a journey like no other, as Brad Kronen introduces the basic wonders which form the foundation of one of Mankind’s most ancient studies, better known as Astrology by welcoming you to the Zodiac.


BRAD KRONEN’S
WELCOME TO THE ZODIAC SERIES
Leo Glyph (2014_11_03 14_45_24 UTC)
LEO
Creatively Expressive King of the Castle
or Spotlight Hogging Drama Queen?

Archived on blogtalkradio.com


“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” Mick Jagger, Leo

I’m not funny, what I am is brave.”  Lucille Ball, Leo 

“If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.” President Barak Obama, Leo

We emerge from the watery depths of Cancer to go hunting for big game…..well if anything, big hair – Leo. The sign of the Lion correlates to the ages of one’s teens to early 20’s: a time when we like to strut our stuff and look our best like the King of the Jungle, as well as react to just about everything with more dramatic flair than Romeo and Juliet combined.

Being ruled by the Sun, the middle of the Fire signs loves to bask in the spotlight and tends to possess an overall bright and warm, or said another way, “Sun-ny” personality. But direct sunlight when concentrated too hard or heavily can also badly burn. With their key phrase being “I WILL” the Leo’s already naturally strong presence can become far too much if used forcefully to get what they want.

And it’s when those royal felines turn royally annoying by wording each conversation with “Enough about me. Let’s talk about you – what do you think of my outfit?”

…That you begin to wonder just how WOULD that big maned head placed in a frame look on the trophy wall of your hallway or study?

Leo Fun Fact: This intrepid astrologer has observed that the sign of the Drama King and Queen fares consistently well every time those golden statuettes named Oscar are awarded to the best actors and actresses of all the land each year. So much so, Brad couldn’t help but notice that of the lucky Thespians who win the most coveted of drama prizes of Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress – one of the four is almost always born a Leo.

This is reinforced by the feline fact that for each Academy Award classification of dramatic performance there are 5 nominees, as well as the Oscar statue stands on a reel of film of 5 spokes, which is said to represent the 5 Original Branches of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, but astrologically we know better, since Leo is the 5th sign of the Zodiac.

So join me, won’t you? Provided everyone leave their crowns and tiaras at home, the view will be hard enough with all that big hair in one place as it is.

Brad Kronen’s Welcome to the Zodiac Series Archived on blogtalkradio.com – LEO

 Welcome to the Zodiac Icon for Leo: Every sign of the Zodiac has its symbol. Brad has taken things an astrological step further by choosing images which capture each sign’s essence and making them their official “Icon” for his Welcome to the Zodiac series. The icon selected for each sign ranges from the obvious to the esoteric.
Harry Potter Flame

 Art mirrors Life. Or rather, Art mirrors Astrological Life. In my college years, I pursued a degree in the study of human behavior better known as Psychology. Not too long after earning that degree did it dawn on me Astrology was yet another form of studying and analytically categorizing human behavior as well. For me, everything fell into place when I came across the writings of my astrological mentor, Liz Greene. Greene is an authority unto herself by virtue of merging the two studies of human behavior into a unified holistic whole better known as “Psychological Astrology”. She single handedly devised an entirely new way of astrologically approaching life, with many of her most profound theories being based in the ground breaking framework conceived by the great Carl Jung known as the “archetype”.

Greene likened the Sun in a person’s birth chart as being much more than just an astrological representation of the “self” or merely of “one’s ego”. She described the center of our Solar System which non-coincidentally happens to be Leo’s planetary ruler as the astrological archetype of “The Hero”, a force of core purpose that’s ready to embark on its individualized quest specific to our soul’s evolution which for each of us is our own version of Life itself. Both Jung and Greene refer to Man’s need for myth and observed that in every mythology known to humanity, there is the concept of the “Hero of the Sun“, whether he be Ra, the Sun God in ancient Egypt or Jesus Christ, the Son of God during the Age of Christendom. This archetypal hero was almost always born into humble or poor circumstances and at first is unaware of their true identity or noble lineage.

In the 21st century, who better to fit the formula of the archetypal hero than Harry Potter, the boy wizard? Non-coincidentally, Mr. Potter himself is a Leo, given he was born “as the seventh month dies” or said less dramatically, on July 31st, according to the story’s text.

And it doesn’t end with just Harry. That which is considered archetypal must be generational in scope, for not only is this modern day archetypal hero born beneath the Solar ruled sign of the Lion, the genius who created him, J.K. Rowling, along with the actor who portrays him, Daniel Radcliffe, and while we’re at it, the Father of the Archetype himself, Carl Jung are ALL born beneath the sign  of the Lion.

I personally see Harry as Rowling version of her own animus (another Jungian term). Despite the world opposing their paths which began as Rowling describes from “rock bottom”, both  Not only does the brave and big hearted Mr. Potter but his creator as well have managed to not only succeed,  both famous Leos have since ascended to near-royal status (Leo is the sign of royalty) through their strong belief of self and unfaltering determination.

A final archetypal factor to consider involves a personality trait most associated with the sign of the Cosmic Feline – generosity. Many a Lion born person has a tendency to be generous to a fault based on their giving from the part of the body attributed to their sign – the heart. Despite Harry Potter and his magical world catapulting its creator into an unimagined land of bountiful abundance and wealth, in 2014 Miss Rowling was bumped from Forbe’s Magazine annual list of Billionaires due to her penchant of going to extremes with “giving to charities”.

Inspirationally archetypal behavior for both Leos and non-Leos alike.

Welcome to the Zodiac Song for Leo: Since Leos like things big and dramatic, having just one song to sum up this sign’s larger than life energies simply wouldn’t suffice. Not only are both musical choices strong enough to withstand the Solar heat from the Leonine spotlight, both are performed by members of the Lion’s pride who unto themselves are capable of garnering their own share of adoring attention each in their own right.

Kate Bush – “Oh! England, My Lion Heart

For centuries, Great Britain has used the symbol of the Lion to represent the strength and power of their royal rulers. And for me, the most impressive of England’s lion-like leaders was a woman who was Leonine in nearly every way, right down to her last name – quite literally.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (off by 1 letter) better known as the Queen Mum, was herself born beneath the sign of the Lion. During World War II, while the Nazis relentlessly bombed London every night for the entire month of July in 1940, the Queen Mum along with her husband and two daughters refused to abandon England, choosing to be seated in the air raid shelters among their subjects rather than abandon their country and its people. When it was safe to emerge, the Leonine Queen would then don her best furs and most expensive jewels and immediately head to the worst hit areas to show the world this lion-like leader was truly of the lion-hearted kind. The Queen Mum’s presence proved to be quite the morale booster for her people, so much so  Adolf Hitler, himself  dubbed England’s war time ruler “the most dangerous woman in Europe”.

You go, Lady Lyon!

Our second musical choice of Leonine example is Madonna’s “Express Yourself“. Think what you like about Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, but that Leo knows how to take full advantage of a spotght and entertain like no other.  Leo’s planetary ruler is the Sun, a heavenly body which astrologically represents the overall self but also symbolizes a person’s level of confidence and/or self-respect – traits which many a Leo seem to never lack and sometimes can possess a smidge too much of at times (cough). The sign of the Lion naturally rules over the 5th House, a domain otherwise known as the House of Creative Self Expression.  If Madonna’s ditty isn’t THE Leonine anthem for the 5th house, then I’m Sean Penn – Madge’s first hubby who is already well familiar with  creatively expressing himself by virtue  of his 2  Academy Awards along with being  a bonified member of the lion’s pride, aka a Leo as well.r

Ms. Ciccone had a lionish run in 6 years earlier when Italian authorities nearly threw the Material Girl in jail for having a deadly animal roam freely about in a public place.  In 1984 Madonna insisted that the set of her then latest and greatest video “Like a Virgin” be filmed in her ethnic homeland, Venice Italy, with a live lion walking freely about Venezia’s main tourist spot – the Piazza di San Marco.

Needless to say that Leo remained lion-hearted by displaying her inborn sense of   courage and working a deal out with the local “polizia“.  The Italian authorities allowed Madonna to have the King of Beasts  still be in the video….but all while under constant supervision. 

Kate’s lyrics are copyrighted, so this is for EDUCATIONAL purposes only – it really is this time. The woman is dressed as a freaking lion on the album cover for feline’s sake!

Oh! England, My Lionheart!
By: Kate Bush

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
I’m in your garden, fading fast in your arms.
The soldiers soften, the war is over.
The air raid shelters are blooming clover.
Flapping umbrellas fill the lanes,
My London Bridge in rain again.

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
Peter Pan steals the kids in Kensington Park.
You read me Shakespeare on the rolling Thames
That old river poet that never, ever ends.
Our thumping hearts hold the ravens in,
And keep the Tower from tumbling.

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
I don’t want to go.
Oh! England, my Lionheart!
Dropped from my black Spitfire to my funeral barge.

Give me one kiss in apple-blossom.
Give me one wish, and I’d be wassailing
In the orchard, my English rose,
Or with my shepherd, who’ll bring me home.

Express Yourself
By: Madonna

Don’t go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you’ll know your love is real.

You don’t need diamond rings
Or eighteen karat gold
Fancy cars that go very fast
You know they never last, no, no

What you need is a big strong hand
To lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can’t come down

And when you’re gone, he might regret it
Think about the love.
He wants to try to carry on
But he just won’t get it.
He’ll be back on his knees, so please.

Don’t go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you’ll know your love is real.

Long stem roses are the way to your heart
But he needs to start with your head.
Satin sheets are very romantic
What happens when you’re not in bed?

You deserve the best in life
So if the time isn’t right then move on
Second best is never enough
You’ll do much better baby on your own

Express yourself.

Brad Kronen’s book “Love in the Stars” published by Llewellyn Worldwide, Inc.  is available for purchase at your local book seller or online at amazon.com at the link listed below.

Brad Kronen’s guide on Astrology and Relationships “Love in the Stars” for purchase on amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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