If you're not already feeling the powerful roar of Leo season 2020 in your life, trust that you will soon — because on Aug. 8, the blazing sun in Leo will link up with the bright star Sirius and create a cosmic alignment known as the 'lion's gate portal.' Because of energy of this alignment (and the charmed numerology of the double eights), Aug. 8 (or 8/8) is a supercharged day for manifesting abundance and dreaming big. It's set to be one of the luckiest days of 2020, and understanding the significance of this date can help you take advantage of its magic.
So what is the lion's gate portal and the power of 8/8? The energy is activated by a few factors combined: the rising of the star Sirius (which becomes visible in the eastern sky on or around 8/8 each year), its alignment with the powerful summer Sun in Leo, and the numerological symbolism of the number 8. All of these factors carry majorly auspicious symbolism and work together to make Aug. 8 a particularly lucky day for manifesting success and turning your dreams into reality — so if you're into setting intentions or connecting with cosmic energy, you don't want to sleep on the opportunity.
While celebrating the activation of the lion's gate portal is popular within many modern 'new age' practices, 8/8 has been considered a spiritual date for thousands of years — Sirius' rising and alignment with the sun was significant in many ancient cultures. 'Civilizations as far back as the Dogon tribe of Africa, Sumer, and Ancient Egypt tracked the Sirius star system across the sky, despite lacking any modern technology,' ascension guide and quantum shaman Laura Brown tells Bustle. 'Sirius' alignment with Earth [also] coincides with the Orion constellation aligning perfectly with the Pyramids of Giza, creating a trinity of alignments which open the lion's gate portal.'
Aug. 8 is a sparkling spiritual window of opportunity — and I think we could all use a sprinkling of good luck after surviving the chaotic astrology of 2020 so far. So let's look a little deeper into the significance of 8/8 and ways to take advantage of the lion's gate portal energy.
On 8/8, Stars Will Align
This alignment is called the Lions Gate, or Lions Gateway because it occurs when the sun is in the astrological sign of Leo (the Lion). As a Zodiac Sign, Leo is associated with the heart center and represents the individualized expression of the Divine. The 8-8 Lion’s Gate is a yearly cosmic window and numerological line-up of ascension and awakening galactic intelligences. In this astral moment, Guru Jagat is gathering with some of the world’s most critical and progressive star-experts for the upcoming Interstellar Star.
Let's talk cosmos. The star Sirius (which is the second brightest star in the sky, next to our sun) is sometimes referred to as the 'Spiritual Sun' — and that's because in astrology and other mystical practices, it's known to light up the spirit and help to illuminate our higher-minded goals and ambitions. Every year, right smack in the middle of Leo season, Sirius rises in the skies and becomes brightly visible in the eastern sky. Meanwhile, the sun is at its most powerful point of the year (given that it's the height of summer and it's in its home sign of Leo), which gives this cosmic lineup even more vitality and energy.
'The lion's gate portal occurs when Earth and the star system Sirius are aligned,' Brown says. 'Astrologically, this portal is called the lion's gate portal due to the sun being in the sign of Leo.' Leo, of course, is symbolized by the lion and embodies the animal's courageous and noble energy.
Lions Gate Astrology 2019
While Aug. 8 is considered the peak date for harnessing this auspicious and mystical energy (given the fortuitous numerology of 8/8, which we'll get to), it's believed that the lion's gate portal is 'open' for several weeks, so we all have a little extra time to connect with it.
The Numerology Of 8/8
Eight is considered one of the luckiest numbers in numerology and often corresponds with success and abundance. If you look at it, an '8' is also literally an infinity symbol turned upright, which speaks to its unlimited potential. '8/8 is numerologically significant since eight is the number of abundance and prosperity,' Brown says. 'Add another eight to this, and what you have is a high-frequency manifesting mojo.' Being the eighth day of the eighth month of the year charges this date with the energy of success — and better enables us to set clear intentions and goals.
The significance of 8/8 also blends astrology with numerology in a synergistic and fascinating way. Sirius in astrology is associated with wealth, passion, honor, and even fame and riches, while the glittering sun is all about confidence, willpower, and self-expression. Gemini astrology november 2021. And the fact that Sirius will align with the sun in the sign of Leo is important, too. 'Leo is a raging fire sign, and its energy can attract all it desires like a moth to a flame,' Brown says. '[The sun in] Leo is a natural leader that goes after what it wants.' Combining these success-attracting planetary placements with the abundance-oriented numerological energy of 8/8 is the cosmic blend that makes the lion's gate portal such an auspicious period for putting your intentions out into the universe.
Working With The Lion's Gate Portal
Obviously 8/8 is one of the luckiest days of the year for manifesting, but what should we do to connect with it? When it comes to working with the energy of the lion's gate portal, you can think of it like a supercharged full or new moon — meaning it's a fabulous day to set intentions and do manifesting rituals. 'The lion's gate portal is an opening for high-frequency, high-vibrational energies, infused completely with Sirian energy, to flood down upon the Earth,' Brown says. 'As this portal bathes us with this energy, we are primed to get our manifesting flex on.' The energy of Sirius and its alignment with the sun on 8/8 can help us channel the energy to 'instantly manifest what we want,' according to Brown. Here are a couple ways to harness it:
- Do an 8/8 meditation and intention-setting ritual. Try setting your phone's timer for eight minutes and allowing yourself to clear your mind of any limiting thoughts (bonus points if you start your meditation at 8:08 a.m. or p.m.!). Focus on the unlimited potential for success that the number eight symbolizes — truly let yourself embrace Leo season energy and reach for the stars! After your 8-minute meditation, write down your biggest, loftiest goals, and list eight steps you can take right now to get the ball rolling on them.
- Work with crystals.Creating a crystal grid or charging your crystals with your intentions are two great ways to connect with the earth's natural power and take advantage of the high-vibe manifestation power that's granted to us within the lion's gate portal. Choose sunny-looking yellow, clear, or gold-colored crystals to amplify your intention — I recommend pyrite, Lemurian quartz, or citrine.
- Plan a personal lion's gate portal ritual. Whether you're into reading tarot cards, doing candle magic, or just want to use a guided meditation, there are lots of lion's gate portal-specific rituals that will help you connect to the day's mystical energy. Just be sure to focus on your intentions.
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The astrologer sat in the concourse of the shopping mall, feeling very strange. Hundreds of people were milling past him. They must have been talking and calling and laughing, he could see from their faces, but aside from the strains of some inane pop song thrumming intermittently inside the electronics store all he could hear was an inchoate groan, like what you hear when a recording is played backwards. No snatches of conversation, no click-clack of shoes on the tiles, nothing in the foreground. Every idea in his head was no more than background noise in a world which needed faith, not information, hope, not truth. Not one person needed to know that later that day the rising of Sirius at Giza would not align with Orion’s Belt and the pyramids, but indeed would in four days at Athens, where the myth of the Lion’s Gate evolved in the minds of astrologers who had probably never seen a heliacal rising, let alone at Giza.
The world is an operation of four dimensions: it falls, it speeds, it spins, and it changes. Being fabricates meaning, intention, suffering and perfection. Religion and ideology promise identity, reward, equanimity and love. Country is the emptiness of submission, narrative, relativity and survival: horizon engenders the fall, form the speed, energy the spin and utility the change. In other words, country turns the zenith into ground, the stars into seeds, the weather into shelter and decay into food. Country is the intersectionality of your identity, but essentially, the empty essence of your world. What urgent need has the shopper to be somewhere else?
The human habitat spins and speeds towards the east, and our desire for novelty, the possibility of fresh perspectives, and curiosity about what’s coming, incline us as individuals in that direction. In the North you have to swing left from your normal orientation towards the Sun; in the South we swing right. Your planets and circumpolar stars revolve anti-clockwise; ours clockwise. This may give us different inner workings: I don’t know.
In the opposite direction, our identity is constrained by logic, language and relationship. In a sense, we lean towards the west to balance our eastward spin. But the west is also the gravity which captures our momentum: the Shadow is not the unconscious, but its revelation in the reaction of others to the unconscious meaning of our behaviour. It is by expressing ourselves that our dreams take shape, in language constantly mediated by others.
All the while, we share with all being a trajectory and entropy of time and change, which in us leads to the mission to construct a consciousness which will give our frightening transience at least semi-permanent status. We have invented science, the humanities and religion to do this, to live ‘the way’, and to connect in us the past and future. The timetables of arrival and departure so fabricated make us unfortunately easy to control.
The north-south axis frames the meaning of all this. We are never either fully conscious or unconscious, rather there operates at all times a feedback loop between the two which dissolves any definition of a boundary. Ego straps us into our seat and emotions unsteady us, but the journey is mapped as we embark: reason and instinct are impressions of each other, like practice and confidence, skill and habit, law and ceremony, result and intention, challenge and dream. Left and right hands on the wheel, peripheral vision and feet ready for brake and gas guide our trajectory down slot-car alley.
Lions Portal 2020
Unlike every other being in the universe you may believe you lack a sense of direction. If you have been in both hemispheres, you wouldn’t believe that. However, perhaps if direction as a tool for understanding is my vanity, and the enterprise of caring for each other is based on the delusion that we can know what’s good for each other, then I am wasting my words. Why does anybody bother to speak?
Are all of these shoppers medieval fundamentalists, caring only to carry the harmony, or like worker insects, simply following a mental map?
Are concepts of humanity, altruism, equality, entitlement and human rights any different from other constructs of worship, based not in reality but in separation from it, in withdrawal to a fabrication called ideology where disbelief is subhuman? Is empathy real? There are oodles of interpretations of the partial eclipse superimposing themselves on its path, but who can understand someone else’s country, even when they’re standing in it? Can my southern mystification of time and direction give any more meaning to Kolkata experience? It takes an entire childhood to learn to read a map.
Perhaps belief inhabits two separate functions of mind: idolatry and miracle-worship which evolve out of woe and a narrative of oppression and exclusion into a conflation of separation, transcendence and identity; and iconoclasm and mystery-worship which evolve out of forgetting, not just suffering, but individuality as a fabrication of guilt and shame, and which conflate a cloud of emptiness, immanence and corruption.
The former might be referred to by the latter as Gratitude, which in turn might know the latter as Kindness. Equally, Kind people could scoff at Grateful people as unkind consumerists, and be mocked themselves as ungrateful addicts. Perhaps they are mutually abusive voices in an endpoint argument, or are each polyphonic embellishments of medieval chant?
Perhaps a drone is of a spiritual nature and cannot be heard in the physical world, but perhaps to hear it is the one spiritual experience available in the physical world, and reality’s way of suggesting that there is always more to existence than meets the eye, at the same time as a drone adds a pleasant undercurrent to the transient which makes it almost seem permanent. Is it the map or the territory which is the background groan?
Astrology is very old, and its habits are set. The astrologer is dependent on his habits, and because they deliver faith and hope, has no intention of changing them, let alone doing away with habit altogether. However, for as long as sentient beings have felt obliged to curb their emotions, the habits, wisdom, expertise and most tried and tested beliefs of others have been perceived as preventing them from realizing true potential–which only we can see. This we call charity.
The South looks at the North, where False Dreams are in Discrimination:
The North looks at the South, where the Covenant is in Relationship:
The covenant of the cross is not continuously visible in the North, nor are the elms at the entrance to hell in the South. Furthermore, of what value is a sky clock to a traveller with charge in her smartphone, especially one which turns backwards? How should I know? Just another thing I dreamed up, along with the map of hell and the madness of the hours, while I was respiring, photosynthesizing, drinking from the earth and resting birds here in country. Why don’t you go out one night, turn away from the Zodiac, and allow a covenant and a grove of false dreams to roam in the rooms of your disintegration? Or just absorb the energy bursting through the Lion’s Gate Portal and move on: does the astrologer pocketing his schedule of trains really care?