Leo And The Shadow The second Fire Sign, Leo, may also manifest Shadows that’s quite entrenched in his or her psyche, and like Aries takes two distinct forms of inflation and deflation. The inflated Leo is arrogant beyond your dreams. For example the Rosicrucian Astrologer Max Heindel who was a racist, Mussolini, or George Bernard Shaw, but of course that personal fiery assertion has the greatness of persons who had dominated the Shadow, like my fave, Carl Jung or Amelia Earhart. Leos are generous, maybe magnanimous like kings, considerate even dispite their regal position. And many more great attributes: idealistic, humane, and beneficent. Yet when the Shadow is in a dominating position in the Leo’s psyche, they get immensely full of themselves. One personal example happened to me when my partner and I rented a place on the land of a Leo friend whom I admired for his knowledge of off-planet beings. Twice I went to him to confirm the price we had agreed on for the cottage. My partner and I enthusiastically cleaned the let-go dwelling, installed new carpeting, painted everywhere, and trimmed it up beautifully. We then invited the Leo and his wife over for dinner on the night before we were officially to move in. Happily I handed him the first month’s check. He didn’t take it and said that he’d been meaning to say that the place was now worth double the amount (since we had done such nice work), and would I write a check for that new figure. What! My Capricorn was in horror. Could he be serious? He was, and had a look on his face and later in conversations affirmed that he couldn’t understand why I would question the decision. Didn’t understand what they were doing here?! What! I guess I didn’t and never did find out—though we lived there for a whole year—paying the exorbitant and unfair rents every month. Meanwhile he treated me like a peasant that had insurrected. Most of Leo’s Shadow parts rise from self-reoccupation, rather like Aries. Fire get self-intoxicated like a New Ager knowing that God is within—but confusing God with the Ego and getting carried away by the self-identification. All this self-centeredness leads to possible boastfulness or pompousness, or perhaps quiet snobbish superiority—in other words some sort of overbearing and intolerant demeanor and/or behavior. My friend needed to actually hear the music of my words and reasoning, rather than his own drum of certainty. Leos need to listen to a council, rather the believing in the divine right of kings. Once again, humility. However, the Leo without an ability to shine somehow in the world, or one who was heavily attacked in childhood by Dad, may retreat and be highly reluctant to shine her or his light because s/he doesn’t think s/he has any, or is fearful of rejection. S/he is a sad dog indeed, one thinks s/he’ll never get off the rope. S/he might stay in the cellar playing video games (where s/he can triumph over bad guys), or sink under the control of a dominating partner. Children can save both these types, revealing ingenuous behavior, acceptance of others, and revitalize then natural Leonine capacity for fun and laughter. Most children can appreciate their size and accept that the others who are so much larger need to be heard—AND they can enjoy their own current abilities quite joyfully. Leos have a natural inclination towards children and thus have a way out of their cave.