Today we meditate on the qualities of Leo: Honesty, Generosity, Self-motivation, Charisma, Enthusiasm; and on the negative side, vanity, stubbornness, melodrama, narcissism, promiscuity. This day is also associated with (Saint) Judas. Yes, that Judas. Now, whether you believe that Judas betrayed Christ, or that he was simply following Christ’s instructions – there is a deep significance attached to the fact that Judas, after turning Jesus over to the Romans, took his own life. This suggests that the personality must always wane, so that the spirit may wax strong; or as St. Paul put it, putting off the old man and putting on the new. While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Leo displayed below, focus on an icon or image of Judas Iscariot, or simply light a green candle.
Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Leo that you recognize in yourself.
“Be not fearful of the flesh, nor love it. If you fear it, it will become master over you. If you love it, it will swallow and paralyze you.” – Gospel of Philip
Knowing that you can transform these aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Leo you possess. Remember that the key to putting off the old and putting on the new is not to completely avoid the flesh, nor completely indulge – but to seek balance, and find the middle path. Loving and fearing the flesh are two sides of the same coin, and either way it will control you. But understand that our bodily life is transient, and our lower nature must die, just as Judas did, so that our personality becomes subject to the spirit, not the flesh.
“Love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:10