Posted by ChuckcemPosted by CopperDovePosted by Chuckcem
Right, so the Cub phase is the emotionally immature stage. Leos are very energetic and full of ego at this point. The more negative traits can be prominent here including jealousy, possessiveness, and "show off" tendencies. Cubs tend to be more fearful and use their large egos to protect themselves. They are emotional creatures, prone to fits and tantrums. Cubs can be selfish and averse to change. This is often misunderstood as the children's phase, but adults can be Cubs too.
This phase is very self-centric, hence the idea Cubs believes the world revolves around them. In this phase, the Leo has a hard time understanding the world from another person's perspective. Cubs are also very heavy handed, preferring the world to work their way. In fact the world exists a benefit to the Cub. This is also why many believe Leos always need to be the center of attention. The easiest way to describe this phase is "unnecessarily entitled".
The positive qualities are still budding in this phase and Cubs will exhibit natural leadership qualities. Cubs though often fearful, exhibit a strange self confidence too. This is where the creative and academic side of Leo is most prominent. Cubs are like sponges, eager to learn and able to retain large quantities of information. This of course can result in "know-it-all-ism". The sense of self expression exudes in a variety of forms, but the world is a vast canvas of possibility. A Cub may discover their favorite hobby or even the makings of their professional career in this phase. This is also why Leos are generally skilled and goal oriented later in life. Our goals are our core belief, our imaginary friend that we take with us into adulthood.
The Lion phase has had some time to mature and experience a world that is not completely centered around them. The sense of self is still strong and the unchecked ego of the cub has evolved into a sense of pride. Unlike the cub that has no real reason for it's sense of entitlement, a Lion has some experience to back up its arrogance. The Lion through the years has had a taste of power, fame and can see its talents at work. It's no longer hiding behind its ego as a means to compensate for its fear of the outside world.
The Lion can still be possessive and arrogant like the cub, but there will be a rationale behind it all. Logic begins to take over in a Leo's mind instead, where emotion once ruled solely in the heart. The Lion understands its power. The Lion has also had to endure some hardships or loss. The ability to understand the world through the eyes of others is possible in this phase. Lions can, and generally will, be the center of attention due to the relationships they have cultivated. This is where loyalty becomes most important to a Leo.
While the cub may have cultivated a number of friendships, the ability to hold on to those relationships was not as strong as in the Lion's phase. The Lion can see the power in numbers, in having a support structure of some kind. However these relationships in some ways still serve the ego of the Lion as well. The garnering of acquaintances is not a wholly altruistic endeavor. The Lion seeks to build a name and reputation for itself, and what better way to do it than by creating a network of contacts. An easy way to describe a lion is "noticeably connected".
The Lion is far more charming and well mannered in this phase. This is after all the phase when suitors are more prominent. If there is a harem of romantic options, it is created in this phase. The Lion is chickeny and flaunts its strengths while hiding its weaknesses. The Lion appears very strong, but still retains the sensitivity of the cub. That is because the eternally optimistic energy of the cub never truly goes away. The world is still a rich tapestry to a Lion as a result, but it is hear where the Lion puts it's energy to good use.
Most Leos stop evolving at this phase, which is understandable. Relationships, reputation, and careers are built here. Evolving past this phase can be difficult to those looking for instant graitfication. (For the fellow nerds, think Pikachu. Sure evolving from Pichu to Pikachu makes sense, but going beyond to Raichu doesn't always sound appealing). The Lion believes itself to be at the top, which in many ways may be true, but isn't entirely accurate. The Lion still suffers from negative traits that can be detrimental to its confidence and self-esteem. The Lion still suffers from wanting to have its own needs met.
The Lion phase is also where the decans are easiest to observe too. I generally say the Leo decans breakdown into three categories: the academic, the artist, and the authority. I won't go into them here, but the evolution from Cub to Lion culminates in the emergence of the decan's traits.
The Sphinx phase is what every Leo unknowingly aspires to be. The Sphinx is highly revered for wisdom and is the most exalted phase of a Leo. The Sphinx had undergone self realization to the point that it has gained true understanding of itself and the world it. As a result it controls its environment in a way that a cub or lion simply can't.
In order for a Leo to evolve to a Sphinx, the lion must shed itself of its need for recognition and power. It must in that way shed it's sense of self. A Sphinx understands the golden rule, "do unto others as you would have them to do unto you." The Sphinx sheds its need to directly influence the world in order to gain higher knowledge. The influence of a Sphinx therefore is more indirect, with it leading by example rather than command.
If a cub is a prince, and a lion a king, then a Sphinx is a pioneer. It is a founding father that leads its people to prosperity not for its own personal gain, but for the benefit of future generations. A Sphinx's main goal is to teach, to better others through acts of service rather than acts of self. The Sphinx ideas can be similar to those found in Aquarius, being more humanitarian than the other phases. Unlike the cub that wants to move mountains, and the lion that can move mountains, the Sphinx doesn't need to move anything. It is satisfied, no longer needing to create out of need, but more so out of desire.
In a way the world almost seems to revolve around the Sphinx only in the sense that people desire its presence. It is not looking for attention, but will not shun it either. The Sphinx uses this nature of humanity to better it. The Sphinx no longer needs its network of relationships, but paradoxically is able to cultivate more friendships as a result. People gravitate to it because of the warmth it exudes. This is because the Sphinx has also purged itself of its destructive qualities, only keeping the positive aspects of the cub (creativity) and the lion (knowledge), to cultivate a demeanor that is "inexplicably wise".
Thank you very much for this answer! I appreciate the detail that you went into in order to make each phase, and how it manifests, clear. As others on DXP have noted, you write very well. Do you have any plans to write a book about Leos? If not, hopefully you'll consider it.
Do any famous Leo people stand out to you as being examples of the Sphinx phase?
Thanks again for your reply -- it's even more than I had hoped for with information. :-)
I'm contemplating writing a book, but not entirely sure where the focus would be yet. The funny thing about the phases is that they aren't always so clean cut. People can have varying degrees of each phase. So a cub may exhibit some lion or even sphinx-like qualities. To err is human, so no one can be perfect all of the time.
The qualities of the Sphinx are also by nature more subtle. So I don't think too many famous Leos (whose very desire is to be the center of attention) would be a good example of that phase. However I do believe that the former U.S. president, Barack Obama, (however controversial this may be) had many sphinx-like qualities as he was the only president in a while who wasn't mired in sleaze or some scandal. He also enacted certain policies that, while entirely unexciting (for example adjustments to credit card rate), helped the majority of the country in unrecognized ways. Compared to his predecessor and successor, I think historians will be very kind to him.click to expand