Pattern of beginning Leo: 'First I claim space
in my environment to gain supervision'

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Personality type en individuality

The ASCENDANT is the astrological symbol for the approach to the world, of the relation with the world and with life. It indicates how a person is present and with that it is characteristic of someone's way of beginning. The Ascendant (= rising at the eastern horizon) depends on the place and time of the event. The point is found in a specific degree of the circle of the zodiac. Starting from the vision of the life of a person as an organism, we can ascertain that in that organism several different processes take place. To begin and approach the environment is one of these processes. Of that process of beginning the Ascendant symbolizes the final condition (that which the person wants to attain) and with that logically also the condition for wanting to begin at all. The sign in which the Ascendant is located indicates that condition. The signs, like CANCER, SCORPIO or LEO, give a general colouring to the Ascendant and to all the phases of the process of beginning that follow. Thus we can distinguish between twelve Ascendants and twelve personality types with which astrology works. Astrologically speaking, the Ascendant is, from without, the most perceptible characteristic of an individual. Personality types are most recognizably symbolized by the Ascendant and its appropriate sign.

The individual effect of patterns, with which we are concerned in the pattern-line, is a movement between the phases of the process, is a shift of perspective. This movement is based upon the transfer of attention to the planet which is most closely connected with the sign from which is departed. In the case of the sign Leo one transfers to the Sun. Via the Sun the person with a Leo Ascendant will land usually in some other sign and in another phase of the process.

The SUN symbolizes the conditions of the process of the realization of the person's individuality. Since, like I said, the Sun usually is situated in another sign, the conditions of this process will usually be quite different from those of the Ascendant of the same person. Moreover, the conditions of the Sun (around which everything turns, in which everything becomes concrescent), other than the Ascendant which is auxiliary to it, are in general more gradually developed. 'Newspaper astrology' gives a representation of the relation between the prevalent tendencies and the Sun in the signs. It does not have the birth-time and -place of individuals at its disposal and cannot personalize the information concerning the Sun by coupling it, via the Ascendant, to one of the twelve personality types. So it is no wonder that usually these texts are not very specific.

The astrologer, interested in the individual within the type, goes far beyond that. He must indeed, in order to go further, have a place and a correct time of birth. But even so, doubts can arise as to the exactitude of the data of birth. The Ascendant is related to the other qualities represented in the birth chart. The Sun, to stick with our example, is situated in a certain phase of the process that belongs to the Leo Ascendant. That is to say that the realization of the personal individuality performs a function in a certain phase of the process of beginning. Also, the Sun and the Ascendant can be mutually related in an aspect. This means that the personal individuality can be expressed outwardly or not. The same applies to all of the other qualities which are symbolized by the planets. These structural properties of birth charts enable the verification of the exactitude of the data of birth. An astrologer can run up against the fact that the given time of birth does not seem to represent the moment at which the baby has entered into the relation with the world and with life. For that is the beginning.
 

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Pattern of beginning LEO:
'First I claim space in my environment to gain supervision'

This starting point can be described as: 'I begin by myself, I want to distinguish myself. From the start I want to gain supervision of the whole situation; if not in reach, forget it, I have no business here! My strength is that I can sum up a situation independently. I am here to have general supervision, in order to take the lead'.
The second condition is that particularization is possible, that the details can be joined and lead to purity (the 1st phase continues with Virgo).

The knowledge which the person with the Leo pattern of beginning is looking for must bring along harmony. They look for balanced knowledge and they doubt if they can stipulate their own route. The sign of Libra is on phase 3 of the acquisition of knowledge. This is the (rose-coloured) sign of war, as it cannot cope with conflict, as it does not solve border incidents. In second instance it has to lead to Scorpio, to essential knowledge.
For more details, read the outline of this pattern of beginning.

Let us imagine we could have asked Marilyn Monroe (movie star) what passed through her whenever she started something new. She might have said: 'I want to use this place to show myself, to provoke reactions and thus gain better supervision over the realistic possibilities, and over my professional opportunities. As soon as I start I want to see first if I can survey the relations with the other characters, that helps me better play my own role'.

If we would ask George W. Bush (president USA) how he begins, he might perhaps say: 'I want to be in the center of things myself. Hallo, here I am again. Only from the heart of the business one has an overview of what goes on here and in the background. Only thus can I be in control of the realization of my practical ideal and stipulate my own route nicely'.

Pablo Picasso (visual artist) could have answered such a question as: 'Naturally, in all honesty I must admit that the way in which I work makes me vulnerable. I think that my strength lies exactly there. I just see whatever comes of it; if only I can tackle the form in my own unscrupulous way'.
 

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Illustrations:
individual variations within the LEO pattern

 
Marilyn Monroe, 1926-'62, real name Norma Jean Mortensen.
Los Angeles, 1 juni 1926, 9:30h. [ sources ].
Marilyn also moved around within her pattern of beginning not in the usual sequence, preferring to follow her personal sequence. As soon as she started something new she shifted to the 10th phase, and from there subsequently towards the 9th, the 8th and back to the 1st phase.
fig.1: Marilyn Monroe, birth chart
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Brief description

Information from the birth chart

  1. Whenever Marilyn Monroe starts something new, she stands in the center of things, it just comes naturally;
    Apart from that, she can use her capacity to empathize intuitively, at will with or without words;
  2. When she really gets started she definitely wants to succeed, make use of her intelligence (the Gemini attributes intelligence, communication and discrimination are the topics at which the newspaper astrology aims itself),
  3. and make herself be seen and heard socially, with professional assurance, thoroughness and ambition;
  4. She wants to deploy her femininity, is a friendly person with great adaptability, entertains great hopes of recognition and attention,
  5. beauty queen, believes in the other person's initiative and in her own sex appeal, needs risks and challenges;
  6. She is in want of appreciation, is demanding, is blind to her vulnerability in regard to men, 'Men deny and are blind to my real values',
  7. seeks boundless enjoyment, wants sex, wants all or nothing;
  8. And finally, using her capacity to (dis)solve and her (clearly shown) need for the advantages of fame and luxury,
  9. she either starts a new creative initiative in which she can play the central role, or continues with the detailed preparation of the show she must give (by taking a bath?).
     
  1. The ASCENDANT is located in the sign (filter or colouring) of LEO;
    NEPTUNE is in the 1st phase and also in Leo;
  2. From phase 1, via the SUN in GEMINI,
     
      
  3. towards the 10th phase in TAURUS;
  4. Via VENUS (secondary) in Aries,
     
     
  5. towards the 9th phase in ARIES;
     
  6. Then, via MARS in Pisces,
     
     
  7. towards the 8th phase in PISCES;
  8. And finally, via NEPTUNE in Leo,
     
  9. back to the 1st phase in Leo.
     
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George W. Bush,
New Haven CT, 6 juli 1946, 7:26h. [ source ].
Bush moves around within his Leo pattern of beginning preferably not in the usual sequence but, like anybody else, in his own way. As soon as he starts something new he goes towards the 12th phase, and from there subsequently to the 3rd and back to the 1st phase.
fig. 2: George W. Bush, birth chart
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Brief description

Information fom the birth chart

  1. Whenever Bush starts, he stands in the center in a natural way. He wants to have an overview and to be in control;
  2. He is boundlessly sensitive, does not feel really secure and looks for security ( newspaper astrology turns in a case like this on the Cancer attributes subjectivity, emotionality and such),
  3. and withdraws to the background where he prepares himself well before he comes to the front. He knows how to acquire the assistance of other people;
  4. His sentiments are too optimistic and will not be able to materialize a singular goal. He does however think that this is what he is, that this is what he can become. His mother runs behind greatness which she never shall reach and is, alternatively, ambitious for her son,
  5. his thinking is rose-coloured. He doubts his own way;
  6. And then he expresses himself with thought-out rhetorical statements which largely deny any readiness to negotiate,
  7. at the next public appearance.
     
  1. The ASCENDANT in the sign (filter or colouring) of LEO;
  2. From phase 1, via the SUN in CANCER,
      
  3. towards the 12th phase in Cancer;

     
  4. Subsequently, via the MOON which goes into the conjunction with JUPITER in LIBRA,
     
     
  5. towards the 3rd phase in Libra;
  6. And then, via VENUS (primary) in Leo,
  7. back to the 1st phase in Leo.

And so forth.
 

The moment of birth ...

The information regarding the time of birth of George W. Bush (version A: New Haven CT, 6 juli 1946, 7:26h.) comes from the hospital where his birth took place. It does happen that the foetus shortly before the moment of birth has already secluded itself from the mother's blood supply, has been existing independently for some time and perhaps has been trying to breath or starts breathing only after birth. The span of time between independency and breathing can rise to as much as twenty minutes. As the Ascendant indicates the relation with the world and with life I think it is important, when we ascertain a starting point in time, to look for the moment of independent existence.
If it is true that George W. Bush started breathing independently at a later moment, for instance 19 minutes later, then his birth chart looks different (alternative version B: New Haven CT, 6 juli 1946, 7:45h). [ note ]. Then that birth chart describes a different event with a different character. We can let both charts speak for themselves.
 

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George W. Bush (version B).
New Haven CT, 6 juli 1946, 7:45h. Alternative birth-time.
If this is George W. Bush, then he moves in a slightly different way within his Leo pattern of beginning. His appearance is quite different because the first phase is organized differently. The initial movement is still the same, but some feeding lines are different now that three functions are in another phase. It remains so that he, as soon as he starts something new, moves towards the 12th phase, from there to the third and back again to the 1st phase.
fig.2b: G. W. Bush (alt. birth time), birth chart
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Moving between the phases

version A and version B compared
The folllowing traits are always, from the start, visible to his environment:
  • version A: He emphasizes his presence with impulsive and oversimplified statements,
    looks charming and naive, in need of respect;
  • version B: looks charming and naive, in need of respect;
    comes across as practical, thrifty and fussy.
     
The 1st phase contains:
..
  1. MERCURY (primary) conjunct PLUTO and
    VENUS (primary), all in LEO;
  2. Venus in Leo and
    Mars in VIRGO.

The potential capacity to be practical and energetic, to express agression:

  • version A: He uses this energetic capacity when he consults his detailed frame of reference: 'Is this my militant ideal? Do I have practical details brisk enough and sufficient to revert to?'
  • version B: He uses this energetic capacity when profiling himself publicly as a tough guy: 'I immediately and energetically translate my macho ideal into compelling new initiatives'.
     

Mars and his empty line of supply:

  1. via MARS from the 9th phase in ARIES he supplies
    the 2nd phase in the sign of Virgo.
  2. via MARS in the sign of VIRGO from the 9th phase in Aries he supplies
    the 1st phase in LEO.
     

The potential capacities to communicate and to use routine and power:
 

  • version A: At any time and immediately he can make use of this combined capacity.
    By force of habit he emphasizes his presence with impulsive and oversimplified (bombastic) statements.
    He is not afraid of power play or a display of power, he does not negotiate but enforces, demands fair play from the other party, he goes beyond bounds.
  • version B: He is late in engaging this combined capacity.

    First he disappears for three days to the background where he tries to gain emotional security in order to make up his mind in interaction with third parties.
    Much too late he gets round to his own words. 'Nobody will notice my uncertainty if I express myself with powerful vigorous statements'.
    Further as under A.

Feeding:

  1. 'For the completion of the fussy and boundless details of my frame of reference..'

    version A: '.. I immediately ask the advice of people in my accidental environment',
    version B: '.. I use the available black and white knowledge in my memory and ask my staff in the background for information'.
  2. 'From at least two different types of networks / social groups I receive surprising and border-crossing impulses..'

    version A: '.. which I radically voice at the first occasion',
    version B: '.. which is being discussed in the phase of preparation and development of opinion'.
  3. 'If I (or my family/ my country) am (are) emotional or feeling vulnerable..'
    version A:  '.. I (we) develop radical initiatives in order to retrieve my (our) security and footing and declare, after the wars on communism, on poverty, on drugs, a war on terrorism',
    version B: '.. I (we) seclude myself (ourselves) radically in order to retrieve my (our) security and footing. After the wars on communism, on poverty and on drugs, we start in the background the preparations for a large-scale war on terrorism'.
     

The Mercury / Pluto combination and its lines of supply:

  1. in the 1st phase is
     
    the conjunction of MERCURY (primary) and PLUTO in LEO
    in conjunction with the ASCENDANT.
     
  2. in the 12th phase in the sign of CANCER is
    the conjunction of MERCURY (primary) and PLUTO in LEO
     
    in conjunction with the ASCENDANT.
     
     

Supply:

  1. From the 2nd phase in VIRGO
    with MARS and NEPTUNE
    via Mercury
    towards the 1st phase,

    or towards the 12th phase.
      
  2. From the 11th phase in GEMINI with URANUS
    via Mercury
    towards the 1st phase,
    or towards the 12th phase.
     
  3. From the 4th phase in SCORPIO
    via Pluto
    towards the 1st phase,
     

    or towards the 12th phase.
     
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Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973.
Malaga, 25 October 1881, 23:15h. [ source ].
Picasso, of course no more than probably everybody else, followed the regular sequence within his Leo pattern of beginning. He did this his own way. As soon as he started something new he moved to the 3rd phase, and from there subsequently towards the 2nd, the 4th, the 10th and back again to the 2nd phase.
fig.3: Pablo Picasso, birth chart
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Brief description

Information from the birth chart

  1. Whenever Picasso started something new, he wanted to show himself and try out where he stood;
  2. After his initial beginning he followed his own routine and stipulated his own intense way (the Scorpio attributes emotional intensity, selecting and rejecting are the topics at which the newspaper astrology is aiming) of experiencing harmony;
  3. via his capacity to interact with the beauty surrounding him (both things and people), he moved towards his detailed frame of reference;
  4. via his capacity to seek communication and sterling deals, towards his vulnerable emotional basis, 'As entrepreneur I look for my own language';
  5. via his capacity to use routine and power, towards unscrupulously handling his social and professional affairs;
     
  6. via his capacity to interact with beauty he brought in the hard and square (also cubist) transformation while he returned to his clearly distinct artistic frame of reference, and so forth.
     
  1. The ASCENDANT is located in the sign (filter or colouring) of LEO;
  2. From phase 1, via the SUN in SCORPIO,

    towards the 3rd phase in LIBRA;
  3. via VENUS (secondary) in Libra,
    towards the 2nd phase in VIRGO;
     
  4. via MERCURY (primary),
    towards the 4th phase in Scorpio;
     
  5. via PLUTO,
    towards the 10th phase in TAURUS;
  6. via Venus (secondary) in Libra,
    again towards the 2nd phase in Virgo, and so forth.
     
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More illustrations

It strikes me that there are so many artists among the people with a LEO Ascendant. [ sources ]. I mention a few names, in sequence of the phase and the sign in which the SUN is located:

  1. in LEO: Claude Debussy, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen;
    in VIRGO: Anton Bruckner, Jane Addams, G. Wilhelm F. Hegel.
  2. in VIRGO: Maurice Chevalier;
    in LIBRA: Eleonora Duse, Paul Dukas, Luciano Pavarotti.
  3. in LIBRA: Paul Simon, Franz Liszt;
    in SCORPIO: Pablo Picasso, Richard Burton (actor), Andy Warhol, Art Garfunkel, Martin Luther.
  4. in SCORPIO: C.M. von Weber, Prins Charles, Selma Lagerlöf, Paul Hindemith, Indira Gandhi;
    in SAGITTARIUS: Friedrich Engels.
  5. in SAGITTARIUS: ?
    in CAPRICORN: Henri Matisse.
  6. in CAPRICORN: Cassius Clay (Mohammad Ali);
    in AQUARIUS: Edouart Manet, Renata Tebaldi.
  7. in AQUARIUS: Jeanne d'Arc;
    in PISCES: tsar Alexander III, Karl Jaspers, Jim Clark.
  8. in PISCES: Honoré Daumier, Galileo Galilei, Reinhard Heidrich;
    in ARIES: Wilhelm I, Otto von Bismarck, Elton John, das Dritte Reich.
  9. in ARIES: ?
    in TAURUS: Robert Oppenheimer, Judy Collins, Johan Cruyff, Annie MG Schmidt.
  10. in TAURUS: Erik Satie, Honoré de Balzac, tsaar Alexander II, Dominique Strauss-Kahn;
    in GEMINI: Albrecht Dürer, Paul Gauguin, Claudio Monteverdi, Josip Broz (Field marshal Tito), Marilyn Monroe.
  11. in GEMINI: Douglas Fairbanks, Josephine Baker, Prins Philip, Anne Frank;
    in CANCER: Franz Kafka, Georges Pompidou, Meryl Streep.
  12. in CANCER: Charles IX, Gian Carlo Menotti, George W. Bush, Peter Paul Rubens;
    in LEO: Alexandre Dumas (père).

The number of people which use this pattern of beginning would, with a theoretical quantity of about 9.86 percent, lie well above the statistical average of 8.3 percent of the population of the world.

Links to
individual space-time thanks to a unique system of co-ordinates - structure #9/3,
events oriented and connected in space and time - structure #13/4.
 

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- outline - of the claiming-the-environment-space pattern of beginning

Phase:
  1. I begin myself, I want to distinguish myself. From the start I want to gain supervision of the whole situation; if not in reach, forget it, I have no business here. My strength is that I can sum up a situation independently. I am here to gain general supervision, in order to take the lead.
    The second condition is that particularization is possible, that the details can be joined and lead to purity.
  2. I consult my frame of reference in an exact, pure, detailed manner, with attention to detail. I love small things. I can't stand sloppiness when posessions or money are concerned.
    The second condition is LIBRA, that I have to be able to keep open an alternative route, that the balance can be found.
  3. My knowledge is twofold, in balance; I pick up knowledge in a harmonious way. I am uncertain about my acquaintances. I have two sorts of acquaintances. My acquaintances are harmonious, artistic. I associate with my acquaintances in a harmonious way. My own way is harmonic, I keep an alternative route open.
    The final condition is that I penetrate into the heart of the matter and that it is useful in practice.
  4. I look for the essence of security, I am a practical businessman. No wavering, no uncertainty, everything very simple where security and enterprise are concerned. I am very vulnerable at this point though.
    The ultimate condition is that I can be idealistic, that I can believe in my venture.
  5. My true core is somebody who is looking for a goal, something I can believe in, an ideal. I believe in myself. I am my own goal.
    The second condition is that the goal, my ideal, is feasible, that I can be sure of it. At the end I have to be able to be sure of myself, to be able to work alone and independently.
  6. I am capable of working independently, personal responsibility is however a condition at this point. I like to work alone and independently, I prefer to be responsible for (my own bit of) my job. I take on only the work that I can manage. I like to know whether it is feasible. I take care for my body seriously.
    The final condition is AQUARIUS: that the job is exceptional, that there is something unique to be experienced.
  7. I cooperate on the basis of the Aquarian principles, with people which I recognize as my equals. I can begin independently etcetera, my equals ought to be able to start independently and sum up the situation as well. Why?
    In order to be able to end in a fishy way. If the other understands it, has overall supervision, I can leave it to him, let things take their course. It will end well, all by itself.
  8. The other person's frame of reference is limitless, is a chaos. I find modifications unfathomable, leading to chaos. I transform by letting go, by letting in chaos. I delight in things in a limitless manner.
    The final condition is that it should lead to new initiatives, to practical new things.
  9. My supplement has to have practical, ready knowledge at his disposal. I have vigorous, practical goals. I work resolutely on my goals. I develop my ideals in an active, practical manner.
    Second condition is that I should be able to make my ideals productive at the end, to finally realize them.
  10. Initially I wait and see as regards the realization of my goal, but once I am really behind it I can't be stopped. Initially I wait and see what the other takes on. Once I am convinced, my scepsis turns into unstoppable enthusiasm. I am socially involved in an initially expectant manner. When I have decided I work toward my goal doggedly.
    The final condition is that the other brings in knowledge and I can collect more knowledge.
  11. My social network is focused on communication and transmission. My friends must be GEMINI, must have knowledge of themselves, be able to put things in perspective. From the start I demand loyalty from the other so they must be able to put things in perspective, otherwise they can't remain loyal. I want to have a broad network, all sorts of people.
    The condition is however that it all ends in an emotional manner, it has to carry commitment, not detachment.
  12. My supplement's work is serving, caring, motherly. I finish things in an emotional way. I let go in a caring manner. But from everything I let go at least something must remain.
    Finally I'll keep the termination in my own hands, I need nobody to do that for me, I prefer to find my own dignified solutions.