THE LEO MOON
Becoming Other People, Child of the Many-Faced God, or Why Arya Is My Favorite
June 2, 2016
Let it be known (in true lunar Leo fashion!) that talented actress Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark on Game of Thrones has been my fave babe since the pilot. Although she’s got no showy dragons, I’ve been unabashedly rooting for her — even over the show’s other Leo Moon, Emilia Clarke.
Heady is the name of the game, when it comes to Arya. A headstrong Aries Sun with a Moon in Leo the beast, Maisie is a double Fire child — a double threat or double kick-ass-ness, if you will. She carries all the zeal, energy and determination you would expect from a Fire element… with all its trouble-making drawbacks.
Of the four elements in starry philosophy, Fire only sees as far as its own line of vision and usually makes up for it by being a damn good, if not mind-blowing visionary. (It seems the other Leo Moon, Daenerys has that one covered). It doesn’t matter if Fire is put in a big bad castle or a fuzzy forest, because she will burn, baby, burn.
As you might have already guessed, fire can also burn away everything around it, which is why Fire people often end up edgy loners or go solo. Friends may be true and loyal but few and far. This element doesn’t like anything superficial. Sound like Arya yet?
The nature of fire isn’t just to blaze, but to burn through the surface to reveal what’s left at the red-hot core.
Game of Thrones’ Aries/Leo girl is driven, passionate and expressive. She can look after herself and importantly — never gives up or lets up. So what’s the point of sending all this energy into a “Zen monastery”? Exactly that.
Not to purge her of her identity or drive, but to shape it.
It seems contradictory, but here’s the lesson for children of Fire (Aries, Sagittarius, Leo): To own your identity, you’ve gotta step into the identity of others.
The one that knows this best of the bunch is Leo; in fact, for the Moon in Leo it is a rite of passage.
Shield your ears if you don’t like controversy, but the Moon in Leo always has to pay homage to the “many-faced god.”
She can and will try to get by without paying her spiritual dues, but neglecting to bow, make peace or fight with the many-faced god carries a steep cost — one the Leo Moon is often too proud to pay. And it’ll hurt.
Ironically, pride — or a immovable, limited way of looking at yourself — never lets the truth of yourself be revealed, and it is really this self-denial that causes the real pain. Especially for a Moon in Leo, this wound left untreated festers and grows into a dangerously repressed personality often called the shadow or the dark side.
Meeting your many faces, and being honest about your reaction is critical to the well-being of this Moon. The Moon, a symbol for the body, is where you access your health.
The Leo Moon spends her entire childhood figuring out who they are. The difference between her and other kids is this Moon doesn’t sit and ask “who am I?” Leo is about the living experience and enjoyment of the self. In other words, it’s a process. The whole childhood for this Moon is about trying on different masks, different personas, different abilities and talents. Is it surprising, then, that these crazy kids are often hella talented?
But Leo is not a mutable (flexible) sign — it’s anchored. At the core of all the cosplay is a rooted sense of self that’s about having tried on all the other masks.
I don’t mean pretending to be other people all the time. The Leo Moon has a lifeline and constant access to the imagination, the creative wellspring inside, in all its glory. Even if there’s a role (and you bet there’s many) this person hasn’t played out in their real lives, they know exactly how to play it. True roleplay is about letting your emotional truth shine forth.
Emotions are always there and you’re always blocking, so it’s not about “entering” an emotion but releasing the blockages keeping you from its experience.
Hence, all of Arya’s “Zen therapy.” But what the Zen philosophy misses (at least on the outside) is the importance of being biased or preferring one emotional truth over another, which is what shapes your heart.
Chances are, the Leo Moon has worn the skin of all kinds of emotions in her private space. She’ll (secretly or not!) feel invincible. She prefers her own intelligence over that of others. All this is explained by one factor: Leo is the symbol of the Sun, and the Sun is not just what the world revolves around, as the sign’s infamy states. Far from it: The Sun symbolizes the mind, or the imagination itself and its lesser offspring, reason. Strength of character is strength of mind.
Of all the Moon placements, this is the person that wakes up knowing they could be anything they want to be, play any role they want to play. It sounds like the makings of an actor, and while there are a lot of Leo Moons that do find a natural home in acting, just as many do not. (Although — surprise! — Arya’s character made a connection with the art of acting. Fun stuff.)
It takes time to have a firm grip on that core emotion that shapes your identity. And this is what Arya’s venture into zen-land, the denouncing of her personal limits or ego was all about: Discovering what your personal power is good for.
Arya’s character, in this Sunday’s installment was given a second test, which I was positive per my actor-astrology theory she’d “fail.” But did she fail, really?
She triumphed. I knew that girl would.
Sunny Leo is about the heart, after all. When faced with the critical moment of choosing to go along with discipline or one’s own inner guide, the roar of the beast wins.
The difference between the Sun and the Moon sign is that one is outer and the other inner. The Moon in Leo is an internal Leo. She grows up thinkin’ for herself, daring to be different or challenge authority. Since your inner space is analogous to your home, this also involves being the “fixer” of the family. Unfortunately, because of the heady quality of the Leo Moon’s challenging or “fixing,” it’s often rejected, opposed or seen as emotional.
These are often brainy, psychologically aware kids that by gut instinct know what’s right, but face a world of “wrong.”
So Arya Stark is in trouble again, for striving to be the fixer of troubles… again. She had the courage to stand up for what she believes, again. Nothing’s changed since the first season, and I love her for it.
The scene I envisioned before she was given the test was her being asked, “What’s a girl’s name?” and, instead of the constant and generic “a girl has no name,” she answers, “Arya Stark.“
The fundamental change I see for her arc is making friends with her ego or “true self” again. Courtesy of the maturation process, a Leo Moon rubs up against herself enough to know who she really is, what she wants to — has to — stand for. Her own brand of justice.
What shines over the world’s trappings and your own limits is the strength of heart. The justice you can’t deny. The justice that, despite a constantly whirlin’ cosmos, remains essential to your emotional freedom.
That is why Leo is fixed.
Heart, imagination, reason. You’d think they were separate. That’s why separate words were invented for them, right? One face, two faces, many faces. Masks, makeup and mirrors. Are they really so different?
Take it from a Leo Moon: It’s really not that complicated.
Dar Alexander is the founder of Daemon Entertainment and advocate for Emotional Freedom.