The Lions gateway or Lions Gate Portal is a cosmic alignment and celestial activation that reaches its peak on August 8th (the 8th month of the 8th day) every year. If we were to view this cosmic activation with a traditional, rather than modern lens, its ancient associations with the great star Sirius would actually make this years Lion’s Gate Portal peak on August 11th 2021. More on this later.
This gateway is said to open from July 28th and to reach its closure on August 12th. This year, the height of the Lions Gate Portal will align with the the New Moon in Leo. This symbolises a cosmic renewal more powerful than any other that we have experienced thus far in 2021. Unlike Eclipses, which are powerful Lunations and karmic redirections from the universe, this energy is more collaborative. The presence of luck and destiny (merged with our heightened will power) marks August 8th as the ideal day to create the abundant reality that we crave. This is a huge symbol of new beginnings where we can step into our highest selves and tell the world who we are. However, the tight squaring presence of Uranus to the New Moon reminds us to pace ourselves. We’re encouraged to take advantage of the activation of Lions Gate and to improve, rediscover and refine ourselves rather than reinvent.
What is the Lion’s Gate Portal?
There’s a beautiful complexity to our understanding of Lion’s Gate that encompasses astrology, numerology, and history. Our modern understanding of the Lion’s Gate Portal phenomena is based on Ancient Egyptian celebrations. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the great star Sirius appearing on the eastern horizon and coming into alignment with the Great Pyramid of Giza, symbolised the Earth reaching the galactic centre of the universe. The ancient Egyptians were sure that this union had opened the gateways of a portal to accelerated energy, leading to a pathway of fast-tracked ascension. This celestial alignment coincided with the annual Nile flooding which was perceived to be a time of fertility, rebirth and the ultimate activation of light and life. They believed in the magic of this cosmic event so much that they made it their New Year indicator. Whilst this typically fell around mid Jul to mid august, this year, Sirius will appear over the horizon around August 11th 2021.
Sirius, located in the Canis Major constellation, is the brightest star in our sky. To put his size into perspective, he is 25 times the brightness of our Sun (though this isn’t anything compared to what else lies beyond the perimeters of our galaxy). The Ancient Egyptians believed Sirius was protector of the spirit. The star’s energy holds similar qualities to Jupiter and Mars (astrologically speaking). Honour, pride, royalty and regality, wealth and riches, passion, devotion, power, love, resentment, fame, faithfulness and gradiosity are only the beginning of his reigning territory. Sound familiar? His energy is largely similar the the abundance of Leo who symbolises Anahata: Heart Chakra energy.
Whilst Leo season unfolds predominantly during the 8th month of the year, the star Sirius also has ties to the number 8 (or 88, 888) through their shared associations of abundance, manifestation, financial gain, prosperity, ambition and success. The repetition of the number 8 is a notable symbol of luck throughout many cultures across the globe. Spiritually, the balance between gratitude and achievement are also associated with the number 8.
The more you express gratitude, the more you achieve.
The more you achieve, the more you must express gratitude.
Bringing this connection back to the heart of astrology, the number 8 ties to the 8th astrological house which cleanses and regenerates. The 8th house is often referenced as the place of sex, death, rebirth, and mysticism/the occult. This is the astrological home to all that is shared and it highlights how we merge and unite with others through finances, contracts, intimacy, ancestry and hidden partnerships (such as lawyers, psychologists, accountants and consultants).
The Lions Gate Portal activation acts as a reminder that we carry with us many unhealed wounds that have accumulated in this life and through past incarnations— all of which are blocking our pathway to ascension through the lowering of our energetic frequency. Karmic wounds are the deepest shadows that we battle internally, such as fear, control, obsession, pessimistic though patterns, self-doubt and other childhood traumas. Lions Gate is a time where the luck to overcome these barriers are on our side. Renewal is in the air; there is no force too powerful for us to overcome when we flow under the guiding light of the universe. The New Moon in Leo coinciding with the magnitude of Lion’s Gate energy is a reminder that we must make the assertive choice to change ourselves and to step into our power. Remember that you are divinely guided, but you must make the initiating move to close old chapters and embark on a period of rebirth which will deepen your connection to your highest, ascended self.
New Moon in Leo Horoscopes
— Aries Ascendant —
Once you latch onto the New Moon energy and allow yourself to welcome the golden rays of the Lion’s Gate Portal, you will find abundant pleasure heading your way. This is your moment to take centre stage and to distinguish yourself from others, and that will come through a dramatic change in your values. The renewal of this energy will target your romance and creation sector, making this the perfect opportunity to plan a family, birth a new, creative idea or simply welcome new lovers into your life. Just remember that a deep, spiritual renewal is a call to release rather than hold on tighter to all of the things that do not matter in higher planes of existence (attachment to beliefs, materialism, money, possessions). Expect dramatic changes in your life to be a manifestation of this lesson (leaving the ego behind on the pathway to ascension). An impulsive and total purge/upheaval is not necessary for change; detach from everything that feels ‘routine’ and allow the universe to lead the way.
— Taurus Ascendant —
The New Moon in Leo will bring a profound renewal and cleansing of the (literal and metaphorical) home space. All that’s been left unresolved will glow under the New Moon light; let this inspire you to make the necessary changes within your living space and family dynamics. Ensure that the harmony and love within your basic relationships are maintained as inevitable changes unfold. Renovate and redesign your living space to allow for a better flow of energy and light. Step into your power and take the lead in committing to new, healthier chapters. The Lions Gate Portal activation marks an opportunity for you to tend to the foundations of your life and happiness. A lot of (successful) ancestral healing work is what you’ll feel naturally called towards; take a moment sympathetically acknowledge the karmic wounds and hidden traumas carried by your family members.
— Gemini Ascendant—
Gemini, prepare to feel fully aligned with your highest and truest self under the alignment of the New Moon in Leo. The light of this Lunation will activate your mental sector, giving you the energetic boost and jolt of energy needed to fearlessly and unapologetically align with your truth. Where have you been overly impulsive to share your opinions? Are you being sensitive and empathetic enough in your delivery of truth? Forgive yourself for the times when you were you did not express yourself in desirable ways. Remember that your communication gifts come with reminders to be responsibly authentic, regardless of the changing nature of your ideas. A renewal of your ideas under the New Moon is a lesson to detach from fixing yourself to them; let your divine self speak through you, rather than attaching your self-worth to your brilliant mind.
— Cancer Ascendant —
This New Moon brings spectacular opportunities for dramatic financial upgrades. However, you must be prepared to release the old in order to welcome the new. Welcoming in abundance requires a sacrifice of ideas and habits that are not in alignment with the higher-vibrational self that you are stepping into. A re-evaluation on the true meaning of security and comfort is needed; you may be harbouring ideas on what it means to be successful that are blocking the energy of your Root Chakra. Release any materialistic patterns present in your life and adjust your perception towards other people’s success. Once these chapters are closed and you attune yourself to all the beautiful things that you have to offer the world, you’ll find new opportunities naturally unfolding for you. Luck is on your side, you just have to step out of your own way!
— Leo Ascendant —
You are granted the opportunity to re-emerge after the New Moon as a totally new and refined version of you! The Lion’s Gate Portal illuminates your identity sector, making this a powerful alignment for you to call in abundance, wealth and energy. The power of manifestation is at an all time high for you. Who would your younger self want you to be today? What do you need to do to fully embody that version of you? What tools would help you get back onto the right path? Uranus in Taurus squaring the New Moon acts a reminder to detach yourself from meaningless materialism that does not serve your spiritual self. Make changes for you rather than to be noticed by others. With ego and desire aside, what do you need right now to step into your highest frequency?
— Virgo Ascendant —
The New Moon and Lion’s Gate activation will bring an intense upheaval of shadow wounds and a final release from your toxic psychological patterns, Virgo. You must open yourself up to deep healing without judgement or fear. It’s time for you to acknowledge the tremendous light that stems from your being that you have been locking away. Stop limiting your value to the aspects of you that only others can see and acknowledge. What about the things you do that go unseen? What about who you are on the inside? A glittering soul who chose Earth to be of service to in the most divine way. A re-assessment of self-limitation is needed under this Lunation in order to develop a powerful understanding of yourself. Break the cycle of denying who you are, ridiculing the possibility of your dreams and being overly critical of yourself.
— Libra Ascendant —
Libra, get ready for a huge renewal to your friendship sector under the New Moon in Leo. This brilliant cosmic energy could see you leading your friends or community towards greatness. Or, you may find yourself attaining wide recognition for your diplomacy and optimism on social media. Remember that you are valued for your natural ability to please through fair decision making and your warm heart; it’s these abilities that will attract new soul ties and karmic connections. This New Moon could see you setting new goals and objectives that aren’t what you had previously considered for yourself. Allow the universe and your highest self to show you what is in alignment with your destiny. Sometimes what we believe we want is actually what society has told us we need (rather than what our soul craves).
— Scorpio Ascendant —
Your drive for recognition and success will bring new career opportunities under the New Moon in Leo. Remember that power and prestige is a gift granted from the universe to be used for the bettering of humanity. A renewal of perspective surrounding power is required before you can witness cosmic light transforming your career sector. You mustn’t fear letting go and releasing your hold on career stability, as this is when you will receive something far greater. What motivates you? How do you intend to be better and to do better than the figures of authority that you have witnessed? Once you affirm your commitment to using your innate talents to bring out the best in yourself and others, and express your gratitude for all that you already have, you’ll find yourself on the pathway to authentic success. Don’t aspire to be like others, aspire to be more loving.
— Sagittarius Ascendant —
You hold an undeniable wisdom that you’re called to re-discover under the magnitude of the Lions Gate transformational portal; however, it may not be possible in your current working environment. This New Moon will trigger uncomfortable changes to your routine and your relationships with colleagues. This could lead you down a path of confusion regarding your changing ideas. Notice when you are being overly assertive about your viewpoints; this could be the cause of resistance and disharmony in your life. The universe has sent a reality-shifting sign that it’s time for you to regenerate and do what you do best: follow the call to travel elsewhere and rediscover your earthly and spiritual beliefs in new spaces. Your energy has been stagnant for far too long! It’s time to re-connect with your passions and higher purpose.
— Capricorn Ascendant —
The Lion’s Gate portal significantly points to your 8th house, bringing glowing opportunities to reap financial rewards through the lucky assistance of others. It’s time to push your interests and creative ideas in a new direction. This redirection will pair you with new people who are serious and committed to being in your life (professionally, platonically and romantically)! Your financial manifestations have been heard; it’s time to take a step outside of your comfort zone and allow yourself to shine! The freedom of paying off debts, cutting ties with unreliable people, and getting the credit you deserve could be deeply transformative and uplifting. However, don’t let the spark of change lead you down a path of isolation. Trust that there are people out there who won’t let you down!
— Aquarius Ascendant —
The New Moon in Leo illuminates your relationship sector, bringing profound luck in making lasting commitments to those whom you share soul ties with. This doesn’t have to be a romantic partnership! Call in a supportive friend, or professional partner who accepts you as you are and is committed to their journey with you in this lifetime. Uranus’ powerful square to the New Moon will create sudden revelations that not all the people you keep close have your best interests in mind. Prepare for your familial dynamics or the energy of your home environment to shift under the weight of this understanding. Don’t get overly eager to sever ties! Let this be a reminder to operate through your heart rather than your pride, even when others have hurt you. Let go and trust that the universe will lead you to a more supportive unit— you are not doing it for them, you are doing it for you.
— Pisces Ascendant —
Redirect your focus and commit yourself to a new journey where you only say yes to things that are in true alignment with your heart and higher purpose— not matter how enticing the offers may be. This New Moon asks you to set the intention to create a better structure for yourself through work and new priorities. The climb towards success doesn’t have to be boring or draining! The 8/8 portal activates your sixth house, granting you the opportunity to make yourself a priority through the creation of healthy and lasting habits. Don’t be too mentally resistant to change; it requires your body, mind and spirit to be harmoniously optimistic and willing to do the work (e.g. don’t commit to eating clean and start making comparisons between you and the people who have been eating clean for months).