In Leo, we see cosmic mind working out in the individual as the lower
reasoning mind, and this lower aspect has likewise to be sacrificed and the
little mind of man must be subordinated to the universal mind.
- Alice A. Bailey, The Labours of Hercules, p.104
The 12 Labors of Hercules are multifaceted tests or trials that give insight into the energies of each zodiacal constellation.
Our understanding of the 12 tasks assigned to “half man, half god” Hercules may impart wisdom to us as examples, especially meaningful ones when viewed through the lens of each of the zodiacal signs.
Every year as the sun revolves around the ecliptic, the myth associated with each of the 12 constellations has corresponding, universal implications.
Hercules's labor in Leo was to curtail the menacing Nemean lion. To do this he had to go beyond physical weaponry and instead use his own wits and cunning. First he trapped the Lion, then with his bare hands he slayed the Lion.
That Hercules was able to do this demonstrates Intuition and Will, and affirms that Hercules “knows himself” in order to be successful in his mission.
Therefore, the aspirant, the lion of Judah, has to slay the lion of his personality. Having emerged out of the mass, and developed individuality, he then has to slay that which he has created; he has to render helpless that which has been the great protecting up to the present time. Selfishness, the self-protecting instinct, has to give place to unselfishness, which is literally the subordination of the self to the whole.
Therefore, the Nemean lion symbolizes the powerful personality running wild and menacing the peace of the countryside.
- Alice A. Bailey, The Labours of Hercules, p. 108
As we review the Leo Labor in its sequence among the other 11 zodiacal constellations and their respective tasks, a cyclic rhythm within the greater Purpose of Deity is revealed. Hercules effectively re-takes this task with every rounding of the zodiac.
Study of each Hercules Labor along with meditation on its significance every month over the yearly round can assist in our own ability to accomplish even a dangerous "Herculean" task on behalf of numbers of other people.
As we consider this Leo labor in the context of world affairs, parallels between the individual personality and the personality aspect of humanity as a whole allow us to apply the lesson of this labor to participation in the world group in its entirety.
It is from this vantage point of present time that we may bring an enlightened perspective to our own expression within the One Life.
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