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LEO is by far the noblest of the signs and brings out the best qualities of Venus. Venus in Leo is not so passionate as in Aries, but she is loyal and warm-hearted. She becomes capable even of that highest virtue of self-sacrifice without which all is in vain. She becomes that Charity of which the apostle Paul waxed eloquent. This however, depends as usual upon aspects; and attack of Saturn (for example) may undo all the good and transform it into evil; yet this is not so easily accomplished as when she is in a more passive and sensitive sign. However fallen, she always retains some memory of her ancient dignity.

Thus we find many of the greatest-hearted people born with this position. Alexander of Greece is a fine instance, and so is Cicero, if we remember him as the author of “De Senectute” and “De Amicitia.” In more recent times we have Colonel Olcott, one of the kindest-hearted men that ever lived, Tolstoi, George Sand, and Maurice {273} Maeterlinck. One will note the flavor of humanitarianism in its best sense in all these.

It is to be observed, with some care, that three of the most popular British statesmen of the generation just passed—Balfour, Chamberlain, and Asquith, all have this position. They were of very different types, yet all acquired popularity in a way that hardly any others have done. Their positive qualities are in each case ill-fitted to inspire affection; it is something deeper in their natures which has attracted the love of their fellow countrymen.

In the middle ages, who stands more for the ripe, kindly spirit of generous love than Cornelius Agrippa? It is not openly apparent in his writing, but it gilds the whole. 

The same remark, with necessary modification, applies to Bernard Shaw. Venus in Leo is not self-assertive and blatant; it lurks hidden, its abiding glow warming the hands of life, but never scorching them.

There is no better position for Venus to attract warm feeling on the part of others; even where respect is not given to the native, he yet acquires sympathy and kindly consideration because he is such a good fellow. Barney Barnato was decidedly the most popular of the South African Millionaires, because it was recognized that, for all his roughness and his questionable methods of business, he had a real human heart. The geniality of former President Taft was very characteristic. His bitterest political opponents never said a word against him personally. Another very good example is Irvin Cobb; Venus in Leo is very well characterized by his kindly, humanitarian humor and also by his personal characteristics. In a wider way, a more serious way, we see the same quality in Jane Addams; and the graciousness and good feeling of Dr. Felix Adler are almost equally well known.

To return to the by-paths of history, we may cite the great-hearted and magnanimous Garibaldi, as illustrative of this position, while its nobility and good-feeling were also very clearly manifest in the character of Cardinal Richelieu. Curiously enough, his successor, Mazzarin, has the same position, but in Mazzarin, these qualities were by no means strongly marked. A glance at his nativity explains why Mercury is in conjunction with Venus, masking her warmth by his rational and calculating acumen, and she is {274} seriously afflicted by a square of Uranus on the one side, and of Saturn on the other. The position of Saturn, which dominates the horoscope from the Mid-heaven, emphasizes the selfishness of the native, and Uranus, being in bad aspect to Venus, hinders the emancipation and breadth which a friendly aspect might have restored to her. These aspects might not have been sufficient to destroy her influence, had not Saturn been so extremely powerful in the horoscope. Not only is he in the Mid-heaven, but Lord of the Ascendant. Saturn is, therefore, the key of the complex, and is sufficiently powerful to out-weigh the influence of Leo upon Venus.

Nature presents itself to people with Venus in Leo as primarily an emotional phenomenon. There is not the materialism which we found in Taurus or the intellectualism given by her presence in Gemini. The native may acquiesce in the dictum of Schopenhauer, that the world is a reflection of will and that both the material and mental aspects of it are subsidiary.

The following are the names of well known persons who have Venus in the sign Leo: 

John Wanamaker

Gen. John Pershing

George H. Lorimer

Booth Tarkington

William Howard Taft

Dr. Felix Adler

James B. Gilder

Hamlin Garland

Harrison Grey Fiske

Charles Dana Gibson

Mary Baker Eddy

Gen. George W. Goethals

Archbishop John Ireland

James J. Hill

Chauncey Olcott

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Mrs. C. Pankhurst

Maurice Maeterlinck {275}

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael’s Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Venus is in the sign Leo are as follows:

From July 23rd through August 16th 1840

September 4th " September 29th 1841

June 24th " July 18th 1842

August 8th " August 31st 1843

June 8th " July 24th 1844

September 5th " October 8th 1844

July 8th " August 1st 1845

August 22nd " September 15th 1846

June 11th " July 7th 1847

July 23rd " August 15th 1848

September 4th " September 29th 1849

June 23rd " July 17th 1850

August 8th " August 31st 1851

June 9th " July 18th 1852

September 6th " October 8th 1852

July 7th " July 31st 1853

August 22nd " September 15th 1854

June 10th " July 7th 1855

July 22nd " August 15th 1856

September 3rd " September 18th 1857

June 23rd " July 17th 1858

August 7th " August 30th 1859

June 11th " July 12th 1860

September 6th " October 8th 1860

July 7th " July 30th 1861

August 21st " September 14th 1862

June 10th " July 7th 1863

July 22nd " August 14th 1864

September 3rd " September 28th 1865

June 22nd " July 16th 1866

August 7th " August 30th 1867

June 13th " July 6th 1868

September 7th " October 8th 1868

July 6th " July 30th 1869 {276}

From August 21st through September 13th 1870

June 10th " July 6th 1871

July 21st " August 13th 1872

September 3rd " September 27th 1873

June 22nd " July 16th 1874

August 6th " August 29th 1875

June 18th " June 27th 1876

September 7th " October 7th 1876

July 6th " July 29th 1877

August 20th " September 13th 1878

June 9th " July 6th 1879

July 21st " August 13th 1880

September 2nd " September 27th 1881

June 21st " July 15th 1882

August 5th " August 29th 1883

September 8th " October 7th 1884

July 5th " July 29th 1885

August 20th " September 12th 1886

June 9th " July 6th 1887

July 20th " August 12th 1888

September 2nd " September 26th 1889

June 21st " July 15th 1890

August 5th " August 28th 1891

September 8th " October 7th 1892

July 5th " July 28th 1893

August 19th " September 12th 1894

June 8th " July 6th 1895

July 20th " August 12th 1896

September 1st " September 26th 1897

June 20th " July 14th 1898

August 4th " August 28th 1899

September 9th " October 8th 1900

July 5th " July 29th 1901

August 20th " September 12th 1902

June 9th " July 7th 1903

July 20th " August 12th 1904

September 2nd " September 26th 1905

June 21st " July 15th 1906 {277}

From August 5th through August 28th 1907

September 9th " October 7th 1908

July 5th " July 28th 1909

August 19th " September 12th 1910

June 9th " July 7th 1911

July 19th " August 12th 1912

September 1st " September 26th 1913

June 20th " July 15th 1914

August 4th " August 28th 1915

September 9th " October 7th 1916

July 4th " July 28th 1917

August 19th " September 11th 1918

June 8th " July 7th 1919

July 19th " August 11th 1920

September 1st " September 25th 1921

June 20th " July 14th 1922

August 4th " August 27th 1923

September 9th " October 7th 1924

July 4th " July 27th 1925

August 18th " September 11th 1926

June 8th " July 7th 1927

July 18th " August 11th 1928

August 31st " September 25th 1929