Leo and "surrounding"
Leo is another constellation that is a bit easier to recognize in our a bit "light" night skies than others - also because everyone knows how a lion looks like.... Regulus, the heart of the lion, is on the ecliptic and one of the 4 "royal stars" and given to Archangel Rafael. Of course, also he is talked about for ages in myths. In the far south the "Argo Navis" takes a big step with Carina and Vela. Just North of Leo there is Leo-minor and then the other half of Ursa Major and part of Draco further north of Ursa Major.
Leo is of fixed fire and "ruled" by the Sun and therefore wants to shine. Traditionally Leo is thought to be "royal" and loyal - he's generous, fair, self-confident with visionary wisdom. He's full of energy and passion, very creative and loves fun and pleasures.
Ceres perihelion at 8° Leo and that of Uranus at 26°. Mars aphelion at 11 degrees. Juno's Northnode 25° and Pallas' at 28°. (2020 heliocentric data)
The lion's head: is expressing through late Cancer. Algenubi, the eye of the lion and Rasalas, the crown of the lion. The lion calls out to explore the "renewed" life and gives freely of his free thinking abilities.
Regulus embodies the "essence" of Leo: In many ancient cultures Regulus was named (in their languages) as the "King or Prince", Law-Giver, King of the celestial spheres and of course "the lions heart". - his message: integrity - live true to your heart with noble confidence....
Draco: is a big/long, circumpolar (never setting, to be seen all year long) constellation with many stars but not very bright stars in visible magnitude. The Star Thuban, in longitude "in Leo" was the Pole star thousands of years ago - todays pole star is Polaris in the constellation of Ursa Minor. It's important as the precessional cross of earth is important in perspective of our All evolutionary cycle. For this reason Thuban talks about our ancestors - the wisdom and insight we can gain from our "family tales" as well as from history.
Interesting is - in January 2020 Nasa published a short paper and video about Thuban, as they have been able to observe an "anomaly" and did find out, that Thuban does experience eclipses.
Ursa Major - the great Bear: An old constellation - already mentioned in very ancient Egyptian Astronomy as well as all around the world in different asterisms but often referring to "north or nordic". It's as Draco a circumpolar constellation. It's known for it's primary seven stars forming the so called "little Dipper" (the Wagon). Two of its stars, named Dubhe and Merak (α Ursae Majoris and β Ursae Majoris), can be used as the navigational pointer towards the place of the current northern pole star, Polaris in Ursa Minor. - when you look at the sky, it's difficult to find, if you look for a bear as we know the animal, so I think it's easier if you turn it around, so that the tale becomes the head of a polar bear, as bears have no tales.... In Astrology the Constellation is about personal will and betrayal, not only of others but also of oneself. It's of "the seven rays"; or better said the universal laws and the willful application of them in the evolutionary path.
The galaxy UGCA 193, seen here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a galaxy in the constellation of Sextans (the Sextant). Looking rather like a waterfall, UGCA 193 appears to host many young stars, especially in the lower portion of this view, creating a striking blue haze and the sense that the stars are falling from “above.”
Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Tully; Acknowledgment: Gagandeep Anand
(was published in November 2020)
References: Nick Antony Fiorenza (lunar planer) and Ian Ridpath's Star Tales and Belmonte_Shaltout (the constellations of ancient Egypt) and NASA and the website constellation-guide.com