The Strength & Power of Lion's Gate 8/8
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If you're interested in astrology, you've likely heard of the Lion's Gate on 8/8. It is considered a potent time for manifestation, stepping into one's power, and exhibiting one's strength.

But what does it mean?

Perhaps the most significant astrological event that occurs at the time is the so-called "heliacal rising" of the brightest star in our night sky, Sirius. Sirius is called the "dog star" as it is part of the Canis Major constellation, and considered the companion to the hunter Orion. In fact, the three stars in Orion's belt point directly to Sirius.

Sirius spends approximately 70 days each year moving through the daytime sky, so it is not visible at night. Every August, however, the star "rises" in the Eastern sky for the first time. Before dams were build in the 1970s, this star would appear each year around the same time as the Nile flooded, and it was so significant to the ancient Egyptians that they actually started the calendar year with its rising.

When viewing Sirius in the night sky, it appears to sparkle and shimmer and burn so brightly that the ancient Greeks named it "Seirios" which means "scorching." This, plus the fact that Sirius is considered the dog star, may explain where the term "dog days of summer" originated.