Saturday, April 6, 2013

Carpe Diem #164, Leo (The Lion) (Zodiac 5)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Thank you all for the wonderful anniversary wishes the day before yesterday, today another stop in our journey along the Zodiac. Today also is a wonderful day, my father has his birthday and becomes today 84 yrs. He is the best dad I could have wished for. A strong man with a lot of wisdom, but also a casualty of the destructive illness cancer, my dad has cancer of the prostate and is treated with hormones which are given 2 times in a year. I am grateful that he is still here and that he can experience how I have grown in my haiku writing and in my work as an oncology-nurse. It makes me happy and humble.

Back to our Zodiac sign for today. Today Leo (The Lion) is the sign on which I hope to share a nice post with you all, my dear friends, and maybe a few nice new haiku. We will see.

Leo (The Lion) July 23th - August 22th

In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac (Greek: ζῳδιακός, zōidiakos) is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Historically, these twelve divisions are called signs. Essentially, the zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude, and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.

The Fire sign in these people is enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic. Representatives of signs are happy, lucky people. Fixed people are stable. They don't like much change. Status quo suits them fine. They will stick to things and get them done.
People born in this period always aim to get above the common herd of humanity, and they themselves in turn are naturally attracted to strong personalities – in fact, they will forgive any fault in the people they like so long as they have individuality and purpose. They are usually generous, kind, and openhearted, they find it hard to believe ill of others. If injured, they strike back quickly, but they also forgive easily and never hold a grudge. The bright side of Leo is very bright indeed, "sunny side up" they are very much attuned to the life giving properties of our Sun itself. The typical Leo is flamboyant and generous with tremendous charm and a magnanimous spirit.
The Sun is the single most important planet, because it represents a LEO's ego and individuality. It shows their ambitions and deepest character traits, where they have the ability to shine.
Such people represent what might be termed the heart force of humanity. They are overflowing with sympathy, and are generally generous to a fault.
Such people have the power to inspire others, and as leaders like Napoleon, born in this Sign. They have an ability to lead their men through fire or death.
People who were born in this period usually have an extremely independent spirit; they detest control or being dictated to. They have great tenacity of purpose and will power and if once they put their mind on some plan, purpose or position, they usually reach their goal in spite of every difficulty or obstacle.
Though full of ambition and enthusiasm, Leo has to admit to a lazy streak and, given the opportunity, will take the easy way out, especially when a situation offers little fun or glory. This is something lazy, luxurious Leo needs to wat

Our eldest son is a Leo and my father-in-law also is a Leo, so we have a few 'leaders' in our family. As I look at the qualities of the Lion than I think our eldest son has the most of it. He has his own business and therefore is a leader as The Lion is.

king of animals
ruler of the Sun leader of nature -
here him roar

here him roar
defending his kingdom
king of animals

Not a strong set, but I had to write haiku for this episode of Carpe Diem's Zodiac days. Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here on Carpe Diem.
This prompt will stay on 'til April 8th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). And that will be Virgo (The Maiden).


  1. Love your haiku today, and glad you can celebrate your dad.

  2. April sure is a big month for you - anniversary, birthday, dad's birthday,,,,and spring has sprung, the flowers are coming out everywhere,,,,I am smiling for you, and wishing you well...

  3. Love your haiku Kristjaan. They tell me I'm a Leo too, but I'm not so roar ;)

  4. Difficult prompt(s) lately.

    Your haiku came out just fine.

  5. Well done haiku and post and your are so blessed to have your Dad doing well ~ Happy Day ^_^

  6. You are blessed to still have your father and I hope the celebration was memorable and wish for him a full and complete recovery. You are also blessed with a few leos in your family. My son-in-law is an example of the fine leadership and generosity they can embody.

  7. Lovely prompt, I really enjoy the Zodiac prompts, though I was out for a while. now i'm back, catching up, enjoying your articles and haiku.