Attraction- Leo, Peacock & Passionflower

Leo- July 23- August 22
Animal- Peacock
Herb- Passionflower
Planet- Venus
Element- Fire
Number- 5

Astrology & Geometry: Leos are considered to be affectionate and dramatic. Leo is the fifth house of the Western Zodiac, which presides over leisure, enjoyment, and creativity. The number five is represented by the five overlapping pentagons in the center of the image. Peacocks are used in Vedic and Burmese astrology.

Zoology: Peafowl are native to India and Central Africa. They have been traded internationally as food, pets, and status symbols as far back as 300 B.C.E. Domestic peafowl have escaped captivity and established wild populations in areas where they are not native, such as California and Florida. Peacocks use their long, brightly colored tails in courtship displays to attract mates. Their bright plumage may indicate a male’s desirable genes, or may indicate their ability to survive and evade predators despite carrying a brightly colored & unwieldy tail.

Folklore: Peacocks appear frequently in Hindu religious symbolism, representing the deities Krishna, Shiva, Kartikeya, Kaumari and Santoshi. The Greek goddess Hera’s chariot is pulled by peacocks, and they are used in Judeo Christian symbolism to represent immortality, joy, creativity, and the all-seeing eye of God. Peacocks also can indicate pride and vanity.

Herbalism & Magic: Passionflower has a wide variety of species and the leaves & flowers come in many colors and shapes. Humans have cultivated them for their Passion fruits and ornamental flowers. It has been used in herbal medicine as a sedative and anti-inflammatory by Cherokee Native Americans.*

*Herbalism information disclaimer- Never take medical advice from a painting.

2021, 8x10", Acrylic paint, collaged fabric, ink, embroidery floss & nails.

Original painting has sold.