Courage- Leo, Mountain Lion, & Hawthorne

Leo- July 23- August 22
Animal- Lion/ Mountain Lion
Herb- Hawthorn Tree
Planet- Moon
Element- Fire
Number- 5

Astrology & Geometry: Leos are considered to be affectionate, courageous, and loyal. Leo is associated with the fifth house of the Western Zodiac, which presides over leisure, enjoyment, and creativity. The number five is represented by the five moons & 5 circles radiating from the lion’s heart.
Hawthorn is a sign in Celtic Tree Astrology for those born May 13- June 9.

Zoology: Cougars, also known as Mountain Lions and Pumas, are a large wild cat that lives throughout North & South America. They are in the same family as the Lions of Africa and India and Jaguars of South America. While Cougars are generally solitary animals, Lions form familial groups known as prides where they look after each other’s needs by participating in group hunting & raising of cubs.

Herbalism: The Hawthorn tree is a protective habitat for many birds, toads, and insects. The tree provides fruits and flowers for food, and its spiny thorns protect inhabitants from predators. Hawthorne is used in medicinal herbalism to promote cardiovascular health and decrease blood pressure.* On a metaphysical level, hawthorn is aligned with the emotional heart and is used to help mend broken hearts and express suppressed emotions.

Folklore: Lions are often used in cross-cultural symbolism to represent royalty, courage and strength. The Lion is known as the King of animals and the term “lionhearted” associates Lions with bravery. Cougars appear in the folklore of the Incan & Moche people of Central & South America and the Hocąk, Cheyenne, Apache and Ojibwe tribes of North America. There are many deities associated with lions including Egyptian Sekhmet & Bast, Greek Cybele, Babylonian Inanna & Ishtar, Indian Vishnu, and Nubian Apedemak.
*Herbalism information disclaimer- Never take medical advice from a painting.

2022, 8x10", Acrylic paint, collaged fabric, ink & embroidery floss.

Original painting has sold.