Leo's birth dates back to antiquity, although subsequent to those of Aries, Taurus and Sagittarius. Leo, corresponds to León de Nemea, son Typhoon and Echidna, invulnerable beast ravaging the fields devouring people and livestock. The first task of Hercules was kill. The Lion had as a cave dwelling with two inputs; Hercules plugged one and entered the other to surprise the beast. He embraced the lion turning until drown, and then with his own claws skinned it and took to himself his skin and his head as a helmet. Zeus transformed the lion into constellation to honor his son.
In Mesopotamia, symbolized fire and the culmination of the solar heating in the northern hemisphere. In Egypt, represented the Sun and the Monarchy. Los Israeli assimilated it with Judah, that lies down as a lion, reason given in the standard of the eponymous kingdom. The Judeo-Christian tradition relates it to the evangelist San Marcos.(W)
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