- Key Date: 8th August 2022 is considered the Peak of The Lions Gate Portal.
- Magick: Is a great time to manifest your goals dreams – if using the moon is the moon phase will be Waxing Gibbous in the sign of Sagittarius. (Also see spells below)
- Ends:12th August ends.
What is The Lions Gate Portal?
Put simply, The Lions Gate Portal is considered one of the strongest magickal periods of the annual astrological calendar. It celebrates the alignment of Earth, The Sun in Leo, Sirius (The dog star, the brightest star in the sky and not the Harry Potter Character but he does have the star as his namesake) and the constellation Orions belt. This alignment happens every year and at the same time, from 28th July to 12th August.
The activation happens on the 8th of August and is believed to be when the period is at its peak for manifesting and spell work. Yey!
*Featured top image credit: Hubble Peers into the Mouth of Leo A by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Why is The Lions Gate portal important to witches and spiritual practitioners?
We can use this energy to empower our manifesttaions and spell work. 8th August can often be refered to as the luckiest day of year, so it’s a perfect time to try your luck by going large with your manifestations. Dream house? Go for it. Perfect job change? Make it happen. Want love? Attract that energy to you.
The key to this period is keeping that energy up and truly believe that anything is posible and making sure you’re intent and desires are clearly expressed. Don’t chase, attract, honey!
- The Sun is the ruler of Leo, therefore when The Sun enters Leo every year to mark Leo season, this creates really positive and powerful energy which is hypercharged during the Lion’s Gate Portal period.
- Leo is a sign of ‘self’: ego, of understanding yourself on the inside and how you present outwardly, self-confidence, confidence and bravery. Basically, it’s a perfect time for manifesting the dreams and desires that are associated with you and your goals. Go big or go home is certainly an apt phrase for Leos and their approach to life and also this period energetically. Therefore, it’s a great period to manifest career or life goals.
- Locate where Leo is in your birth chart and what house it is in, this will guide you in where you should be focusing your attention when it comes to manifesting goals during this period.
- 8/8 is considered a very powerful number in numerology meaning: Abundance, luck and growth. The number 8 is considered lucky and powerful in cultures throughout the world.
- The infinity symbol ∞ equals 8 and is considered the symbol for manifestation. As above, so below.
How can I use it for my magick?
Some start from the 28th July and build up (like me!) but the peak period is considered to be the 8th of August (8/8) to use this energy in spell work is very simple, so for those just starting out below is a simply but effective way to manifest your desires.
Perfect for beginners:
The Everyday Extra Empowerment:
- Meditating in the Sun – and visualising what you desire in detail is fabulous way to use that strong the Sun in Leo energy.
- Journaling – every morning with prompts to help progress you towards your goal.
- Affirmations – choose 8 affirmations that present what you wish to achieve over the next year and say them to your self in the mirror. I recommend doing an affirmation in mirror every morning anyway.
Simple Manifestaion practice on the day:
- The Diary Method:
What you will need:
- Pen or pencil..hey, why not even use a quill, add some drama!
- Paper (or parchment…you see where I am going here!)
What is your dream life? No really, what is your dream life and if you were to live your dream life what would you be doing in a day of that desired existense, say, in a years time? Really visualise this and do not hold back. This is your absolute dream. Really think about it and visualise the reality of living it for a few minutes. This will help setup your vibration and help you performed the next step:
- Get your paper or note book and write the date as a year from now: 8th August 2023
- Under the date begin to write a diary entry as if you were living your dream life on that day in a years time. Be detailed, the more detail the better.
- Once completed, release the intention of what you have just written into the universe, speak out loud or silently to yourself that you are accepting it as done and thank the universe for sending that desire to you.
- Seal up the letter if not in a notebook and store somewhere safe and don’t open/read for a year.
- Open in a year and see how much as come true – honestly, I have done this a few times and have aways been surprised!
If you like this method you can regularly keep up entries in your books of spells, grimore or similar. I personally keep a separate manifestation journal which keep writing in to help me maintain focus on my goals and allow me to look back at my progress.
Ritual for those who want a side of ‘ceremony’:
Some of us love to use ingredients in our spell craft , or we just like a bit of drama, some of us it’s both…I certainly love to make things ceremoinial! The Lions Gate Portal is a perfect time to make to add extra ingredients to your usual manifestation methods such as candle, herb and craft magick. The below if simple but effective way to use fire (Leo’s element family) in your manifestion practices.
You will need:
- Bayleaf – you can get this fresh but store brought is fine, and the one we mainy use at Digital Coven (We should invest in stocks the amount we use it to be fair)
- A Candle (lighter or matches if you don’t have a candle to hand..all witches run out!)
- Fireproof bowl or Cauldron
How to Manifest on The Lion Gate Portal:
I personallylike to do these spells in the moon light and outside if posible. I have also lived in a flat and shared houses so rest assured, if you can do either of the things, your magick will be just as potent – this is all about your intent and belief of course…you’re the main ingredient for this spell!
- Get a Bay leaf and hold it close, envision the intention/dream/desire that you wish to attract
- You have to visualise this as if it has already happened making sure to really envision how you will feel when you receive this desire and all the things that you will do with it.
- Write your intention onto the Bay leaf and burn in the fireprool bowl (or cauldron) . You can use any colour pen but if you have Silver or Gold marker I would recommend using this to further highlight your goals.
- Release your intention into the universe and give thanks to universe for it abundance. Then, wait and trust the process (it works quicker than you think!)
- For those working with the moon specifically, the moon phase will be Waxing Gibbous in the sign of Sagittarius.
So Coven, hopefully we’ve got you all excited about the Lions Gate Portal? If so,will you be using the Lions Gate Portal to manifest your dreams and goals this year? Let us know below or on our social channels.
Happy practising, darlings…may your dreams come to pass ❤