The Lion's Gate Portal opening—what does it mean in astrology?

The Lion's Gate Portal opens tonight, August 8th, and is a hugely important astrological event that could change everything

The Lion's Gate Portal
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The Lion's Gate Portal opens tonight, August 8th, and is a hugely important astrological phenomenon. Here's how to harness the power of the portal and make the most of it.

What is the Lion's Gate Portal?

The Lion’s Gate Portal opens up once a year on August 8. The event is often referred to as 8/8 by spiritualists and astrologists, who associate the number with abundance. This is, among other things, because the number 8 on its side looks like infinity.

This event is extra special as it is also a new moon in Leo, and astrologers say it will be a very intense time. As it falls in Leo season, it's also a time of great strength too. If you keep an eye on your weekly horoscope, you'll be well aware that a new moon can provide a wonderful boost as we move through Leo season. According to, "A lovely lunation that encourages us to dream big and think of ourselves like royalty as go we after what we desire. An excellent day to start projects or just enjoy life."

According to those who believe in the power of the Lion's Gate Portal, it presents the chance to experience a positive force of energy and manifest your greatest desires. 

Every year the opening of this portal gives us a chance to evolve and become a more empowered, stronger, better version of ourselves. It's a chance to move nearer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live.

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What should you do to make the most of it?

As the Lion's Gate is fully opened, the high frequency of energy offered means it's the perfect time to manifest your deepest desires and dreams. It's a time to slow down, meditate and focus on your dreams.

One ritual, recommended by the Mind Body Green contributors AstroTwins is to write down what you'd like to heal in your life, continue to develop and nurture, what you'd like to purge and most importantly what you love and adore most about yourself. "Then, consider how you can use your amazing uniqueness to usher this new paradigm of love into the world," they say. "Bring out your inner Leo to play, and see how it feels to infuse some ferocity into your world. May we all roar our way through the gate!"

Aoife Hanna

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