Lion’s Gate Portal: What to Do When It Opens

Third eyes open when the bold Sun in Leo aligns to the star Sirius (known as the “spiritual sun”) to generate a high frequency energy that activates the Lion’s Gate portal.

Our resident numerologist Felicia Bender has more on this mind-expanding and soul-awakening transit. In numerology, 8 is the number of infinity and manifestation.

A layer of energetic opportunity peaks every year called the Lion’s Gate. This is when the Sun is in Leo and the star Sirius moves closer to Earth and aligns with Orion’s belt.

When is the Lion’s Gate portal open?

This portal opens every year between July 28 and August 12 but its official activation day is August 8.

Sirius rises during the middle of the summer. Its energy forces opportunities for dramatic new beginnings.

This is a time where new levels of consciousness are infused into the planet and also into each of us individually. So as this gate swings open, we are swept over the threshold—almost like one of those old movies where the bride is lifted up and carried over the doorstep as a symbol of the beginning of a new life.

What the Lion’s Gate means

The Lion’s Gate is the birth of a new and undeniably heightened level of dedication to our ascension process as individual human beings and also as a global entity.

This moment is ripe for an uncomfortable-but-necessary acceleration of our spiritual growth. It’s like Alice In Wonderland: Alice constantly changes sizes (which of course can be seen as a process of self-actualization). When she consumes liquid from the bottle that says “Drink Me,” she shrinks. One might say that we’ve been in our “Drink Me” stage of our collective consciousness. Now, the Lion’s Gate portal offers us the piece of cake that Alice eats and then grows exponentially.

The Lion’s Gate and Numerology

In numerology, the 8 is the number of infinity. It is the energy of empowerment. It supports efforts and intentions that manifest in the material world. Its power resides in its ability for manifestation on every level.

So when an 8 shows up, it is offering assistance to rapidly manifest whatever it’s directed toward—like a laser. The 8 amplifies anything it is focused on.

The energy of Leo in the Lion’s Gate

The presence of the Lion’s Gate energy aligns with the heart center and embodies the Leo traits of courage, strength and expression. This portal is sweeping all of humanity into our next phase, where the apex is centered on unconditional love.

Of course, any birthing process is painful and exhilarating in equal measure. This one marks a graduation from “now” and into “a new now.” We are pushed to let go of whatever isn’t serving our highest and best evolution. Whether that’s toxic relationships, outdated ways of thinking, or the habit to downgrade our true purpose, we are all coming face-to-face with a reinvention point. The time is now.

What to do when the Lion’s Gate is open

Understand that these transformative times are exciting. They offer incredible positive movement in soul growth and personal fulfillment. But they can feel turbulent and scary during the process.

Take care to:

• Allow yourself some downtime.
• Meditate and simply slow down your mind. This offers a calmer arena to experience changes.
• Drink more water to experience those benefits.
• Rest and unplug from devices when possible.
• Not engage in activities that you might find superficial or draining.

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You have a “golden” Lion’s Gate ticket to go inward

Also be aware that this powerful energy can make us anxious, moody, suddenly sad (and then blissfully happy). It can also make us feel fatigued on a physical, emotional, mental, and even soul-centered level.

This energy offers a container of transformation that is shifting the cosmic ether. It’s almost as if we are experience a severe and dramatic drop in barometric pressure. Our bodies will inevitably have to respond to this sudden change in atmosphere.

So if you feel exhausted, emotional, have sleep disruption, and are simply sensing that for some weird reason, life is not status quo, remember to take time to recalibrate and nurture yourself during this somewhat jarring transition.

With the Lion’s Gate flung open, take a moment to write down what you would:

• like to heal in your life?
• wish to purge from your life?
• want to continue to develop and nurture?
• say that you love and adore about yourself? (Try to think of at least five things.)

Then, consider how you can use your amazing uniqueness to usher in this new paradigm of love into the world.

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!

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Felicia Bender

Felicia Bender, Ph.D. is The Practical Numerologist and author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology To Create The Wildly Optimal You. You can get your numerological groove on at