What exactly is The Lion’s Gate portal, you ask? In a nutshell, it is the alignment of planets and stars. Every year on August 8th the sun is in Leo, and Orion’s belt, the star Sirius, and the Earth all fall into alignment. This creates powerful energy, ripe for us to use while manifesting.

By now most people know what it means when they are told they can manifest their dreams into reality. For those of you who are still a little unsure of what manifesting is: in basic terms, it means “what you think about, you bring about! Throughout the year, we have many opportune times to harness the best energy to assist in expediting our dreams into reality! Those times are presented every month during each New and Full moon.

In addition to that, we typically have 3 Mercury Retrogrades a year, which are also opportune times to connect to optimal manifestation energy. But only once a year, do we have “The Lion’s Gate Portal”! Each year on August 8th, we have an incredible opportunity to manifest our hearts’ desires. This is all thanks to the opening of the Lion’s Gate portal.

With the lion (Leo) coming from the sun, it is thought that this planetary alignment creates a potent portal for manifestations to take place.

As an astrologer and holistic psychiatrist  Kayse Budd, MD notes, “During the Lion’s Gate portal, Sirius separates sufficiently from the sun to come into view. Since Sirius is the brightest star in our night sky, some ancient (and even current) mystics believed it infuses the earth with extra energy and light.”

She adds that ancient Egyptians worshipped Sirius as the goddess Sopdet, celebrating Sirius’ return in the morning sky as the start of the farming season and the beginning of a new year. “Healers and teachers in certain new age communities believe the energy coming from Sirius contains special elevating or activating energy that can help the Earth and her people evolve,” she says.

Taking the significance of the number eight into account, Budd shares that in astrology, it stands out most in terms of the houses and signs of the zodiac.

“The eighth house and eighth sign of the zodiac belong to Scorpio, so astrologically, eight has connections to power, transformation, energy, passion, and sexuality—all Scorpio themes,” she explains.

Eight also corresponds to the Strength card in the traditional tarot deck; this card features a woman calmly interacting with a lion, with an infinity symbol above her head. “Thus, the number eight also has esoteric symbolic connections to strength and to the lion,” Budd says.

Budd adds that eight is connected with achievement, goals, and the intersection of the spiritual and physical dimensions, signified by the interlocking circles of “8,” or the infinity symbol. “Those born under life path number are thought to be here to master the integration of spirit into matter,” she says, adding that similar to its tarot meaning, eight represents strength in numerology.

How to make the most of this energy!

Here’s what Budd and Kaerhart recommend doing the next time the Lion’s Gate portal opens:

 1. Lean into your inner Leo

The Lion’s Gate portal occurs during Leo season, and specifically, around the peak of Leo season, amplifying the themes of this zodiac sign. As such, Budd recommends tapping into your inner Leo—whether you were born under this sign or not!

“The sign of Leo contains and represents love, generosity, leadership, and creativity. When the sun is Leo, the entire world benefits from an infusion of these energies,” she explains, adding, “I think the best way to make the most of the Lion’s Gate is to do Leo things and aim to intensify the natural energy of the moment as much as possible.”

2. Focus on love

In addition to stoking your inner Leo, Budd says this is an excellent time to focus on love. “Love is a key part of Leo, and of the potential of the Lion’s Gate, as I see it,” she notes. Considered to be an energetic “portal,” the Lion’s Gate can connect you to the portal in your own heart, she explains.

“Do things that bring joy during and just before the Lion’s Gate to open and expand your heart,” Budd recommends.

3. Prepare for massive shifts

According to Kaerhart, the Lion’s Gate portal is also a good time to “examine how you’re currently exerting your power and consider the type of power you’d like to yield in the future.” This makes it an opportunity to start manifesting what you want to call in. Just don’t act rashly or focus on short-term gains, she adds, as eight represents the number of infinity. “Instead, use your energy wisely and trust that rapid growth is in store, preparing for blast-off,” she says.

4. Tap into your spiritual side

This portal is a potent spiritual time, and tapping into your own spiritual world will amplify this energy. Budd says now’s a chance to do your favorite spiritual activities—especially in a group, which can magnify positive energy and intentions.

“Getting together for ceremonies, meditations, chanting, yoga, dance, art, time in nature, etc., can amplify the energy of the Lion’s Gate,” Budd explains.

5. Practice gratitude

And last but certainly not least, Budd also recommends practicing plenty of gratitude around this time, as well as sending your love into the universe. “You can do this in meditation, in prayer, in dance, with a ritual, with a journal—however it occurs to you,” she says.

When you send your love to the Universe, she adds, it will most likely come back to your doubled, tripled, or more. “I look at the Lion’s Gate (and Leo Season, in general) as a time to build up my stores of love, joy, and gratitude. It is a time and a season for discovering what the self can really do,” Budd says.

In conclusion, this is one of the best times of the year to put your best foot forward in life to bring all your desires to fruition. But remember that manifesting works both in positive and negative ways. It is what your think about that you bring about. If you are miserable on Aug 8 and only think of all the negative in your life, guess what you will be manifesting more of! So, no matter what you do stay focused on only the wonderful desires you have. Make it a day full of joy and endearment, love and gratitude!

You can start planning now.   Remember to stay shiny!