The Lion King Astrology: Scene 1 THE CEREMONY
Updated: May 19, 2020
Welcome back Astro-readers!
It's finally happening, Astrology analysis of The Lion King: scene 1
After my last writing piece establishing the seasons of the Pride Lands on the Zodiac, we are now ready to start uncovering the symbolisms of this iconic & beloved story.
Without further ado, let's transport ourselves to the start of this magical tale.
Once upon a time,
in the faraway kingdom of the Pride Lands,
there once lived a lion cub, named Simba...
Opening Scene: THE CEREMONY
Arguably the most iconic scene of the entire movie, the first seconds of "The Ceremony," grasps at the viewers attention & demands full attention. Lebo M's striking opening vocals to The Circle of Life sets the tone for the entire movie, while a breathtaking view of the Kenyan sunrise begins to grow & take over the scene.
It is as if the sun itself is screaming; "Wake up! I am here! Look at me! " in an extremely extroverted fashion. The animal kingdom of the Pride Lands don't seem to mind the declaration & as they eagerly bask in the life-giver's glory. Hues of bright yellows, oranges & reds color the eastern horizon, bringing the expansive wilderness of the Savannas to life.
The spirit & visual aesthetics of these first few seconds of the movie practically scream ARIES across the screen.
In recent writing pieces, we uncovered that sunrise is the daily event associated with Cardinality, the Spring Equinox, and Aries Season. Strategically placed at the beginning of the movie, the sun's rising signifies the beginning of a new cycle, aligning with the symbolism of the first sign of the Zodiac.
As it turns out, the very first Astrological clue was right under our noses all along! In plain sight, during the first few seconds of the film, our famous lion cub's story begins to unfold, beginning with Aries symbolism.
The question now becomes: does this symbolism apply to the current season of the Pride Lands?
As the sun proceeds to climb higher & higher, it casts its light on various wilderness scenes of the African landscapes, revealing a full & abundant mother earth. Nature is not only awake, it is alive & thriving throughout the expansive terrains of the Pride Lands. Small wisps of clouds lazily drift with the flocks of birds, gliding across the warming sky. Meanwhile, the rest of the animal kingdom leisurely roams below. Over lush lands & flowing rivers, they migrate eastward, seeming to follow the spectacle of the sun's daily ascending.
In narratives of Western culture, these natural sings indicate an apex point in the yearly seasonal cycle; summer. However, The Lion King's tale does not take place in the northern hemisphere, and does not share the exact same seasonal characteristics that we are used to looking for in paganism & Astrology practices.
In Part 1 of this writing series [Seasons of the Savannas] we learned that, due to Kenya's unique location - exactly along the earth's equator - the country only experiences 2 distinguishable seasons: wet and dry. Half of the year, the Pride Lands would experience torrential rainstorms, with monstrous gray clouds constantly looming in the skies. While the other half of the year brings summer-like periods of dry & sunny days.
Based on the visual cues presented in the opening scene, we can fairly conclude that the Pride Llands is experiencing one of its dry seasons.
Naturally, the next question would be: which one? With clusters of clouds looming, scattered across the sky, it seems we may be experiencing a critical tipping point, transitioning from one season to another.
Are we witnessing the summer solstice / beginning of the Cancer dry-season?
Or the winter solstice / beginning of the Capricorn dry-season?
That answer is not yet clear, we will have to continue looking for clues.
As the montage of the African landscapes comes to a close, the wild animals seem to finally have reached their destination. Every member of the animal kingdom gathers around a large rock-formation - the throne of Pride Rock, home to the royal lions of the Pride Lands. "The Ceremony" has officially begun.
As Rafiki proceeds to anoint the lion cub with a concoction of red dirt & coconut oil, we note just how much of a teeny tiny "baby" Simba seems to be. The mirthful baboon then commences to present the baby lion cub to the rest of the animal kingdom, as they stomp their hooves & make various noises of celebration.
Personally, this scene has always made me wonder, is "The Presentation of Simba" his actual day of birth? Or rather a baptism-like ceremony, announcing the royal member next in line?
Again, though the movie never gives us verbal hints or details to answer these questions, we can do a little analytic investigating - using whatever visual & symbolic cues that the movie presents.
To reverse-engineer Simba's timeline, I decided to get a little creative & approach this puzzle from a different angle; my Aquarian intuition compelled me to consult the world wide web for facts about lion cubs & wilderness in Kenya.
According to tripsavvy.com, most of Africa's safari animals are born at the start of the Long Rains season, when food is still plentiful. We uncovered in Part 1 of this writing piece that Kenya's 4-5 month rainy season begins sometime between March & April; during the Pisces-to-Aries solar transition.
It seems as though animal life in the Pride Lands follows similar trends to the wilderness of the norhtern-hemisphere. With Spring & Aries season comes new life & new birth. If we suspect The Ceremony to take place during either the summer or winter solstice, it's unlikely that the event is celebrating Simba's actual day of birth.
Further confirming my theory, African Wildlife Detective states that lion cubs are actually blind when they are newborns. Cubs' eyes typically remain closed for the first 3-11 days of their young lives.
During The Ceremony, it is clear that Simba's eyes are open & engaged to his surroundings. First, as his gaze follows Rafiki's decorated staff, then as he looks down on the animal kingdom gathered below Pride Rock.The wildlife articles also inform that, out of preservation instincts, lioness mothers will usually keep their cubs hidden from other animals, and even the rest of the pride, for at least 1-2 months.
So, considering natural & wilderness trends of spring-born lion cubs, the sunrise symbolism of the opening scene, and other characteristics we will navigate throughout the rest of the movie - I believe it to be more than likely that Simba is a literal Aries Archetype....
This, combined with the weather cues presented in the scenery of The Ceremony has lead me to believe that the royal presentation of the lion cub takes place during the Summer Solstice/ Cancer season. With the Long Rains season ending, the noon-sun [the daily event equivalent to the summer-solstice] begins to poke through the overcast clouds, illuminating the young Aries prince in the first summer rays of the year.
...Screen fades to black, end of scene 1
And with that, we have finally concluded our Analysis of The Lion King Scene 1: THE CEREMONY.
Though this breakdown of the first 3 minutes of the movie may have seemed a bit long-winded/overkill, it has helped us discover some vital Astrological information about:
1. Simba's birth season
2. The beginning season of the story's timeline
Join me next time as I explore the rest of our lion cub's story: