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According to astrologer Richard Idemon - Phileo represents that "excited awakening to the existence of other people in the world." Phileo, Leoian love, is the fiery, joyous feeling that says: "I love who I am when I'm with you...., and I love who I think I may be when you're part of my life!"
Youthful, daring Phileo says: "To find the hero or heroine within you - you may just have to fall in love with the hero or heroine outside you."
Phileo brings forth that playful, youthful quality in lovers; and the child in me asks the child in you, "Can Johnny (Sarah or Sue) come out and play?"
From the Heart
In phileo, expressions of love and affection come naturally and unabated from a deep source within the heart. These expressions of love carry with them a sense of childlike trust in one another.
With phileo there's a sense of our separateness to the other person.... So romantic wooing and courtship are the fundamentals of phileo in order to bring out an end to this pained (yet delightfully, delicious) separateness.
Phileo can't wait until the next precious, golden opportunity to once more be in the presence of the beloved.... Passionate, warm-hearted love poems are the order of the day!
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Sense of Mortality
One of the few apparent exceptions to this may have been the god Eros (Cupid) - who accidentally pierced himself with one of his own arrows and was later wounded by his mortal female lover Psyche.
However, Phileo is not a love experienced by equals....
"And - beloved - you must never, never fall from this pedestal I've created for you. To do so would shatter my image of who you are (and would shatter my image of who I am)!"
So our love must continue to grow and evolve.... so the next stop on our Journey of Love through the Zodiac is in the sign associated with eros, Scorpio. Scorpio is the serpent in the Garden....
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