Some Uncomfortable Truth about the "Lion’s Gate Portal"

Some Uncomfortable Truth about the "Lion’s Gate Portal"

 roaring lion in space

It’s 8/8! Happy Lion’s Gate Portal! Except…. It’s not a thing. At least, not in the way you’re being told. Unfortunately, New Age and spiritual information is often simply a copy/paste situation with no individual thought or research applied.

As an alternative spirituality lifer, meaning I was born into this path "awake," I have the unique perspective of observing decades of the New Age movement. I have watched fantastical claims and beliefs come and go and disappear as if they never happened. That was before the internet and social media though...

We live in a time now where everyone is an astrologer, healer, reader, shaman, etc, and part of that is as it should be because humanity is evolving...and part of that stems from the fact that we live in a social media culture where information can spread at lightening speed, regardless of its accuracy or truth. It's easy to look like you know what you're talking about if you have enough Instagram followers.

The Lion's Gate phenomenon is a wild one. When I first learned about it, I was surprised I'd never heard of it before because studying ancient texts is something I love to do, and as I said, I'm an old-school spiritual weirdo and an astrologer with 30 years of study and practice.

I still thought it was super cool even though none of it made any sense astrologically or astronomically. I figured "they" really knew some things I didn't know. I didn't trust myself. I totally celebrated it with gusto.

But the nagging that it didn't make sense never left my mind so I decided to take the Lion's Gate to task. There are so many ungrounded, straight up lies about this thing that I can't let it be. I have to put this out there.

The first clue is the dizzying variety of explanations of what actually happens on 8/8 the Lion’s Gate Portal. Sadly, these are thought to be reputable information sources for the most part. Any Google search will reveal this instantly.

 So let’s try a few:

 “Sirius aligns with the Sun on 8/8.”

No. Sirius is a fixed star and is located at Cancer 14°. This alignment with the Sun and Sirius happened on July 5. Today on 8/8/2020, the Sun is at Leo 16°. It does not occur on the same day every year.

 “Orion’s Belt aligns perfectly with the Pyramids of Giza on 8/8 the Lion’s Gate Portal.”

No. Those photos you see are Photoshopped and have actually been used for various misleading astrological alignments for years. You’ve seen Orion’s Belt, right? It doesn’t get all up in our faces like that. It also rises vertically over the pyramids, not horizontally like it would need to in order to be on top of the pyramids.

sirius and orion's belt


“The Earth lines up with Sirius.”

Honestly I don’t even know what to say about this one. This makes my head hurt because it makes literally zero sense and is completely false.

 “This gateway is marked by an alignment between the Earth and the star Sirius. As the star Sirius rises in the sky, Orion’s Belt directly aligns with the Pyramid of Giza.”

No. When Sirius rises, Orion’s Belt is above it and is vertical as described above.

 “The Earth aligns with Sirius and the Great Central Sun.”

By “Great Central Sun” I assume the Galactic Center is what is being referred to, except the Galactic Center is located at Sagittarius 27° give or take a degree or 2. So that can’t be right. Maybe they mean the Super Galactic Center, except that is located at Libra 1° give or take, so that can’t be it either. Again, totally inaccurate.

 “8/8 the Lion’s Gateway was a sacred time for the ancient Egyptians.”

I think we all understand that the calendar system in ancient Egypt was not the Gregorian calendar we use today. There are no ancient texts that mention 8/8 or the Lion's Gate. What WAS sacred for then was the heliacal rising of Sirius.

Hopefully by now you can see this is all problematic. I’m so sorry to be showing up as your Lion’s Gate wet blanket. There is a beautiful truth underneath all this ungrounded confusion though!

The heliacal rising of Sirius is actually the thing.

In ancient Egypt, the return of Sirius to the dawn sky was a time of rebirth, fertility, and celebration. After 70 days traveling the underworld, Sirius appeared in the dawn sky and marked the expected flooding of the Nile which deposited silt on the farmlands and assured another season of abundant crops. It was an astronomical event that marked a change of season.

In 3000 BC this happened in mid-July from our Gregorian calendar perspective. This year (2020) it happened on August 3rd in Cairo. In the southeastern US it will happen around August 13th. It varies according to latitude.

Hear me when I say, the helical rising of Sirius occurs on a different day according to your latitude. For folks in the opposite hemisphere as you, it will occur MONTHS later/earlier.

What I like to focus on at this time is the period between the Sun's conjunction with Sirius in July and the heliacal rising of Sirius at my location, and of course being up early on that day to greet her in the early dawn sky.

The specialness of 8/8 is simply in the numbers, and some people call every date like 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5 of the month a "portal." We also live in a time where adding the words "portal" or "activation" to a thing gives it more clout in the spiritual masses eyes.

Imagine the horror of scrolling Instagram and finding my own personal research about fixed star Nihal now labeled as the "Blue Ray Portal." It's really a huge problem, the plagiaristic, copy/paste prevalence in the spiritual community these days.

One last thing.

One of the most insidious aspects of this "portal" in my mind is the idea that you need the stars to do something specific in order for you to have access to spiritual power. One of the measuring sticks I use to discern information is whether it honors my inherent power and sovereignty or not. I believe human beings have the natural ability to open organic portals, yet this information has been suppressed and our natures suppressed by control systems and an insidious patriarchal and parasitic culture.

Don't get me wrong, we can absolutely use alignments in the sky to enhance our spiritual works, but we don't NEED them. We are more powerful than we could ever imagine. Know that.

Now let me offer some spiritual hygiene advice. I highly discourage “reaching out” to star beings or non-physical beings in a casual way during this period of time and all periods of time. You are always safe within your own oversoul. This contains all of your Spirit Council and everything that is for your highest and best, most benevolent path is contained within. Your spiritual juice is precious. Guard it wisely. Using your energy for good in the world is always appropriate and needed on 8/8 and every day.

In closing, this information is not meant to shame anyone for celebrating and having ceremony on 8/8. I did it too! I did it even knowing the astrology and astronomy didn't make sense. This is shared in the spirit of discernment, and to honor those who perhaps felt intuitively that something wasn't right as they read all the different information about this day. If you enjoy the Lion's Gate Portal 8/8, that's totally fine, do you!


  • I ended up here of course wandering around Internet looking things up about the Galactic center. I love you. So glad you exist. 🤍

    Brigit Culligan
  • WOW – I love this! Thank you so much, Ananda! I have never resonated with the ‘Lions’ Gate’ labeling/propaganda, even though, I also used that ‘label’ to describe the ‘portal’ (or just numeric alignment vibrational significance of the date) – haha, I won’t do THAT ever again!

    Every year, for 8/8 (August 8th) – over the last eight years – I have felt ‘called’ to go to Mount Shasta, California (on the same longitudinal line as where I was born; a 5’55" drive directly north…hehe…funny to me, as I am ALL about numbers!!! I simply drive up, hang around for a couple days – making, in particular, a drive up to the mountain visitors’ point, a visit to my favorite crystal shop, and to the same quiet place located on a rambling creek – and then I return home. Sometimes, I will also feel ‘called’ to go up there on other dates, such as 4/4 and 11/11. For me…it’s all about the numerical vibration. 💗💗💗

    Shauna Marie

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