By Danielle Valente

An onslaught of retrogrades made us uneasy, but the Lions Gate Portal 2023 has arrived for a much-needed dose of optimism. While Mercury gears up to mess with our communication skills and Venus enjoys wreaking confusion on our romantic lives, the Lions Gate Portal can be considered an astrological/numerological breather—an end-of-summer spiritual event that’s meant to put us closer to our dreams. “It can bring about a deeper connection with your higher self,” says Nebula’s astrologer, Hillary Coke. “Many people believe it holds great potential for personal growth, spiritual awakening, and transformation.”So, what does this event entail, exactly? How do we make the most of it? Allow the pros to fill you in.

As Salgueiro notes, “Your thoughts and your energy can create your reality. If you are constantly being negative and down then you will attract and manifest negative energy. Practice meditation, breath work or any activity that makes you align with yourself.”

Hillary Coke

Western astrologer

Hillary Coke is Western Astrologer and Tarot expert at Nebula Platform. She has over five years of experience in astrological readings, helping people figure out love and career matters and find their inner peace.


Ready for that positive, feel-good energy? We are, too. Let’s head on into the Lions Gate Portal, shall we?


Technically speaking, astrologers and numerologists coin the Lions Gate Portal (or the Lions Gate Activation) according to where the cosmos stack up during this time.

“The Lion’s Gate Portal is when Sirius, Earth, and the Orion constellation are all in alignment with each other,” says astrologer Dalila Salgueiro. “Currently, the Sun is in Leo, which is represented by a Lion, hence where the name Lions Gate originates from.”

In terms of astrology, Coke says it is an energetic event that focuses on spiritual awakening and self-awareness and can create a deeper connection with your higher self and spiritual guides. Now more than ever, it’s important to keep a positive, glass-half-full mindset.

“It’s considered a potent time for manifesting desires and setting intentions,” Coke adds. “It is believed that the heightened energy during this period can amplify the power of your thoughts.”


Dalila Salgueiro

Evolutionary Astrologer

Dalila Salgueiro is an Astro-manifesting coach and the founder of @themanifestingapp, as well Retrograde PR, which is based in London and New York.


Although the Lions Gate Portal typically takes place from late July to early August— Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, August 12, specifically—it’s believed to be at its most powerful on August 8, which is a Tuesday this year. “The Lions Gate Portal is associated with the date of August 8 each year. However, its energetic influence is not limited to only that day,” Coke insists. “The portal’s effects are believed to be the strongest and most potent on the 8th, but its energy can be felt for several days leading up to and after that date.”


“The number 8 has great spiritual significance,” Salgueiro notes. “It shares its shape with the symbol of infinity and is a number that is filled with positive energy and abundance. It represents wealth, luck, and success—a sign that our future goals are within reach.”

Likewise, Solaris the Hii Priestess believes August 8 “symbolizes success, achievement, and spiritual expansion.” What’s more, she insists, “The alignment with Sirius, known as the “Spiritual Sun,” is believed to bring forth new insights, activations, and upgrades to our consciousness. It signifies a period of personal transformation, healing, and the opportunity for significant spiritual growth.”

Coke believes the number is a direct reflection of what we need to do during this time: manifest.

“When the number 8 is turned side-ways, it makes the infinity symbol. It represents abundance, which relates what you are manifesting,” she notes.


Solaris the Hii Priestess


Solaris the Hii Priestess is an Austin-based tarot reader, astrologer and newly published author—y.o.u. Your own universe, a children’s astrology book— is known for her contemporary method of divination using tarot. She has been featured at various festivals, such as: Mala Luna, SXSW, ACL and more.


While Coke notes the importance of self-care, meditation, journaling, and spending time in nature to connect with the energy, above all else, we should be manifesting during this time. “Remember, manifestation is a co-creative process that requires both intention and action,” Solaris says. “Use the energy of the Lions Gate Portal to amplify your manifestations and stay open to the signs and synchronicities that may guide you towards your desired outcomes.”How should we tackle that, exactly? Solaris shares her tips! (Grab a notebook): 

  • Set clear and specific intentions for what you want to manifest
  • Visualize your desired outcomes with clarity and focus
  • Use affirmations and positive self-talk to reinforce your intentions
  • Practice gratitude for what you already have and what you are manifesting
  • Take action towards your goals, aligned with your intentions
  • Trust in the divine timing and surrender any attachments to the outcome


Want to make moves in your career? Finally ready to start that side gig? Whatever the case might be, remember to keep your goal specific and truly think about how it will take shape.

“The best way to manifest is to clarify your intentions and visualize what you want. Try to have a clearly defined goal,” Coke said. “The more specific you are, the better. Write things down and read what you have put down on paper. Close your eyes and visualize already achieving your goal. Feel all the emotions associated with that success.”


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