Is the Lion’s gate portal a spiritual scam?


I remember te first time reading about the Lion’s gate portal. It was in 2018 and it immediately got my attention. The name alone got me curious, especially during Leo season. More and more people started to post about this life changing portal that would make all my dreams come true. Of course I was intrigued, to say the least. Apparently the Lion’s gate portal would open up on August 8th, so I had to be quick and get all my manifestation tools to set intentions on this spiritual holiday.


As someone who has been a professional astrologer for years, of course I wanted to research this special portal. Why was it called a Lion’s gate and what did this have to do with astrology? I was especially interested to do this research because it seemed to me that most people who were posting about this portal, were spiritualists trying to get more clients on this particular event. My excitement turned into suspicion real quick and I felt the need to figure this out.


Someone came up with this idea so let’s dive deeper into who created this so called portal. The Lion’s Gate portal is a pseudo-astrological event created by Ray Mardyks in the 90’s. This person came up with the idea of calling the time between a Lunar Eclipse that happened on August 8, 1998 and a Solar Eclipse that occurred on August 21st, the “Lion’s Gate portal”. Ray interpreted this as a portal being opened in the sign of…Leo.


As you can see on the chart above, Sirius and the Sun are not close enough to form a conjunction.




From an astrological perspective the Lion’s Gate portal would be a great time to manifest because the Sun and the star Sirius would align in the sky, forming a conjunction together. According to Astrology King the fixed star Sirius represents the qualities of Jupiter and Mars combined. It brings honor, renown, wealth, ardor, faithfulness, devotion, passion and resentment. Personally, by looking at those qualities, I don’t find this conjunction to be the most exciting time to manifest. And honestly, I am sure that there are way better personal transits to try your luck with instead of during this ‘alignment’.


Another flaw from an astrological perspective is that this Sun and Sirius conjunction doesn’t happen on the 8th of August every year. For example, this year Sirius is more than 30 degrees away from the Sun on August 8th. That’s a sign away! When planets are 30 degrees away from each other, they do not create impact and they surely do not create a mystical portal together. When you read articles or social posts online about the Lion’s Gate portal they often assure you that there is an alignment of the Sun and Sirius (and sometimes other stars), but this is simply just false information.


So what if we push astrology to the side for now? What does this Lion’s Gate portal represent? According to some people on Twitter this portal represents a portal of clear consciousness. “Spiritualists” on social media claim the following: “the door to higher dimensions are now wide open. During the Lion’s Gate Portal, occurring from August 8th to August 12th, 2023, you may experience an influx of high-frequency energy codes that provide guidance, information, and support for your personal growth and manifestations”. So it is basically a time to manifest and listen to your intuition, but why?



The only thing I can get into is the number 8 in numerology, since this portal is opened on August (8) on the 8th. According to “Of all the numbers in Numerology, the number 8 is the achiever and measures life by the goals it reaches. It has good business sense, a powerful presence, and a strong drive for success. The 8 is also a symbol of balance — you can see it in its symmetrical shape. For every blessing it receives, it puts one back out to the universe. When things are balanced, they feel stable, controlled, and supported, which is the most productive environment for the 8 to work in. In Chinese culture, the number 8 is considered the luckiest number of all, and is purposefully worked into wedding dates, birth dates, addresses, and finances”. Okay that sounds super promising but it still doesn’t make sense to me, am I the only one who doesn’t understand this hype?


However, if you believe that this day is truly special, nobody is going to tell you not to manifest and set intentions. There are a lot of people on social media who will tell you anything so they can grow their sales. You see it happen a lot during full moons and new moons. I believe that if you are a light worker with pure intentions, you don’t need to scare or intrigue people with “super moons” and “manifestation portals”. There is a lot of beauty in astrology because it works and it’s real, but unfortunalty there are also a lot of scammers who will use these phrases and “mystical events” to manipulate you. Be aware and do your research. Happy manifesting!