Leo Zodiac Sign
Leo Astrology Dates: July 23 to August 22
Zodiac Symbol: Lion
Ruling Planet: Sun
Ruling House: 5th
Power Color: Yellow, Orange
Flowers: Sunflower, Marigold
Key Traits: Enthusiastic, Self-assured, Generous
Desires: Success, Recognition, Esteem
Mantra: “I will…”
A Summary of the Leo Zodiac Sign
Leo is considered the warmest and most generous sign of the Zodiac. Like the Lion or Lioness, there is a quality of nobility and a natural air of leadership that surrounds all Leos. Leo’s are not likely to do anything that they do not intend to do and tend to be less impulsive than the other fire signs. Leos often find themselves “accidentally” or “unexpectedly” at center stage, or others “volunteer” them into it. This is what makes Leos such natural teachers, entertainers, and managers.
Leos are also the staunchest defenders of the underdog, as they feel a natural responsibility to those less fortunate. This is a clue into why Leo has often been called the most loyal of the signs, but actually, the loyalty that you demand from others is far greater than the loyalty they give. A Leo’s worst traits are false pride and arrogance as they often put a priority on things that make them feel good. When pressured, Leos have a hard time making compromises or being even-handed. The good news is that most are won over by Leo’s warm and self-confident nature.
Although Leos can be playfully competitive, it’s hard to force one into a conflict, or into in-between, “gray” areas.
More about the Sun in Leo: 8 Ways to Live Fiercely When the Sun Enters Leo
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The Leo Symbol: Lion
The Leo symbol is that of a Lion. It speaks to the bravery of those of the Leo Zodiac. The Lion is fearless, impossible to challenge, and their only weaknesses are being fearful and aggressive towards those they confront. This gives them a moment before tackling the world with dignity and respect.
The Lion also needs a safe place to find comfort and are warm-hearted at the core. Just like a Lion, Leo’s are fiercely protective of their loved ones, and will often adopt people around them as their cubs. They are brave and calm in their approach towards threats.
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Leo Element: Fire
The fire signs are always masculine, or positive. If you were born an Aries, a Leo, or a Sagittarius, then you were born a Fire sign. Of course, not all fire signs are going to behave the same. Even two Leos can be very different from each other, because of the way that the rest of their planets fall.
With that said, Leo is gregarious and usually enjoys the company of others. They light up a room and make a gathering come to life. Leos are also confident in their abilities to get things done, good at motivating others, goal-oriented, creative and inspiring. However, the fiery Leo is not without his or her flaws. Leos are prone to outbursts of temper, want to have their own way, are impulsive and pessimistic.
The other fire signs in the zodiac are…
Ruling Planet: Sun
Just as the Lion is a ruler, the Sun is the lord over the solar system. It is fitting that the Sun is the Leo’s ruling planet. Being ruled by the Sun, means the Leo loves to be the center of attention and the center of everyone’s world. The Leo zodiac has a huge self-image, a fiery nature, has drive and an abundant personality.
The Leo Quadruplicity
Even though all Fire signs are going to be similar, there’s a lot of differences between them. This is because of the quadruplicities, or the qualities of those signs. Just like there are 4 elements — Fire, Earth, Air, and Water — there are 3 quadruplicities. These are Cardinal, Mutable, and Fixed.
The Leo is of the Fixed quadruplicity. This means Leo is:
- Resistant to change
- You like to stay in the background
- Not particularly thrilled about new ideas
- Tenacious and/or stubborn
- You want others to agree with you
- Bring responsibility to teamwork and keep everyone under control
- You want things done your way
- Not a risk-taker
- Take responsibility very seriously
The Key Personality Traits of a Leo Sign
Being ruled by the Sun means that a Leo loves to be the center of attention and the center of everyone’s world. When a Leo don’t get that from your nearest and dearest, you can get a little pouty. But the pouty days are few and far between because you love to be where the action is and with the people that are creating it. As a result, a Leo works hard to pay for their luxurious tastes so that they can be generous with all of those you include in your circle, which is probably a large one. The Leo has many friends, and all of them are dear ones at that. As the Fixed Fire sign, yours is a sparkling personality that embodies the Lion, the King of the Jungle. It’s going to take a lot to get you down, and even more to keep you there!
Leos are typically wonderful entertainers; no expense or effort is spared in making sure others have a good time. Leos often attract the attention of others (wanted or otherwise). The reason some of this attention may be unwanted is that Leos are rarely available; they take early and well to solid and committed relationships. It’s important to have passion in your life, and when you don’t, well, it feels to you almost like having an operation without anesthesia.
Top Leo Traits
- Bighearted, passionate, romantic
- Very outgoing, extroverted, gregarious
- Love to give advice and counsel to others.
- Crave compliments, attention, and flattery
- Generous and forgive easily
- Work well under pressure
- High morals
You’re warm and forgiving and can have genuine sympathy for most of the world’s pain and problems. It’s easy for you to forgive after a rift between friends or lovers. You’re passionate about whatever you do, and you tend to need a partner in your life to get the emotional support and adoration that you need. You need to matter to someone; you need them to lean on you. Just remember to accept help as often as you give it.
Top Leo Challenges
Of course, the good does come with some challenges that balance your personality and give you things to work on during this lifetime. Specifically, Leos:
- Can be very lazy.
- Hate to be bored
- Prideful, arrogant, conceited
- Vulnerable and easily upset
- Opinionated and stubborn
- You need people to need you
- Extravagant and may be careless with money
Leo During Conflict
They need attention to feel important to you. Leos crave validation at all levels which they work hard to be in the spotlight. To overcome conflict let the Leo know they are understood and acknowledged.
Relationships & Sex: Understanding the Leo Lover
A Leo in love is a best friend for life that always sees the good in everything. Leos in love can be complicated because as a Fixed sign, you will stick anything out to the bitter end. You are fixed to success in love and life, and your relationships are a true example of that. You can be a tad on the jealous and obsessive side at times, but your intentions are always in the right place.
Read the Leo Love Horoscope to understand what attracts the Leo to a potential relationship.
You are a lover of life and of love, and your generosity with your partners knows no bounds. You have a slight obsession with flattery; if your ego isn’t being stroked you can get pouty. Be sure to give as good as you want to get, and your love life will always be full of sparks. If you love a Leo, flattery will always get you everywhere. To understand how Leos approach love and sex, read the Leo Sex Horoscope.
Read more about Leo and Love: Leo’s Relationship Style
- Love company and to be the center of attention
- Need to be appreciated
- Courteous, chivalrous, and generous
- Romantic, faithful, loving, and devoted
- Like to provide for their families
- Not afraid to express their emotions
- Will not be dominated
- Possessive and jealous
- Quick tempered
- Dramatic and over-indulgent
- Will not tolerate disrespect
- Natural leaders, easily attract attention
- Passionate and devoted
- Sensitive and compassionate
- Intelligent, witty, talented, captivating
- Good hostesses
- Need a bit of discipline (self, or otherwise)
- Need compliments
- Jealous and possessive
- May tempt jealousy from others
- Need flattery and compliments
The Leo Child
- Enthusiastic, natural leaders, confident
- Daring, love attention.
- Need to be given responsibility from an early age
- Sulk if they are not the center of attention
- Quick to anger
- Bossy and proud
- Can be careless and go through lazy periods
- Will try to shirk their responsibilities
- Need to feel appreciated
The key to any Leo’s success is to learn when to be the show- off and take control, and when to tone it down and be more open to the needs of others. Of course, there’s a time and a place for everything. With practice, you can learn to accentuate your positive traits, so that what is perceived to be undesirable can be used to your advantage
Leo Zodiac Compatibility
Fire and Air signs are the best matches for a Leo. Leo likes things their way and can get on with other Fixed Signs, and will have a lover for life if they find one. But the other party in this love compatibility match is going to need to be okay with making concessions for Leo all the time.
At the same time, Leo is kind of famous for getting on with everybody, so it’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t like a Leo with valid cause. That’s sometimes a problem for jealous partners too. Yes, we’re talking about you, Scorpio.
How to Get the Attention of Someone With A Leo Zodiac Sign
Those in a Leo’s life need to understand that a Leo likes to be the center of everyone’s attention. A Leo also loves adventure and it is looking for the next best place or thing to do. To get the attention of a Leo, be ready to have fun but also be willing to make compromises.
Career & Money: The Leo Sign at Work
You have that Fire sign streak of passion and creativity in your career goals, and you do better in jobs and professions where every day is different. Travel-related jobs, either in one location serving tourists or clients from all over the world or in different locations all the time, are favored by you.
When you serve others and meet their needs like the King or Queen of the Jungle that you are, you feel like you have met your own high standards and expectations. You end your days on a good note when you have played the starring role in making the world a better place, all on your own. Just remember, it takes a village to change the whole jungle. Use your leadership skills to bring a team together to accomplish bigger and bigger goals.
Explore the Daily Leo Career Horoscope to understand how to best plan your financial future.
Read more about Leo and Career: How to be Successful as a Leo
The birthstone for Leo is the Peridot. The Peridot has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities. This birthstone influences the positive and negative traits of the Leo sign.
Read more about Leo and Crystals: Crystals for Leo Season
Famous Leos: Influential People that Share the Leo Zodiac Sign
- Barack Obama
- Jennifer Lopez
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Ben Affleck
- Kylie Jenner
- Cara Delevinge
- Anna Kendrick
- Joe Jonas
- Kristen Wiig
- Sandra Bullock
- Daniel Radcliff
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