Leo Zodiac Sign
Time Period: July 23 – August 22
Ruling Planet: Sun
Ruling House: 5th
Key Traits: Enthusiastic, Self-assured, Generous
Phrase: “I will”
Power Color: Yellow, Orange
Flower: Sunflower, Marigold
Eminent Personalities: Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Alfred Hitchcock, Ben Afflect
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, through which you easily engender the trust of others. You are not likely to do anything that you do not intend to do, and tend to be less impulsive than the other fire signs. As a Leo, you don’t have to take charge in most situations; more often than not you find yourself “accidentally” or “unexpectedly” at center stage, or others “volunteer” you into it.
Leos are also natural teachers. This is why Leos are heard saying things like, “have you learned your lesson?” or, “I’ll teach him a thing or two.” Many go on to play roles as teachers, politicians, or psychiatrists. Expect others to chide you from time to time about giving free advice. The Leo talent, although sometimes wasted on the unappreciative, really does give you the ability to smooth out the jagged edges of others’ lives. At the same time, this gift you have to give becomes a burden when your efforts to help are ignored or turned down. Your abilities are above average and you know it, and it can hurt when you are denied their expression.
You’ll almost never waste your time on fruitless pursuits, and are a terrific organizer. Management comes easily to you, in that you have a way of commanding others without making them feel imposed upon. It is easy and natural to lavish compliments on others, but woe be upon those to whom you are forced to voice your displeasure. Being the kind of person who means what you say is difficult sometimes, because your word will be challenged from time to time and you hate having to prove yourself. You will always leave a strong impression on others, either good or bad.
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 because 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.
One of the staunchest defenders of the underdog, you feel a natural responsibility to those less fortunate than you. This sometimes causes you to bite off more than you can chew, but you usually manage to swallow everything anyway. You live a “first class” sort of lifestyle, and even in difficult circumstances, you’ll look and act your best to convince others that things are or will be just fine. Leo is the most prideful sign of the Zodiac; you do not like to be dependent on anyone, especially as far as money is concerned.
The 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 you give. Your worst traits are false pride and arrogance. When pressured, you have a hard time making compromises or being even-handed. The good news is that most are won over by your warm and self-confident nature. Although you can be playfully competitive, it’s hard to force you into a conflict, or into in-between, “gray” areas.
Being ruled by the Sun means that you love to be the center of attention, and the center of everyone’s world. When you don’t get that from your nearest and dearest, you can get a little pouty. But your 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, you work hard to pay for your luxurious tastes so that you can be generous with all of those you include in your circle, which is probably a large one. You have 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!
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.
Love & Relationships
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. 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.
Want to find out how compatible Leo’s are with other zodiac signs when it comes to love and relationships?
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. Remember, the Sun sign is only one part of astrology! There’s so much more to discover.
See if you recognize yourself in these points.
- Gregarious and usually enjoy the company of others
- Can light up a room and make a gathering come to life
- Confident in your abilities to get things done
- Good at motivating others
- Goal oriented
- Prone to outbursts of temper
- You like things to revolve around you
- Want to have your own way
- Creative and inspiring
- Proactive, self-sufficient, able to take the initiative
Even though all fire signs are going to be similar, there’s a lot of differences between them. This is because of the triplicities, or the qualities of those signs. Just like there are 4 elements — Fire, Earth, Air, and Water — there are 3 triplicities. These are Cardinal, Mutable, and Fixed.
Here are the qualities of the Fixed quadruplicity. This quality is cautious. Just as it sounds, the Fixed quadruplicity is the ‘but we’ve always done it this way’ energy of the zodiac. Perhaps this sounds more like you:
- 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
Fire Element: Leo
Just like the lion that represents you, you tend to think you’re the king of your own jungle! Your heart is big and loving, and it would break if you thought that you were not well liked by those in your domain. It’s easy for you to oscillate between being outgoing and dynamic to being complacent, and maybe even lazy. You like to go to the popular places. You like to be in with the crowd, as long as you stand out from them. You enjoy being the center of attention, and hate to be bored.
Even if you are a more introverted Leo, it’s hard for you to hide your personality for long. You’re a good counselor, but you may have trouble taking your own advice. Watch that you don’t come across as arrogant even if you feel that you might be better than others (hint: you aren’t). Your ego can take a bruising if it gets back to you that someone doesn’t appreciate you.
You’re not the sort of person who’s going to be ignored for long, you’ll always find a way to get that attention from others that you crave. For you, admiration is your soul food. You’re not going to waste your time on things that are unimportant to you, but be careful that you’re not being superficial and using other people’s skills as only for connections to get where you want to go.
People will always know where they stand with you, for even if you hold back your opinions, your actions will give you away. You aren’t particularly subtle; when you’re annoyed with someone, they’re likely to get the cold shoulder. On the flip side, when you appreciate someone, you can sing praises to the point of making others feel uncomfortable. Remember, not everyone needs attention like you do! It may be hard for you to understand why people behave the way that they do around you, and sometimes it is because they fear your judgment.
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.
Here’s a list of some of your more predominant qualities.
- Bighearted, passionate, romantic
- Very outgoing, extroverted, gregarious
- Love to give advice and counsel others.
- Crave compliments, attention, and flattery
- Generous and forgive easily
- Work well under pressure
- High morals
Of course, the good does come with some challenges that balance your personality and give you things to work on during this lifetime.
- 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
The Leo Man
- 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
The Leo Woman
- 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.