The Lion

Leo Image

July 23 - August 22

The fifth sign of the zodiac is concerned with:
* pleasures, fun, playfulness, entertainment
* creativity, recognition, compliments
* romance, love affairs, sex, offspring
* children, childlike activities, childishness
* taking risks, gambling, sports, games
* performance, drama, limelight, applause
* hospitality, appreciation

Elemental Quality

Leo is the fixed fire sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to a fire burning in its appropriate place, such as a campfire, a blazing log fire, or a bonfire around which everyone can gather.

Fire changes substances, and Leos like transforming things with their energy. Being a fixed sign, Leos may be loyal, stubborn, and proud of their achievements.

Spiritual Goal

To learn the true meaning of love.

The Leonine Personality

These are the general personality traits found in people who are typical of Leo. An unhappy or frustrated Leo may display some of the not-so-attractive traits.

* Honesty and loyalty* Stubborness or willfulness
* A sunny disposition* Contempt or arrogance
* A sense of dignity* Sulkiness
* Pride in the home* Smugness or boasting
* Attractive liveliness* Indifference or an uncaring attitude
* Friendliness and kindness* A tendency to take undue credit
* Generosity and hospitality* A tendency to cut others down to size
* Acceptance of people at face value* A tendency to keep up appearances
* A mature sense of responsibility* Coldhearted when hurt
* Courageousness to the point of self-sacrifice

Secret Leo

Inside anyone who has strong Leo influences is a person who wants to be on top. Potential competitors should remember this. Leo is not interested in winning, but in being king or queen of a particular castle.

Privately, the typical Leo craves love more than anyone would ever guess. Love, adoration, appreciation, recognition: these are what keep Leo's generous, fun-loving nature burning brightly. While typical Leos may appear to be confident, especially when they take center stage in the limelight, they have secret doubts about their true worth and may seriously undervalue themselves.

Ruling Planet and Its Effect

The Sun rules the zodiac sign of Leo, so anyone whose birthchart has a strong Leo influence may expect things in life to orbit around them.

In astrology, the Sun is the life giver and the source of creativity. Like the Sun, Leos can be a source of life-enhancing warmth, joy, and pleasure to friends and family.

Leonine Lucky Connections
Colors: yellow and orange
Plants: sunflower and laurel
Perfume: olibanum
Gemstones: cat's eye and olivine
Metal: gold
Tarot Card: fortitude
Animal: lion

The Leonine Look

People who exhibit the physical characteristics distinctive of the sign of Leo look majestic. They may seem tall if (typically) they are proud of their appearance. They are either very particular about their looks or apparently somewhat careless. Either way their appearance catches the attention of others -- a usual Leo trait.

Physical Appearance

* Body: slim and graceful in movement

* Hair: long or short, bushy and curly or straight -- a feature of pride which they emphasize by stroking, running their fingers through their locks, or playing with a curl.

* Baldness: a Leo will either wear a well-made hairpiece or make the bald head a feature!

* Face: oval with large eyes

* Voice: strong

The Leo Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Leo, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Leo sun sign.

The typical Leo man:
* has a well-proportioned body
* is slim and athletic if he takes care of himself
* if disabled, will fight to regain prowess in some sports-related aspect.
* has sex appeal and may be a playboy when young
* walks tall with a noble bearing
* dresses to impress
Behavior and Personality Traits
* likes to show off
* is trusting
* appears to be in control of himself
* gives and expects loyalty
* likes everything he does to be exciting
* is generous with affection and money
* likes an elegant environment
* is popular
* needs to be adored
* uses charm to get what he wants

The Leo Female

If a woman behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Leo, she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, providing there are no influences in her personal birthchart that are stronger than that of her Leo sun sign.

The typical Leo woman:
* is slim and elegant
* if disabled, will use the disability to advantage, making it attractive
* has sex appeal
* appears to possess in inner sense of royalty
* is well dressed
* looks attractive even in adverse circumstances
* exudes dignity and class
Behavior and Personality Traits
* likes to show off in subtle ways
* is trusting and loyal
* is never docile or adoring in affairs of the heart but gives respect, warmth, and real emotional commitment
* likes everything she does to be exciting
* is generous with affection and hospitality
* likes an elegant environment
* is a social leader
* needs to be admired
* uses courtesy to get what she wants

Young Leo

If a child behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with Leo, he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Behavior and Personality Traits
The typical Leo child:
* is sunny and friendly
* has a bottomless well of energy
* is more often on the move than still
* loves games and physical play
* when tired often falls asleep for a while
* loves to be the center of attention
* is adventurous and sometimes reckless
* likes to be waited on
* dislikes menial tasks
* loves parties
* is generous with whatever is seen as his or hers

Bringing Up Young Leo

Most Leos enjoy the limelight at school and often take the lead. As they grow up, they will be attracted to the opposite sex and fall in and out of love. Their emotions will be turbulent and often dramatic.

To be able to grow and experiment, both sexes need freedom, which they will use well if they have become used to a discipline that is tempered with love.

Leo girls are naturally happiest when doing something physical.

Young Leo's Needs

Young Leo needs plenty of love and honest compliments. Lies, even flattering ones, are very harmful to the trusting Leo child. He or she also needs a good balance of affection and discipline: plenty of hugs and praise for their achievements.

What To Teach Young Leo

Young Leo should be taught from early on that too much boasting is undignified. This explanation will probably work because even in the messiest situations, Leo likes to keep his or her dignity.

The friendly Leo nature endears Leo children to everyone, including strangers. Leo children should be watched over very carefully until they are old enough to understand that not everyone is as warm-hearted as they are.

Young Leo needs to be trained to take a share in the jobs around the home. If not, doting parents may find a little tyrant on their hands. If the jobs are given special titles, little Leos will enjoy doing even menial tasks.

He or she needs to be taught the importance of regular study and given an understanding of the rights of others.

He or she should be taught to handle money, including the need to save it, as they are likely to use it generously.

Leo At Home

If a person has the personality that is typical of those born with a Leo sun sign, home is the most natural territory, and he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
When at home, a Leo man or woman:
* is head of the household
* creates an elegant, comfortable home
* offers superb hospitality
* expects others to respect his or her territory
* is able to fix most practical things
* enjoys entertaining
* shows courage and strength in emergencies
Leo as a Parent
* is conscientious about bringing up children
* wants to be proud of offspring
* may put too much pressure to succeed on children
* expects to be loved and appreciated by offspring
* is capable of giving great warmth
* knows how to play with children
* is generous with pocket money
* insists on honesty
* makes every effort to teach children many things

Two Leos in the Same Family

Leos can be happily married to each other once they realize they both have similar needs for love and adoration. Two Leos in the same family, whether parents or children, can get along well together if they each have a castle of their own on which they can stand and be admired. Each needs to be a leader in their own field.

If one feels that he or she is receiving less praise than the other, there could be some very dramatic quarrels. Otherwise, a home with Leos in it will be a happy, exciting, and relaxing place.

Leo At Work

At work, the person who has a typical Leo personality will exhibit the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
A typical Leo at work:
* gives a good first impression at interviews
* is able to act a part or exaggerate when necessary
* must be in charge of something
* can work very hard
* finds it difficult to apologize
Leo as Employer
A typical Leo boss (male or female):
* has huge self-confidence
* can get everyone working hard for him or her
* loses confidence if his or her authority is undermined
* is thoughtful toward workers and their families
* is generous with praise and compliments
* enjoys showing people how to do things
* tends to take the credit for everyone's success
* cannot tolerate failure
* can charm people into working devotedly
Leo as Employee
A typical Leo employee (male or female):
* needs to have his or her superiority recognized
* works hard
* is very loyal
* can keep customers happy
* makes a good showperson
* responds to genuine praise of his or her efforts
Working Environment
The workplace of a typical Leo man or woman:
* is convenient and comfortable
* has an air of luxury
* usually has pictures on the wall
* often has status symbols displayed
* is a place that inspires admiration

Typical Occupations

Leo is often associated with leadership, promotion and sales, any job which has a special title, acting, directing, teaching, politics, public relations, management, the law, or a self-employed skill or business. Leo often shows his or her inner strengths when under great pressure or when a crisis occurs.

Leo and Love

To Leo, love is a dramatic ideal. Male Leos seem to have no trouble attracting women, while female Leos attract many men with their natural beauty and liveliness. A typical Leo in love will have many of the characteristics listed below.

Behavior When In Love
The typical Leo:
* is romantic and proud of it
* becomes more regal and noble
* is very generous to the person who is loved
* is attentive and loyal to the loved one
* is radiant with happiness
* is caring, protective, and supportive
* will make great sacrifices for love
* will fight to the death for the loved one
The typical Leo expects:
* to be adored by the loved one
* to be the envy of others
* to be treated like royalty
* his or her love to be seen as very special
* total commitment from the loved one
* the partner to be dependent in some way

The End of An Affair

If Leo's passions cool, the partner is still needed, but more as a friend than a lover, which may cause problems and lead to parting or divorce if the partner does not like this arrangement. When a Leo wants to end an affair of the heart, pride may make it very difficult for the Leo to say straight out that things are finished. Consequently, some Leos deal with this problem by withdrawing from contact or even by behaving badly toward the partner. If the partner does not confront the Leo and continues to cling, he or she can become quite psychologically cruel, treating the discarded partner with disdain.

The partner who is unfaithful to Leo, or who walks out on a serious love affair, will leave behind a very wounded person. It will take Leo months to recover from such a deep hurt and may make him or her very wary of risking serious love again.

Leo and Sex

When a typical Leo makes love it is regarded as a many-splendid thing. In fact, Leos can often forget about their partners as they wander through their personal, playful world of lovemaking. Leos are unrestrained lovers and can make the partner feel very special.

Any idea of failure is alien to both male and female Leos. If sexual problems arise, a typical Leo is mortified and often will not seek the help that is needed. The sexual partner is also required to be a friend. In fact, the Leo wants love, sex, and friendship from his or her spouse or lover.

Leo and Partner

The person who contemplates becoming the marriage or business partner of a typical Leo must realize that Leo will believe that he or she is superior in some way or other. Given this, the person who partners a Leo can expect warmth, loyalty, support, generosity, and undying devotion. Only lazy, foolish Leos look for a partner who will worship them.

Leo Man As A Partner

He will want a partner who enhances his own image and who enjoys being in the spotlight as much as he does. The partner must be good-looking but should not outshine Leo himself. Leo man wants a marriage partner who will place him at the head of the table and believe in his dreams. She will be a woman of good manners who will never do anything to tarnish her own, and therefore his, reputation and she will be a devoted mother to their children.

Leo Woman As A Partner

The typical Leo woman looks for a partner who will install her as queen of the whole neighborhood. He must provide her with a house she can make into a welcoming place, where she can entertain with enthusiasm and generous hospitality.

With the right partner, a lady Leo will rise in social status due to her boundless strength and persistence. Consequently, her light will shine on her partner too.

Leo women will take the responsibility of motherhood in her stride and will expect her partner to be as devoted to the children as she is.

Opposite Sign

Aquarius, the water-carrier, is the complementary opposite sign to Leo. There may be tough relations between them, but Aquarius can show Leo how to share without needing appreciation, and give the center stage to others. In this way Leos can learn to stand alone and value themselves.

Leo and Friends

In general, Leos like their friends to be successful, but not so successful as to completely outshine and detract from Leo!

Positive Factors

Leos are friendly, warm, and often playful. They enjoy their friends and are proud of them; they are generous to their friends, but the friends are expected to show their gratitude, either in kind or by performance, puttings Leo's support to good use.

Negative Factors

A friend who in some way fails a Leo, perhaps by seeming to criticize or failing to appreciate something Leo sees as very important, may be dropped without explaination.

A friend, partner, or business associate who has personal aspirations may find it increasingly impossible to take second billing to a Leo, and so may end the relationship.

A compatibility chart, below, lists those with whom Leo is likely to have the most satisfactory relationships.


In general, if people are typical of their zodiac sign, relationships between Leo and other signs (including the complementary opposite sign, Aquarius) are as shown below.

Leo with Leo: Harmonious
Leo with Virgo: Harmonious
Leo with Libra: Harmonious
Leo with Scorpio: Difficult
Leo with Sagittarius: Harmonious
Leo with Capricorn: Turbulent
Leo with Aquarius: Difficult
Leo with Pisces: Turbulent
Leo with Aries: Harmonious
Leo with Taurus: Difficult
Leo with Gemini: Harmonious
Leo with Cancer: Harmonious

Leonine Leisure Interests

Most typical Leos like to follow an exercise routine. Done sensibly, this will strengthen any week points. As Leos always want to be outstanding in anything they do, they should beware of overdoing exercise -- it may make them vulnerable to stress reactions.

On the whole, typical Leos pursue the following leisure interests:

* any sport that offers skill with grace

* tennis, diving, running, dancing

* driving, rallying, cycling

* theater and dramatic activities

* family party games

* dining out

Leonine Likes and Dislikes

* activity
* anything that promises pleasure
* being creative, e.g. gourmet cooking
* receiving birthday cards
* beautifully wrapped, personalized gifts
* silks, satins, gold
* receiving thanks
* an appreciative audience
* sincere compliments
* children and pets
* unusual food and new recipes
* exotic drinks
* luxury furnishings
* top-quality, fashionable clothes
* physical hurt
* sedentary activities
* being ignored
* being backstage
* lies and deceit
* being laughed at
* being told something they don't know
* one-upmanship

Leonine Health

Typical Leos are happy, healthy, energetic people as long as they are loved. Only when seriously deprived of affection or appreciation will a Leo tend to look haggard and be heard complaining about life.

Types of Sickness

High fevers, sudden illnesses, and accidents are typical of Leonine ill health. Whatever physical misfortune strikes, the person who behaves in a way typical of Leo will enjoy only a brief period of being spoiled in the sickbed before he or she is up again and on the go. To be incapacitated for long is a sign of weekness to a Leo. This desire to get up too soon after an illness may mean that a health problem recurs.

Leo at Rest

Extending the metaphor of Leo as the fixed fire sign, it follows that the fire in the grate will sometimes burn brightly and be a center of warmth and delight to everyone who gathers around it. However, fires do go out and have to be relit. So it is with typical Leonine energy. The Leo will sometimes need to rest, relax, and have catnaps. This should not be mistaken for incipient sickness or laziness. Once revitalized, the typical Leo will be on the go again for hours.

Famous Leos

George Bernard Shaw (Playwright), Mick Jagger (Singer), Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (President J.F. Kennedy's Wife), Lucille Ball (Actress), Alfred Hitchcock (Movie Director), Fidel Castro (Cuban President), Napoleon Bonaparte (French Ruler), Mae West (Actress), Robert Redford (Actor), Madonna (Singer)

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