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Leo Sign

The Definitive Guide To The Leo Zodiac Sign

Welcome to the Leo Sign. 

The fifth zodiac sign.  The second fire sign. This slow and steady attitude is iconic for fire energy.

We will take a look at Leo as the sign, and the energy of Leo affecting all of the planets that pass through it.

If you have planets in Leo or you will also be able to take a look at Leo through the houses.

Let’s take a deeper look.

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Zodiac Leo Sign In Astrology

Leo Sign – The Fifth Sign of the Zodiac

The Sun rules the Leo sign, the centre of the universe and the fuel for our being.

In much the same way, Leos consider themselves indispensable, and the heart of the world and those who would tell them otherwise had a better look out!

This astrological sign is impossible to miss since they love being centre stage. Making an impression is Job One for Leos, and when you consider their magnetism, you see the job is quite easy. Leos are an ambitious lot, and their strength of purpose allows them to accomplish a great deal.

The fact that these folks are also creative makes their endeavours fun for them and everyone else. It’s quite common to see a Leo on stage or in Hollywood since these folks never shy away from the limelight.

They are also supremely talented and have a flair for the dramatic. Warmth and enthusiasm seem to seep from every Leo pore, making these folks a pleasure to be around. They do love pleasure!

Having a Leo star sign on your team is a good thing since Lions are eager to see their projects through to completion. The element associated with Leo is Fire. Everything about Lion’s personality is hot, hot, hot.

Those born under this sign are fearless and vigorous, which may be why Lions plunge in headfirst and let the chips fall where they may.

Playtime, Leos are at their best. Leos love fun and games both outdoors and in (and with a group), so expect to find them playing softball, hockey or a set of cards.

The great strengths of the Leo-born are their creativity, idealism and leadership. Being the king of the jungle, they make natural leaders, and these Lions don’t lack for ambition, either, so they’re likely to accomplish a lot, and have fun while they’re at it.

Leo Sign Summary

  • Sign: Leo
  • Dates: July 23 – August 22
  • Symbol: The Lion
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Sun
  • House Ruler: 5th House
  • Modality: Fixed
  • Polarity: Masculine / Yang
  • High/Light Traits: Creative, playful, a source of joy
  • Low/Shadow Traits: Narcissist, egotistical, lacks empathy
  • Keyword: I Will
  • Glyph: 
A set of Leo Signs and Symbols

Leo is often shown as a Lion or the head of a lion with its long mane.

Leo Dates

Leo is from 23rd July to 22nd August every year. People often ask

What Month Is Leo?

Where are you can see from above, it is a bit of both. 

It is 8 days of July and 22 days of July.

Leo Symbol: The Lion

The majestic lion, the King of the Beasts, is Leo’s symbol. Throughout history, the lion has symbolized sovereignty, rulership, and courage. “The lion’s size and strength have captured human imagination since ancient times”.

Leos, like lions, are thought to be strong leaders. They generally have a regal quality to them and possess a noble manner that is hard to miss.

The glyph for Leo represents the head and mane of the lion.

Leo Constellation

Here we have an image of the Leo constellation seen in the sky.

Obviously, the lines are drawn in so you can see the constellation.

Leo Personality

1 The Fire Sign

The fifth sign was fire and we start the cycle again. Leo’s are all about romance, fun, creativity and excitement and generosity. They have a lot to give and like to do so.

Leo is the second of the fire signs, preceded by Aries and followed by Sagittarius.

2 The Fixed Sign

Leo is a dependable and loyal sign. It sticks around. They are especially when it comes to artistry and ideas. They have great staying power and their dominant and radiant sign.

Leo is the second of the fixed signs, preceded by Taurus and followed by Scorpio and Aquarius.

3 The Ruling Planet

Leo is ruled by the Sun. So expression, fun, creativity, drama are all on the menu for Leo. Being the biggest thing in the Sky, they shine their light for all to see.  They love attention and admiration and to be ‘seen’.

Personality Traits

High Leo Personality Traits

Every star sign can represent their energy in the lightest, balanced or highest form. Some of Leo high traits include the following traits:

Confident, trustworthy, loyal, generous, kind, supportive, leading, courageous, devoted, entertaining, humorous, inspiring, enlivening, dramatic, ardent, creative, poetic, adoring, open-hearted, radiant, cultured, progressive, protective, artistic, affectionate, sincere, warm, honest, sharing, caring, steady, tolerant, affirming, enthusiastic, athletic, energetic, perseverant, strong, powerful, determined, resilient.

Low Leo Personality Traits

Every star sign can represent their energy in the darkest, excessive or lowest form. Some of Leo’s low traits include the following traits:

Dominating, authoritarian, envious, selfish, egoistic, controlling, proud, vain, exhibitionistic, show-off, licentious, stubborn, enraged, tantrums, wrathful, furious, blasting, accusatory, loud, pompous, condescending, snobbish, possessive, blind, jealous, partial, fussy, denying, naive, gullible, credulous, loose, extravagant, flamboyant, braggart, hedonistic, lustful, unfaithful, competitive, disillusioned, overindulgent.

Likes

  • Speculative ventures
  • Lavish Living
  • Pageantry and Grandeur
  • Children
  • Drama

Dislikes

  • Doing things safely
  • Ordinary, Day to day living
  • Small minded people
  • Penny pinching
  • Mean-spiritedness

Leo Compatibility

When you are looking at Leo compatibility with another sign, there are many things to consider.

“They say” that traditionally, Leo signs are compatible with the other fire signs, Aries and Sagittarius.

Purely because fundamentally, their needs are very similar and energetically, their core personalities are the same.

Also, compatibility with their opposite sign, Aquarius. Relationships with opposite signs tend to be very powerful.

Compatibility

However, to look at compatibility with another sign, you would have to get a synastry compatibility report.

It’s possible to have a loving and meaningful relationship with signs considered “incompatible”. In the case of Leo, these two signs would be Taurus and Scorpio. Yet, I know couples with these signs that work and others that do not.

Planets In Leo

Planets in the Leo Sign – An Overview

So now that we have discussed the Leo element. Let’s take a little look at how the style of Leo influences the planet in a bit more detail.

Sun in Leo Sign

The Sun (to integrate) in Leo (impressive and creative)

Leo sun natives choose to do things that give them a wide scope for creativity, organising, and a sense of leadership.

Although appearing strong on the outside, many Leos are inwardly sensitive, and their feelings are easily hurt. When this happens, they can turn on the object of their affection, especially if their pride is hurt.

Leo natives have a flair for the dramatic, and they enjoy telling stories, having a good time, being the centre of attention and running the show.

Mean and cruel acts are not defaults for Leos, but they do not hesitate to use force when needed. No matter what their actions, they always have the belief that whatever they do is for the other person’s benefit.

If a Leo is angered, he immediately goes into his kingly role, “mounting his throne” and quickly putting the opposition or challenger in their proper place.

Leos are cheerful, affectionate, optimistic people who can be counted on to bring sunshine into other people’s lives. They are generous with their energy and resources. This generosity makes money appears to slip through their fingers like it was just sand.

Leos usually have a lot of vitality and general good health, with strong recuperative powers. When they are ill, they tend to run high fevers.

They are rarely depressed, but when they are, it has a real impact on them to their core.

Fortunately, they’re a resilient sign, so they are soon back to their sunny selves unless their heart has been broken. Being ruled by the heart, that is the one thing a Leo has difficulty in overcoming.

Leos need to admire their marriage partner. If they don’t, the marriage may not last very long. In the end, Leos need to feel appreciated.

Moon In Leo Sign

The Moon (to react to) in Leo (impressive and creative)

If you have the Moon in Leo, you are warm, generous, and loving in your affections, and you bring out great devotion and loyalty in your loved ones.

You want to be worshipped and adored as the king or queen you feel you are. You want and need a partner you can be proud of, and your pride is essential to you.

You cannot love someone you don’t respect and aren’t proud of. It is important to you that you feel recognised and appreciated.

Your feelings get hurt when you feel ignored. You dislike emotional games and dishonesty.

You are popular, generous, dignified, loyal and ambitious and have a persevering, penetrating mind with leadership and creative ability.

You dramatise the events in your life and your feelings.

On the negative side, you may be ego-oriented, vain or ostentatious with a tendency to wear your heart on your sleeve.

Mercury in Leo Sign

Mercury (to communicate) in Leo (impressive and creative)

IIf you have Mercury in Leo, you have strong, fixed opinions and love to express your thoughts energetically and dramatically.

You wholeheartedly identify with your beliefs. You can be a warm, convincing, entertaining speaker and a capable storyteller.

Exaggeration plays a crucial role in all your stories, tales and general expressions. You put on a good show, regardless of who the audience is.

You have a distinctive way of expressing yourself. Natural teaching ability is present, especially to young children.

You have many creative ideas which you pride yourself on and want to have a voice in decision-making. This combination leads others to think of you like a bit of a know-it-all.

Watch out for false pride, intolerance, stubbornness, requiring a need of appreciation for everything you say or do, and becoming overly impressed with your abilities.

You could be a good politician, spokesperson, group leader, director, or coach. You need to be admired for your mind.

Venus in Leo Sign

Venus (to harmonise) in Leo (impressive and creative).

If you have Venus in Leo, in affairs of the heart, you are warm-hearted, spontaneous, ardent, affectionate, loyal and generous. You hate pettiness and stinginess in your partner.

You seek the Hero, the Prince or Princess, someone you can idolise and adore. Someone in which you have a lot of pride or someone who can sweep you off your feet.

You crave love, attention and appreciation from others and like to be at the centre of things.

You are susceptible to flattery and love being made to feel special.

You enjoy drama in your love life, and romantic gestures or extravagant expressions of generosity impress you.

You dramatise your emotions. You are honest, frank, attractive, kind, compassionate, and fun-loving with a charming personality.

You find it easy to be in love with love. You may expect too much of people and thus become easily hurt.

You must watch a tendency to be preoccupied with your physical appearance when you should be developing your inner potential.

Vanity and becoming a show-off is possible. You need to be admired for your inner and outer beauty.

Mars in Leo Sign

If you have Mars in Leo, you are proud and probably have a big ego. You want to excel, to stand out and be recognised for who and what you are.

With this placement, it is difficult for you to take orders or to stay in the background. You want to be noticed and will do things that bring attention and allow you to be seen.

You don’t like to be wrong and may insist that you are always right.

You play hard, to win, and you do not give up easily.

Through your eyes, life can be seen as a competitive sport, game or performance. You love applause and admiration and have a strong sense of personal honour and integrity.

You tend to be self-confident, perhaps even arrogant. But you may become self-conscious, defensive, and somewhat belligerent if your self-confidence is shaken. You tend to be enthusiastic, somewhat impulsive, full of energy, and ambitious.

You are determined in matters of love and will pursue your love interest with great enthusiasm and passion. You don’t let things get in the way of your desires.

You say what you feel, often in an embarrassing direct way.

On the downside, you’re prone to take risks in love or gambling. You can be quarrelsome, contentious and jealous.

There may be heart trouble if physical activity is overdone when you are not in shape or if anger is allowed to vent destructively.

Energy and passion both need to be disciplined. You need to be admired for your actions.

Jupiter in Leo Sign

Jupiter (to expand) in Leo (impressive and creative)

If you have Jupiter in Leo, you are generous, kind, compassionate and humane. You have organising and executive abilities and crave positions of trust and responsibility, never being content to follow.

You have an almost endless supply of energy and a strong constitution. You love things that tend to uplift society.

On the negative side, you can become cruel, egotistical, pretentious, abnormally fond of pleasure and subject to lose through speculation and gambling.

You need to be admired for your generosity and warm-heartedness to all.

Saturn in Leo Sign

Saturn (to control) in Aries (energetic and urgent).

If you have Saturn in Leo, you possess diplomatic, organising, executive, and leadership ability along with a strong will. You’re self-reliant, conservative, and incredibly efficient.

You have difficulty showing and expressing your emotions and your romantic affections. This difficulty, in turn, can make you appear cold and unloving. You need love, like anyone else, but may not know how to go about giving or receiving it.

And so, you may isolate yourself from others.

Intense feelings of duty and responsibility motivate your love, and you show your appreciation by taking care of business. You do what is required for giving material things to loved ones instead of yourself.

On the negative side, you may be cruel and quick-tempered, jealous, and may resort to underhanded means to satisfy your ambitions.

Heart trouble is possible with this position. You need to be admired for your ability to get things done efficiently and effectively.

Uranus in Leo Sign

Uranus (to deviate) in Leo (impressive and creative)

Uranus in Leo: Here is increased energy and boldness. Because of Leo’s fixed quality, stubbornness may be a problem.

Self-confidence is boosted, and sometimes there is a liking for power. If properly managed, a talent for leadership arises. These individuals often have a creative flair.

Neptune in Leo Sign

Neptune (to refine) in Leo (impressive and creative)

Neptune in Leo is creative and has a natural flair for entertainment, film, theatre and fashion. They have such magnetism that they easily influence others. They are colourful and extravagantly idealistic.

Leo Neptune is generous, friendly and warm-hearted. They are fond of pleasurable pursuits. They have artistic abilities and are successful in their educational careers.

They are conscientious with others and usually have successful relationships. Alternatively, they can be disappointed in love.

They can act by impulse rather than intellect. They may lack the wherewithal to face up to challenges or be fickle.

Neptune in Leo loves colour and drama. They like movie stars and other famous people. They may project their fantasies on their partner, and they will have to learn to face reality. They may use movies or theatre to escape reality.

They also love children. They have a difficult time identifying with any adult authority figure, even if they are the adult. They can get so off track that they can think they are fighting against tyranny when they are, in fact, the tyrant themselves.

They are creative problem solvers, however. They can figure out answers that will get them out of trouble and come out smelling like a rose.

Pluto in Leo Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Leo (impressive and creative)

You transform into an impressive and creative way in matters related to pleasure, children (eternal), romance and entertainment.

You tend to hang onto your childhood and youth (fixed).

And you are enthusiastic and optimistic (fire) about life.

You may speculate or gamble, risking everything to preserve your individuality, against impressive and oppressive power.

Angular Houses In Leo

Angles In Leo – An Overview

So now that we have discussed the planets element let’s see how Leo affect the house axis of the 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th houses. Let’s take a little look at them in a bit more detail.

Ascendant (Rising Sign) in Leo

People with Leo rising tend to be generous, proud, emotional, romantic, extroverted, vain, egotistical, courageous, sentimental, self-confident, showy, and want to shine and be successful in wherever they go and whatever they do. They like to “rule” and have homage paid to them for their “royal” nature.

You like to take risks and can sometimes be foolhardy, but you definitely have a zest for living. The worst thing someone can do to you is to hurt your pride or be unappreciative of you.

You wear your heart on your sleeve in matters of love and you need a partner you can be proud of – and you want them to be proud of you. You are faithful to and protective of those you love. You can be quick-tempered, but you tend to not stay angry for long.

You like to play the kingly role and have a sense of drama surrounding you. You are a ham. You like being the center of attention and will do things just to get that attention. You can be stubborn in a sunny sort of way. Your roar is worse than your bite. If your pride is hurt or your dignity is trampled on, then watch out, because you can forgive, but you don’t forget.

You enjoy sports and out-of-doors activity. Your vitality and spirit are strong except if your heart is broken in love. Your need for love and affection is very great and you need to feel appreciated. 

Descendant in Leo Sign

You are drawn to a very dramatic partner who appears benevolent and full of character.

Your Aquarius ascendant can lead you to explore unusual partnerships but your partner’s devotion, chivalry and knack for creating the perfect romantic evening can rescue you from your highly analytical perch.

They like to look at everything from different angles. You need the freedom to pursue your own community interests and goals outside your relationships, but this can lead to difficulties within your relationships.

You identify with feeling, but you don’t live in your own feelings. Your emotions are detached and you see everything from an objective point of view.

You will accept circumstances that you know you cannot change (or cannot be changed). Your friendly approach attracts people, but your partner will try to teach you to get in touch with your feelings.

He/she can be dramatic, warm and affectionate and involved in emotionally-charged situations which you may prefer to detach from, but this can lead to upset feelings because your partner wants your emotional support.

You prefer non-involvement in emotionally-charged confrontations and you try to restore friendship through unemotional alternatives.

Although you will not live in feeling or display emotion, you will remain loyal and supportive of your partner, but your partner may feel unsupported by your non-confrontational and detached attitude which can lead to conflict in the relationship.

Your partner may be outspoken and dramatic which can challenge you to become more involved to reach out and develop warmth of feeling and emotion.

You must try to balance your separate interests with the interests of your partner otherwise your marriage can become lukewarm.

If you find the balance in love, your partner can be your best friend and greatest admirer.

MC in Leo Sign

If your midheaven is in Leo, you are tenacious and you have high ambitions to attain. You are drawn to careers that will put you in the spotlight and appeal to your financial desires.

If you can form an emotional attachment to your work, even better. You take pride in how you project yourself, and you remain dignified and reliable.

You can take small details and the big picture into account and can attain an executive position. Being overshadowed by others is a common theme, and this brings out even more tenacity in you.

Can be drawn to: acting or performing, politics, model, spokesperson, jeweller, hairstylist, sales, business, organization leader, film director

IC in Leo Sign

The family theme you inherit here is – the world of children. It may help to remember that both J.K.Rowling and Beatrix Potter were Sun Leo authors. Someone in your family tree may have been a teacher.

He or she may have been a full-time parent, really throwing themselves into the role of raising a younger generation.

You commonly find that people who lead, mentor or guide the young turn up in the family tree if you have a Leo IC. The relative you most resemble physically may have been a Girl Guides or Boy Scouts leader, or perhaps the coach for the local school football team.

You have certainly inherited leadership qualities from this family member and may also have picked up traces of their profile, body type/shape, hair and so on.

Astral Bodies In Leo

Astral Bodies In Leo – An Overview

So now that we have discussed the Axis, let’s see how Leo effects some of the astral bodies in a bit more detail.

North Node in Leo Sign

Embracing the Leo north node path of glamour, courage and self-expression is their life’s work. Otherwise, they can end up as the unappreciated behind-the-scenes workers whose creativity and voices are overlooked.

When Leo north nodes take the spotlight, however, they must stay humble. Otherwise, they can veer into unbridled narcissism and ego trips.

Interestingly, Leo north nodes Beyonce and Justin Timberlake were both part of major pop groups before breaking out as solo artists, while Mick Jagger (also born with this node) is the showy Rolling Stones frontman well into his 70s.

Leo north node Tom Cruise is equally famous for his blockbuster films (Leo) as for his unabashed Scientology membership (Aquarius).

And Leo north node Kim Kardashian’s star rose as part of an ensemble cast on her family’s reality show. Her tech-savvy Aquarius south node gifts helped her leverage fame through social media and her unforgettable “selfies.”

South Node in Leo Sign

If your North Node is in Libra and the South Node is in Aries, you have achieved a great deal of self-confidence from past experience.

With a competitive drive, you’ve learned to make swift and critical decisions, concerned mainly with self-interest and self-love in the past.

Now you must take all of that self-esteem and spirit of competition and put it to work on behalf of others. Sharing and cooperation are keynotes as you learn to be sensitive to the needs of others.

The SN in Aries or in the 1st house instinctively knows how to meet personal desires. The individual has learned to satisfy personal needs; they are capable of new beginnings.

Moreover, they are born leaders possessing a powerful pioneering energy.

Chiron in Leo Sign

Chiron in Leo feels that their talents have been overlooked. Perhaps they feel they never got the chance to shine, or maybe they feel awkward or untalented.

They have the gift to help others bring out their own creativity.

The difficulty they have expressing their own talents may stem from being stifled as a child or forced to perform by their families.

In order to help overcome these feelings, Chiron in Leo needs to find a way to touch their inner child and reawaken their creativity.

It may help to do some creative play with their own children or to find a class that they find interesting. The unrealized potential is there, right below the surface.

Part of Fortune in Leo Sign

The Part of Fortune in the signs shows how you can find joy by allowing the energy of the sign to flow freely. With the Part of Fortune in Leo you achieve happiness and success through putting your creative energies into entertaining others and playfully taking charge.

You have great energy and enthusiasm and want to be the centre of attention. You are generous and optimistic, with dramatic flare and the potential for leadership. Happiness will come from expressing yourself creatively and putting your personal feelings into everything you do.

You like to have someone to impress because you need feedback and gratitude for your generosity of spirit. To feel successful, you need recognition for your achievements, and joy will come from accomplishing something that stands as an example of what humanity is capable of. You can achieve much by focusing your abundant creative energy and developing self-mastery. Through doing this, you’ll become an inspiration to others.

You’ll need to focus your energy so you can conserve it and channel it into specific projects. Any achievements you have will come from your personal efforts which will be very satisfying. You only want to accomplish things that are worth doing. This means they must be meaningful to you. There’s no point in doing anything dishonourable because you want to be seen with dignity and respect. You have high standards and make great demands on yourself because you want to achieve so much more than anyone else.

The point opposite the Part of Fortune may block the free flow of energy and make it harder to find joy, but only if you take it personally. If you allow it to manifest impersonally it will help you achieve happiness. The opposite sign here is Aquarius so you understand that everyone has their own path because everyone is different. You understand that you can’t force others to conform to your methods. You can advise others, but don’t issue commands. You can’t order people about! Learn to let others accept or reject your creative offerings without getting attached to the outcome. If you expect something in return for all that you give, you’ll lose touch with your inner joy and playful spirit.

Leo Pot of Gold

You’ll find joy by channelling your creative energy into specific large-scale achievements. Creative self-expression is the key to your happiness.

  • Entertain and allow yourself to shine.
  • Embrace leadership and lead by example.
  • Pour your heart into everything you do.
  • Give for the joy of giving without expectation of reward.

Eros in Leo Sign

If Eros is in the sign Leo then you’ll experience love, sex and attraction as if it’s all a big show and you are the star.

A vibrant fire sign, Eros in Leo will be a passionate lover with a zealous sex life, however the key to turning you on is to stroke your ego.

If the flame of ego adoration dims in any relationship then it’s easy for you to turn your attention elsewhere. Your deepest need in love and sex with Eros in Leo is to be worshipped and admired.

Lucky for you, it’s likely that you exude a level of warmth and generous spirit that’s attractive to many so love prospects abound. Sex with Eros in Leo is playful and extremely physical but also romantic.

You’ll have a natural ability to make anyone you love feel like the most special person on the planet and deliver sexual fireworks. But with Eros in Leo you demand the same in return.

Vertex in Leo Sign

You are expected to become an individual and not just a member of the group, and to project your own emotions in a special relationship instead of maintaining emotional separation.

People expect you to be responsible for teaching, working on an entertainment project, or dealing with young people or children. You also should acknowledge and accept your need for admiration.

In doing these things, you may become aware of your own individuality or creative expression. You give outer expression to the affectionate, creative side of your nature.

You strengthen your own ego by helping other people to develop theirs, and you instill confidence and self-worth in those around you through your magnetism and dignity.

Not accomplishing these tasks may lead to a psychologically crippling ego-complex or create conflict within you. You could suffer from the same impersonal treatment you sometimes indulge in.

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