About Leo (July 22nd – August 21st)

Kelli Fox

There are twelve signs in the Zodiac, one for each month of the year. Unfortunately, the signs and the calendar don’t align perfectly. The Zodiac begins in mid-March, not on January 1st and signs span from roughly the 20th or 21st of one month to the 19th or 20th of the next, not the 1st to the 31st.

When someone asks you what your sign is, they’re referring to your Sun Sign — where the Sun was in the Zodiac at the exact moment of your birth. But every other planet in your birth chart is also located in a particular sign, and is influenced by that sign’s unique energy. This explains why everyone who’s born under the influence of the same Sun Sign can still have such vastly different personalities: each of us is made up of a complex and unique combination of influences from the twelve signs, the twelve houses and all the planets, asteroids and points. And having lots of planets in a certain sign in your chart will only intensify that sign’s influence in your life.

Leo is symbolized by the Lion, and this sign personifies all the leadership, pride, warmth, courage and strength of the king of the jungle. And it brings its own touch of drama to boot! This sign has a real taste for the exciting and dramatic, which makes for a stimulating friend indeed.

A Fixed Fire Sign that is ruled by the brightly shining Sun, Leo loves to be the center of attention, and like any good drama queen, can get pretty stubborn when it doesn’t get its way. Ever wonder why so many actors are Leos? It’s because their bigger-than-life personalities are made for the stage. They have a healthy sense of their own egos, and they adore being in the spotlight.

But despite what can seem like egotism, Leos make wonderful, devoted friends. Loyalty is one of their strongest points, and as long as they feel they’re getting the proper attention and respect from their loved ones, they’ll return the favor with grand gestures of devotion. Grand gestures, in fact, are Leo’s forte. This fiercely romantic sign will go to dramatic lengths to woo the object of its desires. Leo won’t just stop with a dozen roses; it will deluge its lover with a roomful of fragrant blooms as well as dinner and a movie. Leo loves luxury and finery, and will treat a date to the finest five-star restaurant, or better yet, a private rooftop feast catered by the best chef in the city.

Leos make great movie stars, theater directors and managers.

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  1. Marrissa on November 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Some of your website is very fun, interesting, and informative!

    But much of Leo’s portrayal is still lacking. Leo is symbolized by the mighty and fierce lion, ruled by the vital and powerful Sun, and rules over the Strength Tarot Card; I find it very confusing why some astrologers still seem to want to portray it in “soft” terms.

    There’s always such a big fuss made about our supposed “sensitive natures” and “insecurities” as if astrologers think that if people hurt our egos, we won’t hurt or fight them back several times harder. But in case they forget, all they have to do is remember what our animal symbol is.

    The sting of a scorpion is nothing compared to the paw swipe of an angry lion. Yet astrologers always seem to forget to mention that part of our nature. But meanwhile a little scorpion whose sting is nearly always harmless (less than 1% of real life scorpions don’t have venom deadly enough to kill humans) is to be feared over sign with the symbol of a lion who’s paw swipe has been documented as breaking the backs of and killing oxen?(which is very interesting and ironic since in ancient times, Leo was thought to be the Slayer of Taurus in the constellations like in Seneca’s “Hercules Furens”).

    Leo and Scorpio’s vastly different portrayals are especially puzzling since Scorpios are also fixed and also like Leos are known to have big egos too except they cover theirs up with a veneer of aloofness and manipulation. Yet astrologers extol their supposed emotional “strength” and Capricorn’s while demeaning Leo’s, all the while forgetting that the Moon (which governs emotions and inner personality in a chart) falls in Scorpio and is in detriment in Capricorn.

    So as “emotionally weak” or “sensitive” as astrologers like to portray Leo, they should remember which the weakest placements for emotions really are. It’s not Leo. And as much as sometimes they want to imply Leo as some sort of “Cowardly Lion,” they should remember too which animal symbols truly do cut and run as a rule at the first sign of danger. It’s certainly not the lion. The scorpion though lives underground and stings through treachery and cowardice, unable to face bigger opponents directly. The ram, goat, and bull have also been domesticated and submissive and aren’t nearly as strong or feral as the lion.

    Also, since Leo is a physically active fire sign and rules the 5th House of Hobbies and Sports, I was disappointed in Leo’s description for fitness. We are symbolized by the Western Zodiac’s only natural predator and yet we were recommended soft tango classes? We were also portrayed as a bit lazy and unmotivated and easily bored (despite the fact that cardinal Aries and mutable Sagittarius are by far more easily bored and restless than fixed Leo who will stick out a regimen far longer than them).

    We are powerful, energetic, and intense signs and we far prefer strength based work outs like weight lifting, boxing, MMA fighting (all of which Leos have many representatives in these sports) and for other activities we like tennis and football which we also have many Sun signs in. Leo rules luxurious and wild, solitary places alike.

    So again, I encourage you guys to please portray Leo more accurately and with the same detailed insight that was given to the other signs. We are far more than our supposed “theatrics” or “ego” which is only a very small part of the 5th House (which also includes sports and, athletics, and risk-taking and other hobbies). Leo is the only natural predator in the whole Zodiac and the only one to ever be categorized in ancient astrology as both “bestial” and fully “feral.” So a little bit of all of those other traits should’ve at least been mentioned.

    But thanks for taking the time to listen anyway.

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