Symbol: The Lion
Dates: July 23 – August 23
Ruling planet: The Sun
Exudes warmth and creativity
A little bit vain
Really big personality
Wants to stand out
Interested in luxury
♌ is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac. Leo is associated with fire.
Leos are bold, warm, and loving. They are also the ultimate showmen. They can dazzle with the theatrical flair of a Broadway star and the charisma of a politician. They are captivating personalities. They have a way with words, and can speak eloquently on just about any topic, no matter how quickly they’ve just been introduced to it.
Leos inject ambition into everything they do. They are ruled by the heart. They are brash and confident and trust their instincts. Their actions are natural and effortless.
Leos have an unrelenting appetite for growth that is easily satiated by the praise of others. When they are hurting, it shows. They will use their anger as a protective wall to shield their vulnerabilities. They want to be perceived as unbreakable because they are scared of admitting vulnerability, needing things from other people, being incomplete.
The bad sides of a Leo appear when their positive and admirable character traits cross over into excess. They can be perceived as overbearing, but this is due to their hyper-presence and warmth.
Leos have a reputation for being braggarts. To them this isn’t bragging, it’s sharing. Sharing their accomplishments with others makes them feel connected, and they expect the same in return from their friends. They want to be celebrated but they are equally happy to celebrate you.
Leos like to feel important. They don’t necessarily want to be worshiped, or be treated with reverence. They just want to be recognized for their authentic selves. The difference between admiration and worship is subtle, but it’s the difference between a Leo being preoccupied with themselves, or being focused on the good of the people they care about.
They want to be the center of the universe. They want to be rewarded for being the best and the brightest. They want to be given special treatment, but also feel deserving of it.
Leos hate being bossed around. They are very much in charge of their own worlds and their own destiny. Leos are perpetually wounded by the acts of betrayal and abandonment. Their pride is a sword that they wield to protect their sovereignty.
Their sense of honor is intense, they hold both themselves and others to a very high standard, and they are deeply wounded when someone breaks that code. There is an ingrained need for everyone to acknowledge and validate their existence. This can lead to what can be labeled as narcissistic or absolutist behavior that borders on the absurd.
They hate being told what to do, but if you can get them to listen, they can usually be persuaded—especially if you make them feel like it was what they wanted all along. But they’ll always secretly resent that they didn’t reach this conclusion alone. Leos don’t like to be told to do things, and they especially don't like being forced. They demand respect and they don’t take kindly to people who don’t respect them.