If you know the words childlike, vain, self-confident, regal, you know Leo. Everyone knows that Leo is the King or the Queen with the biggest heart. One of the most fascinating signs is Leo in astrology.
Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac. Ruled by the Sun, it’s definitely the most energetic sign around. In the natural chart, Leo is associated with the fifth house of joy and creative self-expression.
Playful and optimistic, Leo is a super charming sign. Finding a way to be creative is very important for the Lion. After all, we are talking about the sign of creativity in astrology. Just like the majestic lion is the king of the jungle, those born under Leo like to lead and there is a royal air to them.
Some Technical Data on Leo in Astrology
We have moved to the second quarter of the Zodiac. The signs that you will find here are Cancer, Leo and Virgo. In this article, we will put Leo under the microscope.
(This majestic signs doesn’t like to be put in such a tiny space, but nevertheless, you need to understand it so we will do it anyways. Sorry, Leos! )
The glyph for Leo in astrology looks like a lion’s tail: ♌. The date range for Leo season is from the 23rd of July to the 22nd of August. During this time, the summer is at its fullest, at least in the northern hemisphere.
Each zodiac sign has a planetary ruler in astrology. As we mentioned before, Leo is ruled by the Sun himself. They are connected to the fifth house in the horoscope wheel, as they all deal with similar matters.
Leo Element and Modality
With the Sun as the ruling planet, it’s no surprise that Leo is part of the fire gang, the other two members being Aries and Sagittarius. These zodiac signs are known as self-confident, enthusiastic and ardent. They are also passionate and dynamic.
As everything in this world, fire signs with a light and a shadow side. If they misuse their fiery qualities, fire signs are prone to bossy and arrogant behavior. With such high levels of energy, and they need to learn to use it in a constructive way. Fire signs come with a talent for leadership and being an inspirational person.
Besides its fieriness, Leo is a fixed sign by modality. Fixed signs include Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. These signs are persevering and they finish what they started no matter what is happening around them. An abundance of fixed signs in the natal chart make a person determined, stable and focused.
You can also group the signs by polarity, they can have either active or passive energy. Leo has active energy, and it’s one of the most masculine signs in astrology (in the natal chart, the Sun describes your father and husband, if you are female).
How to Know If Leo Is Strong in Your Natal Chart
If you already know some astrology, you are probably aware of the importance of the Sun, Moon and ascendant in the natal chart. With any of these in Leo, this sign has a huge influence over your personality.
If you were born between July 23rd and August 22th aka Leo season, you are part of the Sun in Leo family. This means, that the Leo is your inner personality, who you truly are.
If you are a Leo rising, you come across as a Leo when someone meets you for the first time. Even though the ascendant is just a mask you wear in the world, you probably still identify with this sign a lot. This is especially the case in young age. Until they become more mature, many people identify with their rising more than with their Sun sign.
Don’t forget about the Moon. It represents your emotions, so if it is Leo, you mirror the qualities of this sign in many aspects of your life.
Astrology is way more complex, as there are 8 more planets to be taken into account (plus a few asteroids, mathematical points, but for now, let’s keep it simple). If you have many of these planets in Leo, especially personal planets, you’ll share many of the qualities of Leo. The same is true if you have many planets or the Sun in the fifth house.
Why We Love Leo in Astrology
I meant why we admire Leos, sorry, dear Lions.
First of all, the heart of a Leo is overflowing with love. They are not known as overly loving and genuine, but in fact, they are. A Leo wants to make sure that people around them are happy and live well. If you belong to the inner circle of a Leo, you are a very lucky person.
As a fire sign, it’s no surprise that Leo is extroverted and finds great joy in socializing. The Royalty of the Zodiac, this sign loves to be in the center of attention. Leos need lots of love and appraisal. They prefer to be around others, or to put it together more precisely, to have others around them.
Leo’s planetary ruler is the Sun. This celestial body is the center of the Solar System and all the planets orbit around the Sun. Similarly, Leos expect others to circle around them and they want the central role.
Having the Sun as your ruling planet has several benefits. In the Solar System, the Sun is the powerhouse. It gives us light and warmth so life could develop on the Earth. The role of the Sun is similar to this in astrology. The Sun in your natal chart shows your overall energy level and health among others.
Ruled by the Sun, no wonder that Leos are the most energetic people in the world. With a relatively well-aspected Sun, they have a nearly infinite source of energy and inner resources. In most cases the have a very healthy body, which is a huge bonus when it comes to living in this world. Those of us born under the Lion have strong willpower and a warm personality in general.
Some More Strength of Leo in Astrology
As a fire sign, Leo is sees the glass always half full. This sign is contagiously optimistic and cheerful. They are full of self-confidence. There are few hurdles a Leo can’t figure out how to overcome. The Lion is self-assured like the other fire signs, which is a huge strength when it comes to succeeding.
Leos are very ambitious and they like to lead. (What did you expect from the king of the Zodiac?) These people always strive to achieve something bigger. Fiery Leo faces challenges with great bravery. As a fixed sign, if they want something really badly, they do everything to achieve their goal.
This zodiac sign is well-known for its generosity. Those born under Leo love to give. They always to surprise you gifts that are luxurious and meaningful. This doesn’t necessarily means that it has to be expensive, sometimes taking the time to figure out what someone wishes for is more generous. Besides making the recipient feel good, this shows how glorious they are.
The fifth house, aka the house of Leo in the natural chart, is also associated with children. Leos usually love being around kids. This sign is quite childlike himself and it is famous for its playfulness, so it’s no wonder that they get along with kids very well. They find it easy to see the magic in the world most people forget to notice when they grow up.
The List Is Not Over Yet
Creativity is something you have to mention when talking about Leo in astrology. This sign is one of the most creative in the Zodiac. Self-expression is a must for Leos, they need it like they need air. The fifth house, the house of Leo in the natural chart governs acting and the theater. This is something many Leos are innately good at and love. Just imagine how a Leo feels being in the center of attention all the time!
If the Lion is your sign, there is a very specific kind of energy to you. Those born under Leo like to enjoy life in general. The fifth house (that is ruled by Leo in the natural chart) is sometimes referred to as ‘the House of Joy’, so this should be no surprise. Leo is all about having fun.
It may be easy to assume that Leos care only about themselves. Well, it’s true that they can be egoistical from time to time, but once they fall in love with you and you have earned their trust, you’ll be a priority in their life. Leo is one of the most loyal signs of the Zodiac, both as a friend and as partner. Plus they will truly care about you. Have you ever seen a lion protect her cubs? Leo people are that protective, too.
Negative Traits of Leo in Astrology
As you have probably already heard, Leos are very proud. If you don’t absolutely have to, don’t treat a Leo with disrespect. This zodiac sign takes their integrity extremely seriously. Leo hates to be humiliated. And they can become quite cruel if you provoke them.
Another weak point of Leo people is their vanity. Leos feel an inner pressure that they must impress everyone around them. If they are not mature enough, they are willing to compromise too much and go very far in violating their own boundaries just to sustain their lavish reputation. This means that Leos can be extremely gullible and vulnerable to flattery. You can easily manipulate them using false compliments.
Leos are sometimes arrogant and egoistic. For this sign, it’s very important to develop empathy and learn how to communicate properly even if your ego is hurt. With Leo emphasized in your chart, make sure that your childlike approach to life doesn’t turn into childish games.
If an immature Leo rises to power, they are prone to autocratic behavior. This sign is quite bossy if isn’t grounded.
Leos are well-known for their appreciation of luxury and the finer things in life. They simply need comfort and a royal environment. However, immature Leos can be overly status-oriented.