Leo Traits: Friendly, warm-hearted, self-indulgent, generous, moody, courageous, optimistic, patriotic, sensitive, vain, altruistic, creative, confident, strong, bossy, attention-seeking, passionate, protective
Confident and Extroverted
The confident, sunny Leo nature often ensures popularity. Leos are very sociable and love to host and attend parties. They also love to talk, and some have a tendency to brag or be pompous. Negative Leo types can be bullies or snobs who have a tendency to dominate any conversation in which they participate. Fortunately, the Leo confidence (or overconfidence) more often manifests as charisma and a propensity for risk-taking than overbearing behavior.
The popularity of Leos is enhanced by their tendency to freely share time, energy, money, and affection with others. All Leos require in return is to receive a larger share of affection and adoration than the average person.
Leos are good at promoting themselves and marketing their considerable talents. They are assertive enough to get what they want out of life, and most are sufficiently capable to achieve much of what they set their minds to. Although they can be lazy around the house, Leos are hardworking and driven when something interests them.
Passionate, Protective, and Sensitive
Leos are sensual and passionate in their romantic relationships, and ferociously protective of lovers, friends, and family. Most are willing to die for what they believe in because their fervor often extends to patriotism as well.
A combination of intensity and assertiveness can manifest as belligerence in negative Leo types. Some Leos are argumentative or domineering, while others pick their battles wisely. Most are good fighters, both in a verbal argument and in a physical confrontation. However, because they are highly reactive and emotionally intense, Leos often speak or act impulsively in emotionally charged situations and regret it later on.
Forthright Leos wear their hearts on their sleeves. Despite their natural optimism, Leos tend to be moody, and if they don’t receive insufficient attention, they can grow depressed and sullen. Although they are typically swift to anger and equally quick to forgive, Leos may sulk for awhile in response to minor slights, particularly blows to their pride, but they tend to recover quickly.
Creative, Vain, and Attention Seeking
A combination of creativity and a need for the spotlight suits many Leos to careers that involve either performance or working with the public in some capacity. Leos love to be the center of attention, so fame is a powerful draw for this sign.
Many Leos have dramatic talents, which may lead them into the film industry or related professions, though Leo creativity can also manifest as a talent for arts and crafts. The Leonine flair for drama causes many Leos to exaggerate when telling a good story, but with their forthright natures, they don’t typically lie unless their ascendants fall in more secretive or deceptive signs.
Leos may put on excess weight due to overindulgence (most Leos eat and drink too much if given the opportunity). However, typical Leos are very appearance-conscious, which acts as a counterforce to their self-indulgence, motivating them to reign things in when their looks start to suffer. Often the confident, capable Leo persona covers some degree of low self-esteem or worries about their attractiveness, so they work hard to keep themselves looking good.
High Need for Excitement
Most Leos love flashy cars and exciting people. They usually dress to be noticed, and are bold enough to make statements, verbal or otherwise. They have the guts to put themselves forward and don’t mind the whole world looking at them. In fact, they prefer it.
Leos tend to be energetic and athletic, and they love a challenge, physical or otherwise. The typical Leo possesses unusually high physical strength and a propensity for risk taking. They crave a little danger, so unless their ascendants fall in more cautious and sensible signs such as Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, Leos may be drawn to extreme sports, and in some cases, stormy romantic affairs with highly unsuitable partners.
Entrepreneurialism and Leadership Ability
Despite their need for a romantic partner and an admiring audience, Leos are independent and entrepreneurial by nature, and often succeed in businesses of their own. Even when working for others, Leos tend to rise through the ranks to end up in positions of authority.
Because Leos have excellent natural leadership skills and good organizational abilities, people often look to them for guidance. Leos must guard against letting this go to their heads and repress their natural inclination to be bossy, both at work and at home.
Altruistic and Generous
Most Leos are generous and helpful by nature. They love to spoil friends, family, and romantic partners, buying extravagant gifts or blowing their money on good times. Leos can’t resist luxuries and the good life, even if they can’t afford it. They believe that they need to have the best and that everyone they like should have the best as well. Most are also excellent cooks, and they enjoy feeding others.
Leo is suited heroics due to a combination of bravery, altruism, generosity, protectiveness, and the need to be admired. Typical Leos will stop to help someone in need, and if they have money, most have a tendency toward philanthropy. They also tend to be soft-hearted, with a particular fondness for children and animals.
The Atypical Leo
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Leo with Aquarius rising will be less motivated to seek personal attention and fame than a typical Leo, and will probably be less traditional, sensitive, and protective and more open-minded as well. A Virgo ascendant can have a dramatic effect on the Leo personality, making a Leo less physically demonstrative and prone to risk taking and more humble, practical, and cautious with money.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
Leo Ruling Planet: Sun
Symbol: The lion
Gemstones: Amber, ruby, carnelian, peridot (August)
Associated Parts of the Body: Heart, upper back, spleen, head
Places Associated with Leo: Romania, Italy, France, Rome, Prague, Bath, Bristol, Los Angeles, Chicago, Damascus, Philadelphia, Hollywood
Associated Animals: Swan, lion, seal, cat, rainbow salmon
Associated Trees: Birch, holly, hazel, trees bearing citrus fruit
Associated Plants and Herbs: Rosemary, saffron, juniper, chamomile, frankincense, mistletoe, angelica, bay, marigold, sunflower
Associated Foods: Lemon, orange, hazelnut, sunflower seed, almond
Leo Colours: Gold, yellow, bright blue, royal purple
Associated Patterns or Design Motifs: Bold solid blocks of bright colour (no fussy patterns)
Other Leo Associations: Luxury items, trophies, perfume, fireplaces, parties, limousines, jewelry, sports, entertainment, ceremonies, children, art, culture, the stock market, the lottery, flashy cars, extravagance, royalty, egotism, narcissism, generosity, grandiosity, entertaining, decadence, rich foods, showing off, style, lavish spending, fame, leadership
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