Leo is ruled by the Sun & its symbol is the Lion. Lion is a fire sign,
creative & grandiose. Just like the Sun is the centre of our planetary system, Leos
see themselves as the centre of all life. There is no sign in the zodiac more proud or
regal. Like their symbol the Lion, they rule majestically over their respective kingdoms,
be they an entire nation, an office or simply a household.
They are warm & generous by nature & believe in giving themselves wholeheartedly
to the right causes. In return, however, they expect the same loyalty & integrity they
exhibit from others. The role they assume is that of nobility & therefore tend to do
things in a grand & flamboyant manner. They feel most in their element when they are
the object of everyones attention & will seek the spotlight whenever they can.
They have a talent for appearing regal & stately before others & spend a great
deal of energy influencing how others perceive them.
Leos are practical, enthusiastic, hard working, & remarkably self-confident. They tend
to gravitate towards positions of authority & there strong sense of integrity &
optimism make them excellent leaders. They are at their best in positions of power &
responsibility. However, like the Lion, they can become lazy & indolent if their
desire for authority is not fulfilled.
Leos like the good life & will spare no expense to surround themselves with the finest
luxuries possessions. Nothing is too good for them, from the restaurants they frequent to
the way they dress. They have a dislike for the ordinary & the routine & are
constantly seeking new excitement.
If they have an Achilles heel it is in their insatiable thirst for admiration. Their egos
demand constant flattery & praise. If they not receive their share, they become
withdrawn & sulky, but are too proud to ask for complements. However, their natural
optimism & sunny disposition brings them back around & before long, they are back
to their original pomp & flamboyance.
Organisation is essential for Leos, who need control in their lives. With the slightest
encouragement, their organisational ability will spill over into the disordered lives of
The risk lies in their talking over, because they hate to see ability wasted. Their worst
fault is in assuming they always know best. They may also be extremely dogmatic & so
must cultivate flexible minds & respect for others opinions. The characteristic
Leonine warmth, generosity & desire to understand others can then be fully indulged.
Generous & warm-hearted, Creative & enthusiastic, Broad-minded & expansive,
Faithful & loving. Pompous & patronising, Bossy & interfacing, Dogmatic &
A powerfully creative urge is present in every Leo & must be
expressed, otherwise a very great deal of potential will be wasted. This does not mean all
Leos are painters, actors or sculptors : creation can take place in the kitchen, at the
sewing machine, in the garden or at the workbench. The innate Leo enthusiasm is expressed
in other areas of life, too : the sun, ruling this sign, gives Leos an infectious
vitality. They must live life to the full & like to see others doing so as well. They
have an inner sun which not only illuminates. Their own lives & activities, but also
lights up the lives of others, or perhaps gives them energy. Leo days should be full, with
not a moment wasted, since lack of fulfilment, professionally or personally, can totally
destroy them & cloud their personalities.
Domination of partners is a possibility that cannot be underestimated. It
may be well meant, as when they long to bring out the best in the other person, but
nevertheless, Leos shouldnt always be allowed to wear the trousers!
They are surprisingly sensitive, & can be hurt very easily - partly because they are
often emotionally idealistic. While this makes them wonderfully supportive & often
real powers behind the throne, few people can be safely worshipped & invariably Leos
are disappointed in the end. They can also take criticism very much to heart.
Exuberant enjoyment & pleasure are gained from sex, but Leos dont like their
love to be rough & ready. They almost demand to be wined, dined & then seduced in
The sunny disposition & ready enthusiasm of a Leo child appeals at a
very early age, & is always quite delightful. Natural organisational ability soon
shows itself, but parents should watch for any tendency towards bossiness in their Leo
offspring, who may be seen putting the whole play school in its place.
Managing the lives of siblings is a distinct possibility when the Leo child is older than
them. This self-assertion, however, is not quite as strong as it seems, & it is
surprisingly easy to deflate young Leos - perhaps when a well meaning adult severely
criticise a Leo child do so with affection & humour, otherwise you will severely crush
his or her self-confidence. Listening to the opinions of others, even if the child does
not accept them, should be actively encouraged. He or she is then less likely to become
entrenched in fixed ideas & beliefs. The Leonine stubborn streak must also be
Leo enthusiasms last a lifetime: if a Leo child is interested in a particular subject or
hobby, it is unlikely that it will ever be completely rejected, so it is worthwhile &
most important to nurture early interests. Leo parents are excellent at recognising &
encouraging their children's potential, but they must beware of forcing their own
interests & enthusiasms on them. They will insist on the highest standards, but most
not except more than can be given. Challenge is good, but incessant pressure is not.
Emotional involvement in a career is essential if they are to feel
fulfilled. They are found, of course, in all walks of life, but basically are at their
best when able to use their excellent creative potential & organisational abilities.
Their natural sense of drama should also be expressed. The theatre is an obvious
possibility, but they can be equally at home in trades associated with luxury &
glamour. Many Leos are in their element in a courtroom or in the operating theatre:
talking centre stage comes naturally to them.
Innately ambitious, Leos are interested in money chiefly for the luxury it can bring. They
love buying & enjoying beautiful things & quality clothes, & they also love to
travel just as long as it can be done in comfort! When they reach the top of the tree they
usually contrive to stay there & to make quite sure they are seen!
Leos make excellent employers, due to their good powers of leadership. However they must
retain their natural enthusiasm for life & their desire to improve the lives of
others. As they deplore anything second rate or of a low standard, their employees will be
well looked after but also excepted to give of their best. For this reason, Leo bosses can
appear difficult & must subdue any autocratic tendencies.
leisure & retirement
Leos never rush into change in a foolhardy way, because they are not over
fond of it. However, if they can learn to view important periods of change as a succession
of challenges & a means to progress, they will cope well.
Leisure is an alien concept to Leos, who prefer to fill every moment with activity. They
are amateurs in the true sense, since they have no hobbies into money making concerns, for
they won't want to accept a standard of living that is lower than the one they have been
Keeping an even tenor in their lives is important. Otherwise, their
usually excellent vitality many be burned out now & again through exhaustion.
The heart is the Leo organ, so they would do well to prevent possible heart disease by
careful diet & regular exercise. The back is also vulnerable & should be carefully
exercised as well. Dancing, ice-skating & forms of exercise with a creative element
are especially rewarding. A love of rich foods should be curbed.
Psychological motivation : The organisational ability of any individual is
powerfully enhanced when Leo rises. Unfortunately, so is the likelihood of pomposity &
the conviction that the Leo knows better than anyone else. This Unattractive assumption
should be controlled. The desire to succeed is also very strong, but may lead to the
stifling of creative instincts in favour of success in the career, which will be sought
after so as to enable the lifestyle of the Leo & his or her family. This is wholly
admirable, but may well be damaging if the vital creative urge is not given some
expression: They need to create as well as to prosper. The well-balanced to Leo will be
psychologically secure, & provided ambition is balanced by a degree of humility, the
inner strength of this dynamic sigh is of the greatest advantage. But the inherent desire
for psychological wholeness will not always be accompanied by a willingness to face up to
negative personality traits(such as vanity), & disasters may follow.
The ideal partner has a strong & independent mind, against which the subject can
sharpen his or her wits : someone with different & stimulating ideas & ambitions
would be perfect to keep the mentally active Leo on the ball. If a partner is outstanding
in his or her own right, either because of success or some other characteristic, such as
great beauty, then so much the better. The subject can then bask in the reflected glory.
Vulnerability to psychological disorders is fairly common & these aliments frequently
show themselves externally. A bad back or neckache may be caused, for instance, by a blow
to the self-esteem or some overly harsh criticism that has been taken too much to heart.
Apparently inexplicable back pain can be a more or less regular circumstances; if it
becomes really disabling, these people should look to their lifestyles & try to find a
possible psychological cause.
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