Ruler: The Sun
5th Sign of Zodiac
Color: Orange, Gold
Anatomy: The heart.
magnanimous, generous, hospitable, caring, warm,
authoritative, active, open
Comparison with its symbol, the
The majestic lion,
the King of the Beasts, is Leo's symbol. Throughout history,
the lion has symbolized sovereignty, rulership, and courage.
"The lion's size and strength have captured human imagination
since ancient times"(1)
Leos, like lions, are thought to
be strong leaders. They generally
have a regal quality to them, and possess a noble manner that is
hard to miss.
The glyph for Leo
represents the mane of the lion.
Sun in Leo
(The Sun is in Leo from approximately July 23 to August 22,
depending on the year).
There's an unmistakably
regal air to Solar Leos. These are dignifiedeven noblefolk. Leos have a reputation for being conceited, but
think again. Leos do feel important, but this
generally takes the form of wanting to change the world in
some wayto make the world a better place. They are
generally motivated by affection for people, and often have
big dreams and plans to make people happy.
Generally, Leos are
hard-working. After all, they are attracted to the good
things in life, and they know they have to work to get them.
It is sometimes difficult to imagine Leos as go-getters if
you happen to catch them in one of their languid moods.
These people can sleep in, laze around, and luxuriate for
long periods of time. However, when they do get to work,
they do it with intensity and determination. In this way,
they are not unlike their symbol, the lion.
The worst thing you can do
to a Leo is accuse them of bad intentions. Displaying
behavior that makes them think you don't appreciate them
runs a close second. These happy, jovial people become
mighty hurt when others don't see them for their noble
Loyal, and sometimes rather
traditional, Leos are, after all, a fixed sign. They'll hold
on to situations and people for a very long time before they
give up. There is an unmistakable idealism to Leo's view of
the world and the people in it. Often, Leos have a very
noble inner code that they answer to. Although on the
surface, Leos appear rather confident, they can actually be
some of the most humble souls around. They are the first to
blame themselves when something goes wrong. Once again, it's
the Leonine self-importance at work, and this characteristic
works in unexpected ways. Instead of being the conceited,
self-absorbed show-offs of reputation, they are usually very
self-aware, self-conscious, and, yes, even humble.
Some Famous People with
Sun in Leo: Ben Affleck (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Sandra Bullock (Sun and Mercury in Leo),
J. C. Chasez of N'Sync, David Duchovny, Jonathon Frakes (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Leo),
Whitney Houston (Sun and Venus in Leo), Peter O'Toole (Sun
and Moon in Leo), Jennifer
Lopez (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Leo), Madonna (Sun and
Venus in Leo), Robert Plant, George Bernard Shaw (Sun and Venus in Leo), Martin Sheen (Sun,
Moon, and Mars in Leo), Kevin Spacey (Sun and Mercury in
Leo), Christian Slater
Moon in Leo
Depending on other positions in the chart, Moon in Leo
people are not necessarily outgoing. When they feel
comfortable, they do like being the center of
attention. That is, they like being in the
"spotlight" in the comfort of their own homes and
with family and friends. They enjoy entertaining others, and
often take on the role of comic.
Lunar Leos often feel a
need to organize, and even control, their families and
friends. They have an inner mission to set things right, and
generally like to oversee the goings-on in their little
This is a rather creative
position of the Moon. At the very least, Moon in Leo people want
to create and entertain. They can be rather lazy at times,
and a little bossy too. Generally, though, they have a deep
need to treat others fairly and justly.
Lunar Leos require lots and
lots of love and care in order to function well in the
world. When they feel slighted, these people can be dramatic
in their emotional displays. When their pride has been hurt,
they are given to big scenes and sulking. This rarely
happens in public, however. Lunar Leos are far too concerned
about their image to make splashy scenes outside the comfort
of their own homes. In public, they prefer to take things in
dignified ways. At home, however, they're given to big
displays of emotional drama. These scenes generally don't
last too long, however. Lunar Leos are often personally
popular folk who are valued for their integrity and strong
sense of justice.
Generally, it is easy to
reason with a Lunar Lion. Appealing to their well-developed
sense of fairness usually works well.
Some Famous people with
Moon in Leo: Tom Cruise (Moon and Venus in Leo),
Marlene Dietrich, Jonathon Frakes (Sun, Moon, and Mercury
in Leo), Katie Holmes, Anna Kournikova, Peter O'Toole (Sun and Moon in
Leo), Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, Martin Sheen (Sun,
Moon, and Mars in Leo), Rene Zellweger
When Mercury in Leo people
speak, they do it with authority. Some of them come across
as know-it-alls, but the more mature ones speak with style.
They want others to know about their presence of mind and
Mercury in Leo men and
women are adept at seeing the big picture, sometimes at
the cost of ignoring the details. They are generally skilled
at the art of persuasion. While others may try to win people
over with logic, guilt, or wit, Mercury in Leo does it with
warmth and good will. They are excellent at promoting ideas
and getting their message across.
These people can be very
attached to their opinions, taking pride in their beliefs,
which are often rather idealistic. They are capable people
on an intellectual level, and have an especial desire for
Creativity is especially
important to Mercury in Leo people. They present themselves with a
certain amount of flair, and even drama. Often
passionate and enthusiastic speakers, Mercury in Leo people get
their message across with zeal. Some people with this position
have developed a perhaps more sophisticated manner in which they
present their ideas and thoughts, and these natives possess
admirable style and warmth.
Depending on the confidence level
of the whole individual with this placement of Mercury, a
stubbornness in the face of criticism or over-sensitivity to
anything less than praise is present. Whatever the reaction,
Mercury in Leo natives can be mentally arrogant. Mercury, by
nature, is detached and reasonable. In Leo, however, the ego comes
into play very strongly when it comes to intellectual analysis.
With intellect and ego so closely tied, the ability to separate
fact from fiction can be impaired. In some, boasting may be a
problem. Probably the best way to handle this position is to find
self-expression in some creative field. Mercury in Leo natives can
be magnificent story-tellers, for example, mainly because they
have such a wonderful sense of drama. They speak and write with heart.
Some Famous People with
Mercury in Leo: Ben Affleck (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Sandra Bullock (Sun and Mercury in Leo),
George Bush Jr. (Mercury and Venus in Leo), Cameron Diaz, Jonathon Frakes (Sun,
Moon, and Mercury in Leo), Lindsay Lohan (Mercury and Venus in
Leo), Jennifer Lopez (Sun, Mercury, and Mars
in Leo), Charlie Sheen, Kevin Spacey (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Patrick Stewart (Mercury and Mars in Leo),
Venus in Leo
When Venus in Leo people
are in love, they are proud, even boastful. This
position of Venus can turn humble Virgo Suns or retiring
Cancer Suns into somewhat demanding lovers. Venus in Leo
loves to court and be courted, and they need to feel very
special. They are warm, generous, and even grand. Though
really quite loyal to their partners (remember that love is
THE most important thing in Leo's life), they thrive on attention from
the opposite sex. Be prepared for their displays: they will
tell you about any advances members of the opposite sex make
on them. Remember, they're just showing off to you,
and it's likely harmless. It's a different story if you do
the same, however. That's when you'll hear the lion
roar...and, no doubt, you'll want to keep these cats
purring. Venus in Leo wants to appear experienced in
love, even if they have little or no experience whatsoever!
Venus in Leo men and women
have high expectations, but once you know that these
expectations revolve only around how much attention you are
giving them, you'll see that they are really quite
big-hearted about most everything else. They are threatened
by a relationship that appears to have settled too much, or
one that's lost its spark. They are also threatened by
indifferent or impersonal behavior on your part.
Although their needs for physical
expression through sex are generally quite strong, their need for
love is perhaps even stronger. It is hard for Venus in Leo people
to separate love and sex, and even their most erotic fantasies are
infused with love and affection. For this reason, few Venus in Leo
folk would last long in a relationship that is mostly sexual. On
the flip side, they may last longer in a love-only relationship in
the absence of satisfying sex, but they are unlikely to feel very
Pleasing Venus in Leo
involves paying loads of attention to them. If you're
willing to make only one adjustment in your ways, it should be
to remind Leo how wonderful they are.
Respect and appreciate them, always. Put up with their
childlike moments and their tall tales. They want to be seen
as attractive by you, so avoid (at all costs!) putting them
down in this area. They actually lose interest when they
perceive the slightest loss of interest in their partner, and you can
expect that any letdown will be acted out in a dramatic
fashion. Remind them, in a gentle way, that your
emotions count too. If you are feeling a little jealous, let them
know. Remember, to Venus in Leo, your small jealousies
are affirmations that you find them attractive and expect
the rest of the world to as well. Let them decide where to go on a date, and
let them pay too. When Venus in Leo feels loved and
appreciated, they reward you with loyalty, a big sense of
fun, and plenty of physical expressions of their love.
Some Famous People with Venus
in Leo: George Bush Jr. (Mercury and Venus in Leo), Tom
Cruise (Moon and Venus in Leo), Whitney Houston (Sun and Venus in
Leo), Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan (Mercury and Venus in Leo), Madonna (Sun and Venus in Leo), Tobey
Maguire, George Bernard Shaw (Sun and Venus in Leo),
Mars in Leo
This position of Mars gives a drive for significance. Mars in Leo
individuals possess a strong need to create in some wayand they are determined that their lives have not only
meaning, but significant meaning!
This is a particularly vital
position of Mars. Passions run high, and so does desire. There is
a strong will that gives these natives much staying power. Though
Mars in Leo people will enjoy the pleasures of risk-taking, they
generally have a strong sense of reason at the end of the day.
Mars in Leo people often have
well-defined ambitions. Rarely will you find a person with Mars in
this position who lives life without a true sense of a
"calling". They act with authority and power, and their
personal magnetism generally endows them with the ability to get
what they want.
This is one of the more sexual
positions of Mars. While they are rather easy to arouse, their
passion is long-standing. Mars in Leo natives enjoy sex more than
most, as long as heavy doses of love and romance are part of the
package. In partnership, they demand loyalty and admiration.
Impatient with small-mindedness
and disloyalty, Mars in Leo natives generally have a strong
idealistic streak. They easily get fired up when they feel they've
been humiliated, and they defend their high principles with
Mars in Leo natives act with
their heart. Their ego is tied up with their actions, so that most
anything they do becomes a source of great pride. Though some are
self-righteous and quarrelsome, the more sophisticated people with
this position are kindly leaders. (See also the
of Mars in Leo).
Some Famous People with Mars
in Leo: Cher, George Clooney, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Lopez (Sun,
Mercury, and Mars in Leo), Martin Sheen (Sun, Moon, and Mars in
Leo), Patrick Stewart (Mercury and Mars in Leo),
Leo rising people cannot help but be noticed. They radiate a
special energy and magnetism that gets others' attention. Sometimes it's because they
are loud people who pay a lot of attention to their personal
appearance (especially their hair!); other times it's due to a
regal manner that simply demands interest from others.
Leo Ascendant people are very
self-aware and body-conscious. They are acutely aware of others,
and how they come across. In fact, these people are especially
aware of their personal "backdrop"they consider what
the people they're with, and the environments they are in, do to
their own image. Often, Leo rising natives feel as if they are on
stage, even in the privacy of their own homes!
They are given to rash decisions,
temper tantrums, and excesses. However, they have plenty of
staying power, drive, and their idealism keeps them from getting
into too much trouble. The desire to oversee the goings-on in
their circle can sometimes amount to bossiness. If this desire
doesn't go too far, however, it can just mean a person who wants
to make sure the people they love are all right. Many Leo rising
people are managers, either by profession or character.
The tendency to overestimate
things, and themselves, is generally present. This is due to a
natural enthusiasm and optimism about any new undertaking.
Sometimes, they are walking commercials. In fact, Leo rising
people make excellent promoters.
Leo rising people are generally
demonstrative, and given to grand gestures. Drama comes naturally
to these natives. In fact, some are so caught up in fiction,
they're a little blind to fact. They have an unusual need to be
Leo Ascendants often have a
strong physical constitution. They pay special attention to their
personal appearance and mannerisms. Usually, they choose clothing
and hairstyles that are youthful. Their manner is authoritarian
No matter their age in real-world
terms, Leo rising people are kids at heart. They are fun-loving
and warm; generous and spirited.
Just how magnanimous and outgoing
a Leo rising individual is will be modified by the placement of
the Sun by sign and house. This is because the ruling planet of a
Leo Ascendant is the Sun. For example, a Leo rising person with
Sun in Virgo may not come across as strongly as a Leo rising
person with Sun in Aries. No matter the placement of the Sun,
however, Leo rising natives are quite self-aware and optimistic.
They have a natural flair for presentation, an eye for quality,
and a hard-to-resist warmth of style. They want to make things happen,
and create a stir. More on
Famous people with Leo Ascendants
include George Bush Jr., Robert Downey Jr., Justin Timberlake,
Jason Bateman, Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry, Dick Butkus, Muhammad Ali, Celine Dion, Donald Trump,
Robert Urich, Elton John, and Marilyn Monroe.
the other signs of the zodiac:
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