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Leo zodiac sign and its interpretation

This page offers a few texts published in several pages of our website along with other unreleased features. Its aim is to describe and to recapitulate the mains characteristics of Leo.

It is useful to recall that to be a Leo means to have one's Sun in Leo, which requires to know the exact time and place of birth in addition to the date. Indeed, sometimes a one-minute gap is enough for the Sun to shift signs when the birth occurred near the end or at the beginning of a given sign.

Astrotheme enables you to find rapidly the exact position of your Sun and your Ascendant, should you have any doubt.

The astrological sign of Leo and its personality

Your psychological nature is powerful and full of self-confidence. You are a leader whose strength and nobleness command your entourage's respect and adherence, with unchallenged legitimacy.


Your ability to order, the prestige and charisma that emanate continuously from your person, inevitably put you under the spotlight, wherever you go.

Leo' sayings and key-words

The words "I love" encapsulate the character of Leo. Generosity, affection and attractiveness are the qualities which resonate naturally with him.

The sign of Leo is proud, determined, strong-willed, loyal, solemn, generous, ambitious, courageous, heroic, conquering, creative, confident, seductive, happy, daring, fiery, majestic, honest, magnanimous, charismatic, responsible, noble, or dramatic.

But sometimes it is also domineering, vain, susceptible, bossy, stubborn, intolerant, self-centred, violent, quick-tempered, nonchalant.

The sign of Leo and its astrological characteristics

Rulership and exaltation in Leo

Leo is beaming and demonstrative

Each astrological sign has traits which are similar to, or different from, those of certain planets. They are known as planetary dignities. The planet having the strongest affinities with a sign is said to rule the sign and to be in its domicile, i.e. at home. It expresses itself with all its might, unreservedly. When a planet does not match a sign too well but remains compatible, it is in its exaltation. It gets its strength and its energy from the said sign though to a lesser extent than a planet in domicile.

The sign of Leo is in analogy with the Sun, its ruler. Leo is also close to Neptune since the latter is in exaltation in this sign according to certain authors, bearing in mind that opinions vary regarding Neptune and Pluto's planetary dignities.

The astrological sign of Leo shares several features with the Sun: it emphasizes courage, loyalty, nobleness and generosity, but also pride, irascibility, and self-centredness.

It must be noted that the interpretation of each zodiacal sign echoes the meaning of its House: the first sign and the 1st House, etc. Therefore, Leo, the fifth zodiacal sign, is in analogy with the 5th House: it describes the person's creative and recreational activities, his hobbies, as well as his love affairs, his luck in gambling, his relationships with children in general, including his own. This house covers all pleasant things in the native's life.

Leo Elements, Quadruplicities, and Polarities

Fire element of Leo

The twelve zodiacal signs are divided into four sectors matching the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. An element includes three compatible signs (triplicity), each element being mutually complementary.

Leo, like Sagittarius and Aries, is a Fire sign: these signs catch fire very quickly. They are enthusiastic, forthright, spontaneous, naive, and primary. This element provides the native with energy, ardour, and passion, but it may incline to violence, aggressiveness, lack of tact, and anger. Therefore, Fire may be dangerous, uncontrollable, and impulsive since it is difficult to master. It symbolises immoderate ambition, courage, the will to fight, dominate and conquer, but it also favours spiritual elevation, extreme lucidity, and it purifies the soul.

Leo is sometimes conceited

The Fixed mode of Leo

Signs are also divided into three sectors comprising four signs each. They are the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable sectors. Quadruplicities are also referred to as mode: the Cardinal mode, the Fixed mode, and the Mutable mode. Like elements, they rule different values and have characteristics of their own.

Leo, like Scorpio, Aquarius, and Taurus, is a Fixed sign. People with prominent fixed signs usually enjoy routine. They are stubborn, inflexible and find it difficult to adjust to new situations. Nevertheless, they demonstrate tenacity and moral strength, and they always complete their projects although it takes them some time to get started.

Leo is fixed in his ardour, his enthusiasm, and his authority. He is endowed with great energy, both physical and moral, and thus, he easily brings his projects to a successful conclusion.

Yang polarity for Leo

Lastly, polarities divide the Zodiac into two groups of six signs. Polarities are referred to as Masculine and Feminine, Yin and Yang, or Active and Passive.

These characteristics alternate from one sign to the next in zodiacal order. Active signs indicate extroverted, expansive, and fairly physical people who express themselves easily and are quite energetic and enthusiastic. Passive signs are more introverted, internalised, intellectual, deep, and calm.

Leo is active, or Yang.

The sign of Leo and its physical appearance

Even though they may not perfectly match your outward appearance, if your Ascendant, or to a lesser extent, your Sun, is in Leo, you might take on the following characteristics:

Leo physical appearance

Physically speaking, Leo people have strong features, a wide forehead, a thick and fair hair, often blond or red, and a quite large aquiline nose. The proportions are harmonious with a rather tall stature and long legs.

The musculature is elegant or very strong. Indeed, two types of personalities may be found in Leo, the Herculean type and the idealistic type. The latter is more moral and spiritual, and the former, practical and much more physical. The general appearance always gives an impression of nobleness, class, pride, and harmony.

The look is of course showy, often enhanced with jewellery and adornments. The clothes are often yellow and orange, Leo's favourite colours, and in any case, they are of the highest quality.

The sign of Leo and its health

The heart, the spine, and the eyes are the parts of the body in analogy with the sign of Leo.

Its health is good thanks to its robustness which is above average, but its energy is such that it needs to watch out several areas. Leo rules the heart and the backbone, and it is also believed that like Aries, it symbolically rules the sight and the brain.

It is certain that the major danger comes from the heart, and that there is a risk of developing a heart condition if it experiences situations of severe stress and serious annoyances. Back pains or backbone issues may also affect it if it is not careful, particularly during adolescence, a period when it is recommended that it stands up straight! Regular bodybuilding exercises may be a great help in controlling its overflow of energy and letting off some steam, at times.

The sign of Leo and its hobbies

If your sign is Leo, you are similar to Taurus people who prefer not to move about during their moments of relaxation and freedom.

Taking a nap and lazing about in the sun are among your favourite hobbies whenever your pent-up energy suddenly needs to be released. Indeed, you are endowed with a powerful constitution and overflowing vitality, and you are able to accomplish feats in many areas insofar as ... you decide to do so.

Horse riding, a sport for Leo

You are very suitable for sports requiring athletic vigour such as runs of all categories, horse racing, horse riding, wrestling, weightlifting, discus, javelin, bowling, polo, hunting, as well as disciplines implying patience such as yoga and tai-chi.

In general, you like all sports which enable your qualities to easily shine. Like Aries people, you enjoy competition but you hate losing ... even more than them!

Since Leo is in analogy with the 5th House, which is associated with artistic and creative activities, it is very likely that you particularly appreciate fashion, haute couture, painting, grandiose classical or modern music, theatre, and all sorts of games.

Leo and Love

The affective life of people born with the Sun in Leo – and often of those who have the Ascendant in Leo, is marked by rectitude, generosity and magnanimity but by his unreserved commitment too. Leo is the all-or-nothing kind.

Loyal, caring, and giving his all, Leo is at the same time demanding and exacting on the lightest signs of injustice and even possible lack of attention. He may easily sink into depression if the longed-for relationship is a disappointment, once concretised.

His susceptibility is renowned, and he constantly thinks that he deserves the best from his other half. In return, he offers his passion, his taste for comfort and luxury, his humour, his loyalty, his cheerfulness and his charismatic personality. However, he may at times be a bit domineering without being really aware of it.

Of course, he is also fiercely jealous, but he is so dignified that he never shows it. In all circumstances, he behaves proudly, loftily, apparently indifferent to jolts, even though he may be distraught internally.

Leo is uncompromising and devoted to his partner. His motto is "Take it or leave it".

Leo and work

Casino manager: a profession among those which may suit Leo

Since Leo is demanding and proud, the need for recognition and consideration, at the highest level if possible, influences his professional life.

If you are Leo, honours, fame, glamour, and high-ranking positions are your key-words. Your innate authority enables you to rapidly make your way through the higher spheres of power, arts, or business.

If you do not achieve celebrity, you strive to rub shoulders with the upper crust and fit into high-society circles, for you believe that they must naturally acknowledge you.

It would be terrible for you if you did not achieve success and stayed in an average and unnoticed status. This would stir up strong inner swirls and complexes which may cause periods of discouragement.

As an after-effect, you may also experience superficial upsurges of conceit which are nothing but useless defences against the adversity of the moment.

The following professions are most likely to suit you very well: corporate manager, actor of outstanding renown, film director, senior civil servant, ambassador, all positions in the gambling, amusement, or art industry, as well as first-class hotelier, jeweller and all occupations related to the luxury world, fireman, tamer, policeman/woman, or rider.

The symbolism of the sign of Leo

Countries and cities associated to Leo

Below are several traditional features associated with the sign of Leo.

For the countries : Italy, Romania, Sicily, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Iraq, Lebanon, Southern France.

For the cities: Rome, Prague, Bombay, Madrid, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Bath, Bristol, Portsmouth, Syracuse, Damascus.

Animals, Food, Herbs and aromatics for Leo

The animals in analogy with Leo are lions and felines in general.

The foods in analogy with Leo are meat and especially red meat, rice, honey, cereals, grapes, iron-rich vegetables: watercress, spinach etc. For herbs and aromatics: saffron, mint, rosemary, common rue (Ruta graveolens).

If you are Leo, your appetite is legendary, and your constitution does not predispose to obesity. You are able to swallow amazingly big quantities of food, probably in order to replenish the huge energy used up during your sports feats or your thundering fits of anger! You are not a vegetarian, and like a lion, you enjoy eating double or triple servings of grilled meat. However, you must be aware that in the long run, in your fifties, you may suffer from weight problems.

Regarding your culinary tastes, although you prefer a nice hearty salted dish served with vintage wine, you are not averse to desserts. They must be, literally and figuratively, the icing on the cake. Aesthetic is of major importance. You love mounted pieces having a decoration which might seem too much to anybody but not to you. You pay high attention to the edible golden leaf, and to macarons by Pierre Hermé, one of the best Parisian confectioners. You prize Champagne truffles as well as delicacies presented as luxury gifts. To cultivate the values of your sign, choose desserts concocted with honey and saffron such as baklavas for instance.

Flowers, plants and trees associated with Leo

Flowers and plants: marigolds, sunflowers, celandines, passion flowers. Trees: palm trees, laurel, walnuts, olive trees, lemon and orange trees.

Stones, Metals and Salts associated with the sign of Leo

Stones, Metals and Salts in analogy with Leo are palm trees, laurel, walnuts, olive trees, lemon and orange trees.

Celebrities with the Sun in Leo

Barack Obama, a famous Leo man

Astrotheme's database of celebrities lets you know who are the most popular personages. There are two possible criteria: the number of clicks on a celebrity's page, or the number of visitors who put them in their favourite file of their account. The examples below take into account both criteria, at the date of creation of these pages.

Taking into account contemporary people, the three most popular females are Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Beyoncé Knowles. The most popular males are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

However, we are focusing here on people born with the Sun in Leo. The currently most popular people are: Barack Obama, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emmanuelle Béart, Whitney Houston, Sandra Bullock or Mick Jagger.

Famous people having a Leo dominant

The Sun in Leo corresponds exactly to the topic of this article. However, it may be interesting to check the dominant of the chart. Indeed, it sometimes happens that the only planet in Leo is the Sun, but that the other planets or an angle such as the Ascendant are in a different sign. Although the chart's owner is a Leo, his chart may display a more "powerful" sign than Leo. This is called the "dominant sign".

George W. Bush, a Cancer man with Leo dominant

Conversely, some people are not Leo, although Leo is their planetary dominant. In that case, they display Leo features. In some cases, they are "much more Leo" than people having the Sun in Leo.

Astrotheme has computed eleven types of dominants for all the entries of its database. They include the dominant sign and in particular, the Leo dominant.

The most popular people having Leo as their planetary dominant are, for some of the most famous ones: Cancer Robert Charlebois, Taurus Jean Carmet, Gemini Meredith Baxter, Cancer Olivier de Kersauson, Virgo Jean-Claude Killy, Cancer George W. Bush or Sagittarius Jean-Pierre Foucault.

The other signs of the zodiac

You can also read the files about the signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.