The Zodiac Sign Leo | Jul 24 - Aug 23

Leo Purple smallYour ruler, the Sun, is the centre of the Solar System (some might say the Universe) and that is exactly where you see your place in the world. You are a powerhouse of energy, and few star signs have the same level of drive and motivation that you do. At the heart of this Leo energy is your fire element, which is recognisable in every aspect of your life—work, love or play.

The Leo Personality and Influences

Key life phrase I Shine
Zodiac Totem The Lion
Zodiac Symbol As above
Zodiac Facts Fifth sign of the zodiac; fixed, hot, positive, masculine and dry
Zodiac Element Fire
Key Characteristics Original, imposing, inflexible, motivated, ambitious, loyal, physical, charitable and majestic
Compatible Star Signs Leo, Sagittarius, Cancer, Libra, Aries
Mismatched Signs Virgo, Pisces, Scorpio and Capricorn
Ruling Planet Sun
Love Planets Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus
Finance Planet Mercury
Speculation Planet Jupiter
Career Planets Venus and Saturn
Spiritual and Karmic Planets Mars and Jupiter
Friendship Planet Mercury
Destiny Planet Jupiter
Lucky Numbers and Significant Years 1, 3, 9, 10, 12, 18, 19, 21, 27, 28, 30, 36, 37, 39, 45, 46, 48, 54, 55, 57, 63, 64, 73 and 82
Lucky Gems Ruby, carnelian, garnet, red spinel, red coral and orange sapphire
Lucky Fragrances Cinnamon, sandalwood, orange, lime and bergamot
Affirmation/Mantra I am calm and satisfied
Lucky Days Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Leo Profile

The power of the Sun is at the heart of your personality Leo and as your ruling planet makes you shine so brightly in life. You therefore reflect these very traits of star which is at the core of our solar system.

You are a mass of vibrant energy and display the qualities of the Sun in full measure. You are warm, intense and energetic. Therefore, you want to make an impression in everything you do - work, love and your social life as well.

Most Leos are extremely generous and give freely of their time, money and resources. But by the same token you expect others to reciprocate and do you loyalty is a two-way street. You also like to bring out the best in others. That's why when you see others holding back you find it hard to not to say something that will help them get out of their rut and become the best they can. You have a desire to see everyone give to the best of their ability. This sometimes makes you appear a tyrant as your aspirations demand more than others can give.

You have an extraordinarily upbeat attitude and your positive mental attitude is one of your greatest assets. You don't let the negative influences of other people hold you back too much. You tried yourself on the fact that even coming from humble beginnings you're able to achieve everything you have through this single-minded positive attitude. You like to share this philosophy with others as well.

You often find yourself in the right place at the right time. Some people call this lack but you have the knack of knowing when to strike. You're able to maximise life's opportunities which is why others sometimes regard you with envy. But this doesn't worry you. You steam ahead irrespective of others' opinions.

Because you like to share your joys and successes you are sometimes unaware that people regard this as bragging. Some might even call you a show-off, but this is an incorrect opinion of you. Your dramatic flair is part and parcel of your in-built zest for life, love of people and optimistic attitude. Life to you is like a stage on which to perform and express your talents in full measure.

Life to you is a stage on which you must perform to your best ability. You exude charisma; creativity and a personal style all of your own. Like many who strut the stage of screen and music, you also want to be No. 1 and present yourself as someone special with talents uniquely yours. Many high-profile celebrities and personalities are born under your sign of Leo, including Robert Redford, Bill Clinton, Pete Sampras and Madonna. All of them have made their mark in their own way and undoubtedly will remain the standard for others to follow.

Your honesty and integrity is your signature trademark and you are in blunt in your openness at times. But people know you as a genuine friend who is always ready to give an honest answer. It seems that even if you can't help someone with their specific problem, you somehow still manage to exude a warm and reassuring vibration that makes them feel better for being with you.

You have a need to prove you are better than others which can sometimes be a problem for you. Humility should be cultivated if you are to sidestep problems in your relationships. You will be recognised for your dynamic energy and self-motivated action. You don't need to big-note yourself to others. People will instantly recognise your abilities and even look up to you. If this adulation begins to go to your head, you must listen to the cautionary advice of a good friend when s/he says, "Get off your high horse, Leo!"

Leo, the lion is your totem and is lord of the jungle. Power, muscularity, grace and ferocity are some of the traits associated with this creature. Study it well to understand yourself better. You'll come to know that your physical appetites and general level of energy are extraordinarily high. It is no overstatement to say that you need to be physically mobile and fully engaged in meaningful work and social activities to feel good. You shine in almost anything you do and will without any shadow of a doubt make your mark in this world.

You are a born leader and people always look up to you for direction guidance and security. At times you are hard and demand excellence from them because you exhibit this in your own actions. People gravitate towards you and you will no doubt be capable of reaching the zenith of whatever activity you choose in your life.

You tend to be a leader in your field because you have such a pioneering spirit which is also tied in with your desire to be the best. On the one hand you're quite happy to pursue a life in which you follow the rules and regulations of others but by far prefer to blaze your own trail through the jungles of life.

It is through this attitude you will carve your own niche and make that name for yourself. Either way, you cannot help but be noticed and make an impression everywhere they go. This is the majesty and royal bearing of your star sign - Leo.

Leo Cusps

Leo - Cancer cusp ( July 22 - 29 )

Being born between the 22nd and the 29th of July makes you a rather unique Leo - born native. Apart from the abovementioned personality traits you also exhibit the sensitive characteristics of your previous star sign, which is Cancer.

While Leo is a masculine and fiery sign, Cancer is a feminine and watery one. What this will do is balance the aggressive masculine traits of Leo, making you a softer and, at times, moodier individual. You will tend to absorb the stresses of people and the environment around you and therefore you need to balance your life much more carefully than the typical full - blown Leo character.

Along with your loyal and generous nature, you're endowed with the intuitive qualities of Cancer. Not only that, both Leo and Cancer love people, but with this combination of zodiac signs, you will truly be a champion of the downtrodden and underprivileged. You have deep and compassionate interests in being of assistance to others.

Being born on this borderline cusp also indicates that you have a receptive as well as retentive memory. Your ability to recall facts and figures is notable; however, you can also get stuck on emotional problems, not knowing how to shake them off. Try to live more in the present.

Another aspect of the Moon-the ruler of Cancer-that sometimes doesn't work well for you is its maternal nature. You sometimes veer too close to the mothering/smothering lane, which can put people off.

In addition you love to mix with all sorts of people. Social activities are an essential ingredient in your development. You are a great success socially, because you can convey your wisdom to others so well-Cancerians have very expressive faces.

You're a great organiser; you love your home and family and tend to be flamboyant, but you are also very sentimental. Self - discipline is something you need to develop in your life, and also take care of your physical health, which will, on many occasions, be dependent upon your emotional state.

Leo - Virgo Cusp ( August 16 - 23 )

The other end of the spectrum is the Leo-Virgo cusp and if you're born between the 16th and 23rd of August you'll be prone to possessing some of the traits of the next star sign to you, which is Virgo. You may or may not know that Virgo is often fastidious, fault - finding and highly motivated by intellectual aspects of life.

With this combination you must be careful not to become too set in your ways and ingrained with ideologies and opinions that often make you appear a hard taskmaster. When you do express your criticism of something it's more than likely because you've analysed and summed up a situation correctly before acting out your thoughts. While some people might find this an annoying habit, others will never hesitate to involve you in their work. These people recognise your natural talents and will invite you onto their social scene and include you in their personal projects, as your expertise is highly valued.

Serving others is usually seen as a menial and undesirable activity by most. You see it with a whole new perspective. It feels good for you to help others, to see them achieve what makes them happy and, if you can be part of that in some way, it gives you pleasure.

You make an excellent teacher because you have the knack of explaining the ins and outs of even the most complicated subject in a simple manner. Unlike others who try to impress with their knowledge, you are unassuming and genuinely work hard at being good at what you do.

The Virgo element makes you perceptive and caring of others, and you are sometimes in a better position to be of service to others by not exerting your strength but rather sitting back and allowing others to lead you. This is the unique opportunity you have by being born on the borderline of these two star signs.

Having this combination of traits makes you fiery and fond of displaying your creative and intellectual abilities. It also makes you very dependable, and friends will always be able to rely upon you.

Although you enjoy a full social agenda, the shy and retiring component of Virgo will often make you slip in and out of the social scene and this is probably a good thing because it will help balance your life.

Leo At Large

24 July - 5 August

Being born between the 24th of July on the 5th of August makes you Leo through and through. Your charisma and power are undeniable and from early age you have had a strong sense of your personal destiny. As a result don't be surprised to find yourself assuming positions of authority and power and life. Some of you may even hold high office, become interested in politics or at this community work and will certainly become the best in your field.

August - 14 August 

As a Leo born between the 6th on the 14th of August you have an adventurous nature and like to explore the different avenues of life to make your life more exciting and interesting. Culture, travel and higher studies are some of the different avenues which will draw you away from a conventional lifestyle to an independent type of life. You have a great love of freedom and will never let anyone dictate the terms of your existence.

15 August  - 23 August 

Impatience and a hot-headed nature are some of the problems you face being born between the 15th and the 23rd of August. Once you can bring these emotions under control you have a much better chance of not only being successful but finding happiness in your personal affairs as well. Because of the strong influence of Mars and Aries on your birthday you have a strong ego and need to understand that others may just be right sometimes. Notwithstanding these negative traits, you do have a very generous nature and are affectionate to the ones you care for.

Leo Man






You are ruled by the Sun, a masculine planet, which signifies authority, verve and intensity. You're hugely charismatic and captivating, and love getting adulation. You are also a big-hearted individual who showers loved ones with encouragement and wealth, but because of your Lion- like character, you demand an equal measure of responsiveness as well. Socially, you enjoy an eclectic mix of temperaments and have a fondness for elegant environments. On the whole, you're a secure individual who is in control of their emotions.

Leo-born individuals are well-proportioned and usually athletic in build. However, it would be wise to make physical exercise and diet a regular part of your daily regime. You exhibit a good measure of sex appeal, but you can be quite abashed about it. Being ruled by the Sun, you seek exhilaration in all your pursuits, including relationships. You can be unusually passionate about children, sports and entertaining exploits.

You are pure and childlike in your affection for others, but your dark side reveals itself in opinionated stances and arrogance. You're also enorm- ously compassionate and tender. As one of the most regal signs of the zodiac, you possess natural valour, confidence and an optimistic frame of mind, and you refuse to stoop. Come hell or high water, you hold your head high, which many perceive as pompousness rather than courage.

Your personality is governed by strong zodiac elements, which makes you very exacting, and you make demands of others who may not have an inkling of your thought processes. You have a knack for pushing people beyond their comfort zone and helping them realise their own potential. Of course, you are thinking about their best interests, but few will be receptive to such intensity.

You may exhibit a streak of impulsiveness, but you can blame this on your imaginative mind and keen desire to share your light-bulb moments with the world. Your self-confidence is high, especially when compared to other signs of the zodiac. This may spark silent resentment when you find that others are obstinately closed to your perceptive insights.

You should practise patience and tolerance, Leo, as your exacting and aggressive demands can backfire on you. As the saying goes, 'you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink'. Let it go; others may not be as thirsty as you.

There could be occasions when your staunch philosophical beliefs get in the way of forging healthy relationships with others. Such obstinacy can mean the end of relationship. Try to find a delicate balance between discernment and effervescence.

When it comes to children, you're strict as well as compassionate. However, employ care when dealing with your offspring. Some would rather be led gently than prodded fiercely. Your sense of protection is never governed by ego; it is there to enable them to succeed in life through hard work and tenacity.

You're the epitome of courage, conviction, optimism and self-confidence, and you are a role model for those around you. Your personality is a mixed bag of enthusiasm, competitiveness and aggression, and you see nothing more clearly than the route to realising your goals. Though you're perceived as rigid and obstinate, you are just persistent and uncompromising when it comes to executing your plans.

Leo Woman







Leo women are ambassadors of elegance, poise and friendliness, and they have enormously refined tastes. They clearly exhibit the prowess of the Lioness, their ruling totem. Like many felines, you prefer the solitary confines of your world. Although you can be a trailblazer in solitude, it would be a waste of your brilliance and protective instincts, which make you a multifaceted and fascinating woman.

You have the ability to forge a sensational connection with children because you are a child at heart. This youthfulness allows you to remain young even as you grow older. You thoroughly enjoy companionship and revel in the company of both men and women. Blessed with inner charm and braininess, you are an expert when it comes to quirky rejoinders and witty repartee, and you indulge in conversations as long as they don't bore you.

Your candour can catch people off guard. It throws them into confusion and they will struggle to find a plausible comeback to your straight forward and, at times, blunt demands or responses. No other zodiac sign epitomises the adage 'what you see is what you get' better than you, Leo.

Just as the Sun is the focus of the solar system, you too aspire to be in control wherever you go, whether it's the school canteen or the board of a big company. Regardless of the circumstances or scale, you refuse to be relegated to a lesser position. You are determined to achieve remark- able highs in life. This desire is not fame-driven. Instead, you are fuelled by your desire to contribute to the world at large.

When it comes to fashion, you love to buy clothes and accessories that reflect your flamboyant and striking personality. You like to experiment with different looks and stand out from the crowd. Your true joy comes from securing a bargain, and you unabashedly haggle to get a price that puts a smile on your face. You ride high on your self-esteem, and even when an invitation calls for casual attire, you show up impeccably clothed and groomed. It is not in your nature to don an unkempt look, even during sleep!

As an individual, you are gracious, hospitable and overflowing with warmth. You find your comfort zone wherever you go, and it's usually elegant and slightly luxurious. Like a lioness, you love to be admired and you like to find the perfect setting that enhances the way you look.

Leo, you handpick your friends according to certain standards and ideals, and anything less is unacceptable. To you, nothing assumes greater significance than integrity and loyalty, and you may find your- self enormously wounded by betrayal, especially since your intuition is usually spot-on.

Even if your formative years may be marred by struggle or misfortune, your grit and astuteness will allow you to carve out a promising future for yourself and your family. People who exhibit similar strength and ambition earn your respect, and you are attracted to those who are as powerful as you.

Leo Child

For the most part, children of Leo are quite a happy bunch being infused by the vital rays of the sun, their ruling planet. They love to play, complete and express themselves in a positive manner.

Leo children do have an insatiable need to be recognized, to be the centre of attention and may sometimes dominate their peer group. Handling in this aspect of their personalities many require quiet of cleverness on the part of their parents. Remember however, never undermine them particularly in front of their friends as this can create long-term problems for them.

Leo children have natural leadership ability and like to assert themselves over their friends. You need to teach them the value of sharing power and also serving. As an old mentor of mine once used to remark "let he who has served first command". If not checked early, they may become tyrannical in their friendships, expecting everyone to bow down to their every whim.

Because of their competitive nature, Leo children enjoy sports which will allow them to prove their capabilities. Any type of fast sport which requires tenacity and strength will bring out their superior talents. Often, the Leo's sporting agenda becomes part of the family routine and can create a great deal of joy and bonding for all the family members. Physical activity will enhance their vital life force.

You must always provide your little Leo loads of loving attention and affection. They love the being the centre of attention and being the object of your adoration, so any gestures of love naturally make them feel great.

If you offer love and heartfelt tenderness to your Leo child, you will see that beneath the roaring exterior is a lifelong loyal and devoted friend.

Leo Lover

Leo loves to indulge and has a penchant for love affairs, pleasure and entertainment. As the fifth zone of the Zodiac, it is the indisputable sign of romance and inventiveness, and a fervent and enthusiastic social life is intrinsic to their personality.

Because your personality is welcoming, optimistic and affable, you are someone who attracts love without even trying. You can bond effort lessly and are comfortable in the company of the opposite sex. Whether you are male or female, the thrill of conquest is an instinctive urge in the Lion. However, finding your ideal soul mate may be a difficult task. Your ambitiousness comes into play, which makes you excruciatingly hard to please, and you believe that you deserve a lot more than what you usually get.

You never make a commitment in haste. You're easy-going and open to life and the diversity that it has to offer. Because you regard sex as a form of creative expression, sexuality becomes a vital part of your ideology, particularly if you're a Leo male.

Being lion-like at heart, you tend to dominate social circles. While your peers may accept this as part of your personality, strangers may find it controlling, especially when love is at stake. This may not be the most ideal situation, so employ wisdom and care.

In my experience, Leos experience a multitude of friendships and affairs before settling down with their chosen partner. This is why contentment may elude you until midlife. Another factor is the influence of Saturn and Uranus ruling the marriage sector of your zodiac. While Saturn is an older planet, Uranus is deemed progressive. A combination of the two can often create friction and delays, which may impact on your love life.

When you finally connect with your soul mate, you do so with consider- able commitment. Since Leo is a fixed sign of the zodiac, you're blessed with the fortitude to remain dedicated at all times. You love and care intensely and, true to your totem, you are also territorial towards your loved ones. Make sure you don't let possessiveness stifle your marriage or long-term relationships as this can rupture the trust and devotion you share.

You're a harsh judge in relationships, and you tend to label your partner as either an asset or a liability. Your lover is not a commodity, but at the same time they must socially and professionally enhance your status in the eyes of others. If you're with someone who doesn't make you feel proud, you are likely to find someone more appropriate.

When you finally unite with someone on a soul level, you remain unfazed and optimistic about plunging into the sacred vows of matrimony. Marriage is a lifetime commitment and you will give it your best shot. Love will complete you in ways you can't even imagine, Leo.

Leo Friend

Because of your self-important disposition, you are often perceived as self-centred. Of course, there is no denying that you love to bask in attention and boast or exaggerate to keep your audience engaged. You find yourself at peace in the spotlight. After all, a lion would never huddle in a remote corner, would it?

Once people get past this superficial façade, they will find an enormously faithful and generous friend, even though you have zero tolerance for betrayal and dishonesty. Deceit is the shortest route to ending a friend- ship with Leo. At the same time, friends of Leo-born individuals may regret not having invested in a pair of ear plugs as Leos like to go on about their feats and accomplishments.

When your friendship is finally on firm ground, your sincerity and affection is incomparable and you are devoted to fostering the friendship for life. People always look forward to your company due to your easy-going disposition, and you can beA relied on to contribute to an event. At the same time, there may be people with low self-confidence who may not be as receptive to your cheerful and demonstrative ways.

Your big-heartedness, affection and friendliness come with a huge price tag as you expect your friends to express an equivalent degree of grati- tude. Unless your trust is taken for granted, you are a devoted friend who will stick by your peers through thick and thin.

Leo can sometimes be a gambler in relationships, even though they rely on their refined intuition to make the right choices. Even if you are flawed in your judgment, you smile at the lesson learnt and walk proudly forward. It is unlikely that you will repeat the mistake. You're a fast learner!

Due to their competitive and nurturing streak, Leo males and females can be aggressively possessive of their prospective mate. When you think of a lion protecting its pride, you can understand why. If someone shows even a miniscule of interest in what is yours, you roar out loud!

Leo Enemy

Generally speaking, Leo, you are a good-natured, warm and generous person, but when someone upsets you, they better watch out! Small- minded or mean-spirited people are likely to anger you, but the real storm hits when someone breaks your trust or steals something from you, such as ideas or possessions.

Just as a lion stalks its prey, so too will Leo-born individuals. Your prey may not hear you coming, but they will feel your bite and be deafened by your roar before you end the relationship forever.

At times you may feel isolated and burnt out in relationships. This is because others can't match your level of dedication. At the same time, if you light a lantern for someone, you invariably illuminate your own path, so the more you help others, the more you stand to gain.

Leo, you regard your views and opinions as far more important than the general consensus, and if someone attempts to slander or demean your vision, they better brace themselves for the consequences. You respond to constructive criticism, not public humiliation.

You have an amazing knack for defending yourself, and you can debase your opponent with a piercing comeback. You make your resentment obvious, and those who displease you know exactly how you feel.

Leo Celebrities

What a better way to study face reading than to apply the principles of characterology to those faces of our favorably celebrities and public figures.

These famous faces are a brief interpretation of what their features and faces reveal about them.

We will be constantly updating our celebrity face readings, so check back to gather new insights into the rich and famous!

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My Light and Shadow

The Light and Shadow

The light and the dark are part of human nature and each star sign exhibits this polarity. It is the yin and yang of life and once we confront these shadowy areas within ourselves the sooner we are able to break free of all self limiting behaviours and habits.

Leo: The light side

Your aura is palpable. In other words, people only have to walk into the same room as you to feel your dazzling presence. This, as I have already mentioned, is because of your connection to the solar disc, which is the ruler of Leo. You radiate sunshine and joy wherever you go.

Leo has the ability to heal and uplift others, even unconsciously so. Through your personality and warm gestures others feel happy and inspired by your actions. People look up to you and therefore Leo is one of the better role models of the zodiac in terms of what is like to be an all-round good person.

People admire you as a leader and in your social, professional and even family life lives you take command and help steer people in the right direction. You are loyal in family life and make a great parent. You only have to look at the lioness with her cubs to see just how protective and nurturing she is.

Your intuition is very strong and you are able to couple this with a deep intuitive power as well. You can apply that to your commercial life where you have a knack of spotting a good deal and exercising your great sense of timing. You are a born salesperson; therefore, your words contain great power to convince others of your position. You are persuasive and, even if people oppose you at first, it doesn't take long for you to bring them around to your way of thinking. Your enthusiasm is infectious and everyone you come in touch with will feel the joy that you do.

Leo: The dark shadow side

Your power is so strong that it is sometimes overwhelming. If you do become the boss or take on the leadership role (or rather should I say 'when'), you must be careful not to become overbearing in your manner. It is one thing to be respected, but another to be feared. Others may find your power just too much to handle. If you set yourself a course of action, you have the tendency to go at it full-throttle and may sometimes might not be reasonable enough to listen to opinions or suggestions of others. This can be a mistake and cause you to alienate the very people who can become your best allies.

Try to listen a little more and don't always assume that you are 100 per cent correct. Your major life lessons centre on accepting that we are all equals and y. Yes, you are able to mix with all types of people, but your ego can sometimes get the better of you. Don't let the phrase 'might Might makes right' dominate your relationships. Fortunately, Leo has the spiritual Sun as its ruler, which means that you are able to adopt a position of selfawareness and slowly but surely eradicate these character defects, which will bring you to a much more fulfilling position in life.

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