28 Feb The Signs of the Zodiac
23rd July – 23rd August
The fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo’s are often said to be the most outwardly impressive sign of the zodiac. Do they always live up to their reputation?
Leo is represented by the Lion, the king of the jungle, and ruled by the sun. Greek mythology identifies it as the Nemean Lion, defeated by Hercules as the first of his famous Twelve Labours and set into the sky. It’s appropriate for Leo’s, as the Nemean Lion had an impenetrable hide and their strong sense of self often makes them appear just as well-armoured.
Leo is a fixed fire sign, meaning that they’re powerful and wilful in all they do, and their confidence and energy can carry people along with them. They’re also very loyal, and those around them always know that they have a genuine friend to reach out to.
They can, however, be stubborn and resistant to change, and their self-confidence and flamboyance can be misinterpreted as showing off and attention-seeking.
Leo’s are often found in positions of authority and power, as their natural leadership qualities mean that people gravitate towards them, but they’re also very creative, expressive and very at home in the limelight – famous Leo’s include Mick Jagger, Madonna and Barack Obama. Whatever they do, they tend to be very lucky and have a great sense of timing.
Leo’s birthstone is the Tiger’s Eye, a stone known for its protective qualities as well as representing focus, integrity and willpower. Leo’s will be drawn to any golden stones, as representations of their ruler the Sun, but wearing citrine jewellery in particular will be energising for them.
In personal relationships, fellow fire signs Aries and Sagittarius are the best matches for Leo’s, but they’ll also be compatible with air signs Gemini and Libra. Water signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces – can tend to put out Leo’s flames, and they can find earth signs a little too grounded.
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