|Leo is the fifth constellation of the Western
zodiac and is represented symbolically by the Lion. Yours is the second
of the fire signs and also of the fixed quality.
Leo is ruled by the Sun and is naturally associated with astrology’s
fifth house. Creativity, vitality, energy, enthusiasm and a zest for life are all characteristic of you while fun, romance and a fondness for children and
animals are high on your list of priorities.
Typically, you don’t like to take a back seat. Just as the
Sun is placed naturally at the centre of our solar system, where no
one fails to appreciate its pivotal role nowadays, so Leo prefers a
central position and to live surrounded by those who adore each of your best qualities.
The Lion is called the king of the beasts, so individuals
born during this period suit leadership, have excellent organisational
ability and thrive in positions of responsibility and trust. The more
prized you feel for your efforts, the more you will continue to give
of your best. A menial,
insignificant or subordinate role could never be appropriate so far as you’re concerned. The chance to shine, to be everything
you can and to manifest your talents completely is a pivotal motivation
for everybody born under your constellation. Typically you’re sunny and brim full of verve, vigour, pizzazz and star quality. You are driven consciously and less so towards conspicuous prominence in all that you do.
|You need approval and approbation, so you’ll seek
to increase your chances of acclaim by exploiting your talents
to the full. Some of you are content to concentrate on more modest objectives too,
where a central position is an easier one to maintain. Your sign is particularly associated with creativity in all its
forms. While many will be attracted to more immediately obvious angles like artistic expression, the theatre and the performing arts for example, others are best suited to concentrate their efforts closer to home where childbirth, bringing up a family, or raising animals may manifest this impulse even more directly. Ultimately,
like the Sun your ruler, you always need to feel at the heart of things.
You’d prefer to be a small star ruling its
own planetary subsystem, than an insignificant and
more minor component of some far larger cosmic structure…
Perhaps for this reason the high personal standards of many Leos can cause you to
emphasise an excessively narrow range of activities. These are usually
those things at which you’ve previously proven your ability.
Failure and humiliation are not outcomes a Leo can
easily bear, so you may end up foregoing certain opportunities rather
than risk looking small. Nonetheless, in the world of show business
and elsewhere in public life, there are many household names who have Leo
prominently placed in their birth horoscopes.
As you’ll almost certainly be aware, royalty around the globe also
has had a special and lasting connection with your sign. So many astrologers would have us
believe that every Leo is an indomitable showman, always ready to
take on the world and completely impervious to the kinds of setbacks
that everyone experiences from time to time. However, in reality you’re actually quite sensitive, although your inherent
pride means that most hurts are not witnessed outside of your inner circle. The Lion retreats
to his (or her) den, licks his wounds for a while and then bounces
back with renewed self-confidence, ready and willing to take on another day.
|| Orange, gold
||Sunflowers, marigolds, celandines, rosemary, cyclamen, passion
||Olive and palm trees, bay trees,
all citrus trees - especially oranges
||France, Italy, Romania, Madagascar,
Macedonia, Sicily, Jamaica, Zanzibar
||Bath, Bristol, Bombay, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Rome, Madrid
||Aries, Sagittarius, Pisces
||Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius
|Despite the big focus on pleasure and recreation, you aren’t
averse to working hard in the right circumstances. You can put in long hours when caught up with something that really grips your attention.
Alternatively, you also enjoy any situation where there is plenty of opportunity
for you to earn recognition and reward. Having nothing to be proud of isn’t
a natural state of affairs for you and tends to bring on the worst aspects of your behaviour. Without some sense of a
unique contribution you can become surly, uncooperative, lazy, selfish
and disruptive. You function better with lots of opportunity
for self-determination and the ability to make, implement and see through
your own decisions.
Given the respect you are sure you deserve,
you make a tolerant, magnanimous and just leader, one who guides
by example and inspires loyalty and devotion
in all those who follow you.
Leos are generous and big-hearted to the people they love and are noble
and tolerant in their outlook and perspective. You are selfless and
giving towards everyone you care about, and will certainly defend the
objects of your affection to the very last. It’s unsurprising
that once in love you prove to be the zodiac’s greatest romantic.
You are enormously loyal, but tend towards serial monogamy, because once your
latest earth-shattering affair starts to settle down, the resultant
routine may prove less perfect than that you had initially hoped
for or dreamed about. It’s important to temper your amorous expectations with a touch of reality for best results then…