COLOUR: Orange and gold
STONES: Ruby and diamond
FLOWERS: Sunflower, Mimosa
OPPOSITE AND COMPLEMENTARY SIGN: Aquarius
NUMBERS: 1 and 5
GOOD DAY: Sunday
HIGHEST COMPATIBILITY: Aquarius, Gemini
Leo's strengths include being creative and kind-hearted. Weaknesses include being arrogant and self-centred.
You will hear the lion's roar. This is because Leos are born leaders. They are self-confident and creative, they will be able to succeed in whatever field they choose to engage in their lives. They often have many friends because they are generous, loyal and kind-hearted. On the other hand, Leos are on a quest for self-awareness and growth and this may appear to others as selfish.
Leos in love are generous and passionate with their partner. Leos need a partner who is self-aware and on the same intellectual level as they are. They will assume the role of leader in any relationship.
Leo zodiac personality
Proud, ambitious, dominant, temperamental, passionate, likes to be admired, sometimes presumptuous. High self-confidence. Some tend to be possessive.
They possess great will power, are noble, generous, sometimes with few demonstrations of affection, but they love very much.
Weaknesses: arrogant, self-centred, sometimes lazy, inflexible, stubborn.
Strengths: passionate, creative, generous, warm, cheerful, fun-loving, fun-loving
Leo likes: theatre, holidays, being admired, extravagant things, bright colours, fun with friends
Leo dislikes: being ignored, facing reality, not being treated like the suns of home
What do Demi Lovato, Barack Obama and J.K. Rowling have in common? They are all Leos, according to the astrological zodiac signs! These people also exhibit some of the strongest traits of the Leo zodiac sign, including being gifted and persevering leaders.
So how do you know if you are a Leo? A Leo's birthday dates roughly from July 23rd to August 22nd. This is when the sun passes through Leo as it makes its way around the Earth. That means Leo is definitely a summer sign, which is partly why Leo's tend to have such fiery personalities.
Astrology tells us that Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, after Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer. The sign of Leo is ruled by the Sun and is of a fixed quality, meaning that the bright and fiery Sun fixes the Leo personality type into a set of consistent and almost unchanging traits.
Leo's ruling element is fire, and its zodiac symbol is a lion. Both symbols help to explain Leo's defining characteristics. Like a crackling fire, Leo's tend to be warm, passionate and dynamic. They revel in opportunities to let their charismatic and inclusive personality shine through.
And like the lion that represents them, Leo's are also strong, courageous and ready to master anything they set their minds to. Once Leo's set their sights on a goal, they pursue it with single-minded determination. If a Leo sets his mind to something, everyone had better get out of his way!
We have mentioned that Leos are often associated with lions, both in terms of personality and behaviour. But many people do not realise that the Leo zodiac sign is associated with the Greek myth of the Nemean Lion.
According to the story, the Nemean Lion terrorised the Nemean villagers who lived near him. Many versions of this myth say that the Nemean Lion abducted women and kept them in his lair to lure warriors to their deaths. What all the stories agree on, however, is how vicious the Nemean Lion was. He was huge and ferocious, and could not be killed with deadly weapons because of his impenetrable fur.
Eventually, King Eurystheus sends his cousin, Herakles, to kill the lion. To do so, Heracles waits for the lion to return to its den, and then Heracles strangles it with his bare hands. The goddess Athena helps Herakles skin the lion, and uses the impenetrable skin as armour.
While the Nemean Lion was definitely the villain of this story, this legend also highlights the lion's strength, intelligence and tenacity. While the Nemean Lion may not have used these qualities for good, that does not mean that today's Leo cannot. When Leo's are at their best, they can channel the characteristics of their namesake to do great things both for themselves and those around them.
Now that you have a general idea of what a Leo is, it is worth spending more time investigating the traits of this sign.
Every personality type has its strengths and weaknesses, and those who fall under the astrological sign of Leo are no different. If you are a Leo, it is important to understand what makes you tick. As a Leo who craves success, this is a key first step on your journey to greatness! Knowing the ins and outs of your Leo personality can help you maximise your strengths and minimise your weaknesses.
However, understanding Leo characteristics is important for anyone who has one in their life. When you understand your Leo partners, family members, friends and co-workers, you can encourage their growth and help them control themselves when they become a little undisciplined.
With this in mind, let's take a look at Leo traits and the four strengths and weaknesses of this zodiac sign.
When you think of lions and fire, you probably think of big and strong, dominant and powerful, warm and dazzling. These admirable qualities of lions and fire sum up the traits that make the astrological sign Leo special.
The Leo personality is most commonly known for exhibiting four key strengths: generosity and big heart, self-confidence, determination and natural leadership.
Strength 1: Generosity and Great Courage
Do you have a friend who would give you the shirt off their own back if you needed it? Maybe you have a cousin or a sibling who is known for giving the best birthday gifts. If you do, there's a good chance that person is a Leo.
The thing about Leo's is that they have a lot of love to give. If a Leo finds a place for you in their heart, consider yourself lucky: Leo's tend to be extremely generous with their time, attention, affection and money. As a result, Leo's tend to attract people to them.... so don't be surprised if the Leo in your life has quite a sizeable entourage!
Strength 2: Self-confidence
Self-confidence comes easily to Leo as well. Like their lion symbol, Leo's know they are powerful and dominant, and they are not afraid to show it. Leo's are the kind of people who can wear their hair in a crazy new style (just because they want to!), and in a few weeks it has become the new trend. Lioninos aren't afraid to like what they like, and they carry themselves with such incredible confidence that they can convince other people to like it too.
Because Leonines combine their own self-confidence with a generous spirit, they often tend to be excellent cheerleaders for those around them. Worried about passing a test? Your Leo friend is sure you'll do just fine. Got a big competition coming up? Your Leo friend will not only help you practice, but will convince you that you will win no matter what.
Strength 3: Determination
Leo's are also persevering and determined, which makes them virtually unstoppable considering the degree of self-confidence they have. When they set out to achieve something, they will not stop until it is done (and done well). Their determination is often fuelled by an indefatigable optimism, which drives them to keep going even when the road to achieving their goals becomes rocky.
The result is people who pursue great goals. Leonines don't want to climb just any mountain, they want to take on Everest! Consequently, Leonines are known for setting their sights on big goals... and achieving them.
Strength 4: Natural leadership
Finally, Leonines tend to be naturally gifted leaders. Self-confidence, determination and great cordiality are traits that most people admire and desire, so it is not surprising that those born in this sign are often well suited to lead others. Their charisma draws people to them, and their self-confidence inspires confidence in their abilities. In addition, their generosity and optimism engenders loyalty in those they lead. If you know someone who is chosen to lead group projects or student organisations without even trying, chances are you are dealing with a Leo!
The thing about strengths is that, when taken to extremes, they can become weaknesses. Leo's main characteristics may include a big heart, self-confidence, determination and good leadership, but there is also a downside to each of these qualities. When the coin is flipped, the four major weaknesses of this August zodiac sign are likely to be glimpsed.
Here is a guide to the four Leo traits that are commonly known as the "hidden side" of this sign.
Weakness 1: Naivety
The generosity and big heart of the Leo personality can leave them open to disappointment. Leo's open their hearts to many people, and they are not stingy with whom they extend their generosity either. Those undeserving of a Leo's kindness may see them as easy targets to take advantage of. The trusting nature of this sign can leave them blind when their loyalty is not reciprocated, and hurt when their generosity is met with ingratitude.
Well-balanced Leonines make sure they surround themselves with people they trust and who can help them see when they are being mistreated. Look for people born under the signs of Aries or Sagittarius, these people tend to be very perceptive and honest, and can help protect you from one-sided relationships.
Weakness 2: Arrogance
Lioninos, at their worst, can become arrogant; self-confident Lioninos are not afraid to show that they love and value themselves and are proud of their gifts and abilities. But they are known to be "all-rounders"... and when you become all-rounders, you can become egotistical. Arrogant lionesses tend to make everything about them, and can become contemptuous of people who don't share the same goals and determination as they do.
To avoid this, leonines must be sure to temper their confidence with a healthy dose of humility. Doing so ensures that you keep your ego in check. In the long run, this will be key to building strong relationships that support you in the pursuit of your goals.
Weakness 3: Stubbornness
Leo's determination can translate into stubbornness. Leo's work hard to achieve their goals and fulfil their commitments. The Sun's strong hold on this zodiac sign means that they are unlikely to be persuaded to take an alternative route to achieve their goals, and their independent spirit often prevents them from asking for help when they need it. In these situations, the stubbornness of this sign can appear as stubbornness to others.
As leaders, it is important for Leonine people to be able to stand firm and pursue their vision. But remember that even the best ideas improve when people work together. The best way to do this is to surround yourself with people who are good at creating unity and consensus, like Pisces and Virgo.
Weakness 4: Inability to accept criticism
Finally, the love of taking the lead can mean that they find it difficult to accept criticism. Leonines are used to being loved by everyone, and their charisma tends to get them out of the most difficult situations. But they are not immune to making bad decisions, and when called upon, they tend to make them very poorly. When you have too much self-confidence, you can fall into the trap of thinking you don't make mistakes. (Spoiler alert: everyone makes mistakes! )
Well-rounded Leonines know this about themselves and work hard to be open to the opinions of others, both of their ideas and of themselves. They practice not taking criticism personally, which is an important skill for leaders. It's a good idea to surround yourself with people you can trust, like Cancers or Capricorns. That way, you know they are telling you the truth... even if the truth hurts.
You can read more about it here: The worst of Leo's personality
If you're wondering what kind of behaviour to expect from a Leo in a romantic, platonic or professional relationship, wonder no more: here's a quick guide to Leo relationship moves with partners, friends and co-workers.
When it comes to romantic relationships, Leo's are known for their intense passion. This sign's zest for life extends to their intimate relationships, where they are known to be playful, fun, loyal and sincere. If you have caught the eye of a Leo, they will let you know; those born in this sign are not afraid to share their feelings and don't pull any punches when telling you how they feel.
Leo's expect deep commitment, undivided attention at the right times, and adventure from their romantic partners. But above all, they want a partner who matches their passion, both romantic and otherwise. However, such intense energy can be exhausting for some couples, so it is important for a Leo's lover to be firm in their own needs and desires when the fire of this sign burns too hot.
Curious if the Leo in your life could be your potential soul mate?
Leonines are most romantically compatible with people born under the signs of Sagittarius, Aries, Aquarius and Libra.
Sagittarius is the ideal partner for Leo because they are both fixed fire signs, capable of bringing the intensity and passion that the other desires.
Leo is also compatible with Aries, another fire sign; they share an aggressive energy that both signs respect.
On the other hand, the air element characteristic of Aquarius is able to fan the flames of Leo, in other words, these opposites attract.
Finally there is Libra, another case of a good match between opposites: Libra's air sign's taste for peace and harmony can calm and balance Leo's instinct for the dramatic.
If you're not one of these signs but you're in love with a Leo, don't worry. Knowing what Leo's need from relationships (and knowing what you need too), is the biggest key to making your relationship work.
You can read more about this here: Leo sex and love
If you have a friend who is a Leo, you may feel like you are one of the hundred! That's because people are attracted to Leo's charisma, self-confidence, generosity and loyalty. In other words, everyone wants to be friends with Leos.
Leonine friendships often extend to many different types of people, surrounding them with a large and eclectic group of friends. And when the group of friends get together, leonines are often at the centre, entertaining people with their sense of humour... or making a scene with the latest interpersonal drama.
Whether they're putting on a good show or stirring the pot, Leo's are in search of a good time, and delight in bringing fun and excitement to the people they care about. If you're friends with a Leo, you'll probably find yourself in the passenger seat for new adventures, cajoled into completing crazy challenges and dragged to the centre of the dance floor.
Leo's love to be the centre of attention. They will be frank about what they want and need in their friendships.
But you can also expect your Leo friend to be on your side no matter what. They bring the same fierce passion that fuels their quest for recognition, leadership positions and adoration to nurture their friendships.
Although they tend to be very independent, they will protect their friends and loved ones at all costs.
Leonines are known to be committed to a set of unchanging values; if you are lucky enough to be their friend, you will find that loyalty and reliability in their relationships are two of them.
You can read more about it here: What theLeosign is like as a family
Leonines have to earn money like everyone else, so what can you expect from the Leo who shares your cubicle or signs your paycheck? In professional relationships, Leo's are known to be energetic, creative, optimistic and ready to take charge.
Those born under this sign are well suited to leadership roles in professional settings, especially when they are given a lot of freedom and their skills are up to the task at hand. You are most likely to work for a Leo, and if you don't, those who work with you are likely to take the opportunity to take the lead on projects or mentor others.
While Leo's determination to take the lead may seem bossy or self-centred to colleagues who don't know them very well (or when they have an off day), Leo's often simply focus their energies on getting the job done well because they are truly dedicated to their work. In order to achieve a goal or perfect a project, Leonines may occasionally lose the value of being a team player, allowing their characteristic individualism to take over while they look for the most effective way to get the job done.
At the end of the day, Leo traits can be very useful in the workplace. Leo's just want space to think and act creatively at work, opportunities to lead in the things they excel at, and to help others find the most effective path to success.
If you work with a Leo, you work with someone who works hard; if you get to know the Leo you work with, you may find a loyal advocate and teammate who will take the opportunity to brainstorm, offer honest feedback, or shoulder some of your burden when you need a hand.
Knowing our strengths and weaknesses empowers us, so of course you want to understand the Leo characteristics you exhibit and create habits that allow you to maximise the ones you're proud of. Here are four things you can do to make the most of your amazing Leo personality.
Let others shine too
As a Leo, you may like to be in the spotlight, and you probably have impressive talents to show off. Chances are you are used to being successful, even the best. But Leo's can feel threatened when they are around others who also attract attention, sometimes feeling jealous or threatened by their successes.
Just remember that the success of others is not a threat to your own. There is plenty of room for everyone to shine. In fact, being able to celebrate the victories of others, especially your friends, family and colleagues, will help you be happy with who you are in the long run. More balanced Leonines lift everyone around them, which in turn helps them to shine brighter.
Leonines are ruled by the brilliant sun? never wanes or wavers for this zodiac sign. Like the relentless sun, Leo's can be inflexible about their standards and expectations, both for themselves and others. Honouring your commitments is important, and staying true to your values allows you to live a life of consistency. There is a sense of security in being sure of what you can expect from yourself and others.
However, life cannot always conform to our expectations, and neither can other people. Being flexible with your life commitments can leave room for the unexpected, and can protect you from disappointment whenever things don't go exactly as planned.
Try to practice flexibility whenever you can to get used to the feeling - this can be as small as letting someone else choose where to go for dinner! Letting go of the reins can sometimes take practice, but in the end, you'll be happier for it.
Don't be afraid to trust others
The lion symbol represents one of the greatest strengths of the Leo sign: courage. Courageous and fearless, Leo's often pursue their goals and ambitions with great determination. Leo's are also known for their physical and mental strength. And even when they don't feel strong and confident, they will fake it until they make it.
But even the strongest need support sometimes, and the benefit of being a Leo is that you probably have a wide support network to fall back on. It's totally healthy to call a friend if you get tired - just because you're expected to lead all the time doesn't mean you have to! Putting on a show of strength when you're feeling down has its merits, but so does allowing yourself to be human like everyone else.
Be honest, but not brutal
Honesty is a valued quality in relationships, and Leo's are consistently honest with the people they love and work with. Combined with a Leo's socially dominant personality, their attempts at honesty can sometimes seem insensitive.
Remembering that it is good to be honest but not brutal will save you a lot of headaches in your relationships. Slowing down and thinking about the needs of the person you are being honest with can help you communicate with them in a way that makes them feel loved and valued. And don't forget to show the same empathy with the one person a Leo may tend to be most relentlessly honest with: yourself.
Whether you love a Leo, claim one as your best friend, or associate with one at work, you could probably benefit from a little advice on how to relate to these brilliant and passionate humans. We recommend trying these three things to help you find harmony in your relationships with the Leos of the world.
Let them love you!
Leo's love to share their gifts with the people around them, and they thrive when they are able to be generous with others. A Leo's desire to give gifts or pick up the cheque for social outings with loved ones can be overwhelming for some more reserved star signs, but the best way to relate to a Leo in this is to let them be generous. Accept their gifts. Let them cover the bill when they insist.
And the best way to get along with a generous Leo is to have a good time! Leo's love to see you enjoying the fun they bring to the table.
Leo's are not very good at subtlety. Blunt and honest, Leos are more likely to respond well when you are direct with them. If you are annoyed with a Leo in your life, dropping hints or snorting in the hope that they will pick up on your body language is not likely to get you the response you are looking for.
Instead, tell them precisely what you want or need. If something bothers you, be direct about it. But, when you do, remember that Leos may feel threatened if they feel that their character is being questioned or that you are criticising their personality. Reminding your Leo that you love, value and respect them, even when you are upset with them, can help them receive your comments with grace.
Leonine people respond well to kind words. They are proud of who they are, and they are at their best when they know that the people they surround themselves with are proud of them too. If you're looking for a way to give a Leo a morale boost, just put it into words.
Whether it's a thoughtful text, a shout out on their Instagram story or a handwritten note, Leo's feel more loved when they hear someone say it. Don't hold back on helping Leo's see the best parts of themselves when they forget how brilliant they are, just do it with words of encouragement.
Typical Leo zodiac phrases
"I am", passionate, dramatic, independent, noble, creative, leader, selfish.
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