Astrology Sun Signs - Meet Leo - July 24th - August 23rd

Recognising Leo

"I don't take anything for granted, and I don't expect anyone to do anything for me." The first time I heard those words, I was gazing into the clearest, sincerest, sky blue eyes I had ever seen in my life. I should have known by the proud bearing, confident manner, and luxuriously dark, wavy hair swept back from a noble brow, that I was in the presence of the big cat. However, I was too dazzled by the absolutely gorgeous smile, with a teeny hint of predator to take much notice.

The King of Beasts rules the animals and Zodiac alike - well not really, but don't tell him that. There really isn't a ruler for the Zodiac, but if there was, Leo would be the first candidate. Lions have a commanding manner, and are deliberate in both their speech and movements. Leo's seldom talk fast, run or hurry, unless there is an exceptionally good reason, or they have Aries or Gemini as an ascendant.

Leo the lion
Leo the lion

This is one sun sign you want as a friend - not an enemy! Leo has a heart of gold, and will do just about anything for a friend, but cross him and his roars will scare you into next week. It's not wise to anger the lion! Leos are gregariously outgoing and friendly - there is no such thing as an introverted lion...only lions who pretend to be. Even these seemingly shy cats can spit and roar when their tail has been stepped on.

The Sun rules Leo, and as such, lions tend to have bright, sunny, even playful, dispositions. They have a dry wit, and enjoy being the center of attention - basking in the love of their adoring fans - and who wouldn't? The lion was meant to rule - and he firmly believes in his royal right! Just try telling one he isn't the king and see how quickly your contented kitty turns into a roaring king of beasts.

When you attack his pride, treat him with disrespect, take something away that is rightfully his or order him around, you will quickly see how the big cat earned the right to be king of the jungle. It takes a brave (or stupid) person, to stand up to Leo when he is defending his rights and his dignity, and those of his 'pride'.

Physical attributes

This sign can be very easy to spot - just look for the person who carries themselves with regal bearing, and looks the part! They generally have high brows, with either dark or reddish blonde hair swept up and back. Most Leo's have curly hair, and they wear it either slicked down or swept back. They usually have blue eyes (very seldom do you see lions with brown eyes with the exception of the female of the species...) a deceptively lazy look, and a ruddy complexion.

Leo walks straight and proud - never stooped or bent, unless they are very aged lions - even then they have almost a regal bearing, despite their age. They have a commanding presence, and look down at the rest of us from their lofty position. You can't miss Leo in a crowd - he is the one at the center of attention - either with his humour, or dramatic statements.

The lion has a definite impact on everyone who meets him. Try slouching the next time you stand beside one - it's hard not to suck in your stomach and put your shoulders back when you are in the presence of royalty.

The royal temperament

You can be sure the big cat has had his share of lessons, and he is very willing to impart his wisdom to you, or anyone else who happens to cross his path. Leo makes a great teacher - psychiatrist and even politician. They have a bent for rationalizing, and ironing out the bumps in your life, however, they have a teeny tiny problem with managing their own lives as well as they do someone elses.

Who would have thought someone with such knowledge, superiority and ability would suffer from vulnerability. Vulnerability you say? The King of Beasts? Sadly, it's true...Leo is deeply hurt when his generosity and wisdom are disrespected. Lack of respect will have him roaring from the rooftops.

If you really want to tame this big cat, all you have to do is lavish him with praise, respect and genuine affection. Show him you appreciate his efforts and all his hard work - tell him how wonderful he looks in that new sweater - and mean it - and you will have him purring in no time.

Leo makes the most amazing host or hostess. They have a knack for making you feel pampered, spoiled and very special! They surround you with excellent food, wine and entertainment. I can recall several house parties when I was younger, and it seemed like nearly everyone attending was either a local or visiting dignitary. (You might have guessed by that statement, that my father is a Leo...)

Romantically speaking, you won't find many single Leos - these cats are highly sought after. A lion who loses his mate is often a very sad-eyed and lonely kitty. And there is no one who can handle the ups and downs life throws at him and bear it with such quiet dignity and stoic courage than the lion. His sympathetic and forgiving nature make reconciliations as frequent as the split ups. He is passionate about life and love - one without the other is like a candle without a flame.

Remember that opening line? "I don't take anything for granted and I don't expect anyone to do anything for me." It could be the lion's creed - if they had one. Lions generally stand alone - they rarely if ever lean on anyone else for help. They do, however, like being leaned on. They like helping those weaker and less fortunate than themselves. He may roar a bit, and produce the theatrics if he is forced to carry the whole load himself, but just try taking away some of the responsibility and see what happens! Unless your Leo is in dire straits, he will generally disdain any financial help that is offered.

These cats can be rather extravagant when it comes to money. They like the biggest and the best and always look well turned out. They enjoy first class, expensive clothes and luxury all the way - from gourmet meals and fine wines, to good entertainment, and they are not afraid to pay for it. If you find yourself short of cash and strapped, you can rest assured your Leo friend will help bail you out.

In conclusion

Leos are either disgustingly sloppy and careless, or bordering on being neat freaks! There is no in-between with the lion. They do like a bit of gossip, and feel hurt if there is something going on and they are left out. They can show as much energy as a locomotive, or be as indolantly lazy as the cat that they are...

When Leo works, he works - when Leo plays, he plays - when Leo rests - you get the picture...he is the master of delegation, (usually something icky that he doesn't want to do himself...) while he attends to more important chores. However, in a real emergency, the lion surprises the rest of us - shouldering the burden, never shirking his duties...helping the weak, the defenseless, protecting and carrying on in true Leo fashion.

Wear your sunglasses, it can be blinding that close to the sun - beneath that unassuming, deceptively calm exteriour is the smoldering heat of leonine dignity and royalty. Let this be a warning to anyone foolish enough to try to rule the August born lion - you're gonna get burned...

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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Enelle, uncannily on the mark as usual! :)

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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Excellent Hub, Enelle. FP has the right of it - you have been right on the money with every sign thus far - well done! Great interesting read.

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Greetings Feline Prophet, and thank you for the compliment :D

RedElf - Welcome and thank you! Guess I raised the bar with this one eh? LOL

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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Nice row of cats, did you notice? Maybe we'll grow into lions! :P

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

LMAO! It took a second after you pointed it out for me to catch it (never said I was quick LOL - faithful, yes, quick??) That is too funny! I wonder what that says about us - aside from the fact we like cats lol...

The cats went marching 5 x 5

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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Well, this makes 6, Enelle. I had to come back and make one further observation - I notice the quite stunning and beautiful pictures you use for each sign, and they seem to be all of a piece and very handsome. Then I see the rather classically romanticized and regally beautiful portrait of the majestic King for this hub, and I have to wonder, Enelle, is there a romantic Leo in your life, you lucky person?

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

LOL! To be honest, I couldn't find a picture that jumped out at me until I spotted this big boy. I saw a few that I liked, but they were all too small (and didn't feel like photoshopping them lol) I really wanted one like the ram I used for Aries - but unfortunately, I didn't find one...and yes :D as a matter of fact I do have a big cat in my life :D

(I must admit, the comments section compliments the hub LOL)

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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Enelle, good hub and being a leo I can vouch for whatever you have written. Keep up the good work

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

thanks jay, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I will do my best to keep the quality as high as this one...

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Mac Mission 7 years ago from bangalore

Hi wat about the Gemini.You are good writer.

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi Mac - So far, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo are published - next stop Virgo lol

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MagicStarER 7 years ago from Western Kentucky

"It takes a brave (or stupid) person, to stand up to Leo when he is defending his rights and his dignity." Yep! Or those of his loved ones either. Plus a Leo will be the most loyal of friends or partners, and will be your only friend when there is no one else! (yes, I'm one of them, too!)

Great job! :)

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

MagicStarER - Thank you so much for the compliment :) and you are so right about defending their loved ones (I really should amend my hub to reflect that)...thank you for reminding me of such an obvious oversight (genuflects...)

Allison 6 years ago

First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on your effective capturing of the spirit of the Leo.

However, I'd like to point out the flaw in assuming that a person will fit the physical decription you gave simply because they were born in a certain span of time in the summer. Assuming that male Leos normally have blue eyes is completely erronious, especially when one takes the percentage of the world's population that has blue eyes into consideration. Including that, frankly, turns this into a horoscope for caucasians.

That aside, I would like to thank you for finally bringing up how truly vulnerable we Leos are. It seems to me that most people who analyze this sign stick to simply regurgitating the classic image of a lion, not realizing that the lion is the representation of a planetary alignment and not a spirit animal. Leos are very strongly influenced by love, whether it's our unending quest to be loved, our ability to earn love, or our response to lack of love. We're actually quite the self-conscious sign.

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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi Allison, You are right about the eye colour - and no racial disrespect was intended. Thank you for your insight into this wonderful sun sign.

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Love love love this hub!! Obviously I am a Leo! lol

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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Welcome theherbivorehippi! So so so pleased that you did :D - my favorite people are Leos

pi 6 years ago

I thought leo started 23rd july not 24th???

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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Different systems sometimes have a discrepancy of dates...I could be mistaken here :) I will double check.

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d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Good hub. read this one first. Obviously because i was born July 29th. Not much of a descriptive fit of myself though. I have always been more Cancer than Leo. Will check out Cancer and let you know.

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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks d. :)

Aizol 6 years ago

Hi, again a very good post, very insightful and filled with partial truth about leos,im cancer but my girlfriend is leo; however, i wudnt say tht astrology rules our characteristics 100%; in my opinion our birth signs are more like frameworks and the picture inside is based on genetics and personal experience. im a cancer man with a leo girlfriend, and i believe my aquarius parents hav had a great deal in my development; i hv over the years through learning on my mistakes learned to subdue the cancer bad qualities and highten the good ones,. its very interesting discussing these things, however, again, astrology is not 100% influential on the person, there are genetics to consider and personal experience; hence just from reading about astrology i doubt u would be able to pick out a cancer from leo in the crowd, as both signs are pompous, egotistic, highly narsistic and vain.:)

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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Don't tell that to a Leo LOL!

Libra 4 years ago

Hmmm, Leos can't be ruled but they can be coaxed along the path you want them to go, at least for a while until they decide they're going elsewhere. Then you have to start all over again...

Truly, it's herding cats. :-) Luckily, that works out just fine for me since they're my favorite sign, their passion works wonders for me. And it's incredible fun to see them at play, especially when in lioness mode!

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

I have to agree :)

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