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