Astrology: Sun Sign Leo

Mata Hari, (Margaretha Geertruida Zelle), courtesan and spy, was a Leo, b. 7 August 1876 – d. 15 October 1917. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

“Pride feels no pain.”

Early seventeenth century proverb.

The Sun moves through Leo each year from ~23 July – ~23 August, which in the Northern Hemisphere is the height of summer, and the world is filled with all the glory, beauty and bounty of the season. People take their vacations, soaking up the sun’s rays, basking in heat and leisure, allowing themselves to truly relax, and enjoy. For many, it is a most special time, the only time of year in which they take holidays. If you have ever watched lions at the zoo, on television, or on a safari or in the wild, the first thing that you may notice is how relaxed lions appear.  They are composure personified. They move gracefully, slowly honing in on their target, and then striking without so much as a ruffle. They are the picture of velvety fine perfection, with a deadly effective modus operandi. Leo is Fixed Fire, and like the lion, Leo is never in a rush, never displays anything other than the utmost dignity in personal presentation.  They know what they want, how to get it, and what is a waste of their time and to be avoided. You will never find a Leo ruffled, disheveled or otherwise compromised, for they simply would not allow such a situation to transpire.  No way will you ever see a Leo looking foolish, weak, belittled, or otherwise questionable. Ruled by the Sun, Leo is true nobility, taking for granted that they are the center of everyone’s solar system. They know that they bring the light, warmth and the power of growth, and they are proud of it. There is no such thing as insecurity or weakness in the Leo persona. Certainly, they may be familiar with such nonsense by observing the lives of others, but it is usually with a more than a bit of disdain that they witness such displays of ineptitude. The Sun-ruled Leo casts a long shadow indeed, the essential brightness of this sign defining confidence, composure and regality. The Sun has ever been a focal point of mankind’s awe and worship, and Leo understands why, as they realize that there is no greater power in our lives than the Sun, with its life-giving warmth and illuminating radiance. With such a resplendent benefactor, Leo cannot help but shine.

At their best, Leos are proud, benevolent, generous, inspiring, somewhat formal, casually regal, maybe a tad bit flashy, but always tastefully so, in that sort of “Oooh, I wish I had thought of doing that!” sort of way that often elicits jealousy from others. It’s not for everyone to be so stunningly confident, on point and successful all the time. Watch your Leo friends and take lessons, they can show you a thing or two about achievement, and even if life’s got them down, these people have the optimism and drive to push through, because defeat simply does not exist in their universe. They are also loyal, steadfast, constant, dependable, warm, and kind – but mostly because they would not dream of letting anyone down or being considered in anyway disappointing or less that perfect.  At their worst, Leo is egotistical, proud, pompous, mean-spirited, condescending, petty, brassy, shrill, bossy, inconsiderate, intolerant and patronizing. Leos are the type of people you go to when you want something done to maximum effect. They have an eye for how to “best” do something – so that it looks good, feels good, and basically succeeds. They have a great “shucks, I had no idea” act but they know exactly what they are doing. If they have a strong Virgo element in their charts, you may well receive a bit of perfection in your interaction with these folks.  Born leaders, they are gregarious and tend to bring out the best in others, only if through the kind of encouragement that comes from a healthy “catch me if you can” attitude.  So used to being the center of attention, Leos are not overly bothered by feeble attempts at detraction that occasionally come their way, because they know that any attention is good attention.
They will always accept accolades, whether positive or negative.  Life motto: made you look!

Leo Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana VIII: Strength (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Leo wants to be appreciated – nay, they expect appreciation, because they are magnificent beasts. Hopefully yours isn’t acting up and marking their territory too much, because that can get smelly, when they try to dominate everyone, bossing people around and expecting adulation just because. When well adjusted, though, you would be hard put to find a better example of pure optimism, benevolent spirit and warm generosity. As they mature, Leo has a genuine capacity for impressive, inspired leadership. They have the analytic capability to see where they have been, and how their experience can help those struggling in circumstances that may be familiar territory. They like to help, to lift people up, if only so that they don’t have to look so very far down when dealing with you.

Leo’s secret underbelly lies in its polarity sign of Aquarius. Aquarius reminds Leo that yes, there are other people in the world – lots and lots of people – and they are all important, special, beautiful and have just as much to say and share as the ultra-special Leos among us. Aquarius teaches Leo that it’s ok to let others shine, in fact, when you help someone shine, you can feel doubly wonderful by basking in their glow and your own. Aquarius, sign of brotherhood and humanity shows Leo that the world is so much more fun when we all share in our special talents. It is that sort of learning, when apprehended, which can allow Leo to reach the very highest levels of their magnificence – because, you know, of course that’s where they belong anyway, right?

  • Keywords: proud, regal, magnanimous, generous, splendid, warm, creative, enthusiastic, inspiring, faithful, loving, selfish, pompous, arrogant, condescending, dogmatic, bossy, patronizing, insufferable, intolerant, narrow.
  • Rulership: The Sun
  • Modality: Fixed Fire
  • Polarity: positive, masculine
  • Gemstone: ruby, corundum, amber, chrysolite, diamond
  • Metal: gold
  • Tarot: Strength
  • Color: yellow, gold, orange, red, scarlet, carmine, greenish yellow, reddish amber, deep purple, grey
  • Deities: Apollo, Aurora, Helios, Demeter, Ra, Horus, Aten, Inti, Surya, Vishnu, Amaterasu, Mithra, Sol, Sunna
  • Flora: almonds, sunflower, chamomile, marigold, bay, laurel, saffron, citrus fruits, daffodil, fennel, frankincense, mistletoe, olive, walnut, honey
  • Fauna: lion, large felines
  • Famous Leo personalities: Napoleon Bonaparte, Barack Obama, Meghan Markle, Fidel Castro, Tom Brady, Mata Hari, Shawn Mendes, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, J.K. Rowling, Roger Federer, Robert de Niro, Robert Plant, Coco Chanel, Jennifer Lopez, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Barry, Robert Redford, Kylie Jenner, Martha Stewart, Louis Vuitton, Maxfield Parrish, Andy Warhol, Alphonse Mucha, .