What the zodiac signs say about personality, relationships, career success, and more…

Key Leo Facts:

  • Dates: July 23 – August 22
  • Symbol: The Lion
  • Mode & element: Fixed fire
  • Ruling planetThe Sun
  • Astrology house: Fifth
  • Body part: The heart
  • Mantra: I will
  • Tarot card: Strength card
  • Birthstone: Peridot
  • Zodiac color: Orange

The Leo zodiac sign is often depicted as a lion, taking after the zodiac constellation known as the Nemean Lion – a Greek mythological creature that embodies Leos’ courage, playful and bold qualities, and proud, loyal, leader-like nature.

Leo Personality Traits

Leos are the showman stars of the Zodiac. They are ruled by the Sun, and they are the life of any event. Without the warmth of the Sun, there would be no life on Earth. Leo’s personality reflects this fact, and they know it. Leos tend to have a bigger ego than other signs. Being the fixed fire sign, Leos hold themselves to high integral standards, which helps to keep them humble and balances out their ego. 

 A large yet humble ego bestows Leo with dramatic flair and creativity that is sure to dazzle and entertain. Not every Leo wants to be the center of attention; some Leos are content with being a star in their own personal interests. Regardless, their passion is attractive to any who comes across them. 

As the sign of the lion, Leo is the king/queen of their life. They have high standards and hold themselves to their principles. They have a fierce determination that is unmatched by anyone. Determination can quickly turn into stubbornness when Leos can’t have their way, however. Leos know what it takes to get things done, and to that end, they are hard to budge. Eventually, Leos will learn that they have to trust and rely on other people. When they do, they are able to be an effective and charismatic leader.

The leo in a nutshell
The Leo in a nutshell

Like the warmth of the Sun, Leos are affectionate and generous. They like to give as much as they like to be given to, which is a little more than most. Leos take much pride in being able to make others feel better about themselves through love, gifts, and laughter. Leos like praise, and they know how nice it feels to be praised. The more they are recognized for who they are, the more they want to give back. 

As the Leo zodiac sign is of a fire element, Leos are known for their intensity and enormous amount of energy. Leos get bored quickly due to their affinity to new experiences, often finding ways to push themselves further than before. They set high expectations for themselves, aiming to realize ambitious goals through courage and assertiveness. Furthermore, Leos can be strong-minded and opinionated; however, these characteristics can be channeled into positive directions when Leo puts effort into considering different points of view.

Best Leo Traits:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Loyalty
  • Affectionate
  • Natural leader
  • Generous
  • Magnanimous

Negative Leo Traits:

  • Pompous
  • Egocentric
  • Bossy
  • Stubborn
  • Temperamental
  • Dramatic

Leo in Love, Sex, & Romance

Leo natives are ardent and passionate lovers. Their warmth and dramatic flair are carried with them in all aspects of their life. They are absolutely loyal, and infidelity for them is very rare. Leo’s playfulness is bound to bring about laughter and comfort, even in the most intimate situations. What’s love and sex without a good laugh to break down any insecurities? 

The leo zodiac sign characteristics in love and romance
Leos are loving, passionate, and caring lovers

In love, Leos need lots of acknowledgment and praise from their partner. It helps them to feel like they are important in the relationship. The Sun still shines whether or not it is acknowledged, but gratitude gives purpose to its light and warmth. Leos have a strong urge for purpose, and they need to hear from those that are close to them that they matter.

Leos are simultaneously partners, lovers, and best friends. Comfort is a huge aspect of their personality, and they hold nothing back. They need a partner who also holds nothing back.

Leos love playing a leading role in a relationship or at least having an equal say in what goes on. They prefer to have someone who is strong and independent because they often have a lot of their own interests that they’d like to pursue. 

Leo is often associated with children because Leo is the natural ruler of the fifth house in the Zodiac. The fifth house is the area of life that includes fun, creativity, love life, dating, children, and self-expression. Not all Leos set out to be parents, but those that do are excellent parents. Leos are naturally childlike and playful. They come to life around children who really appreciate the laughter and attention given by Leo. They are also responsible enough to raise a child to have strong values and independence.

How to Attract the Leo Individual

Leo’s massive gravity naturally draws a lot of attention, so it takes someone with their own sizable gravity to grab Leo’s attention. Someone who is not afraid to be loud and boisterous and who exudes confidence is likely to catch Leo’s eye. 

Leos are also attracted to those who hold themselves well, i.e. have a lot of integrity. Leos despise people who are sneaky or underhanded. Those who are selfless and helpful are high on Leo’s list.  

Leo in Friendship

Leos are in contact with many people over the course of their lives. They naturally attract others and get to have a lot of casual friends. Their friends change as their interests change. Leos are sought after as leaders for many different kinds of projects, which helps them to meet lots of new people. 

As for close friends, Leos tend to have a smaller circle, preferring their family and loved ones over strangers or superficial connections. As a boss or leader, Leo may also be close to their workmates, often treating them as a kind of extended family. What matters most for them is loyalty.

Leo in Career & Money

In the workplace, Leos are natural leaders, and as such, they shine in positions of authority and management. Leos, with a scientific bent, make for good cardiologists, as Leo rules the heart. Leos with really big egos will find themselves in front of an audience somehow as an actor, entertainer, or even a politician. Leos don’t typically change positions once they have them, so it’s important for them to figure out what that position will be.

Leadership positions typically offer a good salary, meaning that Leo has a good chance for high earnings. Leos are rather careful with their money but can be big spenders from time to time. They like to give big gifts to their loved ones and to treat themselves, sometimes with expensive things. Leos typically have good financial sense but can sometimes fail to read the fine print. They are not as keen on those kinds of details, which can sometimes put them in a disadvantageous position.

Leo Compatibility

Generally speaking, Leos are more compatible with other fire signs and air signs and less compatible with earth and water signs. However, there is a balance to every sign, and that makes Leos more compatible with some earth and water signs and less compatible with some air and fire signs.

Compatible signs:

Specific signs that Leo is compatible with are Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius.

Least compatible signs:

Specific signs that Leo is least compatible with are Taurus, Gemini, and Pisces.

Specific signs that are neutral in compatibility are Aries and Virgo.


How rare is the Leo zodiac sign?

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, and about 0.09% of the population are Leos. Despite this, Leo is not one of the rarest zodiac signs – that title is reserved by Aquarius, followed by Aries and Sagittarius.

Why are Leos hated?

Leos are sometimes hated because of their strong personalities and tendency to be overly dramatic. They can also be perceived as arrogant or attention-seeking. However, Leos can also be incredibly loyal and generous, and they often have a strong sense of justice.

Do Leos fall in love easily?

No, Leos do not fall in love easily. They tend to be more cautious and reserved when it comes to their emotions and matters of the heart. Leos take time to get to know someone before they open up and commit to a relationship. Once in love, the stability, loyalty, and consistency that Leo brings to the relationship are admirable.

What are the 3 types of Leo?

As with the other zodiac signs, there are three types of Leo due decans, which is the zodiac sign’s position relative to the sun. The decans can shift the way a sign’s energy is expressed. Leos born between July 23 – August 2, are definitely the stars of the show – they love being in the spotlight but also bringing everyone together as well. Leos, born August 3 – August 12, are also influenced by Jupiter, making them the dramatic friend that wants to make sure everyone is happy and thinks well of them. The third kind of Leos, born August 13 – August 22, with Aries and Mars as secondary rulers, are secure in themselves, feeling less need to constantly prove themselves.

What MBTI type is Leo?

Leos are most commonly associated with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) type ESFP (Extraverted, Observant, Feeling, Prospecting). This type is known for its love of entertainment, lively experiences, and ability to motivate others to engage in similar social activities.

Is Leo weak or strong?

Leos can be both strong and weak, depending on their situation. On one hand, Leos are known for their strength and courage, but on the other hand, they can be sensitive and vulnerable. Ultimately, it depends on the individual Leo.

What are Leo’s dislikes?

Leos tend to dislike being ignored or overlooked, feeling like they aren’t good enough, and feeling like they are being taken advantage of. They also dislike being criticized or judged, feeling like they are being controlled, and feeling like they don’t have enough power or freedom.

What is Leo’s enemy?

A Leo’s enemy is anyone who stands in the way of them achieving their goals or fulfilling their ambitions. Leos can be competitive and ambitious, so anyone who tries to hold them back or put them down is likely to become an enemy.

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