I’M A LEO…
The fifth sign of zodiac, Leo, is a fixed, masculine, fire sign. In line with these Leo sign characteristics, this article discusses some Leo sign qualities. Let us try to understand these feral lions of the human jungle, by taking a look at some Leo sign qualities. I hope I do not antagonize some of my Leo brethren in my ambitious attempt to do so.
There has been so much said, written and commented about the Leo sign of zodiac, that I am afraid I will have nothing new to say. But still, being a Leo myself and staying with my own Leo sign qualities of creativity and uniqueness, I will try my best to make this article a little bit different from what you are used to seeing. To begin with, if you know a Leo or are one, you are sure to know that there is something different about these beings. Maybe it is the aura (bright yellow, I am sure), maybe it is the confidence that they exude or maybe it is just the strength that emanates from them, but it is certain that they are somewhat different. Let us explore this ‘something different’ factor in this ‘Leo sign qualities’ article.
Every book on astrology mentions the Leo sign dates to be between 23rd July and 22nd August. Like the lion that is the symbol of this powerful sign, the Leo sign meanings stand for strength, courage and royalty. The traits of Leo are so evidently observable that it very easy to identify the Leo sign qualities in people you meet everyday and safely tag them to be Leos. Everything they do, they do in grand style, so the words ‘hidden’ and ‘Leo sign characteristics’ can never really go together in the same sentence. A shy or submissive Leo is only a mythical being and all Leos love the stage and limelight. As they can’t keep them hidden anyway, the Leo sign qualities that I have given below should be very easy for you to observe and authenticate. If you do however know a Leo of the other kind of species, do let me know, as I would love to study this ‘shy pussycat’ type. I for one, have never met such a unique and rare specimen, at least not in the Leo domain.
Physically, Leos are easy to spot. They have strong upper bodies and are usually large (not obese) and muscular. Leos, like the lions, have heavy frizzy manes for hair and this is usually the point of highlight with most Leos. The hair will usually be in any state of major upheaval (as if the person just survived a major life-threatening catastrophe) or pinned up so tight that you’d pity it (dare a strand stick out a millimeter, it will immediately be chopped off). Yet, however it is worn, the hair is almost always thick and unmanageable. The eyes range anything between tawny brown to dark chestnut and can take hues of orange when the lions are purring in contentment. Eyes of other colors are not as rare with this zodiac sign as they are with some others and in fact, I myself am a green-eyed big cat. Most Leos sport acquired tans for almost all of them love the sun (it being their father, it is no surprise). They also tend to take this indulgence a little to far, where the golden skin crisps up and they realize that they are suffering from heat exhaustion or even a sunstroke. Leos are also known to have light freckles on their face and this gives them a distinctly ruddy appearance, especially during their teenage years.
Being a fixed sign gives Leo the special right of being stubborn, obstinate and bull-headed. Being a fire sign gives Leo the special right of being hot-tempered, quick-tempered, hasty, and explosive. Being a positive masculine sign gives Leo the special right to be independent, self-reliant, and opinionated. Culminate all these special rights bestowed on a special Leo and you will automatically get all the special Leo sign qualities. Let us start with the good things and end with the bad (for they will be highly debatable by the Leo brotherhood).
The sun sign of Leo is equipped with all the necessary characteristics that make good leadership. Indeed, Leos are at their best as leaders, for they are visionary, they are hardworking, they delegate well and most of all, they stick around till the end. The best part about the leadership trait in Leos is that no matter who they are and where they are at, they never leave the humanitarian touch even in the toughest of decisions. This special touch comes from the ‘especially Leo’ sign quality of being the savior of mankind, the heart of humanity, the champion of the underdog, blah, blah, blah… Yes, Leos do stand for all the good in mankind, but one must know that like all good leaders they know if a prospect is profitable in the long run and bend ideals and ethics just a tiny bit, according to the situation (that is not called hypocrisy, it’s called being smart.. of course).
Leos are almost always extremely talented, in one field or another, if not all (for Leos cannot resist learning it all.. It offers more scope for showing off, no?) Be it anything artistic or just something creative, be it writing and painting or be it sports and acting, Leos have a natural flair for all. Their ruler the Sun, is incidentally also the ruler of creativity and expression. The Sun also grants them a little more luck than their fair share (of course a tad lesser than Jupiter’s constant good fortune, bestowed on Sagittarius). In fact, let me tell you my personal experience. I am absolutely certain that all through my schooling days, I have received at least 5 marks per subject, more than I deserved. This was solely because I was almost all my teachers’ pet and just for the name on the answer sheet, I got a liberal handout of marks. If you are a Leo, I am sure you know what I am talking about.
The sun child Leo cannot be anything other than cheerful, optimistic and just plain charming. People just tend to gravitate towards their enthusiasm and optimism making them seem, more often than not, like social butterflies. Find any group at a party. The man in the center enthralling everyone with his clownish antic (or with stories of his opposite sex conquests), or the woman with the slender glass of wine in her hand, holding everyone captive in her conversation is most definitely a Leo, though with the talking part, she could be any of the air signs – Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius in equal probability. To be sure that they are, just look at their appearance. If they are dressed well, in classy clothes, are heavily perfumed and made up, and lastly, are always ready with some witty or sarcastic remark, then you can sign blindly, claiming them to be Leos.
Leos cannot keep anything under wraps and neither can they be subtle. It is practically impossible for the bold and beautiful Leo to not show off or boast of his abilities, of his achievements and even of his possessions. We can though, forgive Leo that, for more often than not, he is equally generous and magnanimous with his good fortune. He will give away to charity a lot of what he will get and he will always be ready to help (unfortunately even when he can’t). A Leo is the one ultimate friend for he will take up debt to resolve yours and go to any lengths to dig you out of any scrapes that you might get into. Oh by the way, in a fist fight, you will always need your Leo friends or Taurus; you may just have to coax him a little though, to remove his silk shirt and tie and get down to business that is.
Being a fixed sign gives Leo the best of organizing abilities. But as Leo is always about the grand, extravagant and luxurious, most Leos will have a secretary to do all that for them. The point is though, that if they so wish and put their minds to, Leos can organize everything really well, be it parties, business events or even lives. It is just sad that while Leos can give you the best of advise for setting your lives and loves straight, they are often sadly inept at sorting out their own. Leos are also fair balanced (between reality and fiction) and do not dwell on what has passed.
Leos are the best people to have around when you are depressed or low. They are almost always cheerful and encouraging and being with them makes the sun creep out of the clouds quicker than it would otherwise have (Leos and the Sun remember, it’s a conspiracy). They have the power to get you back on track with encouraging words and physical help and then you’ll always be thanking your stars for giving you the best(est) (the word does exist in a Leo dictionary) pal in the whole world. Before I move on to the problem Leo sign qualities, let me mention one last thing. Both the lions and lionesses have two things in common – pride and ambition. Pride is something that stays with lions throughout his life and ambition is something that spurs them to live on. There is no Leo around that doesn’t have these two, and that is probably what makes them destined to succeed.
On the flip side of things, the Leo sign qualities also show some really larger than life issues. With all his generosity of spirit and his big heart, Leos have the somewhat irritating Leo traits of being too frank and outspoken (with a touch of sarcasm on most occasions). While most of the things that fall out of their caustic tongues are true, not everyone likes facing up to them. No one likes being shown the mirror when the reflection is not quite what they want to see and so this trait wins them a good many enemies. Yet, oblivious to all the hidden feelings and agendas against them, the lion happily stumbles along dishing out the good and the bad (in equal proportions).
Another irritating high-handed habit seen in all Leos is their expectation that all people around them will do things for them. They never ask anyone to do so (not even hint at it), for they confidently expect them to do so without being told. This leads to many conflicts when the lions finds that it is not so and sets out to correct the world and teach him how to behave in front of royalty. If it weren’t for such a high-handed superiority that stops people from following the Leos correctly, they actually stop to realize that what is expected is actually in the best interests of most people.
Arrogance, intolerance towards challenges in opinions, pretense, vanity and egotistical behavior are some of the heavy-duty Leo sign qualities that can make this most loved creature fall out of favor. One big flaw in their hard armor is their tendency to fall for flattery. Leos are the most prone to being taken advantage of for they find it almost a sacrilege to refuse someone anything when he has showered them with praises and heaped up the flattery. It is this Achilles heal that smart Leos must cure first. Leos can also give way to temptation and get corrupted by power, yet most Leos are too dignified to fall so low and correct themselves just at the cliff hanger of the deepest fall. Apart from this, they are boastful, dominating, aggressive and haughty.
The good thing about all the Leo sign qualities is that the bad ones tone themselves down if the Leo is fed with proper appreciation and love. Being starved of these too is what makes the Leo hide behind all his haughty, aristocratic, self-reliant face and kills the beautiful charming, good-hearted fella within. Just keep your lovable lion happy and well fed (with loads of appreciation) and you will have a new day everyday for the rest of your life. His melodrama will make you laugh, his care will leave you touched, his charm will soften you up and you will never know when you melted like a snowflake in the Leo sunshine. You can have a look at the Leo sign compatibility article if you wish for Leo compatibility information
Leo is one of the 13 constellations of the zodiac, which can be seen in the sky in the form of a crouching lion facing west. Its distinct head and mane, formed by a sickle of stars makes it very easy to recognize this constellations in the sky -especially during spring season in the northern hemisphere and in autumn in the southern hemisphere. Although many people are heard talking about Leo the zodiac sign, not many of them even have the slightest idea about Leo – the constellation, which can be located in the sky at night.
With a spread of 946.964 square degrees, Leo is the 12th largest constellation of the zodiac. Cancer lies to the west and Virgo to the east of Leo. The constellation also shares its borders with lesser known constellations, such as Leo Minor, Ursa Major, Hydra and Crater. In order to locate Leo, one has to locate the sickle formed by six stars of the constellation, namely Regulus, Gama Leonis, Ras Elased Australis, Ras Elased Borealis, Adhafera and Eta Leonis.
Stars and Galaxies in Leo Constellation Identifying a particular constellation in the sky becomes even easier if you are aware about the various stars which help form it. The major stars in Leo constellation include Regulus, Denebola, Subra, Zosma and Algieba. Among these, Regulus, which is located at a distance of 83 light years from the planet Earth, is the brightest star of the Leo constellation. In fact, it is believed to be 75 times brighter than the Sun. On the other hand, located at a distance of 7.7 light years Wolf359 is the nearest star to the Earth. Messier 65, Messier 95 and Messier 96 are a few of the brightest galaxies in Leo. The constellation also features a cloud of hydrogen and helium, believed to be left by the Big Bang.
The term Leo is derived from the Latin word for lion. According to Greek mythology, Leo represents the Nemean lion, that was killed by Hercules. The Constellation also finds a place for itself in the works of some of the most prominent Roman poets, including Ovid and Manilus. The Egyptians believed that the Sun rose near the star Denebola in the Leo constellation. Other than this, Leo is also cited in various Persian and Indian literary works as Ser and Sher respectively. In astrology, Sun sign Leo is associated with the Leo constellation. The Sun enters the constellation on July 23rd and leaves it on August 22nd, and therefore people born in this period are known as Leos.
One of the most interesting aspects of constellation Leo is the Leonids meteor shower, associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. These meteors are called Leonids, as their radiant is located in the Leo constellation, which makes them appear as if the they are being radiated from the constellation itself. Except for Regulus, all the other stars in the Leo constellation are named in Arabic. Although Wolf359 is closest to the Earth, it is one of the least luminous stars known to us.
Irrespective of whether you are fascinated by the mythological aspects of these constellations or their scientific aspects, one constellation which is bound to fascinate you is Leo. The constellation has some of the brightest stars in the Universe, and hence, one seldom faces any difficulty in locating it on a clear spring evening. If you still want to be precise, the best time to locate the constellation is at 2100 hours in the month of April.