Leo: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Leo is a passionate and dramatic fire sign, and regal ruler of the horoscope. Leo energy helps us shine, express ourselves boldly and wear our hearts on our sleeves.

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Leo Personality Traits

Leo Traits At a Glance:

Symbol: The Lion
Element: Fire
Quality: Fixed
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Body Part: Heart, upper back, spine
Good Day: Courageous, kind, generous, loyal, protective, nakedly honest, entertaining
Bad Day: Arrogant, wasteful, sloppy, cold-hearted, jealous, aggressive
Favorite Things: Theaters, cameras, DVDs, rich desserts, red roses, exchanging gifts, singing, affection, compliments, great clothes
What You Hate: Being ignored, silver medals (instead of gold), bland food, being alone, goodbyes
Secret Wish: To rule the world
How to Spot Them: Distinctive mane of hair, regal posture
Where You’ll Find Them: Producing, directing and starring in their own independent films, swept away in a romantic escapade, running for President
Keywords: Passion, Romance, Expression, Drama, Playfulness, Courageous, Loyal


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What Is Leo’s Symbol? The Lion

Leo symbol

The Leo horoscope symbol is the Lion. The Leo symbol is usually depicted as a very simple graphic meant to resemble a Lion and its mane and spine, in addition to two halves of a heart. Passion, creativity and play are among the main Leo traits. Thus, the Leo symbol of the Lion expresses the bold qualities of this zodiac sign.


What Is Leo’s Element and Modality? The Fixed Fire Sign

Leo Element: Fire

Leo is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the fire element. The other two fire signs are Aries and Sagittarius. Fire sign traits of leadership, action and passion are part of dynamic Leo’s nature. As the middle Fire sign, Leo can be a bit more grounded and traditional than Aries and Sagittarius. But the blaze of passion, a key trait of the fire sign personality, is always burning for Leo! Under the influence of a Leo planetary transit, we become bold, open about our emotions and crave romance.

Leo Modality or Quality: Leo is a Fixed Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. There are four fixed signs—Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.These signs fall in the middle of every season. They’re the stabilizers—the ones who set up a solid goal or foundation, then start building. Fixed signs can take the enthusiastic ideas that cardinal signs spark, and craft them into something real. They pick up the ball when the cardinal sign passes it, and run the distance to the goal. Fixed signs are the trustworthy types who like “to-do” lists and fancy titles. If a cardinal signs says, “Let’s go on vacation!” the fixed sign will call the travel agency, book the tickets and hotel, and send everyone a list of what to pack.


What is Leo’s Ruling Planet? The Sun

Leo is ruled by the great ball of fire that is the center of our universe, the Sun. Typically, the Sun represents the ego and the masculine life force energy found in humans. In Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, Apollo was the Sun god who drove his chariot of flaming horses around the Earth during the day time, setting the skies afire with bright light. It’s no wonder that Leo has such fierce and fiery fervency!


Leo love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Leo loves being in love and wants everyone to know when they are. This theatrical sign is affectionate and loyal, and seeks a partner who shares those qualities and wants to play.

Simply put: Leo love is warm and generous, and attention seeking. Dating a Leo means you best be camera-ready! If your real-life rom-com takes you to the altar, the Leo wedding is no ordinary party. A castle setting, a feast fit for royalty, and certainty no detail too small to overlook for this sign’s big day.

Sex with a Leo is a grand performance. Leos love to set the stage for their regal romps, and may even design their bedrooms like movie sets. The Leo ruling planet is the Sun, which is the source of pride in their prowess. A Leo breakup is rarely an option for this sign who will do anything (or ignore anything) to avoid the unpleasantness of a split.

Leo compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together easily.

Most compatible signs for Leo:
For Leo, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). These energetic and spontaneous signs make great playmates for Leo people, who keep a busy and active schedule.

Least compatible signs for Leo:
Leo may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn). Spontaneous Leo likes big, dramatic gestures of affection. The grounded earth signs may not satisfy that need after the honeymoon phase. Emotional water signs might compete for the spotlight. Or, their many moods can bring the sunny, positive Leo down!

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Leo in career and money

The Leo career path is all about finding a place to shine. Proud, loyal Leos are the heart and soul of any organization. Ruled by the Sun, you bring warmth and excitement to your workplace, even a splash of drama. There’s no question, you’re in charge, and everyone senses it. As zodiac royalty, Leo’s regal rank just makes itself known.

When it comes to money, Leo can earn cash in huge amounts and spend it twice as fast. With enough discipline, however, Leo can keep their impulses in check. At least, for a short while! Although you may merrily clip coupons and scrimp for a while, you’ll soon feel deprived and decide it’s time to treat yourself for working so hard. Build in small rewards so you don’t feel deprived.


Leo in a family: Leo parents and Leo kids

For fun-loving Leo, family is a stable of playmates. As the sign that rules celebrations, they know how to make every occasion feel special and festive and want to include everyone.

As a parent, the Leo mom or dad believes in nurturing creativity and passions. This is the sign of the Mom or Dad Taxi Service, gleefully shuttling their kids from practice to lessons and then proudly watch their little cubs shine at games and recitals.  

The Leo kid is outgoing and loves to play. These kids need playdates and active things to do or they won’t burn off enough energy to wind down at the end of the day or sleep through the night. On the plus side, whatever you’re up for, they’re usually up for, too! Especially if there’s an audience.

Read more about Leo family dynamics


Leo taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Leo Style + Home Decor

The Leo style is statement-making. As the sign that rules drama, they want all eyes on them when they step into a room. That could mean embracing glamour, power suits or animal prints. Leo home decor is often a mixture of creative studio, pleasure palace and entertainment center. And somehow this zodiac sign is able to make all that work!

Leo Health + Wellness

When it comes to Leo health and wellness, these people have excess energy to burn, but they bore easily. Their exercise routines need to be fun with lots of variety, passion and expression. When they slow things down, a meditation for the Leo sign or one that invokes their element, fire, can help.


Famous Leos & Leo Celebrities:

Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, J.K. Rowling, Kylie Jenner, Barack Obama, Demi Lovato, Halle Berry, Mila Kunis, Robert DeNiro, Robert Redford, Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevingne, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Brady, Anna Kendrick, Joe Jonas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Hemsworth, Whitney Houston, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Bill Clinton, Alduous Huxley, Yves Saint-Laurent, Coco Chanel, Michael Kors, Domenico Dolce


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.