Leo is the fifth astrological sign of the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo, and is found in the eastern sky. It is a “masculine”, positive (extrovert) sign and is also considered a fire sign. It is one of the four fixed signs and is ruled by the Sun.
Leos are majestic. They have a natural ability to command respect and love from others. It is their generosity, warmth and innate heroism which is so attractive. A Leo will have a natural command of any situation and is therefore very talented in an executive position. Their integrity is absolute and because of this they lack the ability to manipulate. They are always open and frank, rather naïvely thinking that it is best to tell the truth. Their frankness can annoy others.
There is an innocence and playfulness in Leos which comes from their love of life and their zest for getting the most out of every experience. It is important for a Leo to have children and also to be creative on the mental plain. Their own children adore their ready sense of fun. Leos have huge hearts and can be easily hurt by rejection or rebuffs. Their main drive is to share their affection and love with other people. They are fiery and passionate in love and capable of inspiring those around them to great heights.
Leos always feel that they have excellent advice to give others but this will often be misinterpreted as arrogance and can alienate people. They are very trusting and will be immensely faithful and loyal once they have chosen a partner. Betrayal is devastating for them because they give themselves so completely. Leos also adore pleasure for its own sake; any kind of entertainment or celebration makes them feel really alive.
In earlier astrology, the fire signs were often called bitter, in contrast with the “sweet” air signs. The three fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
They are seen as the inventors, leaders, and pioneers within humanity, possessing an assertive quality that allows them to act upon the thoughts of others extremely quickly.
The worst qualities of the fire signs are seen as their tendency to be irresponsible, overbearing, impatient, and boastful to the point of hurting others’ feelings. They can also supposedly find it very hard to deal with detail because of their quest for the “big picture.”
Because astrology holds that fire signs are frequently highly outspoken, they can prove too much for more sensitive types of people who resist the criticism they can produce.
They are supposedly by nature emotionally intense and quick to anger if they disapprove but, unlike water signs, are also very quick to forgive and not sensitive to criticism.
In relationships, fire signs are generally considered to be extremely outgoing and passionate friends, but typically they are seen as requiring a great deal of love from their partner because of their assertive quality, and do not like their partner to have control over their romantic life and/or career.
Although highly extroverted, they do not possess the air signs’ ability to relate to varying viewpoints or different types of people, because they supposedly often see differences as conflicting with their own (often self-centred) desires.
Though said to be more passionate and committed under the right circumstance than air signs, fire signs are said to be barren signs. This is probably because their focus on being centre stage or on searching for truth intensely, combined with their often gregarious and friendly nature, means that they may have trouble committing themselves to a lifelong marriage.
Their quest for freedom is said to make fire signs supposedly always want to be freed from this type of burden.
In ancient times Mars, ruler of Aries & the Sun, ruler of Leo also were described to be sterile in nature because of their associations with heat, anger & masculinity. Chief fault is deceit.
Fire is determined, spiteful, short-tempered and vengeful. When angered, Fire will go to almost any extreme necessary to get revenge…and such revenge will, more often than not, be at the moment of the anger, after which it is soon forgotten with no harbouring of any grudge.
Fire is prone to deliberately and openly do things which will irritate others to the point of anger. Fire is straight-forward and has no reservations about hurting the feelings of others…prone to inflict both physical and mental pain.
Leo – Relations With Other Element Signs
They are believed to resent the earth signs’ slowness, plotting and preoccupation with detail, and hate the way they pin others down.
They supposedly can be attracted to water signs’ passion and intensity, but generally find water signs too secretive – in fact to the point of seeing the water signs’ sensitivity as utterly dishonest and deliberately deceitful.
They might envy the water signs’ ability to summon strength from emotions rather than through effort, their general means of acquiring power.
Air signs, on the other hand, are seen by the fire signs as able to provide them with concrete ideas to help them develop their ideals. Because air signs share their gregarious, extroverted quality, fire signs are comfortable with them. However, they supposedly do not have the patience to analyse as many possibilities as the air signs would like, so they supposedly act more quickly than air signs might wish.
The Fixed Zodiac Signs
In astrology, there are four fixed signs.
Fixed Signs are at the height of the four seasons and are associated with stamina, perseverance and strength and said to be, by nature, inert. However, they are also associated with inflexibility.
Individuals born under the four Fixed Signs of the Zodiac are thought to be determined, powerful, natural leaders, purposeful, reliable, loyal and self-confident but also occasionally stubborn and immovable, with a tendency to get stuck in ruts. They supposedly pursue their goals with dogged persistence and have a great power of concentration.
According to astrologers, Fixed Signs tend to direct their energies inward rather than outward.
The four Fixed Signs of the Zodiac are:
Taurus: Being an Earth sign it is said to be the most stable, patient and determined of all the Fixed Quality Signs.
Leo: As a Fixed Fire sign Leo individuals are said to burn with a greater intensity than the other two Fire Signs. They are supposedly much less impulsive than Aries natives and not as prone to “wanderlust” as Sagittarius subjects.
Scorpio: A Water sign, of the Fixed Quality, Scorpio is thought to deeply internalize emotions and pursue goals with keen insights, perception and much willpower.
Aquarius: An Air sign, while generally considered to be a spontaneous and erratic Sign, many astrologers also agree there is also a distinct lack of flexibility in Aquarius character due to their Fixed Quality.
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