Born between July 23 and August 22 is the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo known as the King and Queen of the Zodiac due to their planetary symbol, the Lion. Masculine, fixed, positive and born under the fire sign. With the Sun as their planetary ruler, they possess great charisma and sunny and shiny personality.

With the Sun at the center of the solar system, it’s no surprise that the typical Leo personality loves to be the center of attention.

In this article, we’ll talk about Leo traits and characteristics. Navigate through the sections you want to read using the links below.

One of the most powerful signs of the zodiac, they have the innate ability to light up a place with their creativity.  If you notice a flamboyant person who is the center of attention, laughing and entertaining other people at a gathering, he or she is probably a Leo.

  • Strengths: Warmth, humor, pride, joy, creativity, passion, generosity.
  • Weaknesses: Arrogance, stubbornness, inflexibility, self-centeredness, laziness
  • Likes:  Giving advice, flattery, loyalty, taking risks and protecting their family
  • Dislikes: Boredom, taking orders, pettiness, dependence and being ignored.
  • Ruling Planet: Moon
  • Element: Fire
  • Opposite Sign:  Aquarius
  • Famous Leos:  US President Barack Obama, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Lovato
  • Leo lucky numbers: 1, 4, 9
  • Leo lucky day: Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Leo lucky color: Orange, Gold, and Red
  • Leo lucky stone: Ruby
  • Leo most compatible zodiac signs: Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius
  • Leo least compatible zodiac signs: Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius

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Leo Traits

Leos are the royal leaders of Zodiac. The king or queen Leo, much like their name, is strong, fierce, bold, courageous and regal in their lifestyles, ways and expression.

Remarkably creative in almost all aspects of their lives, Leos are independent and dominant. Known to be the most authoritative amongst all the Signs of Zodiac, Leos are often brave-hearts; and their confidence, ambition and positive thinking are exemplary and unparalleled. The word “hesitation” or “self-doubt” is not a part of their dictionary.

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Driven and determined, often to the degree of excess; most Leos precisely know what they want from a situation in particular, and the life in general. Or as a learned man once said, “At least, they feel and believe they know it all!” Lions tend to be strong-willed, enthusiastic and energetic.

Their ruler Sun bestows them with sparkle and zest – and also with glowing warmth and generosity. Coupled with their self-confidence, this kindness makes most Leos the joy and life of parties, gatherings and group activities.

Most Leo-born natives are also outspoken and brazen, a quality that sometimes goes against them, much like their domineering streak. Courageous, kind hearted and compassionate, the Lion is full of youthful enthusiasm and vigor, and is the proverbial performer – his ruling Sun makes him hugely popular and socially cued in.

When the mighty Lion enters center stage, everyone notices. This dramatic, creative, and outgoing sign is defined by magnetism. A Leo’s charm can be almost impossible to resist. Whether it’s time spent with family and friends or efforts on the job scene, a Leo is going to bring a lot to the table.

Leo Personality

Born leaders, they are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism and innate courtesy brings loyal followers or subordinates. They are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and use all their energies, creativity and passion to get whatever they are after.

Leos think and act bigger than others would normally dare. The pursuits and idealism sometimes scare their followers, but their ability to go straight to the heart of any problem reassures those who depend on them. They manage to get out of the rut because they thrive on the adversity.

In his or her relations with others the Leo type is open, sincere, genuine and trusting. Outgoing, spontaneously warm hearted and plain spoken, though never lacking in kindliness, Leos are more disillusioned than the average if let down by those they trust. They are not a good judge of character and are inclined to favoritism and an exaggerated faith in their followers which too often ends in disappointment.

Leo feels compelled to take up just causes. Their deep sense of service to others is often overshadowed by their larger than life personality. Most people never see this side of them. It isn’t that this side rarely reveals itself; it’s that they’re very private about their good deeds and carry them out as though on a royal secret mission. The last thing they want is for people to doubt their acts of charity. This may seem contradictory to the showmanship associated with Leos, but their hearts are very compassionate and charitable.

Leos are extremely loyal. They give unconditional loyalty to their family and friends and expect the same from each one. When they don’t receive this loyalty, they get hurt to the very core of their being. They’ll brood over what they believe to be a lack of loyalty and assume what they deem is nothing short of outright betrayal.

Leo Man

Appealing personality, high attitude, sharp mind, ego, leadership defines a Leo man. He is so lively, warm-hearted and gregarious that it is impossible not get affected by his vibrant personality. And his commanding presence makes heads turn wherever he goes.

Masculine, attractive and confident, a Leo man is a tough guy. But at the same time, he is kind and generous, who would go to any length in order to help people. Besides, he is usually happy and upbeat, and would love to make the people around him happy.

He is so aware of his strengths that it sometimes leads them to complacency, making him lazy in their approach towards the goals he might have set for himself. A regular if not constant dose of appreciation and admiration works as an energy booster for the Leo.

However, once he is motivated and finds his calling, the diplomatic and ambitious Leo man strives to accomplish his dreams and reach the top in his chosen fields. Here, his leadership quality, positive attitude and readiness to work hard play an important role, and in the process he inspires people to help him in their quest to be successful and well-off.  He can efficiently motivate, encourage or develop his teams. He knows very practically how to be the leader of group.

A Leo man is always in center of focus. You can very easily identify a Leo man in crowd or group of people. His masculine personality, well-built physical features, bold voice, sky-scrapping attitude and way of presentation is so praiseworthy that you can instantly recognize him a Leo guy. If you really want to get in close with him just appreciate his opinions.

And after this litany of adjectives, who else would best define the Leo male than Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth who found fame portraying Marvel Comics’ hammer-wielding, thunder god, “The Mighty Thor”? Hemsworth, born 11 August 1983, may just be the most recognizable Leo on Midgard, Asgard or in the other Nine Realms!

Leo Woman

A Leo woman needs these three in plenty – attention, respect and admiration. She may get arrogant and proud at times, but that is who she really is, either you love her or don’t.  She comes out as a unique and bright lady even among crowd of people. She conceives herself as superior or best among group. And it is also the fact that she is a fair good leader of a group. She is passionate of seeing success in life. She highly dislikes negatives.  She stays away from negativity or from all those things that can give her negativity.

Ruled by Sun, she is gracious, generous, bright and devoted, and draw people towards her with their warmth and inner charm. But at the same time, she will not tolerate any sort of misbehavior. After all, she belongs to the royal Sign of the entire Zodiac calendar, Leo.

The Leo woman is not after money and luxuries, but shabby surroundings make her uncomfortable. Hence, she will choose a lifestyle that suits her classy tastes and high standards. Anything mediocre is not her style – as simple as that. Her taste is classy and choosy. You can notice her carrying exclusive and unique things with her. Her dress-ups are selective. She wears designs of appealing garments. Her taste is unique and different from others.

A fine combination of intellect, humor, wit, strength and feminine charm, the Leo women don’t have to try to impress people. Beneath the tough exterior of a Leo woman is a sensitive, little girl who treasures every little thing she possesses.

Kind hearted and courteous, the Leo women are always ready to help the needy, be it friends, family or strangers. Charity, social working and other benevolent work are her interest. A Leo woman has high empathy and imagination. She is extrovert and wonderfully expresses her objectives.

If you come across an attractive, attention-grabbing, impressive, confidant, egoist and an arrogant lady, certainly that is a lioness- a Leo woman.

Thus, a Leo woman can be embodied by one name: Madonna. Born 16 August 1958, Madonna personifies all of these traits and then some. She is one of the few stars who have continued to remain relevant by constantly reinventing herself in her music and persona.

Leo at Work

There is a wonderfully enthusiastic quality about the approach of a Leo to almost everything he or she does.  Sparkling and charismatic, Leos possess a larger-than-life quality that makes them a force to reckon with in the workplace.

Leo is driven to excel. He never accepts defeat and will continue fighting until he wins every challenge. Once he’s taken on a project, he’ll not only achieve his goals, he’ll also far exceed any expectations. Leos take immense pride in themselves and their achievements and the very thought of failure scares them.

He makes a great boss since his managerial style is one of being a mentor and teacher. He derives great satisfaction from seeing his teammates excel. It’s no wonder that this sign is great in a sales position or any job that requires the art of persuasion.

Leos are often drawn to show business, the stage, painting, public relations and almost any kind of high level management.

Leo Best Love Match

Leo in love is an extremely affectionate, loyal and doting partner. Love is as essential to them as sunshine; they can never be without it. It’s not in the Leo personality to do things half-heartedly, so when they fall in love, it’s hard and fast. They are hopeless romantics and believe in love at first sight, and tend to dive head-first into heavy commitment. Marriage brings out the best in them and they appreciate the value of home and family.

Courtship is something Leos take very seriously. True to their romantic form, they thrive on lavishing grand gestures of devotion and pure adoration as part of the courting process. They express love through wining and dining, romantic candlelit dinners and impromptu weekend escapes. They love to give lavish gifts to their partners.  They expect absolute loyalty and respect, and will not tolerate infidelity, even flirtatious behavior from their partners.

The most compatible zodiac sign love matches for Leo are generally considered to be Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius. Polar opposite Aquarius is also a good Leo love match and can provide you with a measure of emotional detachment to be able to effectively focus on the bigger picture.

Read more about Leo’s compatibility with other horoscope signs:

Leo And Aries Compatibility
Leo And Taurus Compatibility
Leo And Gemini Compatibility
Leo And Cancer Compatibility
Leo And Leo Compatibility
Leo And Virgo Compatibility
Leo And Libra Compatibility
Leo And Scorpio Compatibility
Leo And Sagittarius Compatibility
Leo And Capricorn Compatibility
Leo And Aquarius Compatibility
Leo And Pisces Compatibility

Leo Health

Leo rules the heart and circulatory system. Leo is a fixed sign, which means he or she has definite opinions, ideas and ways that they should run in our world. Emotional disappointments for a Leo go straight to the heart—and it begins to take a toll. So, it’s not surprising that many Leos, especially men, get heart attacks in their forties.

Leo needs fresh air, walking or jogging or some form of moderate exercise to keep their circulatory system running at peak speed. If, for some reason, Leo gets sedentary and doesn’t feel like getting off the couch, then circulatory problems could set in–such as phlebitis, which, if not caught in time, can be deadly. Or, they may experience some tingling or coldness in the fingertips or toes.

Sometimes, if they bend over and then straighten up too fast, they can get lightheaded or dizzy for a moment or two. Or they will get out of breath very easily; these are signs of a circulatory system under distress. Don’t take anything straight to the heart and take life as it comes by, Leo!!

Leo Luck

The lucky numbers for Leos are 1, 4, 9 and the lucky days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Mark these dates if you are planning anything special or important.

Lucky colors include Orange, Gold and Red and Ruby which is to be worn on the ring finger is the lucky gemstone.

Do these traits and characteristics describe you? Does your personality reflect a Leo? Drop us a line at the “Comments” section. If so, you could be People magazine’s next “Sexiest Man Alive” like Hemsworth or the next pop icon like Madonna or J-Lo!