Leo is known as the Lion for those born July 23 through August 22nd. This is an approximation because of the irregular rotation of the earth and therefore not every year will Leo begin exactly on the 23rd or even end on the 22nd.

When I think of Leo what comes to mind is the most charismatic and extroverted of all the zodiacal characters.  You are the monarch’s among humans as the lion is king of beasts. You are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong-willed, positive, independent, and self-confident. Born leaders, you are at your most effective when in a position of command, and your personal magnetism can bring out the best of loyalty from followers.  Your followers know where you stand.

The symbol associated with your sign is the Lion. The Lion has derived its meaning from many ancient stories. Of course he is the king of beasts, the leader and protector.  The lion is a wild beast of great passions but he doesn’t get angry unless seriously wounded. A lion is not greedy, but leaves off eating when he’s had enough.  He never eats leftovers.  And the lion is very protective of its cubs.

The Sun was regarded by the ancients as the king of the planets and thus was given rulership over the sign Leo. Leo is reputed to be kingly and dominating.  The planets circle the sun, the center of the solar system.  Leo’s often find themselves, or place themselves at the center of affairs, with many of their relationships dependent on their need for leadership, strength and direction.

Learn how each of the signs developed their personalities in my book, Seasons of Astrology.