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Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac relating to love, creativity, and children. It is ruled by the powerful Sun, which relates to our heart and soul. Like the lion, the symbol of this sign, Leo relates to the king whose authority is unequivocal. Wherever the masculine, yang sign of Leo is placed in our chart, we are passionate and intense. This sign indicates a sincere, honest, and conscientious nature, which cares deeply. We are ruled by our noble heart and, due to our authentic nature, have a strong magnetism that draws many. Leo’s keyword is “I rule”. Respect, honor, and admiration is freely bestowed on this naturally dignified, magnanimous soul. Due to our outstanding example, we often find ourself in a position of leadership.
Leo is a fixed sign, indicating that we are ruled by high ideals and will not compromise our principles. Being a fire sign, we can be relentless like the heat of the desert sun in pursuing our ideals. We demand a high standard of behavior from those around us, and fall hard when our expectations are not met. Leo’s placement in our chart is where we put our heart. It is where we want to serve and shine.
A strong predominance of Leo energy in the chart, i.e. Sun or Moon in Leo, reflects a love of the limelight. We bask in being the center of attention. We can always be spotted at a party. Due to our gregarious nature, love of people and consequent popularity, we usually have a wonderful time. When Leo energy is not working in our chart, we will sit in the corner, feeling miserable, as we are not being noticed. We can be proud, arrogant, pretentious, and domineering.
The lesson for Leo is unconditional love. To realize that those who would rule must first learn to serve. Otherwise how can we have the sensitivity to tell other people how to live their lives? We can find contentment of heart as examples of inspiration to others, without demanding or expecting anything in return, even if it is just the wish for appreciation for what we have done.
The sign Leo rules the heart, which is the engine of the body, pumping life-giving blood throughout our system. As Leo rules the heart, it is especially important where it is placed in our chart. Even if we don’t have a planet in this sign, we can see where our Sun, ruler of Leo, is placed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower has a Leo ascendant, Mother Teresa and Bill Clinton have the Sun in Leo, and Paramahansa Yogananda has the Moon in Leo.