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Leo

July 23 - August 22

Leo is symbolized by the Lion

Symbol:The Lion
Ruling Planet:The Sun
Ruling House:Fifth House
Element:Fire
Quality:Fixed
Body Parts:heart, back
Keyword:PLEASURE
Date with destiny:Aries, Sagittarius
Run for the hills:Taurus, Scorpio
Where you glow:center stage
What makes you tick:leading
Fitness forecast:Tae-Bo
Play date:attending a movie premier
Perfect jobs:actor, cruise ship host
Best accessory:hairbrush
A sure thing:basking in the glow
Destination:Singapore
Pleasure:daydreams, generosity,courage
Pain:keeping up appearances, losing, being bossed around
What's my line?There's no business like show business.

Leo is symbolized by the Lion. You're stubborn yet impulsive. You're also showy, dramatic and sometimes vain. You have a sunny demeanor and love to be the center of your loved ones' adoration. You'd make a great actor; in fact, many actors are born under a Leo Sun. Leo is the fifth Sign of the Zodiac. These folks are impossible to miss, since they love being center stage. Making an impression is Job One for Leos, and when you consider their personal magnetism, you see the job is quite easy. Leos are an ambitious lot, and their strength of purpose allows them to accomplish a great deal. The fact that these folks are also creative makes their endeavors fun for them and everyone else. It's quite common to see a Leo on stage or in Hollywood, since these folks never shy away from the limelight. They are also supremely talented and have a flair for the dramatic. Warmth and enthusiasm seems to seep from every Leo pore, making these folks a pleasure to be around. They do love pleasure!

It's the Lion which symbolizes Leos, and the king (or queen) of the jungle is a most appropriate mascot, since these folks consider themselves the rulers of their universe (and the Zodiac at that). Like Lions, Leos tend to be dignified and strong, and it is this sense of their power which allows them to get things done. A Leo on your team is a good thing, since Lions are eager to see their projects through to completion. Putting these folks at the helm is a good thing, too, since the Leo-born are natural leaders. They may ruffle a few feathers along the way, however, since they can also be overbearing and somewhat autocratic. This may be in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this Sign -- Lions are indeed opinionated and set in their ways. That said, they are well organized, idealistic and have a knack for inspiring others.

Fire

The Element of Fire is associated with the Signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, and it also rules the First, Fifth and Ninth Houses. As one would expect, those graced by Fire are fiery, indeed. They are enthusiastic and sometimes larger than life. Just like a fire that is left untended, however, Fire Signs can burn out of control. Ouch! It's best to tend those embers.

A Fire Sign is also an indicator of creativity. This Element manifests itself in creative and unique ways, and those in its glow are also wonderfully courageous, lively spirits. Those influenced by a Fire Sign are self-sufficient, spontaneous and possess a tremendous zest for life.

It also stands to reason that a combustible Fire Signer would be ardent in the game of love. Yes, these are the sexiest Signs of the Zodiac, knowing they are the cat's meow and climbing ever higher in the name of love. To their credit, those touched by Fire are often an inspiration to others, certainly for their adherence to solid moral and religious ideals.

If there's a flip side to the Element of Fire, it can be that those who bear its will can be overly strident in getting their way. Call it bossy, even. These folks can come across rather forcefully. Selfishness and an overdeveloped ego can also be seen as part of a fiery individual's shadowy side.

Fire Signs are strong, self-assured, creative and fun. When they get too hot to touch, though, it may be a good idea to stand back!

Fixed

A Fixed Quality is attached to the Signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The Fixed Houses are the Second, Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh; if an astrological chart shows a preponderance of Planets in these Houses, its energy is weighted toward fixity.

Fixed Signs understand that steadiness is the key. Those influenced by this Quality are happy to forge ahead with their projects, calmly working away until they have achieved their objectives. This is no struggle for Fixed folks, rather it's what makes them tick. These individuals are stable, determined and resolute. They want to get to the finish line and have the persistence and ability to concentrate, characteristics which will get them there.

There is no lack of confidence in Fixed individuals. Self-reliance could be a Fixed person's middle name. Those possessed of a Fixed nature are powerful, yet purposeful. There are no wasted motions here: Fixed folks move patiently and steadily toward their goals. They are also steady and reliable and always remember those who helped them out. Conversely, those born under a Fixed Sign can at times be stubborn, my-way-or-the-highway folks. They may have a tendency to get stuck in their ways and to believe that they are always right.

Those influenced by a Fixed Quality are determined, reliable and persistent. They have great strength, and strength of purpose, and love to get the job done. So what if they refuse to budge? They get results.

The Fifth House

House of Pleasure

The Fifth House is commonly referred to as the House of Pleasure. Oftentimes, pleasure is the result of a creative act. The simple act of creating is, essentially, giving of oneself and making something -- making another? Yes, the Fifth House does speak to procreation and children, but it also addresses the creation of art and culture. The creative life is one from which we can derive much personal pleasure and self-satisfaction. Do I like this? Does it make me feel good? Does it bring me pleasure? The answers therein are the domain of the Fifth House.

Taking this pleasure principle a step further, one can give it a more human face, even two faces. Romance and romantic affairs, both emotional pleasures, are within the realm of the Fifth House. Emotional satisfaction can be gained in many ways, and yet another way addressed by this House is gambling. While this implies a financial risk, it can also be viewed as the willingness to take a risk -- on love, with money or in life. A gut risk in the hopes of a pleasurable outcome is how the Fifth House sees it. This House is actually quite rich with pleasures since it also lords over fun, games and hobbies. Life is more than just being or doing, it also includes finding -- finding the pleasure in the acts in which we engage

Children as a source of pleasure are also important in the Fifth House. This brings us back to creativity, since through our children, we create an extension of ourselves and then watch it grow. Giving our children all the good we had (and have), and then some, is certainly a pleasurable pursuit. How will this manifest itself? What form of pleasure and emotional release is best for our children? Music, dance, theater, art, science, literature -- these fancies are for them and for us. Play for the purpose of emotional enrichment and pure pleasure is what the Fifth House is all about.

The Fifth House is ruled by the Sign Leo and the Sun.

The Sun: Planet of Self

As the Sun puts forth light, so it brings forth life. This Planet (also known as a luminary and a star) represents the self, one's personality and ego, the spirit and what it is that makes the individual unique. It is our identity and our face to the world. The Sun also speaks to creative ability and the power of the individual to meet the challenges of everyday life.

One's natural father, husbands and other male influences are ruled by the Sun, as are children. The Sun's energy is a forceful one, and in its wake comes authority, the ability to lead and an individual's essence, their core being. Through the will of this Planet, we learn to manifest ourselves in the world.

The Sun is majestic, and in keeping with its regal air, it rules royalty and higher office. This orb also lords over our health and well-being. The Sun's golden glow is a vital life force which imbues us with strength, energy and a will to succeed. It is the Sun which gives strength to the other Planets, which is why this Planet occupies a key role in Astrology.

The Sun spends about a month visiting each Sign and takes a year to journey through the twelve Signs of the Zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules Leo and the Fifth House.

Leo Beauty Profile

As a Leo, you are confidence in a beautiful bottle, self-assuredness in sleek, concentrated form. When you're a Fixed Fire Sign Lion, you command an audience, and you thrive off their applause and appreciation -- that's your livelihood and sense of security. You may seem to be a spotlight-chaser, an approval-seeker, but deep down you're just a good-hearted, albeit proud, kitten, and you love nothing more than to have your soft coat stroked.

And it is glorious -- your hair, that is. Just like the Lion that symbolizes your sign, your mane is your crowning achievement, so to speak, and you let it speak for you when you don't know what else to say. Moving down from there, the world sees your eyes, large and full of life and energy -- and further down from that, the world probably sees your sexy shoulders, another area of Leo pride.

You spare no expense caring for your assets -- you'd walk miles and pay big for the right conditioner, and you'd sit for hours before your vanity to get a look just right. You wear vibrant colors, citrusy perfumes, and you're not afraid to take cosmetic risks to get your point across (is it any surprise Madonna's a Leo). You're not all flash, though, and your bigheartedness is not an act. Your true beauty comes from your readiness to share yourself and your gifts, your generous affection and your loyal, pure heart.

Aquarius Beauties:

Jennifer Aniston
Christina Ricci
Oprah Winfrey

Leo Career Profile

If there's someone who likes being the center of attention, it's a Leo. And why not? Those born under this Sign are giving, proud, energetic, confident -- the world can't help but look! That is as it should be, says the Lion. They're firebrands with plenty of smolder in their eyes and a golden glow all around. Leos are focused in their work and make excellent team leaders. The Lion is also a risk-taker, someone who wants the world (for starters) and often gets it.

Whether it's for a big project or a noble cause, getting the Lion to jump on board is a shrewd move -- and one that's sure to attract attention! These folks can't help but be in the limelight, thanks to their larger-than-life personality. Hand-in-hand with this is an infectiously positive attitude. Colleagues are often quick to seek out the Lion as a role model, since those signature qualities of leadership,

truth and justice are ones that many seek. However, Leos must be careful not to indulge in selfishness or manipulation or to fall into a state of complacency. And as for all that primping and posing, Lion: enough is enough! Yes, life is a banquet, and you are the star, but do you really want to let yourself go that way?

As much as the Lion likes being in the spotlight, there really is plenty of room for a team to assemble all around. Is there a game to be won? a deal to close? The Lion's team is the winning team, and a happy bunch of cats it is.

The Leo office is likely to be overwhelmed by the throne behind the desk. And you thought it was a chair? Ha! That desk, of course, is gleaming mahogany, as is the well-stocked liquor cabinet in the corner. Lions are usually driven around in Bentleys, but will take the wheel of a Lexus if they're at a start-up. Cutting a deal with Leo over lunch? It'd better be the Ritz!

Leos are well suited as managers, architects, inventors, teachers, athletes and Presidents.

Leo Fitness Profile

Leo may do best by hiring a personal trainer to give them constant, individual attention. You're likely to persist with frequent aerobic workouts, even if you don't like them, because looking and feeling good is important to you. With teams, you may be very competitive; you always feel the need to lead and be first. Leo likes to help the underdog, though, and will be fair about making sure everyone gets a chance to play. The inflexible Lion rules the heart and back, so cardiovascular exercise is important. When going to the gym, you may want to run a few extra laps -- but only after a vigorous stretching session on the mat. Your motivation is to look good, and at the gym you're likely to be the one in designer sweats.

Leo Fashion Profile

The Lion rules the roost and wants the best of everything. If a garment is out of your budget, it must be yours. Price tags and labels rule what you buy. If the fashion mags haven't heard of a designer, you drop them like a hot coal. You could never be seen in public wearing anything but top quality. Comfort comes last in your book. If the latest trend requires pants t hat cut off your circulation and wobbly platform shoes, that's exactly what you'll be squeezing into and stumbling about on. Anything daring with a bold display of colors is your cup of tea, as long as it makes you look good. Business suits are for the workplace, and you wear them well, but in your own time you prefer flowing, elegant garments, custom tailored to your shape. It's imperative that you look the part of royalty.

You excel at wearing flashy, pricey jewelry. Your Sign rules the back, so going backless or strapless to the right soiree is never out of place. Favorite colors are gold, bronze and orange, whether you choose to wear these as an electric splash or a bold statement is your decision. You'll purr over anything that calls attention to the Lion's mane, whether is be handcrafted barrettes, colorful rubber bands or jeweled tiaras. One thing is for certain: Leo knows how to dress for success.

Fave Label:Versace
Would Look Good On:Madonna

Give sunny Leo sunflower seeds for munching. They want spicy food from warm places, like the Mediterranean. Garlic is not a flavor for the Lion, but they adore cloves, nutmeg and parsley. Remember that Leo wants the absolute best of everything!

Leo Friendship Profile

The Lion can never be accused of hiding behind their mane. They're happiest when people surround them, especially as they're likely to be the center of attention in any crowd. Leo has a ton of friends. After all, anyone who thinks so highly of themself must have something good to offer! The Lion makes a great friend, though. They can be playful as a kitten and are always ready to spread their sunshine around. Beware of their competitive side, though. As your friend, Leo wants to be proud of you and will do everything in their power to ensure your success -- so long as you don't outshine them. As long as you're the underdog, you'll have a loyal friend. Everyone can be friends with a Leo. They don't really discriminate,preferring to have a big mix of people to play with. Leo always wants the best and might take you out for fancy dinners and such. Don't worry if you can't quite afford it -- the generous Lion is quite willing to chip in. Make sure you remind them again and again how grateful you are for their help, though. A friend who is not appreciative enough of the Leo's charms and generosity may not get the chance to show it later.

Best Friend Bets: Sagittarius, Aries

Leo: Karmic Life Lessons

The Lion is quite the fitting Symbol for Leo: Like the King of the Jungle, it is a proud, golden, regal energy. When Leo receives the attention and admiration it seeks, it is energetic, optimistic, romantic, scriptsnstrative and a lot of fun. Leos make wonderful actors, as they crave the spotlight and do great things when they're in it. The trouble for a Leo comes when the spotlight is challenged or taken away or when the audience isn't as appreciative as Leo wishes it were. When that happens, Leo's sensitive side may come to the fore, leading to dejection and unhappiness.

As it is ruled by the Sun, the central, most life-giving force of our Universe, Leo sometimes believes it is the center of everything as well. Others may see this as a case of egotism and when paired with Leo's stubborn pride, it could add up to a big pain in the neck! Behind egotism, however, often lies insecurity. Leo must consider why it needs to claim the center of attention -- and the answer may come as a surprise. Is it that Leo feels inwardly insecure and relies on outward attention to feel worthy and valid? Most of us share this insecurity; all of us simply have to recognize it. The more internal balance we can develop, the less any of us needs external support. As Karmic Astrology teaches us, all we have is ourselves, and our Selves are plenty. Leo doesn't need to be awe-inspiring to deserve love and appreciation; being a living, functioning being of the world is plenty. As a modification of the well-known saying, Leo would do well to adopt the motto, "I exist, therefore I am loved."

Leo's urge to be appreciated can lead to being boastful or arrogant, but this can cause problems when human fallibility kicks in. One of Leo's most admirable qualities is its dignity, but that can be overridden by emotional over-sensitivity if Leo feels someone has "cut it down to size." There's no need to get overly upset when that happens; instead, try to remember that everyone is equal and all people make mistakes from time to time. It's acceptable; it's human. When we're all on the same level, we're close and connected -- and connection is one of the most worthy pursuits of human experience.

Perhaps Leo's most famous weakness is its vanity. Those born under the Sign of the Lion are often teased for their love of mirrors, in which they brush their manes of hair until they gleam. While appearances are the first things that meet the eye, there are many far more important indicators of a person's character or worth. Good looks fade, but inner character only gets stronger with age. And Leo possesses tremendous strength of character! Demonstrably kind, dignified and generous, Leo would do well to develop those traits rather than paying so much attention to looks and fashion.

Leo can look to other Signs of the Zodiac to help learn its Karmic lessons. Taurus can teach Leo about steady patience, to work toward goals no matter how long it takes to reach them rather than relying on flash for effect. Scorpio can teach Leo about depth -- while Leo thinks it's powerful, Scorpio possesses true power; Scorpio isn't afraid to roll in the mud. And Leo can learn from Aquarius's innovative, behind-the-scenes work about how to step out of the spotlight and focus on truly bettering the world for all.

Leo Kid Profile

If you're a Leo, you love drama and being the center of attention! Leo is a Fire Sign, which means you have a bottomless well of energy. You're the hit at all the birthday parties, since you're fun and sunny and all your friends love to laugh at your jokes. Parties are your favorite, in fact, and you love to ham it up, making everyone around you happy and at ease. You also love sports of all kinds and you tend to be the leader in your class at school, calling out all the answers to the teacher's questions. Leo is represented by the Lion, a proud, golden animal commonly called the King of the Jungle. You could be called the King or Queen of the schoolyard!

Leo Money Profile

The star of the Zodiac has arrived! Leos love to be center stage, playing to an adoring audience. They also love beauty and riches and often seem to be pampered with both. When not on stage, it's easy to spot the Lion in a crowd. They're always the most magnetic presence in the room, surrounded in an almost golden glow. Leos are usually on a mission to find their right place in the (business) world. If they're chosen to lead -- well, some things just make perfect sense!

Leos enjoy taking a risk, but generally only if the odds are in their favor. They hate to lose (and look bad!). It's not surprising for Las Vegas to beckon to the Lion who loves glamour and glitz along with some shiny new coins. The Lion's gambling streak can be a good thing, as long as ego doesn't get in the way and lead to bad business decisions.

Lions firmly believe that money is there to give them everything they deserve, whether it be a great house, a zippy sports car, or more toys than they can play with. Extravagance is their middle name! They'll find a way to make money, because they surely know how to spend it -- and will. "There's more where that came from" is never far from the Lion's mind.

Managing money would definitely crimp the Lion's freewheeling style -- hey, these are the folks who originated the champagne and caviar party! The accountant (or partner) can add up the damage. If Leos do overspend, they're generally resourceful enough to get back on track. When things get really bad, a visit will be paid to the banker since the proud Lion could never borrow from a friend. And admit they're not king of the hill? Never!

The Lion's secret to success, however, may be a very generous spirit. These folks would lend their last penny, and since what goes around comes around, they'll always find their way to a few more. Leo knows the cup is half full, and more often than not, their cup runneth over!

Leo

The creative and romantic Lion rules the Zodiac's House of Pleasure, insuring that any romp with this cat will include sensory as well as sensual delights. The playful Lion loves fun and is a supremely social animal. If Leos can act out their fantasies on a public (even private) stage, all the better, for those born under this sign truly believe they're the star. As befits the King/Queen of the Zodiac, Leos are leaders. Their powerful presence, as well as staying power, insures them success in their conquests. Romance is also a princely quality for the Lion, and those who ensnare this passionate animal may well be rewarded with a wonderful and inventive lover. Like the ruling Sun, which is at the center of the universe, Leos love to have the world revolve around them.

Leo and Romance

Affairs of the heart will quickly take on a 'me first' quality with the Lion, since they truly believe they are the best and must come first. Leos love to feel good, as befits royalty, so they will respond exceptionally well to pampering and flourishes. While Leos love to be admired and adored, they can also take the lead in romance, since they believe their strength and power will win the day. When the Lion gets going, watch out! Passionate fireworks will fly, since these folks know how to turn on the charm, and the heat. Since all the world's a stage to the prancing, dancing Lion, fun, excitement and a little razzle-dazzle are all part of their repertoire. Leos are willing to gamble where romance and love are concerned, since losing is not in their vocabulary.

Leo in Relationships

A relationship with the daring, yet devoted, Lion will rarely prove dull. This showy cat may need to be lavished with attention, but can also ravish a lover with riches in return. A slow, smoldering pas de deux, which leads to mutual bliss, is what the Lion would love from a partner. The fiery Lion requires a lover who can keep up with them and certainly one who can match wits. If not, the risk of boredom and flight is a big one, since Leo has very high expectations. A partner who can understand and indulge the Lion's need to be the center of attention will be a keeper for this regal cat. The ideal Leo soul mate understands the pleasure principle and will work hard to keep their mate satisfied.

Leo in Love

The strength and amorous prowess that Leos possess makes them a natural leader in the dance of love. This cat may want to rule, but it also wants to be admired, which makes for a love filled with sexual tension. Even so, the Lion's generous and giving nature makes certain that a lover will feel special. The Lion may test a lover from time to time in their quest for answers about love: What is it really? How can I feel it the most? The one with the best answers to these questions will surely make this cat purr. Love is a most attractive state for Leos, since the pleasure, attraction and fun of the game are all qualities which make the Lion glow.

Leo and Sex

As befits a Fire sign, there is a great physicality, white heat and ardor which emanates from the Lion -- in the right circumstances. The Lion wants action first and foremost, and if the moves are being made on them, all the better. When Leos are being made love to (slow, steady love), they are flattered into a state of ecstasy. This kind of approach will help create a Lion who is a very confident lover. Leos are utterly aroused when a partner revels in their beauty and aura and tells them how wonderful it is. As their gracious gift, the Lion will show their partner just how much that compliment meant! The Lion loves seduction and foreplay, and a well-placed mirror or two would be nice, too, since that flowing mane and cat-like quality are begging to be watched.

What Leo Needs

What the King/Queen of the Jungle wants more than anything else is to be fawned over. Being a devoted sort, the Lion will return this gesture in kind, making a partner feel special, indeed. A lover with the right vibes, who comes bearing gifts, exudes class and remembers that it's nothing but the best for this stellar cat, is clever and wise. The one who can bring out the true Lion, which is often hiding behind the glare of white lights and preening to an adoring crowd, will do both of them a favor. In the end, Leo's lover must always remember who is number one, and act on this all the time.

The Leo lover is giving and devoted, and lives for the pleasures that life can bring. One of these is putting them squarely in the spotlight, where they believe they truly belong. Anyone willing to bask in the Lion's warm glow is in for a red-hot time!

Leo Technology Profile

As you jump online, you may find the experience to be a little frustrating, as Leos love being center stage, and it's hard to stand out on the Web. Your light at the end of the tunnel is that you have the ability to backup your performances with a depth of understanding that is uncanny. After you sweep through a Web site, the format may seem a little funky, since you are not afraid to leave a strong impression. Your ambition and ability to multi-task are likely to be evident through the number of computer applications that you have open on your desktop at any one time. Leos can organize almost as well as an electronic datebook, and you can be sure when you are in control everything will eventually run smoothly. Your idealistic views of the Internet have the potential to inspire creative products or even a business plan.

Who IS that stepping from that gilded carriage royalty? A world leader? Nah, it's probably just a Leo. Those born under this Sign know how to travel in style, and if it's not in a Cinderella-like carriage, it's probably via the Orient Express or the Concorde. Lions love to be treated like royalty because in their world, they're just that. When they hit the road, it's first-class all the way.

Bigger is always better for the Lion, so think of the Grand Tour, a hacienda in Cuernavaca or a private Greek island. And while Leos are possessed of considerable physical strength and stamina, they'd much rather have a car and driver take them from one splendid sight to the next. Organized and creative as they are, Leos love to set the agenda when traveling, and it'll surely be a good one.

They'll also travel with a few friends in tow, the better for all to see what shining stars they are. Royalty needs its court, after all. They won't dawdle over any one part of the journey, either -- a quick peek at the Mona Lisa is fine, just enough to tell the folks back home about it. Travel for Leos is all about ease, which is why they pack that all those credit cards. Someone will worry about the bill later ...


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