Leo Personality Traits: Characteristics Of A Leo Zodiac Sign

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Leo Personality Traits: Characteristics Of A Leo Zodiac Sign

If your birthday falls somewhere between July 23 and August 22, start practicing your royal wave because your unique Leo traits make you the most regal zodiac sign in astrology.

What does it mean to be a Leo zodiac sign?

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Because each zodiac sign is different, there are certain aspects that are unique to the Leo sun sign.

  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling planet: Sun
  • Colors: Gold, orange, red, yellow
  • Day: Sunday
  • Strengths: Pride, passion
  • Weaknesses: Arrogant, self-centered
  • Birthstone: Peridot

Leo is a fire sign.

According to astrology, Leo falls under the fire element, along with fellow fire signs Aries and Sagittarius.

Fire energy is colorful, passionate, and creative, helping Leo shine bright no matter where they are or what they're doing. Their presence is impossible to ignore, as their fiery energy lights up every room they walk into.

However, fire energy doesn't come without its cons, which includes a tendency to occasionally burn everything and anything that seems to be its way. Because of this, Leos aren't the best team players. They can forget that every person is a valuable member of the team. This often leads to upstaging others and not allowing anyone else to have their chance in the spotlight.

Fortunately for Leo, their energy is so magnetic, it also leaves anyone who comes in contact with them feeling empowered and stimulated.

Leos can connect with their fire element's energy by doing things like soaking up the heat of the sun or meditating by a fire.

Leo's ruling planet is the sun.

Scientifically, the sun is actually a star. But in astrology, the sun is a ruling planet and explains Leo's fiery personality.

Just as all planets revolve around the sun, Leo loves being the center of attention.

Leo's birthstone is a Peridot.

Most of the Leo zodiac sign dates fall in the month of August, making its birthstone the Peridot.

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Formed by volcanic eruptions and commonly found in Hawaii, the Peridot symbolizes strength. It's a bright green color that pairs up well with Leo's vibrant personality. According to the Farmer's Alamanac, lore suggests the Peridot stone protects the wearer from nightmares.

Leo Zodiac Symbol

Leo's symbol — the lion — is perhaps one of the most well-known in all of the zodiac. The Leo glyph represents a lion's head and mane.

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If you know anything about lion's, it's not difficult to see why this symbol suits Leo so perfectly. Leos are the kings and queens of the jungle. Just like the lion, Leos are powerful, dominating, and dignified.

The Leo sign is often referred to as the ruler of the zodiac. Leo rules the roost — always. Whether it's for work or play, you can expect that a Leo will be the one in charge.

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Unique Leo Personality Traits & Characteristics

Like the true royalty of the zodiac that they are, Leos are driven by their desire to be admired and loved by all. They feel most at home in the limelight and like others to remember them by their helpfulness and kindness.

Positive Leo Traits

Leos value loyalty, and, in return, they expect loyalty from the people around them.

This also makes them trustworthy. A Leo will always have your back and you will never doubt their trust.

If you seek guidance from the Leo, be prepared to get exactly what you asked for. They're one of the most straightforward zodiac signs and won't hold back on saying it like it is.

And while their words of wisdom may seem harsh, if honesty is what you're looking for, Leo is the ultimate sign to go to.

Negative Leo Traits

Of course, no one is perfect, so there are some dark sides to the Leo zodiac sign.

One of Leo's negative traits is that they are extremely opinionated. Once they've made a decision about something, it is very tough to make them change their views.

The Leo zodiac sign is also known for seeking attention. They don't mind being the center of attention — in fact, they crave it. This means they often come across as self-centered.

Leo Female Traits

Leo traits manifest a little differently in women than they do in men. While the Leo woman's confidence makes her outgoing and fearless, she can sometimes be sensitive, especially when it comes to the things she believes in wholeheartedly.

Leo women are also passionate and expressive — you'll have no problem trying to figure out if a Leo woman is into you because chances are she'll tell you straight up both vocally and with her body language.

Leo Male Traits

Like the Leo woman, a Leo male is extremely self-confident, passionate, and, of course, flirtatious. One of the most prominent Leo male traits is their strength, both mental and physical.

Leo Physical Characteristics

As the Leo zodiac symbol is a lion, it's not unusual for Leos to have beautiful, thick hair, much like a male lion's signature mane. Leo's are zodiac royalty, and their sense of style is on par with that regalness. Leos are also naturally confident, which translates to a glamorous, outgoing personality that makes them naturally attractive.

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Leo Zodiac Sign Compatibility

Since the Leo is a fire sign, they will look for someone who craves the same fiery passion that they do in a relationship. Leos want to be loved, appreciated, and treated like the royalty that they are — and they'll never settle for anything less with a partner. Leos also need someone who will radiate the same warmth that they do. After all, they are a sun sign.

Best Matches for Leos

  • Sagittarius

Sagittarius is the best possible astrological match for Leo when it comes to love, as they share the same confidence and fire a Leo is looking for in a potential mate.

Upon meeting, these two signs will spark an immediate, intense mutual attraction. Since both signs are very open and extroverted by nature and will waste no time in letting their relationship be known and paraded in front of everyone they know. This couple won't be shy about letting others know their significant other is taken.

Unfortunately, this isn't a completely perfect match. Leos can get jealous and possessive, and this could clash with the Sagittarius' need for freedom. Finding a balance between these two issues is the biggest obstacle in this relationship. Arguments between two such fiery signs can get dramatic. However, Leo's big heart and Sagittarius's open-minded personality are often enough to keep the spark strong.

  • Aries

Both fire signs, the Leo and Aries' matching energy makes for a very eventful relationship.

No relationship is perfect, though, and Leo and Aries might sometimes find themselves in competitive standstills from time to time.

  • Gemini

Gemini is one of the most affectionate zodiac signs, so they have no problem tending to Leo's needs. They also come close to Leo on the social scale, so the two are bound to be the life of any party.

Where Leo and Gemini might sometimes clash is consistency. Gemini has the tendency to change gears quickly while Leo can be pretty inflexible.

Worst Matches for Leos

  • Taurus

Both Leo and Taurus prefer being taken care of instead of being the caretaker, and both are exceptionally stubborn. Without someone taking the lead, the relationship between Taurus and Leo can get pretty stagnant.

  • Scorpio

While opposites sometimes attract, this is not the case for Leo and Scorpio. Though their passion will certainly lead them to each other as they'll find each other physically attractive, when put into practice, a relationship between these two zodiac signs probably won't work.

  • Capricorn

Where Leo is warm and generous, Capricorn tends to be more cool and practical. The Capricorn zodiac sign is just too serious for Leo's lively personality in most cases.

Best Careers for Leo Zodiac Sign

A Leo is ambitious and needs to know that their voice will be heard and respected. Leos are extroverted and would prefer to work with others and not by themselves. However, they thrive the most in leadership roles.

Leos can get bored easily, so they need a job that will always keep them on their feet and work with their creative minds. When you mix this in with Leo's excellent social skills and love for being the center of attention, careers like acting, designing, dancing, and any other artistic field is perfect for them.

For example, some famous Leos include actresses Mila Kunis, Sandra Bullock, and comedian Maya Rudolph.

While the performing arts are a terrific choice for any Leo, they are such bright stars that there are many places where they can shine. Being the CEO, leader, or owner of a company fits just right with Leo's desire to be at the top.

Leos were born to lead and direct others. All of these qualities make Leos the best candidates for high positions.

For example, some famous Leos who've taken leadership roles include former President Barack Obama, entrepreneur Kylie Jenner, and director M. Night Shyamalan.

Famous Leo Celebrities

Just like other zodiac signs, there are public figures and celebrities who are Leos and, as such, share their personalities. These people include:

  • Former U.S. President Barack Obama (August 4)
  • Actress Mila Kunis (August 14)
  • Author J.K. Rowling (July 31)
  • Socialite Kylie Jenner (August 10)
  • Actor Woody Harrelson (July 23)
  • Singer Shawn Mendes (August 8)
  • Actress Sandra Bullock (July 26)
  • Singer Mick Jagger (July 26)
  • Actress Charlize Theron (August 7)
  • Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (August 4)
  • Actress Lisa Kudrow (July 30)
  • Philanthropist Melinda Gates (August 15)
  • Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23)
  • Actor Ben Affleck (August 15)
  • Tennis player Roger Federer (August 8)
  • Singer/Actress Jennifer Lopez (July 24)
  • Comedian Maya Rudolph (July 27)
  • Actor Jason Momoa (August 1)
  • Director/Producer M. Night Shyamalan (August 6)
  • Actor Daniel Radcliffe (July 23)
  • Actor Matt LeBlanc (July 25)
  • Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (July 30)

Advice for Leos

Charming and magnetic, Leos know exactly what they want and how to get it. Leo's self-confidence will take them far in life.

However, Leos have to remember that sometimes the spotlight isn't always a good thing. The best leaders let other people take the lead every once in a while — you'll get a much-needed break while also showing all of the other zodiac signs that you don't have to be the center of attention all the time.

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Sloane Solomon is a YourTango editor and writer who covers pop culture, lifestyle topics, and love and relationships.