Leo or Simha is the fifth sign of the Zodiac. It is indicated by head of a Lion. The symbol of Leo is indicated by Leo's mains. In heavens it starts from 120 degrees and extends up to 149 degrees. The Sun stays in Leo from 17th August to 16th September as per sidereal zodiac which is followed by Vedic Astrologers and from 23rd July to 23rd August as per Tropical Zodiac followed by Western Astrologers. The entry and exit dates of the Sun for any particular zodiac sign dose vary by one day during some years.
Leo is ruled by the Sun it is fixed, fiery, masculine sign, governs the heart, back, spine, and the fifth house of the horoscope. Its characteristics are self-consciousness, courage, desire for dominance and self-realization, egocentrism, vitality and creativity. It symbolizes achievement of self-consciousness, building of personality, achievement of goals, and triumph of self-realization.
Leo people enjoy work that gives them scope for their creativity, their organizing ability, or for self-exploitation. At their best, Leo are affectionate, cheerful, optimistic people who can be counted on to bring sunshine into other people's lives. They are exceptionally generous. They have a pronounced flair for drama and enjoy telling stories and jokes at parties. Leos love to have a good time. The theater, arts, and sports are of special interest to them. Leos like to visualize broad schemes, even if they know they can't possibly afford them or that their ideas are not practical. Their leadership potential is hindered because of their dislike for paper work. They have vitality and good health, with strong recuperative powers. They are seldom depressed, but when they are, they are devastated. Fortunately, their resilient powers are excellent, so they are soon sunny and happy again. There is a need for them to receive attention, praise, and recognition from their fellowman. Their most frustrating trait is that they have closed minds. They cling to their opinions stubbornly and cannot be appealed to either emotionally or with reason. Any new idea must be mulled over privately. Then, they consider the pros and cons until they reach a conclusion.
Leo like all other zodiac signs, contains three Nakshatra or lunar mansion, which are Magha Nakshatra, Purva Phalguni Nakshatra and one forth of the Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra.
Leo House in Natal Chart indicates: This is where you must produce Maturity of the seed. Self-expression, need for personal development. This is where you are on target and developing your powers and their various energy patterns, and thereby achieving your "giveaway" and touching others with your beauty. Nurture the seeds of genuine warmth and love for all.
Quality: Fixed or Static
Ruling Planet: Sun (god of light)
Symbol: The Lion
Part of the Body: Heart, Spine & Back
Exaltation sign of: None
Debilitation Sign of: None
Determent Sign of: Saturn
Lucky Numbers: 1
Lucky Years: 19, 28, 37 & 46
Lucky Planets: Sun and Mars
Lucky Gemstone (Vedic): Ruby
Lucky Gemstone (Western): Ruby
Lucky Metal: Gold
Lucky Color: Golden & Orange
Lucky Direction: East
Lucky Perfume: Olibanum
Lucky God: Lord Shiva
Positive traits of Leo: Affection, Nobility, Generosity, Loyalty, Dignity, Leadership, Creative, Enthusiasm & Broad-minded.
Negative traits of Leo: Arrogance, Vanity, Autocracy, Overbearing, False pride, Bossy, Interfering, Intolerant & Overdramatic.
Flowers: Sunflower, Marigold, Celandine, Passion flowers, Rosemary, Asters, Larkspurs, Dahlias & Heliotropes.
Trees: Palm, Bay, Laurel, Walnut, Olive, Orange & all Citrus trees.
Herbs: Saffron, Rosemary, Rue, Camomile & Anise.
Animals: Lion, All felines, especially the cats.
Countries: France, Italy, Romania, Italy, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Romania, Iraq & Lebanon.
Cities: Rome, Prague, Damascus, Hollywood, Bombay, Ravenna, Bristol, Prague, Sicily, Madrid, Chicago & Portsmouth.
Bill Clinton: 19th August 1946
Yasser Arafat: 24th August 1929
Sean Connery: 25th August 1930
Mother Teresa: 26th August 1910
Michael Jackson: 29th August 1958
Warren Buffet: 30th August 1930
Cameron Diaz: 30th August 1972
Richard Gere: 31st August 1949
Leo Tolstoy: 9th September 1828
Jesse Owens: 12 September 1913
Marco Polo: 15th September 1254
Rajiv Gandhi: 20th August 1944
Agatha Christie: 15th September 1890
Patrick Swayze: 18th August 1952
Most Compatible: Aries & Sagittarius
Average Compatible: Gemini, Leo, Libra & Aquarius
Least Compatible: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn & Pisces
Leo rules just one organ, but it is the most important one-the heart. Nearly all forms of heart ailments fall under Leo. It is also responsible for back ailments of many varieties. Planets afflicted in Leo can cause heart and back problems as well as fever of an acute origin.
All occupation related to Sun and the fifth house including any job related with Authority, Rule, Command, Power, Importance, Dignity, Government, Gold, Bankers, Presidents, Department Heads, Stock-Exchange Workers, Stock Speculators, Investment Bankers, Occupations Involving Children, Jewelers, Workers in Gold, Heart Specialists, Cinema and Stage, Theater Owners and Managers, Lion Tamers and Orange Growers.
If a person is born between 17th to 27th August, the Sun remains in the 1st Decan of Leo ruled by Sun.
It denotes a frank, generous, and ambitious disposition. Fate develops rapidly, and an eventfu life is the outcome of the love of power and the organizing ability. Downfalls and problems are usually the result of hasty and passionate impulses. It provides great vitality and a splendid physique.
If a person is born between 28th August to 6th September, the Sun remains in the 2nd Decan of Leo ruled by Jupiter.
It suggests a liability towards extremes, making the native more demonstrative, active, and at times rebellious. It awakens the philosophical side of the nature when the nativity denotes such a possibility.
If a person is born between 7th to 16 September, the Sun remains in the 3rd Decan of Leo ruled by Mars.
It strengthens the willpower of the sign and adds to the impulsive and persistent. In some instances it provides opportunities to unite head and heart, and the intellect will strengthen the higher emotions providing zeal and ardour. His willpower is controlled by reason and illuminated by intuition.
The Leo is happiest when people surround them, as they are likely to be the center of attention. Leo has a ton of friends. The Leo makes a great friend; though as 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. 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. Do not worry if you can't afford it the generous Leo is quite willing to pay. A friend who is not appreciative enough of the Leo's charms and generosity may not get the chance to show it later.
The strength and amorous prowess that Leos possess makes them a natural leader in love. Affairs of the heart will quickly take on a 'me first' quality with the Leo, since they truly believe they are the best and must come first. Leos love to feel good, so they will respond exceptionally well to pampering. 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. 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. The fiery Leo requires a lover who can keep up with them and certainly one who can match wits. The ideal Leo soul mate understands the pleasure principle and will work hard to keep their mate satisfied. The Leo may test a lover from time to time to check how much you love them. Love is a most attractive state for Leos, since the pleasure and fun of the love are all qualities which make the Leo glow.
Leo child will be sunny and happy. This child craves attention and will employ highly dramatic means to get it if necessary. The highest need revolves around being that center. There is sometimes an almost royal luxuriousness and laziness with the Leo child. Be sure to give them responsibilities early. They have a tendency to become "bossy" with other children and should be gently persuaded to take turns. The Leo child exudes a special warm radiance which is difficult to resist. The proper use of this charismatic power is part of the lesson to learn. They need plenty of rest, outdoor exercise, and protein.
Leo as parent expects a lot from his child. He is disappointed if the child does not measure up to his ideas. They are generous and enormously proud of their children. Most Leo parents thoroughly enjoy their children. If the children are energetic and eager, all is well. If however, the child is timid and shy, the Leo parent must be careful not to push this child beyond limits.
Written by Sanjay Sharma, © 2011, revised February 2016
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