Everything You Need to Know if Your Zodiac Sign Is Leo

You lions love the limelight.

Now that Mercury is out of retrograde and restful Cancer season has come to a close, it’s time to let out a celebratory roar for our Leo friends, the regal rulers of the zodiac signs. Though the last few weeks have been about relaxing and recharging (read: catching up on sleep) while the sun was in dreamy Cancer, the start of Leo season brings on a fresh new wave of energy. This season is all about embodying our inner royalty since Leos are the ultimate natural-born leaders. 

If you’re not a Leo, this season awakens a newfound sense of motivation and productivity, along with a healthy dose of boldness, confidence, and self-assurance. You might be inclined to channel a new creative endeavor or finally try that workout routine you’ve been conveniently putting off now that the sun is blazing in the sign of Leo.

If you are a Leo, this month is all about you—and, boy, do you love it. You’ll enjoy basking in all the attention your birthday month brings, lapping up praise like your inner lion laps up water at the watering hole. To find out more about what it means to be a glamorous Leo, we talked to astrologer Lisa Stardust; this is what she had to say.

Birth Dates: July 23rd – August 22nd

Symbol: the lion

Ruling planet: the sun

Element: fire

Quality: fixed

Season: summer

Your defining traits:

Much like the sun, you’re bold, bright, and impossible to ignore. A confident beast who takes charge and has no qualms about expressing themself freely and fully, you radiate energy and enthusiasm. “We all know Leos are dramatic and love the limelight,” says Stardust. “But, if you take a deeper look, they are actually very tender and loyal lions who will do anything for those they love and never turn their back away from those they care about.” Glamour and gregariousness aside, you’re also one of the most generous signs. “Sure, you’re passionate,” says Stardust, “but that allows you to inspire yourself and motivate others towards greatness, too.” After all, you are the rulers of the forest! 

Who you’re compatible with:

When it comes to finding a match, Stardust says that Leos will gravitate most to the other fire and air signs: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. Air signs are able to match your energy and passion, while fellow fire signs heat things up and keep you on your toes.

Your ideal career path:

As a natural-born leader with the ability to take charge with ease, you’re best suited to positions of authority. However, your warm-hearted and charming nature will translate well to virtually any career path. While you typically prefer to work alone, you’ll devote yourself to any job you’re truly passionate about. If there’s no passion there, you’ll likely move on to the next best thing. And, according to Stardust, “You also have a creative side, so any artistic career is ideal.”

Your ultimate purpose in life:

At the end of the day, you’re creative at heart. “You enjoy making art that others can see and connect with,” says Stardust. “On a bad day, this can manifest in basic drama with peers. But when you are all fired up and full of passion, you can make artistic beauty enrich the hearts and minds of others.” You are driven by a need to create and leave a mark on the world, and your never-ending energy will be sure to get you there.  

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