Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Leo
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self.
It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are you giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Leo: Fixed Fire
Ruler: The Sun
Keywords: Creativity, Love, Warmth, Self-Expression, Leadership
Functional Expression: Confident, self-expressive, loyal, honourable, affectionate, regal, romantic, fun.
Dysfunctional Expression: Vain, selfish, arrogant, self-centered, hedonistic, dictatorial, extravagant, superficial, snobbish.
Born with the Sun in Leo, you are likely to be motivated by the need to experience life from a place of fun, passion and creative self-expression. Leo is the Fixed Fire sign of the Zodiac. Its symbolic qualities are described by the physical influence of the Sun. Leos can be gifted with outgoing qualities such as radiance, confidence and energy. These they freely share with those around. With the Sun is at the centre of the solar system, the sign of Leo relates to qualities which encourage new life. As centralizing forces, Leos feel the need to organize and lead. Because Leo looks at the world from a central point view, they see themselves as the focal point of everything. Because they see themselves as central, they naturally feel entitled to rule. At their best, Leos lead with generosity, warmth and strength. They are here to learn what it means to be confident, and then encourage others to be the best that they can be.
In fact, leadership is a special quality of this sign. Others will look to Leo to provide cohesiveness and direction. Over time, Leos must learn to accept this role with humility and good grace. Self-assuredness and a willingness to lead often come naturally. They have gifts of vitality and popularity that can assist them on the way. Because of the need to be centre-stage, they thrive on attention and approval. Within moderation, this is fine. But taken to excess, this can manifest as a constant search for recognition that reveals an insecurity about where their true value lies. Theirs is a journey toward developing a healthy sense of self-assurance. Accordingly Leos are often happy in the spotlight, and will readily become the life of the party if the situation requires. More retiring Leo types may avoid this attention, but secretly wish it was theirs. Whilst Leos may not be the life of the party at every turn, it is important they learn to develop the confidence to shine and lead, so that their special gifts can be shared.
Learning to be Confident
Despite the outgoing and entertaining qualities Leos often like to express, they tend to carry deep insecurities about their value and worth. Leos are not born for the spotlight. They are in the process of learning how to be confident and in charge. Because of this there is an existential angst that sits at the very centre of this sign. Beneath a confident and sunny exterior can hide an insecure and uncertain little cub. This cub needs constant reassurance that it is both accepted by others, and fundamentally alright. Sometimes this insecurity overtakes their natural desire to shine, and there are Leos who prefer to bloom from the sidelines, rather than stand in the limelight. Whether this is due to real shyness, or a deeper insecurity will be shown over time.
The Child Within
This ‘existential angst’ deserves closer inspection. Despite the apparent confidence and self-assuredness of Leo, this is actually a deeply mystic or even religious sign that is intrinsically connected to the mystery of Life. Leo rules the forces of creation, or of the emergence of something from idea/inspiration into form. At a broad level, this lends those born under Leo an innate connection to creative processes, and in many situations, a creative streak. The mystery at the heart of creativity is essentially ephemeral, and may be divine. It is within the pulsing heart of the creative mystery that Leos look to discover their source. Are they really the Divine Child born to live out some unique destiny? Or are they just a chance conglomeration of emotions, opportunities, opinions and needs? Is there really something inside which makes them special? Or are they simply playing out a one-dimensional role? Finding fun in the moment will help them sort these issues out. They need to connect with their inner-child and remember its ok to play.
Spending time cultivating innate creativity through hard work and self-discipline helps them learn what they are good at and what they love. Whatever path they choose in life, it should be one that meets their sense of passion and urge for self-expression. By taking up the opportunity to do things that make them feel special, they gain the self-approval which will stand them in good stead. Once Leo knows what they do well, they can “launch their promotional tour”. When feeling free and secure in their own abilities, they will instinctively know when it is time to ascend to the podium, and when it is time to get off! A major part of the Leo journey involves having the courage to follow their passion and developing the skill required to be good at it.
The Spark of Creation
At a philosophical level, Leo is connected to the utterly human need to know the Source of creation. For the Leo individual, there is often a very private insecurity (or introversion) that drives them to seek this source. They know that life tends to “like” them, and will help them on their way, but they have no idea what they have done to deserve this, or whether it will continue. Is it of their own making? This inner life force full of passion and self-confidence? Or does it come from a source somehow higher than themselves? In understanding the act of creation, Leo secretly hopes to reconnect with the source of Life itself, to discover where they have come from and so where they are meant to go. They tend to be attracted to magic, mysteries and an enchanted quality in life. Yet in order to find these answers they must face a fundamental truth – it is only through the loss of personal meaning that eternal truths are found. Leos often face a period in their lives (maybe more than once) when they cannot rely on luck, courage and charm to get them through. They must make a deeper voyage- into the Heart of Darkness – which also beats within. When they accept their shadow side then they know the brilliance of their light. Through depression and spiritual yearning, Leo comes to understand in a truly personal way where their essence lies.
A Dark Heart
Within the Heart of Darkness, a curious beast stirs. When failing to operate from the highest ideals and motivations, Leos can become ruthless despots and manic “drama queens”. When they are not secure in who they are they become enraged with the idea that they are not receiving their rightful due. This is where the bestial qualities of Leo are seen to rise. As much as they can be light, bright and full of sunshine, they can also become complaining, vain and self-centred black-holes, destroying everything around them in a monstrous rage of dissatisfaction. The deep-rooted insecurity that sits at the centre of this sign can take over, clouding their other more attractive qualities. The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland is one such displaced Lion. She destroys what she cannot have out of a desperate insecurity that someone else has more than her. Leo must guard against the tendency to feel outrage when they do not receive their “due”. They must come to terms with feelings of petulance and self-indulgence, to remember that every is special in their own terms. When Leo finds their own light they do not covet what is not theirs.
The Lion’s Domain
Just like the lion which is their symbol, a Leo must have their own domain. In certain ways, Leos gain a sense of personal authenticity by having precedence and being able to take charge. They need an area of focus where they know that they can “rule”. This can be the home, the job or the local football team. Managed wisely, Leos blend passion, vitality and creative interest in such a way that they ensure everyone benefits from the outcome. Passion is the key-word here, for as a sign ruled by the qualities of the heart, Leos tend to want to lead in whatever area of life generates passion and meaning for them. As Deborah Houlding describes it
“Put simply, whatever opinions anyone else may have on the matter, a Leo perceives him or herself as the royal center of activity. Lions are territorial animals and care little about what happens outside the boundaries of their own terrain; similarly, all Leos will have an area that they view as ‘their kingdom’ – their rightful place to shine where they can become the nucleus that directs, organizes and orchestrates. To some it is the domestic environment; to others, a hobby or intellectual pursuit; others yet may find it in a wider professional or political arena. Wherever this ‘kingdom’ exists, a Leo will take great pride and pleasure in being viewed as someone to look up to. Treat them with respect, and they demonstrate that well-earned reputation for a broad-minded, enthusiastic and magnanimous disposition.” 1
Failure to offer respect, or question the Leo’s authority or right to rule, can have dire consequences. Leos hate to be told what to do, and may rise up in self-righteous indignation should anybody question a decision they have made. They are best left to feel in charge of their domain, for it is here that any inherent insecurity will diminish, and the more noble qualities of the sign can eventually shine through.
Romance and Affection
As the sign of romance, Leos also specialize in affection, grand gestures and big gifts. Leo is connected to the expression of love. Chasing the thrill of romance is one of their favourite pastimes. They make warm and generous lovers who take the time to enjoy the art of love. Yet whilst they will often display a great affection and tenderness to others that makes them exciting to be around, the flow of attention can eventually become decidedly one way. Once the thrill of the initial chase is done, Leo can tend to expect more for themselves than they are prepared to give. As a basically self-centred sign, Leo will easily get wrapped up in the importance of their own self-expression once they have capture another’s heart. Leo may expect unending adoration and lavish proofs of affection, but may not be so ready on the return. For Leo, the fun of relationship lies in the romance, and after the initial gestures are made, attention is likely to shift back to the demands of their chosen domain, sometimes leaving partners out in the cold. This can be especially problematic in relationships where the partner is less independent or needs constant closeness themselves. In this degree, the happy Leo should remember – to ensure happiness they should give as good as they expect, so ensuring that the flow of mutual generosity and reward stays open, even when the other’s heart has been won.
The Leo Solar Journey
If you were born under the sign of Leo, your task here on Earth is to shine. You are likely to be equipped with natural qualities such as confidence, warmth, good humour and a generosity of spirit that make you easy to be around. Because of your innate sense of being at the centre of everything, you are ideally suited to organizing others and taking charge. Yet stepping into this role as the central organizing principle within others lives requires you to confront and eventually vanquish the deeper insecurities that you carry inside. You are likely to be a highly creative and self-expressive individual, and when you take the time to understand and develop your capacities before expecting others to recognize and approve of them, you will learn to appreciate yourself. Then you can step out into the limelight when the moment requires without simultaneously demanding attention, recognition and applause. All this will come naturally to you in time, greatly assisted by your sunny disposition and effortlessly radiant charm.