Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leo is one of my favorite signs, probably because my Moon is in Leo, so I usually get along well with people born under this sign. (The one exception being my only first cousin but that's not a story I want to get into here.)

A fire sign ruled by the Sun, Leo is represented by the Lion and is known for his warmth and flamboyance, his ego and his temper. After all, the lion is king of the jungle and loves being the center of attention. Consider the reports that Bill Clinton, a Leo, stole the stage from his Scorpio wife while she was running for the Democratic nomination for president. He couldn't help it; he's a Leo. People born under this sign are natural leaders with a flair for the dramatic. Leos are warm, generous and friendly, but they can also be arrogant and self-centered.

It's rare, though not impossible, to find an introverted Leo, but chances are he secretly dreams of being king. As always, a lot depends on the individual chart. Leo is a fixed sign, so Leos can get a bit set in their ways or even authoritarian. The sign rules the heart, both literally and figuratively. In the natal chart, the fifth house rules love and romance, but on a more serious note, Leos can be susceptible to heart disease.

Given Leo's flair for drama and penchant for the limelight, it's no surprise to find a lot of familiar show biz names in any list of famous Leos, including Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Ethel Barrymore, Bill "Count" Basie, Clara Bow, Walter Brennan, Arlene Dahl, Eddie Fisher, Olympic skating champions Peggie Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, director Alfred Hitchcock, rockers Jerry Garcia and Mick Jagger, Peter O'Toole, Arnold Schwarzenegger, playwright George Bernard Shaw, Martin Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Robert Taylor and the marvelous Mae West, who provides a quintessential archetype for the lioness.

Other famous people born under this sign include emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, poets Robert Burns and Ogden Nash, dictators Fidel Castro and Benito Mussolini, pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, authors Emily Bronte, John Galsworthy, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Parker, Sir Walter Scott and Percy Bysse Shelley, pioneering psychiatrist Carl Jung, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Margaret, and Sydney Omarr, astrologer to the Hollywood stars.

You can find a list of more famous Leos here and more information about the sign at Cafe Astrology .com

Is there a Leo in your life?



Beth said...

My sister is a Leo, born on Aug 13th. (Don't think I didn't tease her about being born on a Friday!). She is a bit of an introvert but has found ways to over come that. Otherwise she is very much like you described.
My father-in-law, aunt and oldest friend are all Leos.

Barbara Martin said...

Not only am I a Leo, but a Tiger under the Chinese calendar. Meow....

pattinase (abbott) said...

My daughter is a Leo and a real "Queenpin," the title of her last novel.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Beth, sounds like you're just surrounded by Leos. Not a bad place to be.

Barbara, a lion and a Tiger. How cool is that. I'm Aries the Ram and an Ox in Chinese astrology. So boring, lol.

Patti, Queenpin is a good description for a lady Leo.


Kathleen Rowland said...

I am truly amazed at the accuracy of horoscopes. My older daughter is a Leo and is a perfect fit. -Kathleen

Linda McLaughlin said...

Kathleen, I know astrology is pre-scientific, but it is amazing at how accurate it is in describing personalities. Not so much for telling the future, maybe, but a darn good psychological classification system!


deboradale said...

I'm trying again to post here... not having luck lately. :-(

I LOVE your horoscope post, Linda. I'm going to scroll down some and find the one for Cancer... hubby is a Cancer and we celebrated his birthday while on vacation. :-)


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