Each month, our resident astrologer, Amelia Quint, shares her so you can better prepare for the weeks ahead. But do you truly know your sign and how it impacts everything in your life, from relationships to career and even parenting? Do you know how to deal with your S.O.’s temperamental sign, your mother’s authoritative sign, or your best friend’s type-A sign? In this series, we explore the personality of each zodiac sign so you can shed a little light your own personality traits and those of the ones you love. These insights will help you be the best version of yourself in all aspects of your life, from how to handle conflict with your partner to how to take better care of yourself.
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No matter what you do, Leo, you do it big. You’re typically cast in roles like the party monster, the diva, or the ringleader, but the truth is that your personality is too large to fit into one archetype. Like your cosmic cousins, Aries and Sagittarius, you’re a fire sign with a passionate approach to life. But that’s not a bad thing. Like the light emanating from your ruling planet, the sun, you want to experience the full spectrum of what life has to offer, even if it means you get burned once or twice. Luckily, you’re one of four fixed signs (along with Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius), meaning you know how to stay grounded no matter how lofty your goals. Leo season lasts from July 22 to August 22, so you’ll shine even more brightly than usual in your career, relationships, and spiritual journey during that month. What to expect? Let’s see what the stars have to say.
Leo and Personality
Your defining trait is your confidence, for better or for worse. When it’s done right, you’re radiant. People are drawn to you because they see in you the charisma and self-empowerment they want to feel within themselves. Whether you’re performing on stage or holding court at a social gathering, you seem impossibly self-assured to people of any zodiac sign beside your own. We admire your courage and willingness to be seen doing what you do best.
If there was to be a problem here, it would be becoming so confident in your own ideas that you overlook potentially valuable constructive criticism or life lessons. Don’t get me wrong, Leo, the world needs your unique contributions. Still, remember that everyone you meet has something to teach you.
Leo and Career
Leos love to perform and are usually excellent at it as a rule. Whether it’s music, acting, or public speaking, you have an innate understanding of how to command a stage and mesmerize onlookers. Even if you don’t choose a career in the performing arts or politics, you can’t help but be the leader of your professional group, taking charge of presentations or other public-facing duties. Your co-workers will be lucky to have you on their team.
Your best quality at work is your positive attitude. Forget what you’ve heard about Leos being demanding—in reality, you’re the office’s cheerleader, improving morale with your ready smile. In the same way, you tend to focus more on your contributions than those of others, so lend a listening ear to your colleagues. Instead of just telling your story, try to learn theirs.
Leo and Wellness
When it comes to nutrition and fitness, Leos don’t naturally love hitting the gym or tweaking their intake, however, they do love looking good and are generally willing to do whatever it takes to look their best. Looking good just for yourself is a refreshing approach, but it’s also important to pay attention to what feels good. If running on the treadmill doesn’t exactly feel luxurious, switch to hot yoga instead. Also, remember that Leo rules the heart, so make sure to take your omega-3s and do lots of cardio.
Speaking of the heart, Leo’s spirituality should focus on caring for emotional well-being as much as possible. Building a spiritual community with like-minded people who can support you on your journey is important, and talking things out with a therapist is another option. If you like crystals, rose quartz is excellent for emotional healing. Try wearing one as a necklace so it’s close to your heart.
Leo and Interesting
When it comes to relationships, you’re not as extra as everyone thinks you are. In fact, your desires are simple: You want someone who understands your hopes and dreams and is willing to go with you on the adventure of achieving them. Air signs like Libra and Gemini will understand your quest, though Aquarius may have some difficulty molding their own lofty goals to include a partner. Aries and Sagittarius, your fellow fire signs, stoke your inner fire in more ways than one. The water signs appreciate how deeply you feel life, while pragmatic earth signs see your positivity as naïveté.
In relationships, you’re the one who’s always coaxing your lover out into new and exciting social gatherings. You love to see and be seen, so you need an extroverted partner who can keep up. You probably contribute a sizeable social network yourself as well as a “try anything once” attitude that’s sure to lead to a good time. Among family and friends, you’re the perpetually cheerful pal who’s happy to keep the mood light, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Leo and Friendships
At a party, you’re usually the one Instagramming and Snapchatting the scene from every angle. Don’t act surprised. Socializing is what you do, so lean into your personal brand and make that publicity count. A natural entertainer, every Leo’s favorite party activity is karaoke, so grab a friend and make your way to the microphone. You’re genuinely extroverted, so you can also be found mixing and mingling with other interesting characters or tearing up the dance floor with a group of friends.
Because you’re so good at having fun, try to spread the love, and make sure those around you are enjoying themselves as much as you are. Play host, and see if there’s any way you can brighten someone else’s day. More introverted friends may prefer a quiet coffee to your usual wild antics, but maybe you can compromise with brunch and mimosas. The little accommodations go a long way.
Leo and Parenting
Despite stereotypes to the contrary, Leo parents can be some of the most openhearted, generous parents. They want to see their children having fun and excel at providing plenty of playtime for and with their little ones. Because they’re so confident themselves, they’re great at getting their children to come out of their shells and show off a little. They’re very encouraging of artistic talent, especially performing.
On the other hand, Leo parents can have difficulty balancing their own social life with the demands of their children. You value your social time with other adults, so be sure to schedule in plenty of playdates and babysitters. Ultimately, Leo rules the self, so it’s important for these parents to retain the interests and passions they had before the baby arrived. Your child will thank you later, we promise.
Next up: Your is here—here’s what’s in store for you.