The graph for
Leo, the zodiacal sign of
the Lion. In the
antiquity and, later, were
used to represent this zodiacal sign. The sun, , enters this sign around July 23, and exits around
August 22. As with all the signs of the zodiac,
stands for both the part of space against which
projects itself as seen from earth during this time, and the time
Leo belongs to the fiery triplicity, or the astrological element of fire, , together with the signs of Sagittarius, , and Aries, . The individuals strongly influenced by fire signs by having , or the moon or many planets in them, are characterized by relying on their intuition or fantasy when relating the outside world. In astrology the psychological opposite of is not, as would be expected from knowledge of alchemy, , the element of water, but that of earth, . Earth signs attempt to understand all they see and come into contact with via their sense organs' perceptions, whereas the fire signs relate to the world in terms of its potentialities and possibilities. As far as individuals of the earth element are concerned, fire element individuals are unrealistic, dissolute, and fantasizing. The individuals born in a fire sign have a strong need to mythologize their experiences and relate them to an inner world of fairy tales rather than to the facts of the world of matter we live in. They are often attracted to the fields of theater and film. If an individual has in (or several planets in or or ) he or she will seek a dramatic life and will quite happily create the necessary excitement in his or her inner world if it is missing in the outer world of real life. Leo belongs to the fixed quality or quadruplicity, symbolized by . For data about this quadruplicity look up that sign in Group 30. The element together with the quality are believed to give individuals strongly influenced by a need or desire to rule and command others, which in extreme cases (as with the Leos Napoleon and Mussolini) can have disastrous consequences.
In most cultures the lion is used as a symbol of power. In the Roman Empire, Christians were torn apart and eaten by lions in the Coliseum, an allegorical expression of the way in which the Roman Empire defeated and consumed enemies of the state.
As a fixed sign Leo wants to stabilize what has already happened (the inheritance) but also desires to leave his or her imprint on the world ( is a sign of the positive, masculine polarity).
Keywords for are confidence, warmth, love, protection and creativity. But there are also negative keywords like vanity, dictatorial tendencies, extravagance and egotism.
Associated with the sign of Leo according to mundane astrology are France, Italy, and Rumania. The Alpine regions of Europe are also considered closely related to the sign of Leo, and so are the cities of Prague, Bombay, Damascus, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
Leo's ruling planet is . The planet Mars, , is well placed in Leo, but the energies of Saturn, , and Neptune, , have difficulties expressing themselves in this sign.
Anatomically rules the heart and the spine.
In alchemy was used to denote the process of digestion, i.e. the absorption of a substance, or its assimilation in another substance.