Leo is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and
extrovert out of all the astrological characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of
bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch's among humans as the lion is
king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive,
independent, self-confident there is no word as doubt in their vocabularies and
self-controlled. Born leaders, either in support of or in revolt against the status quo,
they are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism
and courtesy of mind bringing out the best of loyalty from subordinates. As they are
uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all their energies, creativeness
and resolution to get it, as well as being certain that they will, their followers know
where they are with Leonians. Leonians think and act bigger than would normally be dared;
although the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism may sometimes daunt their
followers, their practical hardheadedness and ability to go straight to the heart of any
problem reassures them. If Leonians meet with setbacks they thrive on the adversity.
On the whole they are powers for good, for they are strongly
idealistic, humane and beneficent. They have powerful intelligence and are of a broad,
philosophical, sometimes religious, turn of mind. Those who are devout may become very
obstinate in upholding traditional beliefs and will cling tenaciously, but with complete
sincerity, to practices and doctrines which liberal thinkers regard as absurdly
Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues, and
an excessively negative Leonian can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable,
displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness and excessive hastiness of
temper. If jealously suspicious of rivals, they will not hesitate to use cunning, lies and
trickery to discredit them. Self-centerdness, greed for flattery, boastfulness and
bombast, pomposity, snobbish superiority, and overbearing and intolerant disdain of
underlings - to whom they will nevertheless delegate the carrying out of minor details in
their grandiose schemes, and from whom they are not above borrowing immoderately if an
occasion necessitates it - any of these can be characteristic of Leo. Add to them a
passion for luxury, a lust for power, unlimited sexual lust and emotional indulgence, and
a character emerges that no one would want to know either in public life or private. But
their pride may go before a fall as uncontrolled impetuosity is likely to bring them low.
Fortunately it is rare that a Leo is so undisciplined as to give way thoroughly to this
list of vices, and their tendencies to them are usually balanced by an innate wisdom.
In professional life they do well at any vocation at which
there is room at the top. As politicians they are content with nothing less than a
powerful position in government. In business they may be the chairman of their company's
board, or at least directors or managers. They are excellent organizers and overseers, and
if from the artisan ranks of society they will aspire to become the boss, partly because
they are ambitious by nature, partly because they dislike manual labour, preferring to
take charge of others doing it. If artistic, Leos can become stars of stage or screen
(their bent is serious rather than light drama), maestros as musicians when they will
gravitate toward the grand instruments or activities, such as the organ or conducting of
orchestras and as painters; anything grand in conception and scale appeals to them. Leo
women make exceptionally good welfare workers.
In his or her relations with others the Leo type is open,
sincere, genuine and trusting. Outgoing, spontaneously warm hearted and plain spoken,
though never lacking in kindliness, Leos are more disillusioned than the average if let
down by those they trust. They are not good judges of character and are inclined to
favoritism and an exaggerated faith in their followers which too often ends in
disappointment. They have a strong sex drive and are so attracted to the opposite sex that
they find it hard to be constant; they can be so intensely sexual as to become dissolute.
They may have numerous love affairs for their love of pleasure and beauty is liable to
drive them from one attractive partner to another. They are very much inclined to deceive.
Their marriages may fail for the same reason, yet they are sincere and generous to their
lovers while love lasts, and will remain attached to their homes so long as it is run for
their benefit. They demand service but are incapable of giving it.
Physically Leos have large, strong and active bodies, broad
shouldered, big boned, taller than average, yet narrow flanked and often lean in youth.
Such physiques often run to plumpness as the years pass (though usually majestically so!).
Their heads are large and round, their hair usually blond and curly, their complexions
florid, their expression imperious. The eyes, often blue or grey, are wide, prominent and
keen. They stride masterfully and in a stately fashion, their upright carriage reflecting
the sense that they have a right to be here.
Physiologically, Leo governs the upper back, forearms, wrist,
spine and heart. Its natives are subject to a number of ailments: pain in the back and
lungs, spinal complaints, diseases of the heart and blood, sickness in ribs and sides,
convulsions, pleasantries, violent burning fevers including, in former days when they were
prevalent, plague and pestilence jaundice and some afflictions of the eyes.