Drama seems to follow those born under the zodiac sign of Leo. No stranger to the spotlight, Leos love when all of the attention shines brightly on them. Even the more reserved Leos still love to shine bright when surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Creative and born with a big heart, these Lions love to give and shower others with love. (As long as it's also returned.) This is one of the more stubborn zodiac signs, and they sure know how to blow things out of proportion, so watch out when picking a fight!
What makes a Leo so distinctive? Here are the Lion’s top traits that make them stand out in the crowd.
Unpredictable: Leos are a little bit regal and crazy. They make you feel like the absolute best there is in the world one moment, and the next, like you should have taken that self-defense course you were considering last month.
Warm: Leos by their very nature are naturally gregarious and fun to be around. Like their ruler, the sun, they are warm and inviting. They make you want to get close to them—but most learn rather quickly that you can go from feeling their warmth to burning to a crisp. (Pro tip: Sunscreen will not protect you from Leo’s energy.)
Leader: In their light, Leo is great at just about anything they put their hearts or minds to. They are natural leaders and expect praise for their leadership. They thrive around people who know how to treat royalty, which is precisely what Leo fancies themselves.
Outgoing: Leo thrives socially. They love to be the center of the spotlight. Leo will present themselves as the Jack or Jill of all trades. Sometimes this is true, and… sometimes it’s not. See, Leo is really good at making it seem like they know far more than they do. They'll read a book on Napoleon and think they’re experts on military organization and strategy. Since they talk in circles, you'll be none the wiser.
Caring: This isn’t to say that Leos aren’t good friends. While they expect a lot and can be quite fickle, they are also unendingly devoted to those they care about. They, like other fire signs, are not quick to let you behind the walls of their heart. Once there, however, you will find a very warm, nurturing place to curl up. Many Leos love to take care of those they care for. When you dine at their home, they will be the most regal hostess you could ever imagine short of dinner at Buckingham.
Loyal: They will spend hours giving you advice and will be just as quick with the praise that they unflinchingly demand from you and others. It's a perfect example of how we often care for our friends and lovers as we wish to be cared for. There is no other sign that will be as empowering (short of maybe a Pisces depending on the day) than a Leo. When bae breaks your heart? When your boss absolutely rips you to shreds? It's your Leo bestie that you ring for some dinner, drinks, and planning someone’s demise.
Vengeful: Speaking of demise: Although warm and naturally giving, Leo is not one to take wrongdoing—or even perceived wrongdoing—lightly. If you happen to wound them, break their trust, or just forget to address them by their preferred royal title, they will pull back. And while you may perceive they're pulling back as a sign they’re wallowing to lick their wounds, in reality, they are planning how they will enact their revenge—not to mention they can gain more speed and pounce even stronger from a distance.
Read your Leo Horoscope
Leos are born during late July and late August, between July 23 and August 22. Leo’s ruler, the sun, shines bright as we begin to enjoy the last of the long, full days of summer. We’re still in full showoff mode, so we probably won’t want to think about putting away our tiny bikinis and sundresses for heaver fall clothing just yet, but we can start to feel it in the air—the inevitable is coming.
There’s still plenty of time for those last hurrahs and summer flings, though—and as the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo represents the Fifth house of your inner child, creativity and entertainment, so you can have some of the best times of the year now, during Leo’s time to shine. Plan a party with your friends. Invite the children in your life to play board games and drink lemonade in an elaborate fort you make outside. The more creative you are now, the better – the fun you have is only limited to your imagination as you make the most of the last months of summer!