Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac. It is the sign of the Lion. It runs from August 17th through September 16th of any year. It is a fixed, Fire sign. It is symbolized by the life force. It governs the stomach.
The planetary Ruler for Leo is the Sun. The gemstone for Leo is the ruby.
The sign of Leo is also called the House of the Sun, Persons born in this period of the year have strongly marked characteristics. They usually have large ambition, their aim is to get above the common herd of humanity and in no matter how low or humble the sphere of life into which they are born, they generally rise by their will, determination and ability, into high positions of authority in whatever career they adopt as their own. They are keenly attracted to other strong personalities; in fact they are ready to forgive any fault in others so long as they have individuality and purpose.
People born in this period are large-hearted and generous. They have an extremely independent spirit, they have much tenacity of purpose and will power, and if they put their mind on some plan, purpose or position, they usually reach their goal in spite of every difficulty or obstacle.
They have wonderful magnetic power in inspiring others on to do great deeds. They attract devotion from others and can lead people to follow them through the most difficult situation.
Such persons must, however, be always actively employed. If forced by circumstances out of the heat and stress of the battle of life, they become morbid and despondent.
As a rule they are extremely patient and long suffering, but if once aroused, like the lion they know no fear and do not know when they meet defeat or acknowledge it if it does come. They make enemies by their frankness of speech and their hatred of anything underhand or that savours of subterfuge. They will defend a friend in the face of all attacks. It is only treachery, disloyalty or deceit that can ever break or crush their proud spirit.
People born in this period of the year, have the vital principal of the Sun's rays passing though the sign Leo at their birth, will manifest a high degree or ideality and aspiration. Being essentially large hearted, honest and truthful themselves, they expect great things from those about them, and frequently get terribly disappointed and deceived.
They radiate warmth, affection, kindness and a strong personal magnetism, which makes them exceedingly popular. Highly susceptible to environment, they exhibit a strong tendency to take on the habits and conditions of others.
Their exaggerated faith in human nature is their stumbling block in love and friendship, leading to many tragedies, heartaches and estrangements. They possess splendid organizing ability and great ambition, but are rather too apt to accept responsibilities and take too much on their shoulders. They must also guard against carrying the "regal attitude" to excess, or they become somewhat domineering.