Leo Traits and Characteristics Plus 5 Symbols Revealed!

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Leo Sign Symbols and Traits

Are you looking for the Leo Sign Symbol? Have you always thought that Leo had just one symbol – which happens to be the lion? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people think that Leos just have one symbol. The reality there are five symbols connected to this vibrant and gifted zodiac sign.

Yes – you read that right – Leo has five symbols. You may have grown accustomed to thinking Leo has just the lion but I’m here to tell you there are five.

If you are frequent visitor of this blog, you know that I enjoy writing about topics that are considered off the wall. Of particular interest to me are psycho-spiritual issues, like astrology and zodiac signs. Let’s be honest – who among us doesn’t occasionally glance at our horoscope online or in the daily paper?

I’ve always been fascinated with Leos. There’s just something about them that draws people near. Maybe that’s why I decided to pen this article; to give you a detailed walk-through of the Leo sign so that you can better understand who they are.


Leo is the fifth house of the zodiac. That may not mean much to you but in the world of astrology, it’s kind of a big deal.

You see each of the 12 zodiac signs has its own home, dispersed throughout the astrological universe. Within each “house” are various traits and magical powers. In the case of Leo, we see the gifts of pleasure and creativity.

If you are Leo, it is important to know that your sign is somewhat rare. Although the numbers are somewhat scattered, we think that only 7% of the world’s population is Leo. There are more men born under the Leo sign than woman for reasons we do not fully understand.

Later in this article, I’m going to give you a detailed breakdown of Leo symbols with key information about this Zodiac sign you may not know. The material has been infused with wisdom from the ancients, using various spirit animals to highlight key traits.

At this end of this post, Ive included a poll that asks you to pick the Leo symbol that best represents your personality.

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Leo Symbols


First, you need to know that I am not a Leo but instead, a Scorpio. So you may be wondering what qualifies me to write about Leo? Well, in a nutshell, water signs (like Scorpio) hold certain abilities that allow us to intuit psycho-spiritual information.

I’m sharing this with you because you have the right to know who is writing this material and by extension, what their star sign is. If you want to know more about Scorpio and other water signs, click the link below.

More: Scorpio and other water signs

As an aside, I am mentioning my sign not because Scorpio’s are “better” than Leo (or any other sign). Instead, the disclosure is meant as a way of creating transparency so that when material is offered on your sign – including the various gifts of Leo – you know it came from a genuine place.

Think about it – don’t you want someone other than a Leo to write up these traits? Because all of us tend to be bias towards our own signs, it’s far better to have a neutral party here.

OK, let’s move on now to Leo characteristics and traits!

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Leo Symbol Facts: Credit – Buzzle


Leo Sign: July 23 – August 22

Positive Traits

  • Warm and gentle
  • Kind hearted
  • Charming (big time)
  • Cheerful
  • Passionate
  • Highly creative
  • Generous
  • Artistic at times
  • Resourceful

Negative Traits

  • Sometimes arrogant
  • Lazy streak
  • Difficulty with change
  • Inflexible
  • Accused of being self-centered
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Leo is ruled by the sun


Leo is a fixed Fire sign ruled by the sun, which happens to be at the center of our solar system – approximately 92.96 million miles from earth.

It is for this reason that Leo’s command such power. Not only is the sun the brightest object in our solar system, it also happens to be the largest celestial body in our star system.

Leo personalities are much like the sun. They are big, bold and naturally attract attention. Unlike other signs who at times struggle with revealing who they are (aka water signs), Leo’s have no problem in this area.

It is the enormous power of the sun, which the Greeks referred to as Helios, that gives people born under the Leo symbol such magnetism. And this makes sense when you consider that our sun has one of the biggest magnets known to mankind.

As mentioned earlier, Leo is a Fire sign, joining Sagittarius and Aries. By definition, Fire signs are filled with passion, intuition and spontaneity. They also can be impulsive.

Leo is also a fixed sign. In a nutshell, fixed signs are generally stable and can be resistant to change. There are only four fixed signs; Leo, Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius, respectively.

Let’s walk through the special gifts of Leo and then move on to the five Leo symbols.


It is no coincidence that Leo is a sign that begins towards the end of June – around the same time that the sun’s heat is most intense for most of earth’s upper hemisphere. In scientific terms, this is a period known as the summer solstice.

Empowered by sheer energy, Leo signs have the ability to hypnotically make others fall in love with them by merely being in their presence. This may seem like hyperbole and over the top but it also happens to be true.

All of this goes back to Leo’s ruler, the sun, which is all about magnetism and “pull”. And because Leo is a fixed sign that is resistant to change, those born under this Zodiac know exactly what they want. These are not “wishy washy” people.

Once a Leo commits to you in a relationship, they are extremely loyal and fiercely protective. However, because they crave attention, Leos also can push boundaries by being overly flirtatious. If you are a possessive sign, such as Scorpio or Cancer, it’s important to keep this in mind.


Leo happens to be a very sexual sign in the physical and spiritual sense. They make for passionate lovers and enjoy pleasing their partners.

Being intimate with a Leo is as much about being in a “show” as it is an experience. That’s because Leo signs gravitate towards exhibitionism, making themselves the locus of attention.

But Leos also are eager to please and will hone in on your erogenous zones, going in for “the kill” – similar to how a lion might chase after its prey.


Leos like stability and are attracted towards careers that offer longevity. This point is particularly true later in life, where financial security is critical to survival.

Generally speaking, Leos are strong leaders. As such, you will often find them in command positions. These include business, finance, politics and entertainment.

If given their druthers, Leos prefer to be their own boss. It’s not that they don’t like working for others. Instead, because of a passionate entrepreneurial spirit, they like doing for themselves.

Lastly on this point – Leos are good with money. While they are sometimes accused of spending lavishly, the truth is most Leos much prefer to sock away money for a rainy day.

Again, this is a fixed sign that is resistant to change. Financial insecurity isn’t part of the Leo repertoire.


Many wonder about the compatibility of Leo. Well, the truth is this sign generally does well with other fire signs; meaning Aries and Sagittarius.

There are a number of reasons for this but the big one relates to their intuitive understanding of one another.

I’ll break down the different areas of compatibility, according to relationship type.

Leo compatibility romantic love:

  • Aries
  • Sagittarius
  • Leo

Leo compatibility sex:

  • Pisces
  • Scorpio
  • Taurus

Leo compatibility business:

  • Pisces
  • Taurus
  • Aries

You may be wondering why Pisces was listed as a good sexual partner for Leo? Without going into too much detail, Pisces is a zodiac sign that is all about pleasure and service. It’s just a natural fit for Leo people.

Related: Pisces sign symbols explained


Now that you have a general overview of Leo, it’s time to take a look at the five symbols associated with sign. There are five in total with one of them likely familiar to you.

With each symbol, which are spirit animals (aka life animals), you will also find additional Leo traits and characteristics.

Be sure to review them carefully. If you feel that you gravitate towards one symbol more than another, you should call upon that animal spirit to help guide you on your path.

At the end, you’ll find a poll that allows you to vote for which Leo symbol most resonates with you.

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Leo Sign Symbol: Phoenix

1. Phoenix

The mythical sexual powers of Leo are legendary. Because a phoenix is known to rise towards the sun, it channels sexual energy in the process. Many Leo’s “soar” in an effort to sexually please their mates.

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Leo Sign Symbol: Lion

2. Lion

Perhaps the sign most connected to Leo. Lions are skilled hunters and fiercely protective of family. They also are very intuitive. Finally, Lions are called “kings” for a reason – they like to rule.

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Leo Sign Symbol: Owl

3. Owl

When you consider that owls have been historically tied to wisdom, it makes sense that one of the five Leo symbols would be an owl. In fact, wisdom, gained through experience, is a major trait of Leo.

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Leo Sign Symbol: Seal

4. Seal

Seals are all about fun. But they are also vulnerable. In many ways, that’s how Leos can be, combining playfulness with openness as part of their personality.

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Leo Symbol: Dog

5. Dog

Dogs are thought of for their ability to act as good companions. This is true of Leo signs, who like their canine friends tend to be loyal and focused. To a lesser or greater degree, dogs also can be empathic.


If you want to invite any of the Leo symbols into your awareness, you will need to be open to the meditative process and certain aspects of dream interpretation.

Each of these animals have their own special message; something you can only receive from them on an alternative channel of consciousness. The book, Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, is a great one to pick up if you are new to the world of spirit animals.


If you would like to learn more about the Leo symbol and its origins, be sure to check out the video above that goes into deep detail.


The Leo poll below is designed to let you choose which animal spirit best represents your personality. While not designed to be scientific, the results may help you to better understand how your fellow Leos see themselves.


There are many myths attached to Leos and most all of them are false. Still, people buy into these misnomers because they’ve read something from an astrologer that’s not grounded in fact.

Here are a few of the “biggies”:

  • Leo men aren’t loyal
  • Leo women are bad in bed
  • Leos make for bad business leaders
  • Leos are sexually lazy
  • Leos are always a good match for air signs
  • Leos are sexually frustrated


If you are interested in learning more about Leos, I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Leo Zodiac Sign.

What’s great about this read are the insights related to love, personality and compatibility. You should be able to download this directly onto your portable device.

Famous Leos:

  • Ben Affleck
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Danielle Steel
  • Christian Slater
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Halle Berry
  • Madonna

That’s it on Leo symbols. I hope you found this article helpful!

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Dr. John Moore is a counselor and educator. He writes about topics that usually connect in some way to physical, emotional and spiritual health. Moore helps men and women focus on challenges that may be blocking them from reaching their full potential.
  • Marilyn Beedie

    This is so untrue
    ..bcos you only see this trait at the start of a relationship with Leos..And as we all know it not the start that matters but it is how it all plays out towards the middle and at the end…Scorpio are the most passionate lovers..though Scorpios are not overly generous…. they ll seek to satisfy you sexually and emotionally..Leos can be generous but selfish,attention seeking(big time) bcos they have hidden insecurities,and like to take credit due for someone else…In love and sex they are not out to please you 100% but themself unlike Scorpio…Mainly Leos generousity is to manipulate you to be under their domain and lion command…