When a person has his natal Sun in Leo, it means that he belongs to the zodiac sign of Leo. Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, and has the Sun as its ruling celestial body. Thus, the Sun here is domicile, and operates in full potency. The period of Leo starts on the 22st of July and lasts until the 22nd of August. Slight differences in the exact hours can occur, because we should not forget that every fourth year has one day more than the others.
The Sun is the brightest object in the sky, the life-giving star of our Solar System, and also the most important celestial body in astrology. Also called Sol, the Sun is impersonated by the ancient Greek goddess Helios. Life on earth is literally empowered by the Sun’s energy, with it having effect on all the biorhythms of live organisms. Astrologically, its influences are so important that most people only know the sign where their Sun is placed in, referring to it just as “their sign”.
The Sun is ruling our vitality and self-perception, making any house it is placed in the epicenter of our life. It has a strong masculine energy, and in the natal chart depicts our father. In addition, it can also show relations with the male gender or generally people who become a father figure for us. In addition, the Sun is strongly connected with activity and self-confidence, and rules our personality and ego. When it is located in Leo, the Sun is literally at home. It does not blend with energies of other planets, and a lot more clearly allows its own traits to flourish. The native is feeling as if being the bright center of the solar system, a king among his servants, a protagonist actor on the stage of life. It is quite natural for Leo people to have a heightened sense of ego, which of course also can lead to arrogance. Such a native tends to enjoy the pleasures of life a lot, having an active and sunny character.
The Sun and Leo are the natural rulers of the 5th house, so their effects in the native’s life are common with having the Sun in the fifth house. Leo sign people enjoy partying and flirting, and have a very playful nature. This, of course, can make them behave rather childish and have adverse effect on their responsibilities. They like to make an impression, receive compliments and being admired by others. All these traits can make them have tendencies to achieve leadership. On the other hand, Leo people will prefer to be lazy just like Lions, instead of dedicating themselves to hard labor. They adore being kings, but prefer if the king has nothing to do and can just enjoy his position.
The 5th house rules artistic expression, and Leo people can become wonderful performers in art. They are quite better in the artistic areas that have an audience, and thus they can excel as actors and singers. They are less good in detailed and practical forms of art, and they have a lot less motivation if they are not observed by an audience. Becoming known and admired acts as a motivation for them, and they will frequently get involved in art exactly due to this cause and not for the sake of art itself. Naturally, Leo people may try their luck in other socially recognizable matters, such as politics. Their reputation is quite important, and they may even use it to brag in front of others. Of course, feeding their ego so much can create problems and some balance is always necessary. It is very easy to spot a Leo, as they usually are quite magnetic and from when they enter a room they like to draw attention to themselves.
Individuals with their natal Sun in Leo are rather confident and brave, but frequently will risk a lot without thinking clearly. We should not forget that the 5th house also rules gambling and speculation, and thus transfers these traits to Leo people. Of course, this does not mean that they will be lucky in their gambles and risk-taking, but just makes them more prone to pushing their luck. Luck is mostly described by the planet of Jupiter in one’s chart, and so an indicator of luck while risking will be a positive aspect of Jupiter to the Sun (conjunction, trine, sextile).
The 5th house also rules children, and so Leo people will be quite fond of children, even if they are not their own. They like to play with them, because this helps them awaken the child inside them. In addition, they will enjoy all type of recreational activities, including sports, but provided they are for fun and not competitive. For Leos, all types of games are mostly important for socializing, and not for competing. Of course, they like to win; Leos are feeling the natural Alphas and reassurance of being the first and best is always welcome.
The sign of Leo belongs to the element of fire, and so Leo types of people are strongly connected to it. They may adore fireplaces, candles and usually are in love with sunny days and the summer. For Leos who live in cold places, the biggest dream may be living somewhere warmer.
Leo Sun people tend to be more robust than others. Their strong ego makes them be able to manage on themselves, just as the Sun has its own light and does not need to reflect another one. They are usually very friendly, as long as someone does not hurt their ego. In such occasions, they have the tendency to retaliate, because they feel the core of their existence being under threat. Do not poke a Lion with a stick when it is minding its own business. On the other hand, Leos are considered fair and just, and will not show aggression unless they are provoked.
The sign of Cancer is more likely to develop megalomania, and reach a Luciferian type of pride, even without having achieved something to deserve it. In case you are a Leo, try to control such emotions that automatically spring from your subconscious. You can use them as fuel for accomplishing things, and they are usually very useful – but do drive yourself to limits. You are a center of the universe, but not the only one. Also, roughly 8% of the population is also Leos, you are not the only one!
Individuals that have Leo as their sign can become great leaders in their business surroundings. They will frequently prefer owning some own business, in order to be independent and not have other people above them. In case they are working in a structured company, they will set goals to reach to its top. They are good in public relations, marketing and generally caring about the appearance of a product. In any case, they will prefer a career that can grant them public recognition and become a source of pride. That is why suitable jobs are those of a public nature, such as spokesmen, artists, performers and athletes. Politics and governmental positions also suit them. As the Sun and Leo are ruling gold, they can be quite successful as jewelers, goldsmiths, pawn shop owners or even bankers. Female Leos can excel in jobs connected with children, such as teaching or working in kindergartens. In addition, Leo people can become great sports coaches.
People with their natal Sun in Leo are very passionate in their relationships. They will frequently perceive them as if they are movies, and live them intensely. They like having action, and cannot stand being in relationships that make them bored.
A dark side of Leo is that they can become obsessed with their own selves and pay little attention to other people. They can be vain and melodramatic about themselves when in trouble, as if other people do not face also problems. In addition, their domineering character may make them have flexible ethics when facing the possibility to succeed in something.
Leo people are somewhat more prone to heart problems than others, because Leo rules this part of the body. Heart weaknesses are more frequent in Leos that have their natal Sun challenged by difficult aspects. The Sun and Leo also rule the chest, the spine and the upper back. As we already mentioned, the Sun is responsible for one’s general vitality. These are also the body parts that can more easily suffer during difficult transits to the native’s natal Sun. Also, an afflicted Leo Sun will feel general fatigue. Combined with possible laziness and procrastination, fatigue may turn into a slow decaying body process. Leo people must get as much sunlight as possible, and meditating in the Sun can raise their energy level. Also, it is good for them to wear gold.
The Sun in our charts rules our own father. Thus, in case it is in Leo, it will give a Leo type of father. There is a high possibility that the father is occupied in one of the Leo type professions, mentioned above. He is usually a quite energetic person, who may have been a strong authoritative archetype. The young native regards him as a natural leader and is inspired to become like him. Especially if the native’s Sun is well aspected, he will perceive his father as a source of light, a person who is successful and recognized. His father can frequently also be of the sign of Leo. Alternatively, his father may have a lot of planets in Leo, or his Sun strong by placement and aspects. An adversely aspected Sun may indicate that the father is very egoistic, exercising authority in an ill-natured way (especially when Pluto, Mars or Saturn are aspecting it by square, opposition or conjunction).
We should always keep in our mind that no Leo is the same as another. The biggest mistake is to think that only by knowing our Sun sign, we can use astrology. In case you are a Leo, care to find out what at which degree of Leo your Sun resides, to understand better the traits it will give you. By making your natal chart, you can also find out in which house it resides.
Also, examine the aspects that the Sun forms with other planets of your natal chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that the Sun has in your horoscope. After all, the Sun is the core of your existence, and definitely signifies an important part of our lifepath.