Leo (astrology)

Leo
Zodiac symbolLion
Duration (tropical, western)July 23 – August 23 (2023, UT1)
ConstellationLeo
Zodiac elementFire
Zodiac qualityFixed
Sign rulerSun
DetrimentSaturn and Uranus
ExaltationNeptune (in modern astrology)
FallPluto (in modern astrology)
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

Leo (♌︎) (Ancient Greek: Λέων, romanizedLéōn, Latin for "lion") is the fifth sign of the zodiac. It corresponds to the constellation Leo and comes after Cancer and before Virgo. The traditional Western zodiac associates Leo with the period between about July 23 and August 22, and the sign spans the 120th to 150th degree of celestial longitude.

Leo is associated with fire, accompanied by Aries and Sagittarius, and its modality is fixed. The constellation Leo is associated with the mythological Nemean lion. The lion is a very important and prominent symbol in Greek mythology.

History

Leo on the reverse of the gold coin of Jahangir of India

Egyptians worshipped the constellation, which they referred to as "Knem", because it was present during the flooding of the Nile River. This event signified plentiful harvests for the upcoming year, and the people interpreted it as a gift from the earth. Ruler of Egypt, Tutankhamun's gold throne features lion heads where the seat and front legs meet, as well as clawed feet at the end of each leg, symbolizing power and royalty.

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