Those born between July 23rd and August 22nd are born under the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo. As with previous months, we will be taking an in-depth look at the star sign, discussing its history and mythology as well as the unique traits of a Leo. Basic Facts: Your element: Fire Your ruling planets: The Sun Symbol: The Lion Your stone: Peridot History & Mythology The name ‘Leo’ comes originally from the Latin word for “Lion” – the star signs mascot. It’s generally accepted that Leo represents the Nemean Lion, killed by Hercules, son of Zeus. According to the myth, the lion was extremely powerful, with impenetrable skin – similar to metal or stone, and had gone around the land killing all those who ventured near it. As he could not kill the lion with any weapon, Hercules managed to wrestle it to the ground and strangle it to death. Hercules instantly recognised the protective qualities of the Nemean Lions skin, and removed it with one of the lion’s own claws. From then on he wore the pelt as his own personal armour. Traits The enthusiastic Leo is larger than life. Just like their mascot, they are high esteemed, honourable and very devoted to themselves and their kingdom. Being ruled by the Sun, Leos have the regal bearing that commands respect and recognition. They will always make their presence known, and enjoy nothing more than basking in the spotlight. Leos have extremely high standards and they hate letting themselves or anybody else down. They offer genuine friendship, and are extremely loyal with a fierce sense of protection and responsibility towards loved ones. The downside of Leos pride is that it can sometimes tend to get in the way and be mistaken for snobbery or pomposity. They tend to sulk when they are not recognised, or think they are being ignored which leads to them often acting out for attention. When a Leos pride or feelings have been hurt they become very quick tempered and retire to their throne. Famous Lions With Leo’s love of the limelight, it’s unsurprising that many stars were born under this larger than life sign. Pop divas and notable Leos Madonna and Jennifer Lopez demonstrate Leos positive traits as trendsetters, leaders and hard workers. Other fierce Leos include Mick Jagger, Barack Obama, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Want to learn more about your star sign, and discover what is to come for you this month? Then visit our horoscope page here. Many of our readers are especially talented in astrology and may be able to tell you more about what the future holds for the Leo. Look out for specialist readers including Wanda and Ellie on the Psychic Light reader’s page, and get in touch!