Saturday, December 1

Leo Tattoos (July 23-August 22)

Leo is the fifth of the twelve signs of the zodiac, corresponding to the constellation Leo, and is depicted as a lion.

Leo glyph The glyph for Leo looks like an upside-down letter “U” with curly tips. The curl on the left hand side is generally larger. Some say it looks like he mane of a lion, while others claim it represents the shape of the heart.

Leo tattoos can be of the image, glyph, or combination of both.

Leo is a fire element sign, and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Often, it is linked to the ancient Greek legend about a savage lion that lived on the moon. Seeking food, the lion leapt to the earth and landed in the city of Nemea in Greece. The Nemean lion fed on humans until Hercules tracked it into a cave and killed it. When he emerged from the cave, Hercules was wearing the lion’s pelt as a cloak and the lion’s head as a helmet.

The Leo personality is drawn to beauty, likes fashion, and has a flair for drama. They are idealistic, but are also easily hurt and therefore have difficulty in relationships.

Leos make good actors, dancers, and teachers. The lists below show a number of characteristics, both positive and negative, that different sources attribute to Leo:

Positive: generous, active, willing to take risks, leader, creative, self-reliant, enthusiastic, warm-hearted, positive, self-expressive, dignified, inspirational, exuberant, flamboyant, theatrical, hospitable, altruistic.

Negative: selfish, vain, demanding, predatory, dogmatic, self-satisfied, ostentatious, militant, show-off

Characteristics associated with Leo, which may be customized into a unique Leo tattoo design:

  • Body Part: Heart, Spine
  • Color: Yellow
  • Metal: Gold
  • Flower: Marigold
  • Gem: Ruby (Sardonynx)
  • Food: Plums, Peas, Oranges

Famous Leos include “Three Musketeers” author Alexander Dumas, Rubens, Napoleon, Emily Bronte.