Rising Signs: Leo Rising

Sunny Side Up

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Leo Rising guys and gals are bright and shiny, dramatic and do everything up big. 

Leo as a rising sign could be called fortunate. When at your best, you're confident, generous and attractive to others because of your warmth. 

With Leo rising, you’ve got the radiance of the Sun (Leo's planetary ruler) at your front door.

You are friendly and upbeat and have the ability to light up the room with your smile. You carry yourself with confidence and are naturally encouraging to others. Your responses are spontaneous, with enthusiasm that flares up suddenly. Your joy for living is contagious, and this wins you many friends.

Light Up a Room

You take pride in your appearance and like to stand out. People remember you because you have a heightened presence. This can offset any shy tendencies elsewhere in the chart.

You entertain with over-the-top gestures or with eye-catching outfits. You come alive in the spotlight, making you a natural at acting, storytelling, teaching, or politics.

Your self-regard can be too much, and that’s when folks call you an egomaniac. You tend to relentlessly toot your own horn, or the horns of your offspring, as you take particular pride in your children. 

Everything you create is an extension of yourself, and you'll want it to bear your unique signature. You can find it hard therefore to collaborate or play second fiddle to stronger personalities. 

If your pride is wounded, you retreat and can be depressed over it for a good long while. You'll hide until you're ready for your come back, and emerge smiling once again. 

You can be selfish and throw tantrums. And you can be stubbornly wed to your way of doing things. 

But you’re an inspired fire sign and that's contagious. You're also generous and have a big heart, and those qualities of bombast are easily overlooked. You’re attractive because of your lust for life, personal flair, and ability to energize those around you.

Demanding of Self and Others

You have high standards with this Leo stamp on your personality. You get the Leo ambition, along with the charisma of a natural born leader. 

You're a strong-willed boss, but also have an instinct for encouraging others. You want to be surrounded by people who make you look good. So you're someone who is constantly cheering others on, and putting a light on what makes him or her special.

If there are other grandiose factors in the chart, you become someone who exaggerates her own achievements or takes credit due to others. You have a healthy ego, but it goes too far when not balanced with a sense of your place in the scheme of things. 

A strong Leo will make things happen. But if it's used to intimidate others, you'll quickly get bad PR. You're able to create a powerful "brand" from your persona but will have to watch that it doesn't become a blast weapon used against weaker souls. That's known as throwing your weight around to get what you want. And using the strength of your personality to get it. 

A negative Leo Rising needs attention all the time and sulks if it's not the quality presence they require. Leo has that regal attitude, and at its worst, it comes out in disdain for those they see as less amazing than they are. 

Personality Traits: sunny, playful, affectionate, joyful, adventurous, self-confident, prideful.

Body and Style: big mane of hair, designer labels, luxurious fabrics, sophisticated lines, gold jewelry, red skin-hair tones, freckles.