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The Personality & Love Compatibility Of A Leo, Explained.

Meet the superstar of the zodiac that we all love to hate but secretly wish we could be.

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If you search for the word "dramatic" in the dictionary, you'll find a Leo's photo next to the definition. Although these hotties love a little bit of soap opera madness, their need for excitement stems from their fixed fire nature that keeps them shining as the bright star of the zodiac. Ruled by the Sun, Leos naturally shine and excel at all that they do. Their courageous hearts and infectious optimism make them influential leaders and power players.

Born between July 23rd and August 22nd, these summer babies enjoy the warmth of the Sun on their skin just like their symbol, the Lion, who is often seen lounging around the Sahara in the daylight hours. These big cats are commonly referred to as "the King of the Jungle" which is a fitting title for the star of the zodiac.

Physiologically, Leo rules the back and given their regal-like quality, these individuals tend to attract a lot of loyal followers that need guidance and even protection. As big as their hearts are, these fierce lovers will quickly pounce into attack-mode if someone they care about is picked on. Oftentimes, Leos tend to be that person that stands up to bullying. Usually, this is an act of vindication for the victim but sometimes there can be also be a hidden desire to assert their dominance as the head honcho.

Given their association with lions, their hair is often exaggerated by its length, thickness, and even color—with some Leo folks preferring lighter tones. You can usually spot one of these glamorous babes in a crowd by her statement jewelry, sun-kissed skin, and bright clothing.

The Leo Zodiac Sign: An Overview

This assertive zodiac sign is often considered the back bone of many organizations, friend groups, and families. Given their natural leadership qualities, the Leo has the ability to keep others motivated while working towards a common goal.

As a fixed sign, these individuals can be stubborn at times making it almost impossible to compromise with them. If they haven't matured yet, these fiesty bosses can throw a tantrum if they're not in charge. Once they've evolved enough, Leo understands the importance of encouraging others to share their ideas and allowing them to take the lead sometimes.

Due to their sunny disposition, these charismatic socialites tend to be the life of the party. Whether they're enthusiastically sharing a story about their latest run-in with a celeb or showing off their impeccable dance moves, they're bound to captivate you with their child-like joy.

As the star of the zodiac, Leo loves being the center of attention. If they feel overlooked, they run the risk of acting out to get their needs met. Instead of creating unnecessary drama, it's important for them to find a healthy outlet to express themselves and receive that attention they crave.

Leo Best & Worst Personality Traits

Best Leo Personality Traits:

  • Self-Reliant
  • Warm
  • Brave
  • Driven

Worst Leo Personality Traits:

  • Prideful
  • Stubborn
  • Egotistical

The Leo Zodiac Sign in Career

As THE big cat of the zodiac, Leo works best when they're doing their own thing. Not one that usually likes to take orders from others, self-employment is usually the best path for these determined go-getters. If entrepreneurship isn't their thing, they also do well in positions of leadership (and not just because they tend to be the most popular) but because they have skills to do a damn good job and the ability to inspire others to actualize their potential.

For the most part, Leos love to be in the spotlight but they don't mind nurturing others strengths and talents as well, making them impactful mentors, coaches, and motivational speakers.

Given their larger-than-life persona, they are naturally gifted in jobs connected to the stage, entertainment, and amusement. Just like the Sun lights up the sky, these radiant beauties possess the power of captivating our attention with their bold self-expression and creativity. Whatever field a Leo chooses will likely result in much success and recognition. Many of their achievements can be attributed to their courageous spirit that compels them to take risks and master their craft.

The Leo Zodiac Sign in Love

In love, this affectionate zodiac sign loves to shower their significant other with words of affirmation and gifts. But this doesn't come without them vetting you first. Due to their generosity often being taken advantage of, Leo has learned the hard way that even their giving must have limits. To be their happiest, they must have a partner who is equally as generous (if not more).

Leo needs a partner who doesn't mind stroking their ego with lavish expressions of love. If these sultry lovers don't feel worshipped, then it's a hard pass for them.

Being in a relationship with this fixed fire sign will test your patience at times given their stubborn, know-it-all nature. Sometimes it's best to just let them lead than to pick a fight. This doesn't mean you need to be a doormat; however, these feisty individuals do like a little push-back that could eventually lead to some frisky play time in the bedroom. When it comes to sex, Leo typically likes to dominate and they take a lot of pride in satisfying their lover.

Oftentimes taking on the role of the protector, it's important to make Leo feel needed and appreciated. When they feel unimportant, this can result in depression or other illness.

Overall, these regal, but cuddly, lovers make loyal partners. Once you pass the test to get into their heart, you'll experience their softer side. It is through their devotion to the commitment that fans the flames of a love that can evolve and stand the test of time. Astrologically, Leo is typically compatible with other Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius).

Famous Leo Celebrities

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For a more in-depth look into what is in store for your zodiac sign each month, read our monthly horoscopes.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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