Relationship Astrology: Leo Archetype and Personal Recognition

As a sign ruled by the Sun, Leo tends to be a dominant voice in our psyche when we have a planet or two in it.

Any planet occupying the Lion’s sign has an energy that burns for personal recognition. This part of us needs to be appreciated by others. When the desired recognition is not forthcoming, feelings get hurt and tempers can flare up.

If you know someone with a planet or a stellium in Leo, you can assume that this thrust for personal recognition is there no matter how quiet and unassuming a person looks. So how do we meet this need?

5 Simple Ways to Love the Leo in Everyone

  • Let them know they’re important to you – this can mean remembering birthdays, giving them a call to show that you care, or doing something special for them.
  • Show respect to their opinions and feelings – if you act as if their views do not matter, you will invite trouble.
  • Always thank them for what they do for you, and let them know how much you appreciate them – Leos especially do not like being taken for granted.
  • Point out their special talent, ability and strong points – Leos respond beautifully to genuine compliments, and will respond in kind.
  • If possible, recognize their good quality or contribution in front of others.

People with a healthy Leo complex tend to automatically behave in the ways describe above, because they want and expect similar behavior in turn from you.

A Stifled Leo Energy
Some parents might teach their children that it’s not good to think so highly of themselves. Others are outright abusive and tell their young that they’re stupid, will never amount to anything, etc, etc. Children of these families may learn to suppress their innate Leonine urge to stand out and freely express themselves. As a result, they may adopt a critical attitude toward their own (or other people’s) creative and emotional expression.

The antidote for such “plumbing issues” might be to express praise and appreciation for yourself and others. If you have a few planets in Leo, then chances are that you recognize your ability to make other people feel special and appreciated. By giving others what you want (i.e. appreciation & recognition) you’re more likely to receive the same gift from others.

When Leo Is Mixed With Other Elements
If there is a strong Virgo or other Earth component as well as Leo, then the person will likely perform a lot of work and services in the silent hope of winning personal recognition. Even when this person looks very professional and self possessed so as to not need any outside approval, a word of appreciation and acknowledgment for her competence and hard work goes a long way.

If there is a strong Cancer or other Water components in addition to Leo, then the person would want to be recognized for his/her caring heart. Acknowledge her emotions, and praise her for having a big heart.

If there is a strong Libra or other Air components beside Leo, the need for personal recognition will be fulfilled through entertaining and communicating with others. No matter how smooth and confident he seems, he’d still appreciate praise for his humor, wit and thoughtfulness.

A healthy Leo archetype within our psyche is a special, precious and vulnerable part of us that can give and receive generously. We can make others – and ourselves – happy by simply learning to recognize, praise and appreciate the good qualities in each other – a worthy challenge.

Do you or your loved ones have planets in Leo? What else besides the above makes your inner Lion roar with happiness? Please feel free to share with emails or comments…

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Kachina Houska says:

    Hi Hiroki,

    As a natal Leo Venus square to Saturn,I find your advice to apply self-praise to counter early messages that led to repressing Leonine energy to be excellent. :)

    Cancer rising with Virgo and Libra emphasis also led me to repress my "need" for attention for a very long time.

    The past few years I have learned to give my self equal praise, adoration and love that I give forth to others and I have set new standards as to what I expect to receive in return. While this has catalyzed changes in my relationships, with many coming to completion, it is possibly the best choice I ever made for all of my new relationships demonstrate the balance I prefer in exchange of appreciation.

    I hope your advice is applied by those that need it! Kachina

  2. Excellent! I have a Leo Moon conjunct the Ascendant and Uranus, but quickly followed by a bunch of Virgo planets, including my Sun which is square my 5th house Saturn. Although that Saturn is trine my Leo Moon/Ascendant. A lot of energy in my life has gone into that conflict! But there's also creativity in it that can actually be put to work, as I've learned by midlife. Anyway, thanks – great post!

  3. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Kachina & Leslee:
    Thank you for sharing your experience with this!

  4. Laurie Farrington says:

    All 6 of my planets in Leo feel recognized! thanks.

  5. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Laurie :)

  6. Michele says:

    I have Uranus in Leo in the 3rd house of communications. Is it any wonder that I've been described as creative, unique and quirky! I take PRIDE (good Leo word, huh!?) in my individuality when it comes to my self-expression, whether (as in the past) through my dancing and choreography or in my writings, letters and home made cards. It's that one area where Uranus and Leo come together to say…"NO ONE'S GONNA' TELL ME HOW TO EXPRESS MYSELF!" I'll listen to critiques but then I'll still do it they way I want. I'd like to think that my Taurus Sun and Venus in Gemini in my 1st house help to keep me from coming across too uppity and obnoxious about how I choose to communicate and express myself.

    And nothing pleases my Uranus/Leo/3rd house more than when a friend says,…"Michele, you send the neatest cards!" or "Wow, I love your letters, they're so NEWSY and fun to read.

    Oh and yes, it's also gotten me in trouble as well! After all, I do have a couple of nasty squares to deal with LOL!

  7. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Michele,

    Good for you! Thank you for corroborating…


  8. I have Mars, Venus, Moon, Mercury, and Sun ALL in Leo. I have a ridiculous need for recognition. I relate to what Michele (with Uranus in Leo) said because I have Aquarius rising with Uranus in Aquarius. I express myself in Aquarian ways (astrology, intellectuality, challenging old norms, etc. ) and take Leonine pride in my individuality. Since most of my stellium (all of the planets except the Sun) is in the sixth house, I especially love being praised for my work.

  9. I’m virgo with Leo RIsing, Leo Venus, Leo Mercury, Leo Jupiter and Leo Chiron, all of them in House 1 (except Chiron in House 5) Midheaven in Taurus and Dark Lilith in taurus, meaning please ? 😩 I like gold a lot and red

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