Leo in Love

Leo rules the heart, making you the most passionate of signs. Once you had captured the heart of the most important man in the world - Daddy - you knew that your true goal in life was to conquer and rule, to become the queen of hearts! Hyperbole aside, you are coquettish, bright, sexy and giving: you wear your heart on your sleeve and, like your fiery sisters, Ms Aries and Ms Sagittarius, you have no qualms about chasing your man until he gets you. Yet you are more faithful, possessive and persistent than the other fire signs, and you have more feminine wiles and a serious talent to flirt, which puts you at the top of the list of the most desirable women in the zodiac. And once you have given your heart, it is with life-long intent.

So do you have a problem? I know it's hard to believe that there could be one but it is your very regal and dominating personality that can get in the way of perfect marital bliss. You can do everything better than most people, but most guys really don't like to be outshone by their partner: let them make mistakes, accept the occasional less than perfect result - they, like you, also thrive on praise and adoration. You know in your heart that appearances do not really matter, yet you can alienate your admirers with your near-obsessive drive to prove you are the best. Relax, enjoy - no one's grading you on performance and achievement.

Your alter-ego is Scarlett O'Hara - she whose love for the unattainable and basically rather weak and flaccid, Ashley, blinded her to the one man who really loved her and was her true match - Rhett Butler. How many times have you found yourself saying, in the wake of heartbreak - I'll get him back, however long it takes: tomorrow is another day.

The Leo Man

He's the one standing out in a crowd. Yes, he may be a bit loud, but he's very attractive and making a big impression. Never forget this: Mr Leo needs an audience, even an audience of one will do, and there must be applause and adulation, otherwise he'll get very cranky, go off his food, and very possibly off you too. All right, he takes a lot of work but when he's happy and in love there's no one more generous, adoring and faithful. He really won't look at another woman once his heart is taken. The Leo man loves the kind of female who is reserved, sophisticated, intelligent and feminine - he needs the nurture and sensuousness of water-sign women and the wisdom and solidness of earth. Then again, he's such a ladies man, he's open to a heart to heart with any sign.

Who's For You

All the fixed signs hold an attraction for you - that's Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Leo. Your own sign is both a comfort and a challenge since both your good and bad qualities are fortified by each other. Mr. Scorpio is well nigh irresistible: all those intense looks and steamy exchanges - has passion ever reached greater heights. In the long run, however, the love-hate quality of this relationship can be a killer. Mr. Taurus is another must-have: this man is sensuous, faithful and always there, in fact that's almost the problem in the long term - he's so predictable and dogged that the relationship withers on the vine. As for Mr. Aquarius, he's an ideal match: stimulating, detached enough to keep you interested, yet basically loyal. The problem here is sex - a bit on the cool and intermittent side for you. Gemini and Libra are two other signs that fit you like a glove - bright, forgiving, tolerant and happy to let you run the show, provided you give them room to breathe.

Your Stone

What you should wear in your wedding or engagement ring

Citrine, yellow diamond, amber.

Life Love Money The Year Ahead for Leo

The period from August 2016 to January 2019 could prove life-changing and life-enhancing. The reason being a series of eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. For the most part we plan our lives with relative degrees of success but when eclipses fall on our charts, the universe takes over and the most extraordinary things happen. We experience unexpected success, find our circumstances changed by nature or some other random event; we meet the love of our lives or walk away from an old way of existence to begin a totally new one. This year the added presence of Jupiter at the base of your solar chart could find you welcoming new people into the family fold and expanding the home base. And if you have indeed been teetering on the edge of making an important move, events on or near 31st January, 16 May, 27 July and 11 August could tip you over. 2018 is a year for the memory books.

Should you have started a relationship in the August of 2017, then Christmas 2017 and January 2018 will find you putting a ring on it or recognizing it isn’t made of the stuff of longevity. Awakenings and epiphanies are rife in the first few weeks of the year, and especially if you have a July birthday or are in your early forties, push has come to shove with a relationship. The secret of romantic success is to keep a new love affair loose. The more you try to put it in a sealed container, the less control you’ll have. Likewise, if you know you’ve done all the talking with a partner and still nothing has changed, stop trying: allow the relationship to move forward freely for a while and it may well work itself out. June puts Venus in your sign and a special date in the diary…

Uranus’ passage through the tenth house of career and life goals is going to make a huge difference to where you are going in life. This year it will be the 22nd-26th July birthdays who get to savour the thrill of the new, the unexpected and the different, but in general it is time to get in step with new technology and adapt to the rapidly changing work scene. A job loss could be the inspiration to enter an industry you have always liked and going independent, opting for start-ups and the like is recommended. There is no safe job in this new era, and the more control you have over your own destiny the better. Money can be made from property deals and anything to do with the home and family. Jupiter is helping you grow but not to forget that all bubbles eventually burst.

Penny Thornton

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