A Menu for Your Zodiac Sign: Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Leo, the radiant and commanding sign of the zodiac, has a legacy that stretches far beyond its modern reputation. While it’s easy to focus on the stereotypical traits of drama and attention-seeking often associated with this fire sign, Leo’s influence is deeply rooted in ancient concepts of royalty, courage, and the sheer brilliance of our Sun.

A Bold and Audacious Leader

The Sun’s entry into Leo each year marks the height of summer, when the star’s power was at its greatest, infusing this sign with motifs of glory and honor. The Sun, shining alone in the sky, became a powerful metaphor for figureheads and for individuality, traits that remain central to Leo’s astrological narrative.

Even today, Leo is a sign that thrives on leadership and self-expression. Those born under this sign have an innate ability to command attention and inspire others. Leos are natural leaders, unafraid to stand alone if necessary, yet also capable of bringing out the best in those around them. Their courage in the face of challenges and their disdain for pettiness make them forces to be reckoned with in any environment.

In the ancient world, the lion was a symbol of fear and awe. Unlike today, where lions often invoke adoration or conservation efforts, they were seen as formidable predators, creatures of raw power and majesty. Most had never seen a real lion, knowing them only through tales and images that emphasized their fearsome nature. This primal, animalistic association lends Leo a quality of instinctual power that can sometimes override pure rationality.

Leo & the Seasons

The sign of Leo and the constellation of Leo are not the same thing. Constellations are groups of stars visible in the night sky, while zodiacal signs are equal divisions of the Sun’s apparent path throughout the year, known as the ecliptic. The zodiacal signs are linked to the seasons, not the stars themselves.

The twelve zodiacal signs can be grouped into three categories based on their relationship to the seasons. The cardinal signs mark the beginning of each season and are associated with change and new beginnings. The fixed signs fall in the middle of each season and are known for their stability, determination, and resolute nature. Lastly, the mutable signs stand between the close of one season and the start of the next. These signs are associated with adaptability, flexibility, and the ability to navigate change with ease.

As a fixed sign, Leo stands in the heart of summer, a season characterized by its steadfast heat and unwavering brightness. This enduring quality is fundamental to your nature, dear Lion. You thrive in environments that allow you to fully express your creativity and maintain your chosen course of action. Setting and pursuing long-term goals is where you truly shine. You can remain dedicated to your passions and insist on seeing your projects through to completion. Your fixed nature grants you remarkable stamina and determination. However, adapting to sudden changes or shifting gears mid-project may prove challenging for you, as you tend to prefer stability and consistency. This fixed quality can be applied to various aspects of your life, from your career ambitions to your personal relationships, where your loyalty and steadfastness are legendary.

New Goals for Leo

  • Balance your fiery energy with calming practices. The ancients advised fire types to avoid overheating and drinking too much. Incorporate regular cooling activities into your routine, such as swimming, meditation, or yoga. Set a goal to practice these activities consistently over several months to experience their full benefits.
  • Harness your natural charisma for diplomacy. The fiery temperament is associated with a quick temper, but also with the potential for great leadership. Set goals to improve your communication skills, particularly in conflict resolution. This could involve taking a course in negotiation or practicing active listening techniques.
  • Create a balanced fitness routine that combines high-energy activities with strength and endurance training. The ancients believed in the importance of physical exercise for the choleric temperament. Set a goal to maintain a consistent workout schedule that includes both intense cardio sessions and slower-paced strength training over an extended period.

What Qualities Does Leo Have?

The zodiac signs are not only divided into elements but also have distinct qualities connected to them. The fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are collectively associated with summer, heat, and dryness. These signs have a reputation for being passionate, dynamic, and full of vitality. Leos, in particular, are known for their warm hearts, natural charisma, and ability to light up any room they enter. The consistent energy and enthusiasm of fire types can be a source of inspiration to others.

Fire signs are quick to action and slow to back down from a challenge. They tend to be excellent leaders, able to rally others with their confidence and zeal. A chief problem for Leos can be a tendency towards impulsiveness or overconfidence, sometimes acting before fully considering the consequences.

When it comes to diet, fire signs tend to be drawn to foods that are warming and invigorating. These include spicy dishes, grilled meats, and foods rich in protein. Leos might find themselves craving bold flavors and dishes that pack a punch, mirroring their own vibrant personalities.

However, it’s important to remember that wellbeing requires things in reasonable balance. Sometimes, fire sign types can have too much heat or dryness in the body. This can lead to irritability, restlessness, or even physical symptoms like heartburn or dry skin. In these cases, consider incorporating cooling and moistening foods into your diet to help restore balance. Fresh fruits, leafy greens, and hydrating foods like cucumber or watermelon are great for this.

Best Foods to Balance Leo:

For most seasons, these foods are good for tempering Leo’s fiery constitution:

  • Land: Chicken, turkey, rabbit, veal.
  • Surf: Cod, halibut, sole, trout, crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops.
  • Grains: Barley, oats, wheat, rice (especially brown rice), quinoa, couscous.
  • Vegetation: Lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, celery, spinach, kale, apples, pears, plums, berries, melons (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe), grapes, citrus fruits.
  • Dairy: Fresh cheeses (like mozzarella, feta), yogurt, milk, kefir.
  • Beverages: Herbal teas (especially mint, chamomile, hibiscus), coconut water, fresh fruit juices.
  • Alcohol: Light white wines, beer (especially wheat beer), sake.

In the summer months, when Leo’s heat can be in overdrive, it’s advisable to focus even more on cooling and hydrating foods:

  • Land: Cold cuts of chicken or turkey, served chilled or at room temperature.
  • Surf: Chilled shrimp, crab salad, cold smoked salmon, ceviche.
  • Grains: Cold grain salads made with barley, rice, or quinoa.
  • Vegetation: Watermelon, cucumber, mint, cilantro, basil, leafy greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, summer squash, peaches, apricots, fresh figs.
  • Dairy: Greek yogurt, frozen yogurt, cottage cheese.
  • Beverages: Iced herbal teas, fruit-infused water, freshly squeezed lemonade, cucumber water.
  • Alcohol: Spritzers, light cocktails with fresh fruit juices, chilled sake.

The Perfect Birthday Menu for Leo


Edamame and Kale Hummus

A flat-lay image of an Edamame and Kale hummus dish with carrots, cucumbers, and radishes surrounding the plate.

This starter mixes together the freshness of the vegetables and the strength of the protein in the form of hummus and edamame. Leo needs things that honor its tenacity but still allows for softness. Kale is an ideal vegetable for this, protein-rich but also light and hydrating.


Shawarma Chicken Kabobs

An aerial view of Shawarma Chicken Kabobs on a yellow plat surrounded by flowers. kabob recipe

This chicken kabob plate pairs well with the Mediterranean flavors in the kale hummus starter. Though Leo needs protein and the nobility of roosters and hens resonates with their lion spirit than farm animals like cows and pigs, a Leo needs a dish more subtle than the big old rotisserie chicken. The different elements of this shawarma-style kebab highlights the complexity of Leo’s personality.


Baby Kale Salad with Citrus-Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Baby Kale Salad with Citrus-Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Lemon Vinaigrette on a white plate with a fork in the salad and a container of dressing to the left.

More kale, because it’s a vegetable you kind of can’t have enough of and won’t make you bloat. This leafy greens based salad with a hearty, high-fiber vegetable like artichoke is grounding for Leo’s strong-willed energy.


4 Refreshing Michelada Recipes Perfect for Summer

Spirits are a little too dry to be good for Leo, so we’re recommending a beer based drink, the refreshing michelada, typically made with lime and assorted juices added to Modelo or Dos Equis. We suggest the bold, beer-forward Clara Michelada from this list, but since Leo will enjoy making choices on their own, there are four to choose from.


Berry Cobbler with Banana Ice Cream

A delectable image of a berry cobbler dessert from Eighty Acres Kitchen.

The best part of this recipe is individual servings means no sharing required. Leo encourages us to be a little selfish in the best way, to stand in our own power and take a little more than we might think we can. So take a whole cobbler serving for yourself and don’t share!

Story by Wade Caves 

Wade Caves, based in Brooklyn, NY, is an astrological consultant and educator specializing in problem-solving applications of astrology. He teaches astrological divination and astronomy at the School of Traditional Astrology. Wade also publishes his work on world astrology through Skyscript’s In Mundo publishing desk and hosts the World Astrology Summit, a conference dedicated to the advancement of astrology for global problem-solving. Website: wadecaves.com • skyscript.co.uk/inmundo. Email: hello@wadecaves.co

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