There’s no escaping the fact that the astrological sign of Leo, represented by the lion, has produced some of the world’s foremost leaders.
John F. Kennedy, Napoleon Bonaparte, Benito Mussolini, Barak Obama and Fidel Castro to name but a few. An illustrious club that has just recruited its latest member, Alexis Tsipras, the new Greek Prime Minister, a Leo born on 28th July.
Natural born leaders, Leo’s animal magnetism draws followers who are attracted by their strong, confident personalities and charming, outgoing manner.
They inspire confidence with their sparkling charisma while determinedly pursuing their own grand ambitions regardless of any obstacles thrown in their path. For Leo’s tolerate neither criticism nor censure and in response to the order “you can’t”, the lion roars, “just watch me”.
Not that anyone would be so foolish as to upset the king of the jungle with his fearsome reputation.
As the Nigerian proverb sums it up, “the lion’s power lies in our fear of him.”
A fire sign, Leo manifests all the qualities of the element itself as people gather round attracted by the dazzling conflagration, nervously excited when sparks begin to fly. Fascinating and fast moving, the Leo holds his audience captivate with warm words and reassuring promises.
But don’t stand too close, for fires have a habit of getting out of control.
Once ignited their power is immense and almost impossible to extinguish with the potential to destroy everything in their path.
Fuelled by their own self confidence, Leo’s sometimes finds it hard to know when enough is enough. It’s pointless trying to tell one he is wrong; not only would he not believe you, but he wouldn’t have been listening to you in the first place.
Hard to imagine of a sign that exudes such charm and grace, but this big cat is not the timid kind and anyone who thinks they can exert any control over him at the end of a big stick should think again. Claws will be bared and the lion will come out fighting. A gloved hand and a gentle touch is the only way to tame this particular tabby.
A point worth remembering by those who will have to deal with Alexis Tsipras.
Another African proverb gives a timely warning on the subject.
“A woman without teeth shall be left to the lions.”
Let’s just hope when the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel first meets her new Greek counterpart, she hasn’t missed any dental appointments.
David Scott is the author of Cloak of Decency