Ascendant in Leo

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Leo Rising attracts attention. They have a personal magnetism that makes them stand out. Whether it is their charisma or their appearance, they never fail to make an impression. Leo Ascendant is self-aware and conscious of their effect on others. They are acutely aware of their personal “set dressing”… that is who they are seen with, where they are seen and how they are perceived. They are always “onstage” even when they’re relaxing at home.

Leo Rising is known for temper tantrums, jumping to conclusions and self-indulgences. They also have a lot of ambition, drive and idealism. They may appear bossy just because they want to be the driving force in their circle. Leo Ascendant makes a terrific manager or organizer.

Leo Rising tends to overestimate themselves a bit. They are naturally enthusiastic and get excited about new projects. They make excellent promoters and spokespersons. Leo Ascendant is very demonstrative, and they like drama and grand gestures. They may get caught up in exaggeration without realizing it, but they will do anything to get admiration.

Leo Ascendant has a strong constitution. They are very concerned with their appearance and how they behave in public. They like to dress in a youthful manner, and their bearing is strong with a sense of authority. They can pull all this off because they are just big kids at heart. This Ascendant is warm, generous and fun to be around.  Leo is your Rising Sign, you have an unmistakable air of self-confidence, authority, flair, style and innate power, all of which seem to radiate out to the people around you.

Leo is known as the ‘Royal Sign’, and providing there are no serious afflictions in other parts of the horoscope, it confers a noble dignity to both your personality and appearance. These characteristics are valuable assets to assist you in your climb up the ladder of success. Almost without effort, you have the ability to impress other people, and consequently, they respect you. However, unless nipped in the bud’ these very assets, plus your natural flamboyance, can easily degenerate into a tendency to show off.

Leo is above all the Sign of grandeur and largesse, so your natural inclination is to do things on a grand and lavish scale. You think big, you live life to the full, and you cannot tolerate meanness, selfishness or pettiness in others.

Since Leo prefers to lead rather than follow, you will naturally aim for the top. With your love of status and high position comes the love of the accompanying trappings and perks. However, just be careful not to allow your professional and social prestige to engender an ostentatious attitude, which can be so obnoxious in other peoples’ eyes.

Sometimes, this position of Leo can bring an excess of pride and vanity – some of the less favorable and negative aspects of the Sign. When this does happen, it usually stems from a frustrated desire to be the center of attention. In spite of the fact that you are sell: reliant and self-possessed, your Leo Ascendant more than any other makes you thrive on appreciation, acclaim and flattery. You are definitely at your best. Feeling fulfilled, when you receive recognition for your efforts.

You are frank, open, generous, kind and outgoing, genuinely willing to help whenever and wherever help is needed. Because you will always give so abundantly and unstintingly to people who need your support, it is not surprising that you are imposed upon time after time. You succeed best and feel most comfortable when you are in a position of authority where you can use your organizational and administrative ability. However, because these skills involve a certain degree of power, it is all too easy for you to slip into the habit of dominating and even controlling other people, especially weaker types who look to you for assistance or guidance. You are basically an optimistic person with plenty of faith and hope in the future. Therefore, you do not easily sink into moods of depression and despondency. You are very fond of pleasure and luxury, and no matter how limited your resources may be, you have a natural flair for making something ordinary appear rather posh! This is because you know the value of presentation, and you have the ability to accentuate the highlights.

Leo, more than any other, is the sign of the ‘showman’.  With Leo rising, the need to develop power, authority and creative self- expression are necessary in order to gain a sense of individual selfhood. With Leo rising, your task in life is to shine! The unique and special ways that you will seek to do this need to be developed and allowed to grow. The sign and house position of the Sun in your chart will give many clues. When found, this describes the area in life where love, admiration, applause and effectiveness will be sought.

There is a strong need to be “somebody” – to feel important and respected. This can lead to great confidence and warmth as you share your generous heart with others, or a tendency toward affectation and extravagance which belies an underlying insecurity. You are likely to need a lot of attention and approval from others, so you may as well be honest and admit it. The need to emerge as an individual in one’s own right is paramount. There are extraordinary opportunities for creativity and love here that need an outlet. Following your heart and your passions will help you bring these gifts to the fore. Once you are operating from your passion and spontaneity you can become a great source of fun, inspiration and leadership. You are likely to be fixed in your focus, just like the sun itself- constant and reliable, with a sunny and cheerful disposition that uplifts others. Life is to be enjoyed, and there is often a tendency to live in a grand manner, usually compensated for by the accompanying hard work. The need for comfort and luxury is likely to lead you to work very hard for success, and your love of recognition makes achievement even more important for you. This is fine as long as you don’t work too hard, and neglect to spend time with the family and friends who are your main audience and crew. Then they will be there for you on the occasional day that you are down.

There is usually a love of travel, comfort and luxury that goes with a larger-than-life attitude. You are all about grand gestures, big dreams and stunning vistas. Details may need to be left to other, more suited people. You are likely to be a capable and demanding authority figure, well suited to leadership and managerial positions. Others respond well to your kindness, sense of fun, faith and optimism. As a rule, you tend to be proud, are sometimes insecure despite your capable nature, and hate above all else to be criticized.

As Leo is the sign of royalty, there may be a tendency to at times expect “the royal treatment” befitting a personage of such “status”. When this is not received, the temper tends to flare. Overblown displays of outrage brought on by wounded pride can mask deep insecurity about your role. The fear of ‘not being recognized’ easily becomes sullenness when you don’t feel that you are receiving your due. You are naturally here to lead in some way, but need to learn that leadership involves sharing command. Finding out what makes others special and unique, just like you, means that you can incorporate them into your plans. You must learn to temper your urge to fulfill your own potential by learning to appreciate and accept the contribution that every individual makes to the whole, of which we are all just a part.

Beware you don’t treat others with disdain or disrespect, for you are so inclined to do things your own way, you may look down your nose, so to speak, at others who do not do things as you would. People will follow you gladly if you teat them with respect. Scorn them, and you may find that your staff and audience have gone, leaving you all alone to whistle in the wind, which is precisely the situation you fear. A sense of specialness from an early age may lead to having difficulties in assimilating this awareness into your everyday reality. A positive statement for Leo rising is to affirm that “I have the right to express my unique, individual creativity and spirit, and can do that without denying others the right to express theirs.” It is important that you feel comfortable enough to show others who you really are, without demanding, or needing, their attention and approval to validate who you are. Then you can shine from the uniqueness of your own creative spirit, bringing joy light and laughter into others’ lives.

Leo Rising is usually of sunny disposition, although they usually speak their mind. They can be extremely stubborn, and it can be challenging for them to break bad habits or behaviors. Their innate tenacity is one of their greatest assets, though. Even when everyone else is tired out and ready to give up, Leo Ascendant is still ready to inspire everyone to keep up the good work. Leo Rising is full of energy and enthusiasm. Once they are excited about something, they’re ready to jump right in. Despite this, they may be inclined to lie back and watch the activity. Some negative aspects to this Ascendant may result in a manipulative, power-hungry person whose ego must constantly be massaged. With a slightly different angle, Leo Ascendant could be loud and aggressive, or overwhelming. They can be self-absorbed to the point that it is difficult for them to take advice from others. They sometimes think asking for advice is a sign of weakness.

Leo Rising is usually creative and may have talents in art, music or acting. They are prone to overwork, heart problems, anxiety and other ailments associated with overdoing everything. They are very competitive… it doesn’t matter what the contest may be. Confidence is not a problem with Leo Ascendant. They exude it in gallons. Don’t embarrass them, especially in public. Their dignity is of utmost importance.

Leo Rising is vital, courageous and full of pride. They can be impulsive, faithful and take risks others may cringe from. They love nice clothes and a nice environment to call their own. While their anger is quick to rise, they let it go easily once they’ve had their say. They are natural romantics and love to dream… the difference is they may have the drive to make them come true.