zodiac seasons

Your Guide to Leo Season

Notable Leos, clockwise from left: Whitney Houston, Kate Bush, Hedda Sterne, Lorna Simpson, and Isabel Allende. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

After a month of Cancer season’s beautiful intimacy, vulnerability, and deep feelings, you might start getting sick of all that sweetness. You need a break from reflecting on the mysteries of your own inner world, and everybody’s constant expressions of tender emotions have started wearing on you. Just in time, Leo season arrives to bring some sunlight and self-assurance back into your life.

From about July 22 to August 22 every year, the sun is in its natural home of Leo. While there, it offers us an energy that’s bold, authoritative, and confident. Leo is a fire sign, and fire is the element of action, motion, and creation. Leo’s energy tends to run hot and bright — happy to shine and perform. It hardly matters what, specifically, a Leo is getting noticed for: being the best voice of a generation (Whitney Houston), a satisfyingly dramatic public romance (Jennifer Lopez), or a gift for physical comedy (Lucille Ball). The point is that a Leo is unafraid to live big, to have all eyes on them, to be extraordinary.

This doesn’t mean that all Leos are drawn to fame but, rather, that they have a particularly strong desire to be noticed, to feel special. Whether or not you have Leo in your chart, you might want more attention or praise than usual during this season even (or especially) if you’re typically happiest behind the scenes. This might feel frustrating or unfamiliar, but it’s not a bad thing to want to shout your own name from the rooftops once in a while! It’s worth demanding the recognition you deserve.

While Leo’s confidence sometimes tends toward the performative, it can be regal and authoritative too. With the combined power of the sun and the fire element, Leo is a sign that’s happy to take charge. This doesn’t necessarily equal commanding or ruling over other people. It can mean that, of course, but it’s as likely to mean taking charge of the energy in a room, taking control of a false narrative and bending it toward the truth, or taking command of your own life and making your own decisions.

At its best, Leo season can offer the freedom you need to express yourself fully, to be your true self, to move through the world the way you’ve always wanted to. This could look like signing up for singing lessons, changing your name, or painting a big sign and marching in the streets. It might look like wearing all the colors you’ve been told were too bright or making all the art you’ve been told was “too much.” Leo season can also give you the confidence to say no, to loudly, energetically, wholeheartedly resist anyone who thinks they have the right to tell you what to do. This is a time for refusing, with all your strength, to be pushed around.

For people who feel more naturally contained, emotive, or intuitive, all this Leo energy can be tough! Leo season can feel like a time when everyone in the entire world, including yourself, is vying for the same few scraps of attention or admiration or respect. If you’re accustomed to putting other people’s desires ahead of your own, it can be weirdly difficult to prioritize your own identity, your own creativity, your own need to be seen. From a certain angle, self-assuredness can look like selfishness.

But Leo’s brash confidence exists alongside a beautiful warmth and generosity. The whole point of taking charge isn’t just to make sure your own needs are met but to lead everyone else to the good life along with you. In Leo season, standing up for yourself and your needs won’t make you selfish. You can resist being bossed around without becoming hardened or isolated or cold.

With the world so dark and the future bleaker than ever, it can be hard to believe that you have much power or that you deserve the attention and love that you crave. But Leo season, and the courage and confidence it brings, can reignite your faith in yourself. It can make you believe you just might do something wonderful with your life after all.

Your Guide to Leo Season