Leo Tattoo Symbols And Meanings
This Leo tattoo is inspired by the astrological sign Leo, which rules people born between July 23 to August 22. Leo is represented by the lion and is associated with the myth of the Nemean Lion which was killed by Hercules during one of his twelve labors, and subsequently put into the sky. Leo is associated with the classical element fire, and thus called a fire sign (along with signs such as Aries and Sagittarius). Leo is also one of the fixed signs (along with Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius). It is the sole domicile of the Sun.
The Egyptian pharaoh Nechepso, and his priest Petosiris, taught that at the creation of the world, the Sun rose here near Denebola, and hence Leo was Domicilium Solis, the emblem of fire and heat, and the “House of the Sun”. Each astrological sign is assigned a part of the body, viewed as the seat of its power. Leo rules the upper back, forearms, wrist, spine and heart. The gemstone associated with Leo the lion is the ruby. A Leo tattoo is sometimes symbolized by the lion or the astrological symbol of Leo. These two elements can also be combined to add further meaning.
Leo tattoos are done in different styles. Some people prefer the more traditional Leo tattoos, by getting the symbol of the Leo sign, which is called Leo’s glyph. Leo’s glyph looks a little like a snake or an upside down “u”, with curls on the ends. Others will have lion tattoos, a little different, but conveys pretty much the same thing. There are so many styles to choose from, and combination to be made, the possibilities are truly endless. Leos are proud, and a tattoo is a great way to express their pride.
Other popular Leo tattoos are the sun, hearts, or flames. Leo is a fire sign, so some people will request their Leo tattoos to include flames. Also, Leos are romantics, and since Leos live in the fifth house, hearts are a good choice. The fifth house rules love issues, and romantic Leos wear their hearts on their sleeves. The sun is the most prominent planet in Leos sphere, so a sun can make a beautiful addition to your Leo tattoos. Maybe you would just like the Leo constellation of stars tattooed on your body, or simply have the word Leo inked on your skin, the choice is yours.
Leo Tattoos Can be of The Image, Glyph, or Combination of Both
Leo is a fire element sign, and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Often, it is linked to the ancient Greek legend about a savage lion that lived on the moon. Seeking food, the lion leapt to the earth and landed in the city of Nemea in Greece. The Nemean lion fed on humans until Hercules tracked it into a cave and killed it. When he emerged from the cave, Hercules was wearing the lion’s pelt as a cloak and the lion’s head as a helmet.
The Leo personality is drawn to beauty, likes fashion, and has a flair for drama. They are idealistic, but are also easily hurt and therefore have difficulty in relationships. Leos make good actors, dancers, and teachers. The lists below show a number of characteristics, both positive and negative, that different sources attribute to Leo:
Positive: generous, active, willing to take risks, leader, creative, self-reliant, enthusiastic, warm-heated, positive, self-expressive, dignified, inspirational, exuberant, flamboyant, theatrical, hospitable, altruistic
Negative: selfish, vain, demanding, predatory, dogmatic, self-satisfied, ostentatious, militant, show-off.