Leo: a remarkable guide for beginners

The planets in Vedic Astrology are considered as a royal court. In this court the king is the Sun and the queen is the Moon. Mercury is the prince, Venus and Jupiter the advisers. Rahu and Ketu are militia in which Mars the head, and Saturn is the servant.

Leo corresponds to the fifth house of the natural zodiac, counting from the sign of AriesOpens in a new tab.. Its element is fire and its modality is fixed.

The Sun rulesOpens in a new tab. over the sign of Leo. People born with this sign tend to be charismatic people, with benevolent attitudes that inspire others.

The Sun signifies the soul in a natal chart. It also represents the physical body and health in Leo natives.

The sign of Leo does not have any debilitated or exalted planets in it.

Leo is the sign of the lion

The Lion is ruled by the Sun, he is Sattvic, quadruped, a warrior, who lives in the woods, who comes out front, with large extremities, purple, eastern and strong during the day.


The sign is represented by a lion. A large four-legged animal. This means that Leos are persevering and think big about each of their projects. It is a fixed sign, which makes it difficult for them to change their mind once they have taken it.

Because the Sun has the planets revolving around it, Leo natives can have a tendency to think that others must revolve around them. This could be a major challenge for some Leos, as most people will not respond favorably to this. Instead of trying to be the center of attention, they might be better served by becoming aware that they are very helpful to others. They are people who can be very generous and noble. These are essential in their relationships.

The Sun is debilitated in Leo’s 3rd house

The Sun is debilitated in LibraOpens in a new tab., which for Leo is the 3rd house. The house of debilitation for any planet is where the planet shows its most difficult or controversial side. When I describe these weaknesses for each zodiac sign in these articles, they only indicate overall trends and not fixed characteristics.

Debilitation of the Sun in 3rd house indicates that Leos may have a tendency to focus on wanting to influence others. They may also feel threatened when they perceive that another person has some power or ability that they do not possess, and they will seek in some way not to feel this way. This can sometimes put stress on relationships with their siblings or friends.

The Moon is exalted in Leo’s 10th house

The Moon is exaltedOpens in a new tab. in TaurusOpens in a new tab., which for Leo constitutes the 10th house. This indicates that the attitude taken in their profession should be one in which they express sensitivity, and in which they seek to empathize with others. The Moon is the planet of sensitivity, emotions and empathy. The moon is the ruler of Cancer, the 12th house for Leo. This indicates that Leo must adopt a humble attitude toward others. They must let go of petty grievances and judgments. They must abandon feelings of superiority or inferiority.

According to the Systems Approach of V.K. Choudhry, a system for interpreting natal charts of Vedic Astrology, the sign of Leo has only 3 malefic planets: The Moon, Ketu and Rahu. Of these, the Moon is the most malefic. Leos, in general, have periods when things are going very well. The Moon as malefic indicates that unpleasant incidents could happen to them. However, they usually are temporary. Remember, malefic in Vedic Astrology does not mean evil. Instead, it signifies a planet that delivers life lessons, some which can be difficult, but that ultimately bring you closer to truth and enlightenment.

Generally, Leo natives are natural leaders. They often hold management positions or manage their own businesses. If you are a Leo, you might work in a company or institution where you would be the head of a group of people. However, you should not be focused primarily on giving orders to others, but on trying to understand them, practicing humility and sensitivity with the people in your charge.

Leo and health in Vedic Astrology

Areas of the body where Leo rules are the solar plexus, stomach, spinal cord, back, liver, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas.

The planet that contributes to the health of Leo is the Sun. If the Sun is strong in Leo’s chart, they will enjoy good health. If it is not strong or if it is afflicted by malefic planets, Leo natives could be vulnerable to suffering from heart diseases, as well as problems associated with the spinal cord, spleen, liver, or stomach.

When Leos present with health conditions they typically are related to Pitta-type disorders, as this sign is related to the fire element. A Leo native might have chronic health problems related to burning digestion or gastritis, excessive flatulence, liver or gallbladder diseases, and fevers.

Planets that move more slowly around the Sun (Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu) can cause health problems for Leos when they transit in Capricorn. Additionally, they can cause problems related to disputes and problems in their profession.

In the months of January and February, during the transit of Mercury, Venus or the Sun in the sign of AquariusOpens in a new tab., health-related problems can also occur for Leo.

Leo and love in Vedic Astrology

The house of romantic relationships for Leos is the 7th house, which corresponds to the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Saturn, which also rules the 6th house (Capricorn), so Leos could attract couples who are simpler, humbler, and more serious than themselves. This is because the planet Saturn represents seriousness, simplicity, humility and maturity.

Saturn is the main determinant of the love relationship for the Leo . If Saturn native is strong in their chart, and if there are no afflictions in the houses related to harmony in marriage, Leos can enjoy very good relationships.

Saturn is exalted in the 3rd house (Libra). If you are a Leo native, your ideal romantic partner would be a person with sufficient willpower, maturity and character to open up life lessons for you that will teach you about detachment, generosity and humility.

Your spiritual side could be in jeopardy, if you are too dominant in a relationship or if your partner is too submissive. These attitudes will contribute to increasing your ego, which will impede the internalization of life experiences and the lessons related to humility that you must learn with your partner.

The career paths of Leo

The 10th house is related to professions for Leos. It is the sign of Taurus, whose ruler is Venus. The influence of planets in the 10th, 1st and 2nd houses determine the professions for Leo.

Taurus is not a moolatrikona sign in the Zodiac, that is, it is not the root house of any of the planets. For this reason, we will take as the main determinant of the profession for Leo natives the ruler of the 2nd house (VirgoOpens in a new tab.), which in this case is a moolatrikona house. This would be the planet Mercury, the ruler of Virgo. Therefore, Mercury is the main determinant of career paths for Leo.

Leo is related to all the characteristics of the Sun, since it is the Sun who rules Leo. Therefore, Leos are very intelligent people, leaders, and excellent organizers.

Common career paths for Leo include:

  • Administrators
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Politicians
  • Government leaders
  • Athletes
  • Contractors
  • Entertainers


I am indebted to my professor, Sam Geppi, founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science, for his infinite patience and tenacity in teaching me many of the concepts expressed in this article.

I also appreciate the teachings of Professor VK Choudhry, founder of the very effective study of the natal chart: Systems Approach, the basis for effective and reliable readings.

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