Leo season is officially upon us. And to be honest, I don’t really talk about horoscopes (well, at least not on this blog. In real life I’ve been guilty of mentioning it here and there) but today I wanted to make an exception because my birthday is around the corner and - for all intents and purposes - I am a woman of the house of Leo. Yup… Leo. That overly proud, overly ego-centric, royal, loyal lion.
I don’t know that Leo is hated like some of the other signs (*cough, cough* Gemini *cough* Scorpio) but we’re certainly not immune to slander… I mean criticism. We’ve heard our fair share of jokes… “Leos are selfish." "They only care about themselves.” “They’re vain.” “Self-centered.” “Dramatic.” “Always want an audience.” “Only care about how they look/are perceived.” And I’m not going to lie… much of these criticisms are deserved. Personally, I’m famous for how sensitive I am about how I’m perceived. My favorite phrase is “Well, that was embarrassing.” It doesn’t matter the stakes, “Will it embarrass me?” is definitely at the top of the list of things that I think about when making decisions. But I’m not here to harp on how annoying Leo can be. I’m here to actually share the superpower of being ego-centric. Yes, it can be a superpower. So get ready to learn how to center yourself, Leo style.
Now disclaimer before I go into this… I am not a professional astrologer, whatsoever. I’m just a girl with a Leo sun sign, a Leo rising and - in typical Leo fashion - I’ve done a lot of introspection. If I’m keeping it one hundred, at any given moment all of the zodiac signs are a mish-mash of each other and I often get them mixed up. I’ve met Cancers who are like Aries who are like Taurus who are like... etc. so take my analysis or leave it. Take astrology or leave it. But you gonna get this wisdom, homie.
THE MIRROR IS YOUR FRIEND
Leo is famous for having a big ego but one thing that’s often overlooked is that this obsession with image works both ways. I’ll put it like this… I’m an artist. I learned to draw by drawing myself. Over and over and over again. I mastered my face. My profile. My nose. I learned to draw my hands, fingernail beds. My hair. And now, after years of staring into a mirror, completely absorbed with my own form, I can draw and paint convincing caricatures and likenesses of pretty much ANYBODY on the planet. Why? Because I spent all the time I needed with myself.
Additionally, when people point out my traits (physical or otherwise), it’s a little easier for me to know what to take seriously or not because I know what I look like. I have a PhD in me.
So the superpower one can get from befriending the mirror, spending time being a little self-absorbed is confidence. It comes from getting comfortable with yourself. Real comfortable. You have to be willing to draw the lines and curves on your face the way they are… NOT the way you wished they looked. And anyone who knows a proud, confident Leo knows how powerful these traits can be. So step into your power. Step into that part of yourself that is fearless because it will serve you well during these unstable times.
THE WORLD IS YOUR MIRROR
I have a twin sister. And every time we hop on the phone with each other, I notice that my sister (and I’m pretty sure I do this too) always describes people as “Just like me.” My sister will say “There’s this lady at my job and she’s just like me…” then go on to tell a story about a person who sounds NOTHING like her. The reason my sister and I do this is (in staying in line with Leo’s obsession with mirrors) we see ourselves in everyone and everything. The world is our mirror. And when I say we do this with everyone… I mean, EVERYONE. Even people we don’t like. It feels like a curse at times, not gonna lie. But the superpower that can be taken away from this is seeing yourself in everyone is seeing the humanity in everyone.
Yes, the world is not my friend. It can be a hostile place. But there is not one person alive that I can’t relate to in some way or other. Yes, even in their ugliest moments. And along with this swift assessment comes a removal of fear because seeing yourself in others can sometimes be like picturing everyone in their underwear. It’s a quick way of putting into perspective that no one is better or worse than you.
So with all that said, step into your bravery. It’s a little easier to be fearless when you see everyone as equal to you and when you’ve done enough self reflecting to know your strengths and weaknesses, right? Be fearless (or at least pretend to be until you don’t have to pretend anymore because it comes natural). Know that you deserve the best. Put yourself first and don’t apologize about it. There’s a time and a place for humility but the time to be passionately and uniquely yourself is right tf now, so let’s go!!
It’s Leo season bitch! You got this.