Characteristics of Leo
Leo is taken as the fifth among 12 zodiac signs, in Vedic astrology. It is ruled by Sun. It features three nakshatras. All four quarters of Magha, all four quarters of Poorvaphalguni and the first quarter of Uttaraphalguni nakshatra fall in this sign. This sign features nine navamshas ranging from Aries to Sagittarius. Aries to Cancer navamshas are ruled by Magha, Leo to Scorpio navamshas are ruled by Poorvaphalguni and Sagittarius navamsha is ruled by Uttaraphalguni nakshatra. Leo represents fire element and it is taken as a masculine sign.
Looking at characteristics of Leo; it is a warm, passionate, dynamic, brave, courageous, dominant, authoritative, charismatic, royal, determined, generous, creative and confident sign. Natives under its strong influence may be confident as well as dominant and they may be born leaders. They may be generous and they may protect the ones they care for as well as the ones they feel responsible for. They may be determined and fixed. Hence it may not be easy to make them change their minds. They may be arrogant, self-centered and stubborn; and they may not be good at handling criticism.
Though Leo represents a number of characteristics; different planets may embrace different characteristics when placed in this sign. Sun may utilize most of its characteristics and hence it may be very strong or strong in this sign. Mars, Jupiter and Ketu may utilize many of its characteristics and they may be strong or they may have significant strength in this sign; depending on their nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign. Moon, Venus, Mercury and Rahu may perform very well, well or poorly; depending on their nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign. Saturn may perform relatively well, poorly or very poorly; depending on its nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign.
Within this sign, various planets may have different strengths based on their nakshatra and navamsha placements. Taking an example, Sun may be very strong when placed in Aries navamsha of Magha nakshatra within the sign of Leo whereas it may be strong but not very strong when placed in Libra navamsha of Poorvaphalguni nakshatra within the same sign. Taking another example, Venus may perform poorly when placed in Virgo navamsha of Poorvaphalguni, it may perform well when placed in Taurus navamsha of Magha and it may perform very well when placed in Libra navamsha of Poorvaphalguni nakshatra; within the sign of Leo.