The Leo type is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extrovert of all the zodiacal characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch’s among humans as the lion is king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident there is no such a word as doubt in their vocabularies, and they are self-controlled. Born leaders, either in support of, or in revolt against, the status quo. They are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism and innate courtesy of mind bringing out the best of loyalty from subordinates. They are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all their energies, creativeness and resolution to get it, as well as being certain that they will get whatever they are after. Their followers know where they are with Leonians. Leonians think and act bigger than others would normally dare; the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism sometimes daunt their followers, their practical hardheadedness and ability to go straight to the heart of any problem reassures those who depend on them. If Leonians meet with setbacks they thrive on the adversity.
The bad and sometimes ugly:
Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues, and an excessively negative Leonian can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable, displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness, and excessive hastiness of temper. If jealously suspicious of rivals, they will not hesitate to use cunning, lies and trickery to discredit them. Self-centeredness, greed for flattery, boastfulness, and bombast, pomposity, snobbish superiority, and overbearing, and intolerant disdain of underlings; to whom they will nevertheless delegate the carrying out of minor details in their grandiose schemes, and from whom they are not above borrowing immoderately if an occasion necessitates it. Any of these can be characteristic of Leo. Add to them a passion for luxury, a lust for power,unlimited sexual lust, and emotional indulgence, and a character emerges that no one would want to know either in public life or private. But their pride may go before a fall, as uncontrolled impetuosity is likely to bring them low. Fortunately it is rare that a Leo is so undisciplined as to give way thoroughly to this list of vices, and their tendencies to them are usually balanced by an innate wisdom. Those who are afflicted with them also have the intelligence it takes to consciously and actively overcome them. (courtesy of http://www.astrology-online.com/leo.htm)
Those who know me personally, have probably seen both sides of me, more than likely on several occasions. Even those who I hold the closest to my heart that include family members and others can attest to the above description. As fortunate or unfortunate as it is, I wear the good & bad traits of being a Leo proudly. It’s part of my essence. Which brings me to the title of this post.
Never ignite a fire in a Leo that you can’t put out. What starts out as something as small as a stove’s pilot light, will eventually ignite and engulf into something monumental. Those around, will either get burnt in the process because they were the ones to add the fuel (usually negative), or encourage the engulfment because they realize only good things can come of the momentum. It’s up to them to choose which side they would rather be on.
Over the past several months, several things have added fuel to my fire. Embers that have been simmering are now fully ignited. The fuel that people have thrown my way, won’t be used to destroy, but to add momentum. I always believe even the most out of control & destructive fires, will bring forth something new, even though the typical pyromaniac’s intention, whether it’s in the work environment (as it is in this case) or personal environment, was to destroy.
One of my favorite quotes is by philosopher, Albert Schweitzer:
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit”.
If you’re the type of person, regardless if you’re a Leo or not, and you constantly have pyromaniacs igniting fires around you, be thankful for them. Sometimes a little fuel is needed to get certain things in motion.
Playing with fire is bad for those who burn themselves. For the rest of us, it is a very great pleasure ~Unknown