Happy Birthday, Leo!

Happy Birthday, Leo!

Although the rest of the signs may not  care to admit it, Leo is the star of the zodiac.

Ruled by the Sun, which represents the life force, those born under the sign of the Lion are meant to be in the spotlight. Hard as they may try, no other sign celebrates life with as much joy, enthusiasm and panache as Leo. This is not to say they’re perfect, mind you.  True, their innate nature is warm, loving and generous, but they can also being vain, self-centered and melodramatic. In short, their fiery nature  can singe a heart as easily as it warms it.

Although they tend to hog the spotlight, they can be quite generous in other ways. In fact,  when it comes to spoiling loved ones Leos have more than just big hearts, they also have big budgets.

In the wild, the lion’s brute strength protects its pride while the lioness’ fierce hunting skills nourish it.  Likewise, Leo women are just as formidable and accomplished as Leo men. While Lions Carl Jung, Henry Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Andy Warhol, Gene Kelly, Mick Jagger,  Dustin Hoffman, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have certainly made their mark in the world. So have Lionesses Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, Julia Child, Jacqueline Kennedy, Helen Thomas, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Martha Stewart and J.K. Rowling.

You may love them or you may loathe them, but  you won’t ignore them because every single Leo is born with star quality.

Twenty-nine years ago this coming August, I was on a gurney just outside the delivery room with my newborn daughter resting comfortably across my chest. A swinging door opened, and in walked the doctor with my mom and dad who had been sitting in the waiting room since the moment I arrived at the hospital.

As they came closer to catch a glimpse of their first and only grandchild, my little cub who was less than two hours old lifted her head ever so slightly and let out a single roar before drifting back to sleep. In that instant, we knew that a star had been born … and that she knew it as well.

Every member of the zodiac sparkles in its own distinct way but none of them can rival Leo’s brilliance.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the rest of us should stop trying.