With a Leo Descendant, you may struggle to identify the bold and fiery traits of Leo within yourself. And, you may seem to be drawn to expressive and passionate people with strong Leo qualities.
If you have a Leo Descendant, what does this mean, and, more importantly, what lessons can this important angle in your natal chart teach you?
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Meaning of your Leo Descendant
With the cusp of your 7th House, your Descendant, placed in Leo, the qualities and motivations of this sign will play an important role in your life, but how, exactly?
Your Leo Descendant is who you are not
One way to describe your Descendant in astrology is the person you aren’t.
Your Descendant paints a picture of this Leo-like set of traits and desires, many of which you may not recognize in yourself or think you possess.
How little you identify with Leo will depend on the placements and condition of the rest of your birth chart, of course, but in general terms, it may be hard for to identify with Leo’s characteristics.
So what are Leo’s characteristics?
- A Good Showperson
- Has Flair
- Enjoys an Audience
Leo has a deep need to express what is on the inside to others. Because of this, Leo also has a need for other people to express itself to.
But, the lion wouldn’t dream of offering up something average or subpar. This is a “go big or go home” sign that brings with it talents it can showcase and use to capture people’s attention.
This certainly doesn’t have to be acting or singing, although it could be. But, this could also be played out in presentations at work, in hobbies, or in other areas of life.
In some way, Leo wants to shine for all to see.
However, with your 7th House Descendant placed within the sign, you may feel that none of this describes you at all.
If you find yourself thinking “that isn’t me” then you are experiencing your Leo Descendant.
Leo is who you seek out
The Descendant may also describe the types of people you are drawn to.
Life seeks balance. We may, without even realizing it, seek out others who have traits opposite to our own to equalize our strengths and weaknesses.
For you, this “equalizer” might be Leo.
But, there are a few things to keep in mind here.
For one, this doesn’t mean you are literally attracted to people with their Sun in Leo. You could be drawn to someone who simply exhibits Leo traits in some aspects of their life.
Secondly, this doesn’t have to be a romantic partnership. You could be drawn to friends or business associates with strong Leo traits who seem to “balance you out.”
Lastly, your planetary placements will play a huge role here as any planets in your 4th House or in aspect to its cusp will alter how you experience your Leo Descendant.
But, take a moment and think about the people you build relationships with and how strongly they express Leo’s qualities. Are you drawn to Leos?
Your Leo Descendant and Aquarius Rising
We have described Leo as “what you are not,” but why does your Leo Descendant describe someone you may not identify with?
The answer to that lies in the horizon line in your natal chart.
In astrology, the 7th House and 1st House cut the chart in half and represent the location of the horizon at the exact moment of your birth (which is why the sign of your 1st House is called your rising sign).
You can see that in this example chart below that was drawn in the TimePassages astrology software.
Because of this, we can be certain that at one end of this horizon line you have your Leo Descendant, the other end of your horizon line, your 1st House cusp, has to be in Aquarius.
The sign your 1st House cusp sits in is your rising sign, and this 1st House angle is also referred to as your Ascendant in astrology.
So what does Leo’s opposition to your Ascendant in Aquarius have to do with interpreting your Descendant?
This perfect opposition that your Leo Descendant has with your Aquarius Ascendant explains a lot about the nature of this angle and its implications.
Your Ascendant is often called “the mask you wear,” and describes the personality you use to interact with others and the lens through which you view the world.
So what are Aquarius’ characteristics?
- Does what’s right regardless of what others think
- Can sacrifice for the greater good
- Not emotional
Together, the traits of your Leo Descendant and characteristics of your Aquarius rising makes a kind of super-couple of signs where the challenges of one are strengths of the other and vice-versa.
Lessons from Your Descendant in Leo
Because I practice Evolutionary Astrology, I love to think about how we can use our natal charts as maps for our own personal development, a tool for helping us find the happiest and healthiest version of ourselves.
So, I also think that your Leo Descendant can be a teacher with lessons to share.
I see the Descendant as all about balance. These are traits that we are either lacking or that we simply don’t recognize in ourselves.
You are who you are for a reason and you should never try to be someone you aren’t, of course. But, if you find you are stuck in a rut and not sure where to start to get out of it, looking to your Descendant for direction could prove helpful.
With a Leo Descendant, some of the questions that you could reflect on and lessons to learn from the lion could be:
- How much warmth do I offer to others?
As a fire sign, Leo brings warmth to others and it does this through generosity and showering others with attention. Making others feel good makes us feel good.
- How much do I find myself withdrawing socially or emotionally?
Leo needs an audience. Being able to stand on our own two feet is very important, but so is connecting with others. Even though we may not want to admit it at times, humans need humans.
- Do I tend to over-analyze and become anxious?
Sometimes, Leo just does and trusts itself enough to wing it. There are times in life when you just need to rip off the band-aid and not overthink. And once it’s done, it’s done. Learn from it and move on.
- When do I let myself indulge in fun things?
Playing and letting go is something Leo excels at. There is never a shortage of things in this world to be concerned about, and it is important to do your part and make the world a better place. But, it isn’t healthy to be in serious mode all of the time. The mind needs rest and the spirit needs fun.
- Am I always uncomfortable with attention or the spotlight?
Leo lives for the spotlight. Being the center of attention is definitely not everyone’s favorite, but sometimes it may be beneficial to allow ourselves to shine. By putting ourselves out there, we may inspire others in ways we never could have imagined.
- Do I ever feed my creative side?
Leo is a creator. Aquarius is a thinker. Both are important, but think about how unstoppable they could be together! Creativity requires letting go and not worrying about the outcome. The Lion simply enjoys the process.
- What is my level of optimism most of the time?
Stepping into the spotlight takes bravery and confidence, something Leo has in droves. But, it also takes faith that things will work out just fine. Realism is important, but so is balancing that with optimism that life is inherently good.
Of course, you have to be you and the goal is definitely not to turn into Leo! But a little self-reflection can sometimes be quite revealing.