Ultimate Leo Tattoo Guide – Zodiac Facts, Symbols and Tattoo Ideas ♌

October 22, 2021by Milena Petrovic

Our Leo tattoo guide is the fifth article in our zodiac tattoo series, dedicated to the fearless lions we all know and love.

Leos are full of life, creative energy, power and joy.

Leos are ruled by the Sun, which gives it much of its glamorous and bold energy, guiding it to center stage.

And like the lion that represents them, Leos are also strong, brave, and ready to dominate everything they set out to do.

Once Leos set a goal, they pursue it with single-minded determination.

If a Leo sets their mind on a tattoo they like, everyone better get out of their way and artists get the tattooing gun into your hands!

The symbols behind Leo zodiac tattoos are the already mention Sun and fire, as well as the sunflowers, marigolds, Leo constellation and some gorgeous gemstone.

So, without further ado, we’ll dive into the zodiac symbols of Leo and explore how to approach your custom Leo tattoo design.

July 22 - Aug 22


Quick overview

Leo Tattoo Elements

Element: Fire
Planet: The sun
Leo constellation
Color: orange
Flowers: sunflower, marigold
Gemstones: peridot, topaz
The lion
Zodiac Symbol

The Glyph


The zodiac glyph that represents Leo is drawn as a curvy upside down “U” shape.

The symbol is interpreted as the lion’s mane, and the circle on the end represents its heart.

So, this lion (or lion’s head representation) promotes following the lions traits of braveness and strength.

The heart shape and significance that this sign has to follow their own heart.




Leo is one of three fire element signs along with Sagittarius and Aries.

Among the three, the fire burns brightest in Leos, since it’s a fixed sign, meaning the most stable and steady of the three fire signs.

That said, fire – as a powerful and active element – is the reason for many of Leo’s traits.

Like fire, Leos are dynamic, powerful, vital, warm, and energetic forces of nature.

When the fire is affecting the positive side of Leos, the fire drives them to be joy-loving, playful, and a whole lot of fun to be around.

However, when the fire gets out of balance, the Leo can be quite the drama starter.

Leos get things done, and this is directly due to the element of fire in this zodiac sign.

When a fire is lit under a Leo (something that’s not all that hard to do since it naturally sparks anyway), there’s no stopping them.

If you resonate with this trait in Leo, you should definitely consider adding a reference to the fire in your Leo zodiac tattoo.

Zodiac Flower

Sunflower, marigold


The zodiac flower associated with the Leo sign are sunflowers and marigolds.

Given how social and outgoing Leos are, it’s no wonder the sunflowers – the happy and sunny flowers – are their birth flower.

One more important trait of sunflowers is that they get their bright characteristics from following the Sun – the ruling planet of Leos.

The attention-grabbing sunflowers have grand proportions, open faces and symbolism rooted in happiness and warmth.

Similarly, Leo’s are not shy when it comes to stepping into the limelight and are attracted to being the center of attention.

Sunflowers capture both the Leo’s confidence and strength as well as their unfussy, loving spirit.

Marigolds and sunflowers are the designated flowers for Leos. However, if your Leo isn’t a fan of these, consider something with orange or yellow lilies, orange roses, or orange gerberas.


Peridot & Topaz


The Peridot Stone is the main birthstone for the people born under the Leo zodiac sign.

This gorgeous green precious stone has a sparkle which gives it the playfulness and warmth usually associated with Leos.

Peridot is called the study stone meaning that it is all about focus which makes it a match made in heaven for the goal-orientated and ambitious Leo.

Another gemstone that gets associated with Leos is the blue topaz.

It has a different meaning and role than peridot.

Blue topaz is a stone for all those Leo’s who want to bring more luck into their lives.

Where it comes close to peridot is that it also helps to focus.

It is about nurturing your hopes and dreams into a place of action so you can live the life you have been desiring.

For Leo’s this also means knowing how to communicate with those close by, especially when it comes to emotional balance and not feeling threatened when opening the heart.


The Lion


Leo zodiac sign is represented by the lion, as leo means lion in Latin.

Usually referred to as the king of the jungle, we can safely say they also rule the celestial jungle.

Leos are the embodiment of royalty and traits associated with it.

They are vivacious, theatrical, and passionate, love to bask in the spotlight and celebrate themselves.

People born under the zodiac sign of Leo enjoy the leadership traits given to them by their animal lion.

This myth represents the masculine strength of will, protectiveness, courage, competitiveness, tenacity, and exhibitionism that’s found in the astrological sign of Leo.

Ruling planet



The sun is the ruling planet of Leos.

The planetary ruler gives the Leos exuberance, kindness, seemingly never-ending supply of energy.

The sun represents the self, the drive behind what makes us who we are, so it makes sense that the Leos are the most self-involved sign which makes them in touch with yourself.

Just like its ruling planet, Leo loves to be the center of attention.

This fire sign brings a sun-like warmth, positivity, and radiance to everything it touches.

The sun rules creative energy, spirit, and vitality — all of which confident and self-expressive Leos have plenty of.




Leo constellation lies in the northern sky as one of the zodiac constellations and one of the largest constellations in the sky.

Leo represents the lion and is usually associated with the Nemean lion in Greek mythology.

First catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century, Leo constellation is home to the bright stars Regulus and Denebola, the nearby star Wolf 359, and to a number of famous deep sky objects, among them galaxies Messier 65, Messier 66, Messier 95, Messier 96, Messier 105, and NGC 3628.

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Milena Petrovic


Having been in the tattoo business for years, I decided to combine it with my other passion – astrology to create a custom zodiac tattoo design project for my fellow spiritual people. Here I write about amazing zodiac tattoos I find online and analyze the meanings.

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