Ask an Empath: Are All Leos Narcissists?
That’s one of the funniest questions I’ve had since starting this blog! But, as both an empath and an astrology hobbyist, I certainly understand the reason for your question.
Leos, bless ’em, are well-known for enjoying being in the spotlight. They’re also known for thinking that they’re right and everyone else is wrong. These charismatic center-stagers are born in the 23 July to 22 August range, and their sun sign–the sign of self and personality–is Leo. But that’s such a small part of an overall personality, really.
Most people think of astrology–those of think of it at all and don’t at least dabble in it as I do–in terms of sun signs. You’re a Leo or a Scorpio or a Capricorn. And that’s all there is to it. For most people. The personality is so much more than the sun sign, though. The Ascendant, or rising sign, is the mask that person wears before the world, so it’s often a tremendous influence on how the personality is interpreted by observers. The placement of other planets, other houses, even asteroids and fixed stars, will also affect personality traits. For example, I’ve seen Venus-Pluto conjunctions in the natal chart of several people professionally diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). None of them were Leos.
When I consider the wide range of narcissists I’ve known personally, especially those who were diagnosed professionally, I don’t recall any Leos at all, I do have a Borderline Personality Disorder relative who is a Leo. Also, no Pisces or Taurus as narcissists. All other signs? Yes. Of my own history, the predominant sun signs are Libra and Sagittarius. In several cases, these have Leo moons, but I don’t know the rising signs for most of the narcissists who have populated my own life and of the rising signs I do know, none are Leo.
This is not to say that all Libras or Sags are narcissists. A birth chart depends on so much more than a Sun sign. For example, I have had a dozen significant people in my life who are Libras with birthdays during the same week–several were born on the same birthday. Of those with birthdays during this week, two are diagnosed NPDs. One of those has a Leo moon; they both have Venus-Pluto conjunctions. Those are the only connections I can find outside of Sun sign. Several of the non-narcissists have the same ascendant as one of the narcissists and the same Mercury. That’s where the similarities stop.
Of the Leo sun signs I know, many are extroverts and love attention, but they don’t exhibit the full-range of criteria to be diagnosed with NPD. This is all anecdotal, of course, based on my life and the charts of people in my life, as well as my own experiences as an empath with narcissists, but based on my own experiences, I can tell you simply that the answer to your question is NO.