August 20 Zodiac: Sign Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Written by August Croft
Updated: July 6, 2023
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Born during the height of summer, an August 20 zodiac sign is a Leo through and through! As a fixed fire sign, Leos are courageous, confident, and wonderful performers, though their carefully curated masks often hide their insecurities and need for praise. But this is only the beginning of what it’s like to be a Leo sun. Astrology helps us dive deep into our personalities and motivations– what motivates you as someone born on August 20th?

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That’s the question we will endeavor to answer today! Whether you take astrology seriously or not, there are some undeniable patterns to be found by studying this ancient practice. By taking a closer look at the symbolism, numerological influences, and astrological leanings of an August 20th birthday, we can learn a lot about someone born on this day. If that someone is you, read on and see if anything written here rings true!

August 20 Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Everything about a Leo is commanding on its own.


Representing the hot, stable days of summertime, Leos are fixed in modality. This means that they are excellent sustainers when it comes to projects, relationships, and more. Fixed signs don’t like it when things change. Rather, Leos don’t like being told what to do. Their confident and surefire natures don’t leave much room for the opinions and commands of others. Everything about a Leo is commanding on its own.

This is largely because Leos are also fire signs. All fire signs are energetic, passionate, and charismatic. Out of all three fire signs, Leos certainly have the biggest personalities. They exude charm, magnetism, and authority without being too bossy. Following Cancer on the astrological wheel, Leos learned the importance of emotional attunement. Rather than spend their days in therapy sessions with their friends, they use this emotional knowledge to own a room.

It’s easy for a Leo to convince people, to persuade. And Leos love to charm others. They enjoy being the center of the room, of the party, of their family. Family is also extremely important to the average Leo. Lion prides are vital familial units, and there is plenty of undeniable symbolism connected to Leo and lions alike. 

But where does the need for the spotlight come from? Why do Leos feel so comfortable under scrutiny, achieving so much self-worth and confidence from the attention of others? Each and every sign of the zodiac has a ruling planet that greatly influences their personalities, and Leo has a very special ruling planet– or, shall we say, star!

Ruling Planets of an August 20 Zodiac: the Sun

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The intensity of the average Leo is thanks to the sun.


The very first thing most people think of when they hear the word “summer” is the sun. And this is Leo’s ruling planet. As the center of our solar system, the sun brings forth all life on our planet. And Leos bring forth life, vibrancy, and energy into whatever room they enter. It is truly magnetic to watch a Leo in just about any situation. There’s an inexplicable draw to them, whether it be simply physical or something underneath the surface.

The intensity of the average Leo is thanks to the sun. These fire signs are highly ambitious, just like fellow fire sign Aries. However, while Aries suns earn their ambitious goals all on their own, often without the influence of others, Leos need most of their success to come from others. This isn’t to say that Leos can’t achieve things on their own– far from it! But Leos often need approval, affection, and reassurance from others in order to feel like they’ve completed a job well done.

This is because all of our planets orbit the sun. While the sun would certainly exist without all of its planetary neighbors, it loses much of its purpose without others. So too, do Leos. A Leo thrives when they know they are pleasing others in their life. They do best when they are able to earn what they want, too. Leos hate to be handed things. This is a sign that understands hard work, even if they can get a bit braggy about it!

August 20 Zodiac: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Personality of a Leo

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Leos live to sustain optimism, happiness, and love in the lives of others.


With confidence, creativity, and charisma, Leos are absolute forces in our world. Just like the sun that presides over this sign of the zodiac, our lives would lose so much warmth without Leos. This fire sign is adept at showering their loved ones with affection, gifts, and good humor. The generosity of a Leo knows no bounds; this is a sign that will stop at nothing to bring joy to those they care about.

With such a boisterous personality comes the possibility of rubbing people the wrong way. While the average Leo understands how to read a room, this fire sign is going to be too much for certain people. And, while a Leo will brush this off and act like it means nothing to them, the pride in this lion is easily wounded. This is a sign that will stop at nothing to earn your affection, as being ignored or unlikable hurts them deeply.

But it’s unlikely that you will see this hurt. Leos live to sustain optimism, happiness, and love in the lives of others, which is why they are so good at masking their own insecurities. While this isn’t healthy, it is admirable to witness someone so put together and confident. It’s important for each and every Leo sun to find people to confide in, their closest confidants that help them feel okay in expressing their anxieties.

As the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leos preside over the fifth house in astrology. This house is linked to pleasure, creativity, and pleasure or what we find fun. And all of these things fuel a Leo immensely. This is a glamorous person who knows how to have fun, even when they are feeling at their lowest. 

August 20 Zodiac: Numerological Significance

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A Leo connected to this number may have an excellent capacity for balancing their life.


All of the things we’ve said about Leo are true for an August 20th zodiac sign. However, what about your specific birthday makes you special and potentially different from other Leos? Looking at your individual birth date, the number 2 manifests. When we turn to numerology, an equally ancient practice with connections to astrology, the number 2 has a variety of meanings. In fact, seeing angel number 222 is often connected to partnerships, possessions, and harmony.

A Leo so connected to the number 2 may feel the drive to form close partnerships in their lifetime. The number 2 speaks of pairs, but these pairs can come in many forms. An August 20th Leo birthday may have a very close best friend, a parent they trust, or even a reliable business partnership. Love may indeed be a motivator for this Leo too, as all fixed signs are romantic at their core.

In astrology, the second house refers to our possessions and everything that might be under our own control, such as our emotions, desires, and wealth. A Leo linked to the number 2 may feel an additional drive to expand their possessions, including their material wealth. Leos are already hardworking, glamorous people; having the drive to make more money than the average Leo will come naturally to one born on August 20th!

Finally, the number 2 often refers to harmony and balance. A Leo connected to this number may have an excellent capacity for balancing their life, especially when it comes to work and play. Leos value both of these things equally, but it’s easy for all of us to lose sight of what’s important from time to time. An August 20th Leo may be a natural-born balancer of their own life!

August 20 Zodiac in Relationships and Love

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Leos know how to cheer you up, and bring you back to life.


Given that an August 20th Leo may feel a pull to close partnerships thanks to their connection to the number 2, love and relationships may manifest easily for this person. All Leos exude warmth, love, and romance, something that is undeniable about them. An August 20th Leo will charm just about anyone they might have a crush on, because Leos stop at nothing to get exactly what they want without compromise.

While a Leo in love will want to be showered with affection, attention, and reassurance, this is a beautiful sign to care for. Because, when you love a Leo, you will never want for a good time. This is a sign that wants their partner to be happy, always. While this is, of course, not always realistic, Leos know how to cheer you up, and bring you back to life. It’s their life purpose in many ways.

If you find yourself in love with a Leo, particularly one born on August 20th, it’s important to tell them you adore them more than you might expect. While their facade will seem happy and at peace, most Leos need to hear that their partner is happy with them, and that they’re doing a good job. Despite their confidence, Leos easily lose their self-assurance when in love. Tell your Leo you love them, and often. Be confident about it so that your Leo can be proud of their hard work!

Matches and Compatibility for August 20 Zodiac Signs

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While deeply romantic and devoted, Leos need to match with a sign that understands their deep-rooted insecurities, particularly when it comes to being wanted.

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There is a balancing act when it comes to loving a Leo. While deeply romantic and devoted, Leos need to match with a sign that understands their deep-rooted insecurities, particularly when it comes to being wanted. A Leo will always make you feel like nothing is wrong even when something is, which is why other fire signs match well with Leo. The blunt and straightforward communication style of an Aries or Sagittarius will help reassure a Leo.

While air signs are much more abstract compared to fire signs, they are also a source of comfort for Leos. Earth signs will care for a Leo in practical ways, nurturing their daily lives. And water signs will easily pick up on when a Leo is feeling down, though their mellow natures don’t always mesh well with fire signs.

When it comes to an August 20th Leo in particular, we turn to lasting matches first. The number 2 will drive this Leo to find signs that want something long-term. Here are a few matches that could fit the bill, depending on the rest of your birth chart!:

  • Aries. This is a passionate and energetic match with a surprising amount of tenderness.
  • Libra. Deeply creative and luxurious, this match is an astrological classic.
  • Taurus. While both of these signs can be stubborn, this match is confident and loving.
  • Scorpio. Explosively passionate, this match may be rocky until both of these signs open up.

Career Paths for an August 20 Zodiac Sign

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All politics involve performing, which is why so many politicians around the world are Leos!


If you didn’t realize it already, Leos are amazing performers. Given their ability to tune into the emotions of a room or a workplace, Leos make excellent workers at any level. They can easily intuit when something needs doing, when they need to crack a joke, or when they need to get serious. However, the pride of this lion will not enjoy a job that doesn’t afford them a bit of praise or accolade for their hard work.

That’s why many Leos are bosses, CEOs, or simply self-managing individuals in their chosen fields. These independent fire signs work best when they have clear boundaries and expectations, as they will always perform to the best of their abilities. Despite disliking being told what to do, Leos make amazing actors and performers of any type, capable of intuiting direction and making it their own.

Physical careers often suit fire signs well, as they typically have an excess of energy. Sports careers and exciting careers, such as emergency care, police work, and more, may appeal to a Leo. While it isn’t as active a career, politics are well within a Leo’s domain. All politics involve performing, which is why so many politicians around the world are Leos!

Historical Figures and Celebrities Born on August 20th

Who else shares this very special birthday with you? We certainly can’t list every Leo, but here are some of the most famous and influential Leos born on August 20th!:

  • Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen (explorer)
  • Benjamin Harrison (US President)
  • H. P. Lovecraft (author)
  • Gloria Parker (musician)
  • Alan Reed (actor)
  • Isaac Hayes (musician)
  • Robert Plant (musician)
  • Don Stark (actor)
  • Al Roker (weatherman)
  • Amy Adams (actor)
  • Misha Collins (actor)
  • Ben Barnes (actor)
  • Andrew Garfield (actor)
  • Demi Lovato (singer)

Important Events That Occurred on August 20th

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Kamala Harris formerly accepted her US Vice Presidential nomination on August 20th, 2020.

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Throughout history, there’s no denying that August 20th has been an important date. Here are only a fraction of things that have happened during Leo season throughout the centuries, specifically on August 20th!:

  • 1741: Vitus Bering saw what was to be the state of Alaska for the first time
  • 1794: The Battle of Fallen Timbers took place
  • 1858: “Cellular Pathology,” a vital medical book, was first published
  • 1964: the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 2008: Usain Bolt broke the world record for his 200m sprint
  • 2020: Kamala Harris formerly accepted her US Vice Presidential nomination

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About the Author

August Croft is a writer at A-Z Animals where their primary focus is on astrology, symbolism, and gardening. August has been writing a variety of content for over 4 years and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater from Southern Oregon University, which they earned in 2014. They are currently working toward a professional certification in astrology and chart reading. A resident of Oregon, August enjoys playwriting, craft beer, and cooking seasonal recipes for their friends and high school sweetheart.

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