It’s no coincidence Leos are represented by a Lion archetype: loving attention, relishing leadership roles, and with a deep sense of dignity and integrity. They can also skew toward ideology and stubbornness, with their leadership taking on tones of dogmatic righteousness, as they become passionate in life, love, and career with equal zest and zeal. Someone who loves a Leo might have to appreciate the positives of what their strong egos bring to the table.
After all, the reason why the Sun Sign plays a role in love compatibility is that it symbolizes the ego archetype. Leo is ruled by the Sun, and that generally brings out a bright, shining sense of who they are. Our sense of self and inner psychological drives are represented by the Sun. While other factors — especially free will — are going to go into compatibility, the Sun Sign and the Signs’ elements are a great place to begin.
Fire Signs (Aries, Sagittarius, Leo)
A fire on fire duo always has the potential to both flame to new heights, and to burn without clear purpose until every spark is gone. Leos matched with fellow fire signs can accomplish great things, but also have a tendency to be argumentative, with each fire sign expressing a certain amount of strength and spark, as both sides are passionate and sure they’re in the right.
Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
Air feeds fire, and fire is drawn to air. Passion is the name of the game between these two elements, with Leos being fed by the intellectual curiosity of Air signs. Leo may grow frustrated by what it views as the lack of clear purpose in Air signs, and Air signs may feel burned by Leo’s unswerving surety they know exactly what is right and wrong in any given situation. These two can burn hot, but need careful tending to ensure the conflagration doesn’t burn itself out before anything meaningful is built.
Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
The sensitive Water sign might find itself flinching away from Leo’s sense of righteousness, while Leo’s passionate nature may find itself dampened by the Water sign’s slow introspection, which Leo might interpret as a “wet blanket” impeding its search for nobility and objective truth. An odd match, requiring understanding on both sides, can happen if both are willing to meet in the middle and not snuff out one another’s drive.
Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Steady, practical Earth signs can provide a great balance for the Leo’s full-speed-ahead approach to life and deep-rooted sense of justice. The Earth signs teach Leos that slow progress can be just as worthy (and effective) as a more intense pace, and also provide a nurturing base from which Leo can lead. The main risk here is that a fiery Leo may get bored with a more cautious Earth sign, or will lack appreciation for the Earth sign’s way of doing things. Care and respect are essential to this pairing.