The Most Compatible - and Most Problematic - Zodiac Signs for a Leo
Here's how the loyal, optimistic — and, sure, occasionally self-centered — fire sign matches with each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.
The internet loves to hate on Geminis for being two-faced, Cancers for being crybabies, and Taureans for their signature stubborn-meets-sleepy vibe. Really, no matter what sun sign you were born under, you can find a meme or tweet that roasts your personality. And Leos tend to attract their fair share of animosity on social media, often cast as attention-seeking megalomaniacs who frequently find it difficult to stop taking selfies for even a millisecond.
Obviously, that's a negative stereotype that severely lacks depth and nuance. Every sign has its strengths and weaknesses and is more compatible with some signs than others. A fire sign ruled by the luminous sun, Leos are confident, passionate, fun-loving, joyful, positive, bold, and yep, fairly theatrical at times. In love and with loved ones, they're loyal, generous cheerleaders who take a ton of pleasure showering their VIPs with luxe gifts and emotional warmth. And because they're the ruler of the fifth house of romance and self-expression, they innately tap into the power of their creative voice and inspire others to do the same, exude playfulness, and are major flirts who see themselves cast as the romantic lead in the cinematic story of their own life.
If you're similarly life-loving, sunny, and action-oriented, you'll likely get along with a Leo. (It also bears noting that your sun sign is just one piece of a really complex, nuanced puzzle known as your natal, or birth, chart, which is worth glimpsing over to see which house Leo rules and if you have any planetary placements that connect with the fixed fire sign.)
Here, Leo's compatibility with all 12 signs of the zodiac.
Leo and Aries Compatibility
Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the cardinal fire sign, and Leo are trine, or four signs apart, which can make for one of the most organic, passionate, well-matched pairings in the zodiac. Both fire signs are adventurers who are driven to make big moves to ensure their ambitious visions become a reality. They're also similarly competitive and prefer to move through life quickly. However, because they can both be domineering and set on calling the shots, they'll need to learn how to take turns to ensure harmony.
Leo and Taurus Compatibility
Taurus, the fixed earth sign, and Leo are square, or three signs apart, from one another, which can be a challenging but potentially activating angle. Both fixed signs are endlessly loyal to their nearest and dearest and value comfort, luxury, and security. But their shared fixed nature means that while neither has a problem being resolute, they're also both apt to dig their heels in, refusing to budge once they've taken a stance. Lacking flexibility and the ability to compromise, these two could find that obstinance takes a toll on a heartfelt bond.
Leo and Gemini Compatibility
Leo is sextile, or two signs apart, from mutable air sign Gemini, which makes for a natural, harmonious connection. The Lion and the Twins share an innate playfulness, curiosity, optimistic outlook, and appetite for socializing. They could run into trouble when it comes to expressing their emotions, as mentally-charged, Mercury-ruled Gemini has a tendency to intellectualize their feelings while Leo lets their heart lead the way. But while Gemini's analytical brain could occasionally clash with Leo's preference to just go for it, this duo can be an adventurous, communicative pair.
Leo and Cancer Compatibility
Leo is semisextile, or one sign apart, from intuitive, sensitive water sign Cancer, which could create a slightly rocky road paved by differing views and priorities. Crabs not only see but feel all the shades of happiness, sadness, and everything in between while the dynamic, spotlight-loving Lion is pretty much perpetually optimistic and confident, preferring to see the bright side of any situation. Nonetheless, both are loyal, heartfelt, and are in love with love, which can serve as lasting fuel for their bond.
Leo and Leo Compatibility - Ideal Match
Two Leos, each interested in perpetually nurturing and adoring their loved ones with their special brand of sparkly, sunny warmth, can forge a sexy and deeply romantic bond with one another. This passionate pair likely speaks the same love language, treating one another to luxurious, romantic getaways, gasp-worthy date nights, and loads of words of affirmation. (A couple of famous Leo-Leo lovebirds: Bennifer and Madonna and Sean Penn.) Things could get tricky if they're both being true to their fixed nature and dig their heels in during a disagreement - or end up competing for the exact same spotlight.
Leo and Virgo Compatibility
Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac and the mutable earth sign, is semisextile, or one signs apart, from Leo, which might make for a bit of bumpiness, because they have slightly different perspectives and priorities. While action-oriented Leo prefers to prowl, roar, and stalk down any objective in a dynamic, take-charge way, mutable, Mercury-ruled Virgo is all about researching and gathering of the most pertinent details before making a move. That pace - and Virgo's mutable indecisiveness - can frustrate a go-getter Lion. But if they can be open to learning from one another's unique approach, these two can be a supremely supportive duo.
Leo and Libra Compatibility - Ideal Match
Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac and the cardinal air sign, is sextile, or two signs apart from Leo, which sets up a sweet, harmonious bond. Both are head over heels for romance and seeing and being seen. One of the most well-known, Leo-Libra couples: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, a romantic, creative duo who defined roaring 1920s glamour in glitzy hot spots like Paris and Cap d'Antibes which are practically tailored to Leo and Libra priorities: socializing, style, and love. A word of warning: Leo might get frustrated by Libra's noncommittal airiness while Libra could be irritated by Leo's bossiness, but they'll always have a blast.
Leo and Scorpio Compatibility - Problematic Pair
Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac and the fixed water sign, is square, or three signs apart from Leo, which makes for an intense, dramatic, and possibly challenging pairing. Both magnetic signs are wired to take charge and are extremely aware of their inner power, so this can result in clashing egos and willfulness. And Scorp's natural possessiveness could be a turnoff to independent Leo. Nonetheless, both tend to see sex as an empowering form of self-expression, so if nothing else, a lustful physical connection can make sparks fly.
Leo and Sagittarius Compatibility
Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac and the mutable fire sign, is trine, or four signs apart from Leo, making for a natural, easygoing, and symbiotic match. Buoyant, joyful, and driven, both signs want to get out and make the most of the world around them. They'll find broadening their horizons together feels truly fulfilling and serves to bolster their bond. Still, this match isn't without its possible tough spots. The Archer can be preachy, while the Lion can be domineering, so finding a way to channel that shared - but potentially conflicting - fieriness into sex or more adventure is key.
Leo and Capricorn Compatibility
Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac and the cardinal earth sign, is quincunx, or five signs apart from Leo, making for an awkward, uncertain connection. The Goat and the Lion are both interested in leading the charge, but they both have slightly different rationales for it. Both aim to be respected and recognized, but conservative Cap wants it for more pragmatic reasons, like a respectable portfolio, and showy Leo craves applause for their heart and soul. In turn, their innate needs and priorities might feel off, but there's also a lot they can teach one another.
Leo and Aquarius Compatibility - Problematic Pair
Aquarius, the eleventh sign of the zodiac and the fixed air sign, is opposite, or six signs apart from Leo, setting up a yin-yang match. Ruled by revolutionary Uranus, airy Aquarius can be distant, chilly, progressive, and platonic-minded, wired to prioritize rational thought over feelings, while Leo exudes warmth, tunes into their heart's wishes, and dreams of cinematic-level romance. The Lion also tends to be self-focused and would love to be seen as a thought leader while the contrarian Water Bearer prefers eccentricity, abhors conformity, and prioritizes community over self. Still, each has what the other could use a bit more of, so as long as both partners' give and take is on-point, their relationship could be as well.
Leo and Pisces Compatibility
Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac and mutable water sign, is quincunx, or five signs apart from Leo, denoting a need for constant adjustment to get in sync. Ruled by dreamy Neptune, the Fish is deeply spiritual, empathic, artistic, and emotional, all of which can feel occasionally inspiring or like a wet blanket to similarly heartfelt and creative but extremely driven and action-oriented Leo. What the two have in common is their vibrant imaginations and romanticism, so they could easily get caught up in seeing an imperfect bond through the same pair of rose-colored glasses.
Whether you're feeling self-assured or horrified right now, don't forget that no matter how compatible - or not - you seem to be with Leo, sun sign compatibility is far from the whole picture. You can get the most accurate idea of how you match with a partner by looking at your whole natal charts. (Running a synastry report on a site like CafeAstrology.com or doing a reading with a professional astrologer can offer the most accurate, individualized insight.) And if you're ever tempted to slam Leos as bossy egomaniacs, check out your own birth chart, which is divided up into 12 houses, each ruled by one of the 12 signs. Everyone - even you - has some narcissistic Leo energy in them - and knowing where it expresses itself is the first step to using it to your benefit.