Fire signs are competitive! The fire element and the air elements normally fare well together; the other fire signs (Aries and Sagittarius) can be good bets for Leo depending on how other chart factors work together. There may be power struggles and dominance games between fire signs, but fire being fire, they can handle that, enjoying the passion and energy they generate together. The air signs are also excellent matches, especially Aquarius, Leo's opposite sign. The neighbouring signs, Cancer and Virgo, also have potential to partner well with a Leo.
With cardinal fire Aries, the power dynamic is supercharged. Combine Aries' aggressive nature with Leo's regal dominance, and you've got fireworks ready to go off at any second. When they aren't fighting, they are having more fun than seems possible. These two 'get' each other, and that is priceless! The Lion can be lazy, but Aries' energy and drive drives these two into exciting adventures, finding new ways to show off how cool and awesome they are. Aries is prone to outbursts of anger, but Leo can take a partner's rage and turn it into a passion play. To outsiders, it may look like a meltdown that could destroy a relationship, but this pair thrives on intensity. Aries and Leo have a lot of things in common, such as their love for careers and creative activities. Both enjoy physical challenges and sports. The only negative might be the tendency to be overly critical of each other. Otherwise, this could be a very steamy and passionate love affair.
This royal couple dazzle with charisma and charm! Drama, too, is in the mix, and their clashes can be spectacular. However, as fire signs, they love fireworks. They shine best as a couple when they have a shared creative pursuit, such as playing music together, dancing, or otherwise expressing creative energy in a mutual way. If they don't have strong creative outlets to share, or if only one of them does, then pressure can build. A Leo can't stand to see someone else getting attention if they are not! This need is powerful and undeniable. They need to play together in a situation where they share the stage, for neither wants to be in the audience. These greathearted beings love children and are fun, creative parents, though a little short on discipline.
Fire signs together are combustible; this makes for fun and passion but also for power struggles. Leo's fixed drive to dominate can rub the proud Sagittarian the wrong way and if the slow-burning Sag temper ignites, sparks will fly. Both creative and playful, their connection is never boring. Philosophical Sagittarius, the mutable fire sign, will shrug and laugh off Leo's dominance games. It's harder to make a Sag angry than other fire signs, but when they blow, the results are impressive. When the sparks finish flying (not to mention the crockery), this hot couple go straight to make-up sex. All fire signs are sexy, and when you put two of them together you get passion plus. With Leo's flair and Sagittarius' love of new environments, they travel well together and are the life of any party. They collect friends like other people collect stamps, and Leo occupies center stage. Sagittarius doesn't mind being in the audience watching Leo shine.
These two can be a glorious match! The air and fire elements get along smashingly, as air feeds fire, and fire dances in air. In many ways, fire-air combinations are better than fire-fire (which although passionate, can be conflictual and competitive). Libra loves beauty and is also a skilled communicator. Leo is beautiful and responds to sincere admiration. There is something in it for both of them; needs get met on both sides. Leo's charisma and dynamic presence enthrall the Libran who is generous with appreciation, while Leo reciprocates by showering Libra with gifts and attention worthy of royalty, which is a clear pathway to the Libran heart.
Leo's opposite sign could not seem more different but like all oppositions, they express two sides of the same coin. Aquarius, fixed air, is the observer and thinker, while Leo is the performer, and that is a marriage made in heaven. Aquarius is the perfect foil for Leo's dramatic side and because an Aquarius Sun person always has a Leo Earth, while a Leo Sun person always has an Aquarius Earth, they serve to balance and ground one another. Truly, they can feel like halves of one whole person, always depending on what else may be going on in their charts. At times, the king might feel dethroned and bit out of sorts over his water bearer's hectic lifestyle, but as long as he's honest with Aquarius and accepts her eclectic collection of friends and pastimes, this couple will have a great time together.
A talker and social butterfly, mutable air Gemini finds a lot to be fascinated by in lordly Leo. Leo will often feel as though he or she is living with two separate people when committing to Gemini. This fun-loving air sign is great for the lion's ego and yet may twist circles until the royal highness roars. Gemini is flighty and has difficulty with commitment, so Leo may not have his or her undivided attention. Naturally, this is a problem. When Gemini does focus attention on Leo, Leo roars! The relationship will have its ups and downs, but the ups will be worth the roller coaster ride.
Two more signs are worth mentioning as good matches for Leo. Neighboring signs have a lot in common, being adjacent phases of the soul's evolution. Since they are always in incompatible elements, they can be difficult, requiring both sides to make adjustments and learn to accept each others' differences. However, their evolutionary potential is quite powerful. It is also worth considering that in sidereal astrological systems, which place the signs at about twenty-four degrees behind their tropical positions (normal Western astrology), most Leo Sun people would have their Sun in Cancer. There is overlap between the two systems, a kind of blending between neighbouring signs that gives each sign a sense of inner affinity with the sign previous. As well, the forward sign is a teacher to the following sign, since it represents the next phase of evolution for them.
This combination can be difficult as water and fire are incompatible. However, their adjacent connection means they have an innate understanding of one another. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, while Leo is ruled by the Sun. Sun and Moon are the luminaries of the Zodiac, and they have a very special and intimate relationship. The two can be one of those classic relationships where the Cancer is the homebody who takes care of the nurturing and nourishment of the family while the Leo is the dynamic 'out-there' partner who goes out into the world to shine. She is, like the song, 'the wind beneath his wings,' providing support and stability at home and even more importantly (for Leo), the admiration and devotion that he needs. Cancer has a lot to learn from Leo in that he represents the next phase of soul evolution, and she can remind him of the rich depths from which he has only recently risen
Leo and Virgo can make a go of things, but that is more difficult than Leo-Cancer for a few reasons. As Virgo represents the next sign in evolution, Leo has a lot to learn from Virgo but may not know that. Mutable earth Virgo is humble and service-oriented and nothing could be further from the Lion King's present agenda. Leo will get there when ready, but until then, Leo resists mightily. Virgo's perfectionistic critical eye is not quite the admiring appreciation Leo craves, either! It takes a special Leo to appreciate what a Virgo has to offer, but for them, Virgo is just what the doctor ordered. When it works, they click and hum together, Leo's fire powering them both, Virgo's high standards providing a bar for Leo to measure himself by.
Choosing the Best Sign
As you can see, Leo has several choices when it comes to a star-matched lover. That's not to say the other signs are out of the realm of possibility. As with any charting for lovers, an astrologer will take the overall chart into consideration when determining what is the best match for Leo. Every person's natal chart is unique, and the Sun sign is only a part, albeit the most important one, of factors to consider when choosing a partner.