Andrea loves to write about the zodiac and research astrological compatibility. She's been an online writer for over five years.
Are Aquarius and Leo the Perfect Match?
Two fixed signs—the heart of winter and the heart of summer, moon and sun, yin and yang. Aquarius and Leo may seem like opposites, but the two have more in common than you might think. When they come together, expect a dynamic burst of creativity and stubbornness.
Both signs feel misunderstood, have a major stubborn streak, and are natural-born leaders. Leos are warm and giving and need lots of pampering. Aquarius is very independent, freedom-loving, and eccentric. The two seem like absolute opposites, so why do they make such a strong pair?
As a yang, Leo is going to be strongly attracted to Aquarius for what it has to offer. Aquarius is very yin; they love to be chased and will do whatever they can to get you to do so. These signs may feel they understand each other instantly, and if they pursue a relationship, they may soon find they complete each other.
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Leo loves to be pampered and doted on, and they can come off as vain; they are into their looks, their minds, their everything. No sign is more self-confident than Leo! Aquarius will enjoy that they like themselves so much, but ever-existential Aquarius may get annoyed if it feels Leo isn't authentic. Aquarius will then question the reality of the relationship.
Give What You Get
It's really easy for most zodiac signs to know how to praise a Leo, since they are constantly craving that affection. They are also highly giving—they love to dish out compliments. They want a back-and-forth relationship, to be recognized and have that recognition mirrored back.
An Aquarius would love to have this energy in their life. They can feel like royalty in the presence of a Leo. They want that kind of hardcore romance, and what they offer in return is their originality, their imagination, and their eccentric ways.
Balance Romance and Space
Leo is more naturally into romance. Aquarius can be like a chameleon to match the interests of their lover. But they can feel overcrowded in a romance, so they need plenty of space. There's an old saying that fixed signs can get whatever zodiac sign they want, and this match shows that even though they are from completely opposite seasons, they can make a full pair.
Take It Slow
Leos have a certain magnetic, extroverted nature—even if they do also have an introspective nature and need time by themselves. Leo doesn't leave questions about whether they love someone—they will flat-out confess. An Aquarius often needs this kind of direct energy because they are always questioning the reality of things, but it can also spook them.
An Aquarius might get confused if you come on too strong because they don't understand if you're playing a game with them or being genuine. If you are an open, loving Leo type, make sure you come off genuine, and you are not just approaching an Aquarius on a whim. Aquarius are highly intuitive—you could stun them.
Aquarius Traits and Characteristics
What makes this sign tick? Clever Aquarius has a lot going on mentally, which can sometimes make them seem emotionally removed, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
An Original Problem-Solver
Strong air signs can be sarcastic, witty, and clever. Aquarius loves to look into paradoxes, has a brilliant genius mentality, and loves solving problems. Aquarius will appreciate Leo's opennesses to its originality. Aquarius will also enjoy Leo's wide circle of friends and associations. Aquarius will blend well with Leo because they both like bringing in people into their world. Both signs are intelligent and impartial. They can be spastic, hyper, and sometimes flaky.
Intellectual and Cool-Headed
Aquarius doesn't always want to care about material concerns—they are determined to a fault to think about spiritual, metaphorical, and logical matters. Aquarius externally will come off as though they don't have emotions—but this is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Remember, Aquarius is a consecutive sign to Pisces and may share qualities with Pisces.
Leo Traits and Characteristics
Leo is a sign of the will, a fire sign. Being in a partnership with a Leo requires lots of doting affection, but fret not—this sign is more than ready to reciprocate.
Moved by Beauty
A Leo, for its bright mane of colors, can be quite the sucker for romance, the sad things in the world, and beautiful music. The Leo's heart can be moved at the drop of a hat. They desperately want to be entertained by the world and what it has to offer. They quickly bumble from one context into the next, looking constantly for beauty—beauty it can protect.
A Giver and Taker
Leo has a great deal of energy it wants to offer the world. Constantly wanting to make the world a brighter, better, more confident place. Leos will treat their mates like royalty; they'll pamper them and offer a great deal of loyalty. They'll also expect these things in return. A Leo that is without pampering will not be a happy Leo.
How Aquarius and Leo Balance Each Other
An Aquarius wants to help balance out their Leo partner. Leo is a bright, burning star and can sometimes walk all over people without realizing it. Aquarius, with a tender heart and great intelligence, can help Leo to rethink and become stronger and more empathetic. They need someone who can help them come down to earth without too much disturbance to their ego.
But Aquarius is also a lucky sign, and Leo would love to have that luck in their lives. It gives them an ego boost to have an Aquarius with them because they are hard to catch and keep.
Aquarius is progressive and revolutionary; Leo will enjoy that about them. They like that Aquarius is completely original and often out of place. Leo will want to help the Aquarius to fit in, to not feel as lonely. Though I don't think Aquarius likes to admit it's ever lonely. It likes to keep marching forward with its goals and can be quite stubborn. Leo will naturally help Aquarius to feel like they belong when they don't. Aquarius will help offer the mysteries of the universe to Leo, which will make them feel special, lucky, and nourished.
How to Win the Heart of an Aquarius
Aquarius can have a fear of commitment. Making a decision on romantic matters and sticking to it is really scary for this sign. They fear giving up everything, or that they'll waste their time with the wrong person. They really want to get their homework right here, because it means something to them, not because they want to float around the world forever.
Appeal to Their Intellectual Side
They have a strong sapiosexual vibe to them. If you want an Aquarius, the way to their heart is through their mind. Consider their brain their strongest sexual organ.
Aquarius needs you to understand them mentally, have great loyalty, and to allow them to go about loving people socially. They are very charismatic, but sometimes they struggle to make good social contact with others; whether they've just started a new job or moved to a new place, it can be hard for them to settle in and make new connections right away.
Be Forward, Yet Gentle
Often, Aquarius struggles to have a romantic relationship because they fill up their schedule with hordes of friends and ideas. Aquarius is the second most likely to stay single; Virgo is the most likely to stay single. Leo will need to be consistent with Aquarius to work. Aquarius doesn't like to be the initiator a lot of times because they have such a yin personality. A Leo can really help them by being forward with them, but they need to do this in a gentle, warm, and understanding way.
Don't Rush Commitment
Aquarius can be weirded out if you are too demanding of a commitment. They really love loyalty, but they fear being possessed. They want to be their own person and have their own domain. So they really need for you to accept them. And if you accept them, they'll be appreciative of you and all your efforts.
Leo is all about self-expression. Aquarius wants everyone to be able to express themselves. There is a natural love that can happen here because they care so much about expression. Aquarius will need to delve deeply into loving their Leo. Leo wants all of you, all of your admiration, all of your interest.
Leos make for wondrous relationships—they are going to be more of the hunter in this situation, especially since Aquarius is more like a mystical mermaid at the bottom of the ocean, making them a difficult but worthwhile catch.
© 2016 Andrea Lawrence
Angel on August 28, 2020:
I am an aquarius woman and I think leo man is the perfect pair for me I am a bit of a pisces born on feb 17 And I give attention to him
Aarsha on August 09, 2020:
most comments are put by Aquarius.
Gauze on June 20, 2020:
Responding to Ava. I am an aquarian gamer and for me personally I dislike emotional appeals for attention, you need to catch the attention of an aquarius, not ask for it. Do something that stimulates him intellectually, capture his curiosity. We can get stuck in our own heads (and games) a lot but it doesnt mean we dislike spending time with people or that we dont care. Good luck!
Ava on June 08, 2020:
I have a boyfriend and he’s an a Aquarius and I’m a Leo..and he plays fortnite a lot and I just want him to pay attention to me..what should I do?
Danellie on March 19, 2020:
Hi I am a Aquarius woman and like a Leo. I am to afraid to go up to him because he is so much better than me. Please help me
abby on March 15, 2020:
as a Leo woman i think that an Aquarius man is caring and funny in my case he really cares about me... and i do too, hes jealous if i talk to any of my ex boyfriend when we talk. and that's understandable. cuz I'm jealous to if he talked to a girl who i don't know and might leave me for her =^= (and i know I'm selfish so yeah)
Linda on March 11, 2020:
I am an Aquarius and was married to a Leo for 24 years, we Love and complemented each other very well he passed away in 2016 of cancer.
He was the love of my life we were blessed
Philip on February 21, 2020:
Wrong. It's Leo who understands the mysteries of the universe. Aquirias uses raw reason and understand things at a much physical level. the creativity of Leo comes from essence while Aquirias uses intuition thereby much able of spotting patterns
Danielle on February 04, 2020:
I'm an Aquarius woman & I'm saying a leo man. I feel like he really cares for me but I'm too impatient to wait for him to tell me he loves me. Would it be OK to tell him. Maybe on my b'day which is Sunday.
Monika on February 01, 2020:
What about' virgo with leo'
And Sagittarius with leo
Capricorn with Sagittarius
Virgo with Capricorn
Abigaill David on January 31, 2020:
I am a aqua and me and my bff have been friends for almost 5 years we annoy each other sometimes but we always make up we be besties but also COMPLETE OPOSITS
Emma on January 28, 2020:
Idk I haven’t tried it yet I am Leo and I am not crushing yet but I am thinking and creating scenarios inside my head and I found out he’s Aquarius
amanda on December 29, 2019:
My Leo said that he will propose. Nothing yet. Should I worry?
Yashika on December 20, 2019:
Hi I am aqua..... I like someone he’s Leo .... but can you please help me !!! Actually I know him but he was very cleared first day he don’t want any relationship even I showed him even I am also like ur natured but I never shared with him that I like him .... but now days I actually like him a lot problem is this if I messaged him than he replied otherwise he don’t msg me genuinely I want him in my life .... but how ?? I don’t wanna loose him please help me out !!! Thank you
Jenelyn carpina on December 09, 2019:
Im aquarius woman it's true leo and awuarius is a match
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on December 04, 2019:
Hmmm. Leos are known as social people and they like to be in the action. That doesn't mean they love alcohol. Alcohol is only a preference.
Gladys on December 03, 2019:
Leo's are alcoholic? Well not all though. I'm a Leo and I'm so sure that I can live 10years without drinking single drop of alcohol. And it wasn't like me, me,me-as for me I consider people's situation rather than mine. Every person have their own opinions and differences though, but one must shouldn't at least make opinion with the word all.
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on October 28, 2019:
Glad it helps, and good luck.
Yarooy on October 26, 2019:
Well I was planning to ask out this guy and honestly this helped me understand a lot about Leo’s so I can know what he likes and what he doesn’t
Lulu on October 16, 2019:
Im a Leo Woman with an Aqua...mostly everything u say describes us almost to a "T". We act as if we complete each other...it was a rough start...both had unfinished bizness with HORRIBLE ex'es. We stopped seeing each, both went bk to ex'es one more time...TOTALLY REMINDER WHY NOT THEM! NOW ITS ME & HIM...LIKE PEAS & CARROTS. He's 7 yrs older than me...which I prefer! ITS AMAZES ME HOW WELL WE ACT WITH EACH OTHER & HOW WE BOTH LIKE, DISLIKE & SAY THE SAME THINGS. Im just amazed....been decades since I felt this vibe!!
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on July 25, 2019:
Leo means more than this, but it's hard to see it another way.
billy on July 13, 2019:
i completely disagree, i believe myself to be an eccentric and crazy type aquarius and have never been with someone for longer than a few weeks, the longest was just over a month. but i met my girl at a festival and instantly fell for her and its got stronger everyday! were now going nearly 4 months strong and ive never been happier or so comfortable with someone in my life i admire everything about her personality and style of dressing/living .. i agree with pretty much all of this page although i will never know exactly how she feels, all i know is that we havent had a single day where one of us hasnt been able to cheer the other up! great read. thanks :D
Laura Lawrence on July 11, 2019:
However attractive Leo's make themselves to appear- I do not think I have ever met one that was not a soppy alcoholic.! They will do anything for fame... I would not touch one with a ten foot pole.. It's Me, me, me... That's all they talk about is themselves.
Lisamann on June 16, 2019:
I agree with you 100% MC! You hit the nail on the head with your statement. If ever approached by one run like hell, its a bullet to the head you could live without trust me.....
Angel of death 76 on April 07, 2019:
True for the most part however there are some parts of the Leo personality I’m not convinced with but I don’t believe every sign can be the same completely. Interesting read tho, thank you
Gen L on March 21, 2019:
Nice reading but i must say Leo's are very romatic humans lol
hannah on March 14, 2019:
when the timing is right, they will not show you love. very bad at that romantically. aquas do not match
Lioness queen on February 23, 2019:
I just started talking to my Aqua man last year November. We instantly connected mentally. I met him back in 2010. I was attracted to him physically when I first saw him. It was like a crush thing. Now that we started talking I'm more attracted mentally than physically. He asked me out on a date, I told him that I'm not where he lives at. He didn't care he's willing to travel to see me. That was an instant turn on. So we made plans to meet in couple days hopefully he comes and we can physically connect as we did mentally. One thing I notice is that these 2 signs move too fast with eachother. I honestly think it's because we connect so strong. We're so different yet alike. We instantly open up with no lies. Even though I can tell he doubts our relationship sometimes. He told me I seem too good to be true. But I'm just myself with him. I told him what to expect from me and he was amazed with what I told him. He said if everything is true in what I said then I'm right for him. I have no worries because I spoke nothing but the truth. He likes fire in his life. I told him well I'm fire. I read a lot about his sign to help me understand why he becomes distant at times. I totally understand him much better. It's a challenge for me but I'm a lioness I love a challenge. Maybe the reason why I'm so crazy for him. He needs his space I'll give him all the space he needs I'll never trap him to show me attention. I know that he'll show me it eventually. I got my two kids to keep me busy. I got friends and family too. My ex prepared me for this relationship that's why I'm so confident that I can do it. He talks about marrying me and having a daughter together, and he told me he loves me, which in that part scares me because I was reading about they don't like to commit. If he's serious and telling the truth he's a lucky guy because everything he looks for I have. I notice when I don't hit him up he always does. It's like I give him a great feeling then disappear. I don't know why that works but I'll keep doing that cause that keeps him coming back for more. I can tell he likes to chase not to be chased. Even though they love the attention to then ignore. U gotta learn to work around their ways. When u completely understand them u can have them all to yourself. U can have him as crazy for u as u are for them. The key is to have confidence, to have trust, give them space to live their life, know that they're not like us Leos, be yourself but lower the demanding part for attention and save that energy for when they come around because u will need it. Don't overwhelm them with everything at once. Surprise them with something new every time y'all talk or spend time together. Treat them more like a friend than a spouse. Treat them special at times not always it'll make them feel like you're forcing yourself on them. Even though we're naturally love in that way as Leo.Tell them sweet little truths and words here and there.They like that. U gotta become selfless. When u do don't expect nothing in return they feel more relaxed and not pressured. Trust me when it's their turn to show love and attention it'll be worth the wait. Don't rush them to show love or attention. They're working on it. Trust and believe they're crazy about u. The reason why their so distance is because they're busy talking and thinking about u.
#Good luck with your Aqua male or female Leos.
John on January 21, 2019:
I'm in love with one of my best friends/ co-workers and she's an Aquarius through and through and she brings out every leo quality in me good and bad.
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on January 17, 2019:
This sadly happens a lot with Aquarius and Leo. The dynamic is amazing, but something about it just isn't stable.
MCS on January 10, 2019:
I used to date a leo and we made tons of amazing memories and ofcourse unforgetable fights. We were the happiest, she told me she would never forget me even after 5 years being apart. I never forgot about her too. Lets just say things didnt go out too well both of us didnt give in so we both gave up because of pride. Lets just say she's the one that got away.
Maggie on December 12, 2018:
Wow, Leo did stun me, We met in a time I needed some help. I usually will find interest in someone first by their looks. His conversation that night, a complete stranger, had me feeling deeply in love with his unique uncommon intelligence, gosh! He seemed so different than anyone I had ever met, and Its been tough, but I feel like I cant live without him. Hes very fun to be around with, his conversations, I just would like to listen all day and night, but every now and then, I like him to hear my debated opinion, take it or leave it, give it the benefit of doubt, but I do not force him to believe what I share. Im also one of the lucky signs with two zodiacs, Im Pisces under the 12th zodiac, and Aquarius under the 13th zodiac. I am more of an aquarius, but a very unique Pisces. Blessings to all.
Aqua lovah on November 14, 2018:
Love aqua! Leo chick, deep in lurve with an aqua male. God, he’s brilliant! Not my usual type at all. A welcome plot twist. Enjoying it for now, that’s all that one can do.
Opposites attract. I feel we can accomplish much; both on a personal level and on a collective level.
Even if it doesn’t prevail, I’ll always be a fan of Aquarius. They’re so misunderstood. Seen as liars and cheats, etc. NO! They’ll just front you on your bullshit. If they give you advice, fucking listen. It’s a gift, yo.
No better placed zodiac than an aqua. Coming from this leo lady.
JZ1 on November 07, 2018:
im sorry but i have to disagree with someone named 'MS' on here. i am a aquas myself and that is not true.for us aquas it is very hard to show emotion or give anything back. we get confused alot. we sometimes dont know if the truth or lies are being told. so please dot judge us, we are just very protective of our feelins
Peejay on November 04, 2018:
I'm a Virgo man and been with living with and in love with a Leo woman but she now has a friend that is a dyke and she's an Aquarius woman at first she made a move on her in the beginning or they love friendship when me and her fell out but my Leo girlfriend let her know that she used not gay and she is not going to have sex with her but they continuously go out and be together late at night I don't know what to do I'm feeling literally stopped his relationship because I feel like it's not fair after I told you that the girl like that you and you continuously tell me that she don't everybody around you and me can see otherwise and when they're together everyone thinks they're dating but they say they're just friends I don't get it
Fred on September 24, 2018:
I am an Aquarius woman dating a Leo man. I have to say that this is very on point. I don't typically read into astrology so much, but I dabble a little when it comes to relationships. Especially when I feel it's going great. I like to estimate the potential. I have to admit, since I started dating him, it has felt like such a whirlwind romance and I absolutely love it. I've never felt so loved in my entire life and I want nothing more than to make it known how I feel about him as well. We acknowledge that we are individuals and have our own lives, but that is not a hindrance at all. In fact, we support each other's endeavors wholeheartedly. I've never been so happy and sure of something in my life. I look forward to our future together. Even before I read our zodiac compatibilities, I knew we would work just based on how long we spoke before actually dating. It is nice to read that we are indeed VERY compatible just as we thought.
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on September 12, 2018:
Perhaps you're needing to relearn the sign and how it functions so you can improve your perception of it. You'll likely run into Aquarius in some capacity, and if you're not prepared for it -- you'll continue the same cycle.
MS on September 12, 2018:
I just hate Aquas. They only know how to take and never to give. They will stab you in the back during your weakest moment, especially when you expect them to stand by you, for once, after having taken ALL that energy from you. They can dull even the Sun and turn it into frost. Never date an Aquarius man. Never.
Lions4Eva on September 05, 2018:
You make Leos come across extremely shallow and superficial and almost wimpy here.
We. Do. NOT. Need. Attention!!! I really want to hurt astrologers everytime I see that highly exaggerated misconception. Oooohh...if only Leos spoke of astrologers the same way astrologers speak of us, I'm sure you guys would change your tune pretty quickly.
In earlier astrology, BOTH Aquarius and Leo were SOLITARY signs! They were also both included as "strong signs" (strong, athletic bodies) but Aquarius was a "human sign" (favors reason but detatched from primitive emotions) while Leo was a "feral" and "bestial" sign and THAT is where our emotions come into play. Not as "sensitivity" or mushy crap, but as ferocity, anger, and passion.
So please get your facts straight and stop making the powerful and fierce LION of the Zodiac look like some show kitty. We're the lions for a reason.
tiago on September 05, 2018:
very real, spot on
Luvenia Johnson on August 03, 2018:
Met an Aquarius male last year. I wasn't ready for anything special. We were able to connect mentally and got each other right away. I do sense that he is at a disposition most times with himself.. he commands me and it turns me on more than anything!!! I love the confidence in Aquarius sun people. I love the take charge no non-sense dogged determination of Aquarius people.
He's very much into telling me incredible things and yes , he's probably the smartest man I've ever met!! We ♌ have a hard time allowing anyone to interfere with our Independence , but Aquarius seems to read our minds and help to ease some of that underlying lack of self-consciousness that Leo will oftentimes face due to neglect and lackluster relationships.
I am older than my Aquarius by seven yrs and that causes me to pull back intensely!! The more he trys to pull me back in with all his confidence and willingness to comfort my insecurities, the more I think about how strange this whole relationship is for me. He is totally into mental stimulation in bed and that too is where I have to keep up , having being used to being pampered by my previous partner.
He wants red lipstick kisses all over and teeth marks in his thighs!! My mind has been blown and I cannot let myself go to him.. or see myself without his way and manner towards me. He is totally attractively packaged from his amazing witty charm to his balanced mind and ideas of gold. So friggin smart it drives me absolutely crazy in the best way.. he is totally attracted/devoted / proud / supportive / and protective of me..
I cannot do anything except to treat him kingly..
Leo Sun / Aquarius Moon / Pisces Ascendant
Brianna on July 29, 2018:
I'm an Aquarius female married to a Leo male. There was an instant fire both mentally and physically but as time passed we realized our ideologies were quite different. It has taken some time but we know how to balance each other and accept each other. He keeps me from staying in La-La land too long and I make sure he lets others speak and have their turn in the limelight. It works both ways. It can be a very complicated relationship, but he always keeps me guessing and I can always make him laugh with my quirks.
Leo gurll on July 19, 2018:
Ima leo girl and i gave a crush on this guy his aquarius. We speak now and then he keeps asking me personal qurstions and once he ask me if i have a boyfriend amd stuff like that . He aslo gave me something i asked for once like a cigarette but that time we weren't even friends yet and he gave me a fizzer out of the blue what does that even mean ?? Btw he has a girlfriend
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on July 19, 2018:
Respect him because he is a human. If we say respect him because he is a man... it can sound misogynistic.
Christine on July 16, 2018:
Just be easy with him. Respect he is a man.
Leo Aquarius ❤️ on July 09, 2018:
Im a leo male and have just met a Aquarius Woman, the emotional and sexual attraction was instant. I have been reading alot about the leo being very open and warming but also expects the same in return .. no comment! However due to past and some what intense relationships, falling for similar types , I have learned to not question or expect to much from the cooler zodiac sighn and have become more aware of still being able to give as much as i need to, at the same time as knowing its doing alot of good, even though there may not always be a big instant reaction.. Giving a little time and patiance „ can be more rewarding and adventures with the more held back zodiacs on the long run and have actually found out that’s also what i need.. Other past relationships ive had became more dull that led to a boring end if you get the same things back to fast.. i try to not play emotional games on others or my self but to always have a little challenge to convince someone and recieving something in return after time , seems to be the reward. So thx for the great leo Aquarius knowledge ive been reading about here. Wish me luck
ThePaganSun on July 09, 2018:
Not very accurate in description for Leo! It's the powerful LION of the Zodiac and is fierce, independent, strong, assertive, courageous. STOP portraying it as some sensitive kitten! It's a powerful LION. Get your facts straight.
MsAmieWhite on June 07, 2018:
Very Informative Very Accurate.
I’m an Aquarius Woman 2/10 Who has Started a Relationship With My Leo Male Friend 8/1
We’re Going So Fast It’s Scary I Don’t Want it To Burn Out I Adore Him Completely I Am Attracted to This Man In Every Way Possible It’s So Perfect I Wanna Stay Like This Forever
Noreen on May 31, 2018:
I’m a Leo and have been in a serious relationship with my Aquarius for 5 years! We are good for each other in many ways. He keeps me grounded and focused and I feel that I lift him up and feed his confidence. I would like to see the relationship go to the next step as in marriage and being a Leo I can be very forward about this. Should I not speak my mind about this to him?
tiago on May 12, 2018:
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on July 01, 2017:
Glad you enjoyed it!
Ashley P on July 01, 2017:
Love it; descriptive and on point! - Aquarius Sun and Moon
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on March 18, 2017:
Glad it explains a lot for you! I am here to help.
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on December 05, 2016:
Thank you, Larry! I appreciate the comments.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on December 05, 2016: