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Leo and Aquarius Compatibility: Why These Signs Are Attracted to Each Other

Andrea writes on various topics from dating, couples, astrology, weddings, interior design, and gardens. She studied film and writing.

Air and fire, winter and summer, yin and yang—what draws these two seemingly opposing signs together?

Air and fire, winter and summer, yin and yang—what draws these two seemingly opposing signs together?

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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Tips for Leo-Aquarius Relationships

Couples should keep these points in mind to maintain harmony in their relationships.

Be Authentic

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.

With a little work, these opposing signs can find comfort and balance together.

With a little work, these opposing signs can find comfort and balance together.

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 openness 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 erratic, 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.

Overall Compatibility

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