Here’s how the loyal, optimistic – and, sure, occasionally self-centered – fire sign matches with each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.
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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.)
Leo and Aries Compatibility
Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and a cardinal fire sign trines with Leo, which means it’s four signs apart and 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 useful source 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 tends 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.