Ah, the king of the jungle, in this the human, city jungle! Leo prowls his/her turf with the certainty of a born leader. Since Leo’s sign falls in the middle of the zodiacal calendar and, in North America at least, the hottest time of the year, it is obvious that Leo is ruled by the sun. Sitting at the center of any social, romantic or work-related situation the sun-as-center-of-the-universe is certainly true in this lion’s case. Aside from being at the center of everything Leo’s lovers stretch across a vast divide since the point of the Leo strength is to bring happiness to all members of the zodiac’s path.
If you have every dated a Leo, or if you have even ever simply bedded down with one, you will know a few things for certain: 1) They are the life of the party, 2) they will buy a round of drinks and then regale you with colorful stories, and finally if haven’t already noticed, they are hunting you. They will take aim and take you down, which means that they are highly driven and sufficiently motivated, and if you get in their cross hairs there is little chance of escape. But the great thing is that you don’t mind, because they allow you to bask in the glow of their aura, which bespeaks of a greatness that even the most uninitiated of us can’t ignore.
Your Leo lover is frank, and the what-you-see-is-what-you-get edict is usually in place. This means that they expect to be followed, and that when it comes to relationships they like to be in the driver seat. In much the same way as in a social situation, in a relationship a Leo will fight for dominance and then if he/she can’t establish their desired power dynamic (power being very important to the Leo) they will simply bow out, rather than let themselves exist in what they feel is a lesser relationship.
Clearly this can cause some discontent in any situation, and certainly is one of the biggest drawbacks to dating a Leo, since no one wants to feel as if they are working for their boyfriend/girlfriend, and usually the beginning of a completely untenable situation.
This desire for control also means that unforeseen change can be something that sticks in your lion’s jaw and can make him/her very irritable. Make sure to cushion any bad news or difficult let downs, with a gentle forthrightness and then let the Leo slink away to lick his/her wounds in private. Do not under any circumstances make a Leo’s hurt or failure public since it will be an unforgivable offence in their eyes.
You Leo will always abide by the maxim “to thine own self be true!” The will usually take responsibility for their own actions and expect you to do the same. This can mean that even if you didn’t mean to do it, don’t say it.
***If you are dating a Leo, or interested in one, it is valuable to note that despite all the posturing and chest puffing, that when I Leo loves you, it is true. Leo’s can be very good-natured and if they take a liking to you they will put everything they have into it. It is at this point that they are most vulnerable and can be taken advantage of. So do use their love against them or you may find yourself on the sticky side of some very uncomfortable flypaper.
One of the largest romantic drawbacks of the obsession with position and power is that it often means that Leo’s are relegated to casual sexual relationships. They tend to be unwilling to settle down since the sun that burns so deeply in them, allows them to feel the great warmth of “spreading the love” so to speak. They can become wrapped up in the performance and find it hard to settle down. Relationships also require a “give and take” type relationship, which relies on a relinquishing of power, so that harmony can be achieved. This can go against the very core nature of the Leo’s personality.
Let Leo’s age and this tendency will become less and less prevalent, as they realize that getting what they want inevitably requires compromise. And seriously let’s be honest, we all love the sun, but if you have ever been to the desert you know how, without the protection of shade, sun can be a real scorcher.
Best Relationship Matches
Aquarius They are your zodiacal opposite, but they can be your truest companion and there are surprisingly few conflicts that arise from their opposing natures. You prize your humanity, believe in the same ideals, and admire creative pursuits in different and complementary ways.
Aries and Sagittarius Your fire-sign relatives, are also natural companions, but on a more casual level.
Worst Relationship Matches
Gemini They’re mostly mind-oriented, you are all heart.
Capricorn You’ll overpower them, and they’re not likely to forgive your mistakes.
Pisces You’ll hurt them before you even realize it, and they’ll harbor a long resentment.