Are Leo & Aquarius Compatible In A Relationship?

Expect fireworks when these two get together.

by Kristine Fellizar
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Leo and Aquarius are opposite zodiac signs, so they'll likely be very attracted to each other at fir...
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Opposites attract when fiery Leo and airy Aquarius first meet. The cool and aloof water bearer will be dazzled by Leo’s confidence and energy, while the lion will love Aquarius’ sharp mind and unique way of looking at the world. These two won’t be able to keep their hands off each other due to the fact that they’re opposite zodiac signs. But making a relationship work can also be quite a challenge when you have two signs with completely different personalities and ways of approaching love. Despite the challenges, Leo and Aquarius’ compatibility shows why this fire and air duo have what it takes to make a relationship work.

“A Leo naturally lights up a room with their smile and charm, and an Aquarius will always be the first to notice and be drawn in like a magnet,” predictive astrologer Crystal B, tells Bustle. “Cupid’s arrow strikes these two hard — and fast. One can’t deny the instant attraction and a sense of ultimate connection. When these two come together it’s like they’ve known each other for a thousand years.”

Once in a relationship, these two would be a couple with an active social life. They’ll love hosting dinners for friends and will look for any opportunity to gather a big group of people together. Both Leo and Aquarius are very open-minded, and will support their partner’s dreams no matter how big or out there they may seem. It’s something they don’t find with other zodiac matches, so they’ll really appreciate about the other. They’ll also find ways to help each other achieve those dreams.

Given that these two are polar opposites in the zodiac wheel, they may need to work a little harder at finding a middle ground. According to Crystal B, an ability to diffuse drama, abandon stubbornness, and deal with detachment issues will be necessary to make a Leo-Aquarius relationship work. “I always get a sense when opposites come together that there are karmic matters to attend to,” she says. “Each side has mastered their view point but needs their polar opposite to prompt them to see the other side. Relationships reveal our strengths and weaknesses, and those revelations will be strong with this connection.”

Leo & Aquarius’ Sexual Compatibility

When it comes to sexual compatibility, Leo and Aquarius are a solid match. According to Crystal B, the sexual connection between the lion and the water bearer will be sizzling hot in the beginning. Dramatic role-play scenarios, experimentation with toys, and a little bit of sexual mind games are what you might find in a Leo-Aquarius relationship. These two are at their best when they’re “intertwined in the throws of sexual intimacy,” and intimacy is one aspect of their relationship they don’t need to worry about.

Leos bring romance, passion, and enthusiasm into the bedroom, while Aquarius is always looking for ways to push the envelope in order to keep things fresh. In general, fire and air sign couples typically work really well in bed because air fuels fire. In this case, “Leos quickly become kittens in the arms of their favorite Aquarian,” says Crystal B. And Aquarius is more than happy to take the lead.

Although Leos tend to enjoy more romance than Aquarius is typically willing to give, they love being with Aquarius because they’re playful, fun, and different. These two bring out each other’s primal side in a way that no other zodiac sign can. No matter how many times these two argue or break up, they’ll likely find a way to keep coming back for more.

Leo & Aquarius’ Emotional Compatibility

Leos come off cool and confident on the outside, but on the inside, they’re quite sensitive. Since they’re ruled by the Sun, which represents the self, Leos tend to have big egos. If they feel personally attacked in any way, they’re not above making a scene. They’ll slam doors, burst into tears, and go into lengthy emotional rants over how their partner did them wrong. After all, this sign is all about the drama.

Aquarius is considered to be one of the least emotional signs in the zodiac. They’re intellectuals who make decisions based on logic and reasoning over their feelings. They don’t handle complicated emotions well, and keep a lot of their feelings to themselves. It can even take them a while to come to terms with that fact that they’re in love with someone because they’ll spend hours pondering what “being in love” actually means. In a relationship, Aquarius’ aloofness can be mistaken for uncaring to the more passionate and outspoken Leo.

According to Stina Garbis, professional astrologer and psychic, Leo and Aquarius’ approaches to relationships also differ. Leo’s ideal partner is someone who will worship the ground they walk on. They love being the center of attention, and need a lot of reassurance and affection from their partner to feel secure. Aquarius, on the other hand, is independent and needs a lot of freedom in their relationship to stick around.

“Worldly Aquarius is more focused on relationships as a whole, and how the partners balance each other and make the world a better place, and may not be in the mood to cater to Leo’s every need,” Garbis says. “If Leo comes off too selfish or controlling, Aquarius will get bored and find a reason to leave.”

Leo & Aquarius’ Dating Compatibility

When it comes to dating, Leo and Aquarius’ compatibility is pretty high. From the start, the sexual chemistry will be off the charts. They may even start off as friends with benefits before deciding they want something deeper and committed.

According to astrologer Carol Star, Aquarius is very observant and will know how to appeal to Leo right away. “Leo needs a lot of attention and compliments even on a casual date,” Star says. “The smart Aquarius will recognize this right away and the date will be filled conversation, fun and compliments.” Once they decide to commit to each other, their relationship will be “strong, resilient, and always interesting.”

However, these two will have their share of challenges. For instance, Leos have a constant need for affirmation and compliments in relationships while Aquarius have a reputation for being cool and aloof. Aquarius may have to step out of their comfort zone in order to make their partner feel secure, while Leo may need to shift their expectations and be more understanding of how their partner shows their love.

Leo & Aquarius’ Friendship Compatibility

Leo and Aquarius can make really good friends. According to Star, both signs are very strong and caring. They’re also good listeners and love sharing ideas. These two will have each other’s back no matter what. Both signs also love going out and being around people. Chances are, Leo and Aquarius will meet at a big social gathering like a party or a work event. Aquarius is very social and loves making new friends, while Leo loves being the life of the party. There’s never a dull moment when these two are around.

Leo & Aquarius’ Communication

For Leo and Aquarius, communication is an area that may need a bit of work due to the fact that they’re both fixed zodiac signs. Although having a fixed modality means these two are stable, loyal, and commitment-oriented, they’re also stubborn and set in their ways. According to Crystal B, they each have their own way of doing things and prefer to stick to that.

“Once the fireworks settle, they could find themselves battling for control,” she says. “Honoring each other’s side and finding a middle ground will be a key factor of being able to stick things out for the long run.”

In addition to this, Leos hate any form of criticism and will defend themselves with a fiery passion. As an air sign, Aquarius tends to be very straightforward in their delivery. There’s a chance they may offend their Leo partner without intending to. “Disagreements can get very loud as they both are very vocal,” Star says. “Leo will eventually talk about the problem and love and passion will take over.”

Potential Problems In A Leo & Aquarius Relationship

How this duo speaks to each other might be a problem in the relationship. According to Garbis, Aquarius needs to be mindful to not “blow out Leo’s creative fire.” While Aquarius can appreciate their partner’s creativity, they can also be a bit of a know-it-all. Aquarius don’t believe in sugarcoating things and may accidentally say things that hurt their partner, even if they intended to provide helpful suggestions.

Leo, on the other hand, can be a bit demanding in relationships, especially if they feel like they’re not getting the kind of attention they deserve. This will easily irritate the freedom-loving water bearer, who will respond by ignoring their partner to take some time to themselves.

Are Leo & Aquarius A Good Match?

Can this pair of opposite signs work long-term? The one thing to remember is that all zodiac pairings, regardless of on-paper compatibility, can last. But some pairings require more work than others, and that’s the case here with Leo and Aquarius. According to Crystal B, these two have the kind of connection that’s written in the stars, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.

“The key to unlocking its greatest potential will be found in each side’s ability to give a sense of control over to the other,” she says. “Some are up for the challenge of letting go, while others aren’t. Once they make up their minds, they each go in whole heartedly. Being fixed signs, when they make a commitment, it has the potential to last several lifetimes.”


Crystal B, predictive astrologer

Stina Garbis, professional astrologer and psychic

Carol Star, astrologer

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