When the zodiac’s confident and outgoing Leo meets the shy perfectionist Virgo, sparks may not fly right away. These two neighboring zodiac signs don’t have a ton in common. One is very flashy and loves grand gestures, while the other is more reserved and practical. Fire sign Leo tends to be self-focused, while earth sign Virgo lives to be in service to others. It’s a zodiac match that seems like it shouldn’t work, but there is some potential. Leo and Virgo’s zodiac compatibility has everything you need to know about this summery couple.
“These next door neighbors are very different but they can work,” astrologer Clarisse Monahan tells Bustle. “As Mercury and Venus travel very close to the Sun, it’s quite common for Leos to have either Venus or Mercury in Virgo and vice versa for Virgo. Having a Venus or Mercury sign in your partner's birth chart can go a long way in helping to smooth over any differences.”
These two aspects are important as your Venus sign represents how you approach relationships and show affection, while your Mercury sign is all about how you communicate and express yourself. For instance, if both partners have the same Mercury sign, which is quite common with neighboring signs, Leo and Virgo will have an easier time getting along and understanding each other.
If they don’t share the same Mercury sign, Monahan says Leo and Virgo may have a tougher time seeing eye-to-eye. “Virgo natives tend to like balance in relationships and have a respect for caution and limits,” she says. “This is someone who likes to talk through any problems that come up and not to have surprises thrust upon them. Leo, on the other hand, can prefer a more spontaneous and fast approach to communication.” There’s a good chance these two may butt heads.
Leo & Virgo’s Sexual Compatibility
Sexually, Leo and Virgo make a compatible match. According to Gelika Bücker, astrologer and founder of the app Stars Align, the Lion is able to meet the more carnal needs of the Virgin. Although Virgo symbolizes purity, their sexual desires are surprisingly primal. “Initially, it will be exciting,” Bücker says. “However, a Leo may not always satisfy the emotional needs required to sustain a Virgo who craves being heard and supported.”
Leo, on the other hand, will feel like this is a great sexual match. According to Monahan, Virgo is associated with the sixth house in astrology, which is all about work and being of service. Because of this, Virgos aim to please. They’re total perfectionists who don’t mind putting in the effort when it comes to sex. They tend to focus on technique, and are always looking for ways to improve.
“Leo is one sign that likes someone to kowtow to them, and Virgo can be the perfect partner here,” Monahan says. “While the chemistry make take a while to spark, their sex life can be very consistent and happy.”
Leo & Virgo’s Emotional Compatibility
When it comes to emotional compatibility, Leo and Virgo are worlds apart. Emotionally, Leos tend to need a lot of attention in order to feel secure and happy in the relationship. As they’re ruled by the sun, which represents the self, compliments and affirmations are essential. The Mercury-ruled Virgo, on the other hand, appreciates acts of service, stability, and “verbal assurances at the heart level” in order to feel a sense of security.
“As long as these aspects are communicated openly, these needs could be met,” Bücker says. “However, Leos are about action whereas Virgos are about words and mental stimulation.” A Leo will show love by going all out on grand romantic gestures, which won’t always resonate with the more practical Virgo. This may cause an issue if Leo feels like their efforts aren’t being appreciated. Since Virgo shows love through little acts of service, they may feel like their efforts aren’t being seen by Leo who enjoys flashier displays.
Leo and Virgo’s different approaches to love may get in the way of them forming a deeper and more intimate bond. But once they truly understand each other’s needs, they’ll be able to form a connection that can grow slowly over time.
Leo & Virgo’s Communication Compatibility
Leo and Virgo tend to get along pretty well when they’re not bickering, which Stina Garbis, professional astrologer and psychic, says tends to happen quite a bit between these two. Leo can be “all party” while Virgo can be “all business,” she says. This can cause some frustrations in their relationship, especially when it comes to working through problems. In typical fire sign fashion, Leos want to solve issues quickly, forget about it, and get back to the fun. Virgo, on the other hand, likes analyze a situation from every angle in order to come up with the perfect solution.
“Leo would complain that Virgo is too nit-picky and Virgo would complain that Leo is too selfish, and they can definitely hurt each other’s feelings,” Garbis says. “However, they both like to keep up appearances so they’ll bury the hatchet fairly quickly, apologize, but will be ready to fight about the same things the next time an argument crops up.”
Leo & Virgo’s Dating Compatibility
When it comes to dating, Leo and Virgo’s compatibility is pretty good, considering neighboring signs don’t typically make the best match. According to Iyesha George, a spirituality expert who specializes in astrology, there’s potential for a lot of balance here as Leos are meant to create while Virgos are meant to nurture.
“Leo loves to shine and be the center of their person's attention, and they hate to share the spotlight,” George says. “I love that Virgo will gladly give their Leo counterparts their shine as long as, when it’s their turn, they get their well-earned appreciation.”
There is, however, potential for toxicity in the relationship. “Think about how the earth affects the sun and how the sun affects the earth,” George says. “They obviously are meant to complement one another in theory but like our earth, due to outside influences, the sun can become toxic to the earth.” By nature, sun-ruled Leo tends to focus on the self, while Mercuriual Virgos are all about service. If they don’t establish healthy boundaries or communicate as problems come up, they may have an unbalanced partnerships that borders on toxic.
That said, there are plenty of examples of this pairing working. According to George, some examples of past and present Leo-Virgo couples include Jennifer Lopez (Leo) and Marc Anthony (Virgo), Madonna (Leo) and Guy Ritchie (Virgo), and Meghan Markle (Leo) and Prince Harry (Virgo).
Leo & Virgo’s Friendship Compatibility
Although Leo and Virgo have very different personalities, these two can become good friends as they complement each other really well. “If they were attending a potluck, Virgo would bring an elaborate main dish while Leo would bring a fun side they just picked up at the grocery store and a party game,” Garbis says. “They wouldn’t duplicate each other‘s efforts, instead, they’ll do their best to help each other out in their own ways without stepping on each other’s toes.”
Potential Problems In A Leo & Virgo Relationship
At their core, Leo and Virgo are different people. Leo is outgoing and focused on themselves, while Virgo is introverted and self-sacrificing. “As the fifth and sixth signs of the zodiac, this pairing understands personal love intimately,” Bücker says. “But when challenges arise, they may not have the foresight to continue beyond the personalization of romantic love into the sustainability of unconditional love.” Their initial attraction and good conversation early on can get overshadowed by their differences as things progress.
According to Monahan, Leos tend to move on from problems easily, while Virgos will spend hours obsessing over an issue in order to come up with best possible solution. “Leo can get easily frustrated with the slower tempo of Virgo,” Monahan says.
Virgos are also the biggest perfectionists in the zodiac, and have a tendency to be quite critical at times. Even when they mean well, this is something that will bother Leo. In general, Leos are confident, however, they do have a secret sensitive side. They tend to care about the opinions of others, especially the people they love. Virgo’s suggestions may come off as constant criticism to Leo, which can then cause them to pull away from the relationship.
Are Leo & Virgo A Good Match?
Overall, there are some good aspects to a Leo-Virgo relationship, so there is potential to last. But because they’re so different, the two summer signs will need to find a way to balance each other out in order for this partnership to work. The good thing is, Leo is a fixed sign who values relationships and commitment, while Virgo is a slow and steady earth sign that won’t commit until they’re completely sure about someone. Once they’re in a relationship, they’ll give it their all to make the relationship last a lifetime.
Clarisse Monahan, astrologer
Gelika Bücker, astrologer, Founder and CEO of Stars Align
Stina Garbis, professional astrologer and psychic
Iyesha George, spirituality expert
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