This is a great combination, both for friendship and romance. These two tend to get along well because Libra appreciates Leo’s decisiveness and strength of character, and Leo loves Libra’s wit, charm, and style. However, Leo might find Libra a bit too easy going or even weak (Leos respect Leonine traits such as forcefulness and dominance, even though they find them difficult to live with in another person). This lack of respect for Libran mellowness could reduce the potency of a romantic relationship, but for the most part, these two are well-matched and often share common interests and lifestyle preferences.
Both signs have a decadent streak, so they may bond over the pursuit of luxury. These two friendly, extroverted individuals can also have a great social life together because both love to get out, meet people, and be admired. In addition, they share a strong romantic streak, which is beneficial for serious relationships. On the other hand, both tend to fall in love with idealized versions of their partners rather than their real selves, which can lead to disappointment. To make matters worse, they also tend to fall in love with the idea of being love, but may have difficulty with the duller or more difficult day-to-day aspects of living with others once the initial bloom of passion has faded.
Although both Leo and Libra like a lot of attention, Libras are usually happy to let Leos be the leaders and the centers of attention (or at least let them think that they are), which helps to prevent conflicts. Libras are tolerant and egalitarian by nature, so they don’t try to dominate their partners. This means that Libra is less likely to threaten Leo’s sense of power and control. Libra is also not inclined to pick fights, which can keep things harmonious. However, some Leos may see their Libra partners’ efforts to keep things calm and smooth as a lack of passion. On the other hand, Libran tact and diplomacy reduce the risk that Leo’s ego will be punctured by a careless word or sharp criticism.
There are some differences in the ways that Leo and Libra perceive the world, which can cause misunderstandings. Leos run on emotion, while Libras process things intellectually. Loyal, emotional Leos passionately defend those they care about, while detached, reasonable Libras can see both sides of an issue and tend to make their judgments based on fairness rather than favoritism. This may lead to problems if Leo demands that Libra take a side in a conflict but Libra stubbornly maintains a rational, neutral stance. If Leo perceives Libra as disloyal, this can be a deal breaker. However, if these two can meet each other halfway, with Leo making an effort to understand other perspectives and Libra showing absolute loyalty in particularly sensitive situations, their differing views of conflict are unlikely to create serious problems.
Note: There is more to astrological compatibility than sun signs alone. Other elements in a person’s natal zodiac also play a role. Ascendants (rising signs), moon signs, and other planetary placements and aspects also shape personality and affect compatibility. For example, a Capricorn with Leo rising will be more extroverted than a typical Capricorn, and a Taurus with Aries rising or the moon in Sagittarius will be more compatible with Sagittarius than a typical Taurus. For more information on other natal chart elements, see Astrology Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
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