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Leo and Libra Compatibility: Why the Pairing Gets a 6/10 Rating
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Leo is a bold fire sign and Libra is a sophisticated air sign—distinct yet totally compatible elements. Leo and Libra make a sextile aspect, which means they are 60º apart on the zodiac wheel: a harmonious blend! Fire signs and air signs are both bright, action-oriented and enjoy making a splash. The only danger when the lion meets the scales is that if things aren’t handled carefully, all that chemistry amounts to nothing but hot air.

Leo in Relationships

Leos are bold, artistic and love giving attention as much as they love receiving it. When it comes to relationships, Leos want something that’s stable and committed. Though they also love eccentric types and their partnerships are always anything but ordinary, they require someone who plays by the rules and meets their high expectations. Their dream partner is also someone who’s incredibly accomplished but likes to lead from behind the scenes. It’s not that Leos don’t want to be part of a power couple, it’s just that they want to make sure to be the face of it. 

Libra in Relationships

Libras are ruled by Venus, so there’s nothing more important to them than love and beauty. And though Libras are typically described in relation to other people (it takes two to keep the balance after all), they’re actually extremely independent when it comes to partnership. When Libras find the right person, their relationship is all about adventure, and they tend to go for people who bring energy into their life. Libras are also extremely turned off by clinginess and can go years without needing to move in together or make things official. As long as Libra feels confident in the other person’s feelings, there’s no need to make a big deal.

Leo and Libra Compatibility

Communication

Rating: 9/10

The conversation is never boring when Leo and Libra get together. These two signs have a lot to say and are constantly inspiring each other with quippy jokes and deep thoughts. It’s unlikely that these two would ever keep any big secrets from each other, but they both like to tell white lies. Leos tend to lie by omission while Libras love to exaggerate. As soon as they know each other well enough to detect these patterns though, it becomes a part of their repartee.

Sex & Romance

Rating: 9/10

Though both Leos and Libras absolutely love love, neither is a very saccharine type. Both are romantic but show it through bold choices rather than sweet romantic gestures.

In the early stages of dating, Libra might be aloof or hard to read which could be a turn off for Leo who obviously loves attention. Once Libra gets comfortable though, they have an incredible chemistry. Both really enjoy being in control, so their sex life is definitely hot and expressive (and if push comes to shove, Libra always lets Leo take the lead). With tons of creative energy and a competitiveness between them, things never get boring with these two. 

Career Support

Rating: 5/10

Though Leos are artistic and known for the ways they bring people together, their work ethic is surprisingly rigid or even clinical at times. It takes a tight ship to keep all that beautiful, imaginative work afloat! Meanwhile, Libras are known for their ability to relate and take care of others. No matter what their career, they’re always the person handling everyone else’s crisis. Because of this, they tend to keep their days more flexible and don’t like to be forced into any kind of routine. 

Problems might arise when Leo accuses Libra of not being ambitious or focused enough. The relationship can also suffer if Leo isn’t doing well at work as the stress really affects their ability to make time for others. Though Libra is a peacemaker, it might get difficult for them to adjust to Leo’s strict routine. This couple works best when they can keep their careers separate and support each other’s success.

Home & Family

Rating: 7/10

Though Leos are not shy and tend to be oversharers, they do like to keep their family life extremely private. Libras can sometimes view their family as an obligation, and they won’t bring a partner to meet them until they know it’s serious. When these two come together in a relationship, they naturally respect each other’s boundaries and understand that family is very complicated. 

Both Leo and Libra are super creative but aren’t very interested in home decorating or housekeeping unless it’s for a big party. When creating a space together, these two definitely need the intervention of an interior decorator ––or skilled and stylish friend–– to keep them from getting too bored with all the details. Moving in together is a huge deal and should come with extra caution and care in this relationship.

Money

Rating: 6/10

Leos are all about budgeting! Though they have a reputation for being materialistic or indulgent, they’re actually pretty level-headed and practical when it comes to their finances. Libras on the other hand can get very stressed out by money and are either masters of savings or constantly dealing with money problems. Libras bring the resources while Leos handle the cash flow. It’s necessary for these couples to have some very real conversations so that there aren’t any surprises down the line 

Summary

Overall Rating: 6/10

Overall, Leo and Libra are an exciting match, but the question lies in whether something this passionate is built to last. Both the communication and the sex give them the makings of a power couple, but they run into issues when it comes to money and supporting each other’s career. Also though both respect each other’s privacy, neither is ever particularly enthusiastic about starting a family together. So though the early dates are thrilling, the longer it goes, the more this pair loses steam.

A great example of this match is Kate Winslet (Libra) and her director ex-husband, Sam Mendes (Leo). These two met and had a whirlwind, passionate romance in the early 00s ––even marrying on a whim while on holiday in 2003. But their relationship eventually fell apart as they worked together on Revolutionary Road and discovered that they had truly incompatible work/life boundaries. Though it definitely can be done, keeping the spark alive in this pairing is no easy task.

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