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Aries Man and Leo Woman

Lust for Life

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Character Study

Aries men are hyper-masculine, and that's attractive to many Lionesses. A man confident as a man, even cocky, is a turn on. He's not timid about pursuit and has strong drives. The hunt is exciting for Leo women, as they enjoy feeling so desirable.

Aries men are the loudest at the bar and put off an air of self-containment that many women like. They're not into game playing, appearing this way or that -- they are purely themselves, what you see is what you get. That's admirable and refreshing when so many seem to suffer from identity crises. The Aries man knows who he is, and if he likes you, you'll know it.

The oft-reported downside to Aries men is that they're totally me-centered and arrogant. You could see this as their life path -- to know the self in an undiluted, charged way. If you love an Aries man, it's hard to take when that fierce focus is turned toward others. He's all about testing his will, and it's hard for him to resist getting a rise out of others, flirting or being provocative.

Leo women find it especially intolerable to be in the background. And Aries men have a definite blind spot that can deeply wound Leo pride. It comes a combo of being naturally self-centered, and having strong sexual drives, along with an insatiable need to prove himself again and again. He can be blind to the way his actions affect others, especially those closest to him.

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The natural friendliness and big sense of self of the Leo woman is a draw. What Aries and Leo share, as fire signs, is physical vitality and charisma. Yes, it's true. This makes the first stage of dating pure magic, as the rush of love -- which is so like falling in love with yourself -- overwhelms body and soul.

The Leo woman loves compliments, as well as big showy gestures. There's a side of Aries men that love the rituals of courtship. It's about winning the fair lady, which is why they love women who are hard to get.

Leo women ARE hard to get, because they have high standards. She is a queen after all. This regal air is alluring to the Aries man, who rises to the occasion. Keeping her sense of dignity is important for the Lioness. That's why she's so bruised if the Aries man strays, even he doesn't go all the way. It's the insult to the sense of who she is -- someone that's a whole lotta woman, and enough for any man.

How dare he? If there are too many moments of gross insensitivity, Leo woman loses her shine. She becomes insecure, perpetually angry and indignant.

What Goes Right

The Aries man feels on top of the world, with his Lioness. He beams with pride, and she basks in his adoration. Their friends know them as dynamic, never boring, and ambitious. This is a pairing for performers, collaborators, business partners. They love being in the spotlight, and encourage each other to take risks.

This is a big fierce love. It's passionate and rough-and-tumble, with vigorous fights and just as intense making up. Leo is a fixed sign, and seeks to settle in to a lifelong bond. Aries is a cardinal sign, and that's an energy of forging new ground. The Aries man needs the sense of busting through barriers, and living at the edge. This can happen in a stable relationship, with shared adventures and mutual support for ambitions.

The Leo woman sometimes has to summon patience, to compensate when the Aries man is in his ram-butting mode. If he says something off-the-charts, a little amnesia on her part will get her through. To her astonishment, he likely won't remember it the next day, at least not with the same intensity.

Through the Rough Spots

Both these fire signs thrive when there's tension, so this couple grows through the art of transforming friction. It helps if there's the ability to step back, and view behaviors, to gain some perspective.

Leo women can be demanding -- royalty has that trait -- and this can lead to destructive relating patterns. If she's trying to tame the Aries man, this will backfire and he will resent it. That's when he starts showing his fierce edge, as the sign of the warrior.

The Lioness can become controlling -- sometimes without realizing it herself. Bringing fears of losing the other out into the open is key. Also knowing where the relationship stands, and what each person wants.

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