Upside: party people; high physical energies; confidence; bright minds; go big or go home types; showmanship as a couple; affectionate; loyal; big-hearted; playful; thrive on creative risk; fully engaged; childlike enthusiasm; generous; passion to burn. Downside: burn-out; scorching arguments; demanding; overtooting own horn; childish; unforgiving; quick to reject first; pride; jealousy.
Aries and Leo are magnets for each other, and initial dates set the pace for a thrilling adventure. Sometimes this becomes a trial by fire -- a clash of two strong-willed people. The strong wills make for dynamic lives, but much will depend on timing (maturity). Are you ready to handle that much fire, in a way that creates a lasting love?
The Lion can be standoffish at first, and take an attitude of what does this person have to offer me? The confident Leo with a big sunny personality is a prize worth fighting for, since Aries loves a challenge!
Aries comes alive with a lover that's wanting them to "show, not tell" what they're made of. They revel in the chance to show off their talents and special skills. In each new situation, Aries has a chance to shine, and win the coveted heart of the Lion.
It's true that Aries and Leo have robust egos, and have a selfish streak. This commanding sense of self, with both signs, is what makes them great leaders, artists, innovators.
There can be peaks and valleys, of provocative clashes and harmony, especially if each learn to co-rule the relationship. Leo rules regally and wishes to be admired, while Aries acts with less need for an approving court. Both have strong libidos and warm, outgoing personalities. This is a pair that turns heads, and they'll enjoy the buzz they create.
When dating, Aries likes the chase, and Leo won't mind being pursued, especially if it means being treated like royalty. The proud, hard-to-win air of Leo only spurs the Aries on to greater demonstrations of desire. Aries shows up under the window for a midnight serenade. Leo is similarly spontaneous, and loves celebrations, like throwing a surprise party for the Ram.
These two are stars on the town, and have a lot of stamina to keep the party going late. A danger zone is flirting, often just for the fun of it. Both signs flirt for ego gratification, and it's often innocent, with no intention of spoiling a good thing. But if caught in the wrong moment, a playful exchange drives the other to extremes of jealousy. This can be a very destructive force in the relationship that undermines trust big time, and causes a lot of pain.
Trouble ensues if Aries says or does things that conveys disrespect, which can be a deal breaker for Leo. But the charming Ram knows how to get back inside the circle of trust for another round. Both sides reach their boiling points quickly, and irritation with the other could soon eclipse all the other good feelings.
Both are fire signs, but Leo is fixed and that's a key to understanding challenges here. Leo is more likely to stick on resentments, while Aries is known to move on from arguments quickly. A flare up for Aries is a blip on the screen, but Leo has a harder time with perceived injuries.
This relationship can be a real roller coaster, with thrills-a-minute, but needs anger management to work for the long haul. When it's good, it's glorious, since these two are bon vivants that inspire each others' creative impulses.
As a fixed sign, Leo shows Aries how to bring an idea to fruition. Leo can show Aries how to have staying power, with a project -- to see it to completion. And Aries keeps Leo taking risks and shining brightly! Aries encourages the big personality side of Leo, nothing is too over-the-top, and this makes things juicy and vital. A key is continuing to grow, and cheering each other on, through the highs and lows.
See also Aries Man and Leo Woman.
Read about the Dark Side of Aries.