Upside: passion; strong wills; share focused creative drive; ambition; ability to manifest high; strong sex drive.
Downside: bitter or vengeful exes; hard being friends after break-up; power drives strong; stuck in contentious grooves.
Some warn "danger, danger" when Leo and Scorpio meet, but there's a simmering boil that keeps things red hot. If there's chemistry, Leo and Scorpio find the sustained intensity -- and drama -- they're looking for in love.
Scorpio may technically be a water sign, but with Pluto (and Mars) as rulers, they're honorary fire signs -- Scorpio is the phoenix that rises out of the ashes. The Leo and Scorpio alliance is about stirring the creative cauldron, for self-expression and manifesting all they desire. This is a power duo, if the personal power of either is not turned into a wounding weapon. The risks are great and so are the rewards.
If the fires of Leo and Scorpio are creative and continually purifying, this is an affair that lasts. A key theme is catharsis -- finding a way through a fight, creating together or making love. In this love match, trust to make it through the raw moments, is everything.
Scorpio admires the radiance of Leo, and attracts the lion with their own mysterious magnetism. Leo's warmth melts the initial seriousness of Scorpio, and wins their trust with openness and generosity. Scorpio's deeply anchored and focused persona is a big draw for Leo, sensing someone that will support their own ambitions. They understand the edgy ego defenses of the other, and may even enjoy the tension their strong wills create.
Pluto-ruled Scorpio has the intensity of a fire sign, but with a psychic-intuitive radar that will catch Leo doing anything sneaky. Both are jealous and possessive, and will need to set ground rules, and learn to fight fair. When either feels betrayed, the relationship suffers from the Scorpion's sting and the Lion's deafening roar. A loss of trust turns these zodiacal predators into the formidable enemy within. As exes, they may give in to a scorched earth policy, leaving no remnants of good will behind.
If they avoid the worst case scenario, the many Leo-Scorpio couples prove this is a dynamic combo that spurs eachother to greater heights. Scorpio intuits the Lion's need for praise, and offers feedback that has weight to it. A danger zone is wounding each other, and being unyielding. The art of forgiveness, giving and receiving, is a love balm. And yet, it has to be sincere and heartfelt, as these two sign are very proud and aware of their own power.
Any manipulations or power plays are deeply resented, and are hard to undo (and be put in the past). If the baggage piles too high, it becomes exhausting to carry. Much will depend on how ready each is to face what's well-defended within, and trust enough to be vulnerable with the other. A commitment helps, but it has to be a strong one with deep roots.
Leo's smiley ways and sense of celebration lure Scorpio into moods that bring out the very best in their complex, loving nature. Their intimate life is by turns intense and playful, and a great release for any tensions that build up between them. If they resist driving the relationship over a cliff, there's a sense of loyalty and exciting sexual chemistry that is more than enough to sustain a lifelong passion.