26-Nov-2014, 17:59 UT/GMT
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Leo men are larger than life. Even humbler Lions manage this. The Leo man often radiates charisma, and whether you like him or not, you can't ignore him. There are quieter Leo men around who don't make a great roar about their specialness. But when you get to know such a man, you'll find that inwardly he's just the same, with the same need for self-mythologising deep within him. Don't be fooled by quiet, shy Leos. They're Lions nonetheless. And that quality of intense self-consciousness, of always feeling as though some special destiny awaits them, permeates even the most introverted Leo's soul.
The Leo man is often attracted to an earthier partner. This can be a wonderfully creative combination, and it can also be a disaster. When it works, the Leo man looks for a stabilising influence in his partner, and can achieve a better contact with mundane reality through the relationship. When it's a disaster, the trouble usually comes from Leo's tendency to undervalue detail and the things of ordinary life. When he takes this stance, he's liable to treat his partner as unpaid secretary and domestic help. In that case he usually winds up with a very angry and resentful partner, or, equally commonly, no partner at all.
Leo the romantic can sweep you off your feet. His attitude toward love is neither timorous nor restrained, and those grand gestures - whether they're gifts, magical journeys, or dramatic declarations of emotion through poetry or song - are irresistible. A Leo man can make his partner feel totally loved and desired.
Often the Leo man has a large and persistent crowd of admirers. Even if he's not conventionally handsome or successful, there's something fascinating about him. The trouble usually starts once the romance begins to be tempered by everyday reality. The Leo man doesn't warm to the idea of his partner having a life where he isn't right at the centre. Many Leo men become deeply resentful when their partner shows too much interest in a career or an independent array of hobbies, interests, ideas or friends.
Leo needs to feel that he's the Sun around which your Moon orbits. If you suddenly take off and start shining with a light of your own, he's liable to get a little sullen. At worst he may try to stifle you because his own self- importance is threatened. It's hard (although not impossible) for the Leo man to not only acknowledge his partner's need for independent creative expression, but also his own need for an individualistic partner. He can only really do this if he's standing firmly on a ground of solid self-esteem.
The Lion doesn't change his habits or viewpoints easily, and certainly not because someone else has told him to do so. If you try to reform a Leo man, you're wasting your time. He can be stubborn, and his pride won't allow him to acknowledge the wisdom of your advice. His business is to give advice, not to receive it. On the other hand, faith in him and his dreams, confidence in his talents and acceptance of his sometimes childlike need for constant reassurance and attention, can work wonders.
A Leo who knows he's believed in can work miracles. If you're an independent, self-contained type, the Leo man can be a problematic partner. He requires lots of time, love, attention and devotion. Who ever heard of a hero who hides in the background while his partner fights the battles? If you need badly to be recognised as a special individual in your own right, a little fur may fly if you make a home with the King of the Beasts. On the other hand, if you're the self-effacing martyr type, Leo isn't for you, because he likes you to be as royal as he is. He needs to take pride in his partner as well as in himself.
Nothing can match Leo when it comes to sheer life and vitality. If you want a partner you can respect, admire and take pride in, then Leo's the man for you. He's not just anybody, after all, and he's a living contradiction to the old saying that all cats are grey at night. He's himself, unique and unrepeatable.