On the surface, Leo and Capricorn seem like stark opposites. While Capricorns are reserved, Leo’s are extravagant and over-the-top.
Capricorns are masters of self-restraint, and Leos can be impulsive. Though, even when they’re not impulsive, they are emotionally driven through life and make many decisions from the heart.
Capricorns are cautious, practical individuals. They like to have logic on their side and facts laid out on the table in front of them before they’ll even consider making a move.
EMOTIONS AND VALUES
Many Caps are drawn to Leos’ ability to make them laugh, shine a light on the brighter things in life, and expand their horizons emotionally. But the first reason the goat is attracted to the lion may have something to do with the status and success that Leo’s regal demeanor and fire-fueled ambition attracts.
Capricorns are not the shrewd, heartless materialists that traditional astrology paints them to be. However, they are attracted to material success and crave status on some level in society.
Because Capricorn is a highly internalized character, her ambition may be the largest, most intense thing about her that meets the eye. Because Leos are drawn to prestige and success, they instinctively seek Capricorns out of the crowd.
COMPATIBILITY RATING: 7 OUT OF 10
Even Leos who don’t have remarkable careers have majestic bearings, dramatic self-expression, and high expectations. What they expect is to be admired, looked up to, and even worshiped. No matter what their position in life, Leos thrive under the spotlight. Thus, when they’re removed from the attentions of an adoring crowd, they wilt.
There is a part of the conservative Capricorn that delights at the excitement of sharing in Leo’s status and prestige, even when it’s self-envisaged. Both lions and goats are intensely ambitious and will usually carve out sufficient space for themselves in whatever careers and parts of the world they want to be part of.
Leo admires the fact that Capricorn doesn’t have a lazy bone in his body. The lion also benefits from the goat’s patience and ability to endure long periods of suffering or stagnation to eventually reach the pinnacle of their success, whatever it may be. Both Leos and Capricorns are goal-oriented people. Neither understand people who seem to be just going with the flow or experiencing life for the sake of experience.
And although Leo may bristle at Capricorn’s caution and reserve, the lion’s dramatic, emotional temperament could actually use some of the goat’s pacing. Capricorns imbue Leos with a different kind of strength; it is the quiet, enduring kind that engenders the stamina Leos need to reach the top. Capricorn’s even-keeled manner of being is soothing to Leos, who inwardly crave more emotional stability.
COMPATIBILITY RATING: 7 OUT OF 10
On practical terms, this relationship can work like a charm. Leos have larger-than-life personalities and ambitions to match. Capricorns are steady, hardworking individuals who share the lion’s ambition. Usually, Saturn’s rulership has imposed severe restrictions on Capricorn’s youth in one way or another, holding them back from their dreams and emotional satisfaction.
They are highly suspect of the instant gratification Leos seem to need and frequently offer. Yet behind Leo’s flashy demeanor, they see the glint of true grace, inner strength, and stamina. Their wisdom allows them to see that Leo’s larger-than-life, majestic personality belies an even bigger heart.
Most Capricorns need to expand themselves emotionally and unconsciously seek the experience of being “set free” by love. They may not abandon themselves to it as readily as more emotionally oriented signs. Capricorn’s emotions runs deep but are often just as deeply repressed.
Ruled by negative feminine night forces and restricted by Saturn’s cautionary nature, Capricorn is inclined toward severe bouts of gloom and pessimism. Leo’s sunny optimism and raw, open heart lightens Capricorn’s emotional load. It shows them that taking risks can yield great abundance and emotional rewards.
This is a lesson Capricorn karmically needs to learn. Leo is fiercely protective of the goat’s heart and of the unexpected emotional depth and sentimentality this cool, poised person inwardly possesses. The lion recognizes what Capricorn won’t readily admit to: his shyness. In turn, Capricorn is also constantly looking after her Leo lover, acting almost as the perfect assistant would to a lion of real or imagined fame.
Capricorns not only seem to thrive under duress and in crisis, but they deftly deal with the practical details of everyday life. Leo usually needs and happily welcomes the assistance. But it comes with guidance and an almost parental sternness that makes them bristle and sometimes roar.
COMPATIBILITY RATING: 6 OUT OF 10
As you could probably surmise from the “Relationships” section, a very precarious balance of powers exist within this relationship. Although Capricorn is drawn to the vivacity and dynamism of her Leo lover’s character, she also loathes being told what to do. As a fixed fire sign, Leo likes to be in control. He exhibits a kind of indomitable emotional stubbornness.
Luckily, Capricorn has the strength and stamina to endure it. Although Capricorns may be more mild-mannered than typical Leos, they are born under a cardinal leadership sign. This means that, by virtue of their nature, they are action-oriented people who take situations into their own hands. Their even temperament might mean they know how to pick and choose their battles. However, they won’t compromise the things that are truly important to them – and neither will Leos.
Their disagreements and resentments can be drawn out much longer than that of other sun sign combinations. With that said, if the power struggle that exists within their dynamic can be balanced out (which it often can), these two can experience an unexpected harmony together. This is a marriage in which compromise comes naturally much of the time. Despite their stubborn natures, they often meet each other halfway. Where one lacks, the other has an abundance to share.
When Capricorn grows moody and broods with an underlying fear of intimacy, Leo’s sunny warmth and optimism brightens the goat’s spirits. If they are really in love, and if they get married, Leo’s emotional warmth sets the Capricorn soul on fire.
Although it takes time for Capricorn to let her guard down, she senses that this fixed fire sign is capable of deep, lasting commitment and loyalty. Leo doesn’t lack emotional consistency, so Capricorn won’t find his grandiose dreams too fanciful to trust. She knows that he has the strength and endurance to bring even his loftiest ambitions into fruition. Also, she knows that he’s generous enough to share the fruits of his labor with her.
Leo indulges Capricorn monetarily and emotionally, and goats need to be taken care of more than they let on. They are so used to taking responsibility for others from a young age, they may have never experienced what it’s like to share themselves freely and without reserve. As if he really were royalty, Leo fiercely and gallantly guards Capricorn’s vulnerable emotional core with his life.
COMPATIBILITY RATING: 7 OUT OF 10
These two can both be possessive when insecure. This is where the differences in their self-expression stand out as a challenge. Leo readily showers Cap with affection and expects the same. However, Capricorn can be much more repressive and less forthcoming about her true feelings.
It’s not that goats aren’t honest people, because they are. It’s just that Saturn is a cold planet. Capricorns have a steely reserve that Leos have to work hard to penetrate.
Leo may be one of the only people who possess both the warmth and stamina to do just that. They may be able to melt the wall of ice around Capricorn’s heart, releasing it from its reserve. However, Capricorns do need to consciously heed the need to meet Leo halfway emotionally. Actually, Leos need to be met more than halfway. So the more inner passions Capricorn is able to unleash, the more harmonious and fulfilling this relationship will be.
When it comes to money, Capricorn should control at least her own money. As drastic as they may sound, it’s usually the best way to go about handling their finances. This is because their attitudes about finances may never be truly aligned. Leo is as charitable and generous as he is extravagant with money; Capricorn is as practical and cautious as one can be. If they can agree to disagree here, they’ll usually do just fine.
COMPATIBILITY RATING: 5 OUT OF 10
SEX AND INTIMACY
For Leo, sex and love are inextricably tied. This doesn’t mean that lions, imbued with such a fiery sex drive, aren’t able to have sex for the sake of physical satisfaction. Though it does mean that the passions of their hearts are as larger-than-life as their personalities. Thus, to feel truly fulfilled, they need to have emotional as well as physical satisfaction.
Leo requires frequent fiery, passionate displays of surrender in love. The lion needs to feel as though his/her lover has been caught in the heat of his flame, and is powerless to resist the force field of her sexuality. She needs intense demonstrations of emotional surrender, and at the same time to be tamed by a lover.
If Capricorn has divorced love from sexual satisfaction, this pattern is often deeply ingrained. It takes a long time (and possibly some therapy) for it to be undone. However, if Capricorn is harmoniously connected to her own loving nature, his passion and sex drive match Leo’s.
However, he needs to be more demonstrative of emotion. Also, if he lacks creative expression, their mating will fall flat in some areas. However, Capricorns are usually gentle, considerate lovers whose latent passions flourish under the touch of a Leo.
For female or male Leos who are attracted to masculine expression, a Capricorn male’s inherent masculine strength draws out Leo’s primal, ecstatic response to lovemaking. For Capricorns of both sexes, Leo’s ability to dominate and surrender to passion in turn is intoxicating.
The goat’s nearly fetish-like sexual fervor and adoration is a powerful aphrodisiac for Leo, who loves being loved more than anything.
COMPATIBILITY RATING: 7 OUT OF 10
LEO/CAPRICORN COMPATIBILITY PROS:
- Leos have both the passion and loyalty to arouse Capricorn’s more emotional instincts. This inspires a dynamic of mutual giving and receiving between them.
- Leo has the endurance to wait out Capricorn’s emotional reserve; Capricorn is endowed with the wisdom and patience to see through Leo’s bravado to his big, vulnerable heart. They are each inherently protective of each other.
- Driven by a karmic need to break the cycles of emotional restriction and self-denial, Capricorn is drawn toward Leo’s warmth. This warmth promises to deliver an extraordinary life and love experience.
LEO/CAPRICORN COMPATIBILITY CONS:
- Capricorns can be so emotionally reserved that the more impatient Leos who need instant emotional gratification can be turned away before getting the chance to know goats.
- Capricorns who are not emotionally healthy or matured can be closed-off emotionally and overly focused on external value and success. Leos who are not emotionally healthy or matured can have such huge, sensitive egos that they can’t open up and share their true selves, either. Leos in this phase can also be materialistic.
- Capricorns are more deeply sensitive and vulnerable than most people ever suspect. If Leo reveals his ardor all at once, Capricorn may run away, even if she feels a strong connection.
Summary of Leo and Capricorn
Leo and Capricorn have an often complicated, but ultimately rewarding, dynamic. Leo tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. In a romantic situation, this might cause Capricorn to have hot and cold reactions to him at first.
Capricorns are drawn to the warmth of the sun that is embodied by Leo. But they’re also afraid of letting go emotionally. Until they trust completely, they do their best to keep a part of themselves hidden.
Fortunately (in most cases), Leo sees her elusive ways as a challenge. And there’s nothing a mighty Leo loves more than a challenge. He has the passion, stamina, and perseverance to wait Capricorn out until she opens up, little by little.
Leos must understand that the ice wall around the goat’s heart is really fear; it must be chipped away at piece by piece. If she opens up all at once, she’ll feel terrified and run in the other direction, both from Leo and her own loving nature (which she may not have been able to freely and safely express in her youth).
Fortunately, Capricorns tend to get younger as they grow older. It’s their own particular form of magic, but they remain highly independent beings all their lives. They won’t easily change or be told what do, no matter how strong Leos’ command is over their emotions and sexuality.
Leos would do well to recall that Capricorns don’t settle for a commonplace life or love experience unless their fear wins out. In romantic or highly intimate relationships, each may have to surrender some control in order to achieve a harmonious emotional climate.
OVERALL COMPATIBILITY RATING: 9 OUT OF 10