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Dating + Hooking Up: The Leo Approach
When it comes to dating, Leo pulls out all the stops. In fact, these highly competitive cats are some of the most likely to become entrenched in “the dating game,” addicted to the adrenaline of meeting new people and the theater of putting on a big show of luxurious dates and thrill-a-minute outings during the courting process. That’s not to say that Leo is slow to commit, though. Leo is easily won over through proper adoration and worship, but it’s not because they’re lazy—at least, not that lazy—in love. When these kings and queens decide to hitch themselves to another star, it’s because the apple of their feline eye has stroked their nobility and stoked their big heart’s flame just so, sending Leo into an absolute tizzy of a passionate drama. Yes, loving the zodiac’s cuddly jungle cats is a lot like escaping into a steamy, bodice-ripper Harlequin novel. Many are magnetized by the light of this sign’s natural star status, yet it takes a certain personality to roll with the leader of the pride and many can’t take the heat of Leo’s love.
Even if you casually date Leo and never become serious, they’ll make sure you at least remember them—and if not them, the date itself. These personalities like to make a big splash when it comes to first impressions and will stop at nothing to present themselves as fascinating nobility to be respected and endlessly grateful for. To that end, Leo spares absolutely no expense in planning unique, opulent activities, outings, and dates to impress you. A telltale sign of their interest in you can be gauged by how much dinero they spend. Expect to pull an all-nighter if the date seems to be going well; notorious party animals with an immense appetite and stamina for fun, Leo just loves to show off their arm-candy companions out on the scene.
These powerful personalities are bold and have no reservations when it comes to expressing their attraction, leaving little guesswork or room for games to be played. Leo is so busy and important—they are leaders and nobility, after all, with great responsibility even just in existing—they don’t have time for the usual intrigue of dating. For Leo, game recognizes game, so these beasts have little to zero patience with indecision or half-stepping. In the lion’s mind, they shouldn’t really have to try so hard to capture your attention, especially when they’re practically handing you a golden ticket to celebrity access, boundless fun, laughter, hot and beastly sex, and a gleaming star status as the jewel on their arm. Leo doesn’t have time for those who don’t want to hang among stars.
If you hadn’t noticed, Leo possesses a tendency toward an overactive ego, which can be a turnoff for some of the more low-key signs. Prideful to the max, when Leo’s brash arrogance rears its obnoxious head, consider this behavior a defense mechanism for masking their vulnerability and wounded ego. As the conquering king, these personalities need to feel respected and appreciated constantly. Younger lion cubs (and less-evolved Leos) might follow their instinct to lead with the ego when getting to know someone new, but quickly realize that their theatrical performance of smoke and mirrors can only get them so far in the pursuit of true love. Leos are expressive and hot-tempered though they maintain their composure most of the time to preserve their dignity and honor. Expect to hear about it if you upset or disappoint them in any big way, but don’t worry about making a lifelong enemy; Leos are magnanimous with forgiveness and would rather remain friends or close acquaintances than become foes. Besides, Leo doesn’t have time or energy for holding grudges.