By Matthew David Savinar

Combine the ass-kicking, self-starting, take-no-prisoners attitude of an Aries Sun with the stunning stage presence of a Leo Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is heroic, honorable, and heading straight for super-stardom if not to the stars themselves. Almost always the center of attention, the textbook Aries/Leo will make their entrance to a restaurant, night club, or even the laundromat with all the fiery drama and theatrical aplomb of a Space Shuttle launch. This is not a coincidence! How do I know? Because using its original launch date as its date of birth the Space Shuttle itself is an Aries Sun, Leo Moon! (Chart)

Enthusiastic and energetic, bold and brave, vivacious and vibrant, Aries/Leos are born leaders with big appetites for adventure a penchant for taking big risks. The textbook Aries/Leo – particularly the female of the species – can turn a trip to the store for some groceries into a dramatic adventure worthy of a James Cameron film, an all points bulletin by the police, a front page story in the National Enquirer, a big-time book deal and on a really good day all of the above. Astrologer David Wells writes of this pairing, “if there’s a commotion you can be sure this person is at the center of it” while Jefferson Anderson refers to the Aries/Leo pairing as “The Dynamo” who takes a distinctly head-first approach to love, life, and lively self-expression:

Ambitious and self-assertive, you are an individual among individuals. Courage is one of your greatest gifts: the courage to be yourself, to dare, and to create.

Your healthy (some would say, a little too healthy) ego craves attention, and you express yourself dramatically and sometimes flamboyantly. Your dress, mannerisms, and actions are often calculated to draw attention to yourself. Center stage is what you want, and your charm, vitality, and enthusiasm for life usually assure it. (Source)

Starting a new television network and want it to be a success? Have an Aries/Leo anchor your evening programming and watch your ratings go through the stratosphere. Holding a fund-raiser for your local high school? Have an Aries/Leo headline the event and you’ll have it sold out almost as soon as tickets go on sale. To illustrate: country music superstar Loretta Lynn, often referred to as “The First Lady of Country Music” is an Aries Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart)

True to her Aries/Leo nature, Lynn conquered much more than just the country music charts. Her 1976 autobiography became a best-seller and was made into an Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter Astrologer Jacqueline Bigar says the textbook Aries/Leo woman is “fiery and passionate, your raw energy makes you sexy . . . for many men you are simply too hot to handle”. (Source) No kidding. Now in her 70s Lynn still continues to win awards, sell out arenas, and exude every bit as much fiery passion as she did in her 30s:

Both Aries and Leo are considered male signs so Aries Sun, Leo Moon females absolutely, positively do not take kindly to being told to sit quietly in the back of the bus, so to speak. Loretta Lynn, for instance, routinely pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable behavior for a woman in the archly conservative industry of country music. According to her Wikipedia entry, “Lynn sang honestly about birth control (‘The Pill’), repeated childbirth (‘One’s on the Way’), double standards for men and women (‘Rated X’), and being widowed by the draft during the Vietnam War (‘Dear Uncle Sam’). Country music radio stations often refused to play her songs.” Aries/Leo is a very courageous pairing so true to her astrological pedigree Lynn did not let the censors stop her.

Although not identified as a “feminist”, Lynn’s willingness to courageously speak her truth means she’s got more than a few things in common with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, a contemporary of Lynn’s and a fellow Aries Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart) Steinem is best know for her politics but true to her Aries/Leo nature she was also quite the attention-getting show-stopper. Take a look, for instance, at this screen shot of her making a grand entrance to a circa 1970 New York charity event. See how her escort is shielding his eyes from all the flashbulbs? That’s what happens when you show up to an event with an Aries Sun, Leo Moon female. It’s gonna be lights, camera, action so you had best bring your sunglasses (and your seat-belts).

Aries Sun, Leo Moon individuals love, love, love being the center of attention. (Photo copyright Canadian Broadcast Corporation)

The above screenshot is taken from this CBC documentary on Mrs. Steinem. In it she says she was very reluctant to get all dressed up to go to a celebrity studded event but forced herself because it was for a good cause. With all due respect to Mrs. Steinem, I call shenanigans on her feigned “reluctance”. Aries/Leo loves, loves, and I mean *loves* to get dressed up and go out to big events particularly those where they’re likely to be the center of attention. That’s what this pairing lives for! Besides why deny that you need heaps of affection and adoration when one is so worthy of it anyways?

If there’s one thing this pairing does better than being the center of attention, it’s being the boss with a capital “B”. Grant Lewi writes of the Aries/Leo’s leadership capabilities, “This is a fine pairing for executives as you are able to manage affairs, both your own and others, to excellent advantage.” (Source) Let’s say you find yourself running the most powerful country in the history of the world and need an astrologer to tell you what to do, who ya gonna call? An Aries Sun, Leo Moon that’s who! According to Suzi and Charles Harvey this pairing “believes it belongs at the very center of the Universe”. (Source) The upside to possessing such a robust ego is this pairing won’t be the least bit intimidated when it finds itself at the center of places like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street or even the White House itself. To illustrate: Joan Quigley, the astrologer famously consulted by first lady Nancy Reagan during the 1980s, is an Aries Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart)

Aries Sun, Leo Moon loves being the boss

In 1988 Quigley was the subject of a Time Magazine cover story, “Astrology in the White House”, according to which the Reagans didn’t plan anything of significance without first consulting with her. The article created an absolutely huge uproar which brings us to one of the challenges for this Sun/Moon pairing. Both Aries and Leo are very overt, above-board, out-front, thrust-oriented signs so when you combine the two together you get a high-energy combination that can’t hide from the public even if it wanted to. Trying to conceal your association with an Aries/Leo is like trying to conceal a giant UFO landing on the White House lawn like in one of those big budget Hollywood movies. Good luck with that one!

As far as the White House goes, we don’t know if there will ever be another astrologer running it but there several young (under 40) Aries/Leos who are fixing to follow in the superstar footsteps of Mrs. Quigley. Michelle at is an Aries/Leo and her articles get up to 150-200 comments each, which for an astrology site is simply amazing. London based astrologer Lada Duncheva is also an Aries/Leo and her YouTube channel has amassed nearly 100,000 subscribers in only a few years, making it one of the most popular astrology channels on YouTube.

Aries/Leos typically take as bold and fiery an approach to romance as they do do to self-expression. Aries rules the head while Leo rules the heart so when the two combine you get a Sun/Moon pairing that demands both thoughtfulness (head) and passionate adoration (heart) from its partner. In return it will provide the partner with heaps of both. To illustrate: actress Olivia Hussey is an Aries Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart) She first came to prominence in when she portrayed Juliet in the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet, a role for which she won a Golden Globe. Aries/Leo individuals often have very resonant speaking voices so it’s no surprise Hussey has gone on to win numerous awards for her voice work. (Source) Now in her 60s, she still vibes as bold and regal as ever:

Carolyn Reynolds says Aries/Leo is the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to take off on wild romantic adventures such as “making love in a boxcar”. (Source) To say this pairing can be a handful in relationships is akin to saying the Titanic was a “boating mishap.” The upside to this is it’s completely straightforward with its intentions. You know the old rule about how a woman should wait 2-3 days to return the phone call of a new suitor? Hah! Leave that sort of subterfuge to Scorpio/Libra types, the Aries/Leo female is more likely to crash head-on into its intended with all the subtlety of a Mack truck. (The men will at least attempt a slightly more debonair approach.) With this pairing what you see is 1,000% what you get and what you get is one of the most courageous, authentic, and impassioned of Sun/Moon pairings. Doesn’t that make putting up with a few temper tantrums and dramatic outbursts totally worth it?

Speaking of drama, a warning you must heed should you date (let alone marry) an Aries/Leo of either gender. Under no circumstances should you let them be in a room with another Aries/Leo! Put two Aries/Leo males in a room together at a dinner party and you can be guaran-damn-teed they will lock horns like wild animals in those nature documentaries you see late night on the Discovery channel. And that will seem downright tame compared to the epic battle that will ensue between two Aries/Leo females competing for turf (attention). This is a very competitive combination and simply will not tolerate being anything other than “The Alpha”. Truth be told there simply isn’t enough space in any one room or on any one stage for two members of the zodiac’s most heroically mythic Sun/Moon club.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney (State Bar #228957), voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached for questions, comments, or astrological consults at his contact page.

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