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Ask the Astro Poets: Am I the Only Nerdy Leo Out There?

Twitter’s favorite astrologers weigh in on spending all your time with your books—or with the same four heartbreakers.


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Ask the Astro Poets is the monthly advice column by W‘s resident astrologers, Alex Dimitrov (Sagittarius) and Dorothea Lasky (Aries). At the halfway point of every month, they take a breather from writing poetry and horoscopes, and take your questions about love, career, even the big existential questions in life. From matchmaking and compatibility, to friendship, professional, and dating advice, the poets of the stars are here to guide you through any challenge:

Dear Astro Poets,

I’m a proud Leo with a weak spot for brooding Pisces. The four men who’ve carved out a special place in my heart all share birthdays in the same week of March. I can’t resist them, even though they never give me exactly what I’m looking for, which is something like a lioness’s craving for fawning over you unconditionally. Instead, they’re always a little, well, complicated and unknowable. What’s up with these Pisces dudes taking up my psychic space? How can I keep my fire lit with all this watery energy around me?

Addicted to Pisces,

Leo

Dear Proud Leo,

Ah, I love a good fire plus water question. Pisces really are, well, delicious, and deliciously addictive. I, too, have fallen under their spell a few times. I mean, who hasn’t? It’s hard not to when you get a second look into their deep and mopey eyes, and they rope you into their emotional drama. They’re seductive with a big old capital “S,” a serpent’s tail on both ends. People often talk about which sign is the worst heartbreaker. I don’t think any Pisces is capable of the sort of heartbreak that a Gemini or a Scorpio is, but much of the time, they do come very close, doing their best to ruin the life of anyone looking their way within a 50-mile radius.

It makes sense that you, as a Leo, are attracted to them. You’re fixed fire, with tons of intensity and passion. Pisces is mutable water, and they love to go with the flow and carry on with anything exciting around them, which is probably you. You love dramatic romantic gestures, which Pisces are very capable of because they themselves are also very romantic. They intuit the feelings of others, and if they think someone needs to be heard, held, or helped, then if they care, they’ll drop everything to help do what they can. And, no matter how heartless they can seem, they do always care. They care deeply. Rest assured, all of the Pisces you’ve loved have cared very deeply about you. Even if you couldn’t always tell.

Still, that’s not to say that they’ll give you the no-holds-barred, 26-hours-a-day attention that you crave each and every day. We fire signs can sometimes be exhausting for other signs because we do really want attention constantly. (That is, until we don’t, and then you better never talk to us again). It’s not that other signs get tired of us. It’s just that they get tired themselves.

Celebrity Pisces: It’s Time for Rihanna to Shine Brighter Than Ever

Rihanna, born February 20. Photographed by Craig McDean for W magazine.

Craig McDean

Drew Barrymore, born February 22. Photographed by Mert and Marcus for W magazine.

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Alisha Boe, born March 6. Photographed by Tiffany Dawn Nicholson for W magazine, May 2018.

Oscar Isaac, born March 9. Photographed by Francesco Carrozzini for W magazine.

Francesco Carrozzini

Cindy Crawford, born February 20. Photographed by Juergen Teller for W magazine.

Photographed by Juergen Teller

Eva Mendes, born March 5. Photographed by Mert and Marcus for W magazine.

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Millie Bobby Brown, born February 19. Photographed by Alasdair McLellan for W magazine.

Alasdair McLellan

Olivia Wilde, born March 10. Photographed by Juergen Teller for W magazine.

Photograph by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2014.

Rachel Weisz, born March 7. Photographed by Juergen Teller for W magazine.

Teller Juergen

Dakota Fanning, born February 23. Photographed by Inez and Vinoodh for W magazine.

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Jessica Biel, born March 3. Photographed by Mikael Jansson for W magazine.

Jansson Mikael

Ellen page, born February 21. Photographed by Caitlin Cronenberg for W magazine, 2017.

Caitlin Cronenberg

Daniel Craig, born March 2. Photographed by Jeremy Murch for W magazine.

Murch Jeremy

Emily Blunt, born February 23. Photographed by Nigel Shafran for W magazine.

Shafran Nigel

Lily Collins, born March 18. Photographed by Marton Perlaki for W magazine.

Marton Perlaki

Miles Teller, born February 20. Photographed by Richard Burbridge for W magazine.

BURBRIDGE RICHARD
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I can’t lie—Pisces/Leo is not a good match. It’s not that your Pisces men haven’t known what you desperately need and want (constant adoration). It’s that somehow, they judged you for needing it—and were simultaneously attracted to this quality in you, which you decided to withhold. Pisces can be a bit sadistic in this way; because they know what makes us tick so well, they can decide not to give it to us on a whim. It’s just not a good idea to be around when a Pisces is feeling mean.

I don’t know your moon or Mars, so I can’t give you any specific advice about what sign might be the very best for you. But my instincts are saying that if you must have water, go Cancer. And if you can help it, go with an Aries or a Sagittarius, or maybe a very sweet Libra. These signs will want to worship you in ways that you deserve, because they themselves love to be worshipped in the same sorts of ways. But caution! Don’t forget to give back what you get.

I hope this month will bring you luck and love!

Dorothea

Miley Cyrus, Stella Maxwell, Paris Hilton and More VIPs Party Like It’s 1989

From left: Giamba shoes. Victoria’s Secret teddy; J.W. Anderson skirt; Uncommon Matters bracelet; Alexis Bittar ring. Moschino bralette and necklace; Hervé Van der Straeten earrings. Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC jeans; Dsquared2 boots.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: J.W. Anderson dress; Forest of Chintz earrings; vintage YSL belt from Albright Fashion Library, New York. Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane dress; Sequin bangles. Balmain jumpsuit and belt. Canali tuxedo; Dolce & Gabbana shirt. Christian Benner jacket; Calvin Klein Underwear T-shirt.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Emilio Pucci shirt; Dolce & Gabbana skirt; Chanel earrings from Depuis 1924, New York; Noir Jewelry ring. Tom Ford jacket and bow tie; Valentino shirt.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: J.W. Anderson trousers. Ashish dress; Yazbukey earrings. Versace dress; House of Flora London bracelet.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane dress; Oscar de la Renta earrings; CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet. Back, from left: RVDK/Ronald van der Kemp jacket; J.W. Anderson trousers. Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC jeans. Boss jacket and trousers. Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane jacket; Dsquared2 pants. Beauty note: Feather those lashes with Nars Audacious Mascara in Black Moon.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From top left: Fausto Puglisi dress. Rodarte dress. Blumarine dress. Versace blouse. Christopher Kane dress. Diane von Furstenberg dress. Moschino jacket. RVDK/
Ronald van der Kemp jacket. 
Boss jacket; RVDK/Ronald 
van der Kemp blouse. Camp Collection shorts. Versace dress. Victoria’s Secret teddy. Ron 
Dorff trunks.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From 
left: Christian Benner jacket; Calvin Klein Underwear T-shirt; Guess jeans. Versace blouse; 
Ann Demeulemeester pants. Alexandre Vauthier gown. 
Beauty note: Paint ’em black with Zoya nail polish in Willa.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Moschino bra; Faith Connexion bra (worn as skirt); Lisa Eisner Jewelry bracelet. Tom Ford jeans; Brioni loafers. Beauty note: Toss on some MAC Glitter 
in 3D Lavender for an all-over twinkle.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Balmain dress. Sandro T-shirt. Lisa Eisner Jewelry bracelet. Haider Ackermann top.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Neil Barrett jacket; Sportiqe Apparel for Playboy T-shirt; Zadig & Voltaire jeans. American Apparel tank top; Camp Collection shorts. Alexandre Vauthier dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Louis Vuitton shirt and skirt; Christopher Kane shoes. Zadig & Voltaire skirt; Vetements boots. Juan Carlos Obando blouse and pants; J.W. Anderson boots.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Louis Vuitton shirt and skirt; Christopher Kane shoes. Zadig & Voltaire skirt; Vetements boots. Juan Carlos Obando blouse and pants; J.W. Anderson boots.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Blumarine dress; R.J. Graziano earrings; (from left) R.J. Graziano bangles, Patricia von Musulin bangles; Eddie Borgo ring. Fausto Puglisi dress; Sequin earrings; (from top) Sequin bracelet; Janis by Janis Savitt bracelet. Beauty note: Stay slick with Malin + Goetz Firm Hold Gel.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci top.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Louis Vuitton top and skirt. Emilio Pucci dress. Paris Hilton’s own dress. Haider Ackermann top.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Moschino skirt. Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC jeans. Alexander Lewis blouse; Anthony Vaccarello skirt. Victoria’s Secret teddy; J.W. Anderson skirt.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Versace dress. RVDK/Ronald van der Kemp jacket. Zadig & Voltaire top 
and skirt. Anthony Vaccarello dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

No. 21 gloves.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Giorgio Armani top. Faith Connexion bandeau and leggings. Calvin Klein Jeans jeans. Philipp Plein dress. Monique Lhuillier dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Canali tuxedo. Lisa Eisner’s own clothing.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Balmain dress. Levi’s shorts.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Louis Vuitton top and skirt. Emilio Pucci dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Marques’ Almeida tank top. Chic Freak London swimsuit.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz bangles, Alexis Bittar bangle.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Alexandre Vauthier dress; Lizzie Fortunato earrings. Beauty note: Just wing it with Estée Lauder Little Black Liner.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Moschino bra; Faith Connexion bra (worn as a skirt); Lisa Eisner Jewelry bracelet.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From left: Neil Barrett jacket; Sportiqe Apparel for Playboy T-shirt; Zadig & Voltaire jeans. Tom Ford dress. Nike tank top; Camp Collection shorts. Au Jour Le Jour dress; Versace sandals. Haider Ackermann tank top. Loewe jacket and skirt.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Vionnet dress. Emporio Armani suit; Giorgio Armani shirt. Delpozo dress. Canali tuxedo; Dolce & Gabbana shirt. Monique Lhuillier dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

From top 
left: RVDK/Ronald van der Kemp blouse and skirt. Juan Carlos Obando blouse and pants; J.W. Anderson boots. Giambattista Valli dress. Versace blouse. 
Oscar de la Renta dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.

Camp Collection shorts; Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane skates. Emanuel Ungaro dress. Valentino dress; Eres swimsuit; Manolo Blahnik sandals. Anthony Vaccarello dress.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Edward Enninful.
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Dear Astro Poets,

I’m a Leo with a Libra moon with a question I wanted to ask around Leo season. I’ve never been able to identify with the classic Leo traits like demanding a lot of attention, being flashy, and having a lot of ambition and confidence. At the same time, I appreciate those qualities in other Leos and maybe even wish I had them. I’m kind of a nerd. I mostly keep to myself, and my idea of a good time is a book, not a party. Are there other Leos like me?

Yours,

A Nerdy Leo

Dear Nerdy Leo,

You’re not alone. There are many different kinds of Leos, but predominantly, I tend to encounter two types. Obviously, the driven, savvy, glamorous, holding-up-the-party-so-they-can-be-the-party Leo is well known. Of course they are! They’re easiest to recognize. I’m glad you mention the word “ambition”—they get what they want, whether in relationships or their career (but especially in their career). They work very hard. It’s not all charisma. They are incredibly goal-oriented and have become, so to speak, the Leo stereotype.

There’s another type of Leo I often see, and I’m friends with a few of them: the introverted, unassuming, and observational Leo. They need a lot of attention as well, but they don’t need to be the star of the party. They need someone to go to the party with, and for that person to be utterly obsessed with them. In contrast to the Leo who wants everyone’s attention, they seem a little distant and like you can never fully know them because there’s an air of “cool” around them.

Celebrity Leos Madonna, J.Lo, and Amy Adams Are About to Shine Even Brighter

Jennifer Lawrence, born August 15. Photograph by Tim Walker for W Magazine, October 2012.

Tim Walker

Halle Berry, born August 14. Photograph Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, October 2016.

Mario Sorrenti

Madonna, born August 16. Photograph by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2009.

Steven Klein

Jennifer Lopez, born July 24. Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W magazine, March 2017.

Mert and Marcus

Andrew Garfield, born August 20. Photograph by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2018.

Juergen Teller

Chris Hemsworth, born August 11. Photograph by Francesco Carrozzini for W Magazine, July 2012.

Francesco Carrozzini

Devon Aoki, born August 10. Photograph by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, March 2009.

Juergen Teller

Mick Jagger, born July 26. Photograph by Laurie Sagalyn for W Magazine, February 1983.

Laurie Sagalyn

Greta Gerwig, born August 4. Photograph by Craig McDean for W Magazine February 2017.

Craig McDean

Michael Shannon, born August 7. Photograph by Craig McDean for W Magazine, February 2017.

Craig McDean

Charlize Theron, born August 7. Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, May 2015.

Mert and Marcus

Kristin Wiig, born August 22. Photograph by Inez and Vinoodh for W magazine, October 2014.

Inez and Vinoodh

Ben Affleck, born August 15. Photograph by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2013.

Juergen Teller

Steven Martin, born August 14. Photograph by Elinor Carucci for W magazine, October 2005.

Elinor Carucci

Viola Davis, born August 11. Photograph by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, October 2012.

Mario Sorrenti

Amy Adams, born August 20. Photograph by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2014.

Juergen Teller

Gina Rodriguez, born July 30. Photograph by Sean Harley and Seng Chee Choong for W Magazine, September 2016.

Sean Harley and Seng Chee Choong

Mary-Louise Parker, born August 2. Photograph by Coral Von Zumwalt for W magazine, September 2006.

Coral Von Zumwalt

Edward Norton, born August 18. Photograph by Tim Walker for W magazine, February 2015.

Tim Walker

Mila Kunis, born August 14. Photograph by Craig McDean for W Magazine, March 2011.

Craig McDean
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That’s the thing about Leos—they project an air of “coolness,” but if you’re the first to go up to them and ask them almost any question—though naturally one about them helps—they’ll engage with you without pretense. The “coolness” they give off has a lot to do with insecurity and fear of how they’re being perceived. It’s their armor. They’re the fire sign with the most armor. They’re obsessed with what people think of them. An Aries is incredibly impulsive and even earthy at times. A Sagittarius can adopt that “coolness,” too, but unlike a Leo, they’ll be the first to approach. Leos like to be approached, whether it’s because they see themselves as the star or because they’re more of an introvert.

But your personality is much larger than your sun sign. Your birth chart is like your DNA, and the intricacies of who you are resides in its complexities. So I’m glad you told me you’re a Libra moon. It makes a huge difference. Look at Emily Dickinson, a fellow fire sign with a Libra moon. She was the ultimate introvert. She had a rich and dynamic inner life that led to a lot of… poems. A lot of great poems. You can’t really write those at a party, unless you’re Frank O’Hara (Aries). Your Libra moon makes you the introspective, cerebral, and “nerdy” Leo that you are. I’ve been like you my entire life. I recommend it!

Your nerdy Sagittarius,

Alex

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