Loving oneself is what the zodiac’s lion does best. Big head much? Au contraire. That Big Lion Energy is all about learning how to show up for yourself and be your biggest champion, which, c’mon, we could all stand to do a little more. Our lion friends know their greatest love of all (yep, Whitney Houston was a Leo), but who would be the best partner? Here’s our definitive leo compatibility ranking.

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12. Scorpio

These are the two ultimate power signs of the zodiac, representing the tension between wanting to be loved vs. wanting to be feared. Leos want to be the center of attention (they are ruled by the sun, after all), and Scorpios are just not thirsty for anyone’s approval. While a Leo will linger after a party talking to the stragglers, the Scorpio is staring daggers at whomever the Leo is flirting with, memorizing their face for the inevitable internet stalking research that will follow. Scorpios need to know they are the only person their partner really cares about impressing, and that’s a tall order for a Leo—you can be Leo’s number one, but they’ll will always want to impress numbers two through 100.

11. Pisces

Pisces are highly sensitive with intuition that attunes them to whole worlds and vibratory patterns we mere non-Piscean mortals can’t even see (no surprise if they identify as empaths). Meanwhile, Leos are very much in reality and looking for someone to share it with. Picture the two of them, on the couch, after a long night of dreamy, half-conscious conversation. Leo is like, “This has been great, can we go outside now?” And Pisces is like, “Outside is a state of mind.” That’s a lot for a Leo to process.

10. Cancer

While Cancers appreciate a strong, dominant personality—especially one as dashing and charming as Leo—they need layers upon layers of emotional depth to feel like they can really trust a partner. Leos mean what they say and say what they mean, sometimes without the additional sensitivity check that a Cancer needs. They might start in a romantic place, but for these two to get past the honeymoon phase, it’s not as much about what they say as it is about the tone.

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9. Taurus

Bulls and lions share two great loves: luxury and being pampered. But Leos like nice things as a means to court attention, Taureans are in it for the pleasure itself. They are quite private, especially in relationships, while Leos wear their hearts on their sleeves. And therein lies the rub: These two like the same things, but Leo’s oversharing will usually clash with the possessive nature of Taurus. The way a Taurus sees it, when they find happiness, there’s no reason to spill those trade secrets to the rest of the world. Meanwhile a Leo struts with the confidence that you can’t copy an original, even if you try. They are both kind of right, which makes it hard to reconcile this one...

8. Capricorn

Capricorns and Leos are both ambitious signs. But Leo is all, “I stay true to myself, good things will fall into place,” and Capricorn is like, “Yeah, but we need a spreadsheet, five-year projections, and you need to zip up that fly.” It really comes down to a conflict of managerial style: Leos are kings and Capricorns are presidents. But if Capricorns can remember that sometimes working hard means playing hard, and if a Leo can appreciate the work ethic it takes to enjoy the accolades they rightfully deserve, these two alphas can come together.

7. Virgo

Virgos may tend to be more introverted than the zodiac’s lion, but as perfectionists they will go the extra mile to show their partners how devoted they are. Meanwhile, Leos love being proud of their significant others (after all, they are a reflection of their own good taste), and while Virgos can be shy about self-promotion, Leos will shout to the heavens about how accomplished and brilliant and perfect and beautiful and supportive they are (and so on). Sure, Virgos act all embarrassed by this flattery, but if they know it’s sincere, they secretly love it.

6. Aquarius

While Aquarius can be a little coolheaded for the effusive Leo, what they share is their passion for ideas. Both Aquarians and Leos are quite opinionated, thankyouverymuch, and they tend to enjoy a spirited exchange of ideas—especially when it comes to politics. The danger is when they both know they are right (um, always), the battle of the egos can be epic. Luckily Aquarians tend not to take things too personally, which will help them navigate their personal politics while they get on the same page about their actual politics. If they can do this, they will never run out of things to talk about or stand for.

5. Libra

The glue that binds a Libra and a Leo together is good taste, honey. Together their love language is the finer things in life. That’s not just about spending a lot of money; it’s about indulging their natural appreciation for art, beauty and luxury. Whether it’s taking a cooking class together or nerding out about knowing every lyric in Hamilton, there’s no corner of culture these two won’t devour together. And while Libras have a reputation for being indecisive (they can’t choose between the ravioli and the grilled salmon), Leos are happy to step up and steer the ship. (They know you really want the ravioli.)

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4. Leo

Leos get Leos. In fact, sometimes they are the only ones who truly understand how much love they have to give. This is a pair that will bring out one another’s true selves. After all, a Leo constantly striving to get to know the real you, the one behind the beautifully curated Instagram selfies (no “Gatsbying” here, people). These two will push each other to embrace who they are, not just who they think they should be. But there will be a lot of selfies, too—they are Leos.

3. Aries

They’re a headstrong duo, but they’re usually on the same wavelength. As fire signs, Aries and Leo both favor grand displays of affection, and they respect the other’s go-getter approach to romance. Don’t expect 72 hours of vague texting before a second date is on the calendar or any “orbiting” with no real ending. Aries move fast when they like someone, and let’s just say Leos are not turned on by subtlety....

a leo and a gemini working out in perfect harmony

2. Sagittarius

The physical chemistry between Sagittarius and Leo is off-the-charts hot. These two are like Golden Retrievers: lots of energy and kinetic love. That means tickle fights in the park (everyone else can roll their eyes, but it’s fun), riding horses (Sagittarius is the centaur, after all), boxing lessons, hot yoga and, um, lots of sex, natch. When they eventually catch their breath, this couples shares a sense of optimism and an appreciation for good conversation. And that’s lucky because Sagittarians happen to…love…to…talk.

1. Gemini

This is a bit of a bold pick, since zodiac compatibility is usually determined by element first (fire signs are always #1 for other fire signs, and so on). But do not sleep on the magic of the combination of air sign Geminis and fire sign Leos. Geminis are adorable, flirty and intelligent. Plus, they don’t mind letting their partners take the lead. A Leo’s natural charisma and energy can hold the flighty twin’s gaze. These two are young at heart and adventurous, so expect dates anywhere from exploring an abandoned amusement park to a night at the Met.

Kiki O'Keeffe is an astrology writer in Brooklyn. You can follow her newsletter, I don't believe in astrology, or her Twitter and Medium @alexkiki.

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