We had to put Leo first because you just knew they’d be on the list, didn’t you? Jennifer Lopez is a Leo. The mononymous Madonna is a Leo. Jen Sincero, author of the You are a Badass is a Leo. You can’t make this stuff up. So why are those born under the lion’s sign so self-assured? Well, Leo is ruled by the sun—a big, hot, fiery ball that’s always expanding. Sounds confident, right? The sun is our literal source of vitality here on Earth and Leos make sure to radiate the same kind of energy, not only to pump themselves up but to share that warmth with everyone they love. Leos prefer to exist in the center of the universe but remember: They need to give energy just as much as they receive it. A Leo who loves you won’t ever let you forget it.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries know how to start things off with a bang. Ruled by the planet Mars, our fierce little rams are modern day warriors, known for their courage and complete lack of hesitance to get things started (even when some discretion might be advised). Aries’s confidence comes from their “new to the world” childlike sense of wonder, which is often brushed aside as ignorance or naivety. But Aries feel doubt too, they’re just excellent at engaging their solar plexus chakra, which inspires them to take action even when they’re not feeling their best. Though Aries’s go-getter attitude can be annoying, their most lovable quality is their ability to be everyone’s cheerleader. Aries have enough confidence to go around.
Though most of us associate confidence with the fiery energy of Aries and Leo, what if true self-assurance comes from being level-headed? Aquarius is Leo’s opposite, and like all opposite signs, the two have more in common than we think. Both Leo and Aquarius are concerned with the collective. While Leo spreads warmth, Aquarius spreads wisdom. As the second-to-last sign of the zodiac, Aquarians give off the vibe of a street smart and well-traveled grandmother who’s been everywhere and done everything. Sure, these air signs are a bit eccentric, but that’s why everyone thinks they’re so cool. Aquarians have strong social values and never shy away from asserting their beliefs. Just don’t expect them to show up to everything or weigh in on every matter. They only mettle when their opinion is necessary.