Leo Season (July 23-Aug. 22) is upon us, and if someone born under this sign has caught your attention, be prepared for confidence, on confidence on …confidence! Leos are the showstoppers of the zodiac, so if you’re heavily into absorbing the spotlight, this sign might not be for you.
While this fiery summer sign might like a lot of attention, they have HUGE hearts. Like all fire signs actually, once a Leo decides to commit (keyword: DECIDES), you don’t have to worry about their loyalty—unless you make them question yours. If you’re crushing on a Leo, here are five ways to lock them down.
1) Be confident.
Leos may be a bit self-centered, but at the root of their obsession lies an innate level of confidence. They pick out one or two qualities they know can be mastered and use them to define their self-esteem. In other words, these folks work to maintain a high level of self-confidence, and they respect others who are smart enough to think highly of themselves as well. You cannot capture the attention of a Leo without owning your sh*t. So, those will low self-esteem need not apply.
2) Look good.
Unlike the fellow fire sign Sagittarius, Leos are quite magnified by appearances. This sign is all about pride, so naturally those who put time and effort into how they look will stand out. You cannot expect to capture this feisty sign’s attention in a dingy white tee unless you have that pure confidence I was talking about in tip No. 1. Keep your wardrobe and body odor on point and at the very least, you’ll capture your Leo boo’s eye.
3) Shower them with praise.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to dish out compliments, then you may want to reevaluate pursuing a Leo. These lions like to not only be the best at what they do, but they want to know that you feel like they are. While it isn’t necessarily needed, the Leo man or woman thrives off of validation, especially from their mate. Find something that you genuinely admire about them and do not be shy in letting them know how you feel.
4) Accept the fact that they’re BIG flirts.
Leos flirt for the hell of it. They view teasing someone with their charm as literally fun and games. Whether or not a Leo is faithful depends on what else is in their birth chart, but usually, it’s harmless and rooted in their strong desire to command attention from damn near everybody. If you’re going to pursue a Leo A) be prepared for some competition as they tend to be magnetic and B) know the difference between a harmless exchange of energy versus someone who will step out on your ass.
5) Be financially stable.
Leos usually like the finer things in life. The finer things in life often require money. Those with money tend to have a very strong work ethic and are financially stable. Moral? Be financially fit and responsible before you attempt to mack a Leo.
*Bonus: Appreciate their loyalty.
Leos are some of the most loyal signs you will ever meet. They may not be as blunt and straightforward as their Aries brethren, but when they give a damn, you will get truth, honesty and loyalty from them …the trick is holding their attention enough for them to care to be.
While Leos are prone to being bossy (think the “King of the Jungle” association), they’re almost always a joy to be around and truly like to see people smile. While they may be a bit egotistical, if they’re with you, you will never feel like you’re not a priority. But if you wish to have a more predictable, introverted mate, skip on over the Virgo.
Shantell E. Jamison is a senior editor for EBONY. She moderates various events centered on love, relationships, politics and wellness and has appeared on panels throughout the country. Her book, “Drive Yourself in the Right Direction” is available now. Keep up with Shantell via her website, Facebook, Twitter @Shantell_em and Instagram @Shantell_em.