We all have something that gives us the extra confidence to go out and take on the world. It’s often a special power outfit or a lucky charm we think gives us a little boost when we have an important job interview to ace or a first date to impress. Astrology can help take that idea a step further: Each zodiac sign has a power color that can help bring out its very best.
“Power colors help amplify your inherent nature and grant you the confidence to express it more freely,” says astrologer Guadalupe Terrones. Depending on your sign, that could refer to how you channel your intelligence, perseverance, politeness, or trustworthiness, among other personality traits. Also, each zodiac sign’s color can be related to various aspects of their chart, like their ruling planet or natural element. (Similarly, lucky colors also exist in the Chinese zodiac.) Discover the color that brings out your best qualities so you can update your wardrobe, as well as your home or office decor, and make things go just a little more smoothly in your everyday life—and on your luckiest (and unluckiest) days of the year.
Aries (March 21–April 19): Red
Big, bold, and in charge, Aries feels most empowered by the color red. “Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, which, in medical astrology, is in charge of adrenal glands and blood, among other things,” Terrones explains. “So red is the perfect color for Aries, as it represents their ability to react well in high-pressure situations and to enjoy the adrenaline that comes with adventure.” Amplify your courage and presence as a leader through this dominant color, whether you’re working, working out, or embarking on a new adventure.
Taurus (April 20–May 20): Green
Taurus is an earth sign and, as such, connects deeply with the color green. “Green is great for inspiring Taurus to tap into their innate prosperity and their gift of creating abundance,” Terrones says. Like a verdant, lush forest, Taurus is rich in life and splendor. Their surroundings should represent and reinforce that concept, both to make them feel at home and to share that beauty with others. From lovely houseplants to luxurious jade stone, the color green will help Taurus look and feel their best.
Gemini (May 21–June 20): Yellow
Gemini’s bright intellect and radiant personality translate to the color yellow. Like a buzzing bee, this sign is energetic and always on the move, in body and spirit. “Gemini represents the curiosity of a young child as they learn new things,” Terrones says. Rely on scintillating yellow to inspire and revitalize you, especially in creative spaces like a home studio or work spaces like an office cubicle. Your zodiac sign’s color can transform lackluster surroundings with simple additions like sunflowers and yellow wall art.
Cancer (June 21–July 22): Silver
Ruled by the moon, Cancer is a very feeling and nurturing zodiac sign that is always yearning for connection. Their power color must reflect that lunar relationship. “Silver resembles the color of the moon, which is ever-changing in our night sky,” Terrones explains. “Just as the moon waxes and wanes, so does Cancer.” Embracing this hue is a way of embracing themselves for who they are. Touches of silver can help them feel calm and remember that it’s OK to have emotions. By the way, here’s how the upcoming blue moon will rock your world, depending on your zodiac sign.
Leo (July 23–August 22): Orange or Gold
Leos are ruled by the sun and, like the sun, are often the charismatic center of their environment. But not every Leo is 100 percent confident 100 percent of the time. Orange or gold can help them brighten their spirits on the days they feel less than their best. “These colors really represent their gift to shine as their unique self and draw attention, no matter who’s around,” Terrones says. “Leo can use orange or gold to inspire them out of their reluctance to take up the spotlight.”
By channeling your zodiac sign’s colors, you’ll allow your inner brilliance to resonate with the world around you. That might mean dressing up with a bit of gold jewelry or displaying a flashy centerpiece on your dinner table. The bottom line: Showing confidence through your power color can help inspire actual confidence.
Virgo (August 23–September 22): Brown
Another earth sign, Virgo is best represented by the color brown, like the rich, life-giving soil beneath our feet. This hardworking sign may not always be recognized for its efforts, but that never stops them from giving their all. “Virgo can use brown to take pride in the depth and richness in a full day’s work,” Terrones says, “[like] a strong effort at the gym or finishing up a detailed project.” Sturdy and reliable, they feel most in the zone around wooden material and natural hues, in things like accessories, decor, and even paint colors.
Libra (September 23–October 22): Pink
Libra’s moderate temperament is best complemented by the color pink. Much like themselves, pink can be mellow and reassuring. “Libra can use pink to inspire in others the same sense of lightheartedness when it comes to conversations that require resolution,” Terrones says. Libras are known for their commitment to partnership and mediation, which this color can help foster. So, if you know you have a tough conversation with a friend or a boss coming up, sporting your power color can help temper the tension. Share a soft, pink blanket with your pal on the couch, or take a rosy coffee tumbler into a work meeting. This technique just might help you make more money, too, as you smooth things over diplomatically.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21): Black
Many people associate darkness with misfortune or sadness, but what this shade truly represents is the unknown. Secretive, abstract, and contemplative, Scorpio feels more comfortable in the unknown than any of the other zodiac signs. “Wearing black may help Scorpio feel a little more grounded in times of uncertainty,” Terrones says. Shadows are ambiguous, but embracing that ambiguity actually makes Scorpio more powerful. Get yourself in the right mental space for a nerve-racking job interview by wearing a black accessory, like a wrap bracelet or a fashionable scarf.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21): Purple
Historically, purple was a rare pigment that was once exclusive to nobility and royalty. Sagittarius revels in that regal vibe and often enjoys holding court or playing host. “There’s nothing a Sagittarius loves more than being looked up to for all that they’ve learned,” Terrones says. “Sagittarius should wear purple in preparation for a presentation or a public-speaking engagement so that it can evoke in them the role they were made to play: the philosopher king.”
Capricorn (December 22–January 19): Gray
A formidable earth sign, Capricorn aligns with gray, the color of rock and metal. According to Terrones, it is a representation of their unique ambition and resolute nature. “The color gray isn’t meant to evoke sadness or melancholy,” she says. “I view it as evoking the image of a snow-capped mountain; if anyone is going to make it to the top, it’s them. Capricorn should use gray as a symbol of their far-reaching goals.” Use this color to help motivate you and be more productive when the path ahead looks intimidating.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18): Blue
Aquarius is an imaginative air sign associated with the sky and the color blue. To take the metaphor further, Terrones says, “the sky is not the limit for Aquarius, and they can often spend a lot of time day dreaming in the clouds. Aquarius should wear blue when they desire some inspiration for their next innovative project.” Use your zodiac sign’s color to help push past any mental roadblocks. Creating the right kind of environment for yourself will help the ideas flow.
Pisces (February 19–March 20): Light Green
As a water sign, Pisces can be gentle and adaptable, but also powerful. “Light green conjures up the underwater plants that thrive in the most variable conditions,” Terrones explains. “Pisces should embrace light green when they need to root themselves in their true expression, such as when attending a party where they will encounter many different types of personalities.” Embrace your mutable nature while remaining steadfast in who you really are. These zodiac sign colors can also be helpful when choosing the perfect gift for someone. For more ideas, check out our ultimate zodiac gift guide.