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There are so many incredible forms of genius, it’s not truly fair to judge them all on a singular playing field. While some excel at quick, on-the-spot thinking, others need time to come up with brilliant solutions. Some have book smarts, others have street smarts. Some are artistic and creative, while others are analytical and mathematical. Intelligence, while it can be measured in some ways (like an IQ test), is still largely subjective. Regardless, here is our ranking of the most intellectual zodiac signs.

Zodiac Intellectual Ranking (Least To Most)

  1. Sagittarius
  2. Leo
  3. Virgo
  4. Taurus
  5. Aries
  6. Capricorn
  7. Pisces
  8. Cancer
  9. Libra
  10. Gemini
  11. Aquarius
  12. Scorpio

Least Intellectual to Most Intellectual Signs

Are you surprised by this ranking? Don’t worry; we’ll dig into the specifics of why we ranked these Zodiacs this way in further detail below.

12. Sagittarius

Sagittarians are analytical thinkers, but unfortunately, their intellectual thoughts get cut short on the regular. These natives are overly concerned with what other people are thinking and doing, so much so that it’s difficult for them to maintain a thought for very long. They have a difficult time thinking deeply, and because of that, we consider them the least intellectual sign of the Zodiac.

11. Leo

Leo is brilliant in social settings. They are natural leaders who love the spotlight and love the company of other people.

Leos, like Sagittarius, are very concerned with how others perceive them, and have several narcissistic traits. They don’t accept criticism, and are unwilling to change their opinions, even when better evidence is presented to them. While their social intelligence is incredible, they are lacking in many other areas, mostly due to their own ego.

10. Virgo

Virgos work exceptionally hard for their smarts. These natives are practical and dedicated people who are detail-oriented. While being meticulous can be helpful in a few settings, Virgos are notorious for missing the big picture. They can’t see the forest with all those trees in their way.

Virgos also lack social skills, so it can be difficult for them to convey their thoughts and discoveries in an efficient way. So while Virgo is brilliant, gifted, and hard-working, they are often misunderstood, or misunderstanding in many situations.

9. Taurus

Taurus has the potential for intelligence, but they are too easily distracted. They overreact, cannot handle rejection or criticism, and take almost every aspect of their lives far too personally.

Taurus is a good listener, but they cannot visualize (let alone conceptualize) big ideas. This often leaves them confused or working around issues in unproductive circles. They lack imagination and are not willing to step outside of their comfort zones.

Still, once Taurus has a good grasp of an idea, they are great at explaining it to others. Their lack of visualization and imagination makes them great at conveying messages without using these two tools.

8. Aries

Aries is the epitome of “fake it til you make it”. While these natives are not gifted with natural intelligence, they are confident and driven, so they will stop at nothing when it comes to learning and discovering.

While Aries lacks natural intelligence, their natural emotional intelligence is off-the-charts. They understand people, are in touch with their intuition and are great communicators.

They force their way into brilliance. While this is an unusual way of inventing, learning, and becoming smarter, it is how Aries operates.

7. Capricorn

Capricorns are similar to Aries in many ways. They are goal-oriented people who strive to be the best that they can become. They are open to criticism and don’t shy away from a challenge or hard work.

While they have slightly more natural intelligence than Aries, they still have to work exceptionally hard (just like Aries) to learn what they do and become the smart people that they are.

6. Pisces

Pisces has a certain insightfulness about them that cannot be overlooked. This sign spends a lot of time dreaming, visualizing, and getting in touch with their natural intuition. Pisces is a spiritual sign.

Some could argue that Pisces doesn’t have natural intelligence on their own, but rather borrows it from their ancestors and the feeling in their guts. Still, this strong intuition that is seldom wrong is too powerful, especially when you pair that with their creativity and willingness to better themselves. If you ever need advice, go to Pisces, because their insight is so unique and invaluably good.

5. Cancer

Cancer has the gift of emotional intelligence. They may not be math whizzes, but they are geniuses when it comes to understanding others, using their intuition, and thinking their way out of tricky situations.

Cancer can feel the energy around them, and they are pretty in tune with the wants and needs of those around them, even if they have not been voiced. Cancer just innately understand the world around them, which makes them exceptionally talented and intellectual creatures.

4. Libra

Libra’s intelligence comes from quiet observation and an open mind. These natives are able to put themselves in others’ shoes to see many new perspectives, and therefore, come up with creative solutions that work for a multitude of people.

Libras are willing to work hard, listen up, and change their opinion when new ideas or data are presented. Their intelligence is not natural but instead earned through willingness and quiet observations of the world and the people who surround Libra.

3. Gemini

Geminis are gifted with natural intelligence and the incredible speed that their brains operate at all the time. Geminis usually have higher IQs than most other zodiacs, and can work out complex problems in their minds with ease and quickly.

Not only can they work through a lot of data quickly and conceptualize it with ease, but Geminis can also communicate these thoughts effectively with others.

2. Aquarius

Aquarians are natural intellectuals with a gift for innovation, cool rationalization, and a deep concentration. These natives can find a solution to nearly any problem in a relatively short amount of time.

The only downside to Aquarius’ genius is their arrogance. Aquarius knows they are brilliant, and are usually only willing to listen to other people who are at least as smart as they are. Their superiority complex is real, but so is their intelligence, so in many ways we feel that it is justified.

1. Scorpio

Scorpios have lightening-fast thoughts and can connect dots that most other zodiacs never even notice. Scorpios are curious, critical thinkers, and they always ask follow-up questions. They don’t accept the first answer they get and are always willing to do a deep dive to explore every concept and theory, as well as create their own. Not only does Scorpio have natural intelligence, but they are stubborn and hardworking. They will not give up, even when an outcome seems impossible. Because of this, we see Scorpio as the most intelligent sign of all the zodiacs.

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