Do You Know What Zodiac Sign is the Smartest?

Think you know which zodiac sign is the smartest, think again!

wheel of the zodiac

Main image courtesy of Women’s Health.

Knowing what zodiac sign someone falls under can say a lot about a person. Just by knowing their date of birth (their sun sign) you can deduce a variety of qualities and personality traits that can (but not always) be associated with that particular sign. Many people may already know that Arians tend to be natural leaders, Cancers can be sensitive artists, and that Librans are adept at trying to keep things fair. While all the signs have both positive and negative associations, they are not the be all and end all, and do not always dictate your personality or your preferences. 

However, sometimes you just can really understand why someone is the way they are because of their zodiac sign. That being said, out of all the signs, which one could be considered the smartest? That’s exactly what we’re going to discuss in this post, and while everyone might think their sign is the smartest, the fact is, there is one sign that’s recognized above them all. 

Remember, There are Different Kinds of Smart

There’s not just one kind of smart, and intelligence comes in a variety of forms within the zodiac!

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Intelligence can manifest in a variety of different ways, not just one! Image courtesy of The Urban Twist.

Our society prefers to place an emphasis on intellect and academic smarts--and to be fair that is a very valid form of intelligence that has many societal applications such as advancements in science, math, engineering, and technology. However, it is not the only type of intelligence there is, and we do ourselves a disservice when we put more weight on this type of intelligence over all the other ones. In reality, there are seven types of intelligence:

  • Linguistic. These types of people are very smart in areas such as languages, or writing and literature.
  • Numerical. As you might guess, this type of intelligence is associated with being adept with numbers and math.
  • Kinesthetic. This kind of intelligence refers to how well you are at being able to master moving your body physically, such as athletes and dancers.
  • Musical. When you have an ear for music, rhythm, and tone you are said to be very skillful at musical intelligence.
  • Interpersonal. An intelligence that helps you easily interact with others and grasp their feelings and moods is said to be interpersonal.
  • Intrapersonal. Some people have a deep understanding of themselves, and are in tune with their own strengths and weaknesses, which make them intrapersonally intelligent. 
  • Spatial. When you can see things very well with your mind’s eye, such as an architect or a fashion designer, you exhibit the traits of spatial smarts.

Since there are more than one type of intelligence, it makes it hard to classify the smartest zodiac sign. This is why we thought it would be helpful to see which type of intelligence each zodiac sign has!


Because Arians like to take charge, they have a good dose of confidence in themselves. They are intrapersonally smart because they know their strengths and are effective at using them. They know how to deal with situations in their own way.


Taureans are well grounded and are able to see things as they should be. This type of spatial intelligence is helpful when you need to find the bright side in a situation, or you want to create something uniquely yours.


Geminis have a great sense of humor, and can easily adapt to any situation, making them very interpersonally smart. They can read people very well and are able to adapt to their needs depending on the situation. 


With a good deal of emotional strength, Cancers are also great at interpersonal intelligence, but being a water sign, also do well in arts such as music. They are not only great listeners but have a wonderful creative streak as well. 


Leos love to get out there in the spotlight, and they do well with physical (kinesthetic) intelligence. Whether it’s taking control of a sport, or moving their body as a dancer, Leos have strong hand-eye coordination and muscle memory.

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Virgos can be perfectionists, and always like to get to the bottom of things and arrive at the right answer. Image courtesy of Parade.



Always the perfectionist, Virgos can exhibit numerical or linguistic intelligence. Wanting to find the correct answer, or to write the perfect story, comes naturally to them and they shine when put to either test. 


Librans love things to be in balance, which is why they’re so good at interpersonal intelligence. They’re also adept at knowing where they shine and what they’re weaknesses are personally, so that also makes them a good pick for intrapersonal smarts too.


Scorpios are known for being emotionally adept, and they love to express themselves through words, making them very good at linguistic intelligence. They are also very comfortable in their own skin, and know what they like and what makes them tick, which shows a good deal of intrapersonal intelligence.


We all know that a Sagittarius has a good amount of wanderlust in them, and they love to learn new things about different cultures and countries. They score high when it comes to linguistic intelligence. 


Capricorn signs know how to think outside of the box, and can come up with solutions to issues that no one may have thought of before, making them excellent at spatial smarts. When they have a vision, Capricorns are always willing to put in the hard work to achieve it. 


Always marching to their own beat, Aquarians are full of both emotional and intellectual intelligence. They are able to straddle working with others, as well as accomplishing their own goals, and their insight into situations is always appreciated.


A water sign that feels right at home dreaming, Pisceans are great at linguistic intelligence, as well as musical intelligence. They find that sometimes the real world can just be too rough, which is why they like to create their own dreamscapes in words or rhythm.

If We Had to Pick the Overall Smartest Sign of the Zodiac…

It’s hard to just pick one, but we’re going to anyway!

aquarius zodiac sign
Aquarians are known for their cool heads in stressful situations, making it easier for them to find solutions. Image courtesy of Labrynithos.

Although each sign has their own kind of intelligence, many astrologers agree that Aquarians score high in both the intellectual and emotional smarts. As intellectuals, Aquarians are naturally good at whatever they choose to study, and they like to go all in when they find something that interests them. They’re not all brains though, as Aquarians are also emotionally sensitive to other people, but they’re never overly sensitive, and can manage to keep a cool head on their shoulders when emotions get involved. 

As you can see, there’s many ways you can delve into what the smartest zodiac sign is. All of the signs have their own kind of intelligence, as well as their own strengths and weaknesses. This makes it difficult to rank the zodiac signs, because each and every one of them is quirky and interesting in their own way. After all, we’re only human!

Bridget Houlihan

Bridget Houlihan is a writer, poet, and cat mom living in Pittsburgh, PA.
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