Even though most Air signs have I-am-yet-to-meet-someone-who-is-more-intelligent-than-me air about them, intelligence is not easily quantifiable. And, it is definitely not right to say that one sign is more intelligent than the other. Albert Einstein was born under the sign of Pisces, a water sign, Stephen Hawking is a Capricorn, an earth sign, Jane Austen, the author of 'Pride and Prejudice' was a Sagittarius, a fire sign and there's more.
But before we delve any deeper, let us first understand the 'Theory of Multiple Intelligences' proposed by Howard Gardner, an American developmental Psychologist and a professor at the Harvard University. He proposes that as complex it is to define intelligence, it is easy to break it down into different types and each one of us has a blend of these intelligences. He chose eight types of intelligence to define his Theory of Multiple Intelligence. A ninth one, existential intelligence that relates to the understanding of the spiritual world was added later.
When you can identify and relate with nature in a way that others cannot, you have high Naturalist Intelligence. All Nature Lovers fall under this category. Interpersonal Intelligence refers to the intelligence that enables a person to communicate effectively with others and empathise with them. Such people make excellent leaders and team members and may include managers, social workers, teachers and the like. High Intrapersonal Intelligence makes a person highly in tune with his own feelings and emotions. Such people tend to be introspective and are able to gauge their emotions quite well. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence includes the ability to coordinate and control the body's motions in a highly sophisticated manner. Such people are good at sports and make excellent dancers, athletes, police officers, actors and soldiers. Logical-Mathematical is the type of intelligence that helps understand the basics of something complex but may look simple. Individuals ranking high in this type of intelligence are generally quite adept at making sense of the most mundane of things and have an abstract way of thinking. Verbal Linguistic, as the name suggests refers to the type of intelligence that makes a person good with words. Visual-Spatial involves the ability to visualise things and make out patterns and interpret charts and pictures. Arts, Architecture and Engineering would be good career choices for people with high Visual-spatial intelligence. Musical-Rhythmic and Harmonic Intelligence makes a person sensitive to sound and music. Such individuals are easily able to sing, play and even compose music.
Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) rank particularly high in Bodily-Kinesthetic and Interpersonal intelligence. They have a lot of drive and passion and are able to direct their energies into constructive channels. However, there are other intelligences that the three fire signs differently possess.
Aries have high Logical-mathematical intelligence and make good politicians, policemen and also do well in the world of advertising and public relations. Leos have Bodily Kinesthetic intelligence and Interpersonal intelligence and make for excellent entrepreneurs, as they thrive in competitive environments. Sagittarians have high Naturalist and Visual Spatial Intelligence. They love to travel and are admirers of nature, which is why they make perfect tour guides, nature and wildlife photographers, mentors and coaches.
Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) have high Logical-Mathematical Intelligence and Intrapersonal Intelligence. Taureans have especially high Visual-Spatial Intelligence and a heightened sense of smell and would do quite well as chefs and engineers. Virgos have high Verbal Linguistic Intelligence and make for good editors, writers, teachers and critics. Capricorns are good at managing and are sincere and earnest workers. They have high Logical-Mathematical Intelligence. The ideal career options for the goats include management, administration and Information Technology.
Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), supposedly the most intelligent signs of the zodiac are indeed very intelligent. However, they rank particularly high in Interpersonal Intelligence. They are good at dealing with people and are excellent orators and skillful communicators. They also have high Verbal Linguistic and Visual Spatial Intelligence. While Geminis possess the gift of the gab, ranking high in Verbal-Linguistic and Interpersonal Intelligence, the charming Librans rank high in Visual-Spatial and Musical-Rhythmic Intelligence. They make for good singers, diplomats, lawyers and salespersons. They also have high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and are good dancers. Aquarians out of the three have the highest Logical-Mathematical Intelligence and are good at solving the most complex of problems in a matter of a few minutes. They are perfect as scientists and inventors.
Since the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) have heightened sensitivity and are quite emotional, they have high Intrapersonal Intelligence. Pisces, being the most creative of the lot also has Musical-Rhythmic and Harmonic Intelligence. Astrology, Psychology and Veterinary are the fields that interest Pisceans the most. They also are good at understanding patterns and thus rank high in visual spatial intelligence as well. Cancerians have particularly high Verbal Linguistic Intelligence. The jobs that suit them the most are lawyers, teachers, managers and social workers. Scorpions on the other hand are good at gauging their emotions and are quite good at reading between the lines. They have high Intrapersonal Intelligence. They make good detectives, surgeons and scientists.
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