A concrete thinker tends to take things at face value. If they’re trying to learn something, they want to know the exact steps they have to take. Concrete thinkers prefer lists, spreadsheets, and plans to take things moment by moment.
On the other hand, an abstract thinker has the ability to see the bigger picture. They’re fascinated by the deeper meaning of things and how they connect. Whereas concrete thinkers may shy away from things like metaphors and subtexts, people who take to abstract thinking thrive on it.
As with all things astrology, the stars can give us some insight into the zodiac signs who think abstractly. For them, learning is a process and they’d rather get basic guidelines and figure it out for themselves than be told how to do something step by step.
When an abstract thinker learns about a piece of information, that’s not the end of their curiosity, it’s just the jumping off point. They will want to learn how completely unrelated things could be tied to it or how it affects other ideas, beliefs, and possibilities.
1. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarius are major abstract thinkers — it’s how they always come up with so many innovative ideas and are so creative.
It’s likely that, as a child, Aquarius asked “why?” a lot because, even as adults, they tend to question everything and will not stop until they’re satisfied. Usually, they have to do something and come up with their own answers.
2. GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Geminis are also more abstract than concrete thinkers. They don’t like doing things or performing certain tasks just because someone tells them to do it. Geminis want a good reason.
A Gemini tends not to follow things step-by-step, but will jump around and come up with their own take on how to do or learn something. They have a creative mindset and are constantly expanding their thoughts, ideas, and concepts.
3. PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Abstract thinking is part of what makes Pisces so artistic. It’s the ability to see things beyond how they appear, and Pisces are gifted at coming up with new ways of seeing and then taking those perceptions, turning them on their ears, and changing them up again.
Their fantastic power of imagination coupled with abstract thinking contributes to their artistic side and abilities. Pisces are rarely surface since most things make a deep impression on them.
4. ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
It’s clear that Aries lean towards abstract thinking over concrete thinking because of their hatred for routine and doing the same things repeatedly. Aries get incredibly bored when they have to do the same task day in and day out, and are likely to spontaneously break the pattern.
They would much rather change course than be stuck. They don’t want a plan; they want the freedom to act impulsively and take chances.
5. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius are philosophical and intellectual. They’re all about the big questions such as “What’s the meaning of life?” and “How do I find my purpose?” They enjoy discussing the nature of consciousness over a glass of wine with friends.
One of the reasons they enjoy traveling and having new experiences is that it expands their thinking even more. And when it comes to travel, Sagittarius would much rather have it loosely mapped out than have a rigid itinerary.
Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and astrology lover. She has written over 500 articles on the zodiac signs and how the stars influence us. She’s had articles in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman’s Day, and is a contributing writer to Ravishly, I AM & CO, and YourTango. Check out her website, her Facebook writer’s page, and her Instagram.