Do you often find yourself reading too much into a simple text message or dwelling over the potential outcome of every decision you make? If so, you might be prone to overthinking — and while there are many factors that contribute to this tendency, your personal astrology might have something to do with it, too. If you’re one of the few zodiac signs most likely to overthink things than others, then it’s helpful to be conscious of this habit so you can nip it in the bud.
While thoroughly thinking through our choices is a good thing, analyzing situations to bits or obsessing over the “what ifs” can keep us from reaching our greatest potential. Some signs that you’re overthinking include an inability to make decisions, constantly weighing pros and cons, dwelling on the past, or ruminating on what might happen in the future.
There are a variety of astrological signifiers in a birth chart that can point to an overactive mind. Anyone who has a lot of the element of air present in their chart could be prone to overthinking, as air sign energy is highly conceptual and mentally focused. Thoughts are what drive the air signs in astrology, and there’s a big emphasis on logic and ideas. Another place to look is to the planet Mercury, which rules thinking, communication, information, and logistics. If Mercury is making certain intense astrological aspects with other planets in the zodiac, it could show an inclination toward looping thoughts or overthinking.
Read on to find out if you’re one of the zodiac signs most likely to be overthinkers — and don’t be afraid to ask for you help or try some hacks to stop overthinking if you find that it’s becoming a hindrance to your wellness.
Gemini Zodiac Signs (May 21 - June 20)
Gemini is the zodiac sign that rules information and they’re governed by the planet Mercury, so these quick-witted air signs have a tendency to be overthinkers. As a Gemini, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of facts — which can be overwhelming and make it difficult to move forward on things. If you’re a Gemini, remember that it’s OK to move on from things, even if you haven’t turned over every leaf and researched every corner of the situation. There’s no need to be an expert at everything or get everyone’s opinion on something in order to move forward.
Virgo Zodiac Signs (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Virgo is the only sign on this list that isn’t an air sign. But these earth babies are ruled by intellectual planet Mercury, which is why they tend to be hyper-focused on the details of every situation. Virgos are the most organized signs of the zodiac, and their keen attention to detail is part of what makes them prone to overthinking. Virgos sometimes have a tendency to be perfectionists, so if you find yourself obsessing over minutia or worrying about the consequences of making a small mistake, try to listen more closely your intuition or journal through your feelings.
Libra Zodiac Signs (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
As the sign represented by the scales, Libras are all about balance — but sometimes to a fault! These communication-focused air signs naturally seek harmony and fairness, so when it comes to making a decision, they often fall victim to the endless cycle of weighing the pros and cons. While looking at all sides of a situation can be helpful, it ends up being a hindrance if taken to the extreme. That said, Libras should temper their natural indecisveness with the awareness that if they make a mistake, they can always course-correct.
Aquarius Zodiac Signs (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Aquarius is the zodiac’s most visionary and innovative thinker, and they’re always coming up with new ideas. But because these air signs so concept-driven and mentally focused, it can be easy for them to get lost in a whirl of overthinking. Aquarians have a tendency to place a lot of focus on what’s yet to come, so it’s important that they don’t get trapped in a looping cycle of future-tripping or obsessing over what could happen. If you’re an overthinking Aquarius, staying grounded in the present moment by paying attention to the things around you and feeling the sensations in your body can help get you out of that cycle.