Find out which zodiac sign is the most insightful according to experts

There are friends who always seem to know things before you tell them, and not because they are advanced social media detectives. They sense immediately when your energy is flagging, whether it’s from a disappointment at the office, your child dealing with bullying, or a home renovation gone wrong.

Likewise, they also know when you feel good. Although they can’t always identify the exact details of your mood, they are excellent at analyzing those moods and knowing how to respond to your energy. Do you think you could be part of it? Look at your astrological sign. Keep reading to hear astrologers talk about the most insightful zodiac signs, from mildly observant to incredibly intuitive.

Capricorn: discreet wisdom

You probably know this sign as the leader of the boardroom: Capricorns are notoriously hardworking and ambitious. But that doesn’t mean they are imperceptible. “They have this gentle wisdom that they share in hushed tones,” says Tiffany McGee, professional astrologer and founder of Nomadrs. “Their eyes pick up on the details that many forget, and they often give advice just when you need it, without making a big deal out of it.” They’re not the type of people who will seriously go around asking others how they’re really doing, but if they sense that someone could use a helpful boost, they’ll offer it.

Gemini: the lie detector

This sign is known for their empathy, and this quality allows them to understand things that others might miss. This insight is especially strong when someone is lying, says Tina Caro, astrologer and owner of Magic Place. “Possessing a gentle character, they do not get angry easily and their emotional reactions may not be obvious,” explains Caro. “However, their curiosity about the motivations behind deception and dishonesty is undeniable, and they are inclined to delve deeper into the reasons behind such actions.” If you lie to a Gemini, not only will he surprise you, but he’ll probably dig deeper to see if he can get you to admit it. Or, they will simply discuss it with their many social acquaintances to see if they can understand the rationale for your lie.

Libra: the analytical mediator

This sign, symbolized by Libra, is a fantastic mediator, and the only way to mediate well is to have a solid understanding of each side of an argument. “They possess a penchant for attentive listening, providing thoughtful advice, and a willingness to pacify situations, which is further enhanced by their analytical approach to circumstances,” says Caro. “They are like finely tuned machines, capable of discerning even the tiniest details and often possess an uncanny talent for deciphering unexpressed thoughts.” Be careful with them, especially if you’re unsure of your position on something. They might just call you out for weakness, whether you like it or not.

Water signs: the most insightful

The three most insightful members of the zodiac are the water signs, starting with Cancer. Of the three, they are most in tune with the emotional states of their friends and family, as opposed to those of the general population. “If Cancers feel in danger, they will do everything to minimize the risks for their loved ones and for themselves,” explains Marita Andreeva, resident astrologer of the Futurio Application Institute. “Most often, Cancers defend themselves by any means possible or attempt to conquer potential enemies to neutralize the threat.” The phrases “kill ’em with kindness” and “keep your enemies close” are a way of life for this sign. Beyond threatening situations, Cancers will have an intuitive understanding of each of their loved ones and nothing will escape them when it comes to these people.

Scorpio: passion for truth

Perhaps best known for their passion and intensity, this water sign also has a penchant for insight. “If you’ve ever met someone whose gaze feels like they’re peeling back layers and looking straight into your soul, they’re probably a Scorpio,” says McGee. “Their planet, Pluto, gives them a passion for truth that is hard to match, and they have this incredible ability to spot what is authentic and what is not.” As soon as they perceive that something is wrong, which will be immediate, they will determine a strategy to get to the root of the problem. Of course, Scorpio is also willing to play the long game, meaning that even if he senses something one day, he might not react for weeks.

Pisces: magical empathy

This sign is able to perceive other people’s signals so strongly that they are almost psychic. “With Neptune as their guiding star, they have this magical talent for understanding what isn’t said, making them the best shoulder to lean on,” says McGee. “Their empathetic nature and strong emotional intelligence allow them to grasp feelings, motivations and concerns that may be missed by others. They are friends who know how to read between the lines, feeling the underlying emotions even when words fall short.” You don’t have to say a word to a Pisces: they’ll know immediately and offer you a comforting hug, a glass of wine, or a batch of warm cookies. They will intuitively understand how to help you feel better in that moment.