The astrological elements
The element of Water is associated with the signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and it also rules the Fourth, Eighth and Twelfth Houses. Watery descriptiions are well suited to this element: fluid, flowing, wavering. These terms can easily apply to an individual’s emotions - the realm where Water most powerfully exerts its influence. Water signs are intuitive and sensitive, and they feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing, and like a river, they run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect.
Water is also about compassion and understanding, since the receptive talents of these individuals are remarkably high. Water sign people can take in the feelings of others, process them, and put forth a plan or solution that will be conscientious to all. Water Signs Astrology Those graced by Water love to take their sense of the world and translate it into the artistic. They desire aesthetic beauty - and for everyone to be happy as a result of that beauty. Much like still water can become stagnant, however, an inactive Water sign person is not at their best. Water signs feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they do so in an enchanting, considerate and even romantic way. Water Signs Zodiac The flip side of this dreamy Water world is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Water signs are susceptible to mood swings, and at their worst, they could become self-indulgent, controlling and hostage to a fantasy world. This also brings up the ability of these folks to see things more clearly than others. Call it psychic, if you will. Water Signs are emotional, empathetic, receptive and feel things deeply. Alternately calm like the sea or possessing the force of torrential rain, the emotions brought forth by this element are plentiful, indeed.
Cancer: June 22 - July 22 This Moon-ruled sign rules the home, family, motherhood, and children. It’s also in charge of emotions, so expect any Cancer planet to operate "from its gut." Cancer specializes in instinct. It’s cardinal water — good at emotional beginnings and keeping private. But the world is a scary place to Cancer planets — they’re emotionally vulnerable, sensitive, and easily hurt. Cancer planets often long for their safe nests. Because they love with the energy of the Moon, Cancer planets say "I love you" by tending to your needs for food, warmth, or a place to sleep. They offer the very best hugs in the zodiac. The problem with Cancer planets is that they often become needy or unable to function unless they feel someone or something is dependent on them. They are moody, but it’s their job to be — they’re Moon-ruled.
Scorpio: October 24 - November 22 Water signs are gifted by being able to sense. Cancer uses its instinct, and Pisces uses its intuition. However, Scorpio operates on its perceptive abilities. Planets in this sign are detectives, experts at the delicate art of strategy. Your Scorpio planets sift through every situation for subtle clues, which they analyze carefully to determine what’s really going on. Because they’re good at spotting clues, they’re also gifted at sending equally subtle signals back into the environment, and at imperceptibly altering a situation by manipulating it with the right word or movement. Scorpio planets are constantly searching for intimacy. They want the real stuff from all encounters. No lighthearted Libra chit-chat — they want to bare their souls. They seek out intensity and crises. They can be relentless, obsessive, and jealous — remember that this is fixed water energy, so Scorpio feels things deeply and forever. Give your Scorpio planets what they crave: the opportunity to walk fire and to experience life-and-death situations. They’re wells of limitless energy.
Pisces: February 19 - March 20 Pour a glass of water onto a table, and you’ll see how mutable water flows into every comer. With no walls to contain it, Pisces, like this water, bonds itself emotionally to whatever is exposed. This is the source of Pisces’ well-deserved reputation for compassion. It is also the source of a tendency to escape reality. Planets in this sign are ultra sensitive, feeling anything and everything. They’re psychic sponges that often need time alone to unload and reassemble themselves. Exposure to others, especially crowds, is exhausting to your Pisces planet. It’s in this sign that you may find a tendency to take in stray people and animals, but also where you’ll need to watch for the possibility of being victimized or taken advantage of in some way. Pisces planets are not known for their realistic view of the world — they see the best in any person or situation — but when reality steps in they sometimes can be disappointed- These planets are the romantics of the zodiac. Let them dream in healthy ways.
The element of Air (or Wind) is attached to the signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. It also rules the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Houses. It is rarefied air which usually surrounds those graced by this Element, as this is the marker of the intellectual. Airy people are smart thinkers and handle abstract reasoning well. They love to analyze, synthesize and probe. Do you have a dilemma? Hand it over to an Air sign and watch them go to work. Air Signs are also about communication. These individuals want to get the word out, and it’s not likely to be fluff. They are alert, curious and perceptive. The world as seen by an Air sign will be an interesting one, as their analysis and subsequent explanation (hopefully in terms we can understand) will indicate. Those influenced by Air are inventive and clever. They see all sides of the equation and are able to glean the best approach. Balance is important to these airy folk. Air Signs Astrology So, are Air signers fresh as a summer breeze, or are they howling like the wind? Probably both, depending on when you catch them. While these folks are often calm and collected, they can turn cold if their equilibrium is upset. A word to the wise: There’s little upside in baiting an Air sign. Air Signs Zodiac Another plus with Air is that it manifests itself in a most humane way. Those influenced by Air can truly wear another’s shoes, as it were. They are objective, cooperative and really want to help make a better world. There’s no prejudice with these folks - just a bright and shiny idealism that can accomplish much. Air Signs are communicative, intellectual, clever and fair. They can blow hot and cold, though, so beware of a chilly draft!
Gemini: May 22 - June 21 - Mercury ruled Gemini is our communications specialist. If something involves talking, writing, gesturing, or working hand-to-eye, your Gemini planet will love it. Mercury also rules short trips, so any planet in Gemini is an expert at making their way around the neighborhood in record time. This, in fact, is the sign that’s famous for its incredible lightness of being, the sign that loves variety and new experiences. Gemini is mutable air, which translates into changing your mind. So, expect your Gemini planet to be chatty, entertaining, and versatile. This sign knows a little bit about everything. Scattered? May be somewhat. But no sign enjoys "just a taste" more. Gemini planets are experts at duality, too. They display at least two distinct sides of their personalities at all times. They’re changeable, even fickle, and wonderfully curious.
Libra: September 23 - October 23 - Libra is associated with balance and harmony, but your Libra planets won’t necessarily arrive that way. It’s Libra’s job to restore balance, create harmony, and cooperate with all — not just the easy jobs. Both balance and harmony require an entity to give and take equally. Again, no easy task. Fortunately, your Libra planets are up for the job. No sign is more charming, social, and able to coax the same out of another. Libra is cardinal air, so it wants to start conversations. Libra planets are experts at behavior that’s pleasing to others. They’re Venus-ruled, so they specialize in manners, courtesy, and small talk. Libra planets fit into any social situation and get along with just about everyone. They don’t want to be alone, and, because they’re gifted with the ability to pacify, they may sell out their own needs or the truth to buy momentary peace and a companion. Their real work is to see both sides of a situation, weigh the options, and keep their inner balance by remaining honest.
Aquarius: January 21 - February 18 - This sign is ruled by Uranus, bringer of the unpredictable and head of the department of one never knows. So as wild and crazy a planet as Uranus is, this sign, his envoy, is just about always ready to shock and amaze the masses and to rebel against whatever everyone else is doing. Planets in this sign are into their personal freedom. They insist on creating their own rules, fighting city hall whenever possible, and deliberately breaking tradition. They adore change, especially of the sudden kind. Abrupt reversals are their specialty, so others often perceive them as erratic, unstable, or unreliable energies. But as changeable as it seems to be, Aquarius is a fixed air sign. When it commits to a cause or to an intellectual ideal, it’s really committed. Aquarian planets are often much better at friendship than love — they value like-minded folk and need to be with kindred spirits to recharge.
The element of Earth is attached to the signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and it also rules the Second, Sixth and Seventh Houses. All the earthy metaphors are appropriate here: salt of the Earth, feet firmly planted on the ground and so forth.
Those graced by an Earth sign in their horoscope are practical, grounded and dependable. These folks don’t take big risks; rather, they much prefer a sure thing. Much like the elements are considered the building blocks in nature, Earth signs are the builders of the zodiac. To these signs, creation is a tangible proposition. Whether it’s building jobs or a home, or creating comfortable rooms within that home through the acquisition of possessions, Earth signers are all about what is solid around us. Those influenced by this element feel best once they have accumulated a goodly number of worldly possessions. The risk inherent in this, however, is that these individuals may become greedy and far too materialistic. Earth Signs Astrology The element of Earth also confers a sense of duty, responsibility and reliability to those in its sphere. These are the people you can count on to be there when you need them. Those influenced by Earth also tend toward caution and conservatism, in both desire and approach. That said, they are sensualists, certainly in that they appreciate a good meal and fine wine better than anyone else. Earth Signs Zodiac The logical mind of an Earth Signer is always appreciated. In keeping with this measured approach, these folks also display considerable recuperative powers. On the flip side of things, however, those supported by Earth may be so caught up in their objectives that they might overlook the feelings of others. It is a big picture, after all, but these folks may be more concerned with the finish line than the journey they are taking. Earth signs are dependable, practical and conservative, yet fairly materialistic. They have their feet on the ground but their eyes on the prize.
Taurus: April 21 - May 21 - As fast and impulsive as Aries is, Taurus, the fixed earth sign next door, loves to wait. Taurus has endless patience and turns any planet in this sign into a solid, thorough force to be reckoned with. Taurus planets never quit — even when they probably should. They’re responsible, reliable, honest as they come, practical as the day is long, and not afraid of hard work. They are fixed, so their reputation for stubbornness isn’t accidental. However, the opposite side of the coin of stubborn is "solids — and that they are. Planets in Taurus are regular rocks, endowed with a "stick to-itiveness" that other planets envy. Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, it’s not surprising to find that these planets are sensual and luxury-loving, too. They love to be spoiled — whether with good food, fine wine, or a Renoir painting. Taurus planets need peace and quiet like no others do. They don’t like their schedules to be disrupted, and they often need to be reminded that comfortable habits can become ruts.
Virgo: August 24 - September 22 - This sign has had a bad rap for far too long. Virgo has been called picky and critical almost since the first astrologer, but here’s where it ends. Although it’s true that Virgo is an automatic fault-finder, Virgo is Mercury-ruled, like Gemini; and it is the sign with the keenest eye for details. When you’re that good at particulars, it’s natural to see tiny flaws in things. Your Virgo planet is a troubleshooter extraordinaire. It exercises discrimination because its job is to analyze and suggest remedies to problems. This sign is also wonderful at lists and schedules. More than anything, your Virgo planets will delight in helping, and since it’s a mutable earth sign, this energy is willing to adapt to any task. Keep your Virgo planet happy by keeping it busy.
Capricorn: December 22 - January 20 - Your Capricorn planet wants to build things. Saturn rules Capricorn, so this energy seeks to erect structures or buildings, and to create careers or start up an organization. These planets know how to run things. They’re authority figures constantly marching, shaking their fingers, and saying things like "Better not", "Shouldn’t", and "Let’s not rush into this". Capricorn has a need to exercise caution and discipline, to set down rules and live by them, to sec boundaries, and to put plans in motion from within those limits. Contrary to popular opinion, they’re not humorless. Capricorn is the sign with the driest wit out there. Here’s where your sense of propriety and tradition will be strong, where doing things the old-fashioned way and paying respect to the elders will be the only way to go. Your Capricorn planets are also starved in some way. They want a return for the time they invest.
As one would expect, those graced by Fire are fiery, indeed. They are enthusiastic and sometimes larger than life. Just like a fire that is left untended, however, Fire signs can burn out of control - so it’s best to tend those embers. A Fire sign is also an indicator of creativity. This element manifests itself in creative and unique ways, and those in its glow are wonderfully courageous and lively spirits. Those influenced by a Fire sign are self-sufficient, spontaneous and possess a tremendous zest for life.
It also stands to reason that a combustible Fire signer would be ardent in the game of love. Yes, these are the sexiest signs of the zodiac, knowing they are the cat’s meow and climbing ever higher in the name of love. To their credit, those touched by Fire are often an inspiration to others, certainly for their adherence to solid moral and religious ideals. Fire Signs Zodiac If there’s a flip side to the element of Fire, it can be that those who bear its will can be overly strident in getting their way. Call them bossy, even. These folks can come across rather forcefully. Selfishness and an overdeveloped ego can also be seen as part of a fiery individual’s shadowy side. Fire signs are strong, self-assured, creative and fun. When they get too hot to touch, though, it may be a good idea to stand back!
Aries: March 21 – April 20 - Mars ruled Aries is cardinal fire. Any planet in this sign becomes a bullet — red-hot, impulsive, and ready to go. Aries planets are not known for their patience. In fact, they hare waiting more than anything. There are no obstacles in the mind of an Aries planet. There’s only where they are and where they want to be, and the shortest distance between those two points is a straight line. Aries planets prefer cutting to the chase over any other tactic. They boldly charge in where few would dare to go. They are brave, courageous, impetuous, and direct. Your Aries planet will always be exactly what it seems to be. This is the first sign, so Aries planets are often very good at initiating projects or starting things up. They aren’t as eager to finish, though. That’s more of a fixed quality, so projects often are left undone. Aries planets need a physical outlet for their considerable Mars-powered energy — otherwise their need for action can turn to stress. Exercise, hard work, and competition are excellent outlets for the active energy of Aries and Mars.
Leo: July 23 - August 23 - The Sun ruled Leo rules over pride and the ego. Leo planets want to shine, and you can use them to perform if you own them. In fact, you should find a stage, take the center spot, and get used to it, because, like it or not, your Leo planets will attract attention even when they don’t necessarily want it. After all, Leo is fixed fire. Fortunately, Leo planets are only too happy to reciprocate any attention they receive. They’ll repay the adoration of their fans a thousand times over with lavish compliments, lovely gifts, and wonderful, creative outings designed especially to amaze and delight. Leo’s specialties are entertaining, having fun, and making big entrances and exits. Planets in this sign love drama. Since the Sun is the center of the solar system, occasionally your Leo planet may forget others are out there or that not every action is planned with them in mind. In other words, they can be a bit too touchy and "high-maintenance" at times. Above all else, Leo planets cannot help but live to be loved and appreciated, and they’ll gather up any attention that comes their way.
Sagittarius: November 23 - December 21 - This third fire sign is ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet. It’s mutable fire, so its enthusiasm can spread at times like a brush fire. Scattered? Well, maybe. This sign is out to experience everything life has to offer. Sagittarius planets tend to have terminal case of the grass-is-greener syndrome. They are adventurous, bored by routine, generous, and optimistic to a fault. They can also be excessive, tending to overdo and overindulge. These planets adore foreign places, foreign people, maps, and outdoor activities. They’re not known for neatness or for accepting just a sliver of anything. They’re only too happy to preach, advertise, philosophize, and learn by having the big picture explained. Sagittarian planets are also quite prophetic at times, since Jupiter is the planet that rules higher learning. They absolutely believe in the power of laughter and aren’t above embarrassing themselves to make someone laugh.
Tradition sees the entire universe as consisting of the elements fire, air, water and earth. When we apply this system to personalities, the elements represent certain basic traits and give a certain “temperament”. This varies according to the emphasis of the elements in the horoscope. Any placement of planets or personal points in a sign constitutes an emphasis.
The four elements can be regarded as four basic principles of life. These can be applied to all sorts of things through the principles of similarity and analogy. C.G. Jung has opened the door to a modern understanding of these categories by developing a system of types, in which the elements correspond to four basic functions of the psyche. The emphasis or non-emphasis of the elements in the individual horoscope reveals fundamental aspects of the personality.