What Astrological Element Am I? The Meaning and Signs of All Four Elements
In western astrology, the universe is formed by the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. These are the outward manifestations of the true elements. Each of the four elements contains its own unique properties, which work simultaneously to create one united universe. None of the elements are inherently good or bad, however, each has both positive and negative qualities.
Whether you’re loud or quiet, timid, outgoing, impetuous, or logical, your personality is filled with complexity. It can be difficult to self-evaluate to gain insight into our base emotions and desires. That’s why finding your element can help. As you read over the qualities associated with each of the four elements of nature, you might have your “aha!” moment, or you might feel as though you don’t relate to certain aspects.
This variation is because every person is an utterly unique combination of elements. By finding your dominant element, you’ll be able to better appreciate your own strengths and weaknesses. This understanding will help you to build better, stronger relationships with those around you. Let your element be a guide to a more intuitive self.
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What Are the Four Elements? Earth, Air, Fire, Water
The philosophy behind the four elements originates from the ancient Greeks who believed all matter consisted of a combination of these fundamental constituents. The purest form of these elements was impossible to attain and said to not exist on Earth; rather everything we perceive on Earth consists of some combination of the elements. We know now that there are many more elements than these four, however, they do correlate with the four states of matter accepted by modern science: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.
When it comes to astrology, these elements have been ascribed to different characteristics that correspond with their nature.
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What Element is Your Sign?
The Earth Element: Signs and Personality
TAURUS (April 20-May 20), VIRGO (August 23-September 22), CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
The Earth is stable and reliable, yet constantly working and moving. Those with the Earth element share these traits. You are practical and logical and stand firm in your convictions. You learn through experience, which is never difficult for a curious person like yourself. You aren’t interested in unrealistic dreams, but rather you believe in setting achievable goals that are attained through hard work.
You are an artist and love to create. Your home is welcoming and warm and always open to friends and family, which is fitting considering you’re a bit of a homebody. While you are always friendly, you do not let people into the inner circle easily. However, once you do, you are loyal to a fault. On the opposite side of this, you can sometimes be overprotective.
As it is impossible to stop the world from turning, it is also impossible to change your mind once it has been made up. You are stubborn and bull-headed and will often stick to your position for no other reason than it is your position. In relationships, you are empathetic and nurturing and don’t mind waiting out a few rough patches. But be careful, this also makes it easy for others to walk all over you.
- Stable and consistent
- Overly cautious
- Stubborn to the point of impractical
The Air Element: Logical
GEMINI (May 21-June 21), LIBRA ( September 23-October 22), AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)
Air is constantly in motion, even when you can’t see it. This is the same for the mind of a person with the Air element. Of the four elements, Air is the most concentrated on thought. You think through every decision thoroughly and often find clever solutions to difficult problems. You are studious and scholarly and often see “the big picture” when others cannot.
However, as changeable as the direction of the wind, Air people can also vary quite drastically. While some are outgoing, rational and clever, others are scattered, eccentric, and cold. You excel at multi-tasking, however, be careful as you are also easily distracted. You have the ability to multi-task but you are strongest when focused on one problem at a time.
Air is also what gives humans the ability for speech. Because of this you are witty and entertaining and are a welcomed guest at any party. Be aware that while you have charm, you sometimes lack social graces. Your focus is placed so often on logic, that you often overlook feelings. Commitment doesn’t come naturally to you.
Couple this with your sometimes insensitive nature and it makes relationships very difficult. You are not rooted in tradition. You go with what makes sense and don’t believe in doing something because “it’s how it has always been done.” This propensity for what others see as “radical thinking” and your quick mind makes you a natural born puppet master. While Fire may be the face of the uprising, you are the brains behind it.
The Fire Element: Forceful
ARIES (March 21-April 19), LEO (July 23-August 22), & SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
Fire provides heat and light, but it cannot exist on its own. The same is true for people born to the Fire element. You are passionate, warm and light up every room. You are the life of the party and your natural intensity that compels others to take notice makes you a natural-born leader. You follow your gut instinct and become fully committed to what you believe. Of the four elements, Fire is by far the most entertaining, drawing, and dynamic. You have the power of transformation and can convert any negative situation into a positive one.
However, be wary. You can also easily turn a positive into a negative. Your passion turns to anger quickly and blinds you when hurting those close. When not contained, Fire spreads to anything nearby and so do you. You are often unfaithful and will follow any lead to serve your own self-interest. Fire needs other elements to survive.
While Air will make it grow, Earth will keep it burning steadily. The same is true for you. Your loved ones are what motivate you and keep you stable. Without them, your passion turns to obsession and you quickly exhaust yourself.
- Prone to anger and rage
- Easily irritated
The Water Element: Emotional
CANCER (June 22-July 22), SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23-November 21), PISCES February 19-March 20)
Water is constantly flowing, with much of its activity happening below the surface. Water people, while your outside may seem calm and collected, inside your emotions are in constant turmoil. You are compassionate and caring and can relate easily to others. You connect with people whole-heartedly, which can sometimes make you overly trusting.
When spread too thin you are ineffectual, but when collected and focused you are a force to be reckoned with. You see life as a journey and every movement you make is part of a definite path (though sometimes an unexpected one).
However, your ability to connect so deeply also makes you prone to carrying other people’s burdens. This compassion for others leaves your own needs neglected. Too many built-up negative emotions can lead to depression and often addiction. Your emotions ebb and flow, making you sometimes volatile and irrational.
You often feel the need to bring up deep topics during lighthearted situations, much to the annoyance of others. You must find balance in learning to help others and learning to help yourself in order to find harmony.
- Prone to depression
- Lack of self
How to Balance Your Element
Balancing your element is important, just like anything in life. Too much of any one thing can lead to burnout, overindulgence, laziness, aloofness, or insecurity. By knowing which elements dominate your personality and what traits or habits are tied to those elements you can recognize when your over-extending yourself on one or another.
For instance, if you’re a fire sign, it’s important to remember the traits you naturally express, such as energy, elevated emotion, and passion. Practicing mindfulness, paying attention to the moments when you’re particularly fired up and correcting for this with calm and level-headedness will set you up for success and prevent confrontation.
Which of the Four Elements Are Compatible?
When it comes to relationships and compatibility, it’s typically best to balance your sign with an opposing one. Same signs also tend to attract, though tangential signs don’t always work well. When it comes to the astrological elements the old adage, “opposites attract,” tends to hold true.
Here are some examples:
Same: Two fire signs (Aries, Leo, Saggitarius)
A combination of these two symbols will energize and spark excitement in each other, though they’ll also tend to clash having such spirited personalities. These two will delve into a deep relationship at a fast pace and likely maintain their flame in the long-term. Their headstrong attitudes will lead to arguments and stepping on each other’s toes.
Making this type of relationship work requires the couple to give each other space and the ability to flourish in their own passions.
Opposing: Earth and Water (Capricorn/Cancer, Taurus/Pisces Virgo/Scorpio)
Though they are opposites, these signs tend to compliment each other. For instance, in a relationship between a Capricorn and a Cancer, these two tend to want similar things out of life and have similar values, such as being family-oriented, professionally driven, and prioritizing stability.
Their opposite characteristics also mesh well, as the Cancer tends to be caring and perceptive of emotion, while the Capricorn is level-headed and practical.
These four astrological elements have been paired with the different characteristics that correspond with their nature, and we hope you’ve come away with a better understanding of how they may affect you and your life. For more information on astrology and the way it may influence your personality and lifestyle, check out some of our video content on Gaia!
Updated 3/31/2020 by Michael Chary
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