The twelve astrological signs are divided into the four elements of air, fire, water and earth. Each element carries a distinct energy that is represented through its associated sign. While it’s easy to assume that as the Water Bearer, Aquarius might be a water sign, these signs and elements are connected by traits instead of their physical representations in mythology.

Air

Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini.

Qualities: Air is intellect, and represents the exchange of processing ideas (both abstract and practical). Just as a air and be a light breeze or a tornado, Air signs may have their heads in the clouds at times, but they can pack a punch.

Fire

Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.

Qualities: Fire is our motivation to express ourselves in our surroundings, and our drive into action. Fire signs are often characterized as exuberant, passionate, and headstrong.

Earth

Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo.

Qualities: Earth signs symbolize our connection to the physical realm and how we work with the materials surrounding our immediate environment. These signs are generally grounded, stable, and consistent.

Water

Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio.

Qualities: Water signs represent the emotional undercurrent within ourselves and our environments. Water is our subconscious world. Water signs are usually most likely to get emotional.

Fire and air are considered to be elements of action and expression, while water and earth receive energy and are self-contained. In every natal chart, the presence of each element varies per person (for example, a person with their sun in Leo may identify as a fire sign, but their birth chart can be dominated by the element of water).


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