A Guide to the Astrological Elements

A Guide to the Astrological Elements

Understanding the astrological elements is an essential first step for those desiring to learn more about astrology. There are three signs associated with each element. All signs with the same element share similar qualities and personality traits. Each has its own unique ones too. Once you understand which signs belong to which element and how that element operates, you’ll be well on your way to understanding astrology on a deeper level.

Astrological Element of Fire

The Astrological Element of Fire

Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are the fire signs. People born under these astrological signs are described as energetic, idealistic, and obtuse. These signs are all physical in nature and need physical activity to be their best.

Fire Signs are Physical and Energetic
Of all the astrological signs, fire signs tend to be the most physically oriented and energetic. The signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius typically can’t sit still and need to be constantly active. A healthy and fit lifestyle is not uncommon for these fire signs. The majority of these astrology signs tend to be athletic or take an interest in some type of sport.

If astrology beginners seek to get romantically involved with a fire sign, they need to learn that competition is everything. The Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius love to compete and, more importantly, to win. Many relationships have ended because a partner couldn’t keep these astrological signs interested long enough. These fire signs require activity.

The best dates for these physically active signs involve physical activity. This could be playing a sport with a Sagittarius, running with an Aries, walking with a Leo, or taking any of them to explore somewhere new and different. The idea, though, is to be engaged in an activity together.

Fire Signs are Idealistic and can be Obtuse
Almost all fire signs tend to be idealistic in nature. Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius have strong drives and goals. Usually, nothing keeps them from achieving that goal once their mind is set on something. However, in the course of their idealism, many fire signs tend to become obtuse to the world around them. Sometimes this may mean good friends get ignored or, worse yet, hurt.

Astrology beginners should take the time to explain to their friends that when in a relationship with a fire sign, it’s important to remember that these signs don’t take hints very well. Usually, they are so caught up in their own ideas that they totally forget about others.

So when a person is hurt by Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, they must let the fire sign know about these painful emotions. When signs of this element become aware that they’ve done something to hurt a friend, they typically will go out of their way to make it up to them.

Beginning astrology students should learn quickly to never put down a fire sign’s ideas. For most people born as Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, those ideas and ideals are what they are passionate about. To destroy a dream is to hurt them deeply, and it’s a quick way to lose a fire sign’s friendship.

Fire Signs are Sexual
It’s true. Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are among the most sexual astrological signs. Many may think of Scorpio when they think about sex and signs of the zodiac, but the fire signs represent pure lust. They are the physical act of sex. Hot and steamy is how the majority of those born in the element of fire like it. The pure fire sign isn’t necessarily interested in romance. They want to get right to the physical action.

It typically doesn’t take a lot to get a fire sign worked up. Despite their love for sex, they won’t necessarily sleep with just anyone. Remember, even though Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are very energetic and sexual, they are also highly idealistic. It usually has to be the right person and timing before a fire sign takes a relationship to the next level.

The Astrological Element of Earth

Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are the earth signs. People born under these astrological signs are described as stubborn, tactile, and good with their hands. Earth signs are focused on material components of life.

Earth Signs are Material
The earth signs were born into this world to learn to deal with the material aspects of it. This doesn’t mean those people born as a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn aren’t spiritual. Quite to the contrary, many astrology beginners will eventually learn that most of the earth signs eventually become spiritual as they attempt to understand this world.

Astrology beginners should note that earth signs almost always achieve a great deal of wealth and/or power. Many may lose it far quicker than they gained it, but it doesn’t change the fact that the people born under the element of earth were put into this world to learn about money. This includes knowing how to best spend money and when and when not to do the spending.

As a result of being so materially focused, work and career also become essential to earth signs. A Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn that is out of work is unfortunate. While those born as an earth element may invest a great deal of their personal worth and value into their career, when that career comes to an end, these signs typically feel like a lost puppy uncertain of a direction to go.

Since earth signs have such a strong urge to relate to the world materially, they typically show love to their romantic partner through giving gifts, doing things for them, or physical signs of affection. When someone born into the earth element gives someone a gift, they offer a part of themselves with it. To lose an earth sign friend or partner, a person only has to destroy, ruin, or disrespect the gift given. Earth sign people expect their gifts to be put to good use or, at the very least, to be well cared for.

Earth Signs are Stable but Stubborn
With all the interest in money, the material world, and business, most earth signs make dynamite business people. Many are among the most stable individuals that astrology beginners will know. This stability typically takes on a material form where a person knows that real-world things will be taken care of responsibly.

Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn can make phenomenal parents. Like water signs, earth signs can be very nurturing. Unlike the water signs, this nurturing isn’t so much an emotional form of love as taking care of the little one’s primary needs.

As a relationship partner, the earth sign is typically known for holding the relationship together. Those born into the earth element are usually responsible for paying bills and other forms of real-life responsibility.

Earth signs didn’t become so stable by allowing people to walk all over them. In fact, most people born as a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn are incredibly stubborn and thick-headed. Of course, they’ll listen to reason, but there has to be overwhelming real-world evidence to compel these signs to budge even a little.

On the bright side, this stubborn nature can be a blessing for friends. Earth signs tend to stick up for their friends. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn tend to battle beside their friends to the bitter end. They’ll help with the planning and the carrying out of the plans.

Also, when it comes to doing things for their friends, an earth sign will usually drop everything to aid a friend in need. Many times this may mean neglecting their own needs in the process of assisting someone with their needs.

Earth Signs are Tactile and Good with their Hands
Just like fire signs, earth signs can be very physical. This isn’t the same type of physical that the fire signs experience. For a fire sign, physical means physical activity, doing things. In the case of the earth sign, physical means tactile, as in what can be touched with the hands.

Speaking of the hands, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are also well-known for being very talented with their hands. Some work with their hands, while others use them in artistic pursuits. Regardless, earth signs have a natural talent when doing things with their hands.

Astrological Element of Air

The Astrological Element of Air

Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are the air signs. When describing and interpreting the element of air and the air signs, keywords like emotionally distant and communicative will come to mind.

Air Signs are Mental
Air signs are not crazy. Instead, they tend to live a lot within their own heads. Most people born into the signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are brilliant chess players. Their minds are constantly on the move and trying to understand, grasp, or figure out the next thing that will happen in life.

Sometimes, because air signs tend to live so much within their minds, people born into air element can appear to be somewhat “airheaded.” As such, they may sometimes seem to lack common sense and understanding. Even when this may be the case, most people born as a Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius tend to pick up and learn things very quickly.

Most air signs are on a constant quest for learning. It’s almost like they can never get enough information. Some may explore this through reading; others do it through their social interactions, which include asking questions and listening to the answers.

Air Signs Can be Emotionally Distant
Since air signs are so mental, they can sometimes come across as emotionally aloof or distant. It’s not that Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius don’t have emotions (everyone does). People born into the air element tend to be more objective about people and situations than most other elements. Astrology beginners will note that air signs aren’t as practical as earth signs. Still, they sometimes can seem very earthy in dealing with situations. This can manifest in wanting to think about things before jumping too quickly into action.

Even though air signs don’t tend to be over-emotional, most have some degree of compassion and some idea of fairness that they believe in and follow.

Air Signs Deal with Communication and Socialization
For almost all air signs, communication and socialization play an essential role. This usually starts at a very early age. For an air sign, there is an inner need to communicate with others. This may be done through talking, or it could be done by writing. Some Geminis, Librans, and Aquarians may get caught up in their email, while others may stay on the phone. Regardless, there will almost always be an inner need to communicate.

Just as having an inner need to communicate is part of being an air sign, so is the desire for social connections. Some air signs prefer one on one socializing. In contrast, others would instead move from group to group, gathering as much information as possible. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if a person is a Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius. The need to relate and share will be significant.

When it comes to relationships, Air signs need to hear the words “I love you” often. Unlike the water signs (which need emotional connection), earth signs (which need to be shown love), and fire signs (which require doing things together and physical affection), air signs need spoken words. Air signs typically express love verbally too! Although their partner may not hear it, the typical air sign is busy bragging to their friends about all the great things their partner does for them. They also brag about how excellent their romantic partner is. However, their partner rarely, if ever, hears accolades directly from the air sign.

How can the other signs impress an air sign? All they need to do is show the air sign they are capable of handling and taking care of themselves within society. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius greatly respect a romantic interest that can accompany them into public and give off the appearance of being socially savvy.

Astrological Element of Water

The Astrological Element of Water

Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are the water signs. Astrology beginners usually associate the words emotional, sensitive, escapist, intuitive, and receptive with the element of water.

Water Signs are Emotional and Sensitive
Of all the signs, the water signs are the most emotional. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces experience the world through their emotions. This astrological element relates to every situation and every person from an emotional perspective. Astrology beginners quickly understand that when a water sign goes to make a decision, they typically ask themselves, “How does it feel?”

With all this emotion floating around, it’s important to note that water signs also are highly sensitive. Most Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces can’t handle criticism very well. Some may break into tears, and others may harbor deep, angry feelings. Regardless, dealing with direct criticism is typically difficult for the water element.

All this emotion tends to make the water signs excellent parents. A Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces parent will love and nurture their child unlike any other. Sure, a few born into this element may claim to hate children or not want anything to do with them. Still, those same water signs that make this bold statement are the very ones that would do almost anything for their nieces or nephews.

To be friends with a water sign, an astrology beginner may want to caution people that they’ll need to be able to handle constant and drastic mood changes. A person must also understand that Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces very much live within the emotional moment. This means that the water element, like a stormy sea, can fight, scream, and shout with tremendous emotion one moment and, a half-hour later, be over it. Now a calm stream and ready to move on. Other signs, especially fire and air signs, have trouble understanding how water can do this. It’s all a matter of getting it out of the system.

Truth be told, water signs unconsciously start fights and arguments when it comes to relationships. Why? On an unconscious level, the water sign figures that if someone takes the time to become emotionally entangled in the fight or argument, that shows that their friend or partner really does care.

Water Signs can be an Escapist
If the water sign has one major drawback, it’s their tendency to want to avoid and escape from reality. Sometimes the need for escape is only a few moments every day, and other times it can span several hours to days. Some water signs seek to escape through fantasy and addictions. Others get lost in their daily power struggles or need time alone to plan and dream. Still, others can become lost in self-pity.

Speaking of self-pity, many water signs tend to sulk and brood. This is typically done unconsciously, for attention or energy. Sometimes the Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces secretly wants a friend or romantic partner to rush to them and ensure everything is okay. There are other times when the element of water needs to be within themselves to restore and regenerate their energy. When a water sign wants to be alone, watch out if someone interferes! The problem is that the other signs rarely know if they should rush in to help or avoid them like the plague!

Water Signs are Intuitive and Receptive
Intuition is the ability to listen to that inner guiding voice. Water signs are among the most psychic and intuitive of all the signs. The Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces’ psychic gift are within their empathy and ability to be receptive to the emotions of others.

Many astrology beginners quickly learn that most water signs can tell them, without even missing a beat, which people to trust and which ones to stay away from. Likewise, a Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces can walk into a room and feel all the recent emotions stored there.

As a friend and relationship partner, the water signs — as if by magic — just knows when something is wrong and how to best cheer up their best friend or romantic partner. In fact, most Cancers, Scorpios, and Pisces will understand what’s wrong with their friend’s life long before that friend even thinks about it!

Regarding relationships, the water signs tend to be the most romantic of all signs in the zodiac. When it comes to love, they want to be swept away in the emotions of love, loving, and romance. They want to both please and be pleased. The mood and atmosphere are everything to this element.

Closing Remarks

Now that you understand the astrological elements, you can use this information to generally describe the characteristics of the signs that belong to each element. Even if you don’t know the specific traits of each individual sign, due to the nature of the elements you still have a good deal of insights into an individual and how their sign behaves.

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