Astrological elements and qualities refer to how the 12 zodiac signs express themselves and are grouped together based on these modes. When elements and qualities are combined, you can somewhat see a much bigger picture of an individual’s personality. Brief examples are offered below. Feel free to read for both your Sun and Ascendant sign.
Fire Signs= “forceful”/raw energy/enthusiastic [Aries, Leo, Sagittarius]
Fire signs enjoy the center of attention and being in charge. They are high-spirited individuals and often optimistic about most things. These creatures are gregarious, confident and often make very good leaders. Occasionally, Fire signs can be self-absorbed and arrogant: not really acknowledging how their behavior may affect others in their immediate environment. They thrive on spontaneity and adventures. Fire signs can be wildly adventurous and impulsive: sometimes with dire consequences. Quick emotional responses from a Fire sign may not be well thought out. They are infamous for their tempers. They usually apply their being whole heartedly to a cause they care about and are very imaginative. Negatively, these signs have a tendency to exploit the openness of others who they deem emotionally weak.
Air Signs= “intellectually driven”/adaptable, social [Gemini, Libra, Aquarius]
Air signs are the social butterflies of the zodiac. They are communicative, restless and always on the move. They like to mull over abstract theories and concepts about the way of the world from an objective eye. They tend to make detached observations about others, but seem to be very self-aware of their own emotions. Occasionally labeled phony or superficial, Air signs are more occupied with the “image” of something/someone versus the true substance. They require independence, liberation and freedom to learn and explore things on their own time. Many have quite animated personalities and always attempt to “intellectualize” their feelings. Negatively, these signs have a tendency to be fake with others in order to further their own agenda.
Water Signs= “emotional”/ intuitive/ reflective [Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces]
Water signs are controlled to a great extent by their emotions. They are extremely sensitive—regardless of whether they express it or not. Water signs are easily overwhelmed and usually retreat inward when they feel backed into a corner. These people are extraordinarily creative and imaginative; empathetic and lead deep, rich lives. Of all the signs, the Water family employs intuition to not only create but also sustain lasting relationships—whether romantic in orgin or not. It would be too demeaning to label Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces as being “too emotional.” It’s definitely not that simple: these individuals have the ability to not only experience but also express the complexities of their emotions. They desire close relationships and can become manipulative should they feel the love is not returned. Negatively, they are depression-prone and secretive when forced to face a reality that does not resonate with the fantasy they’ve created. These folk are also liable to engage in escapist activities when unhappy.
Earth Signs= “practical”/confined/realistic [Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn]
Earth signs are the “doers” of the zodiac. Self-contained and stable, these individuals prefer routine and predictability in their lives. They enjoy helping others and often find professions in the arena of social services. They are not naturally spontaneous or flexible, rather they vehemently resist change—Taurus and Capricorn more so than Virgo. They prefer to be constant, controlled and conventional. Earth signs are not as sensitive as Water signs, but are indeed empathetic to the needs of others. Negatively, they can be too cautious and can often miss great opportunities in fear of making adjustments.
- Cardinal Signs= there is a heavy emphasis placed on shaping things and taking charge. Cardinal signs can be quite bossy and enjoy taking the initiative to begin new projects or tasks. These signs move according to their goals and are not especially concerned with how their movements impact others. [Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn]
- Fixed Signs= there is a heavy emphasis and desire to build upon what already exists. Cardinal signs have a knack for organization and the preservation of the status quo. Fixed signs are stubborn and extremely resistant to change that does not guarantee success. [Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius]
- Mutable Signs= there is a heavy emphasis on change and renewal. Mutable signs find it easy to adjust to their environments, regardless of whether or not they completely agree with the changes. They are capable of influencing circumstances and are the most flexible of all Qualities [Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius , Pisces]
Aries Cardinal/Fire = ambitious passions
Taurus Fixed/Earth = determined work habits
Gemini Mutable/Air = adaptable ideas
Cancer Cardinal/Water = self-preserving feelings
Leo Fixed/fire = determined passions
Virgo Mutable/Earth = adaptable work habits
Libra Cardinal/Air = ambitious ideas
Scorpio Fixed/Water = stubborn emotions
Sagittarius Mutable/ Fire =changeable passions
Capricorn Cardinal/ Earth = self-preserving practicality
Aquarius Fixed/ air = stubborn ideas
Pisces Mutable/Water = changeable emotions