If you’ve ever wondered what it means to be a fire sign or a water sign, then you’ll love discovering more about astrology elements.
The elements in astrology are like the family trees of zodiac signs and every star sign belongs to a larger astrological element family.
But what do the elements mean in astrology and why are they super-important when it comes to learning about the zodiac signs?
The Four Astrology Elements: Meanings & Personality Traits
The Fire Signs
Aries, Leo & Sagittarius
Passionate, generous and full of life, trailblazing fire signs like to light up the room with their full-on personalities.
They’re creative individuals who love to take risks and see sparks fly when they turn their ideas into action.
Although these warm-hearted zodiac signs are fun to be around, they can also be quick to lose their red-hot tempers if anyone tries to spoil their fun or overstep the mark.
At their best, fire signs are dynamic, loving and innovative people who share their great warmth and energy with everyone they meet.
But at their worst, fast-paced fire signs are in danger of burning out both themselves, and their bridges with others.
Learning to slow down and think first, act later can save fire signs a whole lot of heartache and unnecessary drama!
The Earth Signs
Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn
Grounded earth signs like to keep things real and on a practical, level playing field.
When it comes to projects and relationships, earth signs like to do the ground work and lay strong, stable foundations that they can build great things upon.
Never keen on rushing in to things, earth signs prefer things at a slower, manageable pace.
Yet they often have lofty ambitions that they’re more than happy to work towards over the long term.
Earth signs are loyal, dependable and practical people who keep everyone around them grounded in the realities of the situation.
The downside of this is that they can veer towards being overly negative, critical and materialistic, closing their hearts and minds to anyone or anything that isn’t as down to earth as themselves.
The Air Signs
Gemini, Libra & Aquarius
It’s easy to get caught up in an adventure when an air sign is involved!
Their boundless enthusiasm, optimism and idealism is a powerful force to be reckoned with, so you’ll often find air signs at the forefront of new projects and initiatives.
Although they may get carried away by the potential of their ideas before they’ve factored in the practicalities of how to make things happen, you’ll still want an air sign on board if you like to keep thing interesting.
If they have one fault, it’s that they’re guilty of sometimes being all talk and no action, epitomising the ‘airhead’ persona that floats along in a bubble of their own.
If you do burst an air sign’s bubble, be prepared for them to quickly move on to the next best person or thing, for loyalty is not their strong point.
The Water Signs
Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces
Emotional and intuitive water signs have hidden depths, making them the most mysterious and sensitive signs of the zodiac.
When a water sign makes waves in your direction, they will drown you with devotion and it’s easy to get caught up in the reckless abandon that takes over when they make you the object of their affection or attention.
Loving, emotionally-intense and protective of those closest to them, they can also be super-secretive, so it can be hard to ever really know what they’re thinking and feeling.
Sensitive water signs will retreat and withdraw if they feel wounded or betrayed, but the need for revenge on those that have wronged them can be a real problem.
With nostalgic tendencies, they are slow to move on and are often held back by their feelings for people and places of their past.
Astrology Elements in your Birth Chart
Once you know which element your sun sign belongs to, it’s a good idea to explore your whole birth chart.
Depending on where the rest of the planets are in your natal chart, you’ll discover which elements are most dominant overall in your birth chart.
If you count up the planets and which elements they fall in, you’ll usually find that one or two elements are more dominant in your chart.
Having a birth chart that’s dominated by planets in fire, earth, air or water signs can indicate that your personality will be more influenced by the traits of that astrological element overall.