Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
It only makes sense that fire comes first in the zodiac. Starting with Aries, the fire signs also include Leo and Sagittarius. These are the folks who make things happen, who keep things going, and who know exactly how to make an exit. Like fire, these folks tend to be passionate, extravagant, and difficult to ignore.
Earth signs are the steady ones. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn tend to be the people you go to when you need to be certain something will be done, and done right. They are less flamboyant than their fiery predecessors, but they also tend to be more reliable. They are the builders, creating both material and psychological security through their steady presence.
How do you get a fire to burn? You blow on it. How do you allow nutrients to reach the soil under your lawn? You aerate it. Geminis, Libras, and Aquarians stir things up, bring new thought and ideas, and help move the winds of change along wherever they go. While they can be a bit flighty, they are great at helping to avoid stagnation.
Water makes up 70% of our planet and our bodies. Water is the stuff of life, and without it, life is impossible. Our water signs, the Cancers and Scorpios and Pisces, bring with them the deep richness of the oceans, the mysteries of depth and intuition. If you try to pin them down, they may frustrate you as they are more comfortable with the fluid aspects of life.
When you’re reviewing your natal chart, it’s a good idea to take a look at how many signs you have in each of the elements. In my chart, for instance, the majority of planets are in air signs, with the remaining split equally between earth and water. I have literally no fire in my natal chart. Fortunately for me, I have a wife with Leo ascendant and moon who more than fills that need for fire in my life!
As you get more comfortable with reading your chart, you will see that these elements form a sort of dance in your life–you may be fiery in your interpersonal relationships, but maintain a steady earth energy in your career. You may find that some elements are stronger in your youth (air, for me), while others take a stronger hold as you grow older (I have embraced my earth elements more as I age).
The elements are just a part of the rich tapestry that makes you who you are. But they are a great start as you delve into the fascinating world of astrology.
Peace and Love,