What’s your zodiac sign? Aquarius, maybe? Okay, do you know what element that is? Water, right? Well, nope; the sign of the water-bearer is actually associated with the element of air. So what’s Pisces, the fish, you say, cynically–earth? No, Pisces is a water sign, but the desert-dweller, Scorpio, is also a water sign. Maybe these don’t seem too logical, but trust me, the element associated with your zodiac sign is there for a good reason, and finding out more about the characteristics of your element will help quite a bit in understanding your motivations and dealing with others.
Earth Signs – The earth signs of the zodiac are Capricorn (December 22 – January 20), Taurus (April 21 – May 21), and Virgo (August 24 – September 22). As you might expect, earth is the most stable element, and these signs are steady, reliable and loyal. On the other hand, you have the downside of stability: People born under these signs may have unwavering convictions, but they do have an awfully hard time seeing other points of view because of that. They tend to be quite stubborn and frequently set in their ways. Earth signs dwell in their bodies, tending to enjoy pleasures of the flesh like eating and sex.
Air Signs – The air signs of the zodiac are Aquarius (January 21 -February 18), Gemini (May 22 – June 21), and Libra (September 23 – October 23). The ever-changing element of air governs these signs, so these folks have a tendency to change things-plans, ideas, even feelings-without a lot of notice. Air blows hot and cold, sometimes in the same day or even the same moment. Air signs dwell in their minds, constantly analyzing situations, frequently second-guessing themselves and others.
Water Signs – The water signs of the zodiac are Pisces (February 19 – March 20), Cancer (June 22 – July 22) and Scorpio (October 24 – November 22). The adaptive element of water governs people born under these signs. Water signs are very intuitive, often sensing when a situation is right or wrong well before finding out the facts. Incredibly sensitive (often TOO sensitive), water signs dwell in their hearts and are ruled by their emotions, however much they may try to resist that.
Fire Signs – The fire signs of the zodiac are Aries (March 21 – April 20), Leo (July 23 – August 23), and Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21). Like a brightly burning flame, fire signs are exciting, extroverted and love being the life of the party. They are very friend-oriented and enjoy being popular, but also tend to be self-centered (not necessarily with any intention of doing so) and are frequently incorrigible instigators, always trying to see what they can get other people to do (that they do on purpose). Attracted to fine possessions and successful friends, fire signs dwell in the world.
Now that you are more familiar with the element that governs your sign, think about the people you know. Are there some folks you just don’t “get”? Others who seem to share your feelings to a tee? Elements play a great role in compatibility in any relationships, whether friendships, love matches or just coworker relations. You will find out more about how the elements interact in Part Two of my article, here.