Elements of the Zodiac; Fire, Water, Earth and Air Signs

The 12 signs of the zodiac can be subdivided into four different groups – elements, qualities, polar signs, and masculine and feminine – all of which allow a deeper interpretation of the chart.

The zodiac can be divided up into the four essential elements of life: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. None of us can survive without each of them – we need fire for warmth, the earth to feed ourselves, the air to breathe and water to drink. The number of planets that fall into each of these categories can tell us much about a person’s fundamental personality.


Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the three Fire signs. They are each energetic and enthusiastic signs; they represent a burning desire to be creative and expressive.


Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the three signs that fall into this category. As their name suggests, they represent more down to earth qualities such as steadiness and stability. They also represent a practical nature and an instinct to gain materially.


This group is made up of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. They each indicate a nature that thirsts for knowledge and communication. They also show a rational and intellectual quality.


Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the Water signs. They represent sensitivity and an artistic nature. Water signs also suggest an eagerness to experience their true feelings. They are also a signal of psychic qualities.

The way the planets are divided into these four categories offers some telling insights into people’s personalities. If someone’s chart

indicates they have more planets in Air and Fire signs, for instance, this suggests an ability to express and communicate well. At the same time, a lack of Earth and Water signs suggest an inability to tune into other people emotionally as well as a lack of practicality.

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