What’s Your Element: Earth,  Fire, Water or Air?

What’s Your Element: Earth, Fire, Water or Air?


Each Astrological Sign has an “Element” that characterizes it. There are four Elements in total, with three Signs assigned to each. Specifically:

Earth is the Element for Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus.

Fire the Element for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

Water for Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Air for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius (yes, Aquarius is an Air sign, not a Water Sign!).

The Element of your Sun Sign, or the essence of your personality, offers a general description to how you might react to or approach situations.  For example, generally you can count on the Earth Signs of Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus to be steadfast, practical and sensual; pessimistic, materialistic and cool.

Fire Signs tend to be spontaneous, independent and romantic; aggressive, quick tempered and blunt. Water Signs, emotional, nurturing and deep; moody, withdrawn and selfish.  Air Signs, detached, idealistic and intellectual; cool,  superficial and unrealistic.

Now, remember, these are general characteristics to a Sign—and usually it’s in reference to the Sun Sign.  But the Elements also apply to the Moon Sign and Ascendant Sign (this is taken into account in myastrologylife.com’s analyses). Once the “heavy” in the triad is tallied, that will likely be the overriding Element reflected in your personality, regardless if it’s your Sun Sign’s or not. For example, if an Earth Sun Sign (Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus) has a Water Moon and Water Ascendant Sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces), it’s likely that while you will have Earthy qualities (the Sun Sign’s element will always be at least a thread throughout one’s personality), the Water characteristics will be just as apparent if not more so in how you react emotionally (Moon) and appear to others (Ascendant).

As life has probably taught you by now, there is always a caveat! So, it won’t surprise you when we say there are additional scenarios that can influence the Element characteristics. Let’s say you have a Fire Sun Sign but your Moon and Ascendant are characterized by the Earth Element, plus you have a couple of planets in Earth Signs. It’s likely you will appear more “earthy” than “firey”.  And there are more scenarios that can influence the Element characteristics, but let’s leave that be for now and focus on the Sun Sign. Let’s  have some fun: See if the Element for your Sun Sign aptly describe your general personality.  If it doesn’t, ask several people close to you to give you 3-5 adjectives that would describe your general personality.  Classify them accordingly for your Element Tally. What did you get?

Pisces Element—Water

Pisces Element—Water

If you’ve read the Pisces Sun Sign and the Pisces Ruling Planet—Neptune posts, by now you know the element Pisces is “made of”…water. Each astrological sign is qualified by an element…water, earth, fire and air…with three signs to each element. Cancer and Scorpio join Pisces. These three signs share qualities associated with water…more so in the metaphorical sense than in the literal sense (though you’d be hard pressed to find one of these signs who is not noticeably attracted to pull of the sea). Emotional, tidal, sensitive, nurturing, selfish, intuitive, cold, imaginative, escapist. The kingdom of Pisces’ ruler stretches far and wide, spanning nearly three-quarters of the Earth, no less. So it’s these natives who possibly are the most sensitive to the undercurrents of their watery world. Their deceptive subtle, calm nature can be likened to a baby’s heartbeat muted by the amniotic fluid of its mother’s womb. They are very alive. And of the trio, it’s the only mutable astrological sign. You see a trend. By it’s very nature the sea is always changing, and so it is with Pisces. Another explanation to these folks’ “dual” nature and ability to swim in any direction, eluding capture but only by the most skilled of anglers…unless they allow themselves to be caught, that is.