There are four elements in astrology ... and in the other mystical / metaphysical traditions. These are fire, earth, air and water. They are the elements of physical existence ... the primary elements of life itself. We all need these things to exist in the material world.
Fire is the spark of life ... and in astrology, the motivating energy that animates form and substance. Earth is the very ground we stand on ... and the elemental principle that gives us that form and substance. Air is the air we breathe ... and the intellectual feature of thought and perception. Water is the primary substance we're made of ... and the symbol of emotion, intuition and feeling.
The Fire Signs of the Zodiac are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These three signs comprise the Fire Triplicity. There is one Fire Sign for each of the Qualities -- Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Aries is Cardinal Fire. Leo is Fixed Fire. Sagittarius is Mutable Fire.
Fire is the quality associated with leadership issues, ambitions based on personal charisma, a fondness for seizing the initiative when choosing to act, and a reputation for showing enthusiasm and even zealotry in their character.
The Earth Signs of the Zodiac are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are the citizens of the Earth Triplicity. There is one Earth Sign for each of the Qualities -- Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Taurus is Fixed Earth. Virgo is Mutable Earth. Capricorn is Cardinal Earth.
The ambitions of the Earth signs are different from the "personality based" aims of the Fire signs. Earth signs want "stuff," possessions, material assets, physical resources, money, and standing based on personal achievements.
The Air Signs of the Zodiac are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are the citizens of the Air Triplicity. This is the quality associated with intellect, reasoning, communication, the handling of information, education, and relationships. There is one Air Sign for each of the Qualities -- Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Gemini is Mutable Air. Libra is Cardinal Air, and Aquarius is Fixed Air.
Air signs, like the Fire signs with which they are compatible (Fire needs Air to burn; Air is warmed by Fire's heat and presence.) are more abstract in their ambitions and the things they deem important.
The Water Signs of the Zodiac are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are the citizens of the Water Triplicity. There is one Water Sign for each of the Qualities -- Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Cancer is Cardinal Water. Scorpio is Fixed Water, and Pisces is Mutable Water.
This is the quality associated with feelings, emotions, intuition, wisdom, meaning, transition and transcendence! Water signs, like the Earth signs with which they are compatible (Earth needs Water to produce life, Water needs Earth for the stability and permanence that produces results from its nourishing properties.) work in the realm of potential material manifestation.
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