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The Elements

The Elements, Planets, and the energy they bring into your Birth Chart

How you perceive the world, is not just based off of your Sun sign. It is based off where the other planets sat in space when you were born.

For example: if the Sun sat in Aries at your time of birth; where the Moon, Venus, and other planets were located at your time of birth matters as well.

The Energy of all the planets in your chart are filtered by the four elements.

The balance of a person, depends on how many planets are in each of these elements.

The elements shape the person's behaviour and indicates how the individual perceives reality.


Earth: Self, Body & Matter (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Water: Emotions & Expression (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

Air: Mind & Intellect (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

Fire: Spirit & Intuition (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

A planet in an Earth sign; the world is seen in the physical,3D world perspective

A planet in a Water sign; the world is experienced through sensing and emotions

A planet in an Air sign; the persons understanding is through thought, logic & intellect

A planet in a Fire sign; the persons understanding is through passion, intuition, & knowing

Each Planet brings their own energy to these specific placements.

Here is a basic representation:


Sun: Personality

Moon: Emotions/Inner Mood

Mars: Perseverance/Assertion

Mercury: Intellect/Communication

Jupiter: Knowledge/Expansion

Venus: Love/Sentiments

Saturn: Rules/Regulations

Neptune: Dreams/Illusions

Uranus: Changes/Innovation

Pluto: Death/Rebirth

Rahu (North Node of the Moon): Materialism/Fear/Mischief

Ketu (South Node of the Moon): Isolation/Seclusion

Elemental Combinations:

Fire- Earth: When working well, this combination suggests enormous staying power, as the fiery energy is harnessed and used for earthly, practical tasks. If the combination is not working well and the Earth sign restricts the fire sign, there is a risk of sudden explosion.

Fire- Air: This is volatile combination, characterized by explosive bursts of energy followed by burn out or mental exhaustion. It is a relationship that does well in the realm of ideas and imagination but less so in the everyday world.

Fire- Water: When fire and water are not working well together, the emotions tend to overheat, and the creative energy of fire can be quenched by excess emotion. When the combination works well it is intuitive and imaginative.

Earth- Air: Generally speaking, earth and air are not a good mix, as the slow and orderly process of earth are anathema to air. However, on occasion this combination can lead to sustained and productive thought.

Air- Water: This combination leads to personalities that live in imagination. The ideas flow, but they are mostly impractical. It is a poetic combination that put feelings into words.

Earth-Water: This combination may be dull and solid or productive and hard working. Earth tends to muddy water, restricting emotional expression and creating misunderstandings.

All About Fire Signs:

Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Planets: Suns, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron

Type: Intuitive

Polarity: Positive

Keywords: Energy, vision, creativity, intuition, conquest, enthusiasm, motivation, aspirations, burn out, volatile, impatience.

Physiology: Digestion, Skin, Body temperature, fever, inflammation, cute bruises, scars

Appearance: Medium stature, moles, freckles, pimples, tendencies to redness

Disposition: Bold, hot-tempered, domineering, spontaneous

Associations: Life force, optimism, insight, intelligence, heat, fruit and seeds

Living from spirit: Fire signs are characterized by a great appetite for experience and a joyous attitude towards life. Fire is the element of creation, the life force made to manifest. It is the most active and consuming energy of the zodiac. As the element of spirit, they are in constant search of inspiration and meaning. Without their all-consuming vision, there would be no new horizons. This is an element of new possibilities and regeneration. Without fire there could be no transmutation. People born under the element of fire, have a rapid thought process and act on hunches. This fiery mind is intuitive and capable of plucking inspiration from ether. They are susceptible to jumping to conclusions and relying from birth on their intuition.

Balanced Fire: When the planets are placed in such a way in someone chart the affect of fire is balanced, the personality is optimistic, intuitive, spontaneous, affectionate, and inspirational.

Imbalanced Fire: Excess fire is angry, violent, over heated, and accident prone. Too much fire can lead to over enthusiasm, a string of projects that are never completed, and a burn out. Deficient fire results in low resistance to infection, poor digestion, coldness, lacklustre eyes and a lack of drive and perseverance.

All About Earth Signs:

Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Planets: Saturn

Type: Sensing

Polarity: Negative

Keywords: Form, productivity, practicality, fertility, sensuality, basic needs, security, the body, caution

Physiology: Anabolic process, sense of smell, bones, teeth, nails, structure

Appearance: Firm, stocky body with well developed physique

Disposition: Dignified and conservative with slow and deliberative speech

Associations: The physical body and the senses, fruitfulness, grittiness, permanence, practicality, plants roots

Living in Matter: Earth is the security conscious element and by far the most practical of the four. This element is most concerned with bringing form out of chaos, moulding and shaping matter. Creations born of earth are solid and enduring. As the fertile and tangible element, it is related to the physical body, to the physical senses and to sensuality. Personalities with the emphasis on the earth elements, use the five physical senses to interact with and understand the world around them. They focus on practical, basic needs, survival and security is the most important to this sign. This element can be relied upon to carry things through. While earth signs enjoy interactions with others and recognize the value of physical contact, this is a self-sufficient element. Earthy personalities do not need other people in order to function.

Balanced Earth: Balanced Earth signs are tolerant, patient, steadfast and realistic, with a sound value system. With an Earth sign functioning at optimum levels, tasks are carried out efficiently and taken to their conclusions.

Imbalanced Earth: Excess earth energy is inflexible and lethargic, slow to think and to understand. It indicates a tendency to oversleep and a strong resistance to change. The body and emotions become toxic, requiring regular cleansing. Deficient Earth results in toxicity in every level, especially in the body. This personality tends to be unstable with scattered energy. Lack of earth promotes irrational behaviour, indicating someone who lives totally in his or her head, or someone who is immersed in emotion.

All About Air Signs:

Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Planets: Mercury, Uranus

Polarity: Positive

Keywords: Intellect, communication, ideas, mental rapport, technology, concepts, insight, innovation, planning

Appearance: Lean, slender, delicate, fine hair

Disposition: Lively and mercurial, rapid speech

Associations: The mind, movement, books, grace, fellowship, dislike of cold, computers, television, desert, climate, flowers

Living in the Mind: Air is the most intellectual and innovative of the elements. Unconcerned with the material side of life, it is a connective element that is driven by desire to communicate and share thought. Air thrives on discussion and places mental rapport over passion. Individuals with innovative air strong in their chart are ideas people. They see infinite possibilities. Although not always the most practical of the elements, usually relying on others to carry things through, air is the instigator. This is a rational but nevertheless intuitive sphere: air personality types gather vast quantities of data, then process it to make huge leaps of understanding, without recognizing all the steps and connections involved.

Balanced Air: Balanced air is graceful, objective, social-able and fair-minded. When air exerts the optimum influence, communication is open and usually honest. The mind is lively and intuitive and yet functions rationally.

Imbalanced Air: Excess Air is restless, nervous, anxious, unstable, and detached. Too much air results in a butterfly mind that flits between topics and is unable to concentrate. With this excess present, speech is rapid and not always lucid and conditions such as stuttering or dyslexia are more likely. Deficient air results in lassitude introversion, stagnation, and lack of perception. Without air, the mind may be irrational or slow to function. This condition is often associated with difficulties in making oneself understood.

All About Water Signs:

Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Planets: Moon, Neptune

Type: Feeling

Polarity: Negative

Keywords: Feelings, fluidity, cycles, passivity, sensitivity, empathy, reflection, compassion, imagination, intuition, illusion

Physiology: Lubrication and cooling system, lymph, blood, plasma, secretions

Appearance: Plump, fleshy, large soft eyes, glossy complexion

Disposition: Tranquil, mild-tempered with monotone speech

Associations: Emotions, cleansing, empathy, smoothness, moisture, nurture, tree trunk, flower stem

Living in Emotions: Water is the most subtle and sensitive of the elements. The three introspective water signs flow with their own inner rhythm, heeding to the call of powerful emotions. Water is concerned with feelings, cycles, and fluctuations. Motivation is from within, often an unconscious reaction to an emotional stimulus. This is the least outwardly aware of the elements and most irrational. These are the artists and poets of the zodiac. Water-sign people need to be needed, experiencing themselves most strongly through an exchange of emotions. Attuned to delicate nuances, they can be dependant and vulnerable, sometimes misreading the signals through the bias of their own emotion. When water intuition works well, it accesses an inner level of knowing that goes beyond the usual 5 senses. This is the element of gut instincts, sensing, and precognition.

Balanced Water: Balanced water is calm, soft, gentle, sensitive, empathetic, with a steady disposition. Harmony in this element translates as someone who is emotional but not ruled by the emotions.

Imbalanced Water: Excess water is excessively emotional, apprehensive, overtly security conscious, self- indulgent, waterlogged, dreamy, sensuous, and often overweight. Deficient water leads to stiffness, an inability to empathize, lack of rhythm, and an absence of emotional connections. Without sufficient water, the emotions are detached, a condition that may be disguised as dispassionate objectivity.

Information: Astrology Bible

By: Judy Hall

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