D.I.Y. Astro: Elemental Imbalances

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If you pull up your chart on Astrodienst you will see a little table that has on it F, E, A and W. Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These are the four elements and they pop up in loads of magick – the Tarot’s Wands, Pentacles/Discs, Swords and Cups Suits, the medieval temperaments, Jungian typing, the idea of there being four winds blowing in different vibes…

Anyway, you can quickly tell from this table on the Astrodienst chart whether you have a deficit of any one element or not. And it’s a cool way to think about a chart sometimes…especially when you’ve sent yourself mildly bats pondering complex little deets such as progressions and tricky aspects…Just bring it right back down to the elements.

So, for instance, are you a bit low in Water? It sounds cheesy but you can bring Water into your life via swimming, bathing and wearing blue hues. Low in Fire – i always think martial arts and wearing red works amazingly well. But you also think a la aping the most haute Aries, Leo or Saggos that you know. Bring positive Fire energy into your life. Low in Earth – massage and gardening are you. Walking barefoot on grass & consciously striving to be more grounded. Low in Air – be more breezy and cultivate an objective mindset…something that comes v.easy to blessed in Air but which can be hard if you have no or few planets in Air.

Two more things: If you are low in a particular element, watch for when something such as your Progressed Moon fills in what is missing. Eg; you have very little Fire element and maybe lack confidence and assertive powers but then your Moon progresses into Leo.  And it’s fun to see how the elements manifest in relationships. People with little Water will go after the most Watery peeps…Like an unconscious attempt to balance things out.

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Ariel
Ariel

Everything’s in fire, & 3 airy planets in gemini – & I always am attracted to peeps with anything in gemini. Low on earth and water, but my earth planets are trining each other in neptune, which makes everything pretty complex. I feel close to water signs & have always loved the sea, mermaids etc. My best friends are pisces, gems & leos. i have real trouble knowing what to do with emotion…

deathinyourface
deathinyourface

ha, this coincides with my realization that nearly all of my boyfriends were uber-caps with pisces, cancer, and saggitarian influences.
i think it’s the smart but loony loner vibe they give off.

1 fire, 3 air, 6 earth, 4 water
7 cardinal, 5 fixed, 2 mutable

Pegasus
Pegasus

So true about needing water as i have none in chart but fairly well balanced Fire Air & Earth.
I CRAVE water, it mesmerises me & helps with my predominent fire to cool & refresh.

blacknoreaster
blacknoreaster

Snap starstrokes, I love really windy days and am nonplussed by people who moan about them. I only feel alive in 25 knots and above. I have no air planets but MC is in Libra. Jeanette Winterson is a heavy earth/fire combo and I can remember an interview somewhere where she says that astrologically, that is known as the steamroller! I’m earth/water and sorry to say that is swamp and quicksand and mud up to the axles in my case.

whatever
whatever

I’m light on fire but pretty even spread on all else – I use fire in ritual so I guess that’s where I make it up. Have never wanted anything from fire types other than friendship – first relationship of length was with a leo and he was the vainest man I’ve ever met – for good reason, but really, there’s a limit to time spent grooming when the bathroom is shared. GREAT sex tho. Mythological. They eat up my air if I get any closer than just friends – have successfully had decades long friendships with them – and… Read more »

fallen angel
fallen angel

Huh. I seem to have a bit of everything..lowest on fire though I am usually attracted to Earth and Water types.

I have more air than I do water it seems… so perhaps I need these fellows to ground me. I must say I do like being the one flitting about in the relationship, like nicely flitting..

starstrokes
starstrokes

My planets are mostly earth & fire, with an air moon & a water Neptune. I need lots of water, space & love to feel the wind in my hair, though earth/fire types like me have been described by Alan Oken as bulldozers. Yup…

ganeshaganesha
ganeshaganesha

i love this topic!

fluidfeline
fluidfeline

I’m no expert Lexi but I’ve found the progressed moon to be really accurate. It spends about 2 – 2 and a half years in a house and you can really feel it just before it changes house/sign imho. You can research major periods of your life using the chart on astrodienst – use natal and progressed (or if you really want to do your head in, try natal, transits and progressions). Just put in the past dates that were significant. For me i got married when progressed moon was in my 7th and had my children when it (together… Read more »

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

So I did some research and yes, you’re right, progressed moon does sorta define eras in life doesn’t it. And at least the progressions moves fast enough to track some interesting sense of change… Still not really sold but thanks for the thoughts on it FF.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I’m with feline. I can relate to the progressed moon, but progressed transits otherwise feel a bit nebulous to me. I can’t say I’ve ever been able to relate any life events to them, but then again I haven’t sat down and thought hard about it. Too busy. Conventional transits are enough to deal with.

whatever
whatever

Re progressed chart lexicorn – progressed jupe in the 2nd ($ you earn) = offer of absurd wage. Altho Jupe also on MC simultaneous so I suspect it’s a cocktail as opposed to the prg jupes alone. Also recently had a consult which included prog stuff and it def stacks up. Me thinks good to be aware of undertones and subtext so you can pounce/respond if opportunity arises as opposed to overthinking and dogmatic regimes that inhibit flow.

davidl
davidl

I agree FF, progressed moon is usually spot on, it was one of the first things that was explained to me when I first looked into astro and the progressed moon has always been a great indicator of the trend.

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Hey – question for the chic astro geeks in this here space…

Progressions – I’m not a big believer or fan of them – but if I were to take them seriously for a moment, which style do you think is best?
The secondary (one year = one day thingo) or the solar arc (one year = one degree)…?

Transits make so much more sense to me.

tati scorpitini
tati scorpitini

that’s me tati … thought i’d put scorp in me name so i don’t need to keep putting it in the post!

Lotsa fire, lotsa water, very little air and earth … does this explain why I keep frustrating my own endeavours?

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

I am low on Earth-iness – it figures. I do feel deeply at peace with mud, clay, dirt, rocks, getting back to nature, gardens, lying on the ground and ‘earth-ing’ myself. I love various aspects of all the sun signs but Virgos are among my favourites. Also Caps. The fixed toros I do struggle with, but i have learnt to appreciate them more thanks to a few toro crushes and love interests over the years, plus some lovely g/fs. also a bit low on water – naturally the beach is pole position in my life. Loaded with fire and air… Read more »

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

in fact, i have saturn, mars, jupiter and uranus all in fixed signs and 3 others in Aries (cardinal fire) – this may help explain why i can be a stubborn inflexible bastard sometimes, even to my own detriment.

good DIY homework mystic…

PonPon
PonPon

My sun, moon and asc. signs are all fire, but I have 6 planets in earth, 3 are cardinal and 3 are mutable. I’m a Leo, but not very fiery. I also have pretty much no air (MC and mean node are in air, but I dunno what those are xP) and 3 in water. So I really need to focus on balancing out earth, mainly with fire. I need me some more firey-ness. I’m looking into getting some fire element oils and wearing more fire eement crystals, like carnelian. Oddly enough, my boyfriend is a Taurus. I seriously need… Read more »

Lilly
Lilly

That’s weird… I have NO Fire whatsoever, but I don’t really associate with fire types! I have a ton of water and ALWAYS go after those watery boys.
I guess I inject fire via my color scheme? I dye my hair a bright, bright red and tend to wear (and look quite good!) in reds.
I love DIY astro!

prowlncat
prowlncat

Oh deary deary me. All Air and Fire, a smattering of Water and ZERO Earthikens. Ok Virgo in Pluto which hardly counts, and the tail end of it too so it might as well be feckin Libra! Well I’ve known this all along!! I duly admit to being the most ungrounded, flighty, inconsistent nutbag I know. Ok … at least I’m consistent in my nutty ungroundedness. I think a lack of Earth is one of the most challanging imbalances to have to deal with since … well let’s face it, we live on Earth and this is an Earth based… Read more »

Seabird
Seabird

Wow, that’s rather interesting! I’ve always known that I am a very firery personality, the I look it up and sure enough, 4 planets in fire signs including chiron and true node. Also know that gardening is one thing that truly grounds me, as does swimming. And I am ludicrously oversubscribed by capricornian men who are as fascinated with my airyness and boheme as I am by their groundedness and their safety. And yes, only one planet, venus, in earth sign taurus.

Donna Cunningham
Donna Cunningham

Nicely done, Medusa! The elements are a really good tool for understanding your astrological makeup. It’s also a clue to compatability. For instance fire and air are complementary to one another but not so comfortable with earth and water. It’s a rich topic, and I hope you write more about it! Donna Cunningham

Pisceannn
Pisceannn

So true! PRogressed moon in Aries and all the friends around me now are Sagg/Aries/Leo.

I love it 😀

2Natured
2Natured

I have something in every box except one, earth/fixed. Maybe that’s why working in my yard has always been so relaxing.

FireTrine
FireTrine

We need to find animals that represent us totemtically shell! I like the winged cow! The cow that flew over the moon – it’s a new myth! What lives without air but in earth or water Uber? A sea mollusc? No, that’s not so grand… Apart from my Leo Sun I am a Cardinal/Mutable mess of Fire and Water with the further planets in Air. I have one lonely Mars in Virgo (if you count the MC that’s another) BUT I just realised hubby no earth at all! Hubby is quite ‘King of Swords’ cool and logical, but he isn’t… Read more »

FireTrine
FireTrine

That Piscean progressed moon must to be blame for my meditation fixation.. ha! NOT helping me get my taxes done tho…

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

creatures that live without air, in water – those crazy sea-mount critters that respire with sulfur compounds, not Carbon. you can see where George Lucas gets his inspiration with these things. just google ‘sea-mount’ and ‘marine life’ etc

FireTrine
FireTrine

Oh thank you! I can’t think of any creatures that don’t walk the earth and adore fire? Fire-flys? Salamanders of legend? Are you a science person UP!?

I was thinking if I attracted Earth in my life in my work as Uber suggested can occur.
I suppose living by the sea in a small hotel I built with my friends meant serving food (Taurus), organising systems and admin (Virgo) and being generally entrepreneureal (Capricorn),

I won’t need that Capricornian stem cell transplant, thanks Lexicorn!

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Oh go on – I spent all night harvesting some for you…

Ummm… eeeeww…

FireTrine
FireTrine

Ai yaaaa, the cell of which stem….?

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Indeed… It’s a lottery really.
Let’s pretend this never happened.

davidl
davidl

Pretty balanced, a little less water, getting to see the ocean everyday is my saving grace.

shell
shell

Sadly I am a gemini with only my sun and pluto in air. And how airy can pluto be really? Furthermore my flightly little sun is dragged down by some serious taurus action. A cow with wings? I’m pretty much all fixed fire and earth, with a watery moon frantically dog paddling away to the side trying to support my more poor sun by being flaky.
I’m strangely bereft of air peeps in my life though. Earth and fire all the way for me it seems.

shell
shell

but as you suggest UV, my occupation is very mercurial.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I have zero air in my chart, except for the south node in Libra, which doesn’t really count. I don’t even have any asteroids in air, but one of my closest friends, and we really are tight, is the Aqua Air Mother, who has sun, moon, venus, saturn and the node in Aqua, plus Jupiter and the Asc in Libra. She has very little earth or fire in her chart. Anyway, Christine Broadbent told me the dominance of mercury in my chart compensates somewhat for the lack of air. Cheshire Cap also told me about a book (The Missing Element?)… Read more »

fluidfeline
fluidfeline

That is very heartening UV. I also have v little air (only Venus in Gem at 29.59 and sucked into a v tight conjunction with NN, Vertex and Mars in Kataka). I too have a strong Mercury in Virgo (angular and conj Uranus/Pluto and numerous asteroids) so i’m not so worried. I’m not strongly drawn to Air types but my closest confidant is a Gem Sun (with a watery moon and asc like mine but she has several planets in air). Curiously I have only Sun and MC in Fire and that kinda fits in my life story.

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

I only have Pluto in air – that would explain my Masteres in Politics….

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

I like that theory Uber (and Chesh) I am mega Earth Man with a hefty dose of air but virtually no Fire and Water. Only Uranus (Airy) in Water and Neptune (Watery) in Fire. But like you suggest Ubes, I kinda chose a Fire/Water career path (when on stage I totally channel Fire energy), and in relationships I am hopelessly drawn to Water men (which I really wish I would stop doing). I’m surrounded by Airy types as friends and have quite an Airy ‘process’ in work, but creatively, I think I am always chasing how I can channel that… Read more »

Upbeat Scorp
Upbeat Scorp

This is fantastic.. I too have almost no air.. just had a quick look at my partners.. the aqua artist.. surprise surprise, he is almost all air. It works.. he stops me from getting too bogged down in things, and I stop him from floating away altogether. Love it, and thanks Mystic.

deliteful27
deliteful27

and I’m sooo over earth sign men!!! How can I get the earth without going back to them? 24/7 gardening and massage??

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

why are you over them, d27? you can maybe gather your earth-girls instead for a different take on the vibe. and yes. Food, common-sense, sex, pragmatism, straight-talking, being in your body (massage, yoga, other ways to gain physical awareness etc), bare feet on the grass etc, dig some holes for a tree, befriend some animals 🙂

deliteful27
deliteful27

I have not a one in cardinal and only one in earth…all fire, air, water and fixed and mutable balanced??? What does that all mean? and what is the progressed moon?

Stella
Stella

What if E, W & F are nicely balanced with excessive Air?! How do you compensate for excess in an element?

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go

I seem to have an excess of fire… anyone got an answer?

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go

I do swim alot… and get really aggro when I dont… hrmmmm…

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go

Oh Oh… have only just realised that the box also contains cardinal, fixed and mutables…
o.O

olyalyalya
olyalyalya

What about like mutable/cardinal/fixed? I’m not very mutable, pretty fixed and cardinal (pig headed?). And actually yes, its true not that much air and fire, and all my major relationships have always been air and fire peeps.

fluidfeline
fluidfeline

Cardinals are the initiators/pioneers of the signs olyalyalya. Fixed energy is the pig headedness (think of Aqua or Toro when they dig their heels in!).

olyalyalya
olyalyalya

YEs I have 7 in fixed and 4 in cardinal…. pretty pushy with my pigheadedeness 😀 Totally makes sense to moi.

whatever
whatever

totally unconnected : LOVELY new avatar

olyalyalya
olyalyalya

thanks 🙂 unconnected in what way?

whateva
whateva

nothing to do with elements etc just a random compliment

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