The Zodiac Elements – Fire, Earth, Air and Water – underly everything. They are the basic building blocks, the core matter of all substance and when you add the 5th element Quintessence, of magic.
You can see them in Tarot, where the Wands represent the Fire element, Pentacles – Earth, Swords – Air and Cups – Water.
I sometimes wonder if the reason Swords get such a bad rap in Tarot is because thinking/talking/writing (Air) was dangerous in medieval times.
Think also of the Jungian typing system – Thinking, Feeling, Sensation and Intuition, which is also used by the Myer-Brigg method, medieval temperaments – Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic and Melancholic – as well as the different but related elements of Feng Shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The elements have a narrative of their own, beneath the more precise and complex alignments of the planets at your birth. Do you have a deficit in one element? Betcha that’s the element you’re going to be drawn toward mate and date.
How many people do you know who out-source their Water element energy to a partner? So that person does the emotional work of the relationship whilst the other person carries the Fire? Or insist that a lover is their grounding whilst over-emphasizing their Air elemental self?
Elemental balance is ideal so if you are high in Fire but low in Earth, you can bring yourself back into harmony by grounding in the physical. Think orgasms, bare feet on grass, time with animals, yoga etc.
People who are low in Fire may think they’re supposed to relax by more chill exercise and passive entertainment such as the cinema or binge-watching television but actually the balancing effects of classic Fire element ‘leisure’ activities like martial arts or cardio-anything will be more beneficial.
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. Think also poetry and becoming more aware of your dreamscape.
Low in Earth? Try walking barefoot on grass, tuning into your body & consciously striving to be more grounded. People who are strong in the Earth element mediate everything via gut instinct and like to sit with subjects – think ‘tree’ – before arriving at a conclusion.
Whereas Fire? You can often talk them into something with dazzling repartee. Water needs to feel there is a simpatico emotional rapport – often via an obscure but meaningful conversational tangent. Air element characters value snappy repartee and well-informed people.
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.
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 – hello, Fire.
Be conscious about the way you work the Elements in Astrology for sensational results. Otherwise, you’ll pull strange stunts in a subliminal attempt to balance things out
Not sure of your elemental mix? They’re delineated in my Astral DNA birth reports.