Just as people generally become more supernatural with age, they resort to their baseline elemental personae during times of transition A.K.A. 2020. Being bothered enough to try and embody or honor all the elements is a luxury. I have a theory that the sector of the house (North, East, West, South) where you tend to leave things for later corresponds to the element (Fire, Air, Earth, Water) that you are least comfortable in. But that is for another time.
Meanwhile, I don’t know exactly why people are resetting to their core element personality at the moment. Is it stress cortisol making them tired, wired, and unable to manifest anything other than their strongest temperament? Cosmobiological and they’re tuning into an etheric ur-element? Vibe fuqery from corn chips and plague-snacking?
At first, the Fire signs waved all this away, secretly furious that their latest plan was at risk of being derailed. Then they swiftly morphed into take-charge thrivalist experts. They’re hot, loud and bombastic, in the room or just booming instructions down the phone at you. But most of the time, they’re too busy to talk; writing The Pandemic Chronicles or turning every standing wall into a vertical garden. Whether they’re frontline workers or defying beach bans, they’re active. At it’s most simple, Fire sees everything as fuel, oxygen, or obstacle.
The Earth Signs seem placid. That’s ‘still’ as in pantherine, not as in relaxed and looking inward. Secret neural alarms alert them to the importance of staying physically stable and financially fluid. They don’t want their freshly sharpened focus blunted by contextless news or gossip streams. They’d rather look to the classics or cake baking for inspiration. Besides, work is their most reliable anti-wig-out weapon. With or without an official gig/business, Earth element people are powering up to approach previously unachieved organizational results and project high-level serenity. If one routine falters, they substitute it with another.
Air signs know everything; flipping between “is this a holographic construct generated by the Large Hadron Collider?” and geeking out on microbiology. They’re spooked but exhilarated. Changing all your settings ahead of any dystopian surveillance scenario and then starting work on your new economy manifesto/plan is very Air. Being distracted from that to download the first chapter of ten books while s**t-posting about modern monetary theory is also ultra Air. Ask them about conspiracy theories and they’ll flip you a medical paper more like conspiracy working hypothesis. Detachment helps them keep a cognitive high but it’s like unicycling and juggling at the same time.
Water signs are quietly furious. Fed-up with normality for the 50-millionth fuqing time, this time they’re turning fully metaphysical. They’re rediscovering their early-influencing esoteric books, looking up ex-lovers online only for cord-cutting rituals and devising new spells & shamanic trips. You may think they’re gazing into space or at an indigo nylon table cloth but they’re contemplating constellations, pre-Confucian sages, and old magic. It’s not escapist. They’re drawing down on the heightened atmospheric energy for extreme-velocity spiritual growth and being in Kairos – not Chronos– time – helps to minimize unpleasant emotions.