Today we’re taking a look at the variances in elemental personalities. The 12 signs of the zodiac are ruled by the elements: fire, water, air and earth. Most people seem to fall into their elemental ruler quite naturally, although many, especially those born around the cusps (the transition between one sign and the next) find themselves a mixture of two elements. The distribution of planets in your birth chart will also affect the elemental balance of your personality as will the combination of your sun, moon and rising sign.
As an example, my own Sun is in Capricorn – earth – but my Moon and Ascendant signs are Cancer and Scorpio, both water. Most of the time I’m a tough old Cappie, but I’m prone to bursting into tears at just about anything.
The signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are ruled by the element of Fire. Fire personalities are active and volatile. You are intense, energetic and passionate. You are a natural leader and people look to you for inspiration and guidance. As a personality you exude charisma and magnetism. Your negatives are that you can be temperamental, impatient and easily irritated.
Fire With Water
Action with Empathy. Fire is still your dominant energy but it is tempered somewhat by the element of water. You are in tune with your emotions and tend to be more empathic than pure fire. This is a fairly unstable combination so people with these two personality elements tend to have mood swings from one extreme to the other. If you can recognize when one of your elements becomes dominant, you can take steps to re-balance.
Fire With Air
Inspiration with Logic. Fire with air is extremely volatile. Your passionate flames are funneled through air’s logic, which makes for a highly intelligent person who is able to work on many ideas at one time. But because these two elements are ungrounded, you have a fly-away, unstable nature. You may have issues with getting things completed. Counteract this by cultivating some grounding practices, such as meditation, walking and spending time in nature.
Fire With Earth
Passion with common sense. This is an irresistible combination, your fire passion, given strength by earth’s unyielding, means that you will achieve anything you set your mind to. Be aware that this personality type can lack empathy so do your best to counteract this by learning how to get in tune with other people’s feelings.
The water signs are Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Water is emotional, gentle and accommodating, but with the capacity to create storms when riled. Water is empathetic, feeling and often psychic. You have such a deep connection to your feelings that you base all your decisions on your intuition. Negatives are that you are wholly guided by your feelings and find it difficult to apply logic to your thought processes.
Water With Fire
Empathy with passion. Water is dominant, but fire adds some heat to your personality. You are really good at knowing how people are feeling, and how to direct your passion and energy to worthy causes. You may be subject to extremes of emotion and people close to you have to learn how to deal with your moods.
Water With Air
Intuition with logic. You are ruled by your feelings but you have the ability to step back and see the larger picture. You still make decisions based on your intuition, yet they are balanced by thought. However you do have a tendency to make logic fit to your heart’s desire. You might come across as a ‘cool’ personality so try to incorporate some warmer elements for balance.
Water With Earth
Empathy with pragmatism. You are a mixture of feeling and commonsense. You are loving, calm and down-to-earth. People rely on you because you can offer such good advice. However, your lack of a ‘lifting’ element means that you can be a little ‘Eeyore’ at times. Think about doing some breathing exercises to incorporate some fire and air.
The air signs are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. Air is involved in matters of the mind. You intellect is supreme although you may have difficulties keeping your attention on one thing for any length of time. There are so many fascinating avenues for you to explore. Logic is your best friend but be sure to balance it out with empathy, passion and common sense.
Air With Fire
Intellect with passion. When you are enthusiastic about something, nothing can stop you. However, your enthusiasm can burn brightly and then fade away just as quickly. You are like a firework that blooms and blossoms and then burns out until the next bright and shiny thing comes along. Learn to pace yourself and take things in small bites.
Air With Water
Logic with compassion. You are able to balance your incisive clarity with understanding of emotions. You are able to see how others tick and can offer advice and perspectives that they might not have thought of. The less scrupulous among you learn how to take advantage of those less intellectually capable.
Air With Earth
Communication with a practical outlook. This combination of elements makes good teaching material. You are able to demonstrate concepts clearly and easily in a way that makes sense. Beware of assuming that your students, friends and coworkers learn as quickly as you do.
The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Earth people are loyal, practical, down-to-earth but can be dogmatic, materialistic, stubborn and stuck in their ways. You are ambitious and able to maintain your focus until you get where you want to go. Nothing can deflect you. Beware of making life into one long plod. Incorporate the lighter elements to help lift and bring spirituality into your psyche.
Earth With Fire
Pragmatism with inspiration. You are able to move quickly when you need to. You can inspire and lead from the front when necessary. However, you lack a high level of intellectual prowess and may have problems relating to others. Make up for these deficiencies by in-depth study and by mentally putting yourself in other people’s situations.
Earth With Water
Grounding with emotion. You are firmly fixed on land, but have a tendency to let your feet get wet. This might mean you are subject to low moods and moroseness. Cultivate the two missing elements to feel lighter and enthusiastic. Try to find what makes you passionate. Dance whenever you can.
Earth With Air
Practicality with intellect. While you may lack passion, you are able to put your plans into action. Dependable yet able to think laterally, you make an excellent team player, yet are also single-minded enough to be able to work efficiently on your own. Don’t forget to show your softer side occasionally.
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