In Your Element

Ever wondered why you tend to burst into tears at the drop of a hat? Or why you are so impulsive? It has to do with the elemental balance in your astrological chart…

So, there are four elements; Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Fire types are impulsive, friendly and generous—and have a bit of a temper. Air signs are the intellectuals who think their way through situations and don’t appear to have much in the way of emotions.

Water people, on the other hand, seem to have nothing but emotion! Give them a Lassie film and you get instant puddle! Whereas the Earth lot are less given to overt displays of anything in particular—they are usually in the shed doing something mysteriously practical or in the kitchen producing something wonderful for supper…

You’ll recognise your type somewhere in here but don’t get the idea that you are looking at your Sun sign. Most of us use our Moons and/or Ascendants most of the time so if you find that you’re the weepy type then it’s a fairly safe bet that you have a Water Moon—Cancer or Pisces being the most likely!

FIRE SIGNS (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
You are generally the warm and friendly type, as noted above. In your own ways you tend to be very impulsive; Aries will rush headlong into whatever has piqued her interest, get halfway through and leave it unfinished having discovered a new game to play. Leo is impulsively generous with time and/or money and is likely to throw a party at the drop of a hat. Mind you, that’s so that everyone will know what a wonderful person he is! Not backward in coming forward, Leo! Sagittarius is a traveller and seeker of knowledge and thinks nothing of disappearing to the other side of the world in search of some obscure information to help the latest quest.

Fire types are also passionate; the latest is always the greatest and they’ll love you for ever (or until the next one comes along). That passion also translates into a fiery temper which can be as spectacular as it is short-lived.

The main thing about being around Fire types—you won’t be bored…

AIR SIGNS (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
You are the intellectual sort, always on the lookout for information. You’ve all got slightly different ways of using that information, though; Gemini will take it in and then push it out again, rather like a news bulletin on the TV. Libra does essentially the same thing but it’s more like gossip. Libra likes to make things prettier so that sign sort of fancifies things a bit. Neither sign can keep a secret, either. Aquarius uses any information gathered for the benefit of all mankind—but she has her own definition of ‘benefit’ which doesn’t necessarily match anyone else’s.

None of these signs appear to have any emotion that you’d notice. They operate rationally, logically and infuriatingly through their intellect. They all have the capacity for changing their minds and their positions on a given subject and denying that they ever held a different opinion. It’s not worth the argument…

If you like thinking, word games and academic discussion you’ll like the Airy types.

WATER SIGNS (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
You people are all about feelings—and quite a lot about tears! You cry when you’re happy, sad, at weddings, funerals, bar Mitzvahs, baptisms, fireworks displays and an awful lot of movies! You are all comforting, though, in your own ways; Cancer will do ‘Mum’ and make tea and sandwiches, Pisces will empathise (and cry) with you and help you to get over things, Scorpio will plan a good way to get your own back—even if that’s not really the point!

Water signs are protective, of themselves and of others, and if you’re one of their ‘family’ then you’ll be protected and looked after whether you like it or not. They are faithful friends but, should they be crossed, upset or slighted they will take a while to forgive and a long time to forget. In the case of Scorpio, for ‘a long time’ read ‘forever.’

To sample the full range of human emotion, hang out with Water signs. You may not have to think too hard but you’ll need to go away and dry out occasionally…

EARTH SIGNS (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Unless you happen to be one yourself, you may not find Earth signs terribly interesting. They are not the quickest of beings, either. That doesn’t mean to say that they are dim—far from it—but they don’t believe in doing things quickly, they prefer to do them properly. Taurus takes his time to make things work right and look nice. Virgo takes her time so that the details are correct (to the point, sometimes, that she forgets the overall plan) while Capricorn is concerned that not only should the job be done correctly, it should be seen to be done correctly. Rather a stickler for the rules, Capricorn—but capable of bending or breaking them if the situation demands it.

You are all basically practical people. If you say you’ll do something, it will get done. Reliable and dependable. When faced with a situation you don’t go into a tantrum, emote all over it or talk it to death. You just get it fixed.

Not terribly interesting, no. But the world can’t do without you!

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