Absolute Astro

Astrology 101: The Elements

The 12 signs of the zodiac are categorised into four sub groups - fire, earth, air and water – known as the elements or triplicities. The element to which your sign belongs endows you with certain traits that influence your personality. Signs with the same element share certain characteristics, while combinations either complement each other with their differences or are just plain diametrically opposed. This often accounts for why you instantly click with some people but passionately dislike others simply on a first impression. Read on and discover which group you belong to and how these dynamics affect you.

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
Warm, enthusiastic and friendly, fire signs have an abundance of energy and spontaneity. They can be creative and dramatic, explosive and volatile - ever seen an Aries lose it? The drama queens of the zodiac they're usually the ones madly gesticulating. They can often be restless - if this occurs give them a project, they love nothing more than pouring their enthusiasm into a mission through which they can express their dynamic personality and creativity.

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
Solid, stable, dependable and practical, earth signs are the sensualists of the horoscope – notice how many Taureans love their red wine, hot baths and chocolate? Earth signs exercise caution and always have a plan. Fire signs are attracted to them for their stability but may find they lack spontaneity. Similarly earth is attracted to fire's passion but may see them as irresponsible. They usually have a tremendous work ethic and love nothing more than get their hands in the dirt. Deeply methodical, they need order.

Aquarius, Gemini and Libra
Logical, inquisitive, aloof and communicative air signs crave copious amounts of intellectual stimulation. They usually have an abundance of nervous energy which is created from over active minds. "I think therefore I am" sums them up perfectly. They rationalise most things, but when it comes to matters of the heart they can be a little disconnected simply because the area is quite foreign to them.

Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio
Sensitive, intense and nurturing, water signs were twice in line when intuition was being handed out and consequently there's little you can hide from them. They feel rather than think their way through situations and can be extremely emotional and moody. So be careful not to hurt their feelings - if it's a Cancer, they'll brood, Pisces will burst into tears and a Scorpio … well let's say it'll be a cold day in hell before they forget the hurt you've caused them! Water signs are also creative and have a natural propensity for healing. aa

On to Section 5: The Qualities: Cardinal