Earth is Thicker Than Water

Knowing the elements of astrology can lead to real compassion for those quirks in others that tend to provoke our judgment rather than our patience. OK, it can also give you something to think about during events that you were hoping to avoid this holiday season.

The Elements of Astrology
There’s only four:
Earth, Water, Fire, Air

There are 12 signs of the zodiac. Each of these signs fall under one of the elements:

Fire Signs: Aires, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Medieval Woodcuts of the Zodiac Signs

Medieval Woodcuts of the Zodiac Signs

What’s the Nature of Each Element?
Let your mind wander as you ponder the elements to get a feel for them. Here is a little head start:

Fire rises up, water falls down. Fire is hot, it burns, it flickers, it radiates, it can be the beauty of a single candle flame or the intensity of a raging wild fire.

Water can be as vast as an ocean, still and hard when it is ice, rushing like a river, stagnant, deep, shallow, murky and mysterious. Water takes on the form of its container (as in a glass of water) – without a container it seeps into every crevice.

Earth is thick, dense, stationary, under our feet, it nurtures everything that grows. Earth gives us a place to put our feet, our house, our roots.

Air is invisible, light as the wind, unconstrained, the breath, quick, all around us yet hardly felt.

Go Forth and Observe!
Have some fun during the holidays by observing the elements as they interact through the personalities of your friends, family, and coworkers. Go ahead, ask a few people what their astrological sign is. When say they are a Leo, they are telling you what sign the Sun was in the moment they were born.

We are all much more than our Sun Sign. A basic astrology consultation walks you through how the 8 planets of our solar system, sun, and moon uniquely combine for an individual. Still, the Sun is the center of the solar system. And in astrology, the sun radiates through every aspect of our lives. The element of the Sun Sign is a great way to begin learning about the dynamics of astrology.

Use the comment box below to share what you notice –  Thanks!

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

1 Comment

  • Donna Holt

    Reply Reply December 13, 2010

    Yea Cindy! Thank you for your invitation to notice. Today I’m paying attention to how that compassion for others begins with compassion for myself. So . . . instead of hiding or ignoring or rejecting my watery emotional aspects, I’m approaching them with kindness, gentle inquiry and appreciation for their contribution to the whole of my life.

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