The Four Elements
As early as the Renaissance, the twelve zodiac signs were divided among four element signs with three signs associated with each element. Together they form the natural world, so each element in some way depend on each other.
The Element of Earth - Attached to the zodiac signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
The basis of our existence begins with earth. Earth signs are the grounded people on our planet reminding us the importance of starting with a solid foundation. Steady, but slow, earth signs are stable and loyal, and stick by people through tough times. Earth signs value hard work, planning and putting things into action. On the other hand, they can be materialistic by focusing on the outer surface rather than digging into the depths.
Earth is immovable and stiff, therefore needing air for balance however their challenge is to be able to recognise this due to its transparency, fast pace and instability.
The Element of Air - Attached to the zodiac signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
This is the element that connects all other elements, it opens our lungs, gives us room to breathe, and opens our soul to freedom. People born under this sign may have a problem with the regular order of their surroundings therefore their main goal is to stop worrying about others opinions or pleasing others, and just follow their own liberating ideas. People of Air signs are balanced by the element of Earth, needing a healthy routine and physical activity to remain aware of their physical existence.
The Element of Fire - Attached to the zodiac signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
This is the element that represents energy. Like fire itself, fire signs tend to be dynamic, passionate, and temperamental. The fire element is essential to our basic life force. These signs uplift the strength of the Sun with each person born under this 'Sun' sign is to cherish and nurture their emotional side. This is the element that focuses on creation of personal or self identity. They may have to be trained in having deeper understanding and compassion for people, and have a tendency to give more than they should to those that don't ask.
Although fire may have no fear, this element needs air to help stay alight.
The Element of Water - Attached to the zodiac signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Water is the element of slow and steady constant movement. Water signs are the intuitive, ultra sensitive and emotional signs of the zodiac. They can be mysterious like the ocean, refreshing like water or can drown you with their depths. Perhaps embracing emotion is their greatest task, being able to accept sadness with love and the positive with negative.
It is almost impossible for water to find direction if there is no contact with fire, as this offers passion, energy and direction. After all, water alone may be magical, however without direction it will disperse.