The zodiac signs are divided into four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. Before we begin discussing the meaning behind each sign, we are going to introduce you to the modalities of the zodiac sign elements by making a short summary.
This is a good way for you to get a clear understanding of each element of the zodiac signs. You will also learn about the influence that their modalities have on them, and how significant these two aspects are as we move further into the 12 signs of the zodiac.
The Four Zodiac Sign Elements
The horoscopes are based on the 4 elements of the zodiac signs, but also on their nature.
The zodiac sign elements are grounded on certain shared essential traits that help them keep up with their own value; with each having its own distinct character.
- Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius); The signs of fire carry the light of life inside them. They are vibrant, warm, and alluring, just like fire. These signs have the ability to love others completely with their whole selves and the heart is their guide, instead of the head. Each of the fire sings cherishes its independency and is always ready for fun activities. Be cautious of a “burnout” or being caught up by the (often sporadic) energy from the fire; you should find time to recover and give a break to others. As the fire can easily climb a mountain, if they are determined about something, a fire sign will also do anything.
- Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn); Known as the angels in astrology, the earth signs make the universe revolving. Just when you need it most, they are ready to get stuff done and take care of everyone’s sanity. These signs are intelligent, with great balance, sensual, and most importantly down to earth. They are rulers of the physical world; that is why they are very good as lovers, but also great in cooking and gardening. Since the earth element is something you can rely on, they make professionals and business people that are trustworthy. Earth signs need to be careful not to be too rational and rigid. Even in nature, trees must bend in the wind so they don’t break. It is great to have this kind of people around you; they value the quality when it comes to anything they do.
- Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius); You can never know everything about the air signs, but that is just how they like it! They are fast, led by their curiosity, flirtatious, and smart. It is no surprise that they make amazing writers, but also use their creativity as artists, and communicators. They can impress anyone with their charm. The air element gives people a soft, unpredictable value to them; there will always be something a bit distant or impossible to reach. Keep an eye on air signs as they can just move away, ghost you, or completely disappear. In order to devote to a person or a project, they want it to be interesting enough so they can stay around. If you know air sings, you are aware that they are wonderful people to be around; they will suggest new music, books, and expand your group of friends, your vocabulary, and most importantly – your mind.
- Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces); One of the main traits of the water signs is their ability to keep our connection with humanity’s shared heart and soul. Known as the psychic triplicity, they have a high level of intuition; and therefore are very good when it comes to reading between the lines. They are sweet, soulful, caring, empathetic, and often dramatic. Water signs want to dig deeper into the messy aspects of life; and that is why jobs as investigators, physicians, poets, psychiatrists, and filmmakers suit them really well. It is no surprise that water signs attract people that need healing, as the element of water is calming and feminine. Beware not to overburden yourself emotionally and move on from feeling sorry for yourself. Water signs are ready to do anything it takes to support those in need because their love is the most genuine.
The Three Zodiac Sign Modalities
In astrology, there are 3 modalities (cardinal signs, fixed signs, and mutable signs) and they serve as a summary of the overall meaning behind each sign, dividing each season. They have different characteristics, based on where they belong; these attributes can also help you understand how they will perform things.
- Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn); we call them starters of the season, and therefore they are the main initiators. They are born to set trends and with the support of others, they work on new ideas and execute them easily. In other words, these signs show the ambitious spirit of humanity.
- Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius); these are the signs of the middle season, and they tend to focus on prosperity and stability. In charge of maintaining what the Cardinals started, these signs are generally, to say the least, immovable; making them the symbols of the unyielding will of humanity to achieve its greatest ambitions.
- Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces); as enders of the season, these signs enjoy development and change. Recognizing the importance of these aspects, they combine everything and learn from it. Their ability to adapt reflects the will for power and evolution of humans.
Now that we have discussed the 12 zodiac sign elements along with their modalities, you will definitely get a better understanding of how to interpret these signs and their impact on our lives.
Every sign has been gifted with special flairs and issues that make it unique. As humans, we should be proud of having the same characteristics in our personalities, born with planets in those signs.
When traveling through the zodiac, we can see every element (fire, air, earth, and water) moving through its 3 modes (cardinal, fixed, mutable) to a progressive representation of its essence.