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Four Basic Elements

Empedocles, a Greek philosopher, scientist, and healer who resided in Sicily during the fifth century BCE, believed that all matter is composed of four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Fire and air are upwardly and outwardly reaching elements, whereas earth and water are inwardly and downwardly directed.

The Four Elements also characterize the zodiac signs' four distinct personality types.

The elements have a profound effect on fundamental personality traits, behavior, emotions, and reasoning. They are reflected in our relationships, our ambitions (or lack thereof), and the unexpected turns and twists that give our lives flavor.

Astrology aims to assist us in better focusing our energies, gaining a deeper understanding of our positive characteristics, and overcoming our negative traits. This information will allow us to realize our full potential and live our best lives. We all require air to breathe, water to purify us and sustain our growth, fire to protect us from the cold and nourish us, and the earth to live on with all other living things and to cultivate our food. Each element is of equal importance and is described in greater detail below.

Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo in Earth Astrology

Tarot: Pentacles

Jung: Sensation

Feel the soil that sustains all forms of life beneath our feet. Consider the strength and beauty of the mountains, a symbol of the earth's stability and solidity. Every day we interact with the physical world, we walk on this earth, appreciate the beauty and bountiful nature of Mother Earth, and enjoy the security of being on solid ground.

Earth, which is associated with Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo, represents the pragmatic, materialistic aspect of our nature; it seeks to establish a stable, secure, and structured environment in which we can function. As you walk slowly, you should feel the solid ground beneath your feet. The Earth is patient and trustworthy. It is robust and sturdy. Being on solid ground motivates one to seek the most practical and logical solution to a problem.

In a relationship, the Earth can be a stabilizing force by contributing structure and organization to achieve balance and harmony. Observe the growth of plant life; from an acorn grows an oak tree. Similarly, humans grow from youth to adulthood and realize the tremendous growth in every aspect of life.

The overexpression of this element is manifested in a personality that is stubborn and rigid, striving to remain in their comfort zone in life and afraid to take risks. It is also manifested by an appreciation for the material aspects of life and the comforts of material well-being. Material value can be overemphasized, leading to a stressful and anxious situation.

Weakness: attachment, miserliness, materialism, resistance to change, excessive focus on the details, and a failure to see the big picture.

Air Astrology: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Tarot: Swords

Carl Gustav Jung: Thinking

Air is related to the zodiac signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. It seeks to establish itself in the intellectual realm. Through the process of thinking, we generate concepts. Through the influence of this factor, we acquire communication skills. Air allows us to gain and share knowledge.

Air imparts creativity, originality, and adaptability to the personality. It imparts a sense of independence and detachment and reaches out to the mental self. Enjoy the refreshing breeze, let your thoughts flow freely, and nourish your creativity. Without air, there would be a lack of vision and human interaction, as well as an absence of the ability to intellectualize, appreciate the differences between people, and accept different points of view.

Our lives are continuously influenced by our thoughts. It is associated with meditation, in which deep breathing is required to achieve the desired level of calmness, energy, and relaxation. Air is utilized for transportation, including flying and sailing. Let your mind soar to achieve your intellectual goals.

An overabundance of air's influence can be compared to living in a dream world with unattainable goals and fancies. Air should strive for realism and consistency in its dealings with the real world.

Weaknesses of this element include a lack of emotion, depression, disconnection from the higher self, and an overactive mind that prevents inner peace and harmony.

Fire Astrology: Leo, Sagittarius, Aries

Wands: Tarot

Jung: Intuition

Fire is associated with the astrological signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries. It represents the vitality that emanates from within us. This element conveys self-expression, originality, courage, and zeal. Feel the reassuring warmth of a fire or heat after coming in from the cold.

We require fire to fulfill the fundamental need of cooking our food. Fire provides a shared sense of security, warmth, and inspiration to those nearby. Fire bolsters one's self-assurance, allowing them to face problems without reluctance. There is no radiance, conviction, or expression without fire. A spark can ignite new ideas and serve as a beacon to illuminate the path to accomplishing goals with conviction and zeal.

An excess of fire can transform assertiveness into aggression, audacity into recklessness, and so on. When the influence of fire is out of control, it consumes everything in its path.

Weakness: apathy, egotism, excessive self-centeredness, and self-importance.

Astrology of Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

The Tarot's Cups

Jung: Emotion/Feeling

Water is associated with the astrological signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and influences the conscious and unconscious forces that shape our lives.

The water element pours out to others. It enables one to feel the pain and suffering of others and offer genuine compassion.

The water signs also possess psychic awareness, which occasionally manifests as uncanny accuracy. Water seeks to heal and nourish those in its vicinity.

Unchecked, this element can send emotions on a tumultuous course, resulting in irritability and erratic highs and lows, like the crest and trough of a wave.

Water signs require tranquility and peace, like a gentle river that nurtures all in its wake while simultaneously leading to the discovery of new paths. When one is overly expressive, he or she may be overly emotional, extremely sensitive, and subjective. Too much emotion may result in depression.

Being overly possessive and possessive of one's loved ones can result in a lack of strength, as well as a lack of motivation.

Catherine Valliere

After a lifetime of exploration; 2020 Covid life, led me to a full time focus on the gifts of meditation, alternative health and spiritual well being.

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