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Zodiac Sign Elements – Fire, Earth, Air, & Water

Check out this breakdown of all the zodiac sign elements and learn more aboutthe traits of each one.
By Jennifer FosterLast updated on September 6, 2023
Zodiac Sign Elements – Fire, Earth, Air, & Water

There is always talk in the media about how the position of your zodiac sign as well as the elements in which it is connected can play a major part in your personality traits. These elements could explain why you feel such a connection with certain people (and other living organisms in the world) and why you feel such diversion in the cases of certain people as well.

Saying that, wouldn’t it be interesting to learn more about the zodiac sign elements and how the naturally occurring elements of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water can influence you personally? Then keep reading!

Element Guide

What are Fire Signs?

Signs Ruled

Three zodiac signs are ruled by the Fire element in the astrological chart, and they are the ones whose inhabitants possess a fiery and excitable personality. They are:

  • Abstract design of Zodiac sign for Leo in fire flames on dark background

    Leo

  • Sagittarius. Zodiac signs collection

    Sagittarius

  • Abstract design of Zodiac sign for Aries in fire flames on dark background

    Aries

Each of these signs has distinctive personality traits that could be described as explosive, passionate, and other fire-themed words.

Day Ruler

The day ruler of the Fire elements is (predictably) the sun. The sun orbits the Earth, providing warmth and light to the planet. It can be said that the Fire astrological signs possess the same abilities to bring warmth, passion, and excitement to those they orbit around.

Night Ruler

The night ruler of the Fire element is the planet Jupiter; another planet that tends to orbit around the other planets. This nighttime ruler is known for its strong and intense storms as well as the brightly colored clouds that surround the surface – fiery in its own way.

Positive Traits

Negative Traits

The positive traits that can be found in the Fire element astrological signs include:

  • Strong and passionate in all areas of their life.
  • Calm and rational when it benefits them.
  • Defensive when it comes to those in their social/family circles.

The negative traits that can be found in the Fire element astrological signs include:

  • Hair-trigger temper, especially when they aren’t getting their own way.
  • Stubborn and it can be hard to make them see other opinions/beliefs beyond their own.

How to Win Them Over

Like a campfire on the beach, the Fire signs want to be nurtured, respected, and leave those who come into their orbit in awe. They enjoy the company of someone who won’t back down from a good debate and someone who can match them in their passions.

What are Earth Signs?

Signs Ruled

Those that are considered stable and unmovable [Earth signs](https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a33588028/earth-signs-astrology/#:~:text=Earth%20signs%20(Taurus%2C%20Virgo%2C,stable%2C%20pragmatic%2C%20and%20unwavering.) when it comes to the elements within astrology include:

  • Cloud in shape of taurus star sign against green hill under blue sky

    Taurus

  • Cloud in shape of virgo star sign against green hill under blue sky

    Virgo

  • Cloud in shape of capricorn star sign against green field under blue sky

    Capricorn

Day Ruler

During the daytime hours, the Earth signs are ruled by Saturn – the stable planet that has been showing up in legends since the ancient eras where gods were worshipped. The larger-than-life presence that Saturn not only possesses but also commands makes this one a good fit for the Earth signs.

Night Ruler

The nighttime hours are when the reins of control are passed from Saturn to the Moon – the other orb in the sky that governs our nighttime hours. If there wasn’t a moon orbiting the Earth, then the sun would have full reign over everything.

Positive Traits

Negative Traits

The positive traits that can be found in the Earth element astrological signs include:

  • Grounded and practical – always willing and able to find the rational side of things in intense situations.
  • Loyal and stable when it comes to all forms of relationships.
  • Goal-oriented and focused when it comes to their career and personal life.

The negative traits that can be found in the Earth element astrological signs include:

  • Can overdo it when trying to match those around them in terms of finances, vacations, and more.
  • Materialistic and enjoys the finer things in life – sometimes at the expense of others.

How to Win Them Over

Those that are born under the Earth sign will find themselves craving stability and security in their relationships. They don’t enjoy drama or manipulation so if you can show them you are loyal and committed to making a relationship work? Then you will have piqued their interest.

What are Water Signs?

Signs Ruled

Water is one of the sustaining elements on the planet with it being one of the main sources of nutrients. Fluid, changing, but also grounded – the following astrological signs are considered water:

  • Neon sign of the zodiac Pisces

    Pisces

  • Neon signs of Cancer

    Cancer

  • Scorpio zodiac sign, horoscope symbol, vector illustration

    Scorpio

Day Ruler

Water is ruled by Jupiter in the daytime hours which is quite fitting when you think of the intense storm clouds that cover Jupiter. These storm clouds are full of water, making it the perfect ruler for the fluid but intense water signs.

Night Ruler

Mars takes up the position of the ruler during those nighttime hours and the unpredictable but beautiful planet ensures that those born under the Water sign maintain their artistic nature.

Positive Traits

Negative Traits

The positive traits that can be found in the Water element astrological signs include:

  • Intuitive to the core, they are experts at seeing through facades to help those in need.
  • Loyal to all in their circles (social, family, etc.), they crave security with those they love.
  • Will keep secrets locked in a vault, making them a valuable ally when you need to vent.

The negative traits that can be found in the Water element astrological signs include:

  • Overly emotional and sensitive in all situations.
  • Mysterious, making it hard to figure them out.

How to Win Them Over

When looking to win over the Water astrological signs, you want to show them that you are loyal and can provide the security in their life that they want (and need). Allowing them to fully be themselves without judgment and encouraging them to follow their intuition, dreams, and goals will endear you greatly to the Water signs.

What are Air Signs?

Signs Ruled

The signs ruled under the unpredictable, life-sustaining, season-changing and invisible but always present element of air include:

  • Blue illuminated Gemini zodiac sign with colorful smoke on background

    Gemini

Day Ruler

Air shares a ruler with the Earth astrological signs, meaning that Saturn makes its second appearance on this list in terms of the daytime hours. The ever-changing planet is always in motion, making it a fitting royal for those Air signs.

Night Ruler

Mercury, however, is what those born under Air astrological signs will worship and turn to for guidance during those invisible struggles when you are surging to explode into action.

Positive Traits

Positive Traits

Negative Traits

The positive traits that can be found in the Air element astrological signs include:

  • Easy-going and always finding the good in things.
  • An adventurous spirit that is always up for something new.
  • Friendly and outgoing.

The negative traits that can be found in the Air element astrological signs include:

  • The adventurous spirit can make it hard for them to commit to a relationship.
  • Tends to move on when things are stale or boring.

How to Win Them Over

When winning over those Air astrological signs, you want to show them that you appreciate a good adventure as well and that you are strong enough to withstand their energy. Bring new ideas to the table for weekend jaunts and always be game for anything.

Conclusion

The four naturally occurring elements that are found in the world – fire, earth, water, and air – have always had a place in folklore and in the supernatural world so it should come as no surprise that the elements have a major association with the astrological community. These elements are the basis for life in all forms, it’s the basis for the things that keep life going, and it’s the basis for the world at large.

If you have any questions about the material presented or you want to add to the information; please feel free to comment below!

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