Elements and Qualities

Astrology divides the zodiac signs into four elements of FIRE, EARTH, AIR and WATER. Because there are twelve signs, three have been assigned to each element. These are referred to as the Triplicities, three signs that exhibit the same element. The element of each sign also corresponds to the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter). The Elements speak of the basic nature and temperament of a Sign, whereas the Qualities address their manner of expression.

Below you will find tables describing each signs element and quality with basic characteristics. Knowing the qualities and elements of each sign ensures a far better interpretation of the horoscope.

Fire Earth Air Water
1st House/Aries 2nd House/Taurus 3rd House/Gemini 4th House/Cancer
5th House/Leo 6th House/Virgo 7th House/Libra 8th House/Scorpio
9th House/Sagittarius 10th House/Capricorn 11th House/Aquarius 12th House/Pisces




A description of the elements:

Fire Enthusiastic, impulsive, confident, impatient, energetic, passionate
Earth Earthy, grounded, practical, cautious, reliable, conservative, realistic
Air Detached, curious, social, distant, unemotional, flighty, aloof
Water Emotional, private, moody, psychic, spiritual, feeling, compassionate


The qualities are CARDINAL, FIXED and MUTABLE, also known as the Quadruplicities.

Cardinal Fixed Mutable
1st House/Aries =fire 2nd House/Taurus =earth 3rd House/Gemini =air
4th House/Cancer =water 5th House/Leo =fire 6th House/Virgo =earth
7th House/Libra =air 8th House/Scorpio =water 9th House/Sagittarius =fire
10th House/Capricorn =earth 11th House/Aquarius =air 12th House/Pisces =water

The signs of the same quality do not compliment each other; in fact, these signs will form either a 90 degree angle to one another (square) or a 180 degree angle (opposition) and can generate tension.

A description of the qualities:

Cardinal The Zodiacs initiators, active, leaders, impatient, self starters
Fixed The Zodiacs most determined signs, stable, stubborn, powerful
Mutable The Zodiacs adaptable signs, changeable, communicators

Each sign of the Zodiac is positive or negative = feminine or masculine

+ Masculine - Feminine
1st House/Aries + 2nd House/Taurus -
3rd House/Gemini + 4th House/Cancer -
5th House/Leo + 6th House/Virgo -
7th House/Libra + 8th House/Scorpio -
9th House Sagittarius + 10th House/Capricorn -
11th House/Aquarius + 12th House/Pisces -




Source = http://www.horoscopeswithin.com/elements.php




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