Understanding Astrology | The 4 ELEMENTS

I’ve wanted to talk about astrology here on my blog for quite some time. It was actually one of the first intended purposes of Laura the Leo, and I just never got around to expanding in that direction.

Now, almost a year later since I started this whole thing, I’m finally dipping into the topic of astrology.

I am by no means an astrologer, nor do I think I want to be. I’ve never taken a class and I’ve got no certificates or anything… yet. However, I have studied and observed, theorized and tested the psychology of astrology for years now.

I’m amazed by figuring out different personality styles – the ins and the outs of how a person can react, how our subconscious mind works, why we do certain things and how to communicate easily and respond in situations.

Astrology is something for me to believe in. It gives me a higher understanding of the world and the people around me. It brings me peace and comfort during times of change and phases of confusion and loss of direction. See one of my older posts here for a little more in depth description of what I mean.

I wanted to start with a series that will be easy for me to refer back to, so that way in future posts I can easily provide anyone reading with the resources to check out.

Something that I find easy to understand and conceptualize are the elements behind each sign.

Some background knowledge:

There are four elements associated with groups of zodiac signs.

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

There are 3 signs in each element group – making up the 12 total houses of the zodiac. Each element is believed to hold and identify certain personality traits.

Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius 

Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Air: Libra, Gemini, Aquarius

Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

However, this is not to say that every sign in an element holds the same exact personality traits.

One thing that frustrates me when talking to non-believers of astrology is when they ask, for example, “how can you generalize everyone born in March to one specific personality?” a valid question, I guess. But, Astrology actually stands by the fact that we are not all the same. We are not generalized, or generalizing a group of individuals just based on when and where you were born. Astrology proves quite the contrary. Every single chart is different. There are so many variables and considerations when observing astrology and using it to understand a person. If you are born on March 5th and fall under the Pisces sign, you can have an entirely different persona than someone born under Pisces on March 6th.

So, in my experiences, I have found the ways that each sign in a group of an element utilizes their element. The way Aries implements their fire is different from the way Leo and Sagittarius do. Scorpio uses water in many different ways than Cancer and Pisces. And so on.

What my idea leads to believe is that we hold and possess those traits of our element, but those characteristics may be recognized in different ways from each sign. This may be caused by the other contributing factors of Astrology (our charts, personality, surrounding influences, family life, experiences, etc).

Because this post would probably be ten thousand words if I went on about all 12 signs, I’ve decided to break it up and do a separate post for each element. I’ll use this post as the “mother” – and I’ll keep each element post, when completed, linked below so you can pick which one you want to read.

  • Fire
  • Air
  • Water
  • Earth

So now, let’s jump in to each individual element! I’ve also listed the color, planets, stones and duality associated with each element.

(For those who don’t know: a duality is one of two classifications that digs deeper into the personality and expression of a sign. They are often categorized by male/female, but since it’s been taken too literally, the dualities have also been called passive/assertive or yin/yang. I prefer to use masc/fem, but to clarify the meaning of these and avoid general sexist associations, here’s a passage that sums it up well from Dimension1111.com:

“The twelve zodiac signs are each divided into two groups: Masculine and Feminine. Six signs are masculine and six of the signs are feminine. This is known as the signs Duality. This is not to be confused with the literal (and more sexist) veiw of masculine/feminine. A “feminine” sign is not any more “feminine” in the literal terms than a “masculine” sign, and vice versa. Everyone has both masculine and feminine qualities, but the astrological distinctions made here with the signs Duality, merely is a symbolic expression of the sign, and how it experiences itself to find balance with the opposite energetic expression.”)


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Fire signs are bold. Aggressive. Impulsive. Passionate. Bright. Confident. Intuitive. Self aware. Expressive and enthusiastic.

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Fire signs are like a flame waiting to catch and spread. Be cautious around these signs, because they can ignite at any moment. They go from 0-100 realllll quick. Often misinterpreted by the world, the fire signs are just overwhelmed with the emotions they hide inside their soft center. They usually are only capable of releasing these feelings in an aggressive and fiery way. It’s important that these signs are aware of their demons and be careful to not come off too harsh, as they can be offensive without meaning to. Self-reflection for these signs can be draining, difficult and humiliating but it is crucial for them to have well rounded relationships.

Fire signs represent creative energy, motivation, inspiration and action.

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Colors: red, orange, yellow, gold,

Duality: Masculine

Stones/Crystals: Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Garnet, Ruby, Tiger’s Eye

Ruling Planets: Sun, Mars

Days: Sunday, Tuesday

Chakra: Solar Plexus

Symbol:    fire


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Water signs are some of the deepest and most emotional signs. Much like a broad span of dark and powerful oceans, they swim and wave through the flow of life. Sensitive to a fault, these signs have a hard time getting a grip on their emotions.

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They are most likely to be empathetic and intuitive because their emotions are what help them navigate through life, making decisions based on how they feel. Nurturers and caregivers, they enjoy looking out and taking care of others.

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Water signs tend to enjoy the finer things in life. They are extremely family oriented. It is something they value sometimes even more than work and romance. Water signs are often deeply connected to the wonders of the world – astrology, spirituality (of any type/religion), adventure and travel. They’re at their best when near the ocean or any body of water. Without them even realizing it, it can often be the best form of meditation for a water sign to simply… swim.

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Colors: blue, teal, silver, turquoise, navy

Stones/Crystals: Aquamarine, Moonstone, shells, Lapis, Pearl

Duality: Feminine

Ruling Planets: Moon, Neptune, Venus

Days: Monday, Friday

Chakra: Navel, Heart



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Earth signs give a sense of comfort when you’re around them. These signs are mystical and possessive. Loud and proud. Earth signs are extremely hard workers; professional and sacrificial.

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They can tend to get caught up in their own mind due to bottling up their emotions, and when the cork does pop off, they release like a geyser spewing from the Earth’s material. Grounded, headstrong and deeply rooted, these signs may be in two places at once – they carry their roots with them always. That is what owns their heart. Wonderful friends, they give great hugs and shoulders to lean on. Earth signs respond well to positive reinforcement and can suffer from self-doubt. They represent dependability, stability and structure. You can always spot an Earth sign due to the way their smile, skin and aura radiates.

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Earth signs carry heavy feminine energy – this can include physical beauty such as makeup and fashion, or a gentle, comfortable maternal touch and feeling.  (Personal experience: almost every male Gemini I know is gay! I find it interesting and can’t figure out why!)

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Colors: green, brown, tan, cream, forest green

Stones/Crystals: Emerald, Jade, Peridot, Turquoise, Malachite

Duality: Feminine

Ruling Planets: Jupiter, Saturn

Days: Thursday, Saturday

Chakra: Root

Symbol:   earth.png


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Air signs are some of the most logical. Numbers and practicality make sense to them and ease their mind. Sometimes they can be called “airy” or “flighty” because they linger with their head up in the clouds. They can be forgetful, whimsical and impulsive. They do not like the spotlight, or any light to be held on their personal life at all, if ever. These signs are hard to win over, or to gain their trust. Mystical, complex and sometimes provocative – these signs are extremely attractive and often have many love affairs.

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They are extremely practical and use well reason for everything they do. They think much more with their head than they do with their heart, which may be what builds the wall for outsiders to be let in. Air signs represent communication, humankind, and intellect. They’re intelligent and seek to help/influence others with their knowledge. Very charitable, they are happiest or most rounded when they are giving back to the world in some way.

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Colors: silver, white, ivory, lavender, pale blue, pale yellow

Stones/Crystals: Mica, Pumice, Fluorite

Duality: Masculine

Ruling Planets: Neptune, Mercury, Jupiter

Days: Wednesday

Chakra: Heart, Throat

Symbol:   air

This concludes my first post into the world of Astrology here on Laura the Leo! I worked really hard to make sure this post was exactly how I wanted it. I hope ya’ll enjoyed reading and learned a little bit about the elements! Please reach out and let me know how you like these kind of posts and what else you’d like to see in regards to Astrology 🙂

Stay lovely, xo