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What to know about the Western and Chinese elements in astrology

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Each of the 12 zodiac signs is related to one of the four elements—Fire, Earth, Air, or Water—in astrology. The qualities of the components are strongly related to the qualities of the signs, thus it is crucial to consider them whenever we consider our signs. 

The four elements represent the four fundamental tenets of existence. These can be used for a variety of tasks thanks to the analogy and similar ideas. Through the creation of a type system in which the elements represent the four primary functions of the psyche, C.G. Jung opened the door to a contemporary comprehension of these categories.

Western elements:

Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

People that strongly emphasize the fire element are impetuous and spontaneous, giving their all in all they do. They have a quick emotional response and a vivid imagination.

Fire energy is energetic, lively, and restless. These people are impetuous, passionate, and possibly temperamental, according to the twins.

Air (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini)

Airy folks move quickly and with energy. They use their energies in a wide variety of ways. They have a propensity to rationalize their emotions and hopes. Air indications are mental, cerebral, and communicative, in contrast to Fire, which is energetic and physical. They could come across as "airheads," but they always make things interesting.

Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

People who have the Water element firmly emphasized are emotional and highly sensitive. Their emotional and imaginative lives are complex and rich. Water is particularly sentimental and attached. These people have a reputation for being very perceptive and enigmatic. They are renowned for being the psychics of the signs and are extremely profound and sensitive. They also place a high value on the family and house.

Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Earthy folks respond slowly and quietly. They put out the consistent effort. They have a strong emotional foundation and are slow to change. Earth energy is incredibly sensuous, palpable, and physical. Earth signs also radiate feminine yin energy, along with water signs. They can be stereotyped as stiff or slow, but that's not always the case. They simply prefer having a strong foundation and are the most grounded and stable group of signs.

Chinese elements:


The Metal component is concentrated. Metal persons are prone to be orderly, tidy, and clean. Since they view their bodies as a source of strength, they take careful care of them. People of this element are prone to thought and reflection and find comfort in their uniqueness. Although they will take their friends and family into account, this is not a necessary aspect of the Metal personality. People made of Metal are strong and in control. Their main passion is achieving personal enlightenment through the methods that work best for them.


People who live near Water don't mind having lots of alone time. In actuality, they frequently become engrossed in a mental world of their own. They prefer their own company over being alone, yet they are not reclusive. They are calm and creative. To annoy those who are of the Water element, it would take a lot. They follow the current. They frequently are serene and calm, usually, they are naturally peaceful people.

Although they may come out as reticent, people with the water type are frequently incredibly inventive, if not odd. They have the ability to appear icy and stoic while also having the ability to stay still and really reflect. Fear is the adverse feeling connected to Water, while the optimistic characteristic is serenity.


In actuality, folks who identify with Wood care about not only their immediate surroundings but also the rest of the planet. Although some may refer to Wood people as nature lovers, to them, nature is love. They are calm and tolerant, but they become angry with people easily. Because of this feature, it might be challenging for someone to understand why someone else might not wish to assist individuals around them. These people are competitive and have no boundaries since they are influenced by the Wood element. People of the Wood type are frequently outspoken or aggressive, forthright, and might have a hot temper and a lot of drive.


Fire is fervently interested in life. People who work in the Fire industry are frequently thrill-seekers and party animals. They have volatile personalities and seek happiness in every circumstance. In other words, don't expect fire folks to have a lifetime enthusiasm for fire; they may also be temporarily passionate. They will swiftly shift their focus from one thing to another. They are lively and charming. Warmth, excitement, and creativity are all qualities that the Fire element offers, but too much of it can lead to abrasive, impatient, and reckless conduct.


Earth is a deeply devoted element to friends and family. These folks are overly kind. They are more prone to prefer leisure over seeking out excitement. These individuals are naturally issue solvers since they are responsible and fair-minded. Additionally, those that fit these criteria are unlikely to get bored. People with an Earth elemental mindset typically dislike abrupt changes and would prefer to be comfy than intrigued.

Earth is equated in Chinese philosophy with the virtues of endurance, deliberation, practicality, hard labour, and stability. The Earth element is nurturing as well and tries to unite everything with itself in order to offer stability, rootedness, and harmony.

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