The Houses, Planets and Signs are governed by the Four Elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth. When doing an astrology birth chart one element will usually dominate. This is useful to know because it gives insight into your primary mode of interaction. For example, somone who is predominantly a Fire element will appreciate a direct approach with steps they can take immediate action on. Someone who is predominantly an Air element likes to understand the reason for making certain changes, the science or philosphy behind them. Those with a dominant Water element are helped by knowing how certain changes will make them feel, and those with predominant earth element respond favourably to concerete instructions.
There are also times when one element is missing from the chart or underrepresented. Through using Feng Shui enhancements an element imbalance can be corrected, using colours, symbols, and placement. It may also be that imbalances can be corrected by paying more attention to the missing archetypes/energy and bringing that energy into your life.
The Fire element is active, outgoing, and self expressive, often manifested by a sense of excitement, aliveness, urgency and directness. If there is too much Fire there can be impatience and impulsiveness, insensitivity, irritability and/or agression. If ther eis too little Fire there can be listlessness, lack of vitality or shyness, the inability to direct anger.
The Air element is analytical thinking, rationality, conceptual ideas, abstract or philosophical thought. If there it too much Air, there may be a tendency to live too much in the mind, with excessive rationalization, stubbornly holding on to one’s own opinion. It can be difficult to turn off thoughts resulting in sleep difficulties. If there is too much Air there is difficulty understanding abstract ideas.
Water: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
The Water element is feeling: perceiving through the emotions marked by sensitivity and empathy. If there is too much Water, there can be a tendency to be highly charged emotionally, very sensitive to other people’s emotions and feelings, perhaps even taking them on, moodiness, and/or neediness. If there is too little Water there is difficulty connecting with one’s emotions, problems ‘feeling’ things, a lack of empathy and insensitivity to others.
The Earth element is perception through the tangible senses: touch, seeing first hand, concrete action. There is dependability and sameness, seeing the practical solution. If there is too much Earth, there is a tendency towards being overly cautious and relying on their own personal experience and proof, difficulty adapting to changes. If there is too little Earth there can be problems dealing with the practical aspects of life, being ungrounded, unable to stick to things and see them through, difficulty with structure.
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