1. Gemini belongs to a group of signs which astrologers call air signs. By this they mean that Gemini people have a sparkling, changeable, light quality which makes them think of the light and refreshing breeze of a spring day. Libra and Aquarius are also air signs.
  2. The twelve astrology signs are grouped into four essential elements to which life would not be possible without. They are air, fire, water and earth. Each of these four elements has characteristics independent to each that the twelve astrology signs are based upon.

Gemini belongs to a group of signs which astrologers call air signs. By this they mean that Gemini people have a sparkling, changeable, light quality which makes them think of the light and refreshing breeze of a spring day. Libra and Aquarius are also air signs. The twelve astrology signs are grouped into four essential elements to which life would not be possible without. They are air, fire, water and earth. Each of these four elements has characteristics independent to each that the twelve astrology signs are based upon.

Astrology has used the concept of classical elements from antiquity up until the present. In Western astrology and Sidereal astrology four elements are used: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.

Western astrology[edit]

Four Classical Elements; this classic diagram has two squares on top of each other, with the corners of one being the classical elements, and the corners of the other being the properties

In Western tropical astrology, there are 12 astrological signs. Each of the four elements is associated with 3 signs of the Zodiac which are always located exactly 120 degrees away from each other along the ecliptic and said to be in trine with one another. Most modern astrologers use the four classical elements extensively, (also known as triplicities) and indeed it is still viewed as a critical part of interpreting the astrological chart.

Beginning with the first sign Aries which is a Fire sign, the next in line Taurus is Earth, then to Gemini which is Air, and finally to Cancer which is Water. This cycle continues on twice more and ends with the twelfth and final astrological sign, Pisces. The elemental rulerships for the twelve astrological signs of the zodiac (according to Marcus Manilius) are summarised as follows:

  • Fire — 1 – Aries; 5 – Leo; 9 – Sagittarius – hot, dry, ardent
  • Earth — 2 – Taurus; 6 – Virgo; 10 – Capricorn – heavy, cold, dry
  • Air — 3 – Gemini; 7 – Libra; 11 – Aquarius – light, hot, wet
  • Water — 4 – Cancer; 8 – Scorpio; 12 – Pisces – cold, wet, soft
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Elements In Classical Astrology[edit]

Triplicity rulerships[edit]

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In traditional astrology, each triplicity has several planetary rulers, which change with conditions of sect – that is, whether the chart is a day chart or a night chart. Triplicity rulerships are an important essential dignity – one of the several factors used by traditional astrologers to weigh strength, effectiveness, and integrity of each planet in a chart.

Air

Triplicity rulerships (using the 'Dorothean system') are as follows:[1]

Triplicity Rulerships
TriplicityDay RulerNight RulerParticipating Ruler
Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)SunJupiterSaturn
Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)SaturnMoonMars
Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius )SaturnMercuryJupiter
Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)MarsMoon

'Participating' rulers were not used by Ptolemy, as well as some subsequent astrologers in later traditions who followed his approach.

Triplicities by season[edit]

In ancient astrology, triplicities were more of a seasonal nature, so a season was given the qualities of an element, which means the signs associated with that season would be allocated to that element. Virgo horoscope 2021 daily. The seasonal elements of ancient astrology are as follows:

What
  • Spring (wet becoming hot) – Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
  • Summer (hot becoming dry) – Fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • Autumn (dry becoming cold) – Earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
  • Winter (cold becoming wet) – Water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Using the seasonal qualities accounts for the differences in expression between signs of the same element. All the fire signs are by their nature hot and dry. However, the addition of the elemental qualities of the seasons results in differences between the fire signs. Aries being a Spring sign is wet (hot & dry, hot & wet), Leo being the midsummer sign gets a double dose of hot and dry and is the pure fire sign, and Sagittarius being an Autumnal sign is colder (hot & dry, cold & dry).

In the Southern Hemisphere the seasonal cycle is reversed.[2]

This yields secondary and tertiary elements for each sign.

SignElementQualitiesSeason: NorthSeason: South
AriesFireHot & DryHot & Wet (Spring/Air)Cold & Dry (Autumn/Earth)
TaurusEarthCold & DryHot & Wet (Spring/Air)Cold & Dry (Autumn/Earth)
GeminiAirHot & WetHot & Wet (Spring/Air)Cold & Dry (Autumn/Earth)
CancerWaterCold & WetHot & Dry (Summer/Fire)Cold & Wet (Winter/Water)
LeoFireHot & DryHot & Dry (Summer/Fire)Cold & Wet (Winter/Water)
VirgoEarthCold & DryHot & Dry (Summer/Fire)Cold & Wet (Winter/Water)
LibraAirHot & WetCold & Dry (Autumn/Earth)Hot & Wet (Spring/Air)
ScorpioWaterCold & WetCold & Dry (Autumn/Earth)Hot & Wet (Spring/Air)
SagittariusFireHot & DryCold & Dry (Autumn/Earth)Hot & Wet (Spring/Air)
CapricornEarthCold & DryCold & Wet (Winter/Water)Hot & Dry (Summer/Fire)
AquariusAirHot & WetCold & Wet (Winter/Water)Hot & Dry (Summer/Fire)
PiscesWaterCold & WetCold & Wet (Winter/Water)Hot & Dry (Summer/Fire)

These associations are not given any great importance in modern astrology, although they are prominent in modern Western ceremonial magic, reconstructionistneopagan systems such as neodruidism, and Wicca.

Vedic astrology[edit]

Zodiac symbols (Vedic astrology) on the terrace of a temple in Kanipakam, Andhra Pradesh

Sidereal (Vedic) astrology shares the same system as Western astrology of linking zodiac signs to elements.

In addition, in Vedic thought each of the five planets are linked to an element (with space as the fifth). It was said in the Veda that everything emanated from the one basic vibration of'Om' or 'Aum.' From 'Om' the five elemental vibrations emerged representing thefive different tattwas (or elements). The five planets represent thesefive vibrations – Jupiter for Space, Saturn for Air, Mars for Fire,Mercury for Earth, and Venus for Water.

Chinese astrology[edit]

In many traditional Chinese theory field, matters and its developmental movement stage can be classified into the Wu Xing. They are Wood ruler Jupiter, Green, East and Spring, Fire ruler Mars, Red, South and Summer, Earth ruler Saturn, Yellow, Center and Last Summer, Metal ruler Venus, White, West and Autumn and Water ruler Mercury, Black, North and Winter. Note that the Wu Xing are chiefly an ancient mnemonic device for systems with 5 stages, rather than the notion of different kinds of material.

Notes[edit]

aPtolemy[3] later modified the rulerships of Water triplicity, making Mars the ruler of the water triplicity for both day and night charts—and William Lilly concurred.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and Olympiodorus (with the Scholia of later Latin Commentators). [Translated by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum.] Archive for the Retrieval of Historical Astrological Texts [ARHAT] 'Archived copy'. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2009-03-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), 2001. P.6. (This is a translation of Paulus' Introduction along with the Commentary by Olympiodorus and related Byzantine scholia.)
  2. ^Ian Thurnwald. 'Astrology on the Web: Elemental Qualities'. Astrologycom.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  3. ^Claudius Ptolemy (1940). 'Tetrabiblos online [tr. by Frank Egleston Robbins] in the Loeb Classical Library, 1 volume, Greek text and facing English translation'. Harvard University Press. pp. 79–83.
  4. ^William Lilly, Christian Astrology, Book 3: An Easie And Plaine Method Teaching How to Judge upon Nativities, 1647. 2nd ed., 1659. Re-published by Astrology Classics (Bel Air, Maryland), 2004; by Ascella Publications, ed. D. Houlding, London, 2000; and [in facsimile of 1647 edition] by Regulus Press, London, 1985. [orig.] P. 104.
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Astrology Zodiac Elements

The twelve astrology signs are grouped into four essential elements to which life would not be possible without. They are air, fire, water and earth. Each of these four elements has characteristics independent to each that the twelve astrology signs are based upon. The symbolism is so exact that the element that your astrology sign lies under greatly influences your personality traits and your characteristics. All of the elements must work in sync with each other so that one does not get out of control, they have to co-exist peacefully in order to sustain a balance in life. That is what astrology signs are about, balancing yourself and others in the game of life.

Fire Signs - Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Fire can do good, like cooking food to eat and keeping us warm or it can do great harm, like burning a house down. Fire is a combustible, unpredictable element, a chemical reaction that can go off easily and quickly go from a small flame to a raging fire. Fire astrology signs can ignite easily too, they are very temperamental however if managed properly, they can be very beneficial. In fact, fire signs must be managed and under control in order to be of benefit. Fire signs can be emotionally volatile yet they are very passionate. Fire can change it's course at an instant, those born under fire astrology signs are very dynamic and like the fire spreading, are the first to set out into the unknown and take initiative with adventurous enthusiasm. Fire is not a physical thing, it is quite mystical and fire astrology sign people apprehend the world through their intuition, they trust their gut instinct (or they should anyway) because it rarely ever leads them wrong. Fire people have a strong sense of self just like fire which has no regard over anything in it's path, fire people are quite self centered but they are moving so fast that they never get stuck on themselves, the fire needs to spread and explore. Fire people are impulsive and just like fire spreading, often leap before they look.What Are Air Signs In Astrology

Aries

Aries is the first fire sign which means that it's dynamic and temperamental qualities are heightened. Aries astrology represents fire in it's most pure form, being the most active, interested in everything and adventurous, like a small fire that has just been ignited in a fireplace full of kindling. This is where and how Aries childlike qualities and raw enthusiasm originate.

Leo

Leo is the middle fire sign, Leo always has to be in the middle, like the sun which happens to be Leo's astrology symbol. Leo loves to be the center of attention and this is where they perform and feel the best. Like the sun, Leo is stable and radiant and helps to keep others under control. Leo is steady, dependable, grand and makes it's presence known.SagittariusAs the final fire astrology sign, Sagittarius leans toward the philosophical, the bottom part of the fire that is mystical and out of reach. Sagittarius is idealistic and creative, the fire energy of Sagittarius astrology is geared towards higher ideals and philosophical, wandering pursuits. Sagittarius is the most gentle of the three fire astrology signs, symbolic of fire slowly going out as it nears it's end.

Water Signs - Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Water can be refreshing, like a cool stream or it can be dark and mysterious like the depths of the ocean. Water that is contained is easy to deal with, like swimming pool, water that is un-contained and out of control can do great damage, like a flood. Water signs represent the intuition and emotional aspects because it flows and it's liquid or it could be solid like ice, it can evaporate into air and turn into clouds. Water is complex and a paradox it is everywhere and can be almost anything. Water signs are the most emotional of all signs, they flow down deep and search out crevasses and cracks to explore, symbolic of the unknown emotions of the human psyche. Not only is water is essential to life and covers the whole globe, but water makes up the largest percentage of all living things. Since water is found in everything everywhere, water sign people have a knack for dealing with others, they can see into other people, they understand the motives and needs of other people and to sum it all up, they are borderline psychic and the most in-tune with others. This makes them empathetic, caring and helpful but they are over sensitive and can be easily hurt by others who do not acknowledge the sacrifices that have been made and how deeply involved they really are.

Cancer

Cancer sign is the first water sign and represents water in it's most basic form. Cancer is genuine, concerned with others, nurturing and the most helpful. When unleashed however, like a river that spills it's banks, Cancer can be very aggressive when the need to defend themselves or someone they love.

Scorpio

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Scorpio represents the power that water potentially has. If not properly contained, it can continuously wreak havoc on everything in it's path. Scorpio is full of energy and intensity and is similar to a raging river. Scorpio needs control and has to be under self control, all the energy has to be harnessed to be effective, like putting a hydroelectric dam on the raging river. It provides power and light to cities and protects farmers fields from flooding.

Pisces

The final water sign is represented by the small creek, by piling up a handful of dirt, you can make it flow another direction, when it rains, it can flow north when it normally flows south because it is overtaken by the rainwater. Pisces is overly flexible and too adaptable. Pisces is very charming, inspirational and mystical, also like the beautiful creek that which artists paint pictures. It is calming and the sound can put you to sleep and mystify you. Pisces is the most spiritual of all the zodiac signs.

Earth Signs - Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Earth is real, you can see it, hold it, smell it. Suitably so, earth signs are very 'down to earth' and real. Earth is the foundation on which everything is built. Earth people are solid and stable and composed of many different parts, they are multi faceted people, like the many mineral compounds that make the earth. There is nothing wishy-washy about these people, they do not have their head in the clouds, They are dependable, you know they will always be there and they are stable. Most of the time anyway, more stable then the other elements. Earth does not change. It stays there and allows whatever is growing to continue to grow and progress. Earth people are not fond of change, they like stability and regular life that can grow upon and develop. Why start something new if what is already there is fine? Earth people are the most materialistic and possessive of all astrology zodiac elements. Earth people are also concerned with what's on the surface and never really dig deep to get to the bottom of it, they are happy with what's on the surface.

Taurus

The first earth sign, Taurus is the most stable and the strongest. Taurus are known for their stubborn nature and their unwillingness to change. Taurus is earthly sensual and wants harmony and happiness, creating it by their surroundings, holding tight to the people and the things in their life. They have a solid foundation and help other to build theirs too, they are dependable, nurturing and wise.

Virgo

The middle sign is represented by the middle of earth, not quite on the surface and not quite deep down either. Stuck in the middle and indecisive. Virgo lives in their own world on a earthly-mental plane. They observe and think with quick analytical precision, and are flexible, helpful and stable. Virgo is the least physical of the earth signs.

Capricorn

Represented by the lower earth, Capricorn is the earth in it's most basic and purest form. Just like the pure earth is made up of various elements, Capricorn has many sides and takes interest in everything from materialistic possessions to solid to being a powerful status symbol. Sort of like the depths of the earth, Capricorn is mysterious and deep. They can be dark, not in a malicious sense, but in a depressed sort of way since they are very conservative and have a difficult time with pleasure since they are so concerned and involved in their work and the more serious aspects of life.

Air Signs - Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Air is the element that you cannot touch or see, but it can be mysteriously contained, like blowing up a balloon. When it is contained in this way, it somehow escapes or gets stale. Air people are free and cannot be contained or this same thing will happen to them. Air is uncertain and unpredictable, it can spawn a horrendous thunderstorm with violent winds and the pressure drops and raises by the minute. Air sign people are elusive in this way, they are unpredictable and eccentric. Air is the most necessary element, being necessary to fire, earth and water. Air people live in their mind. They are caught up in their thoughts which take them high to new levels where no other element can reach, like the upper atmosphere. Here they can formulate theories, solve problems clearly and see the world below. Air people are said to be out of touch with reality, but they are also very advanced in thinking. They are very mental oriented people having a knack for intelligence but also lacking emotional depth.

Gemini

The first air sign, Gemini is the most flighty, like the wind that forms a dust devil, picking up debris, swirling with it and then letting it go, exploring off to another region. When forced to slow down, it cannot for long and does not know what to do, marked by the known Gemini trait of indecisiveness. Gemini never feels complete and the Gemini, the sign of duality is always on the search for something, trying to find that one person or thing that will complete them. Gemini is the sign of communication, they want to know everybody and everything, like the wind that flows forever along the land, surrounding every nook possible on the way.

What Are Air Signs In Astrology

Libra

Libra is represented by air, not moving but the air that circulates slowly that we need to breathe. Bringing harmony, life and balance to the world. Libra wans to be peaceful and essential to the lives of everyone they touch, just like air. Libra wants to form relationships of balance, I give you air, you give me life. This is how important relationships are top the Libra sign.

Aquarius

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Aquarius is the last and the highest air element. Aquarius is the powerful force that makes the world go around, like the jet stream. It has the power to change areas and it does, Aquarius is the sign of change and originality. Aquarius seeks understanding and knocking down of barriers, like the jet stream that circulates air from one corner of the world to the other essentially uniting everyone and everything. Aquarius is very unpredictable and erratic, seeking the truth from way up above the rest of the world, Aquarius is the most advanced thinker of the zodiac, like the jet stream is the highest above. Aquarius is concerned with advancing civilization and the future of mankind.

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