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Also known as the Triplicities

Astrology and its interpretation is built up in a series of layers. The elements form the foundation layer. When looking to interpret or understand the make-up of a birthchart, the elements play an important role in determining the basic character type and the general approach to life. Whichever element dominates by the planetary placements describes the general temperament or disposition. This is the foundation on which to build up the full picture.

The elements are also known as the triplicities, as there are three signs belonging to each and it is between signs of the same element or triplicity that the easy-flowing TRINE aspect comes from. The reason for this is that those signs have a likeness in basic character.

The ten planetary placements are noted as to which of the elements they are in by sign. The element with the most planets posited within would be the more dominant one and therefore the basic character would be read as such. The planets placed within these elements would take on some of the characteristics of them. If two or more elements have equal planetary placements, then they will be combined. Although the Ascendant is not counted regarding elements, it is nevertheless of interest in the general basic make-up. It can also be used to weigh the balance where two or more elements are dominant. A balance between all the elements is the ideal but will rarely be found. Often there is one basic element lacking and it is by other means that a compromise needs to be found. Perhaps a planet by its strength may compensate in some way. An excess of a particular element is in need of being tempered.

 

The four elements are also known as the four humours. Each relates to a type of person and their basic make-up. This is particularly used in Medical Astrology to provide a holistic basis for treatment. The four humours are also used in Astro-Meteorology to describe a type of wind and in other matters to do with the weather.

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The Element of Fire

Fire

positive signs:

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Fire signs are enthusiastic, energetic and outgoing. They are often spontaneous and function best on an intuitive level.

Keywords:

adventurous, ardent, arrogant, assertive, blunt, creative, egotistical, energetic, enthusiastic, exciting, explosive, forthright, honest, hot-blooded, hot-tempered, impatient, impractical, impulsive, intuitive, magnetic, optimistic, outgoing, passionate, positive, spontaneous, strength, thoughtless, uncomplicated, volatile, warm

In Medical Astrology and Astro-Meteorology the Fire element is of the humour Choleric, being hot and dry. Planets that are such are the Sun and Mars.

The Element of Earth

Earth

negative signs:

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Earth signs are practical but cautious. They are down to earth, can be stubborn (firmly rooted) and function best through the physical level.

Keywords:

analytical, businesslike, capable, cautious, critical, depressive, disciplined, dull, fertility, grounded, hardworking, loyal, materialistic, mean, nature, obstinate, patient, physical, practical, precise, reliable, restrained, ruthless, self-righteous, sensible, sensual, slovenly, steady, stubborn, tenacious, upright

In Medical Astrology and Astro-Meteorology the Earth element is of the humour Melancholic, being cold and dry. Planets that are such are Mercury and Saturn.

The Element of Air

Air

positive signs:

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Air signs are intellectual and communicative. They are concerned with the things of the mind and function best in the mental level.

Keywords:

calm, charming, chatty, cold, communicative, detached, eccentric, friendly, harsh, haughty, highly-strung, idealistic, imagination, impractical, intellectual, inventive, lacking direction, lively, logical, mentally active, planning, rationalising, resourceful, sarcastic, self-opinionated, sociable, talented, thinking, unfeeling 

In Medical Astrology and Astro-Meteorology the Air element is of the humour Sanguine, being hot and moist. Planets that are such are Jupiter

 The Element of Water

Water

negative signs:

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Water signs are emotional and inward looking. They tend to feel things very deeply and function from an emotional level whether that be in a positive or negative manner.

Keywords:

addictive, artistic, broody, caring, compassionate, controlling, destructive, dreamy, easy-going, emotional, feeling, grasping, healing, intuitive, kind, lacking in standards or morals, moody, over-emotional, protective, receptive, revengeful, sacrificial, sensitive, spiritual, supportive, sympathetic, untidy

In Medical Astrology and Astro-Meteorology the Water element is of the humour Phlegmatic, being cold and moist. Planets that are such are Moon and Venus.

 

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