The Four Elements
You may have heard people say it: “I’m a Fire sign” or “My element is Earth.” What are they talking about? The 12 zodiac signs are grouped into four “elements” — fire, earth, air and water. Each of these elements has unique traits that shape your personality and passions.
Check out your inner circle. You may feel natural kinship with people of the same element, since many of their values and attitudes about life will be similar to yours. Although we believe that any two signs can be romantically compatible, it’s often easier to cozy up with a mate of the same element, since you probably gravitate to similar hobbies, interests and lifestyles.
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Traits: Passionate, impulsive, temperamental, restless
Fire signs crave adventure and excitement from life, often through travel, study or deep conversation. They can be dramatic and hotheaded, refusing to look before they leap (or listen to anyone’s advice). However, they eventually land on their feet, inspiring others with their bold risks and outspoken ways. Teaming up with Air signs can take their ideas even higher.
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Traits: Practical, grounded, stable, loyal
Earth signs favor quality over quantity, and like to build for the long haul. They seek security and things of lasting value — lifelong friends, well-made possessions, a house to live in for the next 40 years. Often the “rock” of the family, they’re the friends who have your back during hard times. Earth signs dislike change, and may need a push out of their comfort zones (especially from Air- and Fire-sign friends).
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Traits: Playful, spontaneous, charismatic, social
Friendly Air signs love to mingle and lighten up the vibe with jokes and playful banter. Masters of small talk, likable Air signs are great politicians, diplomats, hosts, greeters and “front desk” folks. With their many interests, they can become scattered, but their experimental natures make them fascinating friends. The grounding influence of Earth-sign friends can keep them from floating away.
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Traits: Sensitive, emotional, private, nurturing
Need a shoulder to cry on? Call a Water sign. They’re the compassionate “feelers” of the zodiac, intuitive and genuinely caring. Slow to trust, these self-protective people love deeply and are afraid to be hurt. Once bitten, twice shy. They crave security and have powerful moods that can be difficult to manage. A practical Earth-sign friend can prevent them from drowning in an “emotion ocean.”
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