The Moon.

The MOOn says “I FEEL + I NEED.”

MOON IN ARIES

The Moon in Aries tends to denote a rather emotionally impulsive individual! The person with their Moon in Aries may express their access to the emotional sphere with certain tools: action-before-thought; an apparent baby-like neediness on the emotional level; a certain spark with direct confrontation emotionally; emotional assertiveness; and the like. People with their Moon in Aries may appear to have anger “issues;” however, and of course, this appearance of energy is not necessarily the case for the individual. Underneath it all, the Moon in Aries is really about a certain learning phase with emotional expression. It’s about turning water into fire – an alchemical process that wants to burn off the emotions as quickly as possible. The need for speedy movement in the emotional realm may show up as “fireworks” for some – think of a shooting star! Regardless, this type of energy is heavily dependent upon the overall amalgamation of energies in the unique chart.

MOON IN TAURUS

The Moon in Taurus tends to depict someone with the need for stability and security. The emotional realm is tied into the physical realm as this individual finds comfort emotionally when their physical world is in “order.” The Moon in Taurus individual needs to experience a lot of earthly pleasures (using their basic senses – particularly touch). They need to know they are safe, secure, and comfortable – and their emotions tend to be expressed harmoniously when they feel they “know” these things. Underneath all of that, though, the Moon in Taurus individual truly needs to experience and express love. They love material comforts – yet, money, stability and security are really rooted in the desire for self-love and love-of-others. Of course, the overall energetic expression of any individual with their Moon in Taurus is needed to fully understand their emotional needs – the general here is just that: general. 

MOON IN GEMINI

The Moon in Gemini generally expresses its emotion through communication, duality and paradox. The emotions tend to get filtered through the intellect, monkey mind + gossip, and other mental states and processes. An individual with their Moon in Gemini will need to talk, think, talk, and then think and talk some more. Gemini is the first of the air triangle, and with the Moon there, the mind and emotion are linked in a certain form. Essentially, the Moon in Gemini individual will be in the beginning stages of uniting mind and emotion. Moreover, the mental function is connected to both Libra (balancing perspectives) and Virgo (second sign ruled by Mercury). What makes Gemini distinct is its focus on the duality of experience(s) – this is the “twins” sign. The next air sign, Libra, will tend to be more focused on peace and mediation after already intuitively gathering duality/paradox. Virgo will tend to be more focused on grounding the emotion – making it “practical.” The Moon in Gemini will simply be in the gathering-of-information stage; this energy lends itself to clear communication of emotion on a highly individualized level. Get your unique reading here!

MOON IN CANCER

The Moon in Cancer is at home! The Moon rules Cancer, so whenever the Moon actually shows up in Cancer for any individual, the energy flows without certain layers that other signs possess. The easiest way to understand the Moon in Cancer individual is to look to and understand a woman’s menstrual cycle. The Moon is linked with this cycle (28.5 days), and there is a certain ebb and flow for how emotions come up for expression. Each woman’s cycle is different, just as each individuals’ cycle of life is different; however, there is an underlying connection to the Moon and the tides for those born with this placement. Regardless of sex or gender, this energy tends to tell that the emotional needs are in aim of stabilization, peace, and inner harmony. Moon in Cancer natives want to feel free to express their emotions, but they also do so with an intent for internal calm. A particularly useful tool for these folks is to notice the cycles of the moon as it correlates to life/emotion in general. For women in particular, I recommend checking out this site! 

MOON IN LEO

The Moon in Leo individual tends to hold dramatic energy! Drama, though, ought not be boxed into any “positive” or “negative” connotations whatsoever. Moon in Leo energy is about the next step in the cycle for fire energy: childlike enthusiasm, capturing individual light, performing and the arts, and creative self expression in general. This energy can show up in any actor/actress, musician/singer, poet, dancer, artist – whatever. It can also show up in the adult who has a strong child-centered mentality or Being. Some feel there is a difference between being childish and child-like…the Moon in Leo native may tend to express themselves in either or both forms. Regardless, the underlying energy to the Moon in Leo native is one of fun, play, and exuberance. It takes the emotional realm and expresses it at a highly personalized level – most often for others to notice and relate to somehow. It is not about recognition, generally; it is simply about being seen. There are always varying motives and needs to any individual, which can be further explored through individual chart reading. Ultimately, though, Moon in Leo energy wants to express its feelings on life to the fullest!

MOON IN VIRGO

The Moon in Virgo energy lends itself to grounding of both the mental and emotional realms. The Moon in Virgo native will tend to be highly “logical” with their emotional intake and output. The energy does not necessarily show up as aloof, but to the emotionally-oriented individual, a Moon in Virgo native may come across as highly analytical in their holding for emotional space. That is not to say that these types cannot hold the space for emotion – in fact, quite often, they are of service to self/others on any and all levels. They just seem to be oriented towards “fixing” things, so they may tend to jump to potential solutions without processing the actual emotional undercurrents first and foremost. Regardless, the person born with their Moon in Virgo will likely have other Mercurial energy lending aid to how they process and express emotion.

MOON IN LIBRA

The Moon in Libra tends to seek balance in their emotional expression. These natives will likely possess great mediator qualities, particularly when it comes to emotional disputes/battles. The individual with their Moon in Libra may express their access to the emotional realm with use of the mind/intellect and “proper” perspective. These types are quite charming since their emotional atmosphere caters to any and all expression of emotion; they simply want to talk shop and find equilibrium with whatever is brought forth. The Moon in Libra native can do this dance both internally and externally; however, they tend to seek engagement on this level through another person – particularly, and generally, some “special” someone. Ruled by Venus, these folks desire harmony, balance, and love in their emotional interactions. As an opposite sign to Aries (which can be more fire-y and combative), the Libra Moon energy tends to find its way out of fighting and into some sort of mutually beneficial compromise. 

MOON IN SCORPIO

The Moon in Scorpio tends to desire intense interactions. The Moon in this water sign (outside of its natural home, Cancer), basically exacerbates that initial “home” of emotional expression. In other words, the Moon in Scorpio native might be indicative of someone that finds comfort in the intense, the transformative, the sexual, and the overall depth(s) to emotional exploration. While the Moon in Cancer individual seeks emotional equilibrium and peace, the Moon in Scorpio native tends to seek transformation of that supposed stability. This person may seem emotionally destructive in some form or another; however, the underlying intent is to totally exonerate the old and bond deeply with that something “new.” These individuals are quite emotionally-centered regardless. They want to get to the root of things for many particular reasons. Ultimately, the best way to understand and explore this type of energy is through a natal chart reading.

MOON IN SAGITTARIUS

The Moon in Sagittarius tends to portray the individual in need of space and freedom! The Moon in Sagittarius native may likely express their emotions through higher truths and ideals, through spirituality, through long-distance travel, and more. This energy is like a collaboration of Pisces, Leo, and Cancer energy in vision. How? Well, like Pisces, this energy is highly spiritual; the difference is that it is not necessarily centered in the realm of “oneness.” Instead, the Moon in Sagittarius person may need to be constantly stimulated with various possibilities and paths – it is the seeker (with the emotional realm driving things forward) of meaning and “higher source.” This energy is also like that of Leo in certain ways as they are both fire signs. The difference is that Sagittarius is the last fire sign of the zodiac; it has integrated and culminated how to alchemize fire and water (spirit and emotion) quite well. Interestingly, this energy holds a bit of those Cancer qualities in some ways too – while it does not necessarily seek the quiet solitude of “home,” it does tend to find its “home” in new cultural experiences, retreats and/or monasteries, and the like. The native with Moon in Sagittarius tends to be an ambivert emotionally; in other words, they will be with you, but they may need to take off and be elsewhere too!

MOON IN CAPRICORN

The Moon in Capricorn tends to be quite responsible with emotion. Many, many people outside of this energetic quality know that they are ultimately responsible for their emotional well-being; however, the Moon in Capricorn tends to live in this space. In fact, often times, these natives tend to take on others’ emotional worlds with some sense of responsibility there as well. Of course, this example is not always the case! While this emotional energy tends to lend itself to sacrifice and martyrdom, many individuals with placement in their natal chart simply know how to explore and build their emotional interactions with caution, discernment, and grace. The Moon in Capricorn native will certainly be a “rock” when it comes to emotion; at the same time, they may appear to be stoic, serious, or emotionally-void all together. Overall, this Moon energy depends on other components to the individual’s blueprint and Being. Ruthlessness and a lack of “big-picture” energy can show us Capricorn’s detriments. Still, these types understand the emotional qualities and undercurrents that come with a steady climb to any and all peaks.

MOON IN AQUARIUS

The Moon in Aquarius individual is definitely that: an individual! In a specific type of paradox to its opposite sign (Leo), the Moon in Aquarius native may be prone to aloofness, detachment, and a type of scientific-like emotional expression. Yet, there seems to be an identifiable uniqueness of emotional expression as well. While the individual with their Moon in Leo may appear to collect drama somehow, the individual with their Moon in Aquarius may experience drama more objectively. This energy is connected with archetypes like the loner, the outcast, the alien, and the eccentric. In relationship, this energy tends to show up in similarly unconventional (yet quite progressive) forms: long-distance relationships, open marriages, polyamorous relationships, etc. Regardless, and for the Moon in Aquarius native, there is an emotional desire for something “out-of-the-norm” – whether in relationship to Self and/or Other.

MOON IN PISCES

The Moon in Pisces native is highly sensitive to the emotional realm. Pisces energy, in general, tends to absorb its environment; the Moon in Pisces tends to absorb its emotional environment more acutely. Individuals with their Moon in Pisces are generally highly intuitive; if there are other energies that shift that in their natal chart, they tend to be (at the very least) around others or seeking others with that same type of energy. They NEED this energy – it is not only part of their emotional make-up, but also it is apart of their spiritual path somehow. Well, at least that’s how it tends to get funneled into their Being. The individual with their Moon in Pisces will certainly understand your emotional world. They tend to feel like “all is One,” and in their emotional expression, they may appear to play mirror to you somehow. Take note: these types may see “all as One,” but at the same time, they may or may not be capable of truly connecting with you on a purely individual level! Still, somehow, this is truly an empathetic and sympathetic placement for the Moon to express its energies.
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The Sun.

The Sun says “I will.”

SUN IN ARIES

The Sun in Aries marks a will that desires action all the time! The person with their Sun in Aries may express qualities like that of impulsivity, or action-before-thought, aggressiveness, assertiveness, and the like. Think RAM qualities here as well. The desire for action and “fireworks” depends upon the overall amalgamation of energies otherwise suggested by the unique chart; regardless, the person with their Sun in Aries may easily become bored when things are not moving along (often at a quick pace).

SUN IN TAURUS

The Sun in Taurus marks a will that desires stability and rootedness. The person with their Sun in Taurus may express qualities like that of the slow and methodical builder, the fiscal conservative, the self-sufficient, and the like. Think BULL qualities here as well. The desire for stability and safety may or may not come “at any cost” to the person with the Sun in Taurus; however, it takes a keen eye and awareness of other overall energy patterns to understand how this will manifest individually and uniquely. 

SUN IN GEMINI

The Sun in Gemini marks a will that desires a constant array of mental activities. The person with their Sun in Gemini may express qualities like that of the trivia fanatic, or the one who knows random tidbits of information on any topic around. This sign carries with it a strong desire to learn something new everyday – from the way a car works to whom his or her neighbor is having over for dinner. Gemini is the sign of “the twins” and may switch expression often. The desire for constant mental stimulation and change may appear scattered, but in general, this appearance is simply part of an energetic quality stemming from its fast-moving ruling planet: Mercury. 

SUN IN CANCER

The Sun in Cancer marks a will that desires peace, particularly internally and emotionally. The person with their Sun in Cancer may express qualities like that of the homebody, the quiet one, the maternal protector, and the like. Think CRAB qualities here as well (e.g., sideways movement, shelled, etc.). The desire for peace may or may not come off as passive-aggressive; still, and often times, this type of description is one that the Cancer Sun person may hear or internalize. The whole and individual chart needs to be understood in order to fully describe the uniqueness of each Cancer Sun person – often times what appears to be “passive-aggressive” is actually rooted in not wanting to hurt others so as to maintain equilibrium and peace.

SUN IN LEO

The Sun in Leo marks a strong will – and that makes sense since the Sun itself rules the sign of Leo. The person with their Sun in Leo may be quite expressive, in general! Qualities associated with the Leo Sun native include keywords like creative, expressive, the celebrity, the gamer, the lover, the fun one, and the like. Think LION qualities here as well. Ascertaining how these types of qualities manifest certainly takes a keen eye; in fact, those with a Leo Sun are often times quite shy underneath it all. The desire to will the wholly unique identity into being takes courage, and the person with their Sun in Leo will often rise to the occasion (think: pride). 

SUN IN VIRGO

The Sun in Virgo marks a will that desires to be of service to others. The person with their Sun in Virgo may express qualities like that of Mother Theresa (a Virgo Sun person, by the way): grounded, logical, caring, service-oriented, humble, and with a mind and eye for overall health and well-being. Virgo is represented by the virgin. Like Gemini, Virgo is also ruled by Mercury, but the energy is grounded in the earth element. In effect, and to be clear, “the virgin” symbol is really just a symbol for that of purity: if anyone can rid the earth of toxins and impurities, the person with the Virgo Sun may just be your guy or gal to do it! The Virgo Sun native cannot be fully understood simply by their Sun’s energy, though. In fact, the detailed quality inherent to Virgoan energy may not like this generic description in the slightest! 

SUN IN LIBRA

The Sun in Libra marks a will that desires to be in harmony and balance. The person with their Sun in Libra may express qualities like that of the mediator, the perspectivist, the fair-minded, the neutral, or the one who seeks justice. Think of the SCALES of balance here – the Libra Sun desires equality through diplomacy. How the Libra Sun native goes about enacting this will takes more discernment than this simple and general explanation of the Will itself. 

SUN IN SCORPIO

The Sun in Scorpio marks a will that desires intense transformation. The person with their Sun in Scorpio may express qualities like that of passion, power or empowerment, emotional intensity, reactivity (and sometimes over-reaction), and the like. Think SCORPION qualities here as well. The desire for transformation often means complete and total destruction of something “old” so that room for the “new” is offered space to (re)build and thrive. This type of energy and its use does not necessarily just happen for the Sun in Scorpio individual. In fact, it takes a lot of other factors (particularly Mars for this sign, as it is with all Sun signs) to determine how this energy may be felt or expressed. 

SUN IN SAGITTARIUS

The Sun in Sagittarius marks a will that desires expansiveness in all its glory! The person with their Sun in Sagittarius may express a certain quality of wisdom, which is often sought after and through expansive experience. Archetypes like the seeker, the gypsy, the adventurer or traveller, the non-committal type, and the like all fall within the realm of possibility for the Sun in Sagittarius native. This desire for wisdom and freedom can be understood as the will to connect to the “higher mind.” Think of a CENTAUR for this energy as well. 

SUN IN CAPRICORN

The Sun in Capricorn marks a will that desires recognition. The person with their Sun in Capricorn may express qualities like that of a teacher, a judge, a businessman or woman, a paternal or fatherly type, and the like. Think MOUNTAIN GOAT qualities here as well (e.g., climbing to the top of a metaphorical mountain). The desire for recognition can be understood through the word ‘recognition’ itself: re-cognition. As the sign that follows Sagittarius, it is in the Capricorn Sun that we find the will to ground all the Sagittarian “higher mind” learning (re-cognition) into a career, a worldly ambition or goal, or otherwise. 

SUN IN AQUARIUS

The Sun in Aquarius marks a will that desires progressiveness. The person with their Sun in Aquarius (an air sign, contrary to what many want to believe is a water sign) may express qualities like that of eccentricity, future-mindedness, the appearance of not being grounded, otherworldly, and the like. Think ELECTRIC qualities here as well. The symbol for Aquarius is “the water-bearer,” and yet its image is really in line with pouring new energy into something already there or “old.” I personally think of the fact that Aquarius is ruled by Uranus – the previous sign’s ruler, Saturn, turned on its side. It is the movement from the “old order” (horizontal rings, Saturn) to a “new order” (vertical rings, Uranus). The desire for progressiveness – and the ‘where’ and ‘how’ that may show up for an individual with Sun in Aquarius – can really only be understood through further inspection…whether in the individual natal chart or in interaction and engagement with the energy somehow. 

SUN IN PISCES

The Sun in Pisces marks a will that desires unity or Oneness. The person with their Sun in Pisces may express qualities such as nebulousness, ambiguity, a lack in boundaries, psychic sensitivity, in-tune spirituality, and the like. Think of FISH qualities here as well (e.g., “schools” of fish as collective organisms, etc.). The symbol for Pisces is essentially two fish swimming in opposite directions, and yet they are united at their centers. This is Pisces energy, where oppositions and paradox and the duality that many of us experience are seamlessly connected and united into One. 

EARTH: The Element + Signs

Earth can be just as unsettled as the other three elements (water, air, and fire), but it actually represents quite the opposite: stability. It is solid, foundational – sometimes to the point of rigidity – and it aligns with what is practical, traditional, and secure. Earth is structural. And, while we can use our senses to touch water, smell air, and see fire, earth is unique in that it truly requires the sensual part of our nature. It may be one of the easiest elements to understand because we can see it, feel it, touch it, mold it, walk on it everyday.

Simply put, earth is tangible. It corresponds to the material and the sensual planes of existence. Sensing this earthly quality is key to understanding the three earth signs in Astrology: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. If you recall in the Air: The element & its signs article, there are three modes for every element: mutable, cardinal, and fixed. Taurus is the fixed earth sign; Virgo is the mutable earth sign; Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign. To imagine a tree from root to tip is to really understand the growth of these three earth signs, Taurus to Capricorn.

Taurus comes at the beginning of the Astrological archetype (the second sign in the zodiac), and it corresponds to the very base of our Being – think Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid (food, shelter, clothing, monetary stability, our security). It is the root of the metaphorical tree. However, it does not simply master subsistence – its ruling planet Venus brings beauty to our sustenance so that we can truly taste, appreciate, and enjoy our foods; design, mend, and create fashionable clothing; win the lottery yet still keep our old savings account.

Next is the lovely Virgo. Now that the metaphorical tree is rooted, logically, analytical and practical Virgo ought to step in and help. Literally. Virgo is the service and health-oriented sign, which rests on analysis and practicality. In order to keep Taurus’ Venus energy under control (earth is about keeping things grounded, remember), humble Virgo makes sure we keep the foundation strong and secure by staying healthy and making rational, practical choices. Virgo is the trunk to that metaphorical tree. When all is fundamentally secure, and since Taurus is more about self-security, it only makes sense (at least to a Virgo) that Virgo would have the reserve resources to extend help and service to others.

Finally, Capricorn ends the earth cycle – no surprise it’s the cardinal earth sign of stability rounding out the earth signs. It’s fitting for the earth element start with fixed Taurus, leave room for growth and movement in the middle with mutable Virgo, and end with constant, cardinal Capricorn. Capricorn is the mirror to the root of the metaphorical tree, branching out and up instead of down and deep; no longer hidden, the roots are flourishing. Capricorn is akin to one’s career and long-term goals – it is our ambition, our struggle to rise to our peak. The animal symbol for Capricorn is the mountain goat – here we are at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid, the top of the mountain.

Now that you understand the earth element, go outside and enjoy it! Build a sand castle, volunteer to teach rock-climbing, hike up a mountain or just get some grub. Exemplify the earthly element any way you can!

WATER: The Element + Signs

It’s 70% of you, and it’s 70% of the earth. It can be fresh, salty, stale, flow as a liquid, harden into a solid, and even linger in the air. Water. Water is an element that can take on all of these various forms, and this quality reflects what it symbolizes in Astrology: our emotions, our instincts, and our sensitivities.

If you think about all of the ways we can see water in daily life – from a placid lake, to our running tap water, to a crashing waterfall – you can start to sense how emotion and sensitivity emulate this element. Pivotal is the fact that water is a reactive element. The water in the lake isn’t going to move unless something else moves it. The running tap water is (hopefully) in our control, from the gentle drip to the gushing jet flow. The water before a precipice, which gravity controls, ironically appears to move quicker and more out of control before it crashes onto itself. In any case, water responds to whatever environment it finds itself in.

And so the water signs in Astrology do the same: they epitomize emotion, sensitivity, and instinctual reaction to the perceived environment; they are constantly moved by their realities. Of course, cardinal Cancer, fixed Scorpio, and mutable Pisces can certainly move us with their sensitive features too. Cancer, for instance: this sign is the protective mother in the zodiac (and whether we like or not, we are moved by our mothers even if only through birth). Traditionally, the mother is linked to the home – and that’s just what Cancer is about: protecting and maintaining the home. The Moon, which controls the tides like clockwork, is the ruler of this water sign, and this constantly moving display of immovability and permanence in nature exemplifies Cancer’s acute awareness of balance (it is a cardinal sign, after all). Cancer partners its perspective of the environment with the past – an unsurprising perspective as the tides’ perpetual patterning of movement, the somehow changing constancy of water succinctly echoes such a view.

Fixed Scorpio is next in the water trilogy. A scorpion represents this sign, and powerful Pluto (it’s still a powerful symbol in Astrology whether you want to define it as a planet or not) is its ruler; before Pluto was discovered, Mars was Scorpio’s ruling planet, which if you recall in Fire: the element & its signs, Mars is a planet designated to represent war and assertion. No matter how you look at it, Scorpio is the all-powerful! Or so it reacts. Scorpio energy is, ironically, powerfully reactive – that means it must be affected by something, which means something else must have the power to move it. It’s a Catch-22 (or a power struggle created by Scorpio’s perspective on its outside environment): at the very least, Scorpio is effectively overpowered by its own emotional power. You never know what will move a Scorpio, for better or worse – this passionate water sign may sting you like a scorpion when you least expect it!

Pisces, the mutable water sign, finishes the earth water cycle and the Astrological archetype, as it is the last sign in the zodiac. Ruled by elusive Neptune, Pisces has a sort of otherworldly, illusory quality about it. It is reactive, but it tends to engage its surroundings in the reactive process as well. So when a swimmer dives into a pool, and we think he has gone to the left, we are baffled and amazed that he has actually gone to the right. Pisces elucidates this puzzling, shifty nature of water – and you can trust that that’s all Pisces will make clear because the point of Pisces is to blur the details so as to see the full picture: all is One. Of course we had to go through 11 categorical signs before reaching this realization. Thanks a lot Pisces. Oops! Just reacting with misdirected blame there! Sorry Pisces.

AIR: The Element + Signs

Of the four elements – earth, water, air, and fire – air is the only one we cannot see directly. We can feel it, we can see its effects, but not even in the instance of a tornado can we see more than one possible form or shape of air (thanks to the debris such strong winds can pick up). This detail echoes what air symbolizes: air correlates to the intellect, the mind, and the exchange of information and ideas. It is an abstract element, and it deals with abstract things. Even writing an article like this one doesn’t offer a concrete, tangible expression of air because words and letters are inert symbols in themselves. It is the mind, the intellect, the element of air that breathes life into these otherwise dead symbols.

Appreciating this ethereal quality to air is significant if one wants to get a real feel for the three air signs in the Astrological archetype: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. All three of these signs tend to the mental plane of existence but in different ways. What first distinguishes them is their mode: the manner, form or pattern in which something exists. There are three modes for every element: mutable, cardinal, and fixed. What further sets these air signs apart are their planetary rulers: Mercury for Gemini, Venus for Libra, and Uranus (Saturn traditionally) for Aquarius.

Without getting into detail on the planets for now, it might be easiest to first understand the modes as they correlate to the progression of seasons. For example, Gemini lands itself in the middle of spring, which makes sense because that’s when the air is changing, that’s when the air is mutable – Gemini is the mutable air sign. Conversely, Aquarius stands rather rigidly in the dead of winter, when the air feels stale, flat, and fixed – Aquarius is the fixed air sign. Libra is in the middle of these two, and it lands itself in the fall when the air is stable yet changing; it feels balanced (Libra’s keyword) in its cardinal position– Libra is the cardinal air sign.

There is so much more that goes into understanding each air sign – there is so much more to communicate! Understanding the planetary rulers to these signs is an important aspect to understanding each sign itself; however, that information will be shared in later posts. Plus, even writers need fresh air.

**A Gemini-like tidbit – Virgo, an earth sign also ruled by Mercury, creates an interesting fractal to the element of air: it is the only other sign that crosses over into the mental plane of existence.

FIRE: The Element + Signs

Fire burns earth, consumes air, and can blaze on and in water. Fire appears to destroy, and yet its destruction is itself destroyed by creation. It can be unpredictable, though it can also be controlled and contained. Fire is the only element that produces its own light as it burns through any and all potential energy. All of these qualities of this element correspond to how fire is understood in Astrology: fire is the intuitive, the passionate and the creative or expressive.

While all four elements deal with our feeling nature in some way (sensual earth, emotional water, and thoughtful air), fire points to our “gut” feelings. Not to be confused with instinctual feeling, fire is more precisely aligned with intuition. It’s that voice in the back of your head or in the middle of your heart telling you what you ought and ought not do – that part of you that just knows. Instinct is of a more watery nature; linked more to survival, instinct tends to breed action without thought whereas intuition allows for thought to precede, surge through, and follow action.

This detail is noteworthy because it helps to shape the first of the three fire signs: Aries. Aries is the cardinal fire sign, and its planetary ruler is Mars. Mars is a raw, power planet and it is traditionally associated with war and assertiveness. Aries’ energy expresses itself as such, which can sometimes come off as aggressive or offensive – there is the perception that thought doesn’t occur until after action with this energy. At any rate though, Aries is still not instinctual – it is raw intuition, primal passion, and impulsive drive. Aries is definitely a go-getter; racing through life, this fire sign is that first big blaze, that initial spark.

Leo follows Aries, and this fixed fire sign is situated dead center in that brilliant heat of summer. That intense scorching, searing sun that we see and feel at the end of July through the end of August succinctly typifies Leo’s fire. Leo is, in fact, ruled by the Sun – a light so bright that it damages our eyes if we stare into it for too long. Leo is all about the Self and the Will – it is the light inside of us that will be seen and heard, and it will shine when it wants, how it wants, and where it wants. (It is no wonder a lion represents this dramatic display of fire). This type of fire is usually contained (remember, regal lion is Leo’s animal symbol), but it most certainly must be self-contained. If pride is hurt or loyalty betrayed (if you rub a lion’s mane the wrong way), this type of fire may raze (and raise) some eyebrows!

Finally, freedom-loving, philosophical Sagittarius finishes out the fire element. Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign, and it is most definitely not contained fire. Sagittarius scatters its energy in a big way – it is ruled by jovial Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. You never know where ever-changing Sagittarius will be from one day to the next, but you can bet fun will not be lacking! In fact, intuition suggests you get out there and travel with a Sagittarius right now! Stop reading, start packing – no, don’t even pack, just go!