In western astrology there are 12 zodiac signs, 3 in each of the 4 elements of fire, earth, air and water. The signs are based on the earth’s orbit around the sun which is why people are mostly aware of their ‘sun sign’.
Each of the elements has a typical way of showing up:
Fire: excitement, impulse
Earth: security, practicality
Air: intellectual, orderly
Water: emotional, creative
Each of the sun signs has a typical energy:
Cardinal – starters and initiators
Fixed – steady and patient
Mutable – change and adaptation.
Fire: Aries – cardinal, Leo – fixed, Sagittarius – mutable
Earth: Taurus – fixed, Virgo – mutable, Capricorn – cardinal
Air: Gemini – mutable, Libra – cardinal, Aquarius – fixed
Water: Cancer – cardinal, Scorpio – fixed, Pisces – mutable
Your sun sign is your outward expression of life, while your moon sign is your internal, subconscious life. The sun takes 29-31 days to change signs, but the moon changes signs every 2.5 days. This adds layers to the astrological influence for you as an individual. While we can lump all outward sun signs into one box, the moon adds flavour and dimension. This is a very basic concept as there are many other influences (planets, houses, nodes and aspects) at play.
– Say you have a sun in cardinal fire and a moon in fixed water, you might have an internal dialogue that emotionally wants security while your outward expression wants to start lots of new things impulsively.
– Maybe you have double earth, say a cardinal moon and a fixed sun. This can mean that you have lots of projects to initiate and the patience to implement them.
-Maybe you have a mutable water sun sign and a fixed air moon. This can mean that you are dreamy and creative, go with the flow and have a set way of thinking.
There are many layers that make you uniquely you! Understanding and accepting who you are and how you be in the world makes for a more peaceful and loving world.
To get your astrology chart for free, head to www.astro.com and type in your birth information – date, time and place. Then, look at your natal chart to see the elements at play – what is dominant or in balance and what is missing. This will give you an overall elemental feel for who you are and how you operate 🙂