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    What Are the Zodiac Sign Elements?

    To truly understand astrology and how our zodiac signs can impact our personality, hobbies, interests, and relationships with other people, you have to understand the natural elements that are associated with each sign. If you’re wondering, “What are the zodiac sign elements?” — we’re here to help.

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    Each of the 12 zodiac signs is associated with one of the four basic elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Find your sign on a zodiac wheel. Look at the fourth sign from your own in either direction. These two signs will have the same element as you. 

    Most people have every element somewhere in their birth chart, which is a chart that essentially shows a snapshot of where the planets were at the moment of your birth. Using an astrological birthday book with your birth chart in it can help you delve deeper into your zodiac personality. 

    However, when people are asking, “What are the zodiac sign elements?” they’ll usually refer to the element associated with your sun sign — the sign you are most familiar with and the sign you give as an answer to “What’s your sign?”

    Your sun sign  is one of the most important elements of your birth chart as it’s often described as your sense of self and how others understand you.

    Here’s a breakdown of what the four zodiac elements are and how you can better understand your sign with this knowledge.

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    Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius 

    Unsurprisingly, fire signs are known to be, well, fiery! They possess a zest and passion for life that spills out into everything they do. Fire signs are often outgoing and social. They are bold, confident, and independent, with a unique sense of style. They relate greatly to their elemental nature and love showing it off with things like zodiac jewelry.

    Because of their energetic and bold personalities, fire signs are always searching for their next adventure — whether it be a party at their friend’s house or a cross-country road trip. They are explorers who value spontaneity.

    Fire Signs in Love

    Fire signs are great lovers and partners. They are loyal friends and romantic partners who are always looking for new shared experiences, which makes them exciting to be around. Once a fire sign decides they are interested in someone romantically, their feelings and pursuit can be intense — which makes things all the more exciting. 

    Compatibility: Other fire signs and air signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra)


    Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

    Earth signs are grounded people who are laid back and often enjoy the finer things in life. They are practical and dependable. Earth signs see things in the long term, which means they can be patient friends and lovers. 

    Earth Signs in Love

    Earth signs make great partners, and they are loyal and reliable. Because they value practicality, they are understanding and reasonable when it comes to working out issues. And their love of nice things makes them excellent at planning a romantic night — but their idea of date night is often an extravagant homemade dinner paired with good wine and a movie rather than a big night out on the town.

    Compatibility: Other earth signs and water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

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    Air signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

    Air signs are best known for their intellectual conversation, quick wit, and sociability. Air signs often have many friends and acquaintances in different circles because they like to be exposed to different personalities and points of view. They can have a reputation of being a bit air-headed, but that’s just because they’re probably ruminating on social justice issues or dreaming up what the future might be like. They are very communicative and love nothing more than an intellectual debate.

    Air Signs in Love

    Finding a partner that can match their wit and intellect is a number one priority for air signs. Intellectual stimulation is one of their biggest turn-ons. They enjoy partners who have interesting ideas and keep them curious. Because of their social nature, they are fun people to be around and take to meet your friends and family. 

    Compatibility: Other air signs and fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)


    Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

    Water signs have a natural caretaking nature that makes them highly in tune with emotions. They have a high level of intuition, which can border on the verge of psychic. They tend to have a mysterious side to them that draws people to them. They are very focused on their family and home life.

    Water Signs in Love

    Because water signs are so in tune with emotions, they seek out deep relationships and are often not as interested in casual dating. They want a partner they can care for, but also someone who will see and understand their own desire to be cared for. A relationship with a water sign can be deep, loving, and rewarding. Their caretaker nature makes them loving partners and thoughtful parents.

    Compatibility: Other water signs and earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

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