The astrological elements are fire, earth, air, and water. Each element includes three of the twelve astrological signs.
Fire Signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Those who have a lot of planets in fire signs tend to be courageous, enterprising, and confident. Their love of excitement causes them take risks, and they are often extravagant or careless with money.
Fire people are generous to a fault, idealistic, and helpful. They are quick to anger, but also quick to forgive, and usually honest, in many cases to the point of bluntness or tactlessness.
Fire people are energetic and often athletic. They are assertive and in some cases aggressive or argumentative. Impulsivity can lead to poor decisions, financial disasters, and unnecessary conflict. Extroverted and easily bored, they seek attention and tend to be affectionate and friendly.
Earth Signs – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Those who have many planets in earth signs tend to be responsible, reliable, and trustworthy. They can usually be counted on to provide stability and practical help, and they are loyal to their friends and not inclined to be fickle, though when someone crosses them, they can be quite ruthless in cutting that person out of their lives forever. Sane, reasonable, and diplomatic, those whose charts are weighted toward earth are slow to anger but also slow to forgive, and often hold grudges. However, they are usually reasonable and diplomatic unless severely provoked.
Those with a preponderance of earth signs in their charts tend to be physically strong and have great endurance. They are inclined to achieve success through hard work, and their innate cautiousness, fear of change, and need for security keep them from making rash decisions or gambling excessively, though these traits can also cause them to miss opportunities or get into ruts. While not exceptionally innovative, they have good follow-through and are able to finish what they start.
Air Signs – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Those who have a lot of planets in air signs tend to be intellectual in outlook rather than emotional, which can lead some to view them as insensitive. Logical, rational, and detached by nature, they can be open-minded and non-judgmental in most cases. Air people also tend to be friendly and sociable.
Air sign people are adaptable, mentally flexible, and easy going. They tend not to blow up at others in anger-provoking situations, as they are more inclined to analyze circumstances than to react passionately. They are also easily bored, and need a diverse array of social companions, hobbies, and other entertainments. Air people usually love change and tend to be experimental and open to new experiences. Impulsivity and curiosity often lead them to make impractical decisions or squander their money.
Water Signs – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Those who have many planets in water signs are highly intuitive and therefore able to discern the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Water people are compassionate and inclined to care for the physically sick and the emotionally damaged. They can be very self-sacrificing on behalf of those they care for, and even in the service of strangers in some cases.
Sensitive and easily hurt, water people often develop a tough outer shell to hide their vulnerability. They are passionate in their attachments to people and prone to jealousy. Because they are idealistic, they are also inclined to gloss over the faults of others, and as a result, they can be deceived by unscrupulous people.
Water people are sensual and creative. Given the right environment and opportunity, they can produce art, music, literature, or in some cases, inventions or scientific ideas that have a profound effect on others.
Cardinal – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
A person with the majority of natal planets in cardinal signs will be enterprising and tend to initiate courses of action. Cardinal people make things happen and transform situations. This can be done to the benefit or detriment of others.
Those who have a lot of planets in fixed signs have good follow-through. They tend to stick to a single course of action and carry out activities to their completion or conclusion. Fixed-sign people are often moody or stubborn, and they tend to have intense reactions to things. However, they often act as stabilizing forces for others because they tend to behave in a consistent manner.
Mutable – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Those who have the majority of their planets in mutable signs are flexible and adaptable. They accept change and adjust well to new circumstances that can throw other types off kilter. Mutable people are often better in a crisis than in a stable situation.