July 16, 2024
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In astrology, each element correlates to an aspect of human nature and experience. The Air Element corresponds to thought, communication, and knowledge. The Element of Earth corresponds to the material world, finances, and productivity. The Fire Element corresponds to action, exploration, and creativity. And the Element of Water corresponds to emotions, imagination, and dreams.

The elements are also assigned to the astronomical bodies and calculated points that make up an astrology chart; the Sun is a fire point; the Moon is a water point, Mercury is both air and earth, and so on. Each house has an element; the first house is a firehouse, the second an earthhouse, and so on. The elements are extremely important to the makeup of astrological knowledge.

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Point Element
Sun Fire
Moon Water
Mercury Air and Earth
Venus** Earth and Air
Mars Fire and Water*
Jupiter Fire and Water*
Saturn Earth and Air*
Chiron** Earth
Uranus Air
Neptune Water
Pluto Water

* Before the discovery of the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn did “double duty” like Mercury and Venus, so they once managed two elements.

** Chiron is slowly being considered the ruler for Virgo, making it an earth point that may eventually remove Venus from its “double duty” with air and earth.


Sign Element
Aries Fire
Taurus Earth
Gemini Air
Cancer Water
Leo Fire
Virgo Earth
Libra Air
Scorpio Water
Sagittarius Fire
Capricorn Earth
Aquarius Air
Pisces Water


House Element
1st Fire
2nd Earth
3rd Air
4th Water
5th Fire
6th Earth
7th Air
8th Water
9th Fire
10th Earth
11th Air
12th Water


Rulership describes the “natural” alignment of the house, sign, point, and element. Below is the chart putting all alignments together, including the classical (pre-Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron assignments).

House Sign Point Element
1st Aries Mars Fire
2nd Taurus Venus Earth
3rd Gemini Mercury Air
4th Cancer Moon Water
5th Leo Sun Fire
6th Virgo Mercury (Chiron) Earth
7th Libra Venus Air
8th Scorpio Pluto (Mars) Water
9th Sagittarius Jupiter Fire
10th Capricorn Saturn Earth
11th Aquarius Uranus (Saturn) Air
12th Pisces Neptune (Jupiter) Water

Zodiac Elements

Zodiac elements in astrology correspond with each Sun sign, which influences their properties or attributes. They energize the personality, character, and relationships of the individual based on whether or not that person has his or her Sun in an air, earth, fire, or water sign.

Thus, the astrology chart of a person is a complex mix of intersecting elements connected by Aspects, which is the term used to describe certain angular relationships between points.

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If someone’s Sun opposes their Moon in a chart, then the Sun and Moon are in opposite elements, either fire is opposing air or water is opposing earth. If this is the case, then the person must find a way to balance those elements in terms of their Life Path (Sun) and Soul Path (Moon).