Think about your loved ones and the energy they have.
- Do you know someone who has lots of gumption, who is decisive, courageous and not afraid to take action?
- Do you know someone who is very sensitive, intuitive, in-touch and emotional?
- What about your friend that talks a lot, thinks even more, and loves to be social?
- And lastly, what about the friend who does their taxes months in advance, budgets and plans for fun?
Which one of these are you? Likely a combination of a few??
These characteristics are all ruled by the four elements found in our birth chart: fire, air, water, and earth.
Your action-oriented friend will have a lot of fire in their chart.
Your emotional friend will have lots of water.
Your talkative, fast-thinking friend will have lots of air.
And your hardworking and dependable, goal-oriented friend will have lots of earth.
You can probably already intuit which elements you have more of than others. But, sometimes it can be difficult to honestly self-assess. So, you can determine your balance of elements through astrology. Yay!
Here’s how you do it. You’ll first need your birth time, date, and location.
Then, go to this website: https://astroapp.com/en/
Create an account (it’s free), login and launch the app.
Create a chart by clicking “Charts” – “New”. Then add in your birth time, date, and location. Be sure to click the ellipses (…) after the city to search for it.
After the chart is populated, go to “Details” – “Stats” – “Stats by Element”.
Screenshot or print the graph that appears because it’s your elemental makeup!
Here’s a picture of mine.
Your stronger elements are your superpower but can also be a double-edged sword if relied on too heavily. For example:
If you are water dominant, you are extremely intuitive to other’s needs and emotions as well as your own.
But you can also be too caught up in your emotions that you lack the structure and stability needed to exist in this earthly realm. You may also be overcome by others’ emotions or leak energy if you don’t learn how to maintain strong personal boundaries.
If you are fire dominant, you are often a pioneer, passionately leading the way on new, creative endeavors.
Sometimes you will have loads of energy and passion to start projects, however, your follow-through is a different story. As the passion leaves, so does your willingness to stay the course.
If you are earth dominant, you are practical and eager to work hard towards your goals. Nothing will stop you!
Being persistent backfires when you’re holding on to the wrong thing. If you’re out of touch with your emotions and determined to make things work, you may find yourself in an unfulfilling life that looks good on paper but doesn’t satisfy you emotionally.
If you are air dominant, you are an incredible thinker and communicator. You are also great at collaborating and adapting.
Being a sociable, fast thinker often translates into spreading yourself too thin. You might become easily distracted and have trouble with consistency when shiny object syndrome appears.
As you can see, if you rely too much on your dominant element, your superpower can turn on you. It’s best to balance your elements by doing things that “activate” your missing element. A great way to do this is by being friends with or working with people who have your missing element. For example, my missing element is fire, so my Aries Ascendant boyfriend helps stimulate this missing side of me. He helps me to be passionate, decisive, and courageous in my day to day life. However, if we weren’t together, I would need to cultivate this fire on my own.
Below I’ve listed a number of ways we can cultivate our missing element(s) solo.
If you have weak water, you can:
Work with a therapist to process difficult emotions
Work with an intuitive coach to develop your intuition
Practice art or take an art class
Swim in the ocean and take baths
Keep a dream journal
Watch sappy movies
If you have weak earth, you can:
Work with someone who is good with numbers, an assistant or project manager
Spend more time hiking in nature
Run errands and do more practical tasks
Create a budget
Set goals and create a task calendar
Put more plants in your home, work in a garden, hug a tree
Practice yoga outside
Hire an accountability coach
If you have weak fire, you can:
Try new activities and hobbies
Volunteer to be a leader
Write affirmations that support your belief in yourself
Surround yourself with passionate, enthusiastic friends
Do vigorous exercise like running
Spend time in the sun and saunas — heat and sweat!
Light candles around your home
Work on being more decisive and taking action
Be silly and playful
If you have weak air, you can:
Read a book
Talk to friends (even via social media)
Be open to new ideas
Don’t take things personally when people disagree
Talk to strangers
Try to be present in the now
Pick up a new skill
Practice sharing your ideas in front of a crowd; presenting
The more we cultivate the elements we are missing, the more balanced and happy we become as people.