Aired Monday, 7 May 2018, 9:00 PM ET
The Aspects and Elements
There is so much more to astrology than Sun signs. It’s a complex ancient mathematical system that tracks the movements of the planets in their orbit around the sun. Astrologers divide the Zodiac signs into groupings that link signs together by specific characteristics, which makes it easier to learn the signs.
The four elements associated with the signs of the Zodiac break the signs down into the basic groupings of Fire, Earth, Air and Water. The natural world fits into these four classifications, whose basic characteristics — the heat of fire, the stability of earth, the changeability of air and the fluidity of water — can be applied to human nature. People with a lot of Fire in their charts (meaning, several planets in the Fire Signs of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius) tend to be hotheaded and warmhearted, for example, while people with lots of Earth such as Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn are usually practical and down-to-earth. The Air Signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius are cerebral and expressive while the Water Signs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces are emotional, intuitive and sometimes hard to fathom.
Besides the four elements, there are three qualities that influence the signs — Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. These qualities speak to a person’s general attitude and the way they tackle a project.
Aspects are an essential part of interpreting a birth chart because they describe the exact relationship between two or more planets — a physical relationship that’s specific down to the degree. An astrological chart is mapped out in a full circle of 360 degrees, and aspects occur when planets are zero degrees apart, thirty, sixty and so on.
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