Fire Signs

Fire Signs

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The 12 signs of the zodiac are subdivided according to the four classical elements—earth, air, fire, and water. The three fire signs (the fire triplicity or fire trigon) are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Astrologically, fire refers to activity. Fire-sign activity can manifest as inspiration and leadership. For people with a predominance of this element, action is the most important aspect of life.

The activity of the fire element shows itself somewhat differently in each of the signs of the fire triplicity. Aries’s fiery nature typically manifests as bravery, curiosity, and originality. Leo’s comes through in the qualities of leadership and acting ability. Sagittarius’s fiery nature emerges as a striving upward toward high social or religious ideals.

Negative fire people can be egotistical, pushy, and excessively concerned about the opinions others hold of them. Unless counterbalanced by other factors, excessive fire in a chart indicates an individual who is overactive, impulsive, and even violent. Conversely, lack of fire can indicate a person who is low in energy and self-esteem.

One finds the same set of four elements and the same classification of signs by element in Vedic astrology. The connotations are basically the same as in Western astrology.

Fire is also one of the five elements of Chinese astrology—earth, water, fire, wood, and metal. In this system, the elements are not permanently associated with each of the signs of the zodiac. Rather, each one of the 12 signs of the East Asian zodiac can be a different element. For example, an individual born as a Horse in 1942 is a water Horse; a Horse born in 1954 is a wood Horse; a Horse born in 1966 is a fire horse; etc. The connotations of fire in Chinese astrology are similar to the connotations of earth in Western astrology.


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