Horoscopes: Elements and Signs

Ms. Constellation Prize

If you want just one more piece of the puzzle to help you understand your horoscope and your birth chart, look at the natural elements associated with each sign: earth, fire, water and air. Each sign is grouped into an element that helps address some commonalities of the signs. It is a general grouping. It is also a good way to start understand ing signs. For example, if you know nothing about what being a Sagittarius means, but you know what being a fire sign means, you can operate through that lens.

When I read people’s birth charts, I like to look for patterns or lack thereof — What stands out? What doesn’t fit? A good way to identify patterns is by looking at common elements when it might seem like someone has a wide range of placements with nothing in common.

For example, I recently met someone who had a Gemini sun and a Libra moon. This confused me because on the surface, these signs are usually very different. But the reality is these signs have a lot in common because they are both air signs. So, I focused on the traits of the air signs rather than the individual signs.

Each element has its own distinct traits that define it:

Fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Fire signs are, well, fiery. Their bold and unabashed energy often makes them the center of the party. Adventure and spontaneity are critical to their lifestyles. Lust motivates how they move through the world, how they present themselves and how they behave in intimate relationships.

Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Earth makes me think of the ground, which makes sense because earth signs are grounded. They are pragmatic, logical and organized. They are very grounded by their strong beliefs and morals. Being grounded makes them in touch and present in their bodies. Earth signs desire sensuality and intimacy in their relationships.

Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Air signs move (like the wind) in a breezy and flexible way. Air signs are also focused on analyzing every move of themselves and the people around them, although they do not always let that influence their behavior. They are smart and analytical but do what feels good in the moment. Their goal is to do what’s best for the most people in the room. These signs are flirty and will flow in and out of your life — don’t try to tie them down.

Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. These signs feel a lot and they feel big. Emotions will run high if you interact with a water sign. They need lots of ways to express their emotions, which helps us understand why water signs have an insatiable desire to be creative. These signs are in tune with their family and home life. Having a safe place to call home is their number one priority.

These general traits are applicable to your signs regardless of what placement you are looking at (sun, moon, rising, etc.). Elements are a powerful tool: even though they are more general and vague, they are nevertheless essential to seeing the whole picture of someone’s birth chart. As always, take what resonates and leave what doesn’t.


Signs as Questionable D-Hall Pizza “Creations”


Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Macaroni and cheese pizza topped with hot dog slices


Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Calamari pizza with eel sauce and seaweed salad


 Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

 Chocolate tofu pie pizza 


Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

 BBQ sauce pizza topped with every “style” of fries Dining Hall offers


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Anchovy and artichoke pizza with olive oil


Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Thanksgiving dinner pizza (featuring turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, bread, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie)


Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Peanut butter, Nutella and banana pizza        


Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Buffalo chicken pizza (yes, this already exists, but it’s so controversial that I needed to include it)


Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Biscuits and gravy pizza


Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Loaded chili potato pizza topped with nacho cheese Dorito flakes


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Cheese pizza sprinkled with edible 24K gold flakes


Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Pizza topped with green olives, black olives, canned tuna and ranch dressing