From the above four principles, the so-called four elements are created and handed down to us by inheritance.
The four principles, combining in pairs, form four natural elements (four elements), which ancient astrologers called primary elements.
These elements are indivisible and impenetrable, they are combined and move according to certain unaltered cosmic laws.
The elements of Fire and Air are considered active, and the elements of the Earth and Water are passive.
If the Ascendant, the Sun, the Magnifier or most of the planets are in the active signs of the Zodiac in the horoscope, it will be a person of action, a reformer, a revolutionary, able to achieve the goal and overcome any obstacles.
If the Ascendant, the Sun, the Moon or most of the planets are in the passive signs of the Zodiac in the horoscope, then the person will be more a performer than a leader. Although he will not give the world new ideas, he will not become a reformer or a martyr for the idea, but the results of his work will remain in the memory of grateful descendants.
Each natural element contains three signs of the Zodiac, therefore the signs of one natural element are called trigons.
To the elements of Fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
To the elements of Earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
To the elements of Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
To the elements of Water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
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|heat + dryness||cold + dryness||heat + moisture||cold + moisture|
And now we will examine in more detail the characteristics of each natural element.
Trigon of Fire
Trigon of Fire, as mentioned above, combines the principles of heat and dryness. It contains zodiac signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius and is called the creative trigon. This trigon – a source of oxygen and “heat”, i.e. “Astral light.” In ancient philosophy, its elementals (inferior spirits) are considered to be salamanders.
Fire is the main controlling force of instinct, intuition, spirit, thought and mind, forcing to go forward, to believe, to hope, to uphold one’s beliefs. The main motive force of Fire is ambition. Fire gives zeal, impatience, carelessness, self-confidence, quick temper, impetuous, unceremonious, courageous, militant. In the human body, supports life, is responsible for the temperature regime and stimulates the metabolism.
People in whose horoscopes the signs of Fire are occupied by the Ascendant, the constellations of the Sun or the Moon, have a choleric temperament. The same will happen if there is a stellium (planetary clusters) here. These people will never go unnoticed, they will achieve the recognition of others, especially in an environment that is close to them in spirit and connected with them ideologically. These people have a creative spirit and unshakable will, inexhaustible “Martian energy” and an uncommon “punching power”. The element of Fire gives organizational talent, a thirst for action and enterprise.
The peculiarity of the people of this trigon is the ability to be inspired and loyal to the idea, business, partner, and self-sacrifice. They are brave, courageous and dashing. The upsurge of their souls and their inherent business activity help them to reach the peaks both in the spiritual sphere and in the material sphere. From their work they get real pleasure, are proud of the results of their work and are waiting for universal recognition.
People of Fire are innate leaders and commanders, who love and know how to lead and order. They are kind of charged with a cosmic electric voltage of a certain polarity, which is transmitted to others in the form of attraction or repulsion, which keeps the people around them in constant tension and excitement. Personal freedom, independence and self-sufficiency, which is more expensive for them, they are trying to win at an early age. But one paradox: they do not like obey and do not want to obey, but the ability to adapt to various circumstances is simply superb.
They have strong character traits, such as perseverance, pertinacity, self-affirmation, self-will, obstinacy. The one who is associated with the person of the Fire Trigon by partnering, knows that these people always bend their line. They can be the main conductors, performers of the main roles, but extras – never. They simply can not be subordinated to another’s will – only they will command the parade lead, though often even from behind the scenes. They recognize only a wise and fair autocracy and most of all they hate despotism and tyranny in all their forms.
People of the trigon of Fire at first quickly “light up”, are inspired by new ideas and people, without much hesitation, immediately join in the matter, involving all of their surroundings in it to achieve their goal, which comes to them from outside, or originates in them. But they also quickly become chilly to the already started, old business, if they are inspired by a new, more important idea for them, or if the matter takes a protracted character and requires constant efforts. They are people of spurt, rush, waiting for them to die like. Fire is the creative power that can lift them to the “seventh heaven” or “throw them into the abyss”.
The children of this trigon are indocile, often do not lend themselves to education, and to have even the slightest result in working with them, one must apply specific methods of upbringing. Violence and coercion are categorically excluded, as this causes them to stubbornness, obstinacy, and resistance. They can be approached only with love and affection, with warmth and gentleness, it is very important to be fair to them, never to deceive them, not to belittle their self-esteem.
People of the Fire trigon must restrain their negative character traits, especially – fervor and impetuosity, bellicosity and aggressiveness. They must avoid conflict situations and confrontation with the outside world, so as not to harm neither their idea for which they are fighting nor their own business, the realization of which they dream.
These people are often spiritual leaders – so strong is their power over the souls and minds of people. They are blindly believed and obeyed, although more often they are subjective than objective. If you want to have a common cause with them or be partners in life, you must communicate with them in their language.
Trigon of Earth
The Trigon of the Earth unites the principles of cold and dryness. It consists of the following signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn and it is called a materialistic trigon. The element of the Earth forms carbon, symbolizes matter, i.e. the real, manifested world, the reality that surrounds us. According to ancient philosophy, the elementals of this trigon are the gnomes.
Earth creates forms, laws, gives concreteness, stability, stability. The earth structures, analyzes, classifies, creates the foundation. It has such qualities as inertia, confidence, practicality, reliability, patience, rigor. In the body, the Earth gives inhibition, petrification through contraction and contraction, slows down the process of metabolism.
People in whose horoscopes the signs of the Earth are occupied by the Ascendant, the constellations of the Sun, the Moon or the stellium, have a melancholic temperament. They are people of sober intelligence and prudence, very practical and businesslike. The purpose of life is always real and achievable, and the path to this goal is already outlined in young years. If they deviate from their goal, it is very insignificant and that is more because of internal reasons than external ones. People of this trigon achieve success thanks to such beautiful traits of character as perseverance, insistence, stamina, endurance, purposefulness, steadfastness. They do not have such a fantasy and bright, vivid imagination as the signs of the trigon of Water, there are no utopian ideas like the signs of Fire, but they persistently go to their goal and always reach it. They love the path of the least external resistance, with the obstacles that arise, they mobilize their forces and energy to overcome everything that prevents them from reaching their goal.
People of this element strive for possession of matter. The creation of material values brings them true satisfaction, and the results of work pleases their soul. All the goals they set for themselves, first and foremost, should bring them benefits and material benefits. If most of the planets are in the trigon of the Earth, such principles will extend to all areas of life, up to love and marriage.
Marriage for love is an exceptional case. People of the trigon of the Earth are dominated by “fictitious” marriages and “marriages of convenience,” for social or material reasons. This last motive mainly refers to the zodiacal signs of Virgo and Capricorn. But, on the other hand, partner ties have very high reliability and stability.
People with a predominance of the elements of the Earth are firmly on their feet, prefer stability, moderation, consistency. They love a settled way of life, they are attached to home, property, and homeland. The periods of recovery and prosperity are replaced by crises that can be prolonged due to the inertia of the trigon of the Earth. It is this inertia that does not allow them to quickly switch to a new type of activity or relationship. Here, their limited ability to adapt to anyone and to anything, with the exception of Virgo.
They choose a profession associated with material values, money or business. Often they have “golden hands”, they are fine artisans, can be successful in applied sciences and applied arts. They are patient, submissive to circumstances, sometimes take a wait-and-see attitude, while not forgetting the daily bread. Everything is done with one goal – to improve your physical existence on earth. There will be a concern for the soul, but this is from time to time. All of the above for them is easily achievable, provided that their energy does not go to such negative traits of character as ultra-egoism, excessive prudence, self-interest and greed.
Trigon of Air
The Trigon of Air combines the principles of heat and moisture. It consists of zodiacal signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius and is called the trigon of ideas and intelligence. According to ancient philosophy, it forms hydrogen, and its elementals are sylphs.
Air determines contacts and relationships. This is information, intuition. It has such qualities as mobility, activity, liveliness, changeability, flexibility, agility, receptivity, omnipresence, infinity, curiosity. The air is independent, free. Responsible for the main processes on the Earth – movement, reproduction, procreation, that is, for the transfer of life.
People in whose horoscopes the signs of Air are occupied by the Ascendant, the constellations of the Sun, the Moon or the stellium, will have a sanguine temperament. Its people can make an impression. They are quick in decisions and deeds, easily and quickly grasp any information, then all of this in a reworked way is passed on to other people. They instantly adapt to any shift and changes in life. They are characterized by spiritual flexibility, lability of the psyche, mobility of the mind, they are indefatigable, while they are carried away by something. They are getting tired by monotony.
The shortcomings of the nature of the people of the trigon of Air can be attributed to the lack of solidity and depth in the sphere of thinking, in the sphere of feelings and activity, they are very unreliable, they can not be relied upon. They are too superficial, nervous, indecisive, their goals and plans constantly fluctuate, change. But they can present their shortcomings as dignities.
No trigon has such abilities for diplomacy and secular way of life, as the trigon of Air. This is a virtuoso in the ability to establish numerous and varied connections, grasp, bind and use heterogeneous information. People of Air do not tolerate a settled way of life, a business routine, most often they do not have a stable profession, unless it is connected with information, travel and contacts.
The people of the Air Trigon have the greatest success in the field of science, technology, the world of the arts, especially literature. And journalism is just their element. If the aerial element prevails in the horoscope, even if only slightly, the prediction of the profession of such a person will be almost unmistakable. The best assistants of these people in their work are their constant striving for new and new impressions, new experiences, the constant exchange of thoughts and ideas, views and opinions with the people around them and their ability to establish quick links and contacts. Their ideal is to be at the center of all events.
More often than not, the people of the elements of Air do not fit into the universally recognized framework because of their craving for freedom, they do not like obligations, avoid excessive dramatization of relations. Even ordinary family life for them may seem to be a certain “cross,” from which they will try to escape or, at least, to ease it.
Drab existence and monotony are their worst enemy, therefore crises in the sphere of love and marriage are an ordinary story for them. Their superficial feelings can quickly ignite and inspire, and close contacts begin even with the first meeting and with the first one, but this will continue until she meets the next object of rapture and admiration, to a new cause of inspiration and passion.
Parents and educators of the children of the Air Trigon should pay special attention to their excessive idealism, superficial thinking, exposure to other people’s influence. Therefore, it is necessary to lay the moral core in them as early as possible, which will be their support in life. Since the child of this trigon is very prone to both bad and good influences, it is very important who is next to him. The role of parents in choosing friends is very important. With such a child it is necessary to be constantly in contact, to participate in his affairs and to be near during the rest, then the spiritual connection of the parents and the child will be preserved until the end of life.
The greatest advantage of people of this element is the ability to contact the outside world, the ability to connect people and circumstances, and the greatest danger is spiritual and moral fragmentation, often causing unnecessary feelings and disappointments.
The influence of the signs of the Zodiac of the air trigon is close to the influence of the signs of the trigon of Fire: the same lofty aspirations, the same search for truth and ideals, and life and destiny both for some and for others are overwhelmed with a wide variety of alterations and changes, both good and bad.
Trigon of Water
Trigon of Water combines the principles of cold and moisture. It consists of zodiacal signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. It is called the trigon of feelings and sensations. According to ancient philosophy, it forms nitrogen, and its elementals are the undines.
Water is emotion, inner peace, preservation, memory. It is plastic, changeable, secretive. Gives such qualities as uncertainty, dreaminess, imaginative thinking a softness of manifestation. In the body, it slows down metabolism, manages liquids, the work of glands of internal secretion.
People in whose horoscopes the signs of Water are occupied by the Ascendant, the constellations of the Sun, the Moon or the stellium, will have a phlegmatic temperament. These people have great sensitivity, are very receptive and impressionable, reasoning, living more internal life than external. People of the trigon of water are usually contemplative, they think both of their own good and of the good of their loved ones, however, at times they are indifferent, sluggish, lazy, except for the people of the sign of Scorpio. Their changeable mood, whims and soul complexes are consonant with the flow of water. The external manifestation of the senses is not as pronounced in them as in the representatives of the trigons of Fire or Air, but the inner feelings are experienced by them with great strength and depth.
With people of the Trigon of Water, efficiency, practicality, sobriety of thought, objectivity are not their strong side, butthey have a rich and lively imagination, a large internal and external force, especially among the Scorpions.
People of the water trigon, thanks to the richness of their inner world, the subtlety of perception, the ability to empathy, achieve the greatest success in the professions associated with the world of the arts, especially they shine like artists and musicians. Signs of Water can also be excellent workers in the areas related to service and nutrition. And Scorpios are also great detectives because of their subtle intuition.
Plans and moods of the people of the trigon of Water can change both from external circumstances, and from the inner state of the soul. A minor detail, sometimes even unconscious, can fundamentally change their state of mind, which can lead to a complete loss of interest either to the business or to the partner.
People of the element of Water have great mental refinement, amiable, polite, courteous, very cute and attractive. They are usually not aggressive, except for Scorpio.
From the signs of the Zodiac of the Trigon of Water, Scorpio is the strongest body and spirit, the most pithy, the most aggressive, uncontrollable from the outside and exerts strong resistance to everything that his soul disagrees with. His patience, endurance, tenacity and persistence are simply amazing.
The weakest of the zodiac signs of the trigon of Water is the Pisces. People who have here a stellium, certainly need compensation from the planets from other trigons.
The middle between hardness and instability is occupied by the third sign of this trigon – Cancer. Although his psychic sphere is also very receptive and impressionable, he is distinguished by a marked perseverance, endurance and purposefulness, that’s why Cancer most often achieves success in life from all water signs.
Feelings of all three signs of this trigon are approximately equally strong and, as a rule, prevail over reason. These people are always ready to go on self-sacrifice for the good dear person, because they always feel deep and pure feelings towards loved ones and relatives. If they are not appreciated, they leave their partner forever, which is a real life drama for them. They are looking for a partner who deserves them. Love and marriage are of paramount importance to them in life, especially for women.
Excessive tendency to dreaminess and fantasies, too vivid imagination can lead to an internal contradiction – a clash of their illusions with reality. If a person does not see a way out of this condition, depression, dependence on alcohol, drugs, other stimulants, even mental illness may occur.
The natural element of Water for women is more acceptable than for men, as it enhances femininity and sensitivity. But it should be remembered that women of Water signs are inclined to a luxurious and idle life, easy behavior, even to the detriment of the generally recognized morality. Men of the sign of Water can be pampered, sensitive, often inclined to gambling and all sorts of machinations and speculation.
From Volume 1 of Classical Astrology by Sergey A. Vronsky
Translated from Russian by Alexander Demin
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