The 4 Elements & Personality Traits

The Universe and everything within was formed from the 4 elements.

These elements are Water, Air, Earth and Fire.

The very fabric of existence is woven from these elements and yes that means you as well.

Scientists have confirmed through their research that we are indeed made up of the very fabric of the Universe.

The building blocks of life are formed from just a few basic ingredients.

And yes these ingredients are present in the stars, the makeup of the Universe and the 4 elements.

And it is for this very reason the 4 Elements can have such a profound impact on your life.

Every human being has a personality matched by one of the elements and by discovering which element your personality type is you are better placed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your personality.

On this page, you will be able to learn more about your element and perhaps better understand your place in the world.

For many, this has been a great revelation that has a profound impact on their lives.

The History of The 4 Elements of Astrology

Our vast Universe and all that it contains is built from four fundamental building blocks of existence.

The basis of everything around us is made up from the 4 elements – Water, Air, Earth, and Fire.

Over the centuries, both scientists and philosophers have pondered about the creation of the Universe.

They agree that the very fabric of our existence comes down to the four elements. Water, Air, Earth, and Fire make up the simple building blocks that have created such incredible diversity.

You, me, the animals around us, the trees in our forests, and the stars in our skies – we are all formed with a unique balance of the elements. This is what makes us all so different to each other and this is the basis for all astrology.

In modern times, we are bombarded with information about new age theories and practices – it can feel overwhelming. The study of the four elements brings us back to the basics and underpins many of the theories that have developed since ancient times.

If we look back in history, we see the theme of four and of balance in many cultures and spiritual teachings. Buddhism teaches about the four noble truths, American Indians worked with the four directions, Judaism talks of the four worlds – in fact, just about all teachings that have pagan origins use the same archetype.

The study of the 4 elements in astrology forms a bridge from the ancient wisdom of the past to our present. It allows us to use the knowledge held dear by the elders for ourselves.

4 Elements Basics

As Debra Silverman teaches, both in her astrology school and within her book – The Missing Element – everything contained in the fascinating study of astrology stands on the shoulders of the 4 elements.

It is by fully understanding the elements that scholars of this ancient art begin to see the bigger picture and connect the dots that make up the human persona.

Our personality type is made up of one or more of the elements. Everyone has a different mix, which explains why we are such very different people.

When we come to understand how the elements shape our minds, behaviours and emotions, we open the door to a deep and profound understanding of ourselves and those around us.

Missing Elements

A person may have a predominance of Fire, but lack Water. This person my find that they have huge amounts of energy and passion, but lack any depth in their emotional understanding of the people in their lives.

Air might figure strongly in someone’s astrological constitution, but they may lack Earth. This person may find they are constantly having new ideas and moving from project to project, but they can’t seem to stick to anything long enough to make a success of it.

Your personality is influenced hugely by the dominant elements it contains. However, it is equally affected by the missing element. Debra Silverman’s life work has involved helping people to understand their elemental constitution and identify their missing element.

This insight isn’t only fascinating, it allows you to understand your own nature and find true peace as you finally understand yourself on a far deeper level.

Armed with this knowledge, it’s possible to transform your weaknesses into strengths by cultivating the missing element. How do you do this? It’s simple, you look at the traits the missing element has, and you focus on developing yourself in these areas.

For example, if you lack water you may find it difficult to empathize with the emotions of other people. To cultivate the missing element, you spend time doing activities that stimulate your own emotions and empathy, such as watching emotionally moving films.

If you lack air, you may find it a challenge to communicate effectively. To cultivate the traits that air brings, you may join a debating club or take a course in effective public speaking.

If Earth is missing, you may be disorganized around the home and work. Your focus in cultivating your missing element may be in creating a system of order around you and de-cluttering your home.

If Fire is the element you have missing,  you may find your energy and determination to succeed can be somewhat weak. The key for you may be to focus on doing things that excite you and have a target, such as taking up a new sport, fitness challenge or study.

When you understand the elements, the traits they provide and how their weighting deeply affects you, astrology has a new meaning. It’s as though a confusing veil that’s been obscuring your true view is lifted. You not only find peace with your own character type, but with those of others too. You now understand why one of your children wants to stay in his room and play alone, whilst the other one craves company.

You can understand why your partner becomes quiet and distant when she is feeling unsettled, whereas you tend to fly off the handle. Your new knowledge is like being handed the key to the human soul. You’ll never look at someone again without guessing which elements they are strong in and which they are missing.


Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Water people are emotional, intuitive, deeply creative, empathetic, spiritual and psychic. Water allows people to emotionally connect with others. And yet, water people are so sensitive that they often have a hard time unplugging from life’s chaos. Consequently, many water people suffer from addiction as they grapple for distraction from life’s pain. Thus, water people tend to be secretive and private.

It is important then, for water people to learn how to hone emotions through meditation and see the value in water. Water is real. Water makes us vulnerable and it makes us human. It connects us with spirit and with soul. If you want to achieve a happy, balanced, and beautiful life… you need water.

The water person is:

Authentic: What they feel is real.

Intuitive: They know what they can trust and can’t trust.

Reclusive: Sometimes a recluse.

Unsocial: Water people can struggle to socially interact

Sensitive: They have a deep level of sensitivity

Imaginative: They possess a rich imagination

Loving: They care and connect with others


Signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

Air people are brilliant, curious, independent, talkative (they literally fill the air with words), observant, and entertaining, but they are also impractical and restless. Air people are intellectuals always on a quest for new information.

And while air people have an enormous propensity to develop new ideas and tell stories (they are perhaps the best storytellers), they have a hard time truly connecting emotionally to others, even though they want nothing more than to be completely understood. It’s crucial, then, for air people to learn how to give weight to their words and tap into the earth and be grounded.

The Air Person is:

Fast: They like to get things done quickly.

Intellectual: They have a huge appetite for information.

Communicators: They have a gift for teaching.

Connectors: Air people are great at relationships.

Fickle: Prone to changing their mind.

Disjointed: Confused about what they want in life.

Non Conformists: They make up their own style and rhythm

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Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Earth people are grounded, practical, disciplined and focused. They like instruction, rules, and results combined with dependable routine. They are also super organized and clean. In short, earth people are such perfectionists, they are always ready to take on any job or task themselves just to ensure it’s done properly. Even then, earth people don’t feel like they—or anything they do—is ever good enough.

While earth people have few friends, they are unwaveringly loyal to those they do have. Earth people are very monogamous when it comes to relationships. They refuse to engage in idle chitchat, and above all, earth people are deeply connected—as you might have guessed—to the earth.

The Earth person is:

Practical: They are grounded, they want results.

Organised: They like checklists.

Leaders: They have a specific style and don’t understand people that do things differently.

Judgemental: If you are not like them they think you have a problem.

Control: They like things to be done their way.

Solid: They will always get the job done.

Loyal: When they love you they really love you.


Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Fire people are enthusiastic, impulsive, inspirational, humorous, dramatic and fun. They are natural performers. While fire people easily swing from one extreme to the other, it is important to remember that fire people speak and act straight from the heart. They deliver everything with passion.

And yet, fire people easily grow self-conscious when they speak before thinking (which happens fairly often). So, it is dire for fire people to learn to communicate that they are merely being pushy out of a desire to help. The fire person’s challenge is to learn to tame the “fiery beast” inside and create balance by drawing from the three other elements: water, earth and air.

The fire person is:

Expressive: They love to express themselves.

Fun: They are the party lovers, the ones who want the music cranked up.

Edgy: The can be blunt.

Open: They say what others are thinking.

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