Air is omnipresent. It’s there in your body, in your lungs, around you, everywhere. In astrology, air is stands for the intellect. The air element corresponds to thinking and communication. It helps you verbalize your impressions and share what’s on your mind with others. Air is rational, detached, smart. This element is crucial for human beings, it’s what differentiates us from other living beings we share this planet with.
If a chart is abundant in air, it suggests that the chart owner is adaptable, bright, eloquent. They tend to rationalite their feelings and live in their head. They are good at connecting with others and they build relationships in a heartbeat.
To find out if you are an air dominant, you need the whole birth chart. Your Sun sign may be an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), but if the rest of the planets are in water signs, you probably find that the energy pattern of the water element resonates with you more, and vice versa.
Air Element in Astrology Meaning
According to Aristotle’s theory of elements: there are four energy types the world is made of: fire, earth, air, and water. Each of them has a unique set of strenghts and weaknesses. All four are needed for a complete system to be in balance.
Air consists of the qualities wet and warm. It is represented by an upward pointing triangle with a line crossing it. This symbol refers to the extroverted quality of air. Air is masculine by energy.
The air element zodiac signs are:
The air element is linked to the sanguine temperament (communicative, open, exciteable, outgoing).
Air Dominant Personality Traits and Characteristics
Keep in mind that in reality, single element charts are extremely, extremely rare. It’s much more common to have a balanced chart with three-four elements present. This means that the traits of each element is unlikely to be completely reflected by someone’s personality.
Here’s what air element personalities are like.
Air dominants are the happiest when they have people around them. A world where they couldn’t share what their thoughts (or where they couldn’t just think) would be a very dark place for them. Air needs to be circulated. In astrology, air signs are focused on connecting with others—Gemini on connecting with just everyone they come across, Libra on connecting with one person, Aquarius on connecting with a group of like-minded people. It needs that exchange of energy for complete well-being.
By now you know that in astrology, the air element is associated with all things social. Relating to others through words happens in air energy. It is linked with discussion, debate, dialogue. But also small talk, chatter, and even the internet.
People with air strong in their charts have superb verbal skills. They are eloquent and can have a sharp tongue. They also get along with just everyone. People with several placements in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius often have a talent for learning foreign languages.
The element air is about giving and asking for information. Air is eager about asking questions (to the level of obtrusiveness sometimes). It wants to understand why things happen the way they do on. However, its understanding happens primarily on an intellectual level. The air element is cerebral. Because of this, it is often described as level-headed and objective. Air relies on the facts and eliminates the rest.
When overdone, this can turn into a weakness, because not everything can be solved by applying logic only. Emotions don’t influence it much, when someone is about to open up about their inner world, air remains emotionally uninvolved. It may also try to run away from its own emotions—at the end of the day, air dominants are human beings too. Because of this, they often repress their feelings.
Air is able to enrich any conversation with fresh ideas. There’s a playful, genuinely curious quality to it. Airy people often have several interests. They can talk about various topics for hours. Generally, these people are very fun to be around if you appreciate smarts. Air is hilarious. There’s a certain type of intellectual creativity to air that’s really captivating. People with this element emphasized in their charts often express it primarily through writing, poetry, literature.
The air element is the most open to change. Once it gets to the bottom of something, it moves on to the next challenge. This element is extremely dynamic and wants to be stimulated. This speed can be irritating for some. In a relationship, air wants someone who is able to catch up with them, otherwise they are out. This element is often seen as disloyal. (However, this doesn’t mean that it is unable to commit—it may, but it doesn’t want to be bored, so what it commits to should be interesting). More emotional types may find an air dominant’s relationships superficial.Air is often accused of being two-faced as well.
Air is in constant movement. This element is about looking at things from multiple perspectives. It also finds excitement in thought experiments. It is the most flexible and ever-changing of the four elements. Because of its outstanding adaptability, it changes plans in a heartbeat when the original path is no longer viable. However, because of its great need for change and activity, sticking with one thing can be challenging. Persistence and resilience are typical air element weaknesses.
Air prefers abstract things. People who have this energy pattern are the best at coming up with ideas, although they often leave the hard work needed for execution to someone else (to earth signs :)). Air is not the element of practical matters. If there’s no grounding influence in the chart, you may dislike organizing, scheduling, following through. Handling the everyday challenges of life may also feel suffocating. Air can be absent-minded sometimes.
Because of the fast changes typical for air, air dominants often dislike making decisions, especially if it requires long-term commitment. There are so many ideas it’s hard to focus on one, and in the next hour, you’ll probably come up with an even better one, so why bother?
The air element really excels at all things theoretical. If it gets tangled up in a web of theories, it can end up in an endless thought loop. The lower octave of this trait is unhelpful ideas and theories that can’t work out in reality. One could say that they are prone to beating the air or building castles in the air.
Air Dominant Natal Chart
How do you know if you are air dominant? Here are some indicators that emphasize the air element in a birth chart. The more you have of them, the stronger the air influence.
- Sun in Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
- Moon in Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
- ascendant in Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
- several inner planets in Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
- angles in Gemini, Libra, Aquarius (especially the Midheaven)
- Mercury on an angle
- Uranus on an angle
If you have three or more of these, air probably plays a crucial role in your chart.
In a chart, an unbalanced amount of air suggests that the chart owner is nervous, restless, theoretical, chaotic. If someone has no air at all in their chart, they may be extremely attracted to air dominants.
Air Element Zodiac Signs
There are three zodiac signs attached to every element. The air signs are Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Gemini as an Air Element Sign
Gemini is the first air sign, mutable by polarity. It is focused on gathering pieces of information. This air element zodiac sign is curious (sometimes nosy), ever-moving, prefers group settings to one-on-one. Gemini’s ruling planet is Mercury. Mutable signs are adaptable and versatile, and these traits are definitely true for Gemini. This is the quickest air sign.
Read more: Gemini in the Zodiac
Libra is the next air element zodiac sign. Here, the focus moves on to one-on-one interactions. Libra is one of the cardinal signs. Libra is the sign of balance and harmony, making sure you give and take in equal measures.
Read more: Libra in the Zodiac
Aquarius is the final air sign. It is fixed air. This is the most stable sign of the three. The Waterbearer finds peace in groups of people and communities. The more diverse something is, the more joy Aquarius finds in it.
Read more: Aquarius in the Zodiac
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