The four elements of astrological tradition refer to the vital forces (or energies) that make up the entire creation that is commonly perceived by human beings. The four elements in a birth chart reveal the ability to participate in certain realms of being and to tune in to specific fields of life experience. These elements have nothing to do with the elements of chemistry and in fact transcend them completely.
The four elements—Fire, Earth, Air, and Water—each represent a basic kind of energy and consciousness that operates within everyone. Each person is consciously more attuned to some types of energy than others.
The element of any sign that is emphasized in a chart (by significant planetary placement in that sign) shows a specific type of consciousness and method of perception to which the individual is strongly attuned.
The element air is the life energy which has been associated with breath or what the yogis call prana. The air realm is the world of archetypal ideas behind the veil of the physical world where the sacred geometry of ideas and shape the pattern of things to come. Although air signs are often accused of being impractical dreamers, they are playing a part in creation through their ideas will eventually touch the lives of millions of people. If air signs become to obsess with their abstract ideas and theories they can become mentally imbalanced.Those with too little emphasis on the air element in their charts rarely perceive this to be a problem , for they are too involved in action , feelings, and material concerns to consider the implications of their involvements. However, it is just this lack of perception, this inability to reflect on life and one's self that creates problems for these people. It is difficult for them to achieve detachment from their personal actions, and hence they often find themselves burdened by involvements that were not sufficiently considered beforehand or by a lack of satisfaction in close relationships stemming from their inability to cooperate effectively. The element air is a unifying quality and enables one to adjust easily and quickly to new ideas and different sorts of people. Those who lack this attunement naturally have difficulty adjusting themselves to new ideas, and therefore to new people.Those with too much emphasis on the air element have an over-active mind which must be guided and controlled. This is the sort of person that lives in his head and, if there is little earth or fire to motivate him to act on the ideas, he can become a dabbler in all sorts of curiosities without having much effect or developing much depth within himself. These people cant do anything without thinking about it first, which can lead in extreme cases to a paralysis of will and severe psychological disorders. The mind can run away with them, leading them at times into a world of imagination and conceptual brilliance but at other times to a sense of reality totally out of touch with what is possible. With proper mental discipline, this type of person can be an innovator in the world of thought.