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.
Fire is represented by the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. It is the element of spirit, and individuals with these placements are defined by their spirited natures. Passionate and feisty, hot-blooded fire signs lead with their hearts and aren’t afraid to fight for their beliefs. And, with their winning attitudes, they’re likely to come out on top, for their warmth and enthusiasm give a rosy glow to their strong-willed, assertive natures. Fire signs’ connection to spirit can also be glimpsed via their uniquely instinctive senses of intuition. Unlike the practical, emotional or intellectual hunches of earth, water or air, fire signs’ sixth sense comes straight from the source. Like a spark of inspiration, it represents a direct link to the divine, purified by flame to sheer essence. For this reason, fire signs wield formidable creative power. Their lightning-fast reflexes and split-second judgement also lend them a distinct advantage in sports, battle or business, and other professions where timing is critical. However, they may also lead to Impulsive behavior, and fire signs must be wary to look before they leap, and to watch their mouths and their tempers. Equal parts fierce and friendly, these signs communicate with candor, and though their criticisms can burn, their words always ring true. Whether speaking their truth (Aries), sustaining their dreams (Leo), or critiquing the overall vision (Sagittarius), you can trust a fire sign to say what they mean and mean what they say. Deceptions and manipulations hold little appeal for fire signs — for these courageous souls, a lie is a sort of half-life, and they are simply too unapologetically themselves to do anything but live life on their own terms.