According to traditional teachings, there are two elements respectively that
fit well together, while the other combinations are more difficult. Fire and air are considered to be masculine elements that are related to each other and harmonize well, as do the feminine elements of earth and water.
Popular astrological partnership predictions, usually follow this simple
basic pattern. It's obvious that we can get along well with the signs of the
same element. After all, we are in our own element with them, which means we
look at the world in the same way. Moreover, we have a good understanding of
people with the related element so that in this very fundamental
consideration of the twelve signs there are six masculine and six feminine
signs, each of which harmonize well with the others of the same group.
Whether we should take a simplistic approach to an essential area of life
such as partnership is an open question. Even everyday language has two
extremely contradictory opinions about this situation. On the one hand it
says that "birds of a feather flock together", but then there is also the
following expression: "opposites attract". So which of these two elemental
theories should we believe?
"Birds of a feather flock together" is certainly a good basis for the
friendships we cultivate, and for the experiences we have within a group.
This is also where we can apply the statements about elements that harmonize
with each other. By way of comparison, "opposites attract" is the motto for
a relationship - or is there a greater contrast than between a man and a
woman? This is why it is very questionable when astrological statements
about partnership are made only according to this basic pattern. In fact, it
has been demonstrated often enough that although we get along well with our
own and the related element, such connections may not create enough
excitement to keep a relationship full of life. Understood in this manner,
relationships between all the elements - and all the astrological signs -
are obviously possible without the difficult ones necessarily being any
worse than others or even hopeless.
Since we can ultimately become whole only by developing the four elements
within us, we must first understand the nature of each individual element,
how it gets along with the other element, and how these complement it. In
the following descriptions, each element will be described as if a person
were to consist of just this element alone. However, there is no such
extreme form, since we are all mixed types. One element is so strongly
developed in each of us that we appear to primarily represent this type of
The Fire Element:
The Strong-Willed Individual
The fire person lives in a world of optimism, enthusiasm, and has a great
capacity for exuberance. His courage in taking risks and a strong belief in
himself are the basis of his nearly inexhaustible drive. He trusts the power
of his intuition, follows his will, his convictions, and at the same time,
likes to place himself at the center of all events. Attention is simply
important; this is why he also does a great deal in order to be seen.
With his fire power, he may also spark other's interest and enthuse them for
his goals. This is how he sets developments in motion, gives dynamic
impulses, motivates and spurs others on, and is a master at playing to an
audience. His passion is expressing his will. This is why he loves the still
unstructured future, which he can form according to his own will. He likes
to risk the big success or new beginning, which causes the blood to surge
through his veins. He looks for challenges and, even if he happens to fail
at some point, he quickly recovers, gets up, and tries it again. For him
there is always a next time, a new try.
He is the master of the beginning, yet his fire sometimes flags when
translating his projects into concrete terms. Impatience is his
distinguishing feature, and the time between the sowing and the harvest
often becomes a hard trial of patience for him. Fire ignites easily, but
staying power and a careful treatment of energy reserves are not his
strength. Routine work is not at all to his taste because it leaves no room
for spontaneity, and also sets tiresome limits on his urge for freedom and
desire for what is new.
The past is extremely uninteresting and boring for a fire person because it
can no longer be changed, even with the best of will. This is why
consideration means little since he prefers to charge forward and wants to
be the first. Believing in the goal is the engine that drives him on.
Fiery people prefer to actively intervene in life instead of waiting and
taking what's in store for them. More than any other element, fire
individuals have a more difficult time tolerating inner tensions, which is
why they translate impulses and drives into action as quickly as possible
and work them off. This direct power of expression, the sometimes childlike
spontaneity, and the uninhibited way of always claiming the entire pie has
something very winning about it. However, the high degree of willingness to
take a risk, the lack of self-control, and the deep aversion to any type of
criticism - not to even mention self-criticism - in connection with fiery
impatience can let some of the noble plans turn into an unimagined adventure
that may also end with everything razed to the ground.