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See also: Triplicities_Metaphors
All of the signs have the quality of one of the four elements. These are called the triplicities because they are a group of three signs. For example, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are a group of three fire signs. The triplicities are the four elements.
The table below shows the Signs and the corresponding elements:
The fire signs all share the quality of fire, and the other signs share the qualities of earth, air and water respectively.
Forcefully means with power or influence or authority. It means to cause effects (as opposed to reacting to them.) And implies doing it immediately, without too much thought.
Practical means what is useful and workable. It is concerned with what will create the desired result efficiently.
Thoughtfully means using the mind. It means using arguments, reasons, and logic. It often means using language and meaning, perhaps step-by-step. It can also involve other sequences, like mathematics. Of course, we all use language, but Air People are more concerned with sequences and relationships than, say, Fire People who get bored with the talk and want to do it now. (Think later, perhaps).
Emotionally, means using the emotions or feelings as a basis of action, knowing and deciding. Like Earth People, Water People are more likely to react to situations. They react according to their emotions or feelings. This can be subtle, as when feeling something is true rather than thinking something is true. (Air), or just doing it (Fire).
The fire signs all have some element of "forcefulness" in them. The Earth signs are "practical and down-to-earth". The Air signs are "thoughtful or intellectual". And the water signs are "emotional".
Here are some more correspondences:
The Salamanders, gnomes, sylphs and nymphs are "mythical" creatures that inhabit and maintain the elements. A salamander a being that lives in fire. It also refers to a being that can stand a lot of heat. The word is used for an inhabitant of the element fire who performs world-building tasks related to the element fire.
A gnome is a "mythical" being that lives in the ground in caves. They are reputed to guard buried treasure. Not surprisingly, the word is sometimes applied to international bankers. The word is used to refer to beings of the earth who perform tasks related to the element earth.
Sylphs are creatures of the air, sometimes called nymphs of the air. The word is used to refer to inhabitants of the element air who perform world-building tasks related to the element air.
Undines are creatures of the water, and are said to live beneath the waves. They are sometimes called water nymphs. The word is used to refer to the inhabitants of the element water who perform tasks related to that element.
The four (or more) elements have a long history in many different cultures.
See also: Triplicities – Metaphors