the air element

The Meaning of Air Signs

The energy of the Air element, and the traits of Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius

By Maria DeSimone

Breathing ... it's an unconscious part of our existence. Without the ability to breathe in air, we wouldn't be here. Air is the energy element that we inhale. Astrologically speaking, the element of Air is focused on inhaling mental energy.

Air signs are gifted with the ability to concentrate their dynamism on ideas that have not yet come into the material world so that eventually, they can.

The element of Air has an intellectual idealism attached to it, of course -- and sometimes also a highbrow superiority complex. Regardless, this is the element that is able to achieve a mental sharpness like no other.

When you think about air, a few things come to mind. Air is invisible. Air is changeable. Air cannot be enclosed. Air can take the form of a calm, balmy breeze or a ferocious wind storm, but either way, there’s a sense of detachment about it, along with an ability to cover extensive ground.

What are the Air signs?

The three Air signs of the zodiac are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Although they share many traits in common, each will express the element’s qualities in a unique way.

1. Gemini (May 20 -- June 20)

Gemini will manifest the element of Air as an acute ability to instantly notice and communicate about everything in its environment.

2. Libra (Sept 22 -- Oct 22)

Libra will apply the element of Air as a drive to use its intellect in a way that promotes social harmony.

3. Aquarius (Jan 19 -- Feb 18)

Aquarius will utilize the element of Air to achieve a remarkable talent for observation and the ability to find connections between just about any two concepts.

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Air sign traits

Air signs are known for being more detached and cerebral than others. These signs aren’t overly emotional, which gives them the ability to think logically and to achieve a broad overview of their ideas. Air signs also require extensive freedom of movement in order to express their ideas and individuality. You can never contain an Air sign!

The element of Air is detached from the immediate experience of daily life -- never quite touching it, but always flowing around it. This detachment gives air its hallmark ability to be objective and to use its gifts to benefit many.

Ironically, although the element of Air has little emotion or sensitivity, it is the most social element. How is this possible? Air has the ability to objectively appreciate anyone or any group’s thoughts, whether or not they agree with them.

The downside of Air is that occasionally, if someone with prominent Air in their chart remains all "in their head," there’s a chance of becoming mentally imbalanced. That’s when you’ll see an eccentric Air side. If Air overvalues intellect, it can become difficult to live in the physical world.

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