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Astrological Elements

This article was written by Llewellyn George on May 10, 2002
posted under Astrology

Fire
The Fire Triplicity is represented by the choleric or bilious temperament, exhibiting a rash, feverish, easily-excited or impulsive nature with inflammatory and bilious affections, sudden illnesses, generally acute but usually of short duration.

The fiery signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) represent the vital spirit, the bodily heat with its elements of combustion, all of which incline to activity: political, military and speculative interests.

Earth
The Earth Triplicity (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) is represented by the nervous temperament more especially noticed through Virgo and Capricorn, exhibiting alert, restless, worried, agitated, neurasthenic characteristics, with disposition to rheumatism and chronic disorders. The earthly signs represent the physical and temporal states all of which produce artistic, imaginative, studious and organizing tendencies.

Air
The Air Triplicity is represented by the sanguine temperament, exhibiting active circulation, plump body, good complexion, genial nature, cheerful anticipation, good fellowship and general dexterity.

The airy signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are said to represent the relative or connective conditions both within and without the body. They express as active, scientific and industrial. They have a tendency toward illnesses arising from exhaustion or over-exertion.

Water
The Water Triplicity is represented by the lymphatic temperament exhibiting as languid, anemic, pallid, weak-pulsed, lack of red corpuscles in the blood, and deficient vascular action.

The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) are known as emotional, plastic, contemplative.

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