The Elements of the Zodiac: Your Key to Success

Posted on June 22, 2020

A black book on a wooden table. The cover of the book has the symbols for the astrological elements in gold: Fire, water, air, and earth.

Success isn’t a guarantee. It’s a result of skill, luck, hard work, timing… you get the picture. But sometimes, your path is written in the stars. You simply need to watch for the right cues and use your talents to your advantage.

What does success mean to you? Do you dream of financial security, admiration in your career, a loving family life, romance? Success is subjective, and one person’s idea of success may not align with another’s – especially when the elements are involved.

There are four astrological elements – Fire, Earth, Air, and Water – that rule over the signs. Depending on the element ruling over your own zodiac sign, success may mean something very specific to you. Looking at your sign’s element, along with your specific Sun sign, can tell you more about what success means to you and how to achieve it.

Astrology is a unique tool that can bring you closer to your own desires, as well as providing clues as to how to bring these desires into your view. Each individual aspect of astrology will shine a light on otherwise hidden areas of your life. In addition to the elements that rule over the signs, each sign belongs in one of three categories:

When you learn more about your sign, like the element that rules over it, you’ll be better equipped to go for what you want in life with confidence and trust in the Universe.

Success for Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Known for their responsible, hard-working nature, Earth signs are almost inevitably successful. They are determined and driven enough to go after what they want, and they aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. But it’s important for these signs to realize that ultimate success also involves play, connection with others, and time to enjoy your hobbies.

People born under Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) are known for being extremely grounded. Unless your stability is threatened, you’re a force to be reckoned with.

Taurus (Fixed)

As an Earth sign, Taurus is prone towards a connection with Mother Nature, and the ability to work hard. However, you’re also deeply connected to your senses and you love to indulge in things like music, art, delicious food, and other sensory experiences. Success for you looks like situations, careers, and relationships that allow you to dive deeper into activities that make you feel at one with the Universe.

Your talents lie in creating beauty around you, so why not include elements of the Earth (flowers, wood, etc.) in your professional life? Working with art, food, music, or in nature will bring this vision closer.

Virgo (Mutable)

Virgos enjoy routine and analyzation. You’re incredibly gifted at organization and you pay attention to detail with an intensity that few others can manage. Your gift of organization drives many areas of your life, making jobs like accounting, editorial work, some kind of organizational work, or finances come extremely easy to you.

As a Mutable sign, Virgos are more adaptable and willing to embrace different tasks from day to day. It’s important for you to remember, however, that success can apply to many areas of life. Make sure that you take time for activities you enjoy. In other words, stop and smell the roses every once in a while!

Capricorn (Cardinal)

Capricorns are some of the hardest workers of the zodiac, and they have a keen sense for how to bring money and abundance into their lives. The biggest challenge for you, Capricorn, is learning to take a step back and appreciate other aspects of your life.

You’re destined to be the “boss”, either in your own business or in someone else’s. It’s a trait you can’t (and shouldn’t) hide. For this Cardinal sign under the Earth element, your destiny is met when your hard work aligns with your big dreams.

While you’re deeply loyal to your family, you may get so caught up in projects and chores that you neglect the part of you that needs connection and intimacy. Evaluate your ideas of success, and try to see where relationships, romance, and creativity fit in. Don’t forget that success can mean a well-rounded life rather than a lucrative career.

Success for Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

Air signs are intellectual, social, and quick-witted. They’re able to find quick solutions to problems or challenges, but they can be quite indecisive. And because they spend so much time in their heads, it can be hard for them to connect to their emotions!

Success for an Air sign is a career, relationship, or life circumstance that allows them to connect the body to the mind.

Gemini (Mutable)

Geminis have a sharp, quick wit that charms everyone around them. They have a smart answer for nearly any question that doesn’t involve their personal life – as they have quite the hard time making up their mind when it comes to their own emotions and desires.

Because of your dual nature, success means being able to change your mind, which is something you’re apt to do frequently. Writing comes naturally to Geminis; so, even if being an author isn’t your calling, try to incorporate writing into your life to help you narrow down your goals and ideas.

Fields of public speaking are also in line with your destiny, and when you match your intellectual capabilities with your determination, you can achieve anything.

Read this next: The Ultimate Guide to Your Sun Sign

Libra (Cardinal)

Libras are the social butterflies of the zodiac, as they’re astute negotiators, and they know how to bring about compromise. You bring balance and harmony to nearly any project or relationship that you’re involved with, which means you excel at any career that allows you to mediate between two or more parties.

You’re great at initiating change both within your own life and your surrounding community. But true success for you also involves a rich social life, filled with love and connection.

Aquarius (Fixed)

Aquarians are future-oriented, naturally humanitarian, and drawn towards new modes of technology. You’re prone towards learning about, and even programming, new tech tools, so working in the field will come naturally to you. However, you are concerned with revolution, with making changes in this life, and with being of service to your fellow humans.

You’re best suited for a career that makes you feel like you’re contributing something to the world.

True success, however, means acknowledging your feelings and showing affection to those you care for – so try not to hold your emotions back. The more out of the box you are, the more successful you’ll be.

Success for Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

Water signs (Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio) are deeply connected to their emotions, their intuition, and their creativity. Water signs feel their way through life, following their heart in most situations. You aren’t likely to find a Water sign sitting down to weigh the pros and cons of a situation – rather, they dive into their intuition and do what feels right in their soul.

Success for a Water sign means being able to do what feels right in the moment. That is the destiny of the Water signs — to fill the planet with as much love and passion as possible.

Cancer (Cardinal)

Cancers are natural nurturers, extremely loyal to their friends and family. In fact, your natural inclination towards helping and taking care of others makes you an ideal candidate for any work that lets you be of service.

You feel most satisfied when you feel you’ve made a difference in the lives of others. True success, however, means also taking care of yourself, Cancer. If you don’t put yourself first, whether in your career or personal relationships, you can easily become burned out and exhausted. Self-care is key.

Scorpio (Fixed)

Scorpios are almost obsessed with digging deep into any mystery in life. They desire truth in all things and don’t give up easily when there’s hidden information that they seek. You would be great at solving mysteries or getting to the bottom of things in your career, as you don’t lose focus when you’re interested in a certain topic.

Metaphysical work is also something that will satisfy your need for deeper, more meaningful experiences in life. You may also excel at healing work, as you are talented at connecting to others and discovering their hidden pains.

Pisces (Mutable)

Pisces are the dreamers of the zodiac, spending a great deal of time in their head with their imagination and fantasies. Your natural ability to create visions and imaginative images in your head makes you extremely creative in many areas of your life.

Success for you means being able to work this creativity into your daily life, whether through your career or in your free time. Creative self-expression is something that you need in your life to let your emotions and thoughts flow freely. Singing, dancing, painting, writing – these are all activities that you naturally excel at.

Success for Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, & Sagittarius)

Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are passionate, creative, and instinctual. They follow their intuition and rarely stop to weigh all of the consequences before taking action or making a decision. A Fire sign’s creativity is its best feature, driving them toward unique and exciting experiences.

Your idea of success involves anything that speaks to your heart and makes you feel excited.

Aries (Cardinal)

As the first sign in the astrological calendar, Aries is the go-getter, the leader of the zodiac. Aries do what they want when they want, and they aren’t the most receptive sign to authority or rules.

Success for you is any career, relationship, or life goal that gives you the freedom to assert your individuality. In other words, even if you are in an otherwise “successful” situation that makes you feel like you’re held back or controlled by others, you will almost certainly lose a part of your spark.

Leo (Fixed)

Leos are bubbly and lively, almost always the life of any party. However, it can be hard for Leos to stay focused on the hard work it takes to move towards success, as they’d much rather be having fun and enjoying life.

Your ideal form of success is any projects that you actually enjoy participating in, projects that spark your creativity, and leave you feeling inspired. Once you become bored with a relationship, career, or any situation, it’s almost impossible for you to stay focused.

Sagittarius (Mutable)

Sagittarians are future-oriented, with their eye on the prize at all times. The problem, however, is that the prize often changes depending on a Sag’s mood. You can do anything you put your mind to, but you’re often shifting your goals and ideals – thanks to that Mutable placement.

You’re very flexible, and your ultimate path towards success will lead you to a situation that gives you the ability to indulge in your creativity, along with the flexibility to change your mind.

You make an excellent entrepreneur, as long as you find a project that keeps you focused and engaged long enough to see it through.

Allow Astrology to Help You Find Your Bliss

Your birth chart and the signs within it act as a map of you, describing how you relate to the world around you. Learning more about your sign and your chart will help you be able to follow your bliss, as it will show you more about what it is that you truly desire in life.

*Editor’s Note: This blog was updated from it’s previous publication date for better astrological accuracy.

Related article: How Astrology Can Help You Find Your Career Path

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Rhiannon Liselle is a nomadic Sagittarius with a passion for writing and trying to help others grow. She’s studied astrology for about 10 years, and has been writing about… Learn More About The Author »

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