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Guide to Zodiac Air Signs

Patricia Lantz C.Ht.
Hot air balloon and windmill

The 12 zodiac signs are grouped into four elements, Fire, Earth, Air, or Water. The Air signs describe the intellectual activity of the personality in the present. Air is associated with Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, and the third, seventh, and eleventh houses. Individuals with Air Sun signs value intellect over emotion.

The Air Sign Personality Traits

Individuals with Air signs are communicators with free spirits, who have a unique gift for connecting with and working alongside their fellow human beings.

Positive Characteristics

Positive traits of Air signs:

  • Verbal, quick, alert
  • Fun loving, gracious, and social
  • Critical thinkers who weight the pros and cons
  • Contemplative
  • Objective and open-minded

Negative Characteristics

An Air sign gone bad:

  • Unpredictable
  • Elusive, hard to read, and insensitive
  • Detached from human emotions
  • Impractical
  • Indecisive

The Same but Different

Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are grouped together because they share the same intellectual need to communicate with others. But they are different in their modes of operation. It's the three Modalities - Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable - that give each sign further definition and separates one from the other.

Gemini Air

Gemini is the Mutable Air Sign of the zodiac that's about personal knowledge and ideas. The Gemini personality tends to be extremely effective with one-on-one communication and can spark some of the most fascinating, varied and rewarding of conversations.

Zodiac Gemini sign

Libra Air

Libra is the Cardinal Air sign of the zodiac that's about shared knowledge and ideas. Libra's personality traits allow them to work particularly well in groups of people because they have an innate talent for mediation and listening to all sides of an issue.

symbol for Libra

Aquarius Air

Aquarius is the Fixed Air sign of the zodiac that's about universal knowledge and ideas. An Aquarian personality has the unique ability to connect to every type of person and concept, no matter how abstract or foreign.

Zodiac symbol Aquarius

The Air Signs and Compatibility

The elements are essential for understanding relationship compatibility (synastry.) Compatible astrological signs have a mutually harmonious exchange of energy, which creates satisfaction, vitalization and a feeling of completeness in the pairing. The zodiac signs that are most harmonious with the Air signs are the fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.)

Air and Fire

Air and Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are drawn to each other. Fire burns brighter when Air is around and Air rises to greater heights when heated. This can be a dynamic duo in which the energetic, enthusiastic, and competitive traits of the Fire person complement the changeable, expedient, versatile characteristics of the Air person. The most significant problem with this coupling is they're both freedom loving individuals who don't want to settle down.

Air and Earth

Air and Earth need each other. An Air person benefits greatly from having a partner who grounds them, and the Earth person enjoys the stimulating flow of ideas that only an Air person can offer. In theory, this seems a perfect union. But there can be a few problems related to their different modes of behavior.

What About Air and Air?

You'd think Air and Air might be the best match. Like often attracts like and at first meeting they may seem like kindred spirits and their relationship can be intellectually stimulating for both. When they agree there's rapport, however, Air signs never quietly agree to disagree, they like debating too much, and their debates will often turn into arguments. Additionally, without the balance of other elements in the couple's synastry, this coupling can have very little emotional bonding or physical touch.

You Are a Combination of Elements

Your birth chart contains all four elements, and often a person identifies more with their chart's dominant element instead of their Sun sign's element. You can find your dominant element by looking at your entire birth chart and synthesizing it based on the planets, houses, and signs. However, there's also a free tool at Astrotheme that can easily do this for you.

Guide to Zodiac Air Signs