Have you ever wondered what your element would be if you were in say, the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender?
Well, adventurer, astrology can help with that!
I delve into the usefulness of astrology in my book, but for those of you who haven’t read it, I’ll give you the abridged version before we get started.
Your IRL Stat Screen
Do you recall how life is a video game? Well, in video games—more often than not—playable characters have a stat screen you can check, right? A menu you can pull up to check their strengths, weaknesses, current skills—and even potential skills.
And it just so happens that we have one of those babies IRL too.
Essentially, our “Player Selves” coded their intent for this playthrough of The Game at our time of birth. Factors such as our name, place of birth, and time of birth were no coincidence! By compiling and analyzing such things, we can actually catch a glimpse of what skills we’re working with in this playthrough.
Luckily, we don’t actually have to do any of this compiling and analyzing because systems like astrology do it for us. Even better, by simply inputting our basic birth info, we can have full-on charts generated within seconds that very literally give us a stat screen to look at!
Pulling Up Your Stat Screen
Before you can figure out your element, of course, you’re going to have to generate your stat screen. In video games, doing so is usually a pretty simple process that can be achieved with a button press or two. Unfortunately, we don’t have an IRL start button (…yet), but we do have something better.
Now, there are a bunch of places you can go to generate a birth chart, but I’m going to suggest astro.com. That’s what I use, in any case, so it may be easier to follow along as I show you pretty pictures to demonstrate the process of finding your element.
Once on Astro, click on “Horoscopes” and then “Chart Drawing, Ascendant,” and proceed with the prompts for guest users. In no time at all, you should have a chart that looks a little something like this:
Taking It In
Got your chart?
If you’ve never looked at a birth chart before, you may initially be a bit overwhelmed. I mean, there’s a lot going on with these babies! It’s totally normal if you just want to take a moment to goggle at it in awe – no judgment here.
In the future, I plan to talk more in-depth about each of the aspects in an astrology chart, but for today let’s just keep calm, carry on, and find our element!
Tallying Your Element
The way Astro organizes their charts, determining your element is actually a fairly simple process. Direct your attention the following image, if you will.
This box is basically all you need. The letters descending on the left side stand for each of the elements: “F” for fire, “A” for air, “E” for earth, and “W” for water. They even color code the symbols to make it easier, with fire being red, air being yellow-orange, earth being green, and water being blue.
In astrology, each zodiac sign embodies an element. Which signs are most prominent in your chart will determine your dominant element (or elements).
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Thanks to the way these charts are set up, however, you don’t even have to think about that; all you have to do, adventurer, is tally how many planets you have in each element. My tallies turned out a little something like this:
Factoring in the Big Three
Now maybe you think you’re done, but alas! We aren’t yet finished, my friend. In astrology, there are three signs that stand above the rest: your Sun sign, Moon sign, and Rising sign, or “Ascendant.”
These signs govern your personality, emotions, and projected personality, respectively. As such, they’re the most important signs in your chart and are to be regarded as such (lest you hurt their feelings, naturally). So in your element tally, I want you to actually give each of these babies two points.
But in order to do so, you may need help identifying them—as, if you generated your chart through Astro—they’ll only appear in the elements box as little glyphs.
Luckily, the Sun and Moon glyphs are pretty self-explanatory. You can find them here:
The Ascendant appears as a big “AC,” and can be found here:
The Final Tally
Now that you know what your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant look like, locate them in your elements box and assign the corresponding element an extra point. In my case, my Sun and Moon are both in a fire sign, so I add two extra points. My Ascendant is in a water sign, so I add one.
My final total:
As you can see, factoring in the Big Three can make all the difference! Prior to doing so, earth appeared to be my dominant element, but in actuality, my dominant element is fire, while earth and water tie for my secondary!
So be careful when calculating your own element.
Maybe you now know your element, but what does it mean, dammit!
Well, adventurer, you probably already have a good idea of what it means, to be honest; just apply the elemental archetypes to personality, and you’re set. But in case you’d like a refresher, here are some typical qualities of each element.
Take It With a Grain of Salt
What I’d like you to keep in mind, is that your element isn’t exactly a black or white kind of thing. For example, in my case, though fire is my primary element, water and earth are both only a single point behind it. As such, I tend to exhibit qualities of all three. …But hell if I know anything about air!
If an element is more prominent in your chart, it’s more likely that you’ll have more of its qualities, but that isn’t always the case. Most people tend to have at least one point in every element, so somewhere in your personality, you probably do have at least one or two qualities of each of the elements.
But at the end of the day, what’s most important about finding your element with astrology is: did you have fun doing so?
I gotta know adventurer: what’s your element (dominant or secondary)? What’s your spread? Did it line up at all with your favorite elements? Because—in my case—my favorite elements just so happen to go in the same order as they appear in my birth chart!
…And did you totally freak out when *spoilers for The Legend of Korra* Asami and Korra totally hooked up at the very end!?
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