Which element are you?
Earth, air, fire and water represent different elements of our selves. This about putting more labels on yourself or defining yourself by one thing, but many of us relate strongly to one or two elements in particular, rather than a balance of all four.
Here, readers share throughs on how one key element influences and shapes their lives, how they use it, and how they blend it with others, starting with earth and fire.
Earth – Emily
I move in small orbits, happiest when I’m back at home.
Whilst I’ve moved house three times in the last twelve months, each time I’ve stayed within a half mile of the last temporary home, making my place faster and faster each time. With a healthy disregard for the contracts I sign, I bring my cat with me to each new home, and she watches whilst I paint walls and put up pictures. I grow flowers and vegetables in pots, because it’s a way to put down roots whilst accepting I might have to move again soon.
Since starting to train as a midwife 18 months ago, my need for earth, for home, for feeling safely grounded has become stronger than ever. I am learning and seeing so much, both wonderful and overwhelming(!), that I can only move towards my goal of qualifying by having this intensely grounding place to come back to after each shift.
For me, earth is evident in everything I do to make a home and life for myself. It’s making homebrew, growing flowers for bees when they come to my garden, cooking food with enough leftovers to take as a packed lunch the next day. It’s working out stress by kneading bread or hand-washing clothes. It’s sitting down to an evening of netflix with a pile of mending to do, sewing the safety I feel at home into the clothes I wear when I go outside. Sewing punk patches on to the inside of my uniform to remind me who I am and why I’m doing this when I’m out at work. It’s walking to the nearest bits of woodland and meadow to pick herbs to make remedies, learning how to fix my bike to get me where I need to be and then home again.
It’s having my adventures close to home, saving the money other people spend on travel and spending it on tattoos instead. Preferring to have friends round for tea, for coffee, for brunch, for dinner to going out. Living close to them so that the streets around my home feel friendly too. It’s hundreds of different little things, practiced every day both consciously and unconsciously to make me feel grounded and safe enough, sure enough to take a leap outside of my comfort zone when I need to. And then the rest of time I can just enjoy the life I have made here.
Fire – Mecca Woods
Where There’s a Fire, There’s…Me.
When I first sat down to write this, I thought about writing the full lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger” from the Rocky III soundtrack. I wanted to give you a good example of what it means to be a Fire sign, for ME to be a Fire sign (You know how it goes, “It’s the eye of the tiger/It’s the thrill of the fight/Risin’ up to the challenge/Of our rival”) but I ultimately decided against it. Why? Well for 1) that would constitute as plagiarism, 2) the song has been stuck in my head for the last two days (don’t ask me why!) and I would very much like it to stop and 3) regurgitating someone else’s stuff is not what being a Fire is all about.
Thanks to the wonderful medium of astrology, I’m actually what one would consider a double Fire sign, thanks to my Ascendant (how people see me/how I want to be seen) in Leo and my Sun (my core identity) in Sagittarius. When translated into plain English, this simply means I have my very own way seeing and doing things. When broken down even further it means the six year old me attempting to pee standing up because I didn’t think it was fair boys could and I couldn’t; the twenty-something me that took a film from idea to finished product—from the Bronx, New York to Cannes, France simply because I believed I could; and the thirty something me who left the security of a 9-5 job to start a business of my own, coaching others in feeding the fires in their own belly. And this is only three instances in my life where I hit the “Fuck it” button and went for what I wanted. For me, “No” is not an option.
When I look back on my life, I think about my accomplishments, yes, but I think even more about the energy, the desire, and the “beast mode” it took for me to go where I’ve been and where I will head to next. I think about what it means to be inspired and curious in a world that discourages either and how I’ll still be passionate and inquisitive with or without encouragement. I think about how I will always rise up to the challenge, even during the most vulnerable of moments. And if I should happen to lose that spark, may they burn me to the ground.
Do you identify with the elements of earth or fire? In what ways? Share your thoughts below!
Handmade pendants, one for each of the four elements of your self.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.