The elements (fire, earth, air and water) are part of the foundation of astrology as we already discussed in this article.
They are what this Universe is made of and they build the principles and functions of life and all that it contains (in the widest sense).
Moreover, we may assume the elements act like (or are?) electromagnetic forces that combine, attract and repel each other.
There are 'positive' (extravert, outward going or centrifugal, active) forces (air and fire) and 'negative' (introvert, inward going or centripetal, passive) forces (water and earth).
This (polarized) division is also what the tropical zodiac signs are about and these elements give the zodiac signs a meaning, characteristics, traits, temperaments.
They give the zodiac signs "a life."
According to the planets in the zodiac signs, the elements become emphasized, resulting in corresponding life experiences, events and more.
Because of the polarization and emphasis or non-emphasis of an element, it will play a role in attracting others.
Hence, the elemental division is a tool that cannot and should not be omitted in synastry.
First of all, we need to take a look at the elemental division in each natal chart separately.
There are different ways to find out the emphasis of an element:
You might want to experiment yourself to find out what works best for you.
It's already clear that the weakness of this method is that giving scores and/or incorporating more and more bodies or points is going to give different results.
This may question the reliability of this method.
The jury is still out on finding what scores and how many planets/bodies work best but in our opinion and following our own experience and research it's best to take a conservative approach, especially if you are a beginner.
We recommend that you do not just count the number of planets in the same element, but rather give them a weighing according to the following rule:
For example: when Mercury, Saturn and Pluto are in Water signs, the total Water score would be 2 (for Mercury) + 1 (for Saturn) + 1 (for Pluto) = 4.
This method is quite reliable as it is.
Now you can find out the emphasis on an element in a natal chart.
In synastry, we look for compatibility and balance.
Hence, it's always best when one partner fills the lacking or non-emphasized element of the other.
What one partner lacks, the other should have in abundance.
If both partners have the same elemental emphasis, there can be attraction too, but both partners will over-emphasize the predominant element and will not really find balance.
They will not develop the less emphasized element(s) with the help of each other.
So, for example, if you lack water, it's best to find a partner who has more water in his or her natal chart than you have.
When you have found your predominant element and the one of your partner, it does not stop here though.
It's important to follow and apply the same rules or steps with the qualities of the elements, called modes or quadruplicities (cardinal, fixed and mutable signs) and find out the predominant mode as well.
In short, we need the predominant element AND the predominant mode in the natal chart of each partner!
Once we have found the predominant element and the predominant mode in each natal chart, we can convert these to a single zodiac sign:
Now that we have found a predominant zodiac sign for each partner, we can compare these signs according to the natural order of the zodiac signs to find out how well they cope.
As a side note, the predominant zodiac sign we just found may or may not be the same as the Sun sign, but that does not matter.
It's the predominant zodiac sign that colors the native most, beyond the Sun sign.
Zodiac signs that are the same, that sextile or trine each other are compatible.
When your zodiac sign is compatible with the zodiac sign of your partner, you are likely to be compatible as a couple and may agree more often than not.
Your relationship is likely to be more harmonious and less upsetting.
If your zodiac signs square each other in the natural order of the zodiac, (temperamental) clashes and disagreements may occur.
Beware: this method is only one of many other methods to take into account when assessing a couple for compatibility!
It gives a very good indication of the overall compatibility of a couple and it's quite easy to "calculate."
The method has its weaknesses or downsides too though:
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