You can spend a lifetime exploring what makes each astrological sign unique. But a great shortcut is to look simply at the external forces that exert their influence over the Zodiac. We've looked at how to read birth charts and what these planetary placements can say about us as a partner or even a roommate. But you can learn just as much about your sign by looking at its ruling element.
There are four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Each element rules three signs (since there are 12 signs in the Zodiac), but how these elements affect a particular sign's personality is unique to each sign. For example, Geminis and Libras are both air signs — but you won't see a Gem channelling the air's power in the same way a Libra would. And once you dive into the signs' ruling elements, brace yourself for some curveballs: Scorpios and Aquarians may discover a side of themselves they've overlooked until now.
Ahead, with the help of the Astrotwins and astrologer Liz Greene's work, we take a closer look at how each sign is influenced by its ruling element. Read on to discover your sign's ruling element. It just might change how you read your horoscope.