Air is one of the four elements in an astrology chart which are: fire, air, earth and water. Ideally, a chart will have all of these elements in perfect balance. However, this rarely happens. Usually one or two elements are the most prominent.
Fire gives a person independence and enthusiasm, Earth gives practicality and dependability, water gives sensitivity and compassion while air gives intellectual and social skills.
Astrologers use a point system to measure elements in a natal chart. Good astrology software will show a graph with bars providing a quick reference so the astrologer can see at a glance what the elemental balance is in a chart.
An overemphasis or a complete lack of any of the elements is noteworthy. A native may respond in two different ways when he has no planets or points in an element: He may overcompensate by strongly expressing the element in life or he may not incorporate it in his life at all. Often times he may seek out a partner who has a preponderance of the element he lacks.
Why would the air element in a chart be most important? A few reasons. One was that a person who lacks air, doesn’t enjoy learning and may also have difficulties in relationships. (By the way, a lack of air can be compensated with Mercury in the 1st house or aspecting many planets/points.)
If a person doesn’t enjoy any intellectual (air) pursuits, then he can easily become stuck in a rut. With so many new ideas and information popping up constantly, the latest news stories, events, new technology, books, music, scientific discoveries, etc. it is crucial in modern times to keep up with latest information.
Not having air in a chart does not mean that the person has a low IQ, it just means that he doesnt feel compelled to seek out or analyze information. Also, he may have problems being objective and unbiased when relating to others. This can cause serious problems.
Having air allows a person to step back and think, “How should I interpret this new information and/or situation?” It allows a mental processing of experiences, events, and information in order to decide what the logical next step should be. If a person lacks air, he may not understand why someone else has done something or treated him in a certain way or he may respond to events in an irrational manner. He may take things too personally or disregard others thoughts and feelings.
Of course, too much air can also cause some problems. A person with too much air can get caught up in his thoughts and not feel enough or not know which emotions to express in a given situation. He may talk too much and annoy others or appear insensitive. He may live in his mind and have difficulties achieving practical results. He may have difficulties taking a stand as he may prefer to view the world around thim in a detached manner. A person with more air in their charts may interpret others as being too moody (water), boring (earth) or bossy (fire). While other elements may view air as too chatty and insensitive.
When dealing with a person who lacks air, it is best not to bombard him with information. Texting or emailing often may bother him as he simply doesn’t enjoy it as much as airy people. Being aware of an individual’s elemental balance helps to figure out the best way to relate to him on his terms. If water, express emotions more, tell him how you feel. Appreciate his compassion and sensitivity towards others. If earth, discuss practical matters and give him nice gifts on the appropriate occasions. Building something together and giving real life examples of why one way may be better than another. Lastly fire, support his enthusiasm, give him his independence and let him shine. Explain to him that there is this thing called “fear” that others feel sometimes and can cause them to do inexplicable things.
Problems in relationships and hurt feelings can often be based on the differences of elemental balance in people’s astrology charts, especially the lack of air. Success of failure of relationships rely heavily or entirely on air or communication. Words are powerful. The pen is mightier than the sword. Taking the time to understand how different people experience life through the four elements can make or break relationships, business and personal. As a result, the success or failure of a person may be predicted through the abundance or lack of air.
Astrology and Tarot are air endeavors. Readers communicate with their clients via phone, email or chat. Clients with a lot of air in their chart will start talking immediately and offer a detailed description of what they are calling about. Sometimes it can be difficult to get a word in edgewise. These clients usually appreciate the reasoning and logic presented through astrology. Some clients have a heavy water emphasis and they tend to say very little, it is more difficult for them to talk, almost as if they have to push the words out. These clients will call and simply say, “Tell me about Tom and Jerry.” They expect the reader to receive their energy relay back what feelings and insights the reader receives. These types of clients prefer tarot and psychic readings usually. Next are the earthy clients who are all business, they want the best bang for their buck. They may call up and say, “You have 2 minutes to tell me all that you can about my situation.” If the earthy client doesn’t feel that they are getting their money’s worth, they will shut down and end the call. Last, but certainly not least, are the fire clients. They know what they want in the future and fully expect to get their expectations. These clients tend to only want to hear good news or they want their beliefs confirmed. Of course these are generalizations and everyone has all four elements in their charts in varying degrees. Some people may be air-water, fire-earth, water-earth, and air-fire so these descriptions will be intermixed in various degrees.