What Are The Fire Signs? Aries, Leo & Sagittarius Traits

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The elements in astrology are determined by the celestial activity that took place at the time of your birth. These four elements — fire, earth, air, and water — create an alignment between our cosmic energies and the natural world. 

Each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac is grouped into either Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), Earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo), Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), or Air signs (Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini).

Though each sign expresses its element differently, using these astrology elements of the birth chart as a guide gives powerful insight into an individual's approach to life and how they interact with other signs.

What are the fire signs in astrology?

The three fire signs of the zodiac are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. 

The fire element is full of passion, spontaneity, and drive.

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Fire Sign Characteristics

The element of fire is a symbol of creation, energy, and burning passion. Fire signs are associated with masculine energy and tend to burst into action or lead in communication. 

If you are a fire sign, it means you enjoy outdoor activities and celebrating the gifts of mother nature.

Fire signs are also known for releasing friendly energy and being sociable. Fire signs are often the leaders of their pack, overflowing with enthusiasm for life.

The can't-stop-won't-stop energy, determination, and go-getter attitude of a fire sign make them the best sign.

Along with fire’s excessive zeal, strong fire elements tend to have emotional mood swings, restlessness, and manipulative behavior. They can be quick-tempered and hot-headed. Their restlessness can come across as impatient or lacking in empathy

If anyone needs advice or a blunt response, head over to your friendly fire element. A fire sign could lash out if you throw shade or gossip about their loved ones.

Fire signs are attracted to the stability of Earth signs and the igniting passion of air signs.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Symbol: The Ram

Planetary Ruler: Mars

Modality: Cardinal

Power Color: Red

Core personality traits: Aries have a dynamic personality with a competitive outlook in their daily lives. Cardinal signs are leaders, and Aries knows how to take charge.

A person with the sign Aries enjoys going to social gatherings where they can be communicative and expressive. Of course, this Fire sign can be guilty of speaking before they think and running headfirst into situations they have no place in. Mars gives Aries their courage, drive, and self-confidence. It's the planet of action and getting sh*t done.

Aries' strengths are loyalty, determination, resilience, strong leadership, and problem-solving skills. Their go-go-go nature naturally makes impatience one of their biggest weaknesses. Their dynamic personality also means they experience mood swings and have a short fuse. Because Aries are so action-oriented, they also struggle with impulsiveness.

Aries are most compatible with Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Capricorn. 

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Symbol: The Lion

Planetary Ruler: Sun

Modality: Fixed

Power Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange

Core personality traits: Leo is a Fixed Fire sign, which means they're the loyal, strong member of the pack, even if they are a little bit stuck in their ways. Leos love to be the center of attention and to dazzle their friends with their creativity, humor, and flair for dramatics. With the Sun ruling them, Leos are exuberant and deeply in touch with themselves and proud of who they are.

Leos make loyal friends but, in times of conflict, their damaged pride and ego can cause them to be intolerant and inflexible for others. 

Like their lion symbol, Leos are courageous. They are also known to be passionate and natural-born leaders. A Leo's attention-seeking tendencies can make them arrogant. Leo's other weaknesses include stubbornness, laziness, and rigid inflexibility. Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius, and Aquarius are compatible with the strong Leo personality.

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Symbol: The Archer

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

Modality: Mutable

Power Color: Blue

Core personality traits: As a Mutable sign, Sagittarius is the most flexible of the Fire signs. They're optimistic, free-spirited and feel comfortable going with the flow.

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of fortune and exploration, Sagittarius tends to attract and exude positive energy. They are spontaneous, even a little restless, and love to be on the move exploring new sights and lands.

This Archer has a need to protect others, but acting without thinking of consequences can get this Fire sign into trouble from time to time. 

The positive energy emanating from this sign gives the adventurous Sagittarius a long list of strengths. They are energetic, ambitious, optimistic, caring, and excitable. But all strengths can be double-edged swords. Sagittarius's weaknesses lie in their impulsive nature, hot-headedness, restlessness, and inability to commit. 

Sagittarius are romantically compatible with Gemini as well as Aries, their fellow fire sign who shares the traits of impulsiveness and high ambition.

Fire Sign Compatibility with Earth, Air, and Water Signs

The three astrology signs under each element often stick with their own element.

That means fiery Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius are typically compatible with others who have a Fire sign in their chart. However, they may still find themselves hitting it off with other elements of the Zodiac.

Fire Signs and Earth Signs

Earth signs can be a grounding energy for Fire. With their pragmatism and practicality, earth signs can transform some of Fire's ambitions into reality. Fire signs may also be able to ignite more passion in slow-moving Earth signs.

That said, Fire and Earth move at a very different pace. Fire signs often become frustrated with earth sign's inability to act quickly and keep moving, where Earth may feel misunderstood by Fire. 

Fire Signs and Air Signs

The fire and air elements go well together. These two share big ideas and inspired thoughts. While air signs can always keep sight of the bigger picture, fire signs can spur thought into action and work towards the goals these two set together.

Sociable and fun-loving, these two elements have the best time together and love to discover new adventures as a duo. They balance one another in all the best ways.

Overall, fire signs are most compatible with air signs, which makes sense — after all, a fire needs oxygen in order to burn.

Fire Signs and Water Signs

Water signs are truth-seekers who can find empowerment in their relationship with a fire sign who loves to inspire and instill passion in others. Water signs carry feminine energy, acting as a yin to Fire's yang.

Highly emotional water signs do have a tendency to smother fire signs with their need for insular intimacy, however. 

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Alice Kelly is a writer and storyteller with a passion for love, relationships, and all things related to the soul. For more, you can find her on Twitter.