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The Four Elements: Excess, Deficit and How to Balance them?

Before diving deeper into health astrology, I should first point out that I am not a medical practitioner. This presentation is for information only. Should you want specific guidance in medical matters, you would be advised to seek the relevant professionals.

In this blog post, I will discuss the four elements in astrology and explain how you can better understand your body and psyche by observing and analysing the planetary placements in your birth chart.

Each of the zodiac signs is assigned to one of the four elements:

  • Fire (Aries, Leo, Sag)
  • Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
  • Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
  • Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

In the simplest context, the four elements are four states of matter: light, liquid, gas and mineral. 

Fire manifests as fire (hot, light, dry), releases energy, and the fuel-burning energies of the body occur through the activation of the Fire element.

Air as air (cold, light and moist) governs the oxygen action of the blood, breath, and language.

Water as water (cold, heavy and wet) rules the body’s fluids, our memory.

Earth as earth (warm, heavy, dry) rules the minerals within the body, the bones, the building of a bodily structure. It is connected to stamina, food storage and longevity.

Imbalances of the four Elements and Health can be divided into:

  • deficiency
  • excess 

Fire Excess

  • dehydration
  • hyperactivity
  • baldness
  • great hunger
  • heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • overheating
  • itch
  • inflammation
  • sunstroke


  • hydration with cool liquids
  • cool baths
  • green colour
  • calm music
  • stay away from the hot sun
  • avoid red colours
  • avoid overheating

Fire Deficiency:

  • weak
  • hypo energetic
  • overweight
  • poor self-esteem
  • lack of confidence
  • poor digestive 
  • low blood pressure

How can you balance these energies out:

  • exercise
  • red stones
  • dance
  • iron
  • spices
  • sing & paint

Air Excess

  • dehydration
  • hyperactivity
  • baldness
  • great hunger
  • nervous
  • excess talking
  • mentally unbalanced
  • hyperactive
  • restless
  • unstable
  • thin and balding hair
  • indecisive


  • good nutrition (healthy diet)
  • massage
  • warm meals every day
  • calming music
  • root foods
  • sleep
  • mental rest
  • yellow & blue colours

Air Deficiency:

  • weak
  • hasthma
  • poor judgement
  • lack of humour
  • slow in thought/movement
  • low blood pressure
  • speech difficulties

How can you balance these energies out:

  • breathing exercises
  • fresh air
  • speech therapy
  • yoga
  • meditation

Water excess:

  • water retention
  • bloat
  • nausea
  • yeast
  • low energy
  • indulgent
  • weak teeth and bones
  • noise sensitivity
  • excess mucous
  • overly emotional
  • swellings
  • addictive behaviours


  • exercise
  • avoid ice cream/watermelon
  • dry heat
  • sunlight
  • warm colours
  • hot spices

Water Deficiency:

  • insomnia
  • dehydrated
  • restless
  • constipated
  • phobias/paranoias
  • memory disfunction
  • insensitivity
  • low appetites

How can you balance these energies out:

  • swim 
  • bathe
  • drink liquids
  • exposure to moonlight
  • silver
  • pearls
  • dolphins
  • romantic music
  • sleep
  • lake/rivers/oceans
  • boating/sailing/fishing
  • meditation

Earth Excess

  • lack of mental creativity
  • constipation
  • skin problems
  • insensitive
  • great longevity
  • tendency to overeat/overwork


  • fasting
  • saunas
  • vegetarianism/veganism
  • a regular exercise
  • mental stimulation
  • travel
  • breathing exercise
  • reading/writing
  • yoga

Earth Deficiency:

  • difficulty in maintaining
  • a steady weight/money
  • poor appetite
  • weak posture
  • ungrounded
  • weak bones/teeth

How can you balance these energies out:

  • sitting on the earth
  • barefoot walking at home/outdoor
  • stable routine
  • weight lifting
  • massage
  • calcium
  • pottery

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