Earth, Air, Water, Fire: Being in Your Element

Which elemental type is most dominant in your personality?

What's your true nature: fiery, grounded, fluid, or rational? All of us have many of these traits, but often one stands out. Take a quiz to learn which element (air, fire, water, earth) dominates your personality. Then come back here to find out more about yourself.

Adapted from The Way of Four: Create Elemental Balance in Your Life with permission of Llewellyn.

The Earth Person

The Earth person cares about what is real, physical, and experiential. She learns by doing. She doesn't care for "pie in the sky," and she isn't a dreamer. Her goals areachievable, and she is patient and methodical in working toward them. She likesthings that are real, things that she can touch; which will show even in her aesthetics.

If she is an artist, she will be drawn toward things like sculpture, or toward handicrafts, which have a "product" as an end result.

She loves her home, and although it may or may not be tidy, it is a welcomingplace, with comfortable chairs, plenty to eat, and pictures on the walls. The Earth person has a highly developed nesting instinct; her home is always a touchstone, she alwayswants to return to it, and being "settled" is her favorite state. She may very well live near where she grew up, as her sense of rootedness is quite meaningful to her.


The Earth person commits readily-she doesn't experience much conflict whenchoosing to commit, and may not see it as having negative aspects. Her friendships, romances, and jobs will all tend to be long-lasting. She doesn't mind tedium, and is patient and tolerant of the "rough spots" in a relationship.

Romantically, Earth peopleare marriage-minded; they think in the long term and are generally faithful. Theyare unabashedly physical and enjoy their sexuality.Earth people are at home in their bodies, not just sexually. They touch readily; ahand on the arm, a pat on the back, or a sympathetic hug are the natural communicationmedia of Earth. They enjoy the physical, even the vulgar, and they love to laugh.

Earth people can be stubborn and bull-headed. They can refuse to change theirminds or their ways, even when they're obviously stuck and need to change. They canbe difficult to argue with, sticking to their position tenaciously for no other reasonthan it's their position. Likewise, an Earth person can be difficult to get out of the house.Earth people are the ones whose friends drag them to parties because otherwise they'djust stay in every night. Their lives can become an endless rut.

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